Seven Secrets To Choosing A Safe, Healthy Pet Food

Do you choose canned food or dry food? What brand? There are so many different brands, all shapes and sizes of pet food to choose from and pet owners are provided with very little information to base your decisions on (other than advertising) – it can get so confusing! Well, buckle your seatbelt depending on how much you know of the pet food industry, this could be a bumpy ride! You are about to learn seven secrets – well kept secrets – of pet food. Sit back, brace yourself, and keep reading.

Beneful says it’s ‘Premium Dog Food for a Happy, Healthy Dog’ and sells for around $18.00 for a 31 lb. bag, Science Diet “promises” ‘precisely balanced nutrition through continuous research and the highest quality food backed by your Vets endorsement’ and sells for around $21.00 for only a 20 lb bag. Then there are numerous pet foods that make the very same statements – ‘Premium Dog Food, Highest Quality’ – that sell for $30.00 or more for a 20 lb bag. And the same holds true for cat owners…Do you choose Whiskas that states ‘Everything we do is about making cats happy!’ or do you choose one of those high end cat foods that make the very same claim of a happy, healthy cat but cost 3 times as much?

Now with the on-going pet food recall pet owners have questions such as ‘Has this food been recalled?’ or ‘Is this food the next one to be recalled?’…’Is my pet safe?’ Wow this is confusing! And scary too! What exactly is a pet owner to do? How about learning a few secrets! Equipped with the knowledge of a few secrets of pet food, it’s not nearly as confusing.

Secret #1…

All pet foods use descriptive words like choice and premium, though few of them actually use premium or choice ingredients in their food. The ‘secret’ is that per the rules of the pet food industry, no pet food can make any claims or references on their label or advertising as to the quality or grade of ingredients. You see, the word ‘premium’ when it’s related to pet food DOES NOT mean that the ingredients in the food are premium. With pet foods, premium does not (can not) describe the food nor does it (can it) describe the quality of the food. It is a marketing term and that is all. Per the pet food industries own rules and regulations, “There are no references to ingredient quality or grade” (regulation PF5 d 3). So, words like premium, or choice, or quality are just marketing or sales terms. They should not be interpreted as terms describing the quality of the food.

Now why wouldn’t a pet food label be allowed to tell a prospective customer the quality of their ingredients? Doesn’t a pet owner deserve to know what they are buying? This leads me to the next secret…

Secret#2…

If I can compare ‘people’ food to pet food for just …

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Dealing With Cat Litter – Furniture That Will Hide the Nasty Truth

A litter box is a necessary part of being a cat guardian. While they may be some of the cleanest critters around, there's no question that they can leave some fairly nasty deposits for you to deal with. One very elegant solution to this unsightly problem is to purchase cat litter furniture, which comes in a variety of styles and colors to fit seamlessly into your decor.

Cat litter furniture will do an excellent job of hiding your kitty's toileting area. But they can do more than simply hide a smelly spot. You'll find some beautiful pieces that offer assorted functions and storage, or which are highly ornamental while humbly serving to house the litter pan. Besides disguising the disgusting stuff, these pieces also give your cat some much-needed privacy while pooing.

One popular choice is cat furniture that incorporates a perceived toileting spot. These pieces may incorporated scratching posts, perches, sleeping cubbies and more. This provides your cat with an opportunity to exercise and have some fun as well as give her a private "bathroom." Some models fit neatly into a corner of a room, maximizing an otherwise small space.

Wooden cabinets are a much thought-after style of cat litter furniture. They look like real pieces of furniture, and are manufactured in a variety of styles, making it easy to find one that will blend in with any room in your house. These cupboards can offer diverse features including room for a large pan, 2 pans, and storage space for supplies like scoops and bags. Especially for those of you with limited space, pieces like these could be an ideal way to give your feline her own area, reclaiming your bathroom for your own use. You can also find styles designed so that you can place knickknacks on top, further creating the illusion of a regular piece of furniture.

