SOURCE: PetSmart

September 17, 2008 09:00 ET

These Are a Few of Pets' Favorite Things

PetSmart® Associates and Customers Share the Best Products to Keep Pets Healthy and Happy

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - Fur removal tools, fashionable collars and self-cleaning litter boxes are among the Favorite Things that PetSmart® (NASDAQ: PETM) associates and customers recommend this year to ensure the health and well-being of their pets.

Topping the list for dogs and cats is the FURminator®, a de-shedding tool that removes the undercoat and loose hair from dogs and cats while leaving a healthy and shiny topcoat. Designed for long- and short-haired pets, it reduces dander and hair by 90 percent, making it perfect for pet parents who suffer from allergies or those just looking for a cleaner house.

"Our pet parents want products that keep their pets healthy and happy, but they also love products that solve common problems," said Dr. Robyn Jaynes, veterinarian and pet care expert at PetSmart. "The FURminator does both. It dramatically reduces shedding, making pets more comfortable and keeping floors and furniture cleaner." The FURminator received a five-star rating from PetSmart customers on www.petsmart.com, and associates named it the top solution for pet parents in the store.

After the FURminator, the top three Favorite Things for canine companions are:

-- Collars and Leads - Collars and leads can be both fashionable and functional. Pet parents prefer collars and leads that allow them to customize the look, style and dog walking approach. Head collars and harnesses offer a painless and highly effective way to prevent unwanted leash behavior in all breeds including pulling, lunging and jumping.

-- Greenies® Pill Pockets® - Greenies Pill Pockets are the perfect solution for pets that don't like to take their medication. These vet- recommended, nutritious and delicious treats have a built-in pocket that's perfect for hiding pills or supplements. They're also available in convenient sizes to match pill size, and are available in beef or chicken flavors.

-- Orthopedic Beds - From heated to memory foam, orthopedic pet beds give dogs a place of their own to sleep and feel better. These beds are designed to provide therapeutic comfort and help relieve the stress of arthritis, dysplasia and sore joints.

The top three Favorite Things for feline friends are:

-- Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes - These litter boxes automatically dispose of waste and odor mere minutes after the cat departs the litter box. They keep the area clean, and make life a little easier on pet parents.

-- The Drinkwell® Pet Fountain - This electric fountain provides pets with fresher, better tasting water. Pets enjoy drinking water that is flowing, so this encourages them to drink more frequently. It's great for all pets, and especially beneficial for cats that don't drink enough water.

-- Personalized tags - Pet parents recognize the importance of keeping track of their cats while outfitting them with a style that suits their personality.

Fins down, aquarium cleaning systems top the list of Favorite Things in the specialty category. These products dramatically reduce the time pet parents spend on aquarium maintenance.

While pet parents' Favorite Things tend to be more functional, it's the toys and treats that create more meaningful interactions that make up pets' Favorite Things at PetSmart.

"An important part of providing for pets' health and well-being includes taking the time to play with them," said Suzanne Hetts, a certified animal behaviorist and owner of Animal Behavior Associates. "Pet behaviorists and dog trainers are realizing more and more that play strengthens the bond between people and pets. Healthy play behaviors that incorporate toys available at PetSmart can help promote good behavior."

From now until Nov. 1, pet parents can celebrate many of PetSmart's Favorite Things with a discount of up to 15 percent off the original price both in-store and online at petsmart.com.

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company operates more than 1,043 pet stores in the United States and Canada, a growing number of in-store PetSmart PetsHotel® cat and dog boarding facilities, and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com). PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers complete pet training, pet grooming, pet boarding, doggie day camp and pet adoption services. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization, has funded more than $70 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store pet adoption programs, has helped save the lives of more than 3 million pets.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Shae Sneed
    GolinHarris for PetSmart
    972-341-2539

    Michelle Friedman
    PetSmart
    623-587-2177