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Happy Healthy Cat Month: Show the World That You and Your Cat Are Purrfect Together

September is Happy Healthy Cat Month—and there’s never been a better time to show our cats some extra love. 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, and you can download a coupon for $2.50 off any bag of Meow Mix Bistro Recipes.
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! (Poor Horus was not thrilled to pose with me, can you tell?)
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.

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Guest post – 5 Great Holiday Gifts for Dogs

By Dr. Fiona Caldwell, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance company for dogs and cats.

 pets bestNot sure what to get your dogs for the holidays? Here are five great gift ideas to say thanks to the pups in your life for their unconditional love all year long. You’ll make their tails wag, and several of the items double as a gift for you!

 1. Dental chew toys

Dental disease is one of the most common preventable diseases seen by veterinarians. There are toys available for your dogs to chew on that are designed to remove plaque and prevent tartar formation. This can help stop the progression of dental disease and freshen breath. The added bonus of this is your dogs’ better breath when they get in your face to give you kisses – wanted or not! Your local dog store can help you find a dental chew toy that will be best suited for your dogs.

 2. Bowls designed to slow eating

When dogs gulp their food down quickly they often aren’t chewing the kibble. Chewing on their kibble can actually help prevent periodontal disease by removing plaque and preventing tartar. In addition, eating quickly can cause excessive air to be swallowed by your dogs, which then leads to them having gas. And really, no one likes dog gas. There are bowls that are designed to slow down your dogs’ eating. With the benefits of eating slowly, both you and your dogs will be getting a gift! Your local dog store can help you find a slow eating bowl that will work best for your speed eater dogs.

 3. Treat Puzzles

There are many educational toys for dogs that require them to “work” for a treat. These usually require pets to figure out how to open compartments or tinker with the toy until they are rewarded with the treat. Educational toys are great because they reduce boredom and increase cognitive functions. These toys are a perfect gift for all dogs, but those who will benefit the most are puppies, working breeds that need mental stimulation, and senior dogs. Educational toys can help slow the progression of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in older pets, which is a little like Alzheimer’s disease. Your local dog store can help you find the best puzzle toys for your dogs.

 4. A canine photo shoot

Celebrate your love for your pets by capturing a picture of them. Take photos of your dogs, have a photo shoot done with the whole family, or use one from the hundreds you probably have on your cell phone! There are tons of photo gift options available these days, including simply framing the photo, making it an art print on canvas, making a custom iPhone case, and putting a picture of your dog’s mug on a mug.

 5. Pet Insurance

Give the gift that keeps giving! Studies show that people with pet insurance visit the veterinarian’s office more regularly. Regular veterinary visits will help keep your pets happy and healthy. Pet health insurance will help ensure your dogs receive the best veterinary care by alleviating the stress of the hefty bill that often accompanies it.

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Photo of the Day: Fat Cat in a Little Box

Slim isn’t so slim anymore, yet he still crammed himself into this comfortable box:


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Photo of the day: A cat’s life is SO hard


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January 10, 2014 · 8:07 pm

If you give some cats a box…

They’ll all try to sit in it:


















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Photo of the day: A little tug-of-war

Horus and Baby decided to play with a shoelace. Of course, by the time I pulled out my camera, they weren’t so hyper anymore:


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Pet Flow Spoiled Rotten Box Review

Subscription boxes are one of the hottest trends right now. There are monthly subscriptions available for everything from books to work out style clothing – and pets. The Pet Flow Spoiled Rotten Box is available for either dogs or cats. Obviously, since I have a bunch of cats, I tried that one out. Here’s what I received.

The first thing in the box was a card explaining its contents:


There were several different types of cat treats inside, including:

PetNaturals Calming Cat Chews


Omega Paw Cranberry Cabernet Treats


And Omega Paw Meowtinis Treats


As usual, some of my cats loved the treats, while others turned up their nose. Really, the only treat that they seem to agree on is catnip.

Speaking of catnip, these Softbite toy mice that were in the box were supposed to have catnip inside of them:


My cats seemed less than enthused to play with them, until I dumped the mice in a container of catnip and shook it up. The catnip clung to the colored twine that covered the mice. I pulled them out and gave them to the cats and haven’t seen them since (the mice, not the cats.)

There were also two cans of soft food – Merrick Purrfect Bistro Turkey and Merrick Purrfect Bistro Tuna Pate:


And a cool cat toy – the Cat Dancer Compleat:


This toy is a sturdy wire with a sticky cat paw on one end (to attach it to the wall) and some small cardboard tubes on the other end. I stuck it to the wall, where it stayed for for about 24 hours before one of my enterprising furballs yanked it off the wall.

It also came with a package of Supercat Catnip Stickers, which are supposed to smell like catnip when scratched. I placed a few on the lid of the box that they came in and a few cats happily rolled on it, and then looked at me wondering where the real catnip was:


Here’s one of my happy Spoiled Rotten cats enjoy his bounty:


The box costs $19.99 plus $5.00 for shipping. It certainly came with some interesting toys and treats, and  my cats are happy, which makes it worthwhile.


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Photo of the Day: Spoiled Rotten and proud of it


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September 12, 2013 · 4:23 pm

Are your pet products Pruven?

There are a few things that every cat owner needs, besides cats, of course. These include the obvious items, like cat food, a litter box and cat litter, but also a litter mat, a pet stain removal spray and some furniture saving anti-scratch tape. Pruven Pet Products sent me a few goodies to test out, including a few things on that list:


One other thing that isn’t listed above? A pet hair roller. Every pet owner needs one, unless you feel like walking around all day covered in cat hair. This one worked very well and one sheet managed to remove all of the hair covering the shirt that I was wearing:


A litter mat is another useful thing to have. This one is fairly small (you can get a sense of its size in the last shot) so I put in the doorway of my “cat room” so that it could catch any stray bits of litter still clinging to my cat’s feet: P1020567

This scratch protection film is clear and rather thick. It’s designed to go on wooden surfaces, like table and chair legs. I tested it out on one, and it held up surprisingly well until one of my too-smart-for-his-own-good cats *cough* Socks *cough* decided to peel it off:P1020569

Here’s the side view of the tape: P1020571

And the most useful item of all: the pet stain and odor remover. I’ve used this countless times since receiving it, and it’s worked like a charm:P1020573

Lastly, here’s a view of the litter mat: P1020574

All in all, I say – Yes! If you’re in the market for pet products, aim for the ones made by Pruven. (Do you need me to mention that they’re owned by 3M, the makers of Post-It notes? And that I’m obsessed with Post-It Notes? No? Well, I mentioned it anyway.) They’re sold at Wal-Mart, Target,, and several other places.

(Disclaimer: I received these products to review for free from a press representative in exchange for my unbiased review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.)

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Photo the Day: Appropriately Named

I’m working on a bunch of posts. In the meantime, the label on this box says it all:


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