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Christmas Gifts for your Pet

Christmas DoggiesAs we write our shopping lists, break out the tree decorations and bake cookies, we don’t want to overlook our beloved pets who provide us with constant love and comfort throughout the year. Make sure to include your pet on your Christmas shopping list. As we do with loved ones in our life, we can take the same approach to our precious pooch when we are choosing the perfect gift. Here are a few tips in finding the ideal present:

  • Budget: Before you even begin shopping, set a budget for how much you can and are willing to spend. More importantly, when you are shopping stick to your budget.
  • Practical or Fun: Consider whether you want to buy your pooch a practical or fun gift. Do they need a new bed, dish, leash, collar, winter coat? Christmas is the perfect time to purchase an item they your furry friend could use. If they already have everything they need, opt for a new toy, treats or even an adorable pair of pajamas. If you buy a practical gift, you can always purchase a small bag of treats or small toy to accompany the larger gift.
  • Wrapping: For fun touches you can place the gift in a stocking or attach a new bone or toy to the ribbon. You don’t even have to use traditional wrapping paper. You can use brown paper bags from the grocery store and decorate the bag with bones and bows for a festive look. This is a great project for your kids to break out their crayons.

For a variety of additional ideas, visit properpet.com. But remember, the best gift you can give your furry friend is the love they give you every day.

On the Road with your Kitty

To go along with our post from awhile ago about traveling with your dog, we’ve come up with a list of products for long-distance drives with your feline friend. Before you load your cat into the car, make sure you have everything you need for a safe trip. In addition to portable dishes, food and water, we carry a variety of travel products that can help keep your kitty calm on a long drive.

Carrier
One of the most important things you need is a carrier. Never let your cat roam around your car during a drive. Many cats get nervous during long rides, and can become jumpy or irritable if you allow them to wander around the inside of your car. They could possibly get into things and even cause an accident. Keeping your cat in a carrier is the best way for him and everyone else traveling in your car to stay safe and secure. Also, make sure the carrier you purchase is roomy enough so that your cat can ride comfortably.

Bed
It’s also a good idea to make sure your cat has a comfortable bed. If you have a roomy carrier, you can put the bed inside. If your cat is comfortable, he will be more relaxed and won’t be as nervous during the trip.

Absorbent Pads
Even though your cat uses a litter box, it’s still a good idea to have an absorbent pad in his carrier in case of an accident. It significantly minimizes odors and the mess you have to clean up if he can’t make it to the litter box.

Treats
Long distance drives can be stressful for your feline pal, so in addition to feeding him regularly, reward him with some of his favorite treats. A well-fed cat is a happy cat, and will be more at ease during the ride if he’s eating regularly.

So before embarking on your summer road trip, take a look at our selection of travel items. You’ll find several things to help keep your feline travel pal content and comfortable on the road.

Treat your Feline to Cat Grass

Tired of your cat gnawing at your house plants, vases of flowers and potted herbs? Luckily, there’s an easy solution that doesn’t involve moving every single plant in your home to some hard-to-reach spot to keep your cat away. Just opt for some cat grass.

Imperial Cat’s Easy Oat Grass Kit is the ideal product. Not only will this help salvage your indoor garden, but it’s also beneficial to your feline pal’s health. It’s organic and features oat grass, which adds roughage and chlorophyll to your cat’s diet. This aids in a healthy digestive system while freshening his breath. Plus, it’s easy to grow and maintain.

Having cat grass is an effective way to deal with your cat’s natural urge to chew on plants. He will be preoccupied with the grass, which will divert his attention from your plants. So the moment you notice your cat chewing on plants or flowers, grab him some cat grass. You’ll have healthier plants and a healthier kitty.

Minimizing Hairballs

It’s summer, which means it’s hairball cleanup season for cat owners. It’s never fun having to dispose of your cat’s puke, so funny kittenwhat can you do to minimize this?

1. Brush your cat often. Especially if you have a long-haired cat, it’s imperative that you brush him at least daily. You may even have to brush him multiple times a day if he’s a serious shedder. Make sure you have a quality brush, comb or shedding blade. The more times you brush your cat, the less often he will throw up hairballs, which means less work for you.

2. Give your cat a bath. Even though many cats despise getting wet, it can be worthwhile to bathe your cat every couple of weeks in the summer because it helps get rid of loose fur. For maximum results, use a shed control shampoo. It significantly reduces excess pet hair, which in turn cuts down on shedding.

3. Feed your cat supplements. There are some effective supplements you can feed to your cat that enable him to digest and pass hairballs, instead of vomiting them. Just chuck them into a food dish along with your cat’s regular food.

It’s impossible to completely prevent hairballs, but implementing these tips and products will help minimize the messy inconvenience hairballs often cause.

