Choosing Healthy Treats for Your Dog or Cat

pet treats MartinBy Julia Williams

We have a bedtime ritual here that my three cats look forward to (I know, because if I forget, they are quick to remind me!). The ritual is simple: first, I give the cat treat bag a few shakes and voila – kitties appear instantly, as if by magic. I then dole out their individual allotment of the treats, and watch as they scarf up every last crumb. My cats like this ritual because they get yummy treats, and I like it because it lets me do a quick head count before I say my goodnights.

My cats love the CANIDAE PURE Taste cat treats. They dance around the kitchen in feverish excitement, and their loud meows and purrs let me know they think these grain free treats are the bomb. Dutiful Cat Servant that I am, my job is to give my feline friends what they want … BUT only if it’s good for them. So I enjoy the ritual because I know I’m giving them treats that not only taste great (so I’ve heard, haven’t eaten any myself) and make them happy, but they’re healthy for them too. June Cleaver would approve of these treats, I’m sure!

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New Study Says Watching Cat Videos Can Improve Your Mood

cat videos storemBy Linda Cole

Are you guilty of watching cat videos online, even sneaking in viewing time at work? Well, you aren’t alone. Watching cat videos is one of the most popular things to do on the internet these days. Some people may see it as a waste of time, but according to a new study, watching cat videos is more than just entertaining and has some surprising affects on your mood and health.

For the last four years, cat lovers have flocked to Minneapolis for the annual Internet Cat Video Festival. The event this year was held August 11 at the CHS Field in St. Paul, MN and drew a crowd of around 13,000 dedicated cat loving fans. The sold out event, hosted by the Walker Arts Center, featured some of this year’s best internet cat videos that were shown on the stadium’s giant scoreboard. Cat lovers who couldn’t get tickets gathered outside the ballpark’s fence to watch the videos. It was a purrfect evening for all with lots of giggles, laughs and awws. A Golden Kitty statue was presented to this year’s winner entitled “Cat Behavior Finally Explained.” It was created by the people who make the Cat CATastrophes series.

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A Tribute to Sam Simon: Friend to All Animals

sam simon mollyBy Langley Cornwell

If there is a man worthy of tribute based on his animal rescue efforts, it is Sam Simon. Born in 1955 and recently deceased due to complications surrounding his terminal cancer, Sam Simon made every effort to see that animals got the care and treatment they needed, whether the owners could afford it or not. His efforts even extended to changing the lives of humans through animal assistance.

Mr. Simon, television writer and producer, is probably best known as one of the co-creators of the animated sit-com The Simpsons, but that is far from his most significant role in life. Of course, the income he received from the wildly successful show was certainly part of the resources he used to fund all of his animal rescue efforts.

Sam Simon Foundation

While some millionaires were buying homes with acres of manicured lawn just so they had something impressive to look at, Sam Simon did something a bit more extraordinary with his resources and his ability to purchase land. He created the Sam Simon Foundation, completely funded by him to the tune of millions of dollars per year.

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Tips for Dealing with Obsessive Dog Behaviors

obsessive michaelBy Laurie Darroch

Obsessive behaviors and fixations can be annoying, and may even be destructive for your dog as well as for you and your surroundings. The behavior is like an addiction that the dog has a difficult time controlling. If you have observed persistent behaviors in your dog that go beyond normal play and interactions, where they will not change their focus or listen to commands, you may be seeing obsessive behavior.

Signs of Fixation

Playtime should be lighthearted and easygoing. When the activity reaches a level where your dog is so fixated on something that they are not even responding to your verbal or physical cues and commands, they may be obsessing.

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14 Tips That Make Life Easier for Pet Owners

14 tips allisonBy Linda Cole

As responsible pet owners, we want to make sure our dogs and cats are properly cared for. Sharing your home with pets means dealing with pet hair, odors and other pet related challenges. Fortunately, there are some tips that can make life easier for us.

Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of litter boxes to help control odor. Generously sprinkle baking soda on carpets and furniture to remove odors. Work it in with a brush, let it sit overnight (if possible) then vacuum it up. It can be sprinkled on cats and dogs as a dry shampoo to freshen up their coat when bathing isn’t possible. Leave it on for 10 or 15 minutes, then rub the coat down with a towel and follow with a good brushing. Baking soda can be toxic if large amounts are ingested by a dog or cat, but small amounts are safe if your pet should lick some off his coat or feet.

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Can Our Pets Help Us Stay Healthy?

pets healthy chrisBy Laurie Darroch

Dogs and cats are not only loyal companions that add love and joy to our lives, they are a source of mental and physical health for their human family members. The unique bond between animal and human is one of trust and unquestioning loyalty, but for our overall health the relationship with our pets offers us so much more.

Companionship

There is no question that having a four-legged companion or two gives every two-legged family member a sense of companionship and a connection to another living being. Even though they cannot speak our language, dogs and cats communicate in their own individual style. Caring for our pets and interacting with them is a constant in our lives. To them, we are not just a part of their lives, we are everything. That deep companionship is very bonding and healthy.

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