24 Best Cat Bowls, Toys, Treats, Trees, and Litter Boxes | The Strategist

Every product is independently selected by (obsessive) editors. Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission. Although cats are generally considered lower-maintenance pets than dogs, there’s still a lot of gear — including food bowls, litter boxes, toys, carriers, and more — you’ll need when adopting a new kitten or an adult cat. Since adopting two cats eight years ago (one of which has sadly passed away), I’ve tried out a lot of cat gear, and have pretty strong opinions on the items worth buying. Of course, all cats have their own preferences and personalities, but my picks below should be more than enough to get you started. You should always consult your vet about any dietary needs specific to your cat, but in my experience, Wellness wet food is my cat’s favorite — so much that I’ve recommended it to other cat owners who’ve also become fans. Wellness wet food doesn’t contain unhealthy grains or fillers found in other cheaper brands, but it’s still affordable enough to buy in bulk. Most vets I’ve spoken with prefer wet over dry food because it has a higher moisture content, which can help prevent urinary tract problems, diabetes, or kidney disease. And no ma...

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(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices) If any of the securities being registered on this form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, check the following box.  ☐ If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.  ☐ If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(c) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.  ☐ If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.  ☐ Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a n...

Elle Fanning shows off a VERY flamboyant pierced manicure at the Met Gala

The Met Gala red carpet is one of the most hotly-anticipated red carpets of the year, thanks to the over-the-top, avant-garde fashion and beauty looks that flood it each and every May.  And this year was perhaps one of the most flamboyant yet, with almost every A-lister in attendance going the extra mile to ensure that their ensemble lived up to the ‘camp’ theme that had been set – right down to their fingernails.  But when it came to the battle of the talons, none were more impressive than those of 21-year-old actress Elle Fanning, whose bold pink nails were easily one of the most exciting moments of the night – fighting for the spotlight alongside Katy Perry’s chandelier dress and Lady Gaga’s red carpet strip tease.   Nailed it: Elle Fanning showed off an incredibly elaborate manicure at the Met Gala on Monday night, revealing funky charms dangling from each of her nails  Get ‘em up! The 21-year-old actress seemed particularly enamored with her over-the-top manicure, and couldn’t stop posing with her nails by her face Over here! Once she arrived on the red carpet, Elle made sure that her nails got plenty of attention from the pho...

Early adopters of LED lighting will remember 50,000 hour or even 100,000 hour lifetime ratings printed on

Early adopters of LED lighting will remember 50,000 hour or even 100,000 hour lifetime ratings printed on the box. But during a recent trip to the hardware store the longest advertised lifetime I found was 25,000 hours. Others claimed only 7,500 or 15,000 hours. And yes, these are brand-name bulbs from Cree and GE. So, what happened to those 100,000 hour residential LED bulbs? Were the initial estimates just over-optimistic? Was it all marketing hype? Or, did we not know enough about LED aging to predict the true useful life of a bulb? I put these questions to the test. Join me after the break for some background on the light bulb cartel from the days of incandescent bulbs (not a joke, a cartel controlled the life of your bulbs), and for the destruction of some modern LED bulbs to see why the lifetimes are clocking in a lot lower than the original wave of LED replacements. Any discussion of light bulb lifetime would be incomplete without mention of the Phoebus cartel, an international organization formed in 1924 by the world’s leading light bulb manufacturers to manipulate the bulb market. As discussed by Markus Krajewski in “The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy”, the cartel assigned...

Salomon S Pro ski boots a hit for consumers and boot fitters

Editor’s note: This is part six of a seven-part series on the latest and greatest finds at the Outdoor Retailer and Snowsports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show, which took place in Denver earlier this year. This trade show represents suppliers of consumer outdoor sports with constituents in the retailer, rep and resort communities. Ski boots are the most important part of the ski equipment equation, and the big buzz at the Outdoor Retailer and Snowsports Industries America (SIA) Snow Snow in Denver among retailers earlier this year was the new Salomon S Pro ski boots. Operating out of the French Alps, Salomon has been helping people get out on the slopes on the right equipment since 1947. The company is driven by innovation and craftsmanship, and Salomon is excited to release this new S Pro line of ski boots. More than 5,000 foot scans were involved in the development of this boot. “The goal here was to create the best-fitting initial out-of-the-box fit in the entire industry,” said Chris McKearin, country commercial manager at USA Salomon. This has boot-fitters at ski shops extremely happy. You can still customize the boots by adding a footbed, heel lifts and punching out tig...

