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New Pet Trends from the Global Pet Expo 2017

 

As a blogger I learn about a lot of expos and fairs that take place across the country to promote new products, devices and businesses. To date I have not attended any, but every year there are a few that I really want to attend.

Some of the ones I wish I could attend are the New York International Auto Show, Toy Fair and one that comes to town every now and then that has to do with chocolate and candy.

As a pet owner, I am also interested in what is new in the pet world including pet foods, pet accessories and pet toys.

The Global Pet Expo was held last month in Florida. That is too far for me to travel, but I am fortunate to be sent information about some new trends for 2017.

Limited Ingredient Diets:

Our dog Espn (pronounced Es-Pin) had a very sensitive stomach. Even the slightest change in his dog food would upset his stomach and cause him to have diarrhea. He had long hair – long hair and diarrhea are NOT a good combination.

When researching the different pet food available, I found some that had limited ingredients – exactly the type of food that our dog needed. He didn’t need any unnecessarily ingredients. No animal does.

If you look at a lot of popular pet foods you’ll find that they contain foods with added growth hormones, by-product, artificial preservatives and a variety of ingredients I cannot pronounce.

We, as human, don’t want to eat that kind of “garbage,” so why would we feed it to our beloved pets?

Thank goodness for brands like Petcurean. Their GO! by Petcurean line is a complete, nutrient-packed food with zero added growth hormones, by-products, or artificial preservatives, offering a single source of meat protein with as few ingredients as possible to meet the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats.

GO! is ideal for pet owners are looking for limited ingredient diets which can greatly reduce the chance of food sensitivity in their dog or cat.

GO! is available in 3 solutions-based categories for dogs and cats with issues: Grain Free recipes, Limited Ingredient Diet recipes, and Preventative Care recipes.

I tend to feed our cats grain free foods. In the wild cats do not eat grains, so why do grains show up in their food? That never made any sense to me.

GO! by Petcurean has special formulas for protein-rich, lower carb diets and one that is nutrient-packed and nutritionist-recommended to provide dogs with the preventative care they need to stay strong and healthy for life.

For more information about GO! by Petcurean visit Petcurean.com. You can select “dog” or “cat” from the top menu to find the various foods that are available, including the GO! line mentioned in this post.

You can also find the brand on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom of their website. There is also a store locator on their site so you can find a retailer near you that sells GO! and other Petcurean products.

Our cats LOVE toys.

Pet Tech:

If you aren’t familiar with the term “pet tech,” expect that to change. This year at Global Pet Expo there were a growing number of pet products that integrate technology in a variety of ways including activity trackers and video monitors and interactive toys. From the Flitter cat toy, which has an automatic teaser toy with two plastic dragonflies that fly around and around, enticing cats to catch them, to iFetch, an automatic ball launcher that provides endless fun for your pooch – interactive toys are a great option for pet owners on the go or with extra active pets.

I have seen some of thee high tech products first hand. They are amazing! Long gone are the days of your cat chasing around a ball of yarn or your dog chewing on a rawhide bone as entertainment. These new techie toys make it an exciting time to be a pet.

If our dog was still alive, and we had a yard, I would buy him the iFetch ball launcher in a heartbeat. He would have loved it.

We also have a toy for our cats that has not one, but two red laser lights that come from it. They lights move around randomly. It’s a lot of fun for more than one cat. Our cats play with it at least once a day.

Transparency & Clean labels:

As I mentioned earlier in this post, we, as humans, don’t want to consume “junk,” so why are we feeding it to our pets?

Many people take the time to read the labels on the foods that they eat, but how many of those same people take the time to read the labels on their pets foods?

If you have a pet I ask that you take a moment to read the ingredients on their food the next time you feed them. You’ll be shocked at what you find.

As Millennials increasingly expect sustainability, transparency and organic ingredients in their food, more consumers seek to feed their pets with the same standards of quality and excellence that they choose for themselves.

Pet health is certainly trending. Because of this you can expect to see an increase in products with fewer ingredients, less preservatives, and certifications in the years to come. Petcurean’s GATHER pet food line is crafted from certified, organic, non-GMO and sustainably produced ingredients. Each recipe is free from rendered or genetically engineered ingredients and features a single source, fresh and dehydrated primary protein.

You can find more info about Petcurean’s GATHER product line on their website as well.

I really like that Petcurean is going “above and beyond” when it comes to creating quality pet foods – long before it was considered “trendy” to do so.

Our cat Anakin hanging out on the balcony trying to find some relief from the heat.

Pet Cooling Products:

I cannot stand the heat and humidity of summer. Summer is my LEAST favorite season out of all of them (yes, I prefer Winter over Summer).

I’m miserable when it’s hot and humid out. I know my pets are too.

Our cats love it when I put ice cubes in their water dish. I guess licking the ice and drinking the cold water helps to cool them off.

I’m always trying to find ways to help our pets to find relief from the heat.

Now there are several pet cooling mats, apparel, and bedding products showcased this year’s expo that are designed to keep your pet cool during the hot summer months. Scruffs Cool Dog Mat is filled with a non-toxic gel that keeps the self-cooling mat typically 5-10 degrees cooler than room temperature. Gen7Pets Cool-Air Cot pet bed combines portable convenience, outdoor durability, and pet-friendly comfort perfect for camping or the backyard.

I’m certainly going to check them out to see what they have for our cats.

These are just a few of the hot trends at the 2017 Pet Expo.

What do YOU think is trending when it comes to the pet industry? Is there something you would love to see that hasn’t come around yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to comment.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Petcurean to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Why you should adopt or foster a pet

 

If you are a long time reader of She Scribes, you know that we have a mini-zoo at home. We have five cats and a Goldfish. We had a dog, Espn (pronounced Es-pin), but we had to put him to sleep a month ago. I’m still heartbroken of that and miss him terribly. I still say “good bye” to him every day when I leave for work from force of habit.

We adopted Espn from our local animal shelter. Our Goldfish we won at a county fair seven years ago. Four of our five cats were adopted from the local animal shelter. Our oldest cat was a feral (wild) kitten that we took in. Normally wild kittens are not easy to domesticate, but we lucked out with Velcro (the wild kitten who is now 15+ years old) because his litter was born on a neighbor’s balcony. The neighbor took the kittens in right away and only let the mother cat in to feed them. They were handled by a human from the time they were born.

We would never, ever buy a pet. Sure, I would love to own a pure bred Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever. But I couldn’t bring myself to spend thousands of dollars on a pet when there are so many wonderful dogs, cats and other pets desperate to find a “forever home” in animal shelters across the country.

For a short while I volunteered at our local animal shelter taking photos of the pets there were used on PetFinder and the local newspaper. I had a difficult time taking the animal’s photos because it broke my heart to see these beautiful, loving, amazing creatures spending their lives in itty bitty cages. I also spent more time playing with the animals than I did taking their photos.

Below are some of the photos I took of the animals at our local shelter.

Aren’t they beautiful? I hope they all found their “forever homes.”

I’ve always felt it was important to let shelter animals know that someone loves and cares about them. For that reason my family has always made it a point to visit the shelter regularly to walk the dogs, give them treats, pet them and simply talk to them. We wanted the animals to know that there are people out there that DO care about them.

If we had a bigger home or a yard, I would adopt more animals in a heartbeat. I wish I had a farm because I would be able to give even more animals a loving home.

There are many reasons why adopting a shelter pet is a wonderful idea.

  • You will be saving a life. And providing a safe, secure loving environment to a dog or cat who really needs it.
  • Very often rescue or re-homed dogs are already house-trained and have some basic behavioral training as well.
  • Shelters and rescue groups often include vaccinations, micro-chipping, and spaying or neutering in the adoption fee.

You can check out more reasons here.

Both Padmé (gray) and Velcro (orange) are senior cats. Look how loving they are to each other. They are even more loving towards their “human” family.

You should consider adopting an older pet too. I know that puppies and kittens are adorable, but older pets offer a lot as well.

  • There are no surprises with a senior pet. Their personality traits are established already and they are normally very accepting of whatever life throws at them. The puppyhood or kittenhood headaches of house-training are well behind them, and their more mellow demeanor is a comfort to live with.
  • Senior pets are also usually less destructive. The urge to chew and scratch is much less likely to cause problems. Dogs are often content with a sedate walk in the neighborhood or a gentle game of fetch as a form of exercise, as opposed to the more energy draining needs of a younger dog who needs more activity. Many senior cats will also still enjoy chasing that little red dot of the laser pointer, but perhaps for not quite as long as their kitten counterparts.

Here are some other things to consider before adopting a senior pet.

If you are not sure if you want to adopt a pet, or you want to get a feel for what type of pet would best suit your family and your lifestyle, consider fostering a pet.

We fostered a set of kittens when they were only one day old. They were found in a dumpster at a local industrial park. We didn’t know a thing about nursing kittens, but we quickly learned.

Sadly, one of the kittens had to be put to sleep (she had a lung disease that was going to kill her). We continued to care for the other kitten until she was old enough to be put up for adoption. After having her in our lives for so many month, and raising her since she was one day old, there was no way we could put her up for adoption. We ended up adopting her. If you read my blog regularly the kitten I am referring to is Bella.

If adopting or fostering is not something you are ready or able to do at this time, local animal shelters and rescue groups can always use volunteers, donations and monetary help. Pet food, cleaning supplies, pet supplies (formula, leashes, toys…), old blankets and pillows are just some of the items most pet shelters need on a regular basis. We also donate our old bedding and towels to the local shelter. Animals would rather sleep on sheets or pillow cases then a cold, concrete floor.

Money is always needed, but if all you can give it your time, volunteers are also always needed to socialize the animals, feed them, talk them, clean their cages and help out at adoption events.

Check out a list of ways you can help that won’t break the bank here, many of which you can do as a family!

One animal shelter, Eastwood Ranch Foundation, has launched a website that connects rescue groups and animal shelters with a nationwide network of pet fosters and transporters. The Eastwood Ranch Foundation is a non-profit animal rescue organization founded by actress/director Alison Eastwood.

The website is FosterFurkids.com.

To support the launch of FosterFurkids.com, the first 100 people that sign up to be a foster pet parent will receive a Petcurean care package.

Petcurean is a pet food company that offers dog and cat foods made with with organic ingredients. They also offer food for specific health requirements, including foods for pets who require grain free foods and/or foods with limited ingredients. Our dog did better with limited ingredient dog food. He had a very sensitive stomach. So far our cats can eat just about anything, but I prefer to give them more natural foods over the stuff you typically find in a grocery store.

To learn more about Petcurean foods, and to find out which food would be best for your four-legged family member, check out Petcurean’s Food Finder.

If you are interested in learning more about Petcurean, you can visit them online at Petcurean.com. The brand is also found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Have YOU ever adopted or fostered a pet from an animal shelter or for a rescue group? Have you ever adopted a senior pet? I’d love to hear your personal stories. Feel free to tell me about your experiences in the comment section of this post.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Petcurean to bring you this information. I received pet food and compensation for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own (unless otherwise noted) and not influenced in any way. 

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How to spend quality time with your four-legged family members

 

February is the month of Love, after all, Valentine’s Day falls in the month of February.

Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day with your significant other? My husband and I didn’t do much, but that is OK. The anniversary of our fist date is on February 2nd, so we celebrate that anniversary and Valentine’s Day at the same time (21 years and counting…). Besides, I don’t need a box of chocolates and flowers to know that I am loved. He shows me each and every day with all the little things he does.

There are other lives that we can show how much we love them, not only on Valentine’s Day, but also year round – your pets. After all, they are part of the family too.

We recently had to put our beloved dog, Espn (pronounced Es-pin) to sleep this week (Monday, Feb. 20th). He had an incurable liver disease. The doctors gave him 2-3 months to live back in June 2016. We fought tooth and nail to keep him alive, trying anything and everything possible. Sadly, he was in a lot of pain and his quality of life was suffering. It was time to let go.

I couldn’t take him to the vet. I just couldn’t. I knew I would be a total wreck. My husband and our son took him (my son opted to stay in the waiting room). I feel guilty that I wasn’t in the room with him when he passed, but at least he wasn’t alone. My husband whom he loved dearly was right there by his side the entire time.

I had to say my good-byes before they left. I took him for his final walk before it was time to leave for the vet. I told him how very much I loved him and that I am sorry that we couldn’t have done more for him. Even know it brings tears to my eyes when I think about him. I’m totally heart broken. I miss him so very much.

