Archive for the ‘Cat Care’ Category

Sponsored Video: Fresh Step Catdance Festival – Check Out Cat Videos & Lots More

Posted on December 12th, 2013

The Fresh Step Catdance Film Festival has become an awfully popular online event this year… and a fun one to boot. You get to review some ferociously funny and fervent cat videos and give them a rating of “Fresh” or “Smelly,” – MOL! (Get it? Fresh or smelly, like the litter box??) Thanks to the Feline Arts Council (FAC), which is simply celebrating “creative cat culture,” people may submit their own and/or simply vote on these sensationally silly cat videos.

Fresh StepAccording to the Fresh Step site, The Feline Arts Council celebrates the fact that cats are smart, loveable companions – and that cat owners are an “altogether superior group of people.” (Exactly what Maxwell says, how ironic…) Represented by leaders in the fields of fashion, fine arts, design and other creative fields, the FAC’s goal is to ensure that cats serve as a creative muse for all forms of pop and high culture.

There is much else to be done on this enjoyable and sense-stimulating site as well…

You can also customize a movie poster starring your own cat! There’s awesome templates available for you to add your cat’s name and face too so he can be a movie star in his own right (exactly how it should be if you ask Maxwell).

You can take a trip through “Cat World,” where you’ll find the opportunity to read up on Cat World, Cat Box, It’s a Cat’s Galaxy and the organization’s ASPCA partnership, and/or you can interact with a veterinarian or other cat-owners in the Kitty Photobooth or playing Cat Chess.

Also, you can learn a ton about cat litter. For example, who knew that Fresh Step uses advanced science to create their litter formulation? It’s made up of plant extracts to trap odors before they leave the box, activated carbon to trap odors instead of masking them, absorbent clay, and anti-microbial ingredients to stop ammonia and inhibit bacteria growth. Fresh Step also, neatly enough, has a paw-activated fragrance!

Lastly, I encourage you to check out the “It’s a Cat’s Galaxy” section of this fun site. The video there was “made by cats for cats and humans,” and thoroughly depicts that the new formula of Fresh Step helps one “Mr. Stinkbomb” blossom into a fresh, footloose and fancy-free “Mr. Daisy!”

This post is sponsored by Fresh Step. All opinions in this post are of the Administrator and Author of ThoughtsFurPaws.com.

Pet Food Ingredients & Sourcing Important Points to Ponder as Pet Parent

Posted on November 2nd, 2013

As a pet parent, I’m always looking out for what’s best for my pet – the right toys, the right amount of playtime, the right bed, the perfect treat, etc. But when it came to finding the right natural pet food, I used to get a little overwhelmed to be honest. Not only are the aisles full of brands – all claiming to be the “best, ” – but I knew I needed to be extra cautious about what our dogs and cats get because of all of those recalls I’d read about. I wanted to feed her a natural pet food made by a company I could trust: a company whose products are manufactured right here in the USA and a company who cares about the safety and quality of their own pets’ food just as much as I do.Hills Ideal Balance Product Layout

I started doing some research to ease my confusion over finding the “right” food and my concern with the recalls and quality of ingredients from some pet food companies. I wanted to feed Franklin and Ramsey the Bassets (and Max, Tater Tot and Sasha, the kittehs) a natural food with high-quality ingredients like real meat, fruits and vegetables. I’d seen a commercial about a new natural pet food from Hill’s Pet Nutrition called Hill’s® Ideal Balance™, so I decided to check it out.

There was a lot of helpful information on the Hill’s website, plus the site was intriguing to say the very least. It let me compare Ideal Balance against other natural pet foods and even recommended the right food for my fur-baby boys and girls. Through my research, I learned that even in natural foods, it is important not to have too much or too little of key nutrients and that Hill’s Ideal Balance delivers natural ingredients in perfect balance for a pet’s overall health. I was also pleased to see that Ideal Balance dry, wet and treats have no corn, wheat or soy and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Plus you can choose from these amazing recipes:

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult dog food

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult dog food

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult cat food

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult cat food

Because high-quality ingredients and safety were also of the utmost importance and continued to be top-of-mind, I continued to look into Hill’s, and I learned that all of Hill’s dry foods are manufactured locally, right here at home in the USA in their very own facilities.

dog and Ideal BalanceI was happy to find that Hill’s carefully chooses high-quality ingredients, most of which are sourced from the U.S., with all meat and poultry coming from USDA-inspected facilities.

