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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
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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.
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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?)
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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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Problem solved thanks to the Gamma2 Vittles Vault

The worst thing about having 7 cats is that nothing is safe. Every box, wadded-up ball of paper, electrical cord (long story) and empty toilet paper tube becomes something to play with. Okay, 99.9% of the time I think all of that is completely hilarious. The one thing that REALLY annoys me is when they break into their food bag.

I’ve tried everything from keeping the food in a cabinet (which was an epic failure once I started buying huge bags of cat food that didn’t fit into any of my cabinets) to buying cat food brands sold in plastic-y bags, like Friskies and Kit N Kaboodle. That worked for a while, until one (or more) of my cats managed to chew a hole in that type of bag, too.

This particular bag of food made it a whole 2 days before it was busted into:

To make a somewhat long story kind of  shorter, when I was given a chance to test out an air-tight, heavy duty plastic pet food holder from Gamma2, I jumped on it.

This Prime Vittles Vault holds up to 50 lbs of dog food, 60 lbs of cat food, or 60 lbs of bird seed, horse treats… pretty much anything pet related. The lid twists off and on and features a lockdown double-gasket-ed airtight seal that keeps cats out and also prevents the food from getting stale.  I wish them luck at trying to break into this one during the night!

Osiris checking out the Gamma2 pet food container.

 The best thing is that for something that holds a ton of pet food, it isn’t overly large. Look at it in comparison to Osiris!  I poured my existing bag of cat food into it – about 10 lbs worth, and it looks like a drop in a bucket. So, even though it looks small from the outside, it holds a ton!

 
Oh – and it comes with a cool little food scooper, so I can retire the cup that I’ve been using.
 
Problem solved? I think so!
 
 

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Four tough cat food questions answered: Your cat food questions answered

Today’s Guest Post:

If you are a new cat owner, you may have some questions about what kind of foods to feed your cat, when to feed him and how often. Here are some common cat food questions and their answers.

1) Should I feed my cat wet food or dry?

Whether you choose dry gourmet cat food or wet, it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that you are choosing a nutritious cat food. While dry, crunchy kibble can be good for your cat’s dental health, wet food can be a nice departure for a change of texture. All cat foods should be certified to meet the dietary guidelines of the Association of Feed Control Officers (otherwise known as the AAFCO). You will know if your food meets these guidelines because you will see the words “complete and balanced,” typically accompanied by some sort of statement or logo from the AAFCO. It’s important that your cat food is certified by this organization because that means it has passed feeding tests that are rigorous and vendor neutral. Whether your cat prefers wet or dry food, or you want to combine the two for his diet, anything with AAFCO certification is good to munch.

2) Does it matter which brand I choose?

Although many cat foods are similar in formula, you should definitely stay away from no-name or generic brand foods if they don’t meet the same strict criteria as the brand name varieties. If the food doesn’t say that it’s “complete and balanced” and/or has no mention of the AAFCO on the packaging, it’s probably best to steer clear. 

You will also want to stay away from anything with abundant chemical dyes and preservatives or the inclusion of “animal by-products,” meat “meal” or meat ingredients that are unspecific. At worst, these ingredients are unhealthy for your pets, and at best, they just don’t pack the nutritional punch that pure ingredients do.

What you should look for in your cat snacks and foods are the following: 

• A specifically named meat source (like chicken or tuna) as the first ingredient

• Vegetables

• Vitamins

• Minerals (like taurine, selenium, calcium and magnesium) 

These will all protect your pet’s body and immune system.

3) Which flavors are best for my cat?

The good news is you can pick just about any flavor! Try filet mignon, poultry and fish medleys to see what your feline friend likes the most. Creatively mixing up his food once in a while can help keep him eating well and happily.

4) How often should I feed him?

Each cat is different when it comes to feeding, but most cat foods have feeding guidelines right on the packaging. Kittens typically need to eat more frequently (about 6 times daily!) than adults, but follow the guidelines and adjust accordingly.

 

Jessica writes about a wide variety of topics.  She especially enjoys writing about pets. You can learn more about nutritious cat food at http://www.whiskas.com/

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