Looking back I wish there was more I did with Espn. More cuddle time. More walks. More play time. I know I was a good dog mommy, but I can’t help but think I could have done more with him while he was still with us.

Don’t live with regrets. Cherish each and every single moment you have with your beloved pet.

Michele Dixon, Health & Nutrition Specialist at Petcurean, offers these great tips on how to get the most out of the precious moments you have with your pet, because life can change in a heartbeat.

Bonding. Live in the Moment.

Pets are the king and queens of living in the moment, and the best bonding experience we can have, is to meet them at that level. Share calmly in being joyous, playful, and relaxed, whatever positivity your pet is giving you in the moment. In times of stress, be your pets rock, and let them know that everything will be ok. If it’s quiet time, simply spend time doing what your pet responds to positively. For some, that may mean just sitting with them, and doing nothing else.

Bothering. Body Language 101.

Learn to read body language, so your pet can clearly communicate with you, and respect what they are telling you in that moment. Remember your pet is fully present. Avoid giving affection when your pet is giving you a negative response. You do have the opportunity to change the experience to a positive one. So either change your approach to your pet, or back off.

Signs of annoyance include: Turning their head away in avoidance, lick lipping, lip curling, yawning when not tired, sudden sniffing of the ground, or a paw being raised. With cats, they often flick their tails, put their ears back, or get up and leave

Kisses and Quality Time.

Kisses are one way, but to a dog especially, showing love is often more about their loyalty and respect for you. Cats show love by wanting to spend time in your lap, or by interacting (such as giving head bonks).  Ever see your cat give you a “slow blink”? That’s also a sign of pure love and is often referred to as “kitty kisses”.  Next time you see it, try giving a slow blink in return.

Cuddle Buddies.

Some pets enjoy a cuddle, but in some cases hugging can be tricky. Many pets feel “claustrophobic” when been hugged, especially if they are not permitted to leave. The hugs of small children who tend to squeeze too hard and not let go are a prime example. Additionally, a pet should only be hugged when you are feeling calm. In the case of an injured pet, or upset pet, hugging is often not the best solution, as this case often nurtures the unwanted behavior, and creates more of the negative behavior.

Pets Aren’t People.

It’s important to remember that pets aren’t people, and their language and emotional needs are different. The best gift you can give your pet is to be truly present, by focusing all of your attention on them whenever you choose to interact. Now is the time to stop thinking about work, your schedule, your troubles, or tomorrow, and enjoy them at their level. If you’re stressed, your pet will often reflect your stress. Learn what they like and don’t like by paying attention to the small things. And respect that like people, they are all different. Some love closeness, some are more independent.

These are fantastic tips.

I have heard that cats give winks as signs of affection. Our youngest cat, Bella, does that all the time. She even responds when I slowly blink/wink back at her (usually she jumps on me when I do that). She also LOVES to give “head bumps.” I tell my family all the time that it’s her way of “kissing” us.

One of our other cats, Anakin, is very chatty. He loves to talk. So we spend a lot of time engaging him with conversation. He has no clue what we’re saying to him, and vice versa, but he loves it when we talk to him so we do it every chance we get.

Our crazy, funny, chatty cat Anakin.

If you are interested in learning more about Petcurean, you can visit them online at Petcurean.com. The brand is also found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

You can even print out a money saving coupon (found towards the bottom of the Petcurean website).

Petcurean offers pet parents foods they can feed their beloved four legged family members that are made with with organic ingredients, and food for specific health requirements, including foods for pets who require grain free foods and/or foods with limited ingredients. Espn used to benefit from limited ingredient dog food. He had a very sensitive stomach.

If you are not sure which pet food would be best for your dog or cat, you can check out Petcurean’s Food Finder.

How do you bond and enjoy quality time with YOUR pet? I’d love to hear about it. It might help to ease my broken heart from the loss of our dear Espn if I read about special ways people interact and bond with their pets.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Petcurean to bring you this information. I received pet food and compensation for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own (unless otherwise noted) and not influenced in any way. 

