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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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Dressing Your Pet for Special Occasions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00

If you know anything about me, you know I’m not a huge fan of dressing up my pets. It’s just not something I grew up doing. I’ve spent most of my life with large dogs. Wild breeds, like wolf hybrids and coyotes and big pits and shepherds. To have dressed these dogs up would have been like making a teenage boys wear his hair in pigtails.

But, then I got Bree and Brock, both of whom are very keen on being dressed up in cold weather.  These dogs pull blankets off the couch to cover themselves up when I have the air conditioning too low.

I wrote a couple of stories on pet fashion for several industry publications and during my research, I interviewed Ada Nieves about her pet fashion projects. I learned the New York Fashion Institute even has a course tract designed specifically for pet fashion, and I discovered that I may have been wrong all these years.

There are “levels” of dressing up pets that don’t require you or your pet to look snobbish. And let’s face it – playing dress up can be fun on occasion. And we love the simpler looks for our cats!


Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 19:49
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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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5 Ways to Keep Your Cat from Attacking You PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the cat attack 911 call that came in from a family under attack from their pet cat. If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s worth a listen, but here’s the short version: Apparently, a family let their cat get a little too close to their toddler. The toddler pulled the cat’s tail. The cat scratched the toddler. Dad became upset and “spanked” the cat or “kicked” the cat (depending on which version of the story you’re reading). The cat, having had enough of the ridiculous behavior, threw a bit of a tantrum – which, in cat speak, means “communicating displeasure to your humans” but in human speak means, “my cat bullies me.”

As always, I felt worse for the cat than I did for the family when I first read this, just as I feel worse for a child when he acts out than I do for the parents. Cats do what they do because it's instinct. Threaten them, and they will react with a fight or flight reflex. The cat has since been moved to rescue, which I have mixed feelings about - mostly because I am sure the family will just get another cat and make the same mistakes. So, let's talk about what went wrong...

Cats are self-domesticated, which means they came to live with us because they chose to, not because we chose for them to do it. They consent to being a pet, only because it’s to their advantage to do so. There is a delicate balance between a cat and his/her owner. Upset or betray that balance, and bad things can and will happen.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 19:56
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