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Shopping for your pet? Fashionable furry finds for tail-wagging purr-fection

Miss Kitty contemplates her favorite fashionable toys.
Miss Kitty contemplates her favorite fashionable toys.Joanne Eglash

Are you trying to find something special for your beloved pet? You're not alone. More than 60 percent of U.S. households have at least one pet, and the American Pet Products Association reports that we spend more than $50 billion annually on our adored animal friends. Knowing it's not always easy to find the purr-fect toy or bark-worthy bone, we checked out some possibilities to find the tail-wagging best:

  • Dog beds for sweet slumber: Shopping for the ideal dog bed can be like Goldilocks. To keep Fido off the ground, we like Coolaroo Large Steel-Framed Pet Bed (click for details). Resistant to fleas, mites, mold and mildew, it also is great for warm weather.
  • Depending on your pet's size, elevated feeders can make a remarkable difference in comfort while conquering the problem of sliding pet bowls (and slippery kitchen floors). We found a winner in the Bergan Elevated Feeder (click for information).
  • For kitty happiness, try the adorable FroliCat Pounce Interactive Toy. Endless entertainment as the toy zooms around, twitching and roaming. The ultimate in furry fun. We found it at Wayfair.
Bob as a Baby
Bob as a Baby Joanne Eglash

Bob as a Baby

Bob was rescued when he was only four weeks old. He was bottle-fed, and purrs when he sees a person. Bob loves everyone unconditionally - and waking up listening to him purr can brighten the dullest day.

Bob Contemplates Life
Bob Contemplates Life Joanne Eglash

Bob Contemplates Life

Bob likes to play hide-and-go-seek. He has multiple toys, and sometimes drags his favorite toys under tables to hide them. Then he'll suddenly bring one out and plop it on my feet as if to say "Surprise!"

Bob Sticks His Tongue Out
Bob Sticks His Tongue Out Joanne Eglash

Bob Sticks His Tongue Out

Bob occasionally sticks his tongue out at the world - and then forgets to put it back in. He also likes to lick people's bare feet (which tickles), and is especially fond of washing bare toes at 3 a.m.

Sleepy Boy
Sleepy Boy Joanne Eglash

Sleepy Boy

Maybe I'm prejudiced...but something about Bob when he's peacefully sleeping is truly adorable. It's that look of total relaxation and trust. He knows that no one will bother him, and he always wakes up happy, purring and loving. 

It's Time to Play
It's Time to Play Joanne Eglash

It's Time to Play

Sometimes my other cat (the black and white one) will try to wake up Bob by jumping on his tail. Bob never gets mad: He just wakes up, purrs and is ready to find out what wonderful events will happen that day.