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February is National Pet Dental Month – Tipw to identify dental issues in your pet

 

February is National Pet Dental Month recognizing the importance of dental health in our pets and encouraging pet parents to take great care of our pet’s teeth.  An entire month dedicated to raising awareness of pet dental disease and prevention.  Did you know that periodontal disease is one of the most common and overlooked disease in veterinary medicine? Just like in humans, poor dental health can result in serious health issues such as heart disease, increased risk of cancer, increased risk of diabetes, and pancreatic disease, amongst others.  So why is dental disease an epidemic? What can we do as pet owners to ensure our pets live longer and happier lives by preventing periodontal disease? The first step is to have your pet’s teeth evaluated by your veterinarian.  Many of my pet parents do not realize their pets have dental disease.  Commonly my clients bring their pets to see me with complaints that their breath smells horrible or eating habits have changed.  These are the most common signs of periodontal disease.  Recognizing the signs of periodontal disease is the first step in improving your pets oral care and overall health.

The following are some clinical signs that may suggest your pet has periodontal disease?

  • Halitosis (bad breath). Persistent bad breath is generally the first sign my pet parents notice.
  • Gums that bleed easily. Is there blood on your pet’s bones or toys?  This is a sign of possible gingivitis and should be evaluated by your veterinarian.
  • Changes in eating behaviors. If your pet is eating slower or chews only on one side of their mouth, this can be a sign of pain and possible periodontal disease.
  • Loss of appetite. Always has your pet evaluated by your veterinarian when they are not eating.
  • Pawing at the mouth. This can be a sign of oral pain.
  • Sensitivity around the mouth. If your pet no longer allows you to rub their chin or mouth area, this may be a sign of discomfort due to dental disease.
  • Loose or missing teeth.
  • Yellow or brown hardened material on the tooth. This is usually tartar and needs to be cleaned professionally with a scaler and ultrasonic cleaner by your veterinarian.
  • Discoloration of a tooth. This may be a sign of a tooth root abscess or decaying tooth.
  • Purulent exudate (pus) around the tooth.  This may be a sign of an infection.
  • Gums that are inflamed (red), hyperplastic, or receding.  This may be a sign of gingivitis.
  • Swelling under the eye.  This may suggest a possible tooth root abscess and needs to be addressed immediately with your veterinarian.
  • Constant nasal discharge.  This may be a sign of periodontal disease.
  • No signs at all. Many pets will not show any clinical signs that they are suffering with periodontal disease.  It is imperative to visit your veterinarian for a thorough examination and dental cleaning annually or biannually.

Pets cannot verbalize to us when they have subtle oral pain or they are not feeling well.  Biannual examinations and dental cleanings with your veterinarian are important regardless of whether your pet is exhibiting signs of disease.  Unfortunately, poor dental health is the most overlooked cause of disease that I see.  Early detection and prevention of periodontal disease are imperative for maintaining the overall health and wellbeing of your pet. I hope this helps inspire all my pet parents to take the best care of their pet’s teeth, not only in February, but all year long.

For more pet tips and information visit Dr. Alison Streit at ForeverFreckled.com.

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do no necessarily reflect my own. There was no compensation. 

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Tune into the 2017 Kitten Bowl airing tomorrow on the Hallmark Channel

 

Tomorrow (Sunday, February 5, 2017) is the LI Super Bowl (51st). Will YOU be tuning in? Of course we will be, even if our team is not playing in it. After all, the Super Bowl is all about getting together with family and friends, having fun and enjoying a lot of delicious foods.

Not every one is into the Super Bowl. Or maybe they don’t want to tune in because their favorite team is not playing.

If you are looking for some family friendly, fun and fuzzy (yes, I said fuzz) entertainment on Super Bowl Sunday, check out the 2017 Kitten Bowl, airing at 12:00 (EST) / 11:00 (CST) on the Hallmark Channel.

Just like the NFL, the Kitten Bowl has a pre-game show, half time show, and championship playoffs.

The kitten bowl puts kitten against kitten – but in an adorable way. The game is played the same, but the kittens are more into playing with one another than actually getting the ball into the end zone.

The Kitten Bowl has been going on for the past few years. Not only is it fun, family entertainment, it’s also to help bring awareness to pet adoptions. All of the fuzzy participants are available at animals shelters and looking for their “fur-ever” homes.

I really like how the Kitten Bowl brings to light just how many wonderful animals are waiting at animal shelters across the country for families to adopt them.

On of this year’s Kitten Bowl players.

