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3 Useful Gift Ideas For The Big Pups in your Life

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, March 04, 2024

Happy March friends! Did you know that March 23rd is National Puppy Day? I found this out while I was researching good gift ideas for big pups, because now that my daughter has a fenced-in backyard, she and her boyfriend are planning a big pup sleepover at their house and I get to spend time with them! I couldn’t show up empty-handed, and as luck would have it, I was offered some useful dog supplies I’m excited to share. I even have a fun pup movie giveaway!



Gift Ideas For The Big Pups in Your Life:



Gift Ideas for Big Pups





Winter has us in its grip this week and has covered a large portion of the US in snow and ice, so to combat the bad weather, I’m focusing on the fun of Valentine’s day gift giving! My shopping style has changed now that my daughters are older. It’s not all hearts and candies (although, I still love giving and receiving those). Now, I look for gifts beyond the candy aisle!  I’ve found four cute and clever Valentine's Day  gift ideas for the whole family to share with you today.


 4 Cute and Clever Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!



4 Cute and Clever Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas                                                    for the whole family

Hello,  my movie loving friends, have I got exciting news for you!  If you are fans of the Dogs & Cats 1 and 2, then today is the day we have been all waiting for! Grab your paw-pcorn and delicious treats – and get ready for the highly anticipated release of Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! – the all-new original movie from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment - available on Digital  today, September 15, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on October 13! Read on to get the lowdown on the antics found in this movie.


Movie Release!




Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite Movie

Wordless Wednesday: Cat Eyes

in , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Wordless Wednesday Cat eyes Dottie's green eyes






Wordless Wednesday Cat Eyes Dottie's green eyes





Wordless Wednesday Cat Eyes Dottie's green eyes





Please share in comments: Do you have Cat eyes watching you?
Having pets and treating them like family is fairly common all across America and yet, our shelters are at capacity year round; especially no-kill shelters, which is where we adopted both our indoor cats. We love and adore our fur babies and we couldn’t imagine our lives without them. While we can’t adopt another animal at this time, we are going to help on national shelter pet day, which is on Sunday April 30th this year.  Here are some ways to help in your community.



Our cat Dottie adopted from animal shelter


Hello from rainy Nashville. I don’t know about you, but I am more than a little ready to welcome in March and spring weather! Before we say goodbye to February, the month of love, I thought I’d show my pet loving friends some love and host a pet food giveaway sponsored by Nature’s Logic®. While I did receive complimentary product and compensation for my time, I only share information that I feel will help my readers. All opinions are 100% my own and that of my cats.



Unboxing Nature's Logic food kitty style



Anytime we receive a package, my kitties need to investigate it. Most of the time I have to gently tell them they can’t play with the contents of these packages because I have to take photos of the products;  so imagine their surprise and delight when I said they could check out this package because it was for them. I love how Dottie opted to get in the box and let her little sister figure out how to open the bags and cans.  I’ll work on getting an unboxing video next time, because these two are just too cute!



Nature's Logic #catfood



Nature’s Logic® chicken meal feast dry kibble past the smell test with my kitties during their unboxing, and I’m sure it will with your fur babies too.  I’d never tried this brand, so I was thrilled to learn some amazing things about this brand like: 

  • Their food is 100% All Natural Whole Food Ingredients.
  • NO man-made, chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals or amino acids.
  • NO chemical preservatives, artificial flavorings or colorings
  • NO corn, wheat, soy, rice, potato, tapioca or peas


I was also happy to read that Nature’s Logic® is committed to providing the highest quality and safest nutrition for the furry members of your family. I appreciate that they understand that our pets are our family too!


Fiona investigates Nature's Logic dry kibble bag


They explain on their website that they have created the first and only full-line kibble, canned, and raw frozen pet food in the world with no chemically-synthesized ingredients. Nature’s Logic is the pioneer in developing truly 100% natural pet foods derived from nