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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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Designing Your Home for Cats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00

Looking for some creative designs for your home that make your cat feel like a member of the family? These are some wonderfully creative ways you can do just that. From winding slides (which could probably use a few steps instead) to outdoor catios, these are some creative and fun ways you can help make your cat's house a home.


Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 16:40
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Cats and Whisker Stress (yes it's a real thing) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 28 December 2013 00:00

Believe it or not, whisker stress is a real problem amongst cats of the world. It primarily occurs when your cat’s whiskers touch the sides of a bowl while eating. You may say to yourself, “Whisker stress?! As if I don’t have enough worries, now I need to be concerned about my cat having whisker stress…”

Signs that your cat suffers from Whisker Stress

  • Your cat prefers to eat from the floor, pulling out each piece of kibble one at a time.
  • Your cat refuses to eat from a bowl, scooping the food onto the floor with a paw to eat.
  • Your cat paces angrily in front of a half-full bowl, meowing piteously as he wonders what he did to anger you.

Not to worry - there is a simple cure to this common ailment. But in order to discuss how to fix the problem, we must first look at the causes.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:20
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Creating the Ultimate Cat Enclosure PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 19:04

Cat patios (catios) are all the rage this year, and with good reason. Cats need to be able to get outdoors and explore. It’s in their nature. They must be able to feel a breeze on their whiskers, sniff the newest scents surrounding their territory, climb tall trees, explore new surroundings and in essence; give them the opportunity to be a cat.

Joe and Shelley Delrocco, the founders of PetTreeHouses.com understand the true nature of cats and they have developed a tree house that dwarfs all others. Standing at nearly 20 feet tall, this tree now resides in the Oregonian home of Amber Stockdale.

Two stories tall, the enclosure is wrapped in a beautiful rod-iron fencing, leaving plenty of opportunity for the cats to experience the feeling of being outside, but not escape. We can't imagine they would want to escape. With twenty feet of tree to explore and the protection of a home, this outdoor area allows them to see and experience the great outdoors without having to put their life at risk.


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Holiday Health Hazards To Avoid PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

The holidays are a hazardous time for our pets. There are holiday lights, holiday visitors, and a virtual smorgasbord lying on the counter at any given time. Here are a few things you should do to ensure make sure your pet has a happy holiday season!

Decorations: Holiday decorations, particularly tinsel and glass ornaments, can result in a trip to the emergency clinic. The rule of paw is to avoid decorating with anything your pet is going to find appealing. That includes stringing popcorn and cranberries, hanging tinsel, using glass decorations, placing angel's hair int he manger, leaving candy lying about in bowls, placing poinsettias near your door or mistletoe over your door (see this list of toxic plants from the ASPCA), and decorating with pretty much anything that is long and stringy, small and tasty, or extra shiny.

Kids: Everyone is a little extra excitable during the crazy season. You can avoid any potential "misunderstandings" by keeping pets cordoned off in a quiet room this holiday season. We know - it's your pets home before it's a visitor's home - but if you have people over, you have a responsibility to keep your pets AND your visitors safe. If you do let them interact, be sure visiting children know the rules of the roost. Here is a downloadable PDF you can hang on your door this holiday season to train kids in interacting with pets.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 18:37
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