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Keeping Your Pets Happy This Bonfire Night

Fireworks can be spectacular, and are enjoyed by many humans, but a lot of animals find them very frightening. Thank you for Pet Luxury Co for sponsoring today’s conversation.

Keeping Your Pets Happy This Bonfire Night

Every year it is important that we look after our furry friends to keep them calm and happy on bonfire night. We spoke to PetLuxury.co.uk who said: “Not only can pets become distressed, but there is a risk of them running away from home and getting lost or injured.”

And it isn’t just cats and dogs who need extra care at this time of year. Hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and horses can all be affected badly by flashes and bangs.

Luckily there are lots of things you can do to help. A video recently went viral of a dog who’s owner had put on dog videos for him to watch on the iPad, but there are plenty of other things you should be considering doing both on the night, and in the period running up to bonfire night.

Before Bonfire Night

In the run up to bonfire night it is possible to help prepare your pets, and make it easier for them when the time comes.

Firework sound CDs can be purchased to desensitise your pets to the sound of fireworks. You can gradually increase the volume the closer it gets to the night. This should be started well in advance of bonfire night, as the amount of time needed to get used to the sounds will vary from pet to pet.

Pheromone diffusers are available for dogs and cats, which can help with mild cases by diffusing calming pheromones to reassure them. These should be plugged in a couple of weeks before bonfire night.

Make sure your pet has a safe area to hide if they do get scared, like under some furniture or in a cupboard. Try to choose a quiet room in the house.

For dogs, try associating them with feeling safe in this area in advance by leaving toys there, and not interfering with the area yourself to help your dog feel in control.

Have your pet microchipped, just in case they do manage to escape, so that you can be reunited. In England, Scotland, and Wales it is now compulsory to have dogs microchipped, and you could be fined if you fail to do so.

Find out where local fireworks displays are going to be, and if they are nearby. Ask your neighbours to let you know if they are going to be setting any off.

On Bonfire Night

Keep pets indoors, and keep doors and windows closed so they can’t bolt. Block off cat or dog flaps.

If you have small pets that live outside, bring the hutches into the house or garage if you can, or if you cannot, try to soundproof them by placing blankets over them. Make sure your pet can still look out and see, and provide lots of extra bedding for them to burrow in if they get scared.

Close the curtains, and try to soundproof the house as best as you can. Turn the TV up to distract your pets from the noises outside, or put the radio on.

Take dogs outside for their walks or for the toilet before dusk, as it may be a while before they are next able to go out. Make sure you keep them on a lead just in case any early fireworks are set off.

If your pets are pacing, whining, meowing or trying to hide, they are just trying to find safety and you should let them be. Don’t try to coax them out if they hide, and don’t shout or discipline your pets, even if they become incontinent, as they will just become more stressed.

If your pet prefers to come to you for comfort, make sure you cuddle and stroke them to help them relax, as they won’t understand you ignoring them.

Try to stay with your pets on bonfire night, as they will find your presence comforting. Act normally around them, ignore the firework noises, and give them praise for behaving calmly.

Horses and ponies need to be kept in a familiar routine and environment, so if they are normally out in a field and there are no firework displays nearby, keep them there as long as it is safe and secure. If they are normally stabled, then keep them in stables as normal.

Don’t take the risk of going out for a ride if there is a chance of fireworks being let off, and try to not get in the way if your horse gets startled as you could get hurt.

Make sure that if fireworks are being set off in the area you have someone experienced to stay with your horse, and if you know that they are likely to react badly, speak to your vet.

For more information on how to help your pets, contact your vet.

