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3 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Treats

Looking for some sweet treats this Valentine’s Day for the cat lovers in your life—or something for yourself? :) Here are 3 eco-friendly ways to say, “I love you.”

1. Send Organic Flowers

Pick up a bouquet of eco-friendly flowers. If you don’t live near a Whole Foods, where you can grab a bouquet sustainably grown flowers, there’s an online option for you to send organic flowers. Organic Bouquet delivers sustainably grown, certified flowers that are affordable and eco-friendly too. Prices are similar to ordering from one of the big flower conglomerate sites.

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Eco-friendly flowers from Organic Bouquet

2. Chocolate Kitty Made With Organic Sugar

This sweet chocolate cat is made with organic sugar by Chocolates by Bernard. Since you can’t share it with your kitty, perhaps she’ll enjoy the heart-shaped toy below.

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3. Heart-Shaped Organic Cat Toy

Yeowww! makes heart-shaped cat toys filled with organic catnip. The Heart Attack Pack includes 3 bold red hearts to help you win over your kitty’s affections. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Make a Green New Year’s Resolution for 2014

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Happy New Year’s! It’s time to make a green resolution for 2014. I haven’t done this in awhile, not since my original 30-Day Green Cat Challenge, where I challenged myself and readers to do one thing every day for 30 days to make their cats’ lives just a little bit more eco-friendly.

Here are my new year’s resolutions for 2014. They also include people resolutions, not just ones for cats because everyone (and every animal) benefits when we work together to improve the planet.

My 5 Green New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

  1. Use less water.
  2. Buy in bulk to reduce the number of trips I make to the store.
  3. Wash (with as little water as possible) and recycle all cat food lids and tins, even when I don’t feel like it!
  4. Try to use even less litter in Furball’s litter box, meaning I need to scoop a little bit more often.
  5. Feature more green cat products on my blog.

What green resolutions will you make this year for yourself and your cats?

 

A Video About World-Changing Dreams

Here’s a little something that crossed my desk this morning. By desk, I mean the table at Starbucks! While this is a sponsored video, I thought I would share it because it’s about changing the world and maybe, just maybe, it’ll get you thinking about how YOU can change the world.

In summer 2012, more than 550 “IF WE” world-changing dreams were collected from contributors globally through a contest called the “IF WE Challenge” This video illustrates 3 of these dreams:

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How to Create a Homemade Holiday Card From Old Greeting Cards

Transform an old Christmas card into a holiday scene of a cat or dog eagerly awaiting the treats inside their stocking. Here’s how to make your own homemade greeting card.

What You’ll Need:

  • A blank greeting card made from recycled paper OR old cardstock OR an old file folder or something similar
  • An old Christmas card
  • Scissors
  • A tiny square of corrugated cardboard
  • Non-toxic glue or tape
  • Scissors
  • Marker or pen

1. Create Your Canvas
Use a blank greeting card made from recycled paper as your creative canvas. I’ve found them at Michael’s. For the card featured here, I used some old cardstock that my mother-in-law was saving for my nieces for arts and crafts projects. You can also make your own card blank by cutting an old file folder into a the shape of a card.

2. Make a Colourful Rug
make homemade greeting cardMeasure the width of your blank card and use this measurement to cut out a trapezoid from an old Christmas card. You can also cut one out of old wrapping paper. Why a trapezoid and not a rectangle? The angle will help to create more movement and interest in your final design.

3. Make a Stocking
A simple sock-shape can be turned into a stocking. Feel free to cut one out freehand or if you’d prefer, draw an outline on the back of the old Christmas card for you to cut out. Just remember that the finished stocking will be a reverse image from what you draw.

4. Make a Pet Silhouette in Duplicate
To create your cat, do an online search for “cat sitting silhouette.” Alternately, if you want to feature fido, search for “dog sitting silhouette.” Trace or print the silhouette onto a sheet of paper and then use this as a pattern to cut out TWO shapes.

I held up the paper to my computer screen and traced the outline using a washable marker. DON’T DO THIS AT HOME unless you are sure that you won’t dent your screen by pressing too hard with the marker AND you’re also sure that the marker will not bleed through the paper onto your screen. If you’re not sure, just print it out.

Use your tracing to draw and cut out TWO identical cat shapes (or dog shapes if you’re making a dog card).

5. Arrange Your Holiday Scene

Before pasting anything down, arrange your shapes on your card so that your cat (or dog) is sitting on the rug and looking at the stocking. Paste down the rug, the stocking and ONE cat (or dog). You should still have one pet outline remaining.

6. Make it Pop Out in 3D

how to make a homemade greeting cardTo create a 3D effect of your cat (or dog) ready to jump off the card, cut out a tiny square of corrugated cardboard. This you can definitely find by raiding your recycling bin. My mother-in-law’s happened to be empty, so I cut a sliver off the inside of the box she used for storing old Christmas cards and you can’t even notice it’s gone. That’s how small this piece should be. You will affix this to the back of the remaining pet silhouette.

Now paste the second cat (or dog) on top of the previous. Place it just a smidge offside of the original to create the 3D effect.

7. Add a Holiday Greeting
Use the marker or pen to add a holiday greeting to the front of card. Lay it out in your mind’s eye first so that there’s enough room to write your entire greeting. Note: Some markers may smudge or not write well on the cardstock. If you think that might be the case, simply skip the greeting on the front of the card and start writing your words of love inside your homemade greeting card.

Got a Cat from Hell?
If So, You’ll Enjoy This Fun Sponsored Video

I don’t usually write sponsored posts, but when I heard the folks at Animal Planet were calling on cat lovers to spread the word about their pawsome TV show, “My Cat From Hell”, I couldn’t resist.

I’d seen a casting call months earlier and seriously considered submitting an entry for Furball. His food demands, early morning wake-up yowls, carpet scratching and penchant for attacking people who touch him, made him a likely candidate. Of course, he is also my lovable cat— sweet, smart, super-friendly (that’s why he gets in trouble because people WANT to pet him) and feisty.

Check out this video of some of the devilish cats in Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell. Most cat lovers including myself can relate to some of these classic cat moves. Furball was especially fond of the “leg hug” until he was about 3 years old.

The cats in this TV series cause some serious rifts amongst their human owners too with couples on the verge of breaking up and friends fighting with each other.

Cat listener, Jackson Galaxy, steps in to help and he believes that most of the problems are caused by people. I’d have to agree. While I was watching this video, I saw a whole bunch of things that I’d NEVER do with Furball because they’d encourage aggressive behavior.

I love how Galaxy (seriously, is that his real name?) says that, “Dealing with these out-of-control cats can be easier than dealing with out-of-touch owners, and fixing people first can often be the cure all for feline vexations.”

You can watch Galaxy work his cat soothing magic on all new episodes of My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet, Saturdays at 8pm e/p.

“Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Animal Planet, but all thoughts and opinions are my own and Furball’s!”


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