*Ingredients sourced outside of the U.S. are monitored just as strictly as those from the U.S., and Hill’s has zero tolerance for Salmonella. In fact, they conduct more than 60 quality checks on every batch of food, every ingredient can be tracked by batch or ingredient, within 24 hours, and more than 1000 Salmonella tests are conducted every month.

Sasha, Tater Tot and Maxwell have been eating Ideal Balance natural cat food for a few months now, and as a pet parent, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. They all look fantastic and come running at mealtime! I don’t have to worry that what I’m feeding her might be unsafe to boot!

My conclusion? Well, there may not be a “best” pet food for everyone, but with Hill’s® Ideal Balance™, we sure have discovered the best one for our fur-family.

Ideal Balance has received tons of praise and great reviews; and the pet parents who feed it to their fur-babies say that their pets love the taste (even picky eaters). Check out these reviews on Facebook!

Points to Take Away from This Post:

  1. Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ is a choice natural pet food that provides perfectly balanced nutrition, guaranteed.

    Maxxy inhales his Ideal Balance nightly...

    Maxxy inhales his Ideal Balance nightly…

  2. Ideal Balance has no corn, wheat or soy.
  3. Ideal Balance is made with natural ingredients you can see right on the bag.
  4. Hill’s Pet Nutrition conducts more than 60 quality checks on every batch of food (I have been there and witnessed this thorough testing); every ingredient can be tracked by batch or ingredient, within 24 hours, and over 1,000 Salmonella tests are conducted in the facility every month.
  5. All Hill’s dry products are made in Hill’s-owned and –operated facilities – Made in the U.S.A.
  6. Hill’s has a standard that’s pretty strict = ZERO TOLERANCE SALMONELLA!

Check out the Ideal Balance website for great information about finding the right Ideal Balance food for your pet, compare for yourself how Ideal Balance stacks up against the competition, and be sure to take advantage of the “Try Me Free” rebate!

 

Author has been compensated for completion of this article and all opinions therein are those honest opinions and experiences of the ThoughtsFurPaws.com Administrator. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™: Pet Nutrition Doesn’t Have to be Complicated… it’s Natural Now!

Posted on October 18th, 2013

Hill’s® Pet Nutrition is big on helping your fur-babies stay healthy, as is evidenced by their numerous formulas made specifically for certain medical conditions, and now, by their nutrient-based Ideal Balance™ recipe, which is chock-full of veggies, meat and all the other good stuff your cat or dog needs to lead a life emphasized by balanced nutrition.

Since our cats started eating Hill’s Ideal Balance (Poached Salmon wet food recipe) they seem to show more energy (for sure), and have harder stools and more frequent urination. They have also been more tolerant of each other in the household (behaviorally I mean, i.e., sometimes Sasha doesn’t get along well with the two younger guys {Tate and Max} because she’s 13 and they are 3 and they chase her all over the place all the time). The chase sessions have nearly ceased in recent weeks.

We think this is all due to the fact that proper nutrition = happy kittehs. Balanced natural meals = full bellies & fewer behavioral issues.Hills kitty w IB

But we do wonder, and we often hear this from our furball-owning friends, “Is Natural Enough?”

Is Natural Enough?

In the desire to feed our pets natural foods, we first look at the ingredients. While ingredients are important, it’s what is IN the ingredients that matters. Really, ingredients are vehicles for nutrients.

Here’s what I mean. Ingredients are chicken, vegetables, fruits, etc. Nutrients are what your pet’s body absorbs from those ingredients. And as ingredient quality increases, so does a pet’s ability to absorb and use the nutrients from those ingredients. No single ingredient makes a food better or worse. Too much of one nutrient (like protein) or too little of another (like phosphorus) can be harmful to a pet’s health. A pet food is a sum of its parts.

IB badge logoSo, the goal is to make a pet food with quality ingredients that deliver nutrients like protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals balanced in the right proportions to provide optimal nutrition for your pet.

The interesting thing about this whole topic is the idea that feeding your pet what they would eat in the wild is better for them. Dogs and cats need protein in their diet to meet their requirements for essential amino acids. The amino acid requirement for cats is higher than for dogs. However, once those requirements are met, additional protein beyond what the pet can use for energy is excreted.

A dog’s or cat’s energy requirements can also be equally met by carbohydrates. Using carbohydrates rather than protein to meet energy requirements has the benefit of controlling the level of minerals or other nutrients to avoid excessive levels that are not optimal for a pet’s health.

Therefore, a diet with a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals from a variety of sources is ideal.