October 29th is National Cat Day

If you love your cat (and I’m sure you do), you’ll definitely want to plan a few surprises for them on October 29th which is National Cat Day. Maybe you can buy them their favorite cat treats, give them a bit of tuna, or treat them to one of these adorable cat gifts below. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

October 29th is National Cat Day

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Cat gifts for National Cat Day

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October 29th is National Cat Day

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October 29th is National Cat Day

For the cat parent feeling guilty their cat is home all alone, the Kittyo is the solution. Kittyo lets them watch, speak to, play with, and record their cat when they’re away. They can even dispense treats! $249.99 at Kittyo.com

October 29th is National Cat Day

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October 29th is National Cat Day

With winter approaching, cats will be looking to stay warm over a heat source.. With the A-Frame Cat Bed from The Refined Feline, the perforated platform allows airflow from vents to heat the cushion and provide a comfy place to snuggle into during their cold months. The A-Frame sells for $99.99 and is available at TheRefinedFeline.com

October 29th is National Cat Day

What will you be getting your cat for National Cat Day? If you’re considering ordering pet supplies online, learn how you can save money while you do it.

Purrfect Together: Celebrate the Bond Between You and Your Kitty This October

October is National Pet Wellness Month and National Black Cat Awareness Month—and there’s never been a better time to show our cats some extra love. I was sent a gift for sharing this information.

Recently, the cat lovers at Meow Mix ran the Purrfect Together Survey, which asked cat parents around the country about their special bond with their four-legged friends. Here are some of the meow-nificent results:

83% of cats take naps with their humans

This is surprising—and not because 83% of people love napping with kitty. The bigger question is: Who are the 17% of deprived humans who don’t get to experience the joy of napping with their cats?

80% of cat parents believe they can interpret their kitty’s meows

While humans and cats may purr in different languages, that doesn’t stop most cat mommies and daddies from understanding what their kitty wants—whether it be some treats, cat nip, or just a snuggle partner.

72% of cat parents love to surprise their kitties with treats

Speaking of treats, nothing makes a cat happier than some spontaneous, unexpected goodies from the person who cares for them the most.

55% of cats love chicken-flavored nibbles

Exciting news: Meow Mix has just released a brand new culinary-inspired food made with real chicken or salmon, Bistro Recipes—a classy meal for a classy kitty! Head over Meow Mix’s new Purrfect Together web portal  right meow to learn more about this dry cat food with a foodie flair.

And that’s not all! You need a classy painting to go with that classy meal. On the Purrfect Together portal, you can enjoy the unique experience of converting a photo of you and your cat into a Meowsterpiece—a digital “oil” painting that helps express and immortalize your cat-love on canvas. I did it, and you should too!

Now it’s time to show me how special your human-cat bond is! Post your Meowsterpiece on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #PurrfectTogether. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Wishing a fantastic Pet Wellness Month and Black Cat Awareness Month to you and your feline friend!

4 Tips for Keeping Your Litter Box Fresh

We have two cats so keeping your litter box fresh is definitely something we need to think about. It seems like even with constant scooping our litter box needs a little bit of help in the freshness department.   This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. A product was provided for this post.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Litter Box Fresh

No one wants to open the door to their home and be greeted by litter box odors. It’s even worse if your guests open the door and notice the same thing.  Here are a few tips for keeping your litter box fresh.

Scoop it

Yes, this may seem obvious but it’s also going to make the most difference. Buy scoopable cat litter and scoop it after each use. You really will notice a difference and your cats will be happier.

Wash it

You need to empty and wash your litter box at least once every few weeks. Even if you scoop it regularly, there will be bacteria and waste that create odors left behind. Empty the litter box and wash it completely with a solution of hot water and vinegar with a few drops of tea tree oil to kill bacteria.

Tips for keeping your litter box fresh

Deodorize it

Believe it or not, sprinkling baking soda into your litter box really does help to contain odors. We’ve been doing this for quite a while and neither of our cats seem to care. You still need to scoop and change regularly but the baking soda should help as well.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Litter Box Fresh

Contain it

Cats love to dig and that means that they can scatter litter and waste outside of the litter box. Be certain that you sweep the area regularly to contain it. You can also use a cat litter mat to help keep the litter from being tracked all over the house.

Do you have any other tips for keeping your litter box fresh?

