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Pamper the pet in your life with our 24 perfect ideas; Laura Davis has gathered together some of the best presents for our furred and feathered friends.

Byline: Laura Davis


IF YOU want to go away for the weekend but are worried about feeding the cats, you need a Cat Mate C50 automatic feeder. It serves up to five meals at your pets' normal meal times and has twin ice packs to help keep the food fresh. It costs pounds 45.95 from

02 IF YOU live in a small apartment or don't have time to walk a real live dog, celebrate National Pets Week with a the new Pick Me Pup from the Pound Puppies range. Each one comes with a personalised adoption certificate and has an inbuilt sensor so he responds to his owner's voice and movements with the nodding of his head and a bark, RRP pounds 17. For stockists call 01628 500303

03 IS THIS is the most expensive pet bowl in the world?

Created by luxury china manufacturer Royal Crown Derby, it is gilded with 22-carat gold, priced pounds 350.


details from www.royalcrownderby.


THE Hyperdog high performance launcher effortlessly shoots tennis balls up to 150ft and even boasts a patented hands-free storage system so only your pooch's paws will get mucky. Priced pounds 24.95 from


WORRIED that your neighbours' animals are spoiling your garden. Use Get Off My Garden Scatter Crystals are effective in all weathers, slowly releasing a highly-perfumed odour which confuses cats' and dogs' sense of smell. They will be trained to move away from treated areas. It costs pounds 2.24 for a 225g bottle, that covers 25 sq m, from

06 ROVER will be the envy of the other hounds in the neighbourhood with this fleece-lined drawstring hooded top. Priced pounds 25 from www., it's available in both pink and blue

07 PROTECT your mutt from burning in the summer sun with this baseball cap, see cover picture, for pounds 2.99. Available in Pets at Home stores from June. To locate your nearest store visit www. or call 0800 32 88 255


THERE'S no need to limit your love of all things designer to your own wardrobe. Pucci has come up with a Diamond Luxury Elvis Collar in white, pounds 22.50, available in various sizes from


KIM and Aggie would squirm at the sight of pet hairs on the carpet, not to mention the invisible pet allergens lurking in between the fibres. So if you own a pet and want to make sure your home gets really clean, invest in a Morphy Richards 1700w Pets Cyclone Bagless Cylinder, pounds 89.99.

For stockists call 0870 060 2614 or visit


AHOY there! Curious and playful ferrets will love to romp and frolic on the Climb-n-Sail Ferret Boat. It has port holes to scurry through, a crow's nest to peek out of and its durable plastic means it resists chewing and won't retain bad smells.

Priced pounds 16.99 from

11 SICK of cleaning out smelly pets' cages? Carefresh bedding eliminates bad odours and you only need to use half as much as other bedding. It also lasts up to three times as long. Suitable for rodents, rabbits, reptiles, hand-fed baby birds and exotic pets, pounds 3.99 from


THE rejuvenating properties of magnetic therapy are now available for pets through a variety of products that will help put the spring back in their step, especially if they are suffering from age-related joint problems. The magnetic dog collar costs from pounds 12.95 and can be ordered online at

13&14 ROYAL Treatment Pet Care has been developed by Prince Lorenzo Borghese, who loves dogs so much that he developed his own range of natural products that aren't harmful to our furry friends. Get rid of the bathtime blues with the Tearless range, including the spray-on conditioner, pounds 22.12. Or ensure your pet is more of a lady than a tramp with the oral care kit, pounds 12.35. Both are available from QVC at

15 ONE small step for man, a very large step for a hamster. Treat your rodent to its very own Rotastak Space Command Centre. Priced pounds 39.99 from www.


PAMPERED puppies will lap up the trendy Alessi dog bowl from Utility, on Bold Street, Liverpool, or from www. for pounds 45


IT'S not just humans who enjoy posing in a pair of funky shades. Doggles are sunglasses designed especially for dogs and are particularly good for those canine friends which have eye disorders like pannus and light sensitivity. Available from priced pounds 19.99

18 TREAT your parrot to a rope ring toy from www. - each ring costs pounds 2.99 and you can string as many of them together as you like

19 IF YOU'RE planning to leave your beloved pet behind when you fly away for your annual two weeks in the sun, why not treat him to a stay at the plush A&A Animal hotel in Sandbach, Cheshire? Rooms start at pounds 4.95 for a cat, pounds 7.95 for a dog and you can also book a suite for your rabbit for pounds 3.95. Call 01270 583018 for more details

20 IT'S not just humans who enjoy pampering at the spa, your cats and dogs will love it too at the Rosetree Farm Hydrotherapy Centre in Warrington. They can even have a dip in the hot tub! Call 0151 723 3346 for more details and prices


LET your hamster or gerbil rev-up and keep fit at the same time in its very own high-speed Critter Cruiser car. Priced pounds 14.99 from www.

22 SHOW off how clever your canine pal is by getting him to play Doggy Dominos. Hide treats in the holes below the sliding blocks and let him search for them by sliding the blocks along with his nose or paws, pounds 23.99 from www.


WALKIES take on a whole new meaning when your pet is kitted out Star Wars style with the fabulous new range of pet costumes from Rubie's Masquerade. Your pekinese will look the bees knees dressed as Princess Leia with a headpiece and white jumpsuit with attached arms. If man's best friend is a wise old yorkie then the Yoda costume - with headpiece and pale green jumpsuit - will be perfect for a stroll in the park. Available from 0845 1300 818 or, priced at around pounds 12.99
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 12, 2005
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