Comparing the food of dogs and cats in the wild to that fed to our pets misses the main point that optimum food in the wild is that which allows maximum reproduction as fast as possible.

So… the question is: Are there any natural dog or cat foods out there that have the ingredients you want PLUS the nutrients in the right balance?

Well, there may be others, but the new Hill’s® Ideal Balance® line of pet foods, as I mentioned before, is one that has surely caught my attention. In these foods, what you will find are natural ingredients that you want to feed your pet with 100% balanced nutrition. What makes me feel good about recommending this food is that Ideal Balance is a true natural pet food crafted by pet nutritionists who know how to perfectly balance natural ingredients for better health for your dog and cat.

See for yourself in this video featuring Hill’s Pet Nutritionist Kathy Gross, who chooses to feed Hill’s Ideal Balance to her own pets: dog video or cat video. Check out the Ideal Balance website for great information about finding the right Ideal Balance food for your pet, compare for yourself how Ideal Balance stacks up against the competition, and be sure to take advantage of the Try Me Free rebate!

Be sure to check out the following Ideal Balance formulas; click on them for more information.

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult dog food

 

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain-Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult dog food

 

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult cat food

 

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult cat food

 

The key takeaways here?

-          Balanced nutrition is the key to good pet health.

-          Nutrient excess can lead to certain pet health conditions

-          Nutrient deficiency can lead to certain pet health conditions.

-          Good nutrition isn’t just about ingredients – it’s about the right balance of nutrients.

-          “Creating a natural pet food is one thing. Creating a perfectly balanced one to Hill’s high standards is quite another.” – Kathy Gross, Hill’s Pet Nutritionist

-          Natural ingredients do not guarantee optimum nutrition, precisely balanced nutrients does.

-          Hill’s Ideal Balance is 100% balanced nutrition for your pets guaranteed or your money back.

 

*Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article. All opinions in this article are honest and belong solely to J.L. Smith, the Administrator and Author.

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Is Purr-fectly Pleasing: Gift Basket GIVEAWAY Announcement!

Posted on October 1st, 2013

Maxwell Endorses Purr-fectly Pleasing & Palatable Ideal Balance™ -ThoughtsFurPaws.com Offers FREE IDEAL BALANCE™ GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY!

Imagine the sun starting to peek through the bedroom window. You’re fast asleep enjoying dreams of your cat purring and kneading, purring and kneading – no wait! Your cat IS purring and kneading, telling you, “Hey! It’s time for my breakfast!” This is Max EVERY morning…

Didn’t we grow up learning that breakfast is the most important meal of the day???

Well kittehs need breakfast too! Whether you’re getting ready for work or staying around the house for the day, it’s still breakfast time for your cat. Why not start the morning by serving your cat a nice, tasty dish of wet cat food? Measure her food and place in her dish, stir slightly, and serve! Your cat will rub your ankles and warm your toes!

Since cats are grazers by nature, you’ll want to leave a dish of her dry food for her so she can nibble throughout the day. You know the routine: nibble, bathe, sleep – nibble, bathe, sleep. Ah—the life of a cat…

If you’re at home during the day, you’re no doubt busy with activities, however kitty is constantly asking for attention. (I know Maxwell comes over and walks all over my laptop if I don’t pay enough attention to him while I’m writing… MOL.) Giving your cat treats throughout the day is sure to make her feel special, and you don’t feel guilty when you get busy.

Now, it is dusk, you’re walking through the door from work or winding up your day at home and it’s supper time! Your cat greets you, and often “talking” meow, meow, meow….”hello, it’s great to see you. I’m hungry!”

Sound familiar?Hills Ideal Balance Product Layout

Your kitty is not just saying she’s hungry for food; she’s hungry for your attention. Treat time! Have her treats in a convenient place so you can pat her on the head, hand her a tasty treat and all will be right in the world again.

Now it’s supper time. Mmmm, more of the wet food is a great appetizer! As you’re spooning her food, she’s smelling the aroma and twining through your feet purring anxiously. Refill her dry food dish for the evening nibbles and to help satisfy her hunger throughout the night.

Offering your cat complete and nutritious meals every day eases your mind and satisfies your cat.

Our friends at Hill’s® had you and your cat in mind when they created their line of cat foods. In the Hill’s tradition, making food that is nutritious is a core philosophy; quality (and safety first) is above all else. Hence, you will have peace of mind when feeding any Hill’s food and treats to your cat.

