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Great gadgets for pets, owners

For avid pet lovers — you know who you are — here are new ways to lavish attention on Fido and Frisky.

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FroliCat Bolt

Talk about the cat's meow. Just wait until your feline friend tries to pounce on or chase the pattern created by this laser toy. You can put down the FroliCat Bolt for a 15-minute automatic play session or move it manually. Any way you use it is sure to engage even the most independent kitty. $20 at

Wood Chuck

Play hours of fetch with Planet Dog's Wood Chuck. The comfy cork handle makes gripping and throwing a breeze, and the four-pronged claw means easy pickup and slobber-free hands. A ball made of recycled material is included. $25 at

Popup dog tent

Orvis has come up with this portable pup tent, perfect for parking your pet inside or out. Pull on the handles, and it pops open, umbrella-style. When it's not in use, stow it in its own storage bag. Sturdy construction of nylon and fiberglass rods adds to its allure. $104, small; $109, medium; $124 large at

Deshedding tools

Love your cat but not its hair all over the house? Missouri pet-grooming products company Furminator offers cutting-edge solutions, such as a tool for cats, designed to control shedding and prevent hairballs. See for its complete line of deshedding tools for cats and dogs.

Dyson City (DC26)

Almost every reviewer cites how amazing this pint-sized (but pricey at $315) little thing is for picking animal hair off furniture, using the supplied upholstery brush. Dyson makes sure its vacs are easy to take apart, and you'll be doing that often with the little City. The dirt-holding tank in this bag-free canister model has a low limit point. DC26 also requires you to remove and wash out two "permanent" filters "about once a month." And while Dyson suggests you wait "a full 24 hours" for the filters to dry out before reinstalling, 48 hours is really more like it. $315,

Great gadgets for pets, owners 08/01/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 11:45pm]
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