Small Animals

by Debbie Ducommun on Aug 1, 2012
“The ongoing trend toward natural products is showing up in treats for small pets. Until recently, edible treats were not necessarily considered a nutritionally sound and healthy indulgence—these days, however, the very definition of “treat” is changing.Companies are increasingly producing natural treats specifically designed to be healthier for pets. Although most small-animal treats have been processed in some way—such as by drying, cooking, or grinding and combining with other ingredients—they may be described as “natural”…”

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by Debbie Ducommun on Jul 1, 2012
“For years I have been urging manufacturers to make more small-animal dietary supplements in a tasty, chewable tablet. Why put vitamins in the drinking water when it’s much more fun to give pets a treat? Until now, the number of chewable supplement products for small animals has been limited. Chewable…”
by Debbie Ducommun on Jun 1, 2012
“When finances are tight, pet owners might put off buying a new cage or another toy for their pets, but they have to keep buying food. Because the demand is steady, food sales fuel the pet industry. This is true for the small-pet category as much as it is for…”
by Debbie Ducommun on May 1, 2012
“Waterers and feeders for small animals come in a wide variety of colors and designs. Just when you think the category has nothing new to offer, a manufacturer can surprise you with a product that has just enough novelty to make it shine on the shelves. While this variety can…”
by Debbie Ducommun on Apr 1, 2012
“Two converging trends seem poised to shake things up a bit in the small animal department, as one of those trends gives the other some serious traction. On one hand is the growing trend of housing small pets in larger habitats, which is leading to a broader use of litter…”