Another possibility are litter box covers. These have a variety of designs like a kitty house or carpeted perch with a scratching post and are simply placed directly over the tray. These deftly hide the area and help to stop dust and waste material from being kicked onto your floor.

You can also find benches which have a built-in door for your cat to enter to use the box, and a lift-off cover for access to cleaning supplies. Kitty can use the top as a perch, or you can place it in a mudroom and make use of it yourself as temporary storage. …

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How to Make Your Own Homemade Halloween Costume

Let's face it, with the economy going the way it is, more and more families are searching for ways to save a few dollars here and there. And now, with the fall season upon us, we are approaching three main festivals that require the spending of money – Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Would not it be great if we could get a few ideas to help us save some money during these times, instead of spending more?

Well, I've got great news for you! Why not take some time to make your own homemade Halloween costume. This will not only save you some money, but it can be a great family activity for you and your children. And in this day and age, we could always use a little more quality family time.

Most of us are not very creative, so here are four ideas to get you started in making your own homemade Halloween costume:

1. Clothes from Your Closet

Old prom dresses or bridesmaid dresses can turn into a bride's gown or a beauty pageant costume for a little girl. Or raid dad's closet and dress like a Nerd or Businessman. If you dig deep enough into your closet, you might even be able to pull off a last-minute Punk Rocker or Hippie costume.

2. Headbands

Many costumes require little more than a headband and a hot glue gun. If you have those two items at home, look around your house for items to start gluing on. If you have some tulle, a doily, lace, or any piece of fabric, you can make a veil. Add flowers to really 'fancy it up'. Cut some felt pieces and glue them on to make ears (bunny ears, cat ears, dog ears, or any other animal you can imagine). You can even quickly make antennae to be an alien or bug by simply gluing some pipe cleaners onto a headband.

3. Sweatsuits

A white sweatsuit can easily become a cow or Dalmatian. Simply take a Black Sharpie and draw spots onto the fabric. Then put a little black on your child's nose. (Add ears if you have time, using a headband and felt – see above.)

4. Cardboard Boxes

Got a large cardboard box laying around? Cut holes for your head and arms, and then create any number of costumes in minutes. For example, your child can be a TV – just take a black marker and draw a screen and some buttons onto the front. You can even take an old cord and glue it to the back of the box. How about a computer? Same idea – draw a screen on the front, and then glue a computer mouse (or even a furry mouse as a joke) to the side of the box. Or my favorite – a washing machine. Make an opening on top of the box (in front of the child's head), or on the front of the box. Inside this opening you can glue a smaller …

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Kitty Cat Halloween Costume – Sexy Adult and Kids Kitty Cat Costumes

Used by children or even adults, the cat Kitty Cat Halloween costume is the "cat's meow." Halloween would not be complete without a kid knocking at your door in a kitty costume. This costume is probably one of the oldest available and should be worn at least once in your Halloween lifetime. Whether it's a little girl or a grown woman, they will look cute dressed in a kitty cat Halloween costume.

Kitty Cat Halloween Costume

The little girl's version of the costume comes in a variety of styles and sizes. Some of the outfits are pink with black skirts with a tail attached in the back. Others include a black skirt with black tights, a clip-on tail and a headband with little furry ears on top. Some of these costumes have included a shirt with a cats face on the front, and others may come with a kitty mask. The most common accessory that you can buy if it is not included in the costume is a black kitty nose with whiskers you can put over your nose.

The women's kitty cat Halloween costume may be a little more revealing than you would think. Something about being sexy in a cat costume has been the reason for the high sales of this costume. Many will include a cat tail to pin on the back of your miniskirt, and some will look like a cat suit mixed with a barmaid costume.

Catwoman Costume

A lot of the recent kitty cat Halloween costumes are made to mimic the outfits in movies such as Catwoman, a film starring Halle Berry. They are a one-piece, leather (or pleather) suite that is zipped from the back. They have a clip on tail, a mask you wear over your eyes, and a headband with cat ears. This costume is made even sexier with added accessories like a whip (cat o 'nine tails), black heels, black-painted finger nails and red or black lipstick.

