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    January 28, 2016
    Four Ways To Help Your Local Shelter

    Most animal shelters are always desperately looking for help: volunteers, donations, and good homes for their animals. If you are wanting to make a difference in an animal’s life, consider doing any of these for your local shelter to help out:

    -Donate needed items like food, cleaning products, bedding, towels, toys, etc.

    -Donate money- every little bit helps, even if you only have a few dollars to feed. That $5 bill may have fed a hungry cat for a week.

    -Donate your time- volunteer to feed animals, play with them, or walk them. You can also donate your skills to a shelter! Are you a web designer? Offer to make them a web page, or run their social media account! Use what you are good at and you can make a real difference in an animal’s life.

    -Adopt or foster a pet!

    Photo Credit: Austin Community College 


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    January 27, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: “Mewbacca”

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    January 18, 2016
    Stop Clawing Cats Today

    Declawing a cat is extremely painful and traumatizing to them, and many vets will not even perform the procedure since it is so inhumane. But sometimes it can seem like the only option, especially if your cat is constantly clawing holes in your furniture, carpet, and walls. However, I strongly advise to try everything else possible before resorting to declawing. Check out these tips by Pippa Elliot at Wikihow to stop your cat from scratching today:

    -Purchase at least one scratching post for your cat and place it strategically

    -Use your tone of voice to scold your cat when he gets near furniture

    -Use a spray bottle of water to stop your cat’s behavior

    -Cover problem furniture

    -Keep your cat’s claws neatly trimmed

    Photo Credit: Simon Powell 


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    January 12, 2016
    Cat Dental Health

    Cat breath is not a good smell, but if it starts smelling worse than normal, it’s possible that your cat is having dental problems. It may be time to take him/her to the vet! I honestly never knew there was a way to clean your cat’s teeth until I read this article by Pet MD. Check it out for tips on how to keep your cat’s teeth healthy and strong:

    -Give them a yearly checkup at the vet

    -Establish a cleaning routine when they are young.

    -Brush their teeth! There is toothpaste made specifically for cats in flavors they will like. Brush their teeth with a kitty toothbrush or a finger wrapped in gauze

    -Give them a healthy diet- a mix of wet and dry foods, and de-boned raw meat will keep kitty’s teeth strong.

    Photo Credit: J. Triepke 


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    January 1, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Cats And Water Do Not Mix!
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    December 8, 2015
    How To Help Animal Shelters This Holiday Season

    If you are in the giving spirit this season, consider helping out your local animal shelter. They need donations (food, money, cleaning supplies, toys, etc.) and volunteers year round to take care of pets without a home. For more ways that you can lend a hand, check out these ideas by Jaymi Heimbuch at Mother Nature Network:

    -Share adoption profiles on social media, or hang up fliers for events.

    -Walk dogs and play with cats.

    -Get crafty- create toys and bedding using old t shirts and blankets

    -Raise funds at your job, school, or even a birthday party or other celebration.

    -Adopt! Consider bringing a new dog or cat into your family. It’ll be the best gift they ever get.

    Photo Credit: MapHobbit 


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    December 3, 2015
    How To Be The Best Cat Mom (Or Dad) Ever

    Most people think cats basically raise themselves, which is true to some extent. They go to the bathroom on their own, eat when they want, and sleep 90% of the day- which is great for lazy owners. However, cats do present their own sets of unique mannerisms that their owners have to embrace. For tips on being the best cat parent you can be, check out this infographic by Jesse Padilla at Entirely Pets:

    -Make time to play and bond with your cat- they also like exercise and attention!

    -But, give them lots of space of their own.

    -Take your cat to the vet twice a year

    -Keep them indoors- they will love longer and be safer

    -Don’t give them human food, and keep track of their weight

    Photo Credit: Melinda Rae 


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    November 19, 2015
    Coconut Oil Uses…For Pets

    If you have Pinterest at all, you’ve probably seen all the posts lately lauding coconut oil as the latest miracle cure for everything: dry skin, frizzy hair, cavities, cellulite, pink eye- the list goes on and on. Does it actually work? Well, I’d advise asking your doctor before using it in place of actual medicine, but it is very creamy and is great in food as well as home beauty treatments. Plus, it’s pretty cheap and has a million uses, including benefits for pets! Check out this post by Miss Coco at Coconut Oil Tips for tips for cats and dogs:

    -Add a teaspoon a day to cat food to prevent hairballs

    -Use as conditioner for fur

    -Soothes cracked paws/dry nose- especially important in winter!

    -Use as natural toothpaste/breath freshener

    -Supports healthy digestion in dogs and cats- 1 tsp per 10 pounds per day is good. Don’t give them too much, as it has strong detox properties and lots of calories.

    Photo Credit: Lynn Hasselberger 


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    October 28, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Panda Cat

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    October 26, 2015
    Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween

    Halloween is my favorite time of year. I love the decorations, the weather, and yes, dressing up. I’m an adult. I do what I want, haha. However, while Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults everywhere, it can be a dangerous night for your furry friends. Besides the risk of animals running outside when the doorbell is constantly being rung by trick or treaters, all animals are at a higher risk of abuse on Halloween night. Sure, there probably aren’t pockets of sacrificial death cults roaming your neighborhood, but I’m sure you have a jerky teenager or two. Animals, especially black cats, often become the victims of cruel “pranks” on Halloween.

    So, to keep your pets safe, keep them inside. Consider keeping them in a closed room away from the front door so they won’t run out. That way, you, your family, and your pets will have a safe and fun Halloween.

    Photo Credit: Werner Reischel 


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