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New Kitten Checklist: What Does a Kitten Need?

What does a kitten need in a new home? Beds, toys, litter boxes, grooming tools, food & other supplies are needed when bringing a kitten home. Read about the checklist of items your new kitten needs here.

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Cat Litter Box Tips: Do's & Don'ts of Litter
Cat Litter Box Tips: Do's & Don'ts of Litter
Whether you’re a seasoned cat owner, or have just welcomed a new cat into your home, you may have some questions about the do’s and don’ts of cat litter. We’ve got some cat litter box tips to keep your cat happy and to make cleaning their litter box a breeze.
The Benefits of Omega-3 and Omega-6 for Dogs
The Benefits of Omega-3 and Omega-6 for Dogs
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are two types of fatty acids that are essential for normal physiologic function, cell membrane structure and the cell function of humans, as well as dogs. Experts consider Omega-3 fatty acids essential during gestation and early development, while the Omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid is essential for normal reproduction, growth, immune function, and skin and coat health.
Omega-3: What Is It and What Benefits Does It Have for Cats?
Omega-3: What Is It and What Benefits Does It Have for Cats?
Omega-3 has long been said to have many benefits for humans, including improving joint mobility, decreasing depression and improving the appearance of hair, skin and nails. But did you know it can also be good for your cat? Feeding your cat a complete and balanced diet with omega-3 is easy and can make a significant difference in their overall health. Learn more about what omega-3 is and how it can help your cat.
5 Tips to Comfort Pets with Separation Anxiety
5 Tips to Comfort Pets with Separation Anxiety
Pets have spent all summer playing and bonding with their children. When the time comes to go back to school after summer vacation, kids aren’t the only ones experiencing those back-to-school blues.
Your Cat's Healthy Skin and Coat
Your Cat's Healthy Skin and Coat
A cat's skin and coat are among the most visible signs of health and vitality. The skin and coat are of vital importance to the body's protective mechanisms against environmental assaults of all kinds: from infectious agents to temperature changes.
Should You Feed Your Dog Food for Sensitive Skin?
Should You Feed Your Dog Food for Sensitive Skin?
Have you noticed your dog itching and scratching all the time? Are areas of his fur becoming discoloured due to persistent licking or chewing? If your dog doesn’t feel comfortable in his skin, it can be a sign that something’s not right, and he may be prone to sensitive skin. One thing you can do that might help maintain your dog’s healthy skin is to switch him to a dog food for sensitive skin.
Does Your Cat Have a Urinary Tract Infection?
Does Your Cat Have a Urinary Tract Infection?
Have you noticed changes in your cat’s litter box habits? Is she urinating in a new spot, spraying the wall or straining to urinate? While these may be signs of behavioural problems, they can also be caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Do Cats Need Wet Food? The Benefits of Wet Cat Food
Do Cats Need Wet Food? The Benefits of Wet Cat Food
If your cat loves munching on dry kibble, you may have wondered if cats need wet food in their diets as well. In general, dry kibble has little moisture, so your cat needs to get water from a different source, such as a water bowl. If you’re concerned about keeping your cat hydrated, feeding both wet and dry food is a great way to ensure she gets more water. Read on to learn about the benefits of wet cat food on your cat’s health.
How Much Water Should a Dog Drink?
How Much Water Should a Dog Drink?
Some dogs approach their water bowls with enthusiasm, while others may need a bit of a push to drink their water. In either case, water is necessary to keep your dog healthy and to help your dog’s body function. Read on to learn how much water a dog should drink and how to keep a dog hydrated.
How to Socialize Your Dog
How to Socialize Your Dog
As pet owners, we want our dogs to be involved in our lives, which includes our dogs being able to have positive encounters with the new people and pups that we meet in our day-to-day lives. Read on to learn how to socialize your dog, no matter their age, so that they can be the best doggie citizen possible.
The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs
The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs
Coconut oil is a popular trend, with many people using it to cook with or even using it topically as a moisturizer. If it’s so great for us humans to use is, is it safe to use on your furry friend? The answer is yes! Read on to learn more about the benefits of coconut oil for dogs.
How Many Treats Should You Give Your Cat
How Many Treats Should You Give Your Cat
Cat treats are a great way to reward your cat during training and can serve as a way to strengthen the bond between you and your cat. However, the last thing most cat owners think about when giving their kitty a tasty treat is the additional calories they are adding to her diet. Keep reading for some tips on how many treats to give a cat and how to use treats to your cat’s benefit.

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