Stylish Eco-friendly Pet Products On Sale at Bambeco

Bambeco, an innovator in sustainable design, has an awesome sale going on right now for stylish toys and accessories for cats and dogs. It looks like they’re clearing out their pet products, so you can pick up some amazing deals. Everything is on sale at clearance prices with savings of over 50%! Now that’s a pawsome deal!

_sojos-catnipPick up a tin of Sojos Organic Catnip for only $3. The catnip is harvested by hand from the Cascade Mountains in Washington. The beautiful tin makes a great gift for the cat lovers in your life. Better yet, treat yourself and your kitty, and keep the reusable tin for yourself.

_smidgeThe Smidge cat toy is on sale for a steal—regularly $8, you can now pick one up for only $3. If you’re thinking that’s what you’d normally pay for a cat toy, remember that Smidge is eco-friendly and it’s made by West Paw Designs. Their felt products are made from recycled PETE—the plastic used to make soda bottles—and this material sells at a premium. Plus the toy is stuffed with 100% premium organic catnip. While you often will pay more for green toys, you’ll save some serious green with Bambeco’s pet sale.

You’ll also find a variety of dog toys and accessories on sale, too. Dig into everything from stylish food storage bins and treat totes to durable dog toys and fashionable collars and leashes. Pet products are on sale right now online at the Bambeco website.

In addition to offering only green products, the shipping is green, too. Bambeco offers free carbon-free shipping for all orders over $100. While you’d be hard pressed to reach that total with only pet accessories—since they’re on sale for so cheap, you will find many beautiful and eco-friendly items for your home including kitchenware, furniture and bedding.

Every product on Bambeco’s website is reclaimed, repurposed, renewable, recycled, regenerated, natural or organic. To quote their tagline, “Yes, everything.” In addition, all of the workers who make their products are paid a fair wage and provided with a safe, healthy working environment.

Check out the innovative and environmentally friendly designs at www.bambeco.com

Why Human-Grade Pet Food May Be Bad For Your Cat and the Environment

2016-05-beefcutsAdmittedly, I have been swayed by the marketing hype, believing that human-grade cat foods were better for my cat. However, that was before I knew what exactly is meant by human-grade.

A recent article published by World Wildlife Fund revealed that the “human-grade” label is not so much about the quality of the meat, but the choice of meat cuts. Human-grade pet food uses prime meat cuts and ingredients that people like to eat.

But if you ever watch a nature documentary, you’ll notice that the first thing the lions go for are the guts. They’re tearing into the underbelly of their prey to get to the nutrient dense organs.

While you may not want to see “animal byproducts” on your own dinner plate, this term can include nutritious parts of cows and chickens that are good for your cat. Of course, it all depends on what is included in the “byproduct,” but there is a lot of nutrition that many people miss out on when they insist on eating only the “choicest” cuts of meat.

In terms of the environment, cat foods using “animal byproducts” are more sustainable than foods that only use human-grade ingredients. When the whole animal is not being used, that’s a lot of wasted resources. And unless someone or something eats the animal byproducts, these unwanted parts could also end up in the landfill.

Human-grade pet food adds extra pressure to the global food system. In their article, World Wildlife Fund estimates that there will be 9 billion people to feed by 2050. We can’t all be eating only the white meat from the chicken.

While offal is a growing trend in high-end restaurants and for foodie millenials, it’s still a long way from becoming mainstream. Until the demand for sweetbread equals the demand for top sirloin steak or chicken breast, then animal byproducts need to be used in order to reduce waste.

So maybe, it really is better for your cat and the environment to skip the human-grade ingredients, as long as you choose a quality cat food. Your cat will very likely gobble it up. Chicken feet? Pig snouts? Kidneys? Yum! 😉

Silver Vine Cat Toy Review:
A Fun Alternative to Catnip?

