The Latest Trends in Cat Care| Guest Blogger Zara Lewis

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More and more people, especially the millennial generation, are adopting a completely new attitude towards pet ownership, treating their feline and canine friends more like family members than their pets. For them, those furry little creatures are their loyal friends, companions and an infinite source of affection. Consequently, this has led to increased spending in and the continuous growth of the pet industry, as well as the emergence of new trends in pet care. The most recent trends will enable proud cat owners to enrich the lives of their feline friends and ensure their wellbeing.

Cat tech innovations

Technical innovation is slowly taking over the pet industry, presenting a range of different state-of-the-art devices. From talking cat collars and GPS devices to interactive feeders and pet doors with microchip sensors, tech products are slowly coming to the forefront. While Petzi, a web camera and a treat dispenser, will enable you to check your cat while you’re away and give them a treat via your phone, Petcube will provide you with an additional option – a laser pointer that will enable you to interact with your feline friend.

Organic and natural products

With the expanding eco-consciousness, it was only a matter of time when sustainability and eco-friendliness will be implemented in the pet industry. Not only do pet owners want to contribute to the environment, but they also want to improve their furry friends’ health and wellbeing. Cat owners have a variety of natural products to choose from, ranging from toys made of natural fibres to cat litter. Natural tick and flea repellents are also available, ensuring that cats aren’t exposed to any toxic substances.

Natural cat food

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The pet food market has seen the biggest increase, with pet owners choosing better and healthier natural foods for their furry companions. Premium organic food consists of natural ingredients necessary for the health of your feline friend. Nutritious natural cat food is rich in natural arginine and taurine, amino acids found in premium meat. In addition, when it comes to pet food, more and more owners are going with grain-free foods as a healthier alternative.

Cat accessories

Cat owners are also purchasing non-essential items and accessories as a way to enrich their feline friends’ lives. Believing that their cats will like and enjoy certain products, their owners don’t hesitate to spend a bit more to make sure that their little friends have everything they need or might need. From stylish litter boxes and high-quality hair brushes to comfortable cat beds and interesting toys, these elegant little creatures have everything they need for a comfortable life.

Cat photography

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Social media networks are rich in inspiring photos of adorable kittens and beautiful cats, which resulted in the increased popularity of cat photography. Proud cat owners want to remember all of those wonderful moments spent with their feline friends, so they keep clicking, posting and sharing their photos. Cat portrait photography is becoming increasingly popular, offering professional portraits of these majestic creatures to their owners.

Cat health insurance

Over the recent years, sales of pet insurance and policies have seen a slight yet steady growth and this trend is expected to increase significantly. With medical treatments becoming more expensive and people’s more intense care for their pets, owners want to provide their furry friends with the best medical care there is.

Joint adventures

Not only do cat owners want to make sure that their feline companions have a comfortable life, but they also keep them as involved as possible in their own lives. With pet-friendly cafés and coffee shops to travel adventures, cats are a part of these everyday experiences as nothing less than family members. Consequently, more and more hotels, motels and inns are welcoming guests along with their pets, which is a growing trend.

Cats are lovely, gentle creatures that can truly enrich your life and with these trends on the rise, you’ll be able to enrich theirs, too.

Zara Lewis

Contributing editor at Ripped.me

Contributor at TheWellnessInsider

mail: zaraelewis@gmail.com

 

9 Cat Friendly House Plants

What you do when you’re a plant lady but decided to get a kitten?

Even though Olivia didn’t pay much attention to my indoor plants during her first weeks at home, nowadays she’s a curious little bastard and I’ll soon have to buy her own little plants too, so she can leave mine in peace.

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I knew that a lot of common indoor plants are poisonous for cats before I got Olivia, so I did a lot of research to make sure the ones I have at home and the ones I will buy in the future aren’t toxic.

So here’s a list of common pet friendly house plants that you can grow:

 

1. Spider plant –  These are easy to care for, grow well in low-light conditions and can help to clean the air in our homes.

2. Palms – Areca, bamboo palm, parlor and ponytail are some of the most common indoor palm plants, and they are all pretty easy to grow too.

3. Boston fern – Both beautiful and safe for cats and dogs!h for each specific variety of succulent plant you grow.

4. Cast iron plant – It’s one of toughest house plants out there.

5. Bromeliads – Colorful, pet safe indoor plants that grow well without much light.

6. Christmas cactus – Easy to grow indoor plants that will flower right around Christmas time.

7. Phalaenopsis orchids –  Not only are phalaenopsis orchids cat and dog safe indoor plants, they are popular edible flowers too.

8. Swedish ivy – Swedish ivy plants are great for growing indoors, and are also safe for pets!

9. Bromeliad – Bromeliads are safe, easy to grow, unique, and they make great indoor plants.

Ready to add a few more plants to your collection?

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You can find out which plants are safe by doing a quick research on the ASPCA database. And feel free to leave any suggestions or cat vs plants stories in the comments section below.

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How To Cat-proof your home

One of the things I had to make sure before bringing Olivia home is that our flat was Cat-proof. This is something I still need to keep checking because anything can be a danger for a kitten as much as it is for a baby, especially when they are unattended. Chances are they will get into trouble.

It takes time for a kitten to know what’s off-limits and cats are great climbers and jumpers, so even if you hide something high up on a shelf it can still be reached!

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Here is a list of all the things I checked before Olivia’s arrival:

  • Research on internet or asked a veterinarian which houseplants in your home are non-toxic and which ones are so I could give them away. (I will make sure I write a post about this specific topic since I’m a plant person as much as I’m a cat person.)
  • Keep electric cords unplugged, so if your kitten chews on a cord, they won’t get an electrical shock. If possible, just hide all the cords away.
  • Keep your food tucked away, because like plants, some kinds of food can make your cat sick, or worse. Even if the food isn’t dangerous, it may not meet your cat’s nutritional needs. The same goes for drinks.
  • Keep your washing machine and dryer doors closed. The same goes for rooms where you don’t want your kitten to visit. They are known to check everything out. Especially new places in the house where they haven’t been before.
  • Make sure you let everyone in your house know how certain things can be a danger to your kitten and if something happens what to do. For example, chocolate is poisonous to cats and in my house we tend to eat a lot of it. Leaving a simple chocolate paper on the table might be a danger for the cat, especially if it still has bits of chocolate on it. My advice is to put the veterinary’s contact or vet’s hospital contact number on the fridge, in case of an emergency.

When Olivia first came home…
For the first few hours, we kept her company in the living room so she would get used to us and her surroundings. Kittens need time to adjust and feel totally comfortable.

It didn’t take long for Olivia to begin to feel right at home, that’s why I’m glad I checked the entire house before bringing her home. And I still do daily check outs because it’s all a learning process and what Olivia finds uninteresting today, she might try and chew it tomorrow.

 

If you have any tips to Cat-proof your house please leave it a comment below. Sharing is caring 😉

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