My family has adopted five cats from our local animal shelter (one has since died) and adopted a wild/feral kitten from our condo complex. Our dog is also adopted from our local animal shelter. We even adopted a hamster from our local animal shelter.

Believe it or not there are other animals looking for forever homes in shelters across the country in addition to cats and dogs. We’ve seen hamsters, birds, gerbils, rabbits, goats, ferrets, horses, pigs… you name it.

Thank goodness for programming like the Kitten Bowl to help shed light on this subject.

The Kitten Bowl is also a great option to watch with children who might be too young to stay up to watch the NFL Super Bowl. You can create the same party atmosphere watching the Kitten Bowl with younger children. Be sure to make plenty of yummy food and treats for them to enjoy while watching the Kitten Bowl games.

The Kitten Bowl is NOT just for children. It’s for people of all ages who love animals or simply enjoy watching adorable programming. I’m an adult and I enjoy watching the Kitten Bowl year after year. After a stressful week at work it’s great to sit and totally enjoy a show, while letting the cuteness melt my heart.

If you are interested in learning more about the Kitten Bowl you can visit the official webpage on the Hallmark Channel website.

Visit www.HallmarkChannel.com/Kitten-Bowl.

On the website you can find more information about the Kitten Bowl. You can also learn more about the players, watch videos, check out the “Kitten Cam,” and take a “selfie” with one of the kittens featured in the Kitten Bowl.

You can even create playing cards featuring YOUR furry friend.

The Kitten Bowl airs from 12:00 noon (EST) / 11:00 AM (CST). There is a pre-game, then the actual game and then championship game. If you miss it, it’s OK because the Hallmark Channel will be re-airing all of it aftewards. It continues to re-air until 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 PM (CST) Sunday night.

Be sure to check out everything else the Hallmark Channel has to offer. You can also find them on social media. All of their links are found out on their website.

You can also follow the Kitten Bowl on Twitter (@KittenBowlTV).

Will you be watching the Kitten Bowl tomorrow? Why or why not? Feel free to share your thought. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with the Hallmark Channel to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Does your pet need to go on a diet?

 

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It’s the start of a brand new year. It’s not uncommon for people to make resolutions for themselves when a new year rolls around. It’s a great time for a fresh start and to live the life you want to live.

One very popular resolution people often make it to eat healthier – often to lose weight. I have to admit that I have made that resolution pretty much every year for as long as I can remember. I stopped making resolutions and opted on making better choices for myself and my family.

Have you ever given any thought to making resolutions for your pet? Clearly Fido and Fluffy don’t need to resolve to be more organized or aim for a promotion at work. You pets can benefit from eating healthier, losing weight and getting in more exercise. It’s up to you as their “pet parent” to make that resolution for them and do what you can to follow through.

Obesity is on the rise across the country. Did you know what pet obesity is also a problem? It’s estimated 54% of dogs and 58% of cats are overweight or obese and according to Data from Nationwide, pet obesity is on the rise for the sixth straight year.

Obesity is a significant risk factor for many life-threatening diseases that affect dogs and cats but with diligence and effort, your pet can lose weight too.

I know all about obese pets. We have five cats and a dog (plus a Goldfish). Two of our cats are significantly overweight. Two are within a normal weight range and one is very skinny with sagging skin. The one skinny one with the sagging skin (named Velcro – he’s pictured at the top of this post) used to be obese too. His obesity lead to Diabetes. In addition he’s lost almost all of his teeth. He has to eat soft foods (like pates) because he can’t chew. He does try to chew, but its not easy for him.

Velcro (orange) and Padmé  (Gray) before Velcro developed Diabetes

Velcro (orange) and Padmé (Gray) before Velcro developed Diabetes

Obese pets might make for adorable YouTube videos, but the reality is obesity DOES lead to health issues, and even early death from health issues. If you truly love your pet you don’t want to contribute to their health issues or cause them to die young.

Velcro always had a great appetite. He eventually tipped the scales at 24 pounds. We didn’t see him as obese, per say. We knew he was a big cat, but he ate well and was always very playful, even at his heaviest. We honestly didn’t think his health was at stake.

