5 Qualities Of A Good Pet Food You Should Always Remember


If you are a pet parent, you already know that all dogs and cats need good quality pet food. But since there are so many brands of dog food and cat food in the market nowadays, it can be difficult to find the right pet food for your furry children.

No need to fret, here’s a list of the right qualities that your ideal pet food should have. Be sure to check if pet food that has these components is available in your country and community. You can always go online and read reviews and articles on Petsumer to know more.

Quality Tip #1 Cat Food Is Different From Dog Food 

It’s important to bear in mind that cats like cat food, not dog food. Dogs may take a liking to cat food but it’s advisable to feed them dog food. The reason for this is that cat food is formulated so that your cat can get all the necessary nutrients to assure its health and survival. On the other hand, dogs have special dietary requirements too. This is why dog food is the appropriate food for dogs. Your trusted veterinarian will tell you that many pet diseases, such as renal diseases, can be avoided if your dog and cat eat the right kind of pet food.

Quality Tip #2 Your Pet’s Food Should Be Made From the Best Quality Ingredients

This may sound like a cliche already, but you should always check if the pet food you are feeding your pet is a quality product. For example, some pet food manufacturers use meat that comes from diseased, disabled or dying animals, such as chickens. The risk is that these types of poor-quality meat can be dangerous for your pets. Your pets may contract some kind of illness if you continue to feed these inferior quality products to them.

To find the best quality pet food, you can inquire with your vet for any specific brands and variants in pet food that he or she recommends. Your vet might also inform you if there are any particular brands and variants that pet owners should avoid buying.

You can also check some websites that review pet foods regularly. This is one way of finding out more about the components of pet food without necessarily buying it yourself. You should also check if the pet food was manufactured in other countries and then shipped for sale to your location. Sometimes, you may come across pet food that is clearly substandard because there’s a lack of quality control protocols in the manufacturer’s hub. It’s not good to do a trial-and-error product testing through your pets since they may even die if the product is bad for them.

Quality Tip #3 Price Is Affordable 

Some pet owners may prioritize price above all the other qualities of good pet food. This is understandable because times are difficult.  You probably want to buy affordable pet food so that your household has enough money to buy human food as well. Although price is just one of the traits that quality pet food has, you definitely must check your salary and list of expenses. This will help you see how much pet food you can safely buy with your income.

Quality Tip #4 Pet Food Variant is Appropriate for Your Pet 

When you go shopping for pet food in the supermarket, you may notice that the packaging specifies the age of the pet that the food was designed for. This is because younger pets may need more nutrients since they’re rapidly growing. Older pets may need different pet food, especially if your pets are mature and have lost most of their teeth already. If your pet has some kind of illness or disorder, your veterinarian may recommend that you buy special pet food that is designed to relieve symptoms of your pet. Bearing these points in mind will help you guarantee that your pet will have a longer, happier life.

Quality Tip #5 Avoid Undesirable Ingredients Listed On the Packaging 

If you are unsure about the quality of a particular kind and brand of pet food, you should learn how to distinguish between ingredients. Of course, there are manufacturers who are rather sleazy in the way they list key ingredients. They want unsuspecting consumers to buy their pet food products without adequate information about the ingredients.

If you feel you are lost in this area, ask your vet to help you. The vet is the best authority on what your pet should be eating for optimal health. You should also check for the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) approval on the packaging since this will tell you if the pet food has passed their standards. 

Final Takeaway 

Your pets are family members and should be treated well. Although it can be tough to buy the best kind of pet food in the current economic conditions, you should always prioritize the health of your pets when shopping for pet food. Remember, that quality pet food may be a bit pricey, but it’ll cost you way too much if your pets get sick due to poor quality. Therefore, it makes sense to buy the right pet food so that your furry children get optimal care and nutrition. Follow the tips above to take good care of your pets. 

About the author, Bette Buckner; 

As a full-time blogger, Bette Buckner writes about topics under the sun. Her blog is very informative for different kinds of readers, as Bette publishes articles on fashion, parenting, housekeeping, and pets. Bette also covers topics on relationships and health and wellness.   

