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Ingredients and Sourcing of Pet Food

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When we stroll down the aisles seeking out the perfect pet food, there are thousands of things to consider.  Not only do you have to move beyond the claims made by pet food manufacturers, you have to consider the nutritional analysis, ingredient lists, packaging, testing protocols, and more.  These days you need to be a nutritional expert, and also have degrees in agriculture, marketing, manufacturing, and biology to really understand a label! There are always questions when it comes to reading pet food labels – but one of the most important questions, which is also one of the most overlooked, is where ingredients are sourced. The places where ingredients are sourced are just as important as the ingredient itself. One of the foods we began investigating recently is the new Hill’s® Ideal Balance™.

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Choosing a harness for your cat

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If you’re planning on taking your cat out in the yard or for a walk, we really can’t emphasize the importance of keeping them secured. Cats can disappear in a single second, so in our opinion, a walking vest is a “must have” item for any cats heading outdoors. (That doesn't mean you can get away with no collar or no microchip - both are just as important, if not more so, than a walking vest!)

A walking vest allows superior control for cats during visits to the vet, walks through the neighborhood, or even just a morning on the catio. Collars are very easy for cats to slip out of, and the days of the "single strand" harnesses fashioned for dogs are over. A cat's anatomy allows them to easily slip out of the nylon rope-type harness, so make sure you select the proper equipment when taking your cat for a walk. Cats can be particularly difficult to fit in a harness. When selecting a walking vest, the most important consideration should be selecting a harness that fits properly. There is no feeling more horrifying than watching a cat bolting away from you while you stand helplessly holding a leash attached to an empty harness.

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CritterZone Eliminates Pet Odors & Restores Air Quality

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From stinky litter boxes to wet dogs, being a pet parent means we are challenged with what non-pet-parents find “stinky.” So, if you’ve ever plugged in a room diffuser to cover up the smell of having pets, this is an article you need to read. You need to read it because you know as well as we do that keeping a safe pet household entails a lot more than masking odors. It’s about air purification and filtration, not sprays and air deodorizers.

This is why we’re so completely impressed with the new air purifier from CritterZone. Let’s face it, as pet parents, the odors of dealing with pets can be the biggest challenge we have to overcome.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, animal allergies affect about 10 percent of the total U.S. population. Those numbers only reflect those who admit they have allergies. The truth is, most pet parents are highly allergic to their animals, but they never admit it because there isn’t a chance in the world they will ever surrender their pets for this reason. That’s why air purification is so important.

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NekoFlies (And So Do Our Cats)

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Like it or not, cats are hunters. When you make any attempt to squash that natural instinct, you’re asking for trouble in the form of behavioral and physical challenges (such as spraying, bullying, fighting, and more).  But this instinct doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice birds or mice or any other living creatures. It can be easily satisfied with realistic toys and one of the best we’ve found is Neko Flies.

Environmental enrichment is critical for cats. Since none of our cats are allowed in the great outdoors without leash and harness, we have designed a very large indoor/outdoor enclosure that is heated and cooled. Our feral cats, which were relocated, have it pretty easy. But one thing we have to remain vigilant about is providing the opportunity for them to “hunt” in this controlled environment. Our indoor cats are exactly the same – take away their hunting ability and they will begin to exhibit signs of restlessness, frustration, and general behavioral problems. Playing with your cats will eliminate 90% of these issues!

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Keeping Feral Cats Warm This Winter

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While we understand that feral cats are at the heart of lots of controversy, their care and well-being remains a priority to us here at PetsWeekly. That's why we love to hear of innovative ways to keep ferals warm during the winter.

Feline Furniture, known for their module cat furniture and lodgepole pine outdoor furniture, has created two new cat houses for outdoor cats.

Take a look at the video below - we know you'll love both of these houses. Feline Furniture has made a special effort to create inexpensive, innovative cat housing products that will work for any feline - feral or domestic. They are very supportive of TNR and make special arrangements to work with rescues so you can provide outdoor, waterproof shelter for the feral colony under your care.

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Feline Behavior

  • Is Mint Safe for Cats?

    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,
    Kathy Easley

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  • Wool-sucking in cats

    Dear Kyra, I have an adopted 5-month-old ginger boy named Barney. He's a very sweet, funny kitty, and I love him to pieces. But...he has some strange quirks. The nice people at the animal shelter told me that he was… Read More +

  • 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,
    Kristin

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  • Cats spraying

    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 +

  • hypersthesia

    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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