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Why do cats eat grass?

Why do cats eat grass?

Have you noticed your cat enjoys eating thin, grass-like things around your house?  Chances are, it’s time to give Mittens some of their own grass to graze on!

Cats tend to eat grass for many different reasons.  It could be that they enjoy the feel or taste of it, or even because they need more nutrients that eating grass offers.  Grass contains folic acid, which helps move along oxygen in blood streams.

We carry Pet Greens Medley, which is a DIY grow your own pet-safe grass kit.  This way, you know the grass your cat is eating isn’t treated by chemicals.  A super source of green nutrition and fiber for healthy digestion, you can feed this directly to your cat or add clippings to their food.  Nutrient-rich greens are a natural attractant to most pets.  One pound of cereal grass is equal in protein and overall nutritional value to 23 pounds of garden vegetables!  Pet Greens also contains no gluten.

Next time you catch your cat chewing on something they aren’t supposed to, it might be time to try out some Pet Greens Medley!

 

 

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Is your pet's hair taking over your laundry?

Is your pet's hair taking over your laundry?

When you do your laundry, you expect clean, fresh clothes.  But when you have pets running around in your house, you can expect your laundry to be ridden with pet hair, and sometimes lingering odors!  Here are some tips to help get rid of pet hair & odors on your clothes.

First, it's important to frequently empty the lint catcher in your dryer.  This is a no-brainer! Not only is it important in terms of reducing fire hazard; it also can aid in reducing pet fur after drying your clothes! 

Next, you'll want to put your clothes in the dryer (before you wash them) and set it to a very low heat cycle for 10 minutes.  When the cycle is done, put your clothes in the washer and wash as usual.  Add a fourth to a half cup of vinegar to your usual laundry detergent.  This addition will help remove the hair by loosening the fabric.  Run it through your usual washing cycle, and then put your clothes in the dryer again.  Using things like dryer sheets or dryer balls can also aid in removing pet hair from your clothes.

We carry Skout’s Honor Laundry Booster to further remove pet odor from your clothes (or from their clothes and bedding)!  Add this solution to your normal laundry detergent, and your clothes will smell even fresher than before.

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Why are cats crazy about catnip?

Why are cats crazy about catnip?

Just from smelling catnip plant, your cat can go from couch potato to zoomy gremlin in mere seconds.  No one really knows why cats have this odd, yet amusing reaction to catnip.  But we do know that it is actually beneficial for their health, as it gets them to be active. 

Did you know, the reaction your cat has depends on their genetics?  About 30% of cats lack the gene that causes the funny reaction to catnip.  Also, kittens and senior cats don’t have a reaction to catnip either. 

Even big cats like lions and tigers react to catnip!  The same behaviors like eating the leaves and rolling around in it are universal with all cats, large and small.

We carry varieties of catnip toys, like Mad Cat Brunch Buddies Bacon N' Eggs Catnip & Silvervine Cat Toy, Mad Cat LLAMA-O-RAMA Kicker Cat Toy, and fan-favorite Fabcat Deep-Sea Cat Toys!

We also have loose catnip for you to sprinkle over scratching posts, or to renew your cat’s interest in older toys!

Next time your cat interacts with catnip, remember this funny behavior is both normal and amusing for both of you.

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Does your dog still have energy after exercising?

Does your dog still have energy after exercising?

We all know physically tiring out your dog is important for their well-being and mental health.  We’d argue mentally tiring out your dog is just as important, especially for working breeds such as Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, and Malinois dogs!  Many dogs thrive on training and using their brains, so this may be a great place to start if you notice your dog is super riled up even after lots of physical exercise.

We recommend and carry food dispenser toys, like the Ruffwear Gnawt-a-Rock Nuzzle Flop Treat Dog Toy.  You can fill this feeder with about 2 cups of your dog’s food, and they will spend some time nuzzling it around to get some food out of it.  This can use quite a lot of mental energy to figure out how the toy works, while also using natural foraging instincts to eat.  Another idea is to try a selection of Nina Ottosson's puzzle toys to get your dog invested in some nose work, which is a great way for them to wind down.

You can also try incorporating daily 15-20 minute training sessions in your day, most optimal after physical exercise.  Because treats can fill up your dog, we recommend low calorie options like Zuke’s Training Treats or Bocce’s Bakery Training Treats!

After, or even during a walk, try to engage your dog’s mind!  They will be a lot happier and much more relaxed day to day, and leave you feeling fulfilled in giving your dog what they want and need.

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