Zhu Zhu Pets – Why Are Zhu Zhu Pets So Hard to Find?

Are you desperately searching for where to get your Zhu zhu pet, the must have toy of the year? A lot of people have had trouble finding them. This is due to several reasons.

Zhu zhu pets are known by several different names:

  • zoo zoo pet
  • zu zu pet
  • electronic hamsters
  • motorized hamsters

The official name and spelling is Zhu Zhu pet. Also these very cute electronic critters used to be called Go Go pets.

You might still find Go Go pets at some outlets. They are exactly the same as as the new model just packaged differently. Who knows, maybe the originals will become collector’s items. Recently the company who makes the toys repackaged, repriced and relaunched Go Go pets under their new name Zhu zhu pets. They did a limited prelaunch in the Phoenix area and the results shocked everyone. The little electronic hamsters flew off the shelves and within days were Sold Out! And now everyone wants one.

The manufacturer Cepia is a small company based in St Louis, Missouri. They have only sixteen employees, though I bet they’ve employed a few more casuals in the last weeks. They promise they are in full production mode making millions of the electro-hamsters so that everyone who wants one will eventually be  stocks are flooding into the shops as fast as possible. Apparently the company has been besieged by emails and phonecalls and even people come knocking at the factory doors.

Despite Cepia’s best efforts the pets are so popular at the moment that they will be difficult to find in some retail outlets, especially just before Christmas. In fact I just heard that one major, major retailer has emailed all their customers who ordered their zhu zhus online in September and cancelled their orders.

There have also been reports of fights breaking out between customers trying to buy these things! Pepper spray and even tasers have been used by desperate shoppers. Crazy eh?

So why oh why are these toys so popular?

The motorized hamsters are very lifelike. They are soft and cuddly as well as adventurous and busy. They operate in two modes. One mode is called ‘nurturing or loving’. This is when they love being petted and cuddled and respond with sweet chattering and purring. This gives children the opportunity of interacting in a gentle and loving way with their ‘pet.’ If you’ve ever had a real hamster you’ll know that in reality they do bite and wriggle and scratch. Cuddling up to a ‘lifelike hamster’ is a lot safer for children.

Also the toys have an ‘adventure’ mode. This is when their advanced artificial intelligence really shines. They zip around, either free-range on the floor or in their specially designed hamster habitats, and interact intelligently with whatever they encounter. And of course the bottom line is kids have gone nuts over them. … Read More

The Bond Between Horses and Children

Childhood is a time of incredible growth and intellectual development, but it is also a times of curiosity and fanciful dreams and passions. For many people, the dreams that are cultivated in childhood go on to become lifelong passions and professions. For other people, early passions, like a love of animals and horses, help to develop attachments and life skills that can be transferred into other areas as life goes on. Essentially, anything a child develops a healthy attachment to, like a beloved dog or horse, can help in their development as a caring and responsible person

The Bond Between Horses and Children

Girls and Horses

There has always been a strong bond between little girls and horses, and it’s a connection that has long been celebrated in literature, in stories like “International Velvet” and many more. Even psychologists have remarked on the strong bond many girls have with horses, and the thought is that falling in love with a horse is a safe way for a girl to express the many complex feelings and passions she experiences growing up.

Many parents take note of the bond that children feel towards horses and consider the pros and cons of actually buying one. Though buying a horse is obviously a major financial commitment, there’s no question that taking responsibility for the care of a horse can be a great learning experience for a child. Taking care of cleaning a stall and feeding and grooming a horse can deepen the bond a young person has for the animal, and can make the joyful experience of riding even more meaningful. There’s definitely a strong argument in favor of horse ownership for the whole family, but the wise move is to get a horse insurance quote before making a purchase.

Anyone who has spent time around a horse knows how beautiful and soulful these majestic animals can be. Yes, owning a horse is a big responsibility, but it can be an incredibly rewarding experience as well.… Read More

Veterinary Acupuncture on Animals

Acupuncture is an alternative traditional Chinese medication that involves the insertion and manipulation of needles into different points on the body in order to ease pain and discomfort. Many speculates that this alternative treatment simply works or seem effective on patients due to the placebo effect. Placebo effect refers to the concept of just thinking that the treatment is effective so a patient feels comfort, simply put is a mind over matter way of perception to relieve pain. However, this Acupuncture is nowadays not only used on humans but also on animals. Veterinarians are now also executing acupuncture sessions and treatments on animals which has been producing satisfying if not excellent results. So perhaps, acupuncture is not merely a placebo-kind-of-treatment as it apparently worked on animal treatments.

The first concern in performing acupuncture is if the process could be painful to and for the animals since it involves piercing the body with filiform needles. In actuality, human patients who have undergone acupuncture session may attest that this alternative treatment involves no major pain, but have accounted warmth and tingles instead. Whereas on animals, majority of them fell asleep during the process. And when the animals see their veterinary acupuncturist is approaching them, they acknowledge happily as a sign that they trust the vet and the medications performed on them by the animal doctors does not hurt them. However, there I still a minute number on animals that are not comfortable with the process, the same as with some humans.