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Our cat Padmé

If you are a long time reader of my site, you’ll probably recall that we own cats… six of them to be exact. All girls too. We did have two boys, but they passed away two years ago.

We used to have five cats – three girls and two boys. Our boys passed away and we honesty didn’t have any intention of adopting anymore cats, for now. That all changed when we went to return the cage and supplies to the shelter that belonged to the rabbit we were fostering. While we were there we saw the sweetest cat. She wasn’t a tiny kitten, but rather a few months old (approx. 8-9 months old). She was not only cute, but she is polydactyl. She has extra toes on her back paws. Her front paws look like she has extra toes, but she doesn’t. She has some weird deformity on her front paws.

We fell in love with her and knew we had to make her a part of our lives. Her name is Emma.

Emma was still a kitten and she wanted to play like kittens do. Unfortunately our older cats were not up to playing with her. They didn’t want to be bothered. We felt so sad for Emma.

To make Emma happy, we adopted another cat (yes, we adopted a cat for our cat). This time we adopted a 2-3 month old kitten we named Loca. We named her Loca because she’s crazy – and she lives up to her name.

Adopting Loca was the best thing we ever did for Emma. The two are a bonded pair. They are inseparable. Emma has someone who LOVES to play with her. They are like “two peas on a pod” too.

So then we had five cats.

One day we were dropping off donations to the shelter. We definitely were not looking to adopt. We were literally just dropping off stuff. However, we always make it a point to say “hello” to the animals that are at the shelter. That is when we met a tiny cat they had named “Half Pint.” She was itty bitty, and we were told she was 3-4 YEARS old (she was kitten sized). Not only that, she came from an abusive situation. She was found in a dumpster with her back shaven. Sure enough there was a large “strip” shaved up her back.

Even though she had been abused, she was still very friendly.

To my surprise, when I came home from work one day, there was “Half Pint,” which we changed to Callie.

Upon closer inspection we determined that she must be blind. Not only that, she does a weird thing were she bobs her head up and down.

Long story short… she is blind in both eyes (the shelter never realized that!) and as per the vet, the bobbing of the head could be a neurological issue caused by abuse.

Callie is a very sweet little girl, but she does have issues. She doesn’t like to be held, and there are spots on her body she doesn’t like to be touched on.

We’re doing everything we can to spoil this sweet little girl and give her the best life she possibly can have. She deserves it.

Callie, Emma and Loca have three “big” sisters – Bella, Padmé  and Kitty. They range in age from 1.2 years old (Loca) up to 19 years old (Kitty).

With so many cats, we need A LOT of kitty litter boxes (1 per cat, plus an extra one). Needless to say we go through a lot of litter.

I hate kitty litter. It gets all over the place. The cats track it every where!

I was recently introduced to a new brand of kitty litter by Catalyst Pet. It’s a completely sustainable, high performance brand of cat litter.

Catalyst is the only cat litter made almost entirely from upcycled soft wood fiber, using wood waste from around the United States – a material that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Outside of the revolutionary litter’s love for the environment and the planet, Catalyst is permeable and clumps for easy scooping, is 99% dust-free and has very low tracking. It also has unrivaled cat acceptance, so perfect for the refined or ultra-finicky feline.

To the makers of Catalyst, it is much more than a high-performance cat litter—it’s a mission. Walking into the small offices at Catalyst, you immediately get the sense this is a group of people joined by the singular purpose with a powerful message: you don’t have to sacrifice performance to have sustainability. Their motto is on every package: Love your pet, change your planet.”

Catalyst sent me some kitty litter to try out with my feline family members.

Catalyst comes in bags, not cardboard boxes like traditional litter.

The litter is available in three different formulas – unscented, healthy cat and multi cat.

Above is a picture of the litter. You can’t really tell from the photo (not the best photo) but the litter is a light wood color. It’snot saw dust, but rather small wood shavings.

