Tips for Keeping a Pet-Friendly Home Clean and Odor-Free| Guest Blogger Zara Lewis

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It is no secret that, no matter how much we love our pets, they can be pretty dirty, and maintaining a clean and odor-free home while they are around is a lot of work. However, it is not impossible – as long as you take enough care to clean up after them regularly.

Find a good location for the litter box

For the majority of people, the litter box is probably the least pleasant aspect of having a cat. And if she’s a litter kicker, there will probably be more mess outside the box than inside it.

This is why, firstly, you should place the litter box on hard flooring rather than a carpet. Why? Well, it is much easier to clean a linoleum, wood or tile floor than it is to clean a ‘stained’ carpet, right? You can both sanitize and clean your hard floor in no more than a few seconds.

Some cat owners even opt to put the litter box in an infrequently used spare bathroom, or even in a bathtub. If your kitty can jump in and out of your tub with ease, this will solve a lot of litter mess, since most of it will be contained in a tub which can easily be rinsed.

Give Mr. Mittens his own blanket

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If there are spaces in your home where your kitty particularly likes to snooze (because seriously, who possibly would like to play or sleep in a fort designed for cats, on which you’ve, by the way, spent your 2 month’s rent probably, when that left corner of the couch is sooo comfy?) – cover that area with one particular blanket that is ‘for the cat only’. This way you will keep your furniture safe from cat hair.

However, make sure you opt for an easy-to-clean blanket out of natural fabrics.

Comb them daily

If your pet allows it of course, but most kittens and dogs enjoy combing. Spend at least 5 to 10 minutes each day brushing their coat. Not only will you two bond and interact, but you will also insanely cut down the amount of hair around the house. Also, brushing sessions improve animals’ coat condition, and speaking of coat, cat owners can say goodbye to the hairball issue.

Invest in a pet vacuum

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It is all fun and games until you find hair in your sealed holiday china set. Luckily for all of us, there is now a thing called a pet vacuum, which contains turbo tools and attached portable devices for cars and stairs. Another solution are those cute handheld vacuums – which are great for upholstered furniture, floors, walls, your life, etc. Much easier than dragging that canister vacuum out of the garage every single day.

Finally, if you don’t want to get rid of carpets and rugs, block your pet’s access to certain rooms that have carpets and rugs.

Control the odor

One way to control the pet odor is to bathe your pet at least every 2 months. However, if your pet spends a lot of time outside, or has skin issues, additional bathing is necessary. Another benefit of regular bathing is the removal of dead skin cells. Also, make sure their beds are machine-washable and wash them at least once a month.

On the other hand, you have to take care of the air as well, since their dander can still float through the air. And that dander can trigger many allergies, which is something you definitely don’t want. This is why it is very important to air out your house as much as you can. And if that isn’t enough, you can also invest in a good air purifier, which is a great solution for keeping unpleasant odors away and keeping the air in your home fresh. Currently, a mold air purifier by Oransi is among the best and most affordable air purifiers, due to its HEPA filter that cleans out mold spores from the room.

Dust as often as you can

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If you develop a weekly vacuuming and dusting habit, you will turn your home into a much more welcoming place for both your guests and your pet. Not just that, spending time in a clean area is both healthier and more pleasant.

Your goal here is to both prevent any kind of illness and to improve the quality of your life and your pet’s life. Clean surroundings are a must at all costs.

Zara Lewis

Contributing editor at Ripped.me

Contributor at TheWellnessInsider

mail: zaraelewis@gmail.com

How to Feed Your Kitten| Olivia Series

Olivia is a very energetic kitten and living indoors we need to make sure she gets, not only enough exercise, but the ideal diet for a kitten her age.

So I had the opportunity to visit Pets At Home for a nutritional consultation where I was able to ask all the questions I had about feeding Olivia. Now I’m able to share with you a few tips.

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Kittens grow rapidly up to around 12 months of age, so the nourishment you give your pet should support this important period of their life.

Dry Food or Wet Food?

Olivia isn’t fussy when it comes to food and she’s happy whether it is wet from a sachet, or dry from a bag. In her eyes, food is food, so it is up to us as her “humans” to give her the best to help with her development and support her immune system.

We decided to give wet and dry food to our kitten since both have great benefits. For example, wet food is much softer than dry food and easier to eat. Olivia finds the smell and texture attractive and it increases the water she ingests. Dry food is easier to measure, has a long shelf-life, keeps Olivia’s teeth healthy since she chews on abrasive foods and they are small and easy to swallow.

When Should I Feed Her?

Olivia has a feeding schedule so that we can monitor what she’s eating and  also her weight.

She eats minimum three meals per day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She has her snack/treat in the middle of the afternoon and I take that opportunity to teach her a few tricks.

Kitten foods usually come with a guide on recommended portion size based on the  kitten’s age. Although this is a great starting point, each kitten is different. If you notice your kitten losing or gaining a little bit of weight, scale their food appropriately.

I was told at Pets At Home that if Olivia doesn’t finish her food that is absolutely fine, we don’t always finish what is on our plates. If it is kitten kibble, feel free to leave it down for your pet to nibble at. If your kitten hasn’t returned to their wet food within 30 minutes, throw it away.

What Treats Can I Give Her?

Treats should be used as a training tool or reward. We tend to go for organic, natural or raw treats and we make sure we don’t give her too many on the same day.

Cat Milk can be used as a treat. It’s not essential to kitten’s diet like I thought it was. Which is a good thing because Olivia is not a big fan of milk!

Just a few last tips:

  • Don’t leave wet food out, as it can quickly go bad.
  • Store food in a cool place.
  • Don’t buy more dry food than you can use in a few weeks.
  • Your kitten should always have access to fresh water.

What your kitten eats in his first year of life helps form the foundation for a lifetime of good nutrition, so be sure to feed a quality kitten diet to help him on his way to healthy adulthood.

If you would like to take your kitten to a nutritional consultation like I did you can book it here – Pets At Home.

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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