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9 Solutions to Solve Cat Scratch Fever

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Consider these outlets for kitty’s claws.

Desperate cat parents will try (and buy) most any type of scratcher to keep their furniture intact and to provide a less destructive way for kitty to relieve stress, have some fun and keep her claws in prime condition. From simple corrugated cardboard to carpet, there are many styles of shapes, sizes and surfaces to fit a range of budgets and preferences. 


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Some finicky felines are picky about what they’ll sink their claws into, and so it’s a good idea to carry some different surface materials and textures, such as jute, seagrass, sisal and, of course, the ever-popular cardboard. Keeping variety in mind, here are a few affordable posts that will put a smile on customer faces.

Crackle Scratch
Petlinks

KEY FEATURES: Jute scratch post with a texture that feels just like the upholstery cats love so much.

SALES TIP: Your cat wins: He gets to think he’s scratching the couch. You win: It’s cheaper than having to buy new furniture.

petlinkssystem.com, (800) WORLDWISE

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$22.99


Cat Craft Sea Grass Scratching Post
One Source International

KEY FEATURES: Stands 20 inches tall, with a hanging toy and spring toy on the base.

SALES TIP: Share that seagrass is durable and a renewable resource.

catcraftstore.com, (800) 228-7019

$44.95


Kitty Power Paws Sphere
Prevue

KEY FEATURES: Jute-wrapped sphere stands 13 inches tall, with a feather tassel. Mounted on a round base.

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SALES TIP: Promote the unusual shape, with this classy ball offering maximum scratching surface area.

prevuepet.com, (312) 243-3624

$39.99


Posts with the Most

Who said scratchers had to be just a boring old post stuck in a base? Adding some toys to the scratching fun keeps kitty’s attention longer (and keeps her occupied so she won’t think about attacking the couch!). These new releases aim to spice it up with extra bells and whistles. Carry a few of these and let the cat-calling begin.

Petstages Scratch and Play Tower
Petstages

KEY FEATURES: A sisal scratch tower with ball at the top, paired with a corrugated cardboard track and ball on the base that is infused with catnip.

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SALES TIP: Point out that multiple ways to play keep kitty coming back for more.

outwardhound.com, (800) 477-5735

$24.99


SmartCat Ultimate Scratch ‘N Play
Pioneer Pet

KEY FEATURES: Sisal tower with toy box base. Stands 32 inches tall, with 16-inch square wooden base.

SALES TIP: Suggest hiding toys in the base to stimulate kitty’s hunting instincts.

pioneerpet.com, (866) 317-6278

$79.99


Our Pets Twirl & Whirl
Our Pets

KEY FEATURES: An interactive toy that attaches to scratching posts and perches. An unpredictable spinning feather will keep kitty on her toes.

SALES TIP: Can be sold alongside your scratch post offerings.

ourpets.com, (800) 565-2695

$19.99


Post-modern

Sometimes your customers want to move beyond the cardboard throw-aways. Here’s a sample of some products for feline aficionados who are more designed-focused, or for those looking for more of a statement scratcher. Pick one or two and make them the centerpiece of a display to draw them in like kitty to catnip.

EZ Mount Scratcher Kitty Sill Cradle
K&H Manufacturing

KEY FEATURES: Suction cups work on any window. Curved cardboard cradle for lounging and scratching. Comes with bag of catnip. Refill pads available.

SALES TIP: Hang one in a display window so your customers can see it in action.

khpet.com, (877) 738-5188

$39.99


Max Scratch
Primetime Petz

KEY FEATURES: Standing 29 inches tall for stretching, post is wrapped with jute and has a carpeted perch on top. Non-slip feet on bottom prevent sliding and protect floors. 

SALES TIP: Prove that, at 18 pounds, with a 19-inch base, this sturdy post won’t topple.

primetimepetz.com, (214) 257-8068

$99.99


Zen Cat Scratcher
Refined Feline

KEY FEATURES: Modern Z-shape design, made from solid pine, with multiple perches and sisal scratching area.

SALES TIP: Display a carpet swatch with the scratch pad to show that it can swap out and add to the room’s decor.

therefinedfeline.com, (800) 289-6136

$149.99


This article originally appeared in the January 2018 edition of PETS+.

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8 Habitats and Accessories for Small Animals

Exciting homes for the little furballs.

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Small animal owners want some excitement in the aisle, so give them style options to browse. Stock high-end cages that blend into the home décor, plus cages that play with colorful designs, design-forward architecture and lighting effects. Set up a display model and fill it with related accessories like colorful habitat fillers and hides within the larger space, and point out hidden surprises like extra deep debris trays.

Care Fresh Small Pet Bedding
Healthy Pet

KEY FEATURES: Made from scratch, this ultra-absorbent fluff provides the softest, driest, most comfortable home for small pets.

