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Brenda Fisher

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A £170,000 kennel? That’ll really get their tails wagging

When “the world’s most luxurious dog manors” launched last month, it seemed reasonable to ask: are we spoiling our pets? The kennels by Hecate Verona are mini mansions. Each has heating and air conditioning, treat dispensers, TV and a conference calling system — and they’ve already sold nine of them. While it’s tempting to mock this as ostentatious one-pupmanship, kindness to animals is a key indicator of a good egg, and should be welcomed — even in the form of a climate-controlled Colonial Villa.

Kindness to pet owners is rising up the agenda, too. A drawback for folk who rent their homes is that only a minority of landlords allow pets. The property developer Be, whose associate director Chris Brown owns a handsome Jack Russell cross, has spotted this scarcity and is offering animal-friendly tenancies. Dogs are welcome in Be’s development in Hayes, west London, and cats are indulged, too: the central courtyard is planted with catnip.

wildwash

Keep your pets fragrant with this Wildwash gift pack of grooming products. Natural ingredients such as sweet orange, coriander and cedarwood will strengthen and moisturise fur, and help to repel those pesky fleas. The set includes shampoo, conditioner, perfume and a conditioning paw balm. £58; notonthehighstreet.com
foam steps

Opinion on this product will be divided. If you don’t allow dogs on the bed, it will be an outrageous indulgence to rival the pooch palace pictured above. Most of us do, though, and when your pet is getting on a bit, it will come in handy. It has lightweight foam steps and a removable, washable brown tweed cover. £159; orvis.co.uk

dog beds

Mungo and Maud specialises in stylish pet accessories. Its Classic dog beds come in charcoal, natural or this pink woven cotton. Choose from small (W62cm x D43cm; £165) or medium (W73cm x D53cm; £199). For cats, there’s the Rag basket, which has a fleece insert (42cm diameter; £105). mungoandmaud.com

 pets’ wardrobeFido is a new piece of furniture from Omlet — part crate, part pets’ wardrobe. The two-door den, which offers storage for the impedimenta of pet ownership, comes in two sizes: Studio 24 (H58cm x D49cm x W98cm; £157), and Studio 36 (H73cm x D61cm x W125cm; £220). The price includes the crate, wardrobe and storage box; the bed, clothes rail and other accessories can be added separately. omlet.co.uk
pet homeAnother quirky but practical pet home from Omlet, the Qute is designed for hamsters and gerbils. A two-storey residence, it has an extra-deep bedding tray that can be whipped out and cleaned in moments, as well as a handy storage drawer. Available in white, birch or walnut, it measures H82cm x W48cm x D37cm. £89; omlet.co.uk
The Bloq side table

Could this be the first piece of furniture designed to be shared by humans and animals? The Bloq side table, from the Dutch design label Binq, has a drawer and a cat bed below. The cushions come in green, black, dark grey, denim blue, light grey, ocean blue, purple, red, taupe or yellow, and it measures 47cm x 47cm x 47cm. £170; binqdesign.nl
dog bed

Charley Chau is run by two “crazy dog lady” sisters who own four Italian greyhounds. Their Deeply Dishy dog bed is covered in softest velour in contrast colours. Shown in teal and fuchsia, it also comes in lime and leaf, cloud and silver, and tangerine and claret. It’s available in small (W65cm x D53cm; £135) or medium (W78cm x D60cm; £160). charleychau.com
wide-angle cameraMiss your cat while you are away? Invest in a Petcube, a wide-angle camera with two-way audio, and you can watch her via your phone and chat through the built-in microphone and speaker. Should the conversation run dry, there’s a game you can play featuring a laser operated via your handset. £175conranshop.co.uk

Cat Nappa bed

The Cat Nappa bed, by Creature Clothes, comes in colours including tan, chocolate brown, denim blue and this red, each with a contrast “Meow”. They’re also available with a Union Jack motif. Covers and cushions can go in the washing machine, and they come in two sizes, 53cm x 58cm (£47) and 66cm x 86cm (£61). petspyjamas.com