As per the brand, Catalyst cat litter;

  • Has Superior Odor Control
  • Unrivaled Cat Acceptance
  • Great Clumping
  • Low Dust
  • Light Weight
  • Package Size: 10lb

To be honest, only the younger cats took to this litter, especially Callie. My older cats are set in their ways and tend to visit the litter boxes with the regular little in it. However, we were able to swap out half of the boxes with Catalyst litter, so that is progress. Callie was the first to use it and it’s all she’ll use. Emma and Loca will use the other litter, but they tend to use the boxes with the Catalyst in it. I have seen Bella use Catalyst from time to time. Kitty and Paddy won’t use it at all. So I guess it all depends on the cats. Since most of my cats use it, I say it’s a success. And I’m sure if we totally switched out all of the boxes with Catalyst, Paddy and Kitty would learn to adapt.

I do agree that this litter has odor control. I personally think it does a better job than the well-known brand we use in the other litter boxes. I think that is because no matter when I clean the box, all I smell is wood chips. For me, that is a pleasant scent. It reminds me of the smell of hamster (or small pet) wood shavings, but not as “woody” smelling, if you know what I mean? It’s a nice scent.

Our other two cats, Bella (L) and Kitty (R). I didn’t want to leave them out of this post.

This litter is low dust and I don’t I’ve ever seen it tracked around our home. Whenever I see litter on the floor is the name brand littler, not Catalyst. I rarely see it on the floor, and when I do, it’s near the litter boxes where we use that litter. I think a lot of that is Callie because she jumps in/out of the boxes and probably brings some out with her when she jumps.

I wouldn’t say “great” clumping. Whenever we clean out those boxes we are able to scoop up the poop with no problem. The urine on the other hand seems to soak into the wood and then dry out. The urine looks like little crumbles and when you go to scoop them out they come apart and it looks like the rest of the litter. I don’t think that is a problem because the scent is not compromised, nor does it make the books look dirty either. Our cast continue to use it just fine.

If given a choice I would stick with Catalyst. I like it much better than the brand name litter. I’m not just saying that because I am doing a review either. I prefer this brand and I am going to look into what it will cost to order this on a regular basis. Since we have a lot of cats, we need a lot of litter.

If you are interested in learning more about Catalyst Litter, visit CatalystPet.com. The brand is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Those links are on the bottom of their website.

Catalyst Pet has generously offered to give a lucky reader two bags of Catalyst Litter (winner’s choice). Thank you Catalyst.

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Important Dos and Don’ts When Getting a New Pet


Getting a new pet is among the most exciting steps in life. For most of us, this marks a life-changing moment. Just like every other relationship, acquiring a new pet may come with mixed feelings. You can only hope that your relationship with the new dog or cat thrives.

Bringing a new pet is usually a treat for everyone. However, things might get a little bit murky after the homecoming creating an anxious mood between you and your pet. A stressed and upset puppy or cat will cause your relationship to sink in just a few days. When the relationship fails to work out, you may be forced to find another home for your pet, and this is inhumane.

New pet ventures require you to research extensively regarding the intended animal. This is where most of us fail. Take time to learn about your desired pet. Be assured of rainbows and sunshine after the homecoming. Below are just a few tips to help as you start this new adventure.

Pre-Plan Adequately for the Dog

Most of us thrive in random living, a life where you just wake up and get your puppy with no preparation whatsoever. However, as much as we love randomness, getting a new pet requires proper preparation. Most sad dog/human relationships are brought about by hasty adoption.

Set the time to think of the exact breed you want to purchase. Visualize your ideal pet’s size, age, health status, and sociability. Also, how much is your pet able to give and receive affection?

Also, invest in proper infrastructure for your new best friend. Plan for what you’ll require to contain your dog or cat. Do you need sliding door hardware for the sliding door that keeps your new pet out of your living room? Do you need a pet crate? Proper preparation makes it a lot easier to live with your dog.

Make Your Space a Welcome Home

Pets are loving. But just like babies, they require lots of attention. Adopting a new puppy is equivalent to having a new-born infant, only dogs have different needs.

Your new pet should have all the freedom to explore his new home. It’s up to you to dog-proof your home. Create a play area for your dog, somewhere they can get messy.

Your dog needs a lot of house training. Train your dog to stay away from the baby’s room and where to relieve himself appropriately. In just a few days, he’ll get the gist of it. And you can get to run outdoor errands without worrying about finding messes.