If your kitty is one of the 50% of cats that don’t react to catnip, finding fun cat toys can be a challenge. But there is an exciting alternative that cats ABSOLUTELY ADORE.

My cat, Furball, is one of those kitties who doesn’t react to catnip, but he sure loves to play! So I’m always on the lookout for a catnip alternative. Furball’s indifference to catnip made me realize that most cat toys aren’t really that interesting for cats. Many toys simply rely on the catnip to entice cats to play. As a result, I had to create my own cat toys for Furball. I came up with so many toy ideas that I even wrote a book on how to Make Your Own Cat Toys.

So when I first heard about Jacques Le Sock, I wondered if I had finally found a fun alternative to catnip. . .

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Silver vine is the latest find being used by cat toy makers. Though not widely used yet in the U.S., From the Field embraces this herb in their new toy, Jacques Le Sock Silver Vine Cat Toy. They stuff their hemp (durable and biodegradable) fabric toy with their Ultimate Blend of silver vine and catnip, and buckwheat hulls for a soft crinkly sound. The cute-named, sock-shaped toy, comes in six rainbow colors—and it’s made in the USA.

I was curious to see how Furball would react to the silver vine so I immediately ordered Jacques Le Sock on Amazon. In order to get free shipping, I had to add more items to meet Amazon’s minimum total, so I added a few office supplies to my shopping cart. A few days later, an Amazon box arrived at my home. I opened it up and took out the office supplies, but I completely forgot about the silver vine cat toy.

Minutes later, Furball began digging around in the Amazon box on the floor. I thought to myself, oh cute, he’s playing with the cardboard box. However he was unusually engaged with the box. About a minute later, he emerged triumphant, clutching Jacques Le Sock in his mouth.

As you can see from the video below, Furball LOVED the sock. He drooled all over the sock, he tossed the sock in the air, he wrestled with the sock. He was completely enamored with the sock. Conclusion: Silver vine is a winner for my catnip indifferent cat. Furball pawsitively ADORED Jacques Le Sock.


So What Exactly Is Silver Vine?

Silver vine, or Japanese catnip because it grows high in the mountains of Japan and China, hails from the kiwi family, while catnip belongs to the mint family. Safe and non-toxic, silver vine’s effect is more intense and euphoric—its effect can last up to 30 minutes. Your cat may be ready for more play after a 20-or 30-minute wait. But hold off introducing silver vine to your kitty’s play routine until he passes his sixth-month birthday.

Most cat experts agree that around 50% of cats don’t give a meow about catnip. It’s not about turning up their whiskered noses at the herb. Instead, it’s all about the missing catnip gene–these cats simply don’t have the gene that causes them to react excitedly to catnip. However, it’s different for silver vine. University of Illinois researcher Dr. Mark Mitchell found in a recent study that cats played over twice as long with silver vine than with catnip.

Given Furball’s excited reaction to silver vine, I’m betting that we’ll soon see even more cat toys and products made with this wonderful alternative to catnip.

How to Save 20% Off Cat Supplies at PetSmart and 5% Off at Target

Would you like to save 20% on cat supplies at PetSmart and 5% off at Target FUR-ever? By following these simple tips, you’ll never have to pay full price at either of these two stores ever again. It takes about five minutes to read this article, but with the money you’ll save, you can spoil your kitty with a lifetime of eco-friendly toys and treats.

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So how do you do it? The way to save money is by buying discounted gift cards on a gift card exchange site like Raise or Cardpool. However, there is an art to doing this to simplify the process, maximize your savings, minimize the risk of getting a bad gift card—and also be eco-freindly!

But first, you need to understand how gift card reselling works. These gift card marketplaces describe themselves as exchanges where buyers can pick up discounted gift cards, and sellers can earn extra cash by selling their unwanted gift cards.

Sellers with cards they don’t want sell them at a discount. Buyers looking for a deal buy the gift cards. The gift card site makes money by taking a percentage of the transaction, which is paid for by the seller.

