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What Are the Most Common Cat Illnesses?

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Cats and dogs differ so greatly that they don’t even share some of the same ailments and sicknesses.  Did you know that cats suffer with viruses and diseases that dogs cannot contract?  Even for the illnesses that dogs and cats do share, cats exhibit symptoms differently than their canine family members.  Cats really are their own unique creature and we are still learning more and more about them and their intricate systems.

Here, we break down the most common illnesses to plague cats, the signs and symptoms to watch out for, and how to keep your feline healthy from these sicknesses, and others. (more…)

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Cat Litter Varieties EXPLAINED!

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Have you found yourself in the cat litter aisle at the pet store, thinking, “Why are there so many different cat litters?”  If you have, you are not alone.  There are several different cat litter varieties all boasting to be the best at odor control or absorption or everything under the sun!  How is one supposed to know which cat litter is the best for their cat?  You came to the right place!  We not only have all of the litters in one place but decode them and their best uses to have you zooming in and out of the cat litter aisle on your next trip. (more…)

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.

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Your Pet’s Dirty Teeth Could Be Killing Him!

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Do you know the second most common ailment seen by vets in America? 

If you guessed dental issues, or periodontal disease, you would be 100% correct!  The question is, why?  Why are so many pets suffering from a preventable disease?  More importantly, why are pets dying from a preventable disease? (more…)

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Mosquito: The Deadly Danger Waiting for Your Pet

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

The summer season is one of the favorites of kids, adults, and pets alike.  The warm weather and sunshine, the fresh breeze and blue skies, the endless outdoor activities – all of it is just beckoning to be enjoyed as much as possible.  But, do you know one tiny pest that causes BIG problems for pet owners across the world?  MOSQUITOES!

If you were under the impression that our pets are protected from mosquito bites because of their thick layer of fur, we are sorry to be the ones to tell you that you are wrong.  Cats and dogs are just as susceptible to the itchy mosquito bites as we are, and can suffer some deadly consequences, too. (more…)

What to Ask Your Vet about Senior Pets

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Care for our pets change as they reach their golden years.  A pet is considered senior once they reach their 7th birthday.  It’s easy to see when our pets are getting older – they start to slow down and are not as interested in play.  They may move a little slower or become stiff when first standing.  These signs are not much different than those with us as we age.  But what can be done to provide better care in their senior years?  We have the best questions to ask your vet to ensure you are well informed! (more…)

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5 Cleaning Hacks for Pet Parents

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Most days, it seems that cleaning the house is a lost cause when you share your home with pets.  Muddy paw prints, the fur, remnants of cat litter sprinkled through the house – didn’t you JUST vacuum an hour ago?!

I wish we could tell you how to magically keep your house clean 24/7.  BUT – we have the next best thing!  The top five hacks you NEED as a pet parent to keep your house looking and smelling fresh!

#1:  Urine

If your pet has an accident on any fabrics such as throw rugs, blankets, clothes, run them through the wash with ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and your regular detergent.  This will not only remove the smell and stain but will remove any scent to keep your pet from marking on it again. (more…)

Are these MOST COMMON PET POISONS LURKING in YOUR Home?

Friday, March 17th, 2017

March is Pet Poison Prevention month!

Across the country, pet professionals, lovers and parents are doing their part to raise awareness and help save lives through education.  Poisonings can be easily prevented with the correct steps taken.  The first step is knowing which items in your house are harmful to your cats and dogs.  We have the most common poisons pets were treated for at vet offices across the country in 2016.  You won’t believe how many are accessible to your furry friend right this second!

(Pssst!  Click the image to the left for a printable version to hang on your fridge!)

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