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Pet PawNatural Products and Living a Greener Lifestyle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

While I like to think of myself as “active”, the truth is – I’m really not. Active to me means going out for a weekend hike with the dogs, or teaching my cats agility, or committing to an evening walk. It’s not a lot, but it’s something. But, I wanted to do more – and I wanted to make a difference while I do it.

So this year, I incorporated something a little easier: a green lifestyle and (mostly) sustainable living for my family and my pets.

Greener Lifestyles and supporting like-minded businesses

If you look up “going green”, you’ll see it is a term rife with trendy words and consumer messages that mean very little. I adapted a “baby steps” approach and defined the term on my own.


Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 15:05
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Simple 30-Day Litter Solution for Multi-Cat Parents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 28 March 2014 00:00

For those of us living in multi-cat homes, the most challenging task is keeping the litter boxes odor free. Luckily, companies like Simple Solution are addressing this issue with a new 30-day super absorbent litter. It’s nearly half the weight of other litters and it works much longer, resulting in less waste and better odor control.

Attapulgite vs. Bentonite: Not all clays are created equal

Most litters use bentonite clay, which clumps when wet but doesn’t have any odor eliminating properties. The attapulgite clay used in Simple Solution cat litter is different because it absorbs 300 percent more liquid and is able to rejuvenate itself repeatedly while staying intact.  This also keeps you from having to scoop out urine clumps, which wastes a lot of litter. Instead, the litter traps and contains any moisture (and odors) – decreasing clean up times and decreasing waste.


Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 16:42
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Caring for your Feline Senior Citizen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Eloise Bright   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 16:16

As your cat approaches their senior years, some simple changes in care can make all the difference in quality of life. Make sure your feline senior citizen feel your love by following these tips.

There comes a time when it becomes clear that your kitty is no longer a young cat. Caring for your feline senior citizen takes a little more consideration for aging bones and fading senses.

Feeding

Take a look in the cat food section of any pet store and you’ll see foods intended for all stages of a cat’s life, from kittenhood through young adulthood through to old age. Generally speaking, food for cats over seven years old is labeled as “mature,” for cats over eleven or twelve years of age is labeled as “senior,” and specialty food for cats over fifteen or so is labeled as “geriatric.”


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Overweight Cats Have A New Friend with #HillsPet Metabolic Diets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

Having a “weight-challenged” pet can be difficult not only on the animal but on the owner. Let's face it: there is a certain stigma attached to heavier animals, and often that is associated with bad pet parenting, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Some animals are just naturally heavy. Some are so good at manipulation that you don't have a choice but to give them a little treat on the side, and others may have slow metabolisms that make even the most finicky of eaters pick up weight. Sometimes it's just because you don't even know that your pet is overweight! Pounds can get packed on gradually, and really, it's hard enough to even notice that we're gaining weight ourselves - let alone if our cat is gaining!


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:55
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Three Healthy, Homemade Cat Treats Your Feline Will Adore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 00:00

What cat doesn’t like some sort of a treat every once in a while? However, those store-bought treats are nutrition-limited, weighed down and unhealthy for your beloved feline. They’re loaded with preservatives, high-calorie ingredients, miscellaneous food parts and artificial coloring. Not to mention that these store-bought treats are expensive if you figure the cost per pound rather than the two or three ounce containers they’re sold in. You probably could get a high-quality steak at your local supermarket for what you pay for all those packages of treats.

In fact, you probably have items right in your kitchen to make yummy treats. It’d be less expensive for you and much healthier for your kitty—it’s a win, win situation! These cat treats are very simple to make and you could make three or four batches at a time, freeze two or three batches for several weeks and then bake them when you need to. You can bake them right after taking them out of the freezer, just be sure to increase the baking time by 8-10 minutes or you can thaw the dough and bake as the directions indicate. It’s that easy!


Last Updated on Saturday, 15 February 2014 06:43
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