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Using Essential Oils and Natural Remedies on Cats

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We all know how effective natural remedies can be for humans, but when used properly they can also make a big difference in the lives of your pets.  However, before using, you must understand the precautions that must be exercised to not only to have a favorable reaction, but to avoid dangerous reactions.

Cats are particularly sensitive to oils as they have very thin and delicate skin, which makes them highly sensitive to topical applications. Their thin skin allows for a quicker absorption rate and faster response times. Cats also have additional challenges in that they can’t metabolize certain compounds, which can quickly lead to a toxic buildup in their bodies, causing irreversible liver damage.

They also have an incredibly acute sense of smell – so you must use highly dilute products. Each animal will differ in what they respond to (both negatively and positively), which makes it even more difficult to use essential oils in multi-cat households.

Before you use essential oils in a water supply, be certain you understand the risks in doing so. Most cats tend towards not drinking enough water on their best days, so it can be a challenge to place any type of oil into their water. They are highly sensitive and can detect even the tiniest change in their drinking supply. This could easily put them off water completely, and if another clean source is not provided, they could become dangerously dehydrated. In a multi-cat household, be certain you take the proper precautions before using any kind of natural remedies.

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Methods of Feeding Your Cats

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Cats are notoriously selective eaters and it's sometimes difficult to decide which feeding method they respond best to throughout the day. We all love our cats and often that love is demonstrated through our feeding efforts, which puts even more pressure on cat owners!

Personally, we feed our cats wet food once at night, and allow them to free-feed on dry. We use an Aikiou Stimulo Activity Feeding Station for our cats, which slows down their rate of eating and allows them to do a little "hunting" because they have to work pretty darned hard to get that kibble out of the slender tubes. This may not be the optimum solution for you and your cats, though. Today, we're going to be looking at the pros and cons of each feeding situation for your cats and how you can implement a unique method for your Pride. (Be sure you are aware of the feeding methods your cats prefer and how you can keep them in the best shape before you start free-feeding treats or dry food).

Whether you free-feed, feed once or twice a day, or just make up a part of your cat’s dining menu with treats throughout the day, we think you’re going to love these samples menus of all-natural cat food from Hills Pet Nutrion (don't forget to enter our free giveaway for a gift basket of dog or cat food!).

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Why Balance is So Important in Pet Foods

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We all want to do what is best for our pets – that’s a given.  When we pick up a package of pet food, the first thing we do is look at the ingredient list. But ingredient lists are misleading at best. Here at PetsWeekly, we've done many posts (and even created a detailed "Pocket Guide to Pet Food Labels" infographic), on how to decipher pet food labels, yet we have barely scratched the surface on the topic of nutrition.

Big changes are coming to our ingredient lists. We’ll be seeing labels that are easier to read, easier to understand and easier to interpret. But until that day comes, there are some things to think about when reading a pet food label.

Ingredients are vehicles for nutrients and the quality of ingredient is just as important as the ingredient itself. Where a source is grown and how it is grown can impact the quality of each product. For example, if you eat a carrot that has been organically grown in a farmer’s garden, without pesticides, without chemicals, your body will absorb more nutrients. Sourcing is a big part of selecting high-quality ingredients that are filled with nutrients and easily absorbed by your pet’s body.

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Behind the Scenes at Hills Ideal Balance

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This is a sponsored post; we have been compensated by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Hill’s Pet Nutrition is not responsible for the content of this article.

What Goes Into Marketing A Cat Food

Pet food is a multi-billion dollar industry and marketing a pet food can often cost millions. Advertising and outreach is important for you, as a pet parent, to understand because you want to make sure that you’re purchasing a high-quality food that is right for your dog or cat. So, let’s begin by taking a look at the newest commercial from Hills Ideal Balance natural cat food and then we’ll talk about what went into making it.

This  behind-the-scenes tour of creating a commercial is from Hills Pet Food, and it’s designed to promote their newest line of natural pet food: Ideal Balance natural food for cats. We love seeing the advertising and “behind the scenes” views of what goes into pet food marketing and we’re grateful that Hills is a company open enough to reveal all their hard work to us.

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Identifying Pain in Dogs and Cats

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Pain levels in pets are one of the most difficult things for pet parents and veterinarians to diagnose.  Animals are uniquely equipped to hide any pain they may be experiencing – a skill that has been fine-tuned through the centuries as predator and prey have evolved. To show weakness of any kind in the wild is virtually a death sentence when predators lurk around every corner.

As humans, we have learned to identify pain in pets. We may not always get it right, but we can look for certain signals that let us know when our pets are uncomfortable. Here are a few of the top signs you should be on the lookout for when you’re attempting to diagnose your pets.

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Feline Behavior

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    Hello Grey Socks, Every time I put toothpaste on my brush, which is mint flavored, my cat wants to lick it. She goes completely banana's over it. Is it okay to let her lick some? Thanks,
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  • Cats covering feces

    Dear Ghost, Why do cats cover their feces? My two cats are neurotic about covering up everything in their litter box, which is stupid because it's automatic anyway. Is it really necessary? Thanks,
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    Baby, I live with 2 male cats (neutered) and 1 female cat (spayed). All of a sudden they have started spraying (they are 1 year old). They have sprayed my bed, my doors and in my closet (that I know of). I'm… Read More +

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    Mama-San, My 1 yr old tabby has developed a fear of its tail! The end twitches and she sometimes lightly attacks it, but most times just runs from it (especially at night) your site mentions anger in connection with tip- twitching.… Read More +

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