It’s your responsibility to help your pet acclimate to the new surroundings. Don’t tell him off when he seems stressed and unhappy. Build your pet’s confidence, but never make him feel uncomfortable in his home.

Show Affection Appropriately

Your new dog or cat is your best friend. He deserves all the love. If you’re going to get a new pet, ensure you can spend quality time with him. Quality time strengthens your bond and reduces stress and anxiety.

Your pet should associate you with love and a little authority. Generally, pets love to be hugged and cuddled. If the pet recoils when you go in for a hug, then there’s something you’re doing wrong.

Cats enjoy strokes on their backs and gentle rubs under the chin. On the other hand, dogs love being petted on the neck, shoulders, and chest. Avoid under-belly rubs unless invited. Tail wagging, purring, and leaning are signs that your pet is enjoying.

Don’t Skip Vet Visits

Despite knowing your pet better than anyone, you might miss signs of illness. For most dogs and cats, sickness may slip away unnoticed. Your veterinarian must carry out annual nose-to-tail examinations. This will help to detect illnesses at an early stage. With proper assessment, even the most subtle changes in your pet’s health can be diagnosed and treated early on.

In case you notice any change in your pet’s mood and behavior, always consult a vet. Never self-administer medication unless prescribed.

Don’t Love Your Pet With Food

You’ll always have the urge to show love by treating your pet. However, over-indulgence is the quickest way to harm your little friend. Research on the proper diet and ensure your pet eats the healthiest possible snacks. You could always consult the vet on matters regarding nutrition.

If you’re going to reward your pet, go for healthier alternatives. This will significantly reduce the risk of illness and excess weight. Having a pet is incredibly awesome but requires a lot of work. Keep the above tips to heart. And be sure to have a thriving relationship with your new friend.

How To Check The Quality Of CBD Oil For Dogs


Cannabidiol or CBD oil can provide numerous benefits to your pet pooch. But, the last thing you’d want to happen is to give your dog low-quality CBD oil. In doing so, you might put your furry four-legged friend at a high risk of obtaining adverse effects. Thus, the following are four ways to check the quality of CBD oil for dogs:

Check Third-Party Laboratory Reports

A great reference for high-quality CBD oil for dogs is the existence of third-party lab results. High-quality CBD oil providers should always provide information from third-party testing facilities.

These independent labs test if the CBD-infused product has everything it claims to possess. You should find the following pieces of information in examination results:

  • Cannabinoid profile
  • Terpene profile
  • Existence of heavy metals
  • Presence of mycotoxin (a toxic substance from fungus)
  • Existence of pesticides

Reading this document may show you different results, depending on the product you purchase. Some CBD oil for pets may have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, which may not be advisable for specific cases. 

Check the product for THC content by reading the third-party lab results provided. If, by any means, the CBD oil provider doesn’t want to disclose the information from third-party testing, then, that’s your cue to choose another supplier. 

Ask The Manufacturing Process

At the time of writing, the CBD industry might still be in its early days, despite the substance existing for generations. But, accurate data about CBD use for pets could still be lacking at this point. Hence, you should know the extraction process of the CBD in the pet product you plan on purchasing to ensure the quality of the item. 

Some companies adopt cheap extraction and manufacturing techniques to lower the price of their wares. But, applying low-cost production methods can mean that you’re about to purchase a low-quality product. 

Ask the supplier if the CBD oil for dogs they provide comes from the CO2 extraction method. This technique ensures consumers, including pets, that the product is of high-quality. CO2 extraction also assures that the product doesn’t contain additional ingredients, such as mycotoxins and pesticides. 

Check The Color

Newbie CBD oil consumers might think that all CBD-infused products, especially for dogs, have the same color. But, check the color of the oil in the product before attempting to use it on your pet dog. 

CBD oil color varies substantially between products. The hue of the CBD product can depend on several factors, such as the extraction method, carrier oil, and the inclusion of extra ingredients. 

Color can also be an ideal factor to check for the efficacy of a CBD oil product. For example, green CBD oil can be an excellent indicator that the product has many cannabinoids. So, you might be purchasing a genuine full-spectrum CBD oil for “Fido”. 