How to Annihilate Hairballs

If cat owners can rely on one thing during the summer, it’s those pesky hairballs. No matter how much you brush your furry feline pal, it always seems like you find a few hairballs on your floor—or worse, in the carpet—before the summer ends. Even though completely eradicating hairballs is virtually impossible, there are ways to make cleaning them up easy and simple.

For hard surfaces:

Clean it up as soon as you notice it. A wet hairball left on hard surface can dry, harden and make it more difficult to clean. So take care if it immediately. Spray some all-purpose cleaner over it and wipe it dry immediately. If a hairball has hardened on the floor, use a plastic brush to loosen it. Be careful when you scrub;  scrubbing too hard can damage the floor surface. Use even, gentle pressure to brush in a circular motion until most of the hairball is lifted, and remove the residue. For those remaining pieces that are stuck, liberally wet a paper towel and rub over it. Keep repeating with more wet paper towels until the rest of the hairball is loose.

If the hairball is really stuck, you may have to leave some wet paper towels over it for awhile. Let them sit on the stain for 15 to 20 minutes so the water can loosen those hardened bits. Then wipe it away. Depending on the type of floor (hardwood, tile, etc.), it’s a good idea to apply some oil, wood cleaner spray or some other all purpose cleaner to polish the spot.

For carpet:

Wait a few minutes so it can solidify a bit. This makes it easier to clean. Most people want to clean a hairball immediately, but wiping a wet hairball in carpet can cause it to seep into the fibers as you wipe, making cleanup more difficult. So wait a few minutes, then pick it up from the carpet with a paper towel or wipes.

Spray some carpet cleaner over the spot. You don’t need a crazy strong, industrial-strength cleaner to take of it. Just a few squirts of standard carpet stain cleanser should work. Allow it to sit for a few minutes so it can infiltrate the spot, then dab it with more paper towels. Be careful not to rub too vigorously. Doing so can further embed cat hair and liquid into the carpet. Instead, dab the area several times.

Pour a bit of water over the clean spot, let it sit and then dab it with paper towels. This will help rinse the spot of any excess carpet cleaner. It’s important to do this so your cat doesn’t come in contact with any chemicals from the cleaning spray. Once the spot is completely dry, it’s also a good idea to vacuum over it.

If you want to minimize the number of times you have to clean what your cat has hacked up, remember to regularly brush your cat. It doesn’t prevent hairballs, but the more you brush him, the less fur he will have to throw up. If you’re brave enough to bathe your feline, use shed control shampoo, which helps reduce excessive shedding. Also, there are supplements you can feed your cat that help him digest and pass hairballs, instead of vomiting them. So will you ever be free of hairballs? Not as long as you own a cat. But following these simple tips and methods makes cleaning up hairballs a little more manageable.

By Sarah Smith

Dispelling Common Cat Myths

Sure, you know more about your feline pal than anyone else, but you may not know that several commonly held beliefs about cats are actually myths. Think it’s okay to leave your cat alone for days? It’s not. Under the impression that they always land on their feet when they fall? Wrong again. Below we dispel these cat myths and more.

Myth 1: Cats prefer to be left alone and therefore are low-maintenance pets.

Not entirely true. Sure, you don’t have to walk your cat multiples times a day like you would a dog. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay to not interact with them. Each cat is different, but most enjoy being around their owners. It’s important that you pet and play with your cat every day. Quality time is a vital part of bonding with your pet, and helps foster a healthy, meaningful owner-pet relationship. Pet care is also part of this. You can’t just give your cat mounds of litter and food, leave him alone for a few days and expect him to be content. Daily cleaning of the litter box and scheduled feedings are crucial for the health of your pet. Being inconsistent with cleaning and feeding can lead to negative changes in your cat’s behavior.

Myth 2: Attaching a bell to your cat’s collar is an effective way of preventing them from killing small animals because it serves as a warning sound.

For people who have outdoor cats, it can be a bit unsettling to see their cat periodically kill rodents, birds, snakes or other animals. Many pet owners attach bells to their collars as a way to warn surrounding animals when the cat approaches. It can be effective to a point, but it can also have the opposite effect. Many cats become stealthier hunters and learn to move more quietly even with a bell, which enables them to continually sneak up on unsuspecting animals. Don’t expect your cat to stop hunting just because he has a collar bell. It may improve his hunting skills.

Myth 3: Cats will always land safely on their paws when they fall.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, cats can be agile and move gracefully, but not in every case. For instance, if they are falling from a short distance, they may not have enough reaction time to twist their bodies to land on their feet. Conversely, falling from a very high place is dangerous because the impact could lead to serious injuries or fatal results, even if they do manage to land on their paws.