SALES TIP: Add a cheerful pop of color to any small pet’s home with Tutti Frutti or Blue Paradise options.

healthy-pet.com, (800) 242-2287

$16.99

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Guinea Habitat Plus
MidWest Homes for Pets

KEY FEATURES: In just 15 pounds, this guinea pig cage offers 8 square feet of play space, plus more than a foot of ceiling space.

SALES TIP: Using special lock-in-place ramps, doors and divider panels, customers can customize the space for their pets’ needs.

midwesthomes4pets.com, (800) 428-8560

$61.99

3-Level Hamster Cage
Iris USA

KEY FEATURES: Hamsters get three levels of space in this compact housing unit that features a see-through front and wire sides to keep air flowing.

SALES TIP: ¡Claro! Pet parents will appreciate transparency of this colorful habitat.

irisusainc.com, (800) 320-4747

$54.99

Park Ave Indoor Hutch for Rabbit and Small Animals
New Age Pet

KEY FEATURES: Made with an eco-friendly and durable composite material, this habitat is nontoxic, nonabsorbent and easy to clean.

SALES TIP: A chic look in a snap — this requires no maintenance and can be assembled in minutes.

newagepet.com, (510) 887-5976

$299.99

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Grass Feeder Hut
Prevue Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: A grass and treat holder with ventilated slots and a wide corner entry opening that accommodates most small animals, from rabbits to rats.

SALES TIP: The unvarnished look gives a shabby chic look to this furniture that encourages playing, hiding, snoozing and nibbling.

prevuepet.com, (312) 243-3624

$29.99

CritterTrail LED Color Changing Habitat
Kaytee

KEY FEATURES: The eye-popping habitat includes a color-changing LED and five color settings: nocturnal red, pink, green, purple and yellow.

SALES TIP: Super fun and super safe, this cage features narrow wire spacing and side lock latches, with secure openings on top and in the front.

kaytee.com, (800) 529-8331

$59.95

Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout
Ware Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: The Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout from is a little nook of a getaway for small animals, easy to wipe down and keep clean.

SALES TIP: A versatile piece, you can keep it inside a cage as a play place, or use it for outside the cage activities.

warepet.com, (602) 257-8803

$8.99

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Living World Deluxe Habitat
Hagen

KEY FEATURES: Elegantly styled with an arcing red wire top, this hybrid cage has an upper wire frame and a plastic bottom base, with interior hiding spots for rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas.

SALES TIP: Get that quality time in: This habitat features a balcony where pets and people can play around.

hagen.com, (800) 554-2436

$99.99

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PETS+ Readers Share Hot-Selling Products and Services for November

Find out what’s been selling well.

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Our puzzle toys were big sellers as the temps dropped outside and mental exercise toys became a main source of exercise. We love Trixie puzzles; prices range from $15 to $30. —Johnna Devereaux, Fetch, RI, Richmond, RI

  • Nulo treats. We offered them at “Buy 1 Get 1” — $1.99 to $12.99. —Debbie Fazica, Pet X Supply & Tack, Howell, MI
  • Charming Pet Products’ Holiday Bottle Bros Dog Toys. The irresistible squeaker and bottle crackle satisfy all dogs and drive humans crazy! It’s high quality, and people just love the fun characters. —Kara Holland, Pittsboro Pet Supply, Pittsboro, NC
  • Freeze-dried has picked up a lot in the past few months. Specifically, Primal, Northwest Naturals and Smallbatch. Freeze-dried is great for using as toppers or for raw feeders on the go. —Sherry Redwine, Odyssey Pets, Dallas, TX
  • Colorado Hemp Honey. We can’t keep the sticks in stock! —Nancy Guinn, Dog Krazy, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Answers goat’s milk and Super Snouts CBD products. No promotions needed, really. —Diana Farrar, Fifi & Fido’s Pet Boutique, San Antonio, TX
  • We did a buy-more-save-more sale on all bulk chews, cat food pouches and Thanksgiving grab-and-go bundles. —Michelle Pelletier, Bentley’s Pet Stuff, Grafton, WI
  • Gooby fleece sweaters are our No. 1 now. Ordered $1,500 (wholesale) in three weeks to restock. Everyone loves them, from small teacup dogs to 130-pound Great Danes. We did one promotion for two days on it, but otherwise, we sell them all day long at $14.95-$24.95. —Eric Mack, Purrfect Bark, Columbus, NC
  • Vital Essentials. We sold items from the raw bar as BOGO. —Sandy House, The Store at Paws, Hamden, CT
  • My best-selling products were Pet Releaf’s CBD oil and Edibites. It absolutely helps customers’ pets with health issues and also helps them have an overall sense of well-being. I have many repeat customers who are extremely happy with the results. —Jan A. Hopper, Living Pawsitively, Lafayette, NJ
  • Fromm’s new treats, Crunchy O’s, surprised us. Had to place a reorder order in just a couple of weeks. Three flavors that look like Cheerios and 2 calories each at less than $6. —Nancy Okun, Cats n Dogs, Port Charlotte, FL
  • Chews — bullies and tendons — from The Natural Dog Company have been doing really well all year. The bullies are thick and odor-free, and the tendons are also good sized, and both offer a lot of bang for the buck! —Shane Somerville, Paddywack, Mill Creek, WA
  • Our No. 1 product is Benebones — all of them! A big selling point for us is that the owner of Benebones comes from an area that is not too far from our stores. Customers love that — also, the fact that they are made in the USA. My customers call it their doggie crack! —Sue Hepner, Cool Dog Gear, Roslyn, PA
  • Our biggest selling item was the Jones Beef Woofers. We sell them for 99 cents each, and people buy them by the case (at a 10 percent discount). We used to give these out to sample a couple years ago, and the owners loved it. They usually ended up buying half a dozen right on the spot! —Diane Marcin, Benny’s Pet Depot, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • A new brand of bully sticks, Bark n Big. Giant, clean sticks locally sourced from Colorado, with a great price point. —Greg Gorski, Cody Pet Depot, Cody, WY
  • Our best-selling product was the Kurgo Reversible Loft Jacket for Dogs. We have had some very rainy and cold (for our region) weather. These lightweight jackets are water resistant and easy to put on. They come in several vibrant colors and are easy to display. I did a Facebook Live and used my pug as a model wearing one of the jackets. The next day, we sold more than we had all last season. —Wendy Megyese, Muttigans, Emerald Isle, NC

