Indulge your furry friends with these services and products that will make them feel like royalty
Claw and Paw
If your cats are restless in the confines of an apartment or are scratching furniture to within an inch of its life, then a cat scratcher could be the answer. Based out of Abu Dhabi, Claw and Paw is a family-run business that creates handmade scratchers and activity centres that are thoughtfully designed with cats’ behaviour and needs in mind. Choose from ready-made designs or customise a playground big or small. From AED 200. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, clawandpaw.com
Your pet’s health is the key to happiness, and that’s why this company recently launched a range of nutritious raw pet food for cats and dogs. Aside from a tried-and-tested range of meals featuring high-quality ingredients, Furchild offers customised meal plans. The online shop also stocks bowls, treats, organic snout soothing balm, supplements and more. Contact: 04 339 0100, furchildpets.com
Cloud 9 Pet Hotel and Care
Far from just offering boarding facilities for all sorts of pets from birds to dogs, this pet palace includes a slew of services to make sure your furry friends are treated like royalty. You can drop them off at day care while you go to work, take your pooch to dog training and treat them to grooming in the spa. What’s more, Cloud 9 offers at-home salon services for cats and dogs, as well as chauffeur services and pet sitting. Khalifa City. Contact: 02 556 4111, cloud9pethotel.com
Kalb and Kalba
If your dog is a bit of a diva, then make sure they look the part. Creating designer wear for dogs, Kalb and Kalba’s line of denim garbs means your pooch will stand out from the crowd in an embellished denim jacket or bandana. Products come in different sizes to fit various breeds. From AED 45. Visit: littlemajlis.com/shop/kalbandkalba
This dog bakery specialises in healthy, homemade treats and cookies for pups, with flavours like barbecue chicken, carrot and pumpkin, lavender and lemon, and ginger. While shopping online, grab a Mutt Box, crammed with different flavours of jerky sticks, biscuits and other treats. Contact: email@example.com, muttmadnessdubai.com
Pimp my Pallet
If your pet rules the roost, then they need a suitable throne. Pimp my Pallet recycles wooden pallets to create unique beds for pets of all shapes and sizes, as well as toy boxes to house their biscuits and balls. From AED 149. Visit: littlemajlis.com/shop/pimpmypallets
Meet the owners of Furchild
Inspired to save their pup Maximus from a future on medication, Rob Kelly and Katherine Cebrowski threw all their time and effort into researching the ins and outs of pet nutrition. Following the launch of their raw meals, we speak with them to find out why pet nutrition is so important.
Why is a pet’s diet so important?
Katherine: It impacts all aspects of their life. To make sure you’re providing the best for your pet, it stems from their health and happiness; and health starts from nutrition. So the whole emphasis of giving them the food they’re supposed to eat that will make their health thrive, and become happier, is really what it comes down to.
What do most mass-produced pet food brands contain and what should a pet’s diet actually consist of?
Rob: The forefront of that is fresh food. These brands are highly processed and contain a lot of carbohydrates and starch, which essentially isn’t what an animal is adapted to eat. More to the point, they need to be eating a fresh food diet that’s species appropriate.
Katherine: A lot of what exists for pets today is by-products of human food, a lot of corn, wheat, soy, low-quality foods. If you look at animals, specifically dogs and cats, we look at their ancestral diet, and that’s what they’re designed to eat from evolution. If you can imagine what these animals ate in the wild, they were thriving off fresh, whole prey animals, fresh berries and a variety of food, not just the same bag of processed food for the rest of their life.
What sets Furchild apart?
Rob: An enormous amount of time went into research to get data [on ancestral diets]. We worked with experts who have studied this in depth and we take all that into account when formulating our diets.
Katherine: We look at each ingredient profile and the nutritional make-up of it. Obviously that’s going to be impacted by the quality of the ingredient, so it’s not only feeding ingredients that are appropriate for pets but also feeding a premium, higher quality ingredient that’s not exposed to pesticides, hormones, antibiotics; if that’s the meats we use, then it’s making sure that those animals are raised eating their species-appropriate foods – grass fed as opposed to corn fed, cage free, those sorts of details that all affect the nutritional profile of the food you’re feeding your pets.
WORDS Rachael Perrett