What to get doting dog moms, urban wildlife observers and the bleeding hearts of animal rescue | Gift Guide | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander

For the proud cat ladies, the dogs > people crew, and the aspiring wildlife charmers a la Snow White, the best gifts should honor their indomitable love for the animal world. Do not — I repeat, do not — however, interpret this infatuation as due cause to unexpectedly gift said animal lover with another living being. From puppies to goldfish, kittens to reptiles, pets are not appropriate holiday gifts unless — and only if — you and the intended recipient have planned far in advance in order to properly and responsibly care for said living creature for the remainder of its lifespan. OK, great. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s begin. Since the aforementioned animal lovers you know are likely living in a full and fur-covered house, running a small nonprofit rescue or fostering kittens in their spare bedroom — yet would own more pets if they could — do the next best thing. Sponsor the adoption fee for a local shelter animal in their name, and include a photo of the chosen animal and a little bit about it inside a nice card. Or consider sponsoring a shelter kennel for an entire year, which includes a nice plaque that hangs on the kennel door with your ow...

Review: Ravemen PR1200 USB Rechargeable DuaLens Front Light

I never thought I’d find a worthy replacement for my fantastic Cateye Volt 1200, which has given me three years of near-faultless service. But crikey, this Ravemen PR1200 is a cracking bit of kit. It would be getting a perfect 10 if the mount was a bit better and the display told you the charge state when you’re using the USB port to charge stuff. But apart from that, full marks. Ravemen make a bunch of lights and this is their most powerful. It’s solidly made, with a double LED design and integrated battery housed in a high quality anodised aluminium casing that’s well-finished and waterproof. There’s two buttons: one turns the light on and off and switches between mountain bike (dual beam) and road (single beam) modes, and the other adjusts the brightness. Both buttons glow in the dark, which is a nice touch. The 1,200 lumen headline brightness is only available when you’re using both of the CREE XM-L2 LEDs, of which one is a high beam and one a dipped beam. A proper road friendly dipped beam. See, everyone? It’s really not that hard. A simple lens change and you get a squared-off beam that’s great for road use, and because nearl...

Best bike lock 2019: Top D-locks, foldable locks and chain locks rated

Looking for the best bike lock to buy in 2019? We’ve tested 24 locks to destruction to reveal which is the best bike lock on the market. Tested were a selection of U-locks, foldable locks and chain locks for cyclists. Before we begin, the first thing to realise is that no single lock is unbreakable — armed with the right tools and knowledge, a person who really wants to steal your bike will be able to, no matter what you lock it up with. What you can do is deter the bike thief looking for an easy steal, or give the more determined a much harder time. With that in mind, one of the best bits of advice we can give you, after many years of busting and picking locks in our tests, is to use two locks of different types and brands. If a thief is adept at picking a certain type of lock, and has the tools to do so, it’s unlikely that they will also have the tools or the knowledge to pick a completely different type. Two budget locks that are wildly different in style and key/lock-cylinder types are sometimes better than just one expensive lock. Over the two decades that we’ve been putting together our intensive and independent lock tests, we’ve always used a combination of manual and po...