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Toy Drive: 8 Cat Toys to Drive Your Sales

Find the ones that will suit your kitties’ preferences.

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WITH CATS’ FINICKY NATURE and different play needs, pet parents are more willing to try out a variety of toys, to find the ones that will suit their kitties’ preferences. Therefore, you’ll want to stock plenty of choices, from catnip-stuffed prey, to wands, kickers and high-tech, interactive options. We’ve selected some new releases across a range of types and price points.

Fluff & Tuff Guppy Fish

Fluff & Tuff

KEY FEATURES: Designed for dogs, but retailers and cat fans found cats loved it too; this squeaker-less stuffy has crossed over into cat territory.

SALES TIP: During the month of September, the company donates a toy to a shelter each time someone posts a pet pic with a Fluff & Tuff toy and the tag #igiveafluff.

fluffandtuff.com, (248) 705-5601

$8.95

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Jackson Galaxy Hunting Instincts Kicker

Petmate

KEY FEATURES: Satisfies cats’ natural instinct to kick, paired with realistic “ripping” sensations as they move in for the kill. Contains Jackson Galaxy branded organic catnip.

SALES TIP: Kicker toys are hot right now, and this is part of a new line of toys from the famed “cat whisperer.”

petmate.com, (877) PETMATE

$9.99

Zoom Rotating Laser Cat Toy

PetSafe

KEY FEATURES: Two lasers that rotate 360 degrees around the toy’s base keep kitty busy. Perfect for multiple cat households. Quiet movements keep even the most skittish cats focused on the play.

SALES TIP: Automatically turns off after 15 minutes to preserve battery life and keep cats from being overstimulated.

petsafe.net, (866) 738-4379

$29.99

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Mad Cat Mewnicorn

R2P Pet

KEY FEATURES: The Mad Cat plush collection with crinckle inside includes some folklore favorites like this cheerful Mewnicorn, along with Gnome Sweet Gnome, Sassy Sasquatch and Yowlin Yeti, all in two-packs.

SALES TIP: Contains a blend of catnip and silvervine that is pesticidefree, to get the party started right.

r2ppet.com, (877) 858-4321

$7.99

Shimmer Glimmer Teaser Wand

Ethical Products

KEY FEATURES: Plush fish, butterfly and turtle, with shimmering accents in assorted colors, are interchangeable with the wand. The wand has a breakaway safety clip.

SALES TIP: Have fun mixing and matching the animal accessories.

ethicalpet.com, (800) 223-7768

$4.99 for the wand, $3.99 animals

Petlinks Sweet Tweet

Worldwise

KEY FEATURES: A roly-poly soft electronic sound toy that sings like a bird and has feathers to trigger cat’s hunting instinct. It’s prey that will have real songbirds singing a tune of relief.

SALES TIP: Keep some by the register for those impulse buys.

worldwise.com, (303) 623-3327

$7.49

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Pounce House

OurPets

KEY FEATURES: Electronic feather wand inside mimics prey through random movements. Large side holes provide easy access for pouncing and batting through the openings.

SELLING TIP: Play the company’s YouTube channel in your store to show its toys in action.

ourpets.com, (800) 565-2695

$29.99

Teacup Fluffs

Fuzzu

KEY FEATURES: Teacup Fluffs for cats are cute, super squishy and stuffed with top-quality, organic, U.S.-grown catnip. Available in chipmunk, bunny and raccoon characters.

SELLING TIP: Animals so cute, you’ll feel bad letting kitty pounce on them.

fuzzutoys.com, (802) 825-1145

$3.99

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