PRODUCT REVIEW: Hagen Cat It Senses Motion Activated Illuminated Ball

Hagen Inc. is a German family owned pet supply company founded in 1955.  They started in Canada with the exportation of bird seed, and are now part of the international market including the US, UK, France, Germany and Malaysia.  They sell to both Petsmart and Pet Food Direct, as well as other stores and feature the Nutrience line of premium dog food, as well as the Habitrail  line of tubular hamster housing.

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So the other day I went shopping at Pet Food Direct for dog food and thought I would pick up something for the cats as well.  I saw these cute play balls where the flashing light (similar to what you see with laser pointers) was motion activated–neat!  I thought Little Dingle would love them!

(For those just tuning in, our two spoiled cats live on the lower level of our house, the space that’s complete with the big TV, wall to wall carpeting and the reclining furniture.  We call it Cat Town, as opposed to Dogville, upstairs).  The cats don’t get as much playtime recently as I’d like, so I thought this might stimulate them a bit.

But as it turns out, not so much.  Both Dings and Cash would obligingly pat the nice little ball and it would flash at them.  Then they’d give a catty little shrug and walk away.

So–final assessment:  this toy works–the thing rolls and the lights flash without fail.  But you might want it for a younger kitty.  Dingle and Cash are 8 and 10 years old, respectively.  Although Dingle will still play with any string–moving or not–it’s pretty hard to get Cash interested in toys.

Update 4/30/15:  We did offer these toys to a reader with younger cats–still no interest.  Just FYI.  😉

In the meantime, to buy your own, go here.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Kong vs Kong Wubba

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The Kong Company of Colorado has been in business since the 70’s.  The original Kong toy (pictured above on the right) comes in various colors.  Kongs can be stuffed with treats and fillers, and even frozen.  The current fav filling of our dogs is a liver paste dispensed from a container something like you see for whipped cream for people…although we occasionally put other treats inside.  Our greyhound, Seba, loves bouncing the Kong like a ball and chasing after its erratic movements, since it doesn’t roll, like a ball would.

But the Kong is especially suited for our product tester, Castle, who has a nickname around Your Pet Space–El Destructo.  That’s why we have another dog that tests small, fluffy toys.  Because Castle destroys them in less than 5 minutes–no kidding. Castle had a smaller, blue Kong when she was a puppy.  When she chewed through that, we got her the red one (intended for adult dogs).  To date (about two years), she has yet to chew through it.

Still, she gets bored with the Kong when it doesn’t have anything in it.  She particularly likes to tear apart the edges of things–Seba’s bed, Hoagy’s long ears–so when we saw the Kong Wubba with its long octopus like legs (in the photo upper left), we decided to give it a try.  Sure enough, she did tear off the legs over a period of about 5 months–even got the hard rubber balls inside out of the tough, reinforced cover.  But then she played with the balls until she lost them somewhere in the back yard.  So, in May of this year, happy with the wear compared to other toys, we purchased a replacement.

So the other morning I put Castle in her crate, gave her the Wubba, and went to do something out of the room.  As all pet moms can tell you, though, when your furkid is making a sound that means trouble, it gets through even if you are occupied.  So when I heard her making a banging noise I came back in and saw this:

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Yep, El Destructo strikes again!  Good incentive to never leave your dog unattended with any toy.  Just glad she didn’t swallow any pieces of rubber.  So–final assessment:

Kong Wubba–highly durable, likely to last several months.

Original Kong–indestructible (at least so far).  Though I think it might be time to get Castle the black version (for tough chewers).

AND, just in case you have a cat, Kong Co. also makes a line of toys for our feline friends!

Ready to buy some Kong toys?  Just click below!

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New Affiliate Announcement!

We are excited to welcome our latest affiliate, Cesar’s Way.  Yes, you can now buy products through our site from Cesar Milan, the famous Dog Whisperer!

In addition, we added text only links, so you can leave your ad-blocker on if you prefer and still get access to great bargains.  We are in negotiations with more companies and expect to be adding more each week.  In the meantime, you can help us in three ways:  1) Continue to shop through our Recommended Providers, Products and Services Page, 2) let us know where you most like to shop for your pets.  3) Send us your product reviews!

Speaking of Product Reviews…

You will notice we have added a new page showing off our current writing and testing staff.  We are always looking for guest bloggers and product testers…so drop us a line at to volunteer!

And Now, To Howloween!!!

We are very pleased to announce that as of today we are accepting pics for a new costume contest for your pets!  Some wonderful prizes are being put together from local sponsors–but even if you are one of our readers from Canada, Germany, India or the UK, you can still win!  Here are the contest rules:

1.)  You must subscribe to the Your Pet Space newsletter to qualify to enter.  To subscribe, look for the yellow tabs on the side of each page, or e-mail us at saying you want to be added.

2) Submit a picture of your pet(s) in costume to no later than Nov 2nd at midnight.  You may submit separate photos of different pets to be entered more than once!

3.)  Send a link to our site once the voting poll goes up to all your friends so they can vote for you.

4.) Winners will be announced on Sunday, November 10th and prizes awarded in the following week!

5.) You are giving us permission by entering the contest to display photos of your pet in costume (and your photo also, if you like) on Your Pet Space for promotional purposes.

Ok, ready, set–costume!  Hint: check out the sale link to Halloween costumes for your pet here: Halloween Shop – Scary fun for all costumes, treats, toys, and events at!







Product News!

We are pleased to announce the first three companies to affiliate with us are Petsmart, the ASPCA and Pet Food Direct!  We expect to be offering special deals right here on our website for our visitors, and adding even more affiliates over the coming weeks.

Please remember to go through our Recommended Products and Services page to shop at these stores.  By doing so, you can trust we have dealt with all of the companies listed there and have had a positive experience.  You’ll also be helping to keep Your Pet Space up and running!

Look for product reviews here as we test new vendors and items.  As always, we are here to serve every need of you and your pets.