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Archive for August, 2017

Did you know owning a cat can improve your health?

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

It’s true!  Sharing your life with a cat can also reduce your risk of heart attack by up to one-third!  Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute have discovered the positive impact feline companionship has on people includes some serious cardiac benefits. If you have a heart, and you want to keep it healthy, stress management is very important. Here’s how to bring your cat into the picture:

Snuggle Time

Spending time simply petting your cat can drop your stress level. Researchers have found that blood pressure goes down after only a few minutes spent stroking a cat. It’s good for your cat, too – scientists have found that cats manufacture less of the stress hormone cortisol when they are petted regularly.

Talk Out Loud To Your Cat

If you’re stressing out over a situation, discuss it with your cat. They may not be able to reply to you, but you’ll still feel better. Behavioral researchers have found that vocalizing anxieties and concerns can help bring stress levels down. Ever hear the expression “Get things off your chest?” Talking to your cat is a safe and easy way to do that – and you never have to worry about any secrets being spilled!

Play Ball!

What is your cat’s favorite plaything? Most cats love chasing the laser pointer or batting a ball around long after they’ve grown out of kittenhood. When you’re super stressed, take five minutes out to play with the cat. It’s an instant mood booster that can revitalize and refresh your spirit. Neurohumorist Karyn Buxman is a strong advocate for the power of play. “When you spend time doing the things that make you happy, that give you joy, you’ll feel better. Play when you’re stressed out – that’s when you need the power of play the most!” Your cat will be happy too.

The Secret Benefits of Pumpkin (Just in time for Fall!)

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Pumpkin has been touted as a super food for dogs for decades. So, what’s all the hype about? You may be surprised!

First, let’s set the record straight once and for all: pumpkin is actually a fruit, not a vegetable, as it comes from the gourd family of vine plants. What does this mean to your dog? Well, nothing really. Moving on…

Pumpkin is incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as beta-carotine, fiber, iron, zinc, carotenoids, potassium and vitamin A. This is our first major thumbs up! (more…)

Why Your Pet Needs Antioxidants & How to Feed Them

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals found in foods such fruits and vegetables, spices, and some seafood, as well as vitamins A, C, and E and beta-carotene.  These miracle workers help to prevent and slow damage to our cells caused by free radicals in the environment and foods.  Antioxidants are not only important for our health, but our pets’ as well!

But how do you ensure your dog is getting his fair share? By slipping them into their food! We have a simple, delicious, and super-healthy treat recipe to give your dog his boost of antioxidants.