Halloween is made for dressing up, having fun, and spending time getting as much attention as you can. The kitty cat Halloween costume is a must have, and is something adorable you can dress up your little girl in. Because there are many different styles of this costume, you will probably never run into another person wearing something similar. If you choose a black cat costume, be sure to cross the path of the next guy you meet. Let him know just how bad you can really be. …

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Cat Trees – Fun for Your Cat and You

Soft and warm and lots of fun can be a welcome addition to your household. That is if you provide them with their own furniture so they do not scratch up yours. Cats have a natural instinct to stretch, scratch and pounce so why not give them something they can romp and play on without giving you a headache.

Cat trees range from 2 to 8 feet in height and are usually made of wood and covered in bark or carpet. The center post supports any numbers of limbs with platforms to jump and perch on to watch the world go by from above. There is usually a scratch post or posts built in. Some have tunnels to climb and hide in and some have beds or hammocks for kitty to rest and play.

There are any number of combinations available allowing you to purchase one that will best suit your feline's finicky ways. Some are one piece; Some are modular and the styles range from modern to rustic. Shop online to get the best prices and choices for cat trees. Instead of trudging from pet store to pet store you can find the tree of your cat's dreams from the comfort of your own home with the click of a mouse. Search and compare the many types available to find the right fit for both you and your cat. Does your cat like to jump and play? Then get one with more tunnels and platform. Does she like to lounge and observe? Than get one with a high plat form and a bed or hammock. Do they like to scratch? You can get one with ten scratch posts. The possibilities are endless.

Now, once you get your cat tree your cat or kitten might not shy away from it at first. In this case you need to coax them onto it by pretending to scratch it yourself or capturing their attention by pulling a string slowly up it for them to pounce on. If they catch on quickly give them lots of praise and maybe even a treat. Most importantly you need a lot of patience. Sometimes you will break them of their old habits of scratching your furniture and drapes. In fact you will probably have a hard time getting them to come down off of their tree.

Perfect if you have one or more cats, cat trees are a necessity for a happy cat. Whether it is tall or short, has a hanging toy or just one scratch post or ten, both you and your cat will enjoy a cat tree. You'll enjoy their antics as they romp and play on it and they'll enjoy the exercise and fun they get when they play on it. Make sure you choose a tree that offers your furry friend enough variety for hours of rest and play. Treat your cat to a cat tree that suits them and they will thank you daily with a warm snuggle and a …

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Kitty Cat Halloween Costume – Sexy Adult and Kids Kitty Cat Costumes

Used by children or even adults, the cat Kitty Cat Halloween costume is the "cat's meow." Halloween would not be complete without a kid knocking at your door in a kitty costume. This costume is probably one of the oldest available and should be worn at least once in your Halloween lifetime. Whether it's a little girl or a grown woman, they will look cute dressed in a kitty cat Halloween costume.

Kitty Cat Halloween Costume

The little girl's version of the costume comes in a variety of styles and sizes. Some of the outfits are pink with black skirts with a tail attached in the back. Others include a black skirt with black tights, a clip-on tail and a headband with little furry ears on top. Some of these costumes have included a shirt with a cats face on the front, and others may come with a kitty mask. The most common accessory that you can buy if it is not included in the costume is a black kitty nose with whiskers you can put over your nose.

The women's kitty cat Halloween costume may be a little more revealing than you would think. Something about being sexy in a cat costume has been the reason for the high sales of this costume. Many will include a cat tail to pin on the back of your miniskirt, and some will look like a cat suit mixed with a barmaid costume.

Catwoman Costume

A lot of the recent kitty cat Halloween costumes are made to mimic the outfits in movies such as Catwoman, a film starring Halle Berry. They are a one-piece, leather (or pleather) suite that is zipped from the back. They have a clip on tail, a mask you wear over your eyes, and a headband with cat ears. This costume is made even sexier with added accessories like a whip (cat o 'nine tails), black heels, black-painted finger nails and red or black lipstick.