You need to have a keen eye for the differences in color when judging the hues between CBD oils from different brands. If you find this task challenging, ask someone in your household who has a better perception of the differences in color than you. 

Consequently, you may visit online forums to compare and contrast different CBD-infused products for dogs. Another option is to check social media groups composed of like-minded individuals to ask for advice about the CBD oil you’re about to buy for your pet.  

Search For Brands Valuing Transparency

Communication is vital to establishing an excellent business transaction. Don’t hesitate to reach out to brands before buying their CBD-infused products for your pet pooch. 

There are two reasons behind establishing proper communication with CBD brands and retailers, and these are the following:

  • The brand knows its products the best
  • High-quality CBD comes from trustworthy companies

CBD oil brands that value transparency in communication allows you to gain the right information. Customer service representatives should pay respect to their customers, knowing that the “face” of the company depends on the way they answer inquiries. 

So, only buy CBD oil for dogs from established and reliable brands. One way to check if the company has been in the CBD industry for a relatively long period is through their website. The brand’s site should have a professional look and feel to it, which means the firm takes customer service seriously.


It might look challenging at first to check the quality of CBD oil for dogs. But, always check for third-party lab results. Also, don’t forget to ask for the extraction process and the color of the product. Finally, don’t fret about talking to the company’s customer service; a trustworthy brand selling high-quality CBD oil should value transparency in disclosing information to potential and existing consumers. 

Why You Should Use CBD Oil For Pets


Regardless of whether you have ever tried marijuana or not, chances are you have heard about cannabis-based substances and the amazing healing and therapeutic properties of products containing their compounds. Even legislation is starting to make their use official for medicinal purposes. And that brings up the question about the furry members of our families, such as cats and dogs.

When your beloved pet becomes sick, you are ready to move mountains and help them get better, right?  And in cases when the illness involves pain or malignant formations, you can’t help but think about CBD, as compared to its use on humans and whether it can be applied likewise on animals. Let’s take a look at some information on this miracle medicine, its main benefits, and how you can help your canine or feline pal by using it to resolve some of the common ailments they are likely to suffer from at one point or another. 

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol, usually going by the abbreviation CBD, is one of 113 compounds found in cannabis, the plant most of us refer to as marijuana (You can read practically everything about it at https://www.health.com/condition/pain/what-is-cbd ). What makes it so special and sets it apart from the other 112 which, by the way, are also being looked at for potential health impact, is the fact that most of the therapeutic and beneficial properties of the plant are almost entirely attributed to it.

One thing is really important to mention, and it’s the fact that CBD does not cause a state or euphoria, or the feeling of high that’s inevitably associated with cannabis. The reason for that is because it’s sourced from hemp, which contains negligible amounts of THC. So, if you are worried about a psychoactive effect on your cat or dog, don’t be. That’s not in the least likely to happen. And the good news is that it does not have a toxic dose, so it’s basically impossible to cause an overdose.

How It Works On The Body

CBD’s interaction with the body is dependent on and thanks to the so-called endocannabinoid system. This is a biological system all mammals have, and is responsible for vital processes such as sleep, immunity and memory. It has two types of receptors which interact with cannabinoids that the body naturally produces in the brain. It also tackles any plant-derived varieties, such as CBD, that are introduced through food or supplements, and some of the responses as a result of this exposure can be incredibly beneficial.

The way ECB operates is similar (if not identical) in humans and other animals. Also, many of the conditions that people target through CBD use actually manifest in a like manner in their pets. By conditions, we can include pain, anxiety, arthritis symptoms, and nervous disorders, to name a few. This company helps your pets through their unique product line based on the compound. And the good news is that, apart from treating, it is also known to aid prevention of serious conditions, such as cancer.

A Powerful Painkiller

The fact that the ECB system plays an extremely important role in pain management makes CBD’s painkilling properties great. It increases the production of chemicals which diminish pain sensations and signals in the brain, thus providing much-needed relief. It also acts double as an anti-inflammatory agent, due to its potent properties in this direction as well. So, for example, if the pain is due to inflammation caused by a person’s arthritis, alleviation it will also bring down the pain.