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How to Improve Your Cat’s Oral Care

Have you ever wondered how to improve your cat’s oral care habits? After all, it’s not like you can send them into the bathroom with a toothbrush like you can your kids. That doesn’t mean that their teeth aren’t susceptible to the same types of problems that ours are. Thank you to the J. M. Smucker Company for sponsoring this conversation today.

How to improve your cat's oral care

How to Improve Your Cat’s Oral Care

Did you know that 85% of cats show signs of oral disease by 3 years of age? Or that 95% of cat owners agree tooth and gum problems can cause more serious health problems? Oral care problems in cats can cause pain, abscesses, tooth loss and infections.

Meow Mix Brushing Bites are crunchy treats are specially designed to help keep your cats’ teeth clean by reducing plaque and tartar when fed daily. They are fortified with Vitamin D and Calcium to help support strong teeth and bones so you can feel good about treating them every day!

How to improve your cat's oral care

Meow Mix Brushing Bites are available in Chicken and Salmon varieties and each contains real meat or fish that your cats are going to LOVE.  A cat that weighs six to eight pounds would get ten to thirteen of the Meow Mix Brushing Bites per day.

How to improve your cat's oral care

We had the opportunity for our cats to try the salmon and chicken varieties and they loved them! Chicken and salmon are two of their favorite flavors so I wasn’t at all surprised to see how much they enjoyed them.

Meow Mix Brushing Bites can be found at your local Walmart and will also be available on WALMART.COM soon. For now, you can find out more about Meow Mix Brushing Bites HERE.  Start a delicious dental routine with your cat today.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Importance of Preventive Screenings for Your Cat #askyourvet

Preventive screenings for your cat may not be the first thing you think of when you bring your new pet home. I know that the first things I thought of were food, litter box, cat litter and a few catnip toys. Remembering to take your cat to the vet to screen for potential health problems is just as important as picking the best food for them.

This post is sponsored by Pet Health Network® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help create awareness for the importance of the IDEXX SDMA™ kidney screening test for pets, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Pet Health Network® or IDEXX is responsible for the content of this article.

Preventive Screenings for Your Cat

Did you know that Kidney disease is one of the leading killers of cats? One of the scariest things about kidney disease is that cats with chronic kidney disease often show no visible signs of being sick in the early stages. They can appear perfectly fine and healthy. That is what makes a diagnosis so tricky until the later stages.


Photo courtesy of IDEXX

Your pet should be screened annually for chronic kidney disease (CKD). Cats hide disease. They don’t come with a “check engine” light or an alert system that provides a notification when something is awry – and will typically show no signs of illness until their kidneys have lost most of their function. As cats age, the likelihood of developing kidney disease increases. In fact, more than half of cats over age 15 are afflicted.

How to Screen Your Cat for Kidney Disease

Now IDEXX SDMA, a breakthrough test that screens for kidney disease, can detect this serious disease months to years earlier when there is still time to do something about it. This is great news for cats, as IDEXX SDMA can detect kidney disease when much of a pet’s kidney function is still intact.

It’s so important that we make an appointment at the vet to get this important preventive screening.  This screening is available to all veterinarians. Please be sure to ask your vet about this test at your cat’s next appointment. It’s better to know that your cat has kidney disease now, so you can do something about it than wait until they are older and have begun to show symptoms of the disease.

Preventive screenings for your cat may not be the first thing you think of when you bring your new pet home.

Love your pet? Love her kidneys, too – take your pet to the vet and get the IDEXX SDMA™ screening test. Connect with the brand on Facebook.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of IDEXX. The opinions and text are all mine.

How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Food

Changing your cat’s food from one brand to another doesn’t have to be difficult. I’m sharing a few helpful tips that will make the process stress free. When you’re thinking about changing their cat food, it’s important to do it slowly so your cat has a chance to get used to the new flavor or style of food you’re introducing. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

How to introduce your cat to a new food

How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Food

Cats can be just like children when it comes to trying new things. Have you ever tried to get a child to eat a new vegetable before? It’s not an easy process. Cats often have the same reaction, but these tips will definitely help.

