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  • Catnip and Caviar Dreams: Kitten Fur Perfume is Here

    For the woman who demands excellence in life, Demeter Fragrance is proud to bring you the most exquisite of all fragrances: Kitten Fur.

    Yes, I’m quite serious. 

    The playful perfume is designed for the elite, sophisticated woman who knows what she wants in life. With top notes of pure Madagascar vanilla and rich Brazilian honey, Kitten Fur also features a delicate base of jasmine and oakwood that teases the senses with all of the fury of a sleek jaguar prowling the borderlands. 

    Okay, I actually have no idea what it smells like, I’m just musing until my order comes in. 

    But, one thing is for certain - the timeless contemporary scent of newborn kitten will mark you as a woman to remember. 

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    The Only Leash™ is a looped bungee leash that can connect to any collar or harness. When you need quick control, just quickly slip the lead over your pet's head for about a one-foot lead. It lets you control your dog without choking them or hurting yourself in the process. 

    When I talk about the need to gain quick control, I’m talking about the big Labrador who rushes the FedEx driver at the door, the mastiff who loves to escort you out to the mailbox, or the pit bull who hates that garbage truck rolling by. It’s a stop-gap for gaining quick control and it’s perfect for large dogs. 

    This is a tool you want when you can’t hunt down a leash every six seconds, because if you spent the time looking for a leash, the moment of control will have passed you by.

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    Human food banks report that nearly one in seven Americans must rely on food bank services to make ends meet. Since pet food is rarely donated to food banks, and pet food is normally not an eligible item for food assistance programs, families often use their own food to feed pets.

    PetSmart's #ForTheLoveOfPets program will assist families in keeping their animals, even if they have fallen on hard times. 

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    This is a unique and relatively rare opportunity to bring an amazing pet into your home (or yard). 

    There is no charge to adopt these animals, but adopters must have a securely enclosed yard or a separate enclosure that is free from others pets, unfenced pools and other hazards. You must be a permanent resident of Arizona to qualify because these are tortoises that have to stay in our unique environment.

    These tortoises are only available for adoption to residents living within the species’ native range (which includes the Phoenix, Bullhead City, Kingman, Prescott, Lake Havasu, Tucson and Yuma areas).  Each will receive health checks before going to their homes. 

    This year, there is a wide range of ages and sizes available for adoption. Here's the scoop...

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    The Feline Fix By Five project was created by Marian’s Dream Foundation. The goal of this program is to help remind folks to make sure their cats are fixed by their first heat. Esther Mechler, Director of Marian’s Dream, created the Fix Felines by Five as a way of engaging and educating the public about this important topic. 

    The traditional model of having cats neutered by six months of age results in unwanted litters, particularly in cats that are allowed outdoors. Cat overpopulation is a problem around the world and this simple change focused on alteration by five months instead of six months is a way to prevent unwanted litters. This small change would help decrease the risk of unwanted litters by ensuring that these “tween” kittens will not have that accidental first “whoops” litter.  

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If you have a cat, you've no doubt experienced hairballs. We curse them as we step out of bed with bare feet, warn our dogs not to eat them, search out holistic and homeopathic remedies to make the cats stop producing them... But hairballs remain a fact of life. For this reason, it seems completely normal to us that there would be a day commemorating them.

This year, National Hairball Awareness Day falls on the last Friday of April. So today we’re going to talk about a few things you may not be aware of. For example,

We’re going to tell you in this article because I’m sure you’ll agree that these are all critical pieces of information you need to know...

Hairball Museum Exhibits

Now in it’s sixth year, the National Museum of Health and Medicine offer a very specific exhibit: The Hairball Exhibit

The annual exhibit features both animal and human hairballs (also called trichobezoars). Trichobezoar is a word derived from the Persian word “Bezoar” which means, “Protection from poison.”  Bezoars (hairballs) were once thought to be a universal antidote against poisoning and were used in 11th century Europe for various ailments. China still uses ground-up cow bezoars as a medicine to prevent mouth disease. The exhibit contains 3 human hairballs and several pet hairballs. We think a visit to this museum would be well worth your time!

15 Things You May Not Know About Hairballs

Take a look at the Top Fifteen Things you Probably Didn’t Know about Hairballs.

For example, did you know that the average cat consumes 173 grams of cat hair each year? That’s the equivalent of 86 Ruby-throated hummingbirds. Or $7.50 in quarters!

10 Creative Uses for Hair (and hairballs)

As part of our tribute to hairballs, we’ve created a list of 10 Creative Things You Can Do with Hair & Hairballs. These range from making special insulated bird nests for your feathered friends to selling your most distinctive cat hair ball on Ebay or ETSY...

Ways to Prevent Hairballs

Cats ingest hair because their tongues are covered in tiny barbs (papillae) that act like brushes when they clean themselves. Many things can result in excess hairballs forming in your cat, including boredom, health problems and poor diets. You can help your cat by brushing long-haired cats daily and short-haired cats at least once per week. For this reason, we've brought you an Insider's Look at Cat Grooming. Nutrition is the single biggest external factor for animals and for hairball problems the right diet can pay dividends.  Feeding your cat food with a perfect balance of fatty acids promotes a healthy skin and coat which means your pet will shed less.

A Fun Way to Pass the Time

Want to learn more about hairballs (and have some fun at the same time)? Visit the Hairball Battle and get your hairball war rolling... It's even more entertaining than Candy Crush!

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About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.


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