Myth 4: Purring indicates happiness.

Not always. Yes, cats purr when they are happy, but they also purr when they are anxious, tired or agitated. If you want to gage your feline friend’s mood, pay attention to how he acts. If he’s sitting on your lap in a relaxed position with his eyes closed as you pet him and he’s purring, he’s most likely happy. But if he’s wide-eyed, jumpy and darting around while purring, he’s probably agitated. Don’t just rely on purring; it’s necessary to observe how your cat is acting overall to determine his mood.

Myth 5: It’s okay for cats to drink milk once in a while.

Most cats love to lap up milk, but that doesn’t mean you should let them. Many cats are lactose intolerant, so allowing them to ingest milk can upset their stomachs, cause vomiting and even give them diarrhea. Some cats can consume milk and not experience any negative health effects, but the only way to find out is to see if your cat gets sick after drinking milk. That’s never a fun guessing game to play, since it usually involves messy cleanup. It’s best to be on the safe side and not allow your cat to have milk. With the exception of kittens, which need milk from their mothers or a bottle, milk shouldn’t be part of a feline diet. Stick to just water, in addition to feeding them nutritious cat food.

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Celebrate Earth Day

Simple Earth 1Properpet.com offers a variety of products that are eco-friendly, perfect for celebrating Earth Day.

1. Recycled Dog Collars and Leashes: Summer is coming up and now may be the perfect time to replace your dog’s collar, leash or both. Fortunately, we offer a line of eco-friendly leashes and collars, made from recycled materials with a variety of colors and sizes to choose from.

2. Pet Carriers: If you are traveling during the upcoming summer months, a pet carrier is ideal and a must-have to make traveling with your pet easier. We offer a couple of eco-friendly options, made from recycled materials.

3. Dog Toys: Put a smile on your dog’s face with a fun toy while helping the earth by choosing a dog toy labeled as eco-friendly.

4. Cat Litter: Keep your kitty’s litter fresh while being easy on the planet by choosing a Feline Fresh Cat Litter that is biodegradable.

Get a great product while helping the environment and celebrate the Earth.

Prepare for Shedding Season

With warmer weather on the way, beware of the upcoming shed-fest your dog or cat will cause. If you’re sick of all the pet hair thatCatnDog accumulates in your home every spring and summer, look to our extensive selection of grooming products to get rid of it. We carry a variety of items that conveniently control and prevent masses of unwanted fur from piling up.

Brushes and Combs
It’s always a good idea to brush your cat or dog daily, especially if they have a long, thick coat. Making it a habit to brush your pets will get rid of any loose fur and prevent it from accumulating all over your house. It can be a pain during a busy day, but brushing your cat or dog on a regular basis sure beats coming home to a house covered in pet hair.

Check out our selection of brushes and combs for dogs and cats.

Bathing Products
Giving your pet a bath is also an effective way of cutting down on the amount of hair they leave around your home. There are even shampoos that help control shedding. Most dogs enjoy taking a bath, so be sure to bathe your pooch on a regular basis to keep him clean and keep the excess fur at bay. Cats are trickier. Most don’t like getting wet, so it may not be possible to bathe your cat without getting scratched half to death. But if your kitty is receptive to a bath and you’re brave enough to give him one, it can help cut down on the amount of hair he sheds.

Check out our selection of bathing products for cats and dogs.

Shedding Blades
Shedding blades are a nifty tool that you can glide over your dog’s or cat’s coat to remove excess hair. These convenient tools are easy to use and can be adjusted into different shapes to accommodate the size of the area on your pet that you are brushing.

Check out our selection of shedding blades.

New Products from California Natural

California Natural Dog & Cat FoodThe first line of the all natural pet food from Natura® manufacturing is now available for purchase on ProperPet.com. The California Natural® brand of pet food is a natural alternative for dog food, cat food, puppy food and dog treats, they are made with no fillers, by-products or artificial preservatives, that have been found to cause allergic reactions or stomach issues in pets. California Natural just makes wholesome, unrefined pet foods that are as pure and natural as the way Mother Nature intended them be.

View all of the delicious new California Natural products we are offering today!

Food is coming to Properpet.com!

Properpet.com spent some time looking into pet food providers and we have finally found someone who we believe will be a good fit for the ProperPet.com website. We are pleased to announce that in the next couple of weeks we will start to add pet food, treats and other pet supplies from Natura® manufacturing. Some of the brands that Natura makes are Innova®, the first “true” holistic pet health food, EVO® a line of grain free pet food, California Natural®, a pet food for food sensitive pets, Health Wise®, pet food with balanced nutrition, Mother Nature®, healthy pet treats & Karma®, organic dog food and dog treats.