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4cats Heimtierbedarf GmbH & Hamerton Zoo Big Cats Enrichment Project with Supersized Cat Toys

Toys are provided by 4cats free of charge.

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(PRESS RELEASE) 4cats Heimtierbedarf GmbH has worked with Hamerton Zoo Park on an enrichment campaign to provide the resident wild cats and big cats with fun supersized versions of their cat toys.

Many domestic cat owners already understand the alluring effect of valerian and catnip on their house cats but when people think of tigers & lions they often think of vicious hunters that are not much into playing with toys. However, the relatives of our domestic cats are just like our smaller feline companions, very playful and intelligent – the only difference being that a playful swipe of their paws could cause more than a mere scratch to us humans.

And like house cats, they need to be entertained. For this reason, German cat toy manufacturer 4cats developed supersized versions of many of their popular cat toys. These supersized versions are made of strong sisal material and have been colored with vegetable juice such as beetroot to ensure that they are not toxic to the big cats. The toys are filled with a mix of hay and cat attract such as valerian in order to be of interest to the big cats.

These toys are provided by 4cats free of charge as part of their efforts to support conservation projects of endangered species of wild cats and provide Zoos in both Germany and the UK not just with a great toy for their big cats to play with but also gives them a visitor attraction. Many visitors to Hamerton Zoo simply could not believe how much fun these big cats had with their toys and enjoyed seeing their antics.

What many people don’t realize is that the use of cat attract goes back hundreds of years as it’s been used to lure tigers and lions long before the pet industry started using it for the toys of domestic cats. Today valerian is often preferred over catnip in cat toys as it’s accepted by more cats than catnip and also provides a calming effect after the initial craziness.

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Global Pet Expo Announces Biggest Show to Date

With the largest annual industry event set to kick off on March 20, officials report more exhibitor booths than ever before.

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(PRESS RELEASE) STAMFORD, CT – American Pet Products Association (APPA) Executive Vice President & COO Andy Darmohraj announces that this year’s Global Pet Expo has sold a record number of booths making it the largest show to date. Darmohraj is also excited to report the Boutique, Natural Pet and What’s New! special sections on the show floor have also sold out weeks prior to the show. Global Pet Expo is set to take place March 20-22, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“The Global Pet Expo team works tirelessly all year long to continue making this Show the pet industry’s premier event,” said Darmohraj. “The fact that our show floor will be the largest to date, further solidifies the significance of this show and that it truly is the must-attend industry event of the year.”

The 2018 Show featured 1,164 exhibitors, 3,523 booths sold, covering 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space—nearly 10,000 feet larger than the 2017 Show. 6,508 qualified buyers, 2,100 of which were first-time buyers, representing 79 countries around the world were in attendance. With more than 3,000 new product launches, Global Pet Expo will showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses.

The tremendous success of the continuously growing Global Pet Expo has been recognized by the trade show industry as well. Trade Show ExecutiveMagazine (TSE) ranked Global Pet Expo #48 on their exclusive “Gold 100” list. This honor recognized Global Pet Expo as one of the 100 largest shows that “Set The Gold Standard” for the trade show industry, exceeding thousands of others in exhibit space, exhibiting companies and attendance. Global Pet Expo is also ranked #48 in TSE’s Fastest 50 for fastest growing trade shows and was honored at the prestigious Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Awards as a Top 25 Fastest-Growing Show in net square footage.

Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers and other qualified media and professionals. To learn more about the show, click here

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World’s Leading Pet-Sitter Association Celebrated 25 Years

Sunday, March 17, marked the 25th business anniversary of Pet Sitters International (PSI).

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(PRESS RELEASE) Sunday, March 17, marked the 25th business anniversary of Pet Sitters International (PSI), which was officially founded by Patti J. Moran on March 17, 1994.

PSI is the world’s leading educational association for professional pet-sitting and dog-walking businesses. The association represents nearly 6,000 member businesses in the United States, Canada and more than 15 other countries.

“The professional pet-sitting industry has experienced significant growth in the last two and a half decades,” said Moran. “At PSI we feel our mission of ‘promoting pet-sitting excellence through education’ is more important than ever before.”

Moran developed pet sitting as a profession after starting her own pet-sitting business in North Carolina in 1983. After word of her business spread to other parts of the United States, Moran was prompted to put her how-to advice on paper. Her book, Pet Sitting for Profit, was published in 1987 and is often referred to as the “bible of professional pet sitting.”

Moran didn’t stop there. Requests for her pet-sitting forms led to the start of Patti Moran’s Products for Professional Pet Sitters and as others joined her in the profession, she ultimately founded PSI in 1994.

“When I first started pet sitting, there was no one available to give me advice or point me toward business tools and educational resources to help me in my endeavors,” said Moran. “I feel honored that I was able to share what I learned with others, and that PSI has been able to help thousands of pet lovers turn their passion for pets into successful careers.”

Since its creation, PSI has been a trailblazer in the professional pet-care sector, with numerous contributions to the industry including:

  • Partnering with Business Insurers of the Carolinas to provide the first-ever business insurance for professional pet sitters
  • Publishing the first magazine for professional pet sitters, now called Pet Sitter’s World
  • Hosting the industry’s first international conference, now called Pet Sitter World Educational Conference and hosted annually in November
  • Offering the first-ever knowledge-assessed certification specifically for professional pet sitters

“Together with our members, PSI is continually shaping the standards of professional pet sitting and offering pet sitters and dog walkers around the globe the tools needed to succeed in this ever-changing profession,” added Moran.

PSI has hosted various opportunities throughout the month to celebrate, including its first-ever online conference on March 7. The 25th anniversary celebration will culminate on Monday, March 18, with a live interview with Moran on the association’s Facebook page.

To learn more about PSI and the professional pet-sitting industry, or to find a local PSI member pet-sitting business, visit www.petsit.com

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Generation Pet Opens Second Warehouse in the Northeast

It hopes for the warehouse to be fully operational by April 1.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Locally and independently owned pet food distributor Generation Pet announced that it will be opening a second warehouse location to service its new territory in the Northeast. Company management are actively interviewing employee candidates and finishing inventory logistics with the hope of having the warehouse fully operational by April 1.

Generation Pet expects this move to improve and more efficiently service its rapidly growing northern territory. In addition, Generation Pet is opening its distribution territory to five new states to include Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This move is intended to improve the current demand for premium, all natural and holistic pet products in pet food retailers.

Generation Pet opened its doors in 1998 and is owned by Doug John. It has enjoyed more than 20 years of working hand in hand with pet food retailers to offer the best the market has to offer and educating retailers on the benefits of a raw diet. John’s motivation for starting up a distribution company was to be able to offer pets alternative, good quality nutrition.

Today Generation Pet currently services the Mid-Atlantic region operating out of its warehouse just outside of Baltimore, MD.

Generation Pet is committed to the independent retailer by providing unique all-natural products, which are exclusively sold to the independent retailer. Major brands include Answers, Aunt Jeni’s, Ark Naturals, Animal Essentials, Bravo, Green Coast Pet, Nulo, Weruva, and so much more. They offer each retailer extensive training on all products either in store, conference calls, or through webinars.

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