This all sounds wonderful on the website, but if this was how it really worked, it wouldn’t explain why there are so many of the same types of cards in certain amounts for specific retailers such as The Gap, Starbucks, and Target. After all, who gives a $1,000 gift card for Home Depot that the recipient doesn’t want?

How Gift Card Sites Really Work

At first, I wondered if some of the gift cards were being sold as part of a scam. Were people selling stolen gift cards on these sites? Were they buying them with stolen credit cards? But then I dug a little deeper and discovered this was not the case at all. Instead, I learned about gift card arbitrage.

What’s that you ask? Gift card arbitrage is buying gift cards at a discount and then selling them for a small margin above what was paid. While the margins may only be a fraction of a percent, money is made by trading in a large volume. There’s a whole world of people out there who make money by buying and reselling gift cards. They invest their time to watch for deals that let them buy discounted gift cards, earn loyalty rewards, and rack up credit card cash back points and travel miles.

For example, they might get a Bank of America Visa deal that let’s them earn 15% cash back on purchases at The Gap. So they buy gift cards at The Gap, and earn the cash back. They then resell the gift cards at a discount that’s less than 15% and pocket the difference. While they won’t make a lot of money on $100, it adds up when they buy and sell in bulk.

Other people buy gift cards to meet spending quotas on credit cards that earn them travel bonuses. They might earn 1% on their Visa for their Sears purchase, get loyalty points at Sears, and meet a quota that results in them getting 50,000 travel miles. So then, selling a gift card at a 5% discount actually earns them money.

This all makes my head spin, but the bottom line is that gift card arbitragers do all the work so that you don’t have to. Businesses offer incentives and discounts to attract more customers because it’s profitable for them to do so. If Citibank was losing money on their credit card offers, they would most definitely stop offering them.

So no, it’s not a scam. In fact, it looks like a win-win-win for everyone involved. The only reservation I have is the unnecessary plastic involved with gift cards, but there’s a way around this too, and I’ll explain how you can save on the plastic and still save money.

One other thing to note is that some gift card sites are more proactive in protecting buyers than other sites. They require sellers to provide identification and they boot off troublemakers. Because of their strict policies, these sites guarantee the value of the gift card for a specific period after your purchase. The length of time varies depending on the site, but I’ll share my favorite two. They both have A+ ratings with the Better Business Bureau and I’ve purchased gift cards from each of them without any issues.

Raise

Raise is the biggest exchange out there in terms of volume so you can easily find a PetSmart or Target gift card for the exact amount you’re looking for, and for most major retailers, too. Raise also offers a 100-day guarantee on the gift card balance, and they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. I’ve purchased numerous cards from them and not had a single problem with any of them. In fact, I save about $100 a month using Raise!

They also offer a sweet sign-up deal where you can get $5 towards your first order with a referral code. It’s like money for free because they’ll give you a $5 credit when you sign up through a referral link like this one:

And no, it’s not a scam either. The $5 is considered a marketing cost for Raise–what’s referred to in marketing lingo as the cost to acquire a customer.

Cardpool

This gift card site is smaller and has less selection than Raise, but occasionally they offer better deals–most likely because they have to in order to attract buyers. Raise works like an auction where sellers set their own price, but Cardpool determines the discount rate and buys inventory from sellers.

As a result, the prices can vary dramatically on Raise–I’ve seen Target gift cards offered with discounts between 0% to 7.1% all at the same time. On Cardpol however, the Target discount has been 5.5% to 6% off during the past three months I’ve checked the site.

If a store is really popular like Target, the discounts tend to be smaller. For specialized retailers like PetSmart, the discounts tend to be higher. That’s why I’ve seen PetSmart discounts between 8% to over 20%. While you can usually snag a better deal on Raise, you have to be willing to keep checking their site regularly. Cardpool on the other hand, is more like the “buy it now” option on eBay.