Halloween is made for dressing up, having fun, and spending time getting as much attention as you can. The kitty cat Halloween costume is a must have, and is something adorable you can dress up your little girl in. Because there are many different styles of this costume, you will probably never run into another person wearing something similar. If you choose a black cat costume, be sure to cross the path of the next guy you meet. Let him know just how bad you can really be. …

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Train a Dog to Use a Litter Box – Litterbox Training a Dog

One thing that scares a lot of people away from getting a dog is having to take it for walks through the day. This nuisance can be eliminated by training the dog to go in a litter box. Litter box training a dog is often seen as an impossible task, but with the right tools, it is actually fairly easy. Here are the 3 simple steps.

1. You must obtain all the necessary products to begin training. Obviously, you will need a litter box so you can start showing the dog it's new area for potty. Another necessity is dog litter or cat litter. At the pet store, they will recommend you this "new and improved" dog litter. I have not had any more success with this than I have with the kitty litter. You can go ahead and choose whichever you want, but personally, I could recommend either one and be happy doing so. Another absolute necessity is a spray product with a pheromone scent. Write this word down, and take it in to the nearest pet store and ask them if they have a spray with the pheromone chemical in it. This chemical is found in urine and when a dog sniffs it, it causes them to want to use the bathroom, because their "territorial marking" senses kick in.

2. If your dog is on a schedule to go outside already, this will be much easier for you than those who have not even house broken their pets or have not put their dog on a schedule. If on a schedule, when it is time to go outside, put the leash on and get ready like you are taking them outside for a walk. But instead of going outside, bringing them to the litter box and spray a little bit of the pheromone in the litter. This helps with litter box training a dog because they will then go in the litter box, and after a couple times, they will realize this is the right place to go!

3. When litter box training a dog, the litter changing is the exact same as with a cat. You remove all of the waste, or just dump out all of the litter, and then you replace the old with new litter! Best of luck to you!

Check out the resource box below to find out more information on how to train a dog to use a litterbox. …

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The Worlds Best Cat Toy Is? A Card Board Box

The day you bring a new cat in to you house is very exciting for all. Especially for the cat, as it will spend hours investigating its new surroundings. However, before the cat arrived at your house, you probably bought all the equipment you thought you would need, a cat bed, scratching post, bowls, food, litter tray and toys.

In general most cat toys you can purchase are simply not worth the money. You may spend quite a bit trying to keep your new cat entertained; Usually however, the interest of the toy will fade with in a few weeks. If your cat does enjoy playing with toys, avoid buying ones that are noisy, these often look cats, and the last thing you want to be doing is hunting for your new cat when its gone in to hiding because it was scared by a cat toy . Cats do like toys on strings, if you are making your own, a conker on a shoe lace offers as much enjoyment for your cat as it does for most children.

Have you ever seen how much joy a young child gets out of a cardboard box? Cats are just the same. All cats have a very inquisitive nature, they like to explore and play. If you have an empty cardboard box in the middle of your room, watch and see what your cat does. You will find the cat will approach it from a distance, and walk around it a few times, then give it a sniff, just to make sure it is not alive or going to hurt it. Some cats may ignore the box when you are there and then when you return you will find them happily exploring the insider. However, most cats will jump in with no second thoughts find it quite fascinating.

After a while the box can get a little boring for your cat, what can do to make the box an interesting toy that will keep your cat entertained for months, is to seal the box up completely, then cut two large holes (big enough for The cat to fit through), put them at different ends of the box and at different heights, and then poke some small holes with a pencil, so the cat can see out and make some slightly larger holes that are just about cat paw sized. All you have to do is watch at your cats fascination with the new and improved box.

If you want to interact with your cat, an ideal thing to do is simply light tap the sides of the box, your cat will not be able to see where the noise is coming from, but it will attempt to attack your hand by putting its Paws through the holes you made.

