Beat Holiday Stress For Your Cat

Holiday induced stress for both pets and humans can occur during the hustle and bustle of the season for a variety of reasons, including something as simple as a change in routine.

To help pet lovers keep their pets calm, out of trouble and a part of the festivities, Bamboo, an innovator in pet care products, offers helpful tips and some very innovative products.

Disruptions in normal, every day routines can cause anxiety and even boredom for pets.

Too many visitors upset pets. To keep them from becoming hyper, pet lovers can put them in another room where they can relax and feel safe.

On the flip side, when human companions are not able to provide customary interaction because of holiday commitments, pets can get bored and become destructive. Toys are a great way to pacify and keep pets engaged.

Everyone likes to get gifts during the holidays. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), 40 million Americans plan to give gifts to their pets this holiday season. Many pet lovers think of their pets as members of the family and believe they should get special holiday gifts, too.

Bamboo agrees, and since pets come in all different sizes,

Holidays frequently require travel. Many pet lovers don't want to leave their furry friends at home, any more than their four-legged companions want to be left behind. In fact, in a survey conducted by the Travel Industry Association, 29.1 million U.S. adults say they have traveled with their pet on a trip of 50 miles or more.

Bamboo recognizes that pets, like children, find comfort in items from home while on the road. Bamboo's Sleep Over Bags are perfectly comforting to pets when visiting family and friends because the bags bring a little bit of "home," providing a sense of security and helping four-legged travelers to relax.

To make sure the bags smell like "home," Bamboo recommends using the Sleep Over Bags at home first, so they'll absorb the pet's familiar scents.

Made for cats and dogs, the Sleep Over Bags roll up for easy storage and transportation and convert into blankets for lounging, while an attached toy entices play. The suggested retail price is $17.99 for Cat Sleep Over bags and $19.99 for Dog Sleep Over bags.

During stressful holiday times, pets need extra attention and love. Simply stroking a pet can be calming for both pets and their human companions. In fact, recent scientific studies have proven that stroking an animal lowers a person's blood pressure, reduces anxiety and produces a general feeling of well-being.

One way to make an extra "fuss" over pets during the holidays is to groom them - giving them both additional attention and making them look good at the same time - using Bamboo's innovative line of grooming tools.

Developed in coordination with professional groomers, Bamboo combines products that are typically used together into single, multi-function tools. In addition to a slicker brush with integrated flea and fine combs, the grooming line includes a slicker brush with integrated flea and fine combs, a pin and bristle brush with integrated flea comb, an adjustable size shedding blade and a combination undercoat and dematting rake, and nail clippers that feature an integrated styptic and file. The suggested retail price for the grooming products ranges from $4.99 to $12.99.

"Bamboo believes the holidays can be a joyous season for pets, too" says Bamboo CEO, Steven B. Dunn, "All they need is a little extra attention to keep the tails wagging and the purrs coming."

ABOUT BAMBOO Bamboo is a division of Munchkin, Inc. As a leader in the baby care industry, Munchkin delights parents with high quality, affordable products that can be found at mass market, grocery, drug and specialty retailers.

In many of today's families, pets are the "other child." An estimated 92% of pet owners consider their pets to be members of the family, and those families include children and adults that are familiar with the Munchkin brand.

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