Cardpool also offers a 100-day guarantee on gift card balances, but only for physical gift cards. They guarantee electronic gift card balances upon delivery, but after you receive the egiftcard, they no longer guarantee the amount, which is why I prefer to use the full amount of digital gift cards right away. Cardpool also has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Raise, at the time of writing this article, offers the 100-day guarantee on all of the cards they sell, both physical and electronic. I think they can do this because bulk sellers have to stay in good standing with Raise in order to continue selling on the site. I prefer Raise, but I do have a workaround to minimize my risk for buying egiftcards.

Cardpool also offers $5 off on your first purchase when you click this link:

How to Save 5% or More Off Cat Supplies and Green Cleaning Products at Target

Now I’ll explain how you can do save on cat supplies (and pretty much everything else you buy at the store) at Target, Petsmart, and many other major retailers. I’ll use Target as an example.

  1. Sign up at Raise.com and use the referral code tholly to get $5 off your first order. Or sign up and get $5 off at Cardpool.
  2. Visit the Target website and filter your search results by choosing the “buy online and pick it up today” option under the “availability” filter. This option will show you the items that are in stock at the store of your choice. Continue adding items to your cart. When you’re done, check the shopping cart for the total dollar amount of your purchase. Do not pay yet.
  3. Next, visit Raise or Cardpool to find an ELECTRONIC gift card as close to the amount you need, but make sure the balance is less than the total amount. I prefer a smaller amount so that I can use up the entire amount of the gift card right away, and then I don’t have to be concerned about the balance of the gift card or bother with the hassle of keeping track of small leftover amounts.
  4. For electronic gift cards, Raise usually delivers them instantly so when you get your gift card, you can enter the code to pay for your purchase at the Target website.
  5. After submitting your order, you’ll get an email from Target when it’s ready for pick up, usually in under two hours. The service is free and you also get four days to pick up your order. Simply go to customer service, show your driver’s license and you’re good to When you submit your order, a Target employee will gather the items at the store so that you don’t have to wander the aisles looking for them yourself. Your order should be ready for you to pick up at customer service in about an hour or two, and you’ll receive an email when it’s ready.

There’s no need to print anything out, no need to get excess packaging to ship the items to your home, and no plastic gift card is ever produced–making this method a very eco-friendly way to save money by purchasing discounted gift cards.

How to Save 20% Off at PetSmart

In the past, I’ve skewered this retailer for some of its questionable practices, but in the years since I began this blog, there have been a lot of changes in the pet industry in terms of green offerings and improvements in social responsibility.

Given that PetSmart is such a ubiquitous big box retailer, for many people, this may be their best and most convenient option for buying pet supplies. Times have changed and PetSmart now offers more natural and eco-friendly products than ever before, so if you are going to shop here, you might as well save some serious coin while you’re doing it.

Like Target, PetSmart also offers a shop in store option on their website. Simply shop online at Petsmart.com as you would for Target, and remember to choose the option to pick up your items in the store.

Remember to Get $5 Off Your First Order

Happy savings!

Awesome DIY Cat Projects

A reader brought this awesome infographic to my attention the other day. It features some cool DIY projects for your cat, including a cat climber, cat scratcher, and cat puzzle, that you can make by recycling old cardboard boxes. Many of the other projects can use up scraps of wood or those odds and ends that you keep, but never know what to do with—turn them into a window perch or food stand.

Now that your curiosity is piqued, check out this infographic for some fun upcycle ideas for your favourite feline friends!

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Build your cat a better life by PowerTool World.

Green Living: Ways Anyone Can Conserve Water

For cat lovers looking for a way to lower their impact on the environment, water conservation is a great place to start. And while cats are already great at water conservation because they don’t drink a lot of water and they never shower (thanks to their self-cleaning habits), YOU can also make a positive impact for the environment.

Meow! I save water by not showering.
Meow! I save water by not showering.