This is such a simple toy for a cat, it need not cost you any money, and it will keep even the most relevant adult cat amused for hours. …

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Free Cat Tree Plans

Are you looking for free cat tree plans? If I can give you one piece of advice, it is to not download any plans for building cat trees or any other type of furniture for free. Low quality print outs, and bad design plans are the only thing you will get, and you will only regret not paying a low price of a couple of dollars for something that is 10 times better in quality.

I have been woodworking for almost 20 years now, and in that time I have seen a lot of bad woodworking blue prints, and that includes free cat tree plans. I do not only make my own furniture and sell it to the public, but I also give advice to friends and family, and the general public too, and that is why I have written this simple article to help others.

I recently came across some bad build build plans not only for cat towers, but also for wooden outdoor furniture too, and as a test I downloaded the blueprints. What I found was bad quality print outs, and it was nothing to do with my printer. I also found through the bad printing, at how low quality and amateur the build plans were, and I was shocked at how anyone would try to use these.

Building any type of woodworking project has to start from the build plans, and a cat tree is no exception. I know building a cat tower is not difficult, but with your cats welfare on the line, you would not want to risk making something that could not only be dangerous to you, bu also your cat.

The benefit of using quality build plans is also the choice of build types, material lists and detailed instructions. The reason I like the choices of design, is for many reasons. If you have a small house, you can make you cat tree fit the size of your house, and a larger one if you have more room.

The other great benefit of downloading quality cat tree plans, is you can start your own business, just like I, and many others have. You can build a cat tower for next to nothing, and if you make a larger quantity, you can save more money, and make more profit, because of material purchases and making more in one period, will mean you can mass build.

I am sure you can see the downsides of using free cat tree plans, and why purchasing a set of quality prints can mean many things, not only in time-saving, but also in monetary saving too. …

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Josie and the Pussycats Visit Halloween Town

Every Halloween, the same dilemma comes into your mind. Now, it’s time for this question once again, “which costume should I choose?” Of course, you wouldn’t want to be the 12th witch, or the 30th zombie in the place, now, would you? If you want to go in a unique costume, but also don’t want to forgo the sexy look, here’s an idea for your cat Halloween costume.

If you are going as a group, you can go as Josie and the Pussycats! This way, even if you have guys in your group, they can still be part of the dress up. If you’re not going as a group, then just go as Josie, or as one of the Pussycats. This is one character that is certainly missed out and you’ll definitely stand out in this cat Halloween costume!

These comic book characters first released its cartoon version in 1970, and was once a fad considering the fun and mystery-filled nature of its storylines. This comic book is about a band called Josie and the Pussycats touring the world with their entourage and gets mixed up in all sorts of strange adventures, spy capers, and odd mysteries. Children and teens of its era were definitely its viewers.

This cat Halloween costume simply includes leopard printed leotards, high heeled shoes, a headband with cat ears (which serves as the headdress), and a tail. It doesn’t really matter if the tail is long or not, it is just imperative for the costume to have a tail. You can also opt to wear skin tone stockings with the leotards if you may. Of course, each member of the band has their own instruments. So you could either bring a tambourine, some drumsticks, a guitar, or a guitar pick, to polish up the look. Of course, if it’s a group thing with guys included, their costumes wouldn’t be hard to put together. Their get up are simply pants, shirt, and some sunglasses – all with retro colors and feel to it.

Leopard printed leotards can be purchased in department stores, local costume shops, and also online. If you couldn’t find any, purchasing a plain golden brown leotard, and just adding some leopard spots with a black marker ought to do the trick. After all, this would only be for a one-time use. If you have time, you can make the tail and cat ears all by yourself. The cat ears would simply need a headband and some leopard printed, as well as white cloths. Having a cardboard to hold it in position would do the trick, and voila! You already have your cat ears. This cat Halloween costume is easy to make, practical for your budget, unique in concept, and doesn’t forgo sexy! It looks like you can have your cake and eat it too!

So when all the others are into the whole sexy bunny, sexy nurse, sexy cat woman costume, “meow” them all with your sexy yet fun Josie and the Pussycats …

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