We noticed that Velcro drank a lot more water than usual, and he was loosing weight. We took him to the vet to have him checked out. The vet told us he had Diabetes and he would need insulin shots twice a day, every day, for the rest of his life. At that time he was 9 years old. He had a long life ahead of him. I had another Diabetic cat when I was younger. She lived to be 22 years old. The last four years of her life she had Diabetes. She was not overweight.

Now we live with the reality of having a cat with Diabetes. His insulin is OVER $300+ per vial (the price keeps going up). The syringes to give him his shots twice a day costs us $36 for 100, so we need to purchase them every month and a half. His vet bills are also astronomical because he requires special blood tests.

Velcro is very skinny with saggy skin. The vet says he’s healthy (as long as we watch what he eats and give him his insulin) and he’s very playful. I just wish we too heed to his obesity and did something about it sooner.

Anakin - he's about 24 pounds. He's not only overweight but he's a huge cat (you should see his paws!)

Anakin – he’s about 24 pounds. He’s not only overweight but he’s a huge cat (you should see his paws!)

I’ve noticed that one of our other obese cats, Anakin, drinks A LOT of water. He hasn’t lost weight, but I fear he’s going to end up with Diabetes too. We already have one cat with Diabetes, another cat with a lot of health issues (non-weight related) and a dog with a fatal liver disease. We cannot afford another sick pet.

Pet obesity can not only lead to Diabetes, it can also cause damage to joints and bones, which can cause pain and discomfort. Obesity can also lead to heart problems, high blood pressure, decreased liver function and a risk of cancer to name a FEW (there are more health issues that can be caused by obesity). Basically, the same health issues that can come from human obesity can also happen to pets.

It’s not too late to do something about it. Start TODAY to help your pet lose weight and get healthy.

Here are some thing you can do right now to help your pet lead a long, happy and health life.

Stop feeding your pet tables scraps and people food (UNLESS your pet is already on a natural food diet). Many foods are toxic to pets (onions, chocolate, garlic, grapes…). Other foods can be dangerous (chips can get lodged in their throat, they can choke on pits).

Makes sure your pet has amble clean, fresh water daily.

Limit treats. If you want to get your pet a treat make sure it’s a treat made for animals and limit it to one or two treats once a day. Too many treats can cause your pet to gain weight.

Don’t over feed your pet. Read the label and find out what the recommend amount of food is for your pets size/weight. Don’t just fill up a bowl of dry food. Weight and measure it so you know you are feeding your pet the correct amount.

Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise. Take your dog for a hike or a run. Buy a laser light for your cat and have them run around and chase after it. Do what you can do get your pet moving.

Kitty - She's a normal weight for a cat.

Kitty – She’s a normal weight for a cat.

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Bella is also a normal weight for a cat.

Feed your pet quality food. Believe it or not, not all pet food is made the same way. Many pet foods you find at your local grocery store is more additives and fillers than actual food and nutrition. That is why those pet foods are so inexpensive. Look at them as the “fast food” of pet foods. It may look good and taste good, but when you break them down and check out the ingredients you’ll see that there is nothing healthy or nutritious about them.

Petcurean is healthy pet food option. Petcurean offers a variety of dog and cat foods to suit your pet’s preferences and dietary needs.

If you are not sure which pet food would be best for your dog or cat, you can check out Petcurean’s Food Finder.

Petcurean has options that include foods made with totally fresh ingredients, food made with organic ingredients, and food for specific health requirements, including foods for pets who require grain free foods and/or foods with limited ingredients. Our dog can only eat food with limited ingredients. He has a very sensitive stomach and the littlest change can cause him to have and upset stomach (and diarrhea) for days, if not weeks.

Think about it – pet food is similar to human food by that if you feed yourself only cheap, “junk” foods you are not doing your body any good. The same applies with pets. If you feed them “junk” foods (pet food made with man-made ingredients, fillers and additives) it’s not healthy for them, most especially if you want them to lose or maintain a healthy weight.

You can learn more about Petcurean by visiting Petcurean.com. The brand is also found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website. You can even print out a money saving coupon (found towards the bottom of the Petcurean website).

Petcurean foods can be found at many pet stores across the country.

Does your pet have a weight problem? If so, what are you doing to help him/her lose weight and get healthy?

If you have any tips for keeping your pet happy and healthy please feel free to leave a comment and tell me about them. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Petcurean to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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