What’s more, feeding Ideal Balance™ brands of wet, dry and treats assures that your cat is getting complementary natural nutrition. Often times when pet food brands are mixed, it can throw off the perfect balance of natural nutrition that Ideal Balance so carefully provides. Plus, all Ideal Balance wet, dry and treats are made with NO corn, wheat or soy and NO artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Maxwell IBIdeal Balance is the trifecta of natural nutrition for your cat!

Here’s a great meal line up for your cat, or you can choose which Ideal Balance food you think your cat will love most!

Breakfast:

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Roasted Turkey Recipe – Gourmet taste of turkey in a soft, smooth texture is a great way to start the day.

http://www.hillspet.com/products/ib-feline-turkey-canned.html

Daytime Nibbles:

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain-Free Natural Chicken and Potato Recipe dry food- Delicious ingredients like chicken (the first ingredient), green peas, apples, cranberries, carrots & broccoli will make your cat happy while providing the nutrition that she needs.

http://www.hillspet.com/products/ib-feline-adult-grain-free-chicken-and-potato-dry.html

Treats:

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crunchy Naturals with Real Tuna – yummy, natural treats that are healthy too! Go ahead, give your cat these treats – we all love to be treated special!

http://www.hillspet.com/products/ib-feline-crunchy-natural-w-tuna-treats.html

Supper:

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Slow-Cooked Chicken Recipe – Food made with natural ingredients like real chicken and brown rice, carrots and greens in a delicious sauce says “comfort food” and “love”.

http://www.hillspet.com/products/ib-feline-chicken-canned.html

Evening Nibbles:

Set out more of her Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain-Free Natural Chicken and Potato Recipe dry food to keep kitty satisfied until the morning light. These are my suggestions but be creative with your meal offerings using all of the foods and treats from Ideal Balance. Here is a link to the entire menu!

http://www.hillspet.com/products/product-search-results.html?brand=Ideal+Balance&species=cat&condition=&x=17&y=4

NOW FOR THE FREE GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY!!!

Twenty (20) lucky winners will receive a Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Gift Basket that includes the following (I will be choosing 10 dog winners and 10 cat winners):

IDEAL BALANCE DOG-THEMED BASKET:dog and Ideal Balance

  • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain-Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult – 3.5 lb bag
  • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ wet food – 6 cans
  • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Treats – 2 bags variety
  • Dog bowl
  • Blanket

IDEAL BALANCE CAT-THEMED BASKET:

  • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain-Free natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult – 2 lb bag
  • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ wet food variety pack – 6 cans case
  • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crunchy Naturals with Real Tuna
  • Cat bowl
  • Place mat

***TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY, please leave me a comment telling me why you think you should get a FREE GIFT BASKET of Hill’s Ideal Balance products. Please be specific and tell me what kind of pets you have and how many. Entries will be taken until Friday, October 12 at 6 pm EST. Winners will be notified via email so please leave your real email.***

 

* Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

The GREENIES® Brand Hosts Twitter Chat to Donate to Animal Charity

Posted on September 17th, 2013

Topic 

Help! Why does my pet’s breath stink?

“Good dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Yet, it is one of the most overlooked areas in pet health.” -The American Animal Hospital Association.

The folks at GREENIES couldn’t agree more! They want to create more awareness and provide a way for pet owners to discuss the main questions when it comes to premium pet oral health. The Twitter chat tonight will provide an opportunity for pet parents to hear from a veterinary dentistry expert on how to maintain a healthy mouth for their pets.

Time

TONIGHT!! September 17, 8—10 p.m. EST

Guest

Dr. Brook Niemiec, @socalvetdentist2013_Greenies_PackagingFamilyGroup (3)

Format

-1 hour of Q&A between @GREENIESBrand and @socalvetdentist

-1 hour of free flow Q&A among participants, @GREENIES Brand and @socalvetdentist

Incentive to participate 

-For every tweet using #greenieschat during the chat, The GREENIES® Brand will donate $1 to the Oral Care for Service Dogs Program.

-For every FB share about the chat, The GREENIES® Brand will donate $50 to the Oral Care for Service Dogs Program.

-For every blog covering the chat, The GREENIES® Brand will donate $100 to the Oral Care for Service Dogs Program.

-The GREENIES® Brand is hoping to raise $20,000 in social media activity to give to the program.

Join us on Twitter to help support a charity in need please!

Link to the FB page of the program The GREENIES Brand is sponsoring: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AVDC-Service-Dog-Oral-Health-Exam/276990555664950

Link to more information on Dr. Niemiec: http://dogbeachvet.com/our-professionals/dr-brook-niemiec-dvm/