Take it slowly

Don’t just put a bowl of new cat food in front of them one day and surprised them all at once. Instead, take it slowly by gradually introducing the new food over a week or two. I find that three days at 25% new food / 75% old food, then three days at 50% / 50% and three days at 75% and 25% works best for our cats. This lets them get used to a new food at their own pace and learn to love the new food. You can see Scout is going crazy for the delicious Bistro taste of Meow Mix Bistro Recipes we gave him.

How to introduce your cat to a new food

Wet to dry

If you’re trying to change your cat from wet food to dry food, you may need to be a bit sneaky. Instead of taking away the wet food one day and replacing it with dry, you may need to gradually add dry cat food to the wet food until they get used to it. If your cat is still being a bit finicky, try adding a bit of tuna juice to the wet food to attract them.

How to introduce your cat to a new food

Don’t give up

If your cat is being finicky or not adjusting as quickly as you’d like, try a new flavor or a new variety of cat food that they’ll enjoy. Look for a cat food that is prepared with real meat which will tempt your cat’s appetite like Meow Mix Bistro Recipes. Our cats cannot resist the gourmet taste, and I love knowing that it’s made with real salmon.

How to introduce your cat to a new food

 

Meow Mix Bistro varieties are prepared with real chicken or salmon in every bite for a fresh-tasting meal that will have your cat purring with delight. I noticed this new line the last time I was at Walmart and when I checked out the packing, I learned that it offers 100% complete and balanced nutrition plus all the essential vitamins and minerals your cat needs. I loved reading that Meow Mix Bistro is made in the USA.

How to introduce your cat to a new food

You can find this product at your local Walmart and it will also be available on Walmart.com soon. For now, you can find out more about Meow Mix Bistro Recipes here.  Find out more about Meow Mix Brushing Bites here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

How to Screen Your Cat for Kidney Disease #askyourvet

Have you ever thought about how to screen your cat for kidney disease? Or, have you wondered whether or not this is a step you should take to protect your cat’s health? We all love our pets, and in our home, our cats are like little fuzzy children. We pamper them and love them and take care of them. If something can potentially threaten their health, I want to know about it so I can take steps to protect them as early as possible.

This post is sponsored by Pet Health Network® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help create awareness for the importance of the IDEXX SDMA™ kidney screening test for pets, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Pet Health Network® or IDEXX is responsible for the content of this article.

How to Screen Your Cat for Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common disease for dogs and cats. I learned that 1 in 3 cats and 1 in 10 dogs develop some form of kidney disease over their lifetime. Recent studies show that kidney disease is even more common and until now has been under-recognized. As cats age, the likelihood of them having kidney disease increases. More than half of cats over age 15 are afflicted.

How to Screen Your Cat for Kidney Disease
Image courtesy of IDEXX

The IDEXX SDMA™ test is a revolutionary new kidney function test that will let you diagnose CKD in cats and dogs months or even years earlier than traditional methods. That makes it possible to intervene earlier and to more effectively manage kidney disease.

Our older cat, Colors, has been losing weight over the past few months so we have been back and forth to the vet’s office to figure out what’s wrong.  Since kidney disease in older cats is so common, it’s one of the first things that we thought of.

How to Screen Your Cat for Kidney Disease #askyourvet

It makes me sad to think that we could have caught a potential health problem with a simple test if we had done one. Cats hide disease and they don’t start to show symptoms until their kidneys have lost most of their function.

Kidney disease in cats is such a common problem. One in three is a huge percentage of the population. Our cats go to the vet for all of their regular checkups and vaccinations so I plan on asking about the IDEXX SDMA™ test at our next visit. Hidden diseases like kidney disease are easy to miss until it is very late stage especially in cats. This test can help you keep your cat healthier and live a happier life.

Ask your veterinarian for the IDEXX SDMA™ kidney screening test. It only takes a minute to start a conversation about feline kidney disease.