Like in human acupuncture, the animals used on animals are sterilized and are intended only for single usage. These needles measure from 0.18-0.25 millimeters wide. It is known that 95% of animal patients pricked with these needles feel comfortable especially with the presence of owners or handlers reassuring them. Most animals feel relaxed especially if the acupuncture I executed within the patient’s home as it reduces the animal’ fear of the treatment. This alternative medication is safe and must be performed by eligible practitioners or competent veterinary surgeons.

This process of inserting small needles into the animal bodies are effective treatments for many respiratory and heart conditions ranging from arthritis to skin allergies in different areas of the body. The modified combination of conventional medicine and Chinese acupuncture on animals may considerably improve infections, allergies and degenerative illnesses. This is particularly shown effective in treatments for chronic painful conditions especially with older animals. When a conventional treatment seems inadequate in alleviating the animal’s distress, Acupuncture may serve as supplementary measures in the animal’s medications. Initially, some Chinese herbs may be administered but the best of results are achieved when the needles have been inserted. Eventually, when the patient has positively responded to the acupuncture, the dosage of conventional drugs may already be lessened.

For pets or animals with acute conditions, acupuncture is needed to be performed one to two times within a week. Frequent sessions may give an unnecessary stress to the animal and may not give ample time … Read More

A Complete Cleanup Guide for Pet Owners

If you own a pet, it is quite certain that you must have confronted the problem caused due to the bad relationship of pets and carpet. These two things can’t go hand in hand can they? Many accidents occur if the pets around our house get too familiar with the fitted carpets. However, if you take proper care and preventive measures, you can come up with the perfect way of making things work for you.

It is also advisable that you don’t punish or penalize your pet for urinating on your carpet, as this will make the situation worse, but instead take them for a walk or exercise which makes them active and responsive. This article highlights methods and techniques, which may help you in handling the whole situation wisely and prudently. You can handle every situation only if correct method and approach is employed. The below are a few tips and techniques for helping you in the maintenance of your carpets in combination with your pets:

1. Make sure that you vacuum your carpet on a daily basis, as this will help to avoid the stain from setting deep into the carpet and its fibers.

2. Subsequent to the occurrence of any accident, try to soak up the discharge using a dried sponge or white napkin and dispose of it later. Then, make use of a prime quality enzyme commodity to remove the spots and stains off your carpet. Never pour a huge amount of enzyme liquid on the affected area. It is misunderstood by individuals, and there is a clear direction on the back of every product’s bottle to ensure that you get it right. You should go to a janitorial store and purchase a good quality product of enzyme (janitorial stores usually have a wide variety of enzyme product). After pouring a small amount of enzyme product on the area affected, employ a soft moist wipe and clean in a clock wise direction.

3. Does your professional cleaner utilize a Hot Water or Steam extraction technique at least once each year? This may not be enough, as pets can cause stains constantly. The key factors for utilization of such techniques is that the method stated will help cleaning the carpet through its depth, and get rid of dust and pet’s filth off the carpets.

By following the techniques stated above, you will be able to maintain a beautiful looking carpet for many years to come.… Read More

What Your Rabbit Is Telling You

Words are very important in revealing and portraying someone’s emotions. Words make the world more expressive and meaningful. However, words can sometimes be destructive. Therefore, it is important to be aware and mindful of the words that are blurted out because great consequences may come after. In short, words are powerful in the conduct of everyday life.

There are times that we can’t find the right words to express something, right? When this happens, we make noises hoping that these are enough to portray whatever we are feeling. Thousands of these can be made, but at the end of the day, it can be very effective in delivering a message.

Animals are known to make noises since they are unable to speak. Lions, for example, roar to get the message across, snakes hiss to tell something, and other animals make noises to attract a mate or scare an enemy. There are many of these that can be heard when you go into the wilderness.

If you are thinking of getting a pet, you should be ready for the noises they make. You wouldn’t want to appear rude by dismissing your pet’s attempt to communicate with you. They may be called noise, but these do mean something. Thus, it is important that you know what to expect so that you won’t get agitated when you hear one.

If you want a pet rabbit, then it is helpful that you know the noises they make beforehand. Here are some of these that they tend to make. Hopefully you can understand the message:

1. Tooth Grinding (Soft)

– This means they are contented and delighted.

2. Tooth Grinding (Loud)

– When they make this sound, it signifies discomfort or suffering.

3. Grunt

– It means they are happy, excited and interested.

4. Growl

– This signifies they are agitated or angry. It might also indicate a fear of something.

5. Scream

– This is their way of saying they are in great pain. Upon hearing this, it would be best if you bring them to your vet. There are times that this means panic, too.

6. Snort

– This indicates pleasure while eating or grooming. You should be happy when you hear this because it conveys happiness.

7. Foot thump

– It can mean two things: they either sense danger or they are just expressing frustration or anger.

8. Mating Noises

– This may sound inconceivable. When hearing such, it would mean they are mating.

Generally, rabbits are silent but there are other rabbits that prefer to be more “vocal” in expressing whatever they feel inside. It is great to know the meaning of the noise they make because you will know when they are happy, contented, sad, and sick.

Aside those mentioned above, it is important that you provide your pet rabbits with everything they need from food, shelter, grooming, and other care requirements. If you cannot provide them with what they need, then you should consider giving them back … Read More