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Cats: Treats vs. Poison

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As you know, we work very hard to bring you the latest updates on anything that could impact your pet's health, particularly when it comes to foods.

A cat's digestive system is very complex. They lack specific enzymes to properly process foods that you and I would find easy to digest. Cats are obligate carnivores and must receive a percentage of protein in their diet every day. In fact, many cats do incredibly well on a raw diet because of this difference.

Recently, VetMedic asked us to help us send this informative graphic out to you and we thought it was a great idea for all of our readers to have this pinned to their refrigerator! Read on for a fun and informative info-graphic that clearly shows what types of "people food" and "table scraps" are safe for your cats, and which ones you should avoid completely!

We also take a moment to explain how to choose a bone that your cat can gnaw on during the day. As you know, gnawing promotes healthy teeth and gums (particularly important during Pet Dental Month!

Please share. That's how we get information out and how we can educate others about safe foods for cats.

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Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

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The spookiest night of the year for pets is upon us and that means we need to take a few extra precautions for our four-legged family members. From tricks and treats to deadly decorations and dangerous howl-o-ween noises, there are plenty of potential problems that we need to closely monitor.

Cats Stay Indoors

First and foremost, you pets (especially your cats) should stay indoors this night (and every night, but we can talk about that later). Just make it a focused priority to keep your pets in a controlled environment during the nights of October 30-November 1.

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Desert Dangers: The Bark Scorpion

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Today we continue our look into the deadly world of the Sonoran Desert, one of the most deadly (and beautiful) places on earth. We have lived here for over twenty years and are quite familiar with the creatures that haunt this desert landscape. Our goal in covering these animals is not to frighten you, but to make you aware of things that go bump in the night so you can learn to learn to avoid them. Today, we’re looking at scorpions. Arizona is home to (at best count) approximately 56 species of scorpions. There is only one scorpion that can really mess up your pet if stung - and that’s the bark scorpion.  If you live near the territory of bark scorpions, chances are excellent that you already have them in your home. When I first moved to Arizona, little bark scorpions would often catch a ride home with me after riding horses through the desert during the day. I learned first to always wear chaps while riding, second to always take my clothes off in an enclosed area prior to coming indoors, and finally to keep a vacuum and black light handy so I could find the little guys. This didn’t stop me from being stung, but I survived the ordeal with a few days of some pretty extreme pain.

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Keeping Indoor/Outdoor Cats Cool in Summer

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Cats are pretty resilient to weather, but the one thing that affects even cats is the heat. Despite hailing from the desert, cats are very susceptible to heatstroke and exhaustion.

Heat kills. So whether you have indoor cats or outdoor cats in a feral colony that you care for, we have some easy ways to keep them cool in summer.

Encourage water consumption

Chances are excellent that your cat is not drinking enough water. To ensure sure your cat drinks enough, consider adding a pet fountain. Most cats prefer running water. Here are two of favorite fountains. We love the Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain and these beautiful handmade fountains from Thirsty Cat Fountains on ETSY (which hypnotizes Cassie - see for yourself)

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Showing the Love with #HillsPet

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Throughout history, we have been conditioned to equate food with love. Feeding our pets with tasty treats is a time-honored tradition throughout history.

We often show our pets how much we love them with extra treats and table scraps, not realizing that their weight is becoming a problem until it’s too late and a twenty-pound cat (who should only weigh 14 lbs), is staring back at us with forlorn eyes and arthritis.

Too much love can lead to excessive weight gain and health problems. The most loved dogs and cats often suffer from diabetes, heart, and joint problems due to excessive weight gain.

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