Follow the Pet Health Network on Facebook for more information on how to screen your cat for kidney disease and other pet health topics.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pet Health Network®. The opinions and text are all mine.

How to Save Time and Money Ordering Pet Supplies

This blog post about ordering pet supplies is part of a paid Megan Media and Petco Repeat Delivery blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. #PetcoDelivers

Ordering pet supplies is part of taking care of your pet. We have three cats, and they are very much like furry children to us. They have unique personalities and moods as well as favorite foods, toys and spots to relax in the house. While I try very hard to be certain that we don’t run out of someone’s favorite, now and then I fall behind and forget to stop at the store. When that happens, the cats let me know in no uncertain terms that they just are not happy.

How to Save Time and Money Ordering Pet Supplies

Heather and Scout were worried that we were going to run out of their favorite cat food. They love the Iams ProActive Health Indoor Weight & Hairball Care Adult Cat Food and Scout refuses to eat any other type of food. You can see how that becomes a slight emergency when we run out of food.

One of the easiest ways to make sure that you don’t run out of your pet’s favorites is to schedule deliveries automatically using a service like Petco’s Repeat Delivery Service. Scheduling delivery is super easy. You just choose your product, select repeat delivery and then choose how often you want the product delivered.

How to Save Time and Money Ordering Pet Supplies

Not only can you save time by using the Repeat Delivery option, but you can also save money! Sign up for Repeat Delivery and receive up to 20% off certain items for your pet and receive a $30 eGift Card with any purchase over $39. To qualify for this, first-time new customers have to sign-up and place their first Repeat Delivery order, between Friday, April 1, 2016, and Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Of course, you can use Repeat Delivery from Petco for any product including cat food, cat litter, cat treats or even special treats for your cat. Petco carries products for dogs, cats, fish and small animals, so it’s easy for a multi-pet household to keep all of their favorite products on hand without worries of running out!

How to Save Time and Money Ordering Pet Supplies

 

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The Repeat Delivery option was very easy to use, and we had the kitties’ favorite food in no time. I know that we won’t run out with this great option from Petco!

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Easy How To Pet Traveling Tips

These pet traveling tips can make your summer vacation much more stress-free. While we often use a pet sitter when we go on vacation, there are some pet-friendly locations that we enjoy taking our pets. When we’re heading to areas that are pet-friendly, following a few simple tips can make the car trip much easier.

Easy How To Pet Traveling Tips

Let’s face it; car rides can be stressful for people so it only stands to reason that they can be stressful for our pets. These pet traveling tips will help make the car ride less stressful for you and your pet.

  • Schedule a visit to the vet. Before you set out on a car trip with your pet, be certain to schedule a vet visit. Make sure that your pet is healthy and that all of his vaccinations are up to date. Different states have different requirements for vaccinations, so it’s important to be sure. Get copies of their immunization and medical records to take with you as well.
  • Consider harnesses, cages and leashes. Your pet should be properly restrained in the car while traveling. You can use a harness or a pet cage to do this, but please do not let them wander around the car while you’re driving. Your pet will also need to be on a leash while going for a walk or stopping at rest areas.
  • Purchase an ID tag. Even the most well-behaved pet may get loose when traveling. Be confident that your pet is wearing an ID tag on their collar with your name, address and cell phone number.

Easy how to pet traveling tips

  • Essential products. At the very least, bring along a supply of your pet’s favorite food and a collapsible water dish. You may not be able to find the brand or variety you usually use while traveling. You may also want to bring along treats, toys, a favorite blanket and a pet first aid kit.
  • Make frequent stops. Your pet will appreciate frequent stops for them to walk around and burn off energy. Traveling can be very stressful for your pet, and frequent stops will help them be less nervous.
  • Plan for pet-friendly accommodations. Do some research to find pet-friendly hotels or motels while you’re away from home. Check with area Chambers of Commerce for dog parks and pet-friendly attractions.

No matter where or how you travel with your pets, following these simple tips will help make it a vacation to remember in a good way.

Have you ever traveled with your pet?

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