Gorgeous abstractions from Elizabeth Osborne and other shows you’ll want to see in Philly galleries this month

A decade ago, the Philadelphia painter Elizabeth Osborne, long known for her landscapes, still lifes, and figures in moody interior scenes, seemed poised to commit herself to abstraction. Her radiant colors, a hallmark of her work, were now frequently arranged in vertical and horizontal bands. She soon circled back to her signature style and themes, but with a new freedom of spirit. Her paint application was less tightly controlled — even drippy in places. Osborne’s current show, “A Painter’s Place” at Locks Gallery, continues her experiments in abstraction. Most of her new paintings depict landscapes in Maine, Mexico, Nova Scotia, and on Prince Edward Island, now reduced to their most elemental shapes. In Cove Tea Hill (2018-19), those horizontal bands of color form the landscape. In Storm Warning (2018), they’re a seascape (which might be a nod to Martin Johnson Heade’s famously ominous 1861-62 painting, Approaching Storm: Beach Near Newport). Doorway Mexico (2019) and Hillside Autumn (2018) are the only works here depicting the human-built world, and even then their architectural details are relegated to the background. Garden Tea Hill (3) (2019) is an explosion of orange-, ...

Some Philly neighborhoods get crime-fighting LED streetlights, but others must wait

All Southwest Philadelphia resident Luzenia Lovett wants for her birthday is a set of new streetlights. Lovett, who celebrated her 50th last Friday, is tired of poor lighting in her neighborhood. The lamps are dim and often flickering, she said, and one won’t turn on at all. Despite a handful of calls to 311, Lovett can’t seem to get any movement on repair. As block captain of the 2100 block of South 60th Street, she wants to shed some new light on her community. Specifically, LED light. In August, Lovett found out via an Inquirer story that Philly is replacing 100,000 of its regular streetlights with brighter LED bulbs. Ideally, the switch will reduce both the city’s carbon footprint and its electric bill. Lovett wants in. She reached out to Billy Penn, asking how she might be able to make it happen, writing: I would like to know if you have any info on how I can apply for this lighting. My area is infested with crime. The neighborhood in which I live would really benefit from this upgrade and is needed immediately. For Lovett, we come bearing both good news and bad: You can apply for the LED lights — but there’s no guarantee you’ll ever actually get them. In a city constantly...

Mystic Eye: Wisdom, Meditation & Bliss with Sadhguru Madison Square Garden NYC – Hulu TheaterNovember 03,

Mystic Eye: Wisdom, Meditation & Bliss with Sadhguru Madison Square Garden NYC – Hulu TheaterNovember 03, 2019 – New York oin us to:- Explore life’s deepest questions- Meditate with Sadhguru- Experience one’s natural state of freedom, love and limitless joySadhguru is a yogi, mystic and visionary. Named one of India’s 50 most influential people, Sadhguru’s work has touched the lives of millions worldwide. Sadhguru bridges the gap between the modern and the mystical and opens the door to deeper dimensions of life.Sadhguru established the Isha Foundation, a volunteer-run international nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential. The Foundation is headquartered at Isha Yoga Center in southern India and at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences in the United States. Under the guidance of Sadhguru and driven by a sense of oneness, love, and a deep longing to reach out and share, the Isha Foundation has also implemented several large-scale human service projects for rural upliftment, education reform, environmental stewardship, as well as holistic and healthy living. Sadhguru is a contemporary mystic with a unique yet astoundingly ...

The bookstore formerly known as Common Good Books officially turned a new page on April 1

The bookstore formerly known as Common Good Books officially turned a new page on April 1 when new owner, Nick Ballas, took over management and began the store’s “Next Chapter.” The change comes after former owner Garrison Keillor decided to sell the bookstore at the beginning of 2019. “We’re largely the same,” store manager David Enyeart said. “Same layout, same staff, same books, but a little bit different,” In addition to the change in name, the store has a fresh coat of paint, new signage and, according to Enyeart, “fresh energy.” Common Good Books had been operating on the corner of Grand and Snelling since 2012 and had been in business since 2006. According to Enyeart, when allegations of sexual misconduct against Keillor surfaced in 2017, the store’s sales suffered significantly. Enyeart says that with Next Chapter, he and Ballas are interested in increasing efforts to engage with the local community. “We’ll certainly return to doing more events, and that sort of thing,” Enyeart said. “Nick is very interested in the community aspect of the store, so we’re going to redouble our efforts on that sort of thing. I’m especially interested in book clubs and other events where we...

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