When you conserve water, not only are you acting in an environmentally-friendly manner, but you can also help reduce water pollution in local watersheds, lakes and rivers, and also lower your water bill. Simply reducing the amount of water you use in a day provides a wide array of benefits, including reducing soil saturation and even prolonging the life of septic systems.

Here’s a handy water conservation calculator that will help determine just how much water you use in a single day, and help you find ways to conserve. In addition, the following tips will show you just how easy it is to implement water conservation steps into your daily life.

Tips for Conserving Water Inside the Home

  • Regularly check pipes, faucets and toilets for leaks, and fix any leaks that you find.
  • Install low flow faucet aerators on every sink and water saving shower heads in every shower.
  • Fill plastic bottles with pebbles or sand and place them in your toilet tank.
  • If you’re upgrading your toilet, choose a model that is low flush.
  • Never use your toilet as a way to dispose of debris besides bodily waste. It is not a wastebasket or an ashtray. Contact your local municipality for their guidelines on flushable cat litter and cat waste.
  • Check for leaks by reading your water meter and then, for two hours, don’t use any water. After the two hour period, check the water meter again. If the meter has raised, you have a leak somewhere.
  • Reduce the amount of time you are in the shower.
  • Install inexpensive pipe insulation around your water pipes.
  • Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth.
  • Don’t run washing machines or dishwashers unless you have a full load.
  • Reduce the amount of times you use your kitchen garbage disposal since it takes a lot of water for it to run properly.

Tips for Conserving Water in the Yard and Garden

  • Plant laws, trees, flowers, shrubs and other plants that are drought-resistant and won’t require consistent watering.
  • Add mulch around the plants and trees to help hold in moisture, reduce weed growth and protect the roots.
  • Set your water sprinklers so that the water lands on your garden or lawn and is not wasted on sidewalks, gutters or driveways.
  • Use a broom instead of a water hose to clean walkways and driveways.
  • When you do have to water your lawn, do so deeply so the water soaks into the ground. A light watering will evaporate and promote a shallow root system in your lawn.

If you’re already doing all of these things, give yourself two paws up fur being green! And if you’re looking for more ways to conserve water, check out this article on 10 Ways to Save Water When You’re Already Hard Core About Reducing Your Water Consumption.

Not Your Grandma’s Cat Magazine – Announcing the New Catster Magazine

Furball enjoys the premier issue of Catster Magazine
Furball enjoys the premier issue of Catster Magazine

The first and only time I bought a Cat Fancy magazine was over 10 years ago and it wasn’t for me. It was for a 90-year old lady who lived on a potato farm. She loved cats, so I bought the magazine to bring her some joy. I never bought one again because Cat Fancy felt old-fashioned, dowdy, and frankly, aimed at an older demographic.

Well, I’m excited to announce that Cat Fancy finally got a long overdue makeover and it’s now been reborn as Catster magazine. You may be more familiar with Catster.com, one of the most popular cat-centric destinations online. And just like its online cousin, the new Catster magazine is fun, fresh, young and modern.

Catster covers some of the trendiest topics and top names in the cat world. The magazine features the light and fun side of living with cats, including articles on feline products, health, diet, pet owners’ obsessions, confessions, funny photos, and more.

I’m a regular contributor to Catster.com, writing about eco-friendly cat products and topics natural and sustainable living for cats. That’s why I love that Cat Fancy is now Caster. The new magazine is contemporary and relevant for today’s cat lovers. Because I write for Catster.com, I received the purrk of an advance copy of the premier issue of Catster magazine.

I have to say that the new magazine has a fun and friendly vibe. It’s colourful, bright and even the typography feels modern. The first issue of Catster hit news stands on March 24th, so you can grab your copy right now. And if you’re a dog lover, there’s a Dogster magazine too.