On the other hand, the anti-inflammatory action is in itself due to CBD’s ability to act on the immune cell receptors and cause a number of varied responses, one of which is aimed at fighting inflammation. Inflammatory disorders caused by a compromised immunity that lead to the body attacking its own tissues and cells yield really successfully to cannabis-based treatments. Arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome are only two of many examples. 

Stress And Anxiety Relief

Much like humans, animals too can suffer from phobias or experience stress and anxiety. And despite the fact that the source of distress might be completely different in pets as compared to their owners, the devastating results of it are nonetheless grave. It can lead to repeated undesirable behaviors such as persistent barking, aggression, performing bodily functions inside the house, chewing on objects, and even tremors.

Even tough its mechanism of action in resolving these behaviors is not completely clear so far, CBD has been known to exercise significant influence on curbing them. One theory is the fact that it temporarily increases serotonin levels in the brain, which in turn alleviates fear, stress and anxiety.

Anti-cancer And Antiemetic

Nausea and vomiting are not only unpleasant but also very common in animals, too. They are serious symptoms which can have grave consequences such as dehydration, loss of appetite, weight loss and fatigue. CBD is known to tackle these issues without the adverse side effects that most drugs on the market induce. Moreover, it works additionally to boost the pet’s appetite, which results in a more swift recovery.

And last but not least, more and more evidence has now been accumulated that points toward a slowing down of tumor growth. It turns out that cannabinoids have amazing anti-cancer effects on top of all other above-mentioned benefits. They stimulate the production and protection of healthy cells while at the same time increase the chemotherapy absorption rate of cancer ones. Unbelievable, right?

5 Dog Travel Tips for Bringing Your Canine Pals on Vacation


Want to bring your pets on vacation with you? If you have dogs, use these dog travel tips to make their trips as smooth as yours.

In 2017, Americans spent over $6 billion on pet services like grooming and boarding. But what if you’d rather take your pet with you on your next trip?

If so, you’re not alone. Many people would rather bring their dogs on vacation instead of leaving them with someone else.

But before you do, make sure that you follow these dog travel tips to ensure your vacation is enjoyable for both you and your pet.

Get a Vet Checkup

Before your trip, take your dog to the vet for a health checkup and make sure all their vaccinations are up-to-date.

If you plan on flying with your pet, you’ll need to have updated vet records. Make sure to set an appointment well before your trip.

Airlines have different restrictions on pet travel, so do your research beforehand to make your trip as smooth as possible. The CDC website has more information regarding airline pet travel.

Have the Right Size Crate

Dog crates are the safest method for transporting your pet in the car. Not only do crates keep your dog from distracting the driver, but it also protects them in the event of an accident.

Make sure you have the right size crate for your dog. They should have plenty of room to stand and turn around.

The type of crate you should get depends on the size and breed of your dog. For instance, check out this article on choosing the best French Bulldog crate.

Don’t Leave Your Pet Alone in the Car

When traveling with a dog, it’s important to make frequent stops. Some rest areas have dog-walking areas where you can let them exercise and relieve themselves.

Never leave your dog alone in the car when you make pit stops. Cars can heat up quickly, especially in the summer.

Instead, travel with a companion. This allows one person to take a break and use the restroom while the other stays with your dog.

When Flying, Choose the Cabin

If possible, see if your dog can fly with you in the cabin. You’ll pay an extra fee, but your dog will be more comfortable. When flying with a large dog, you may have to fly them as cargo.

Airlines have different restrictions on pet travel, so contact your airline beforehand with questions or concerns. Make reservations for your dog early, because only so many animals are permitted per flight.

Have Updated Identification on Hand

Make sure you use a collar with updated identification information such as your contact number and address. Test collars to make sure they won’t get stuck in the carrier or crate during travel.

It’s also a good idea to have your travel address or emergency contact information on your dog’s tags or crate. You can write this information on travel stickers meant for crates.

Follow These Dog Travel Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy

No matter how you plan to travel, make sure your pet is as happy and comfortable as you are. Follow these dog travel tips to prepare you and your dog for your upcoming vacation.

Now that you know how to travel with a dog, you can go ahead and book those tickets or pack your bags.

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