Olivia’s First Birthday

I can’t believe Olivia is already one year old! Even though we adopted her only after she was two months old, I still remember the day I visited the house where she was born. I wanted to meet her on her first days, even though that meant that I had to wait for weeks until I could bring her home with us. She was so small and calm compared to what she is now.

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During her first month in our house we couldn’t wait to leave work at the end of the day and go back home to spend time with her. She was learning something new every day and no way we were going to miss that!

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Until her second month with us, we made sure that there was always someone with her. Even that young she had a passion for destroying my plants and play with whatever came in her way, so we had to be extra careful with every object we left on the floor.

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On her third month in the house she started climbing furniture, she could reach everywhere and she loved being on top of the highest points in the house so she could observe everything that was happening at any time.

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On the fourth month, she decided that she didn’t like going out, whether if it was for a quick drive to the vet or to spend the day at a family’s member house. She hated it.

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The fifth month, she finds out we had a balcony and spent the entire day out there looking at the birds flying around, probably wishing she could catch them.

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On her sixth month with us, we travelled for a week to Portugal and she had to stay in a “cat’s hotel” for the first time. Surprisingly she was quite happy with it and made a few friends during her stay.

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The seventh and eighth month with us, she’s stopped being a baby kitten and started giving us the attitude. She chooses when she wants to be pet, it’s not up to us anymore! Unless it’s meal time, then we can pet her as much as we want.

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During the last couple of months, she loves to follow us around the house while we do the laundry, water the plants, and do all the household tasks. Her favourite one is organising papers because she always gets to play with a few at the end.

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Today she has a very unique personality that she has been building up for the past year. She likes to play as much as in her first days at home, but also sleeps a lot. She brings us her toys for us to throw them and brings them back again, just like a dog. She likes to cuddle when it’s cold and even when it’s too hot. I don’t know how she can handle the heat so well, being British and all…

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She likes to keep us up at night sometimes, especially when she decides to chase a bug at 2am. Forgot to mention how great of a hunter she is. But we don’t mind because she became part of the family the moment she entered our door and makes me wonder every day, how there are people that can abandon their pets.

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Life Hacks for Cats: How to Travel with Your Cat in the Car| Guest Blogger Zara Lewis

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If you’re a proud cat owner who doesn’t what to go anywhere without their cat – welcome to the club! We completely understand your concerns, but if you’re worried because you’ve never travelled with your pet, all we have to say is: stay with us and keep on reading. Here are four amazing life hacks that will make your upcoming trip a piece of cake, so check them out and learn how to travel with your cat in the car without any problems. Enjoy!

Always put your safety first

The first thing you should do before hitting the road is to put your overall safety in the first place and get your car checked. Of course, a breakdown is the last thing you want when travelling with your cat on a hot summer day, so make sure to take your car to your trusty mechanic for a safety check-up and tune-up. Let’s take Aussies as an example: as road trips have become extremely popular in the Land Down Under over the last couple of years, more and more people have started to realize the importance of regular check-ups and seeing their mechanics. Before their trip kicks off, they usually rely on a trusted mobile mechanic in Sydney or another nearby town and have a professional come over and run a thorough check-up of their car in their own garage. This is the best way to save some time and make your car the safest place for you and your cat, so don’t skip this step and you’ll see what we’re talking about!

Don’t forget to get a good travel crate before you hit the road

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A quality travel crate is what you need before embarking on a longer trip with your kitty, so make sure to get one according to the size and weight of your cat. Needless to say, it should be big enough so that your cat feels as comfortable as possible. We must say that letting your pet move freely around your car while you’re driving isn’t safe at all, as it can get under your feet and negatively affect your driving skills, which is exactly why a travel crate is an absolute must. Besides that, your cat can easily get injured if you allow it to move around, so be sure to provide a safe, quiet place for your kitty and it will certainly relieve any anxiety it may feel.

Make sure to familiarize your cat with your car

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One of the most important things before hitting the road with your cat is making sure that it feels comfortable in your car. In order to accomplish that, you must give it a chance to get familiar with that type of environment, which is particularly important if you’ve never taken it for a ride before. You should start by taking your cat out to the car and just sitting in the back seat together. Be sure to bring some treats, too, so that your kitty feels safe in your car. Let it sniff and explore the new environment. Then put it in its crate, so that it knows where it will be when you travel, and drive for a few blocks. Repeat the practice a few more times before your important trip, so that your cat can properly adjust and get used to your car.

Talk to your vet about medications for your cat

Another important thing you should do before your trip is talking to your vet about medications for your cat. This is particularly important if that is your first time travelling with your pet, so that you can learn what to expect and how to deal with any potential problems. You should also talk to your vet if your kitty didn’t respond well to test drives so that you can get medications for anxiety or motion sickness in time. You should bear in mind that too long trips like cross-country ones may be too overwhelming for your cat, so you can always ask for a prescribed relaxant or herb to relieve anxiety and help it feel at peace. Besides that, you should also know that your cat should be microchipped, which is of the utmost importance when travelling. If it already is, be sure that the information associated with the microchip is up to date, and your cat will be more than fine!

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to make your trip a lot more pleasant and comfortable – no matter if you’ve already travelled with your cat, or it’s your first time. Apart from a quality travel crate and medications prescribed by the vet, you should also make sure that your car is safe enough and that your cat is familiar with the new environment so that it can feel as comfy and relaxed as possible. Once that’s done, you’re ready to go!

Zara Lewis

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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