The Cat’s Meow in Organic Cotton Fabric for Crafty Cat Lovers

When you’ve got a crafty project in mind, use cat print fabric made from organic cotton to wow and delight. Here’s a selection of whimsical, fun and cheeky designs to create pillows, pajamas, cat toys and more—whatever your imagination pounces upon.

1. Meow Haven by Monaluna

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This cute kitty design printed with low impact dyes on 100% certified organic cotton. Buy it by the half or full yard. Order it by the half yard on Amazon.com

2. Black Cats Organic Cotton Knit Fabric

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This organic cotton interlock knit fabric is purrfect for anything you want to craft that needs a little bit of give or stretch. It’s a super soft knit fabric with a fresh and modern design.

You can get it made to order on the Sewn Natural Etsy shop

3. Here Kitty Kitty Organic Tossed Cats With Twine Grey Fabric

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Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish for Clothworks is the creator of this GOTS certified organic cotton print. It’s available in a variety of colours, including white, black grey, pink and gold.

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Check out the different colors of Here Kitty Kitty Organic Tossed Cats Fabric.

4. Cats – Handmade Organic Cotton Fabric

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This handmade organic cotton poplin is GOTS-certified (Global Organic Textile Standard). The cotton is lightweight and soft to the touch and it won’t shrink in the wash.

You’ll find it online at the .

5. Happy Drawing Too Organic Cats Fabric

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The Happy Drawing collection by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 gets its inspiration from drawings in Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals. Sold by the yard and cut to order, you’ll find it on Amazon. Click here for details: Happy Drawing Too Organic Cats Grey Fabric

6. Cats on Daisy – Lillestoff

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This organic fabric is a blend of 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane, making it a wonderfully soft jersey knit that is 100% GOTS-certified. Get it at the FunnyFabrix Etsy shop.

7. Spring Cats Organic Cotton Jersey

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This fun and fanciful fabric is made from organic cotton and elastane. It’s also GOTS-certified, making it a great choice for creating dresses, tees and onesies for little kids who love cats. Find this and other cheery designs at the OttobreDesign Etsy shop

100% Organic Natural Cat Urine Odor Control and Stain Remover

Got a cat urine stain or odor problem and are looking for a way to get it out of your carpet or sofa? Or maybe you’re looking for a way to get the cat vomit out of your carpet? Here’s a natural and 100% organic pet stain and odor remover.

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I love how much the green industry has grown since I first started this blog. It’s been just over five years, but the growth in eco-friendly pet products has been astounding during this period of time. Back in the day, there were only a couple of eco-friendly options for getting the smell of cat urine out of the carpet.

I’ve been lucky in that Furball is very consistent in using his litter box, but there have been times where the little dingleberry has followed him out of the box into the living room. I think he just gets too excited to run off somewhere so he’s not fully done his business.

As well, he’s a high strung cat so when he gets stressed, he has a tendency to barf up hairballs and sometimes food onto the carpet. He can be surrounded by an ocean of hardwood flooring, but much prefers to run onto the rug or the light beige carpeted steps of the stairs to upchuck his stuff. That’s when I am so thankful for natural enzyme pet odor and stain removers.

As I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting products for healthy, natural and sustainable living, I was quite intrigued to come across the Jackie Doodles Odor and Stain Eliminator.

This is a 100% USDA certified organic natural cleaner for urine and vomit stains on your carpet or upholstery. It’s good for both dog and cat urine, and it’s also earth-friendly and safe for your pets and kids.

Jackie Doodles Odor and Stain Eliminator is an enzyme-based cleaner, like Nature’s Miracle, only this one is certified organic. The way enzymes work is that they digest organic matter to neutralize stains and odors. It’s important when using enzyme-based cleaners to not use any other traditional cleaners on the area. That’s because they kill the enzymes and prevent them from doing their clean-up job.

Basically, you wipe up the mess (e.g. cat urine or vomit), blot it as dry as you can with a paper towel and then go to town, spraying on the enzyme cleaner. Oh, you may want to test it on a small patch first in an indiscreet area if you’ve never used it before on the material. I haven’t had any issues with discoloration and enzyme-based cleaners, but you might want to check to be on the safe side.

Follow the directions and wait for the allotted time to let the enzymes do their work, digesting all of the remaining organic matter in your carpet or couch. Give it a wipe and that’s it. You may have to reapply it for a stubborn stain. Enzyme-based cleaners tend to work best for newer stains and pee accidents, although they are still effective for old ones as long as you haven’t used a chemical-based cleaner on the area. If you have, try cleaning away the cleaner with water (test if water stains in an indiscreet patch first), and then try the enzyme cleaner.

Admittedly, these natural cleaners based on enzymes tend to have a bit of a funky smell, sort of like fermenting hops. It’s not as bad as the cat pee or vomit, but it’s not fresh and clean smelling like a chemical cleaner. However, the smell does dissipate in a day or two and it definitely smells better than cat urine!

Out of 55 reviews on Amazon, 82% gave the product a 5-star rating. I think some of the lower ratings were due to the issues I mentioned above about using it on old stains or on stains that had already been treated with harsh chemical cleaners. The chemicals that they use often include polypropylene which is a crude oil derivative and used as a binding agent. It acts like a coating to seal in odors and prevents the enzymes from reaching the offending matter.

So the number one takeaway is to use the enzyme-based pet stain and odor remover first when an accident happens. Don’t use anything else first and you should see much better results. That’s why I like to have a bottle of the stuff on hand because I never know what Furball may surprise me with, but I definitely feel ready when I have an enzyme-based cleaner on hand.

If you’re looking for a 100% organic natural cleaner, you can find Jackie Doodles Odor and Stain Eliminator on Amazon.com.

Is Your Cat Getting Too Many Vaccines?

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In California, there’s a huge debate going on about the right to choose whether or not your kids get vaccines, but did you ever consider the same issue for your cat? I recently came across a petition on change.org, posted by Truth 4 Pets, about vaccines for cats and dogs.

While no one is recommending that you not vaccinate your pet, Truth 4 Pets brought up some interesting points concerning whether your cat really needs as many vaccines as they’re given. Apparently, some vaccines give lifelong immunity and booster shots may not be necessary. As well, given the age and risk of your cat, other shots may not be best for them.

In order to reduce adverse reactions and minimize the “vaccine load” for you cat, many top vet schools and major veterinary associations have actually changed their vaccination recommendations. However, many vet clinics are still following the older recommendations and thus, may be recommending more vaccines than your cat may need. Excessive vaccinations can increase the risk of adverse health conditions in you pet, including the risk for cancer.

According to Pets 4 Life’s website:

Top veterinary organizations (AVMA, WSAVA, AAHA, AAFP and AHVMA) and many top veterinary schools divide vaccines into “core” (with which all pets should be vaccinated) and “noncore” (which should be given only when a specific risk exists, if then).

Core vaccines for cats include panleukopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and rabies. Per WSAVA (p. 14): “All kittens should receive the core vaccines. [For panleukopenia] a minimum of three doses is recommended: one at 8–9 weeks of age, a second 3–4 weeks later and a final dose at 14–16 weeks of age or older should be administered. Cats that respond to MLV core vaccines maintain immunity for many years in the absence of any repeat vaccination.” According to vaccine researcher Dr. Ron Schultz, if your cat is already 16 weeks of age or older at the time of its first vaccine, only a single dose is needed to provide solid, long-lasting immunity. No booster vaccines are needed for most adult cats, except rabies as required by law.

The article on their website includes a detailed list of answers to FAQs as well as questions to consider when vaccinating your pets. If you’d like to know:

  • Which vaccines are required by law
  • An alternative to vaccination to test your cat’s immunity to a disease
  • How to be informed of all the risks associated with a vaccine

Then, check out the article Questions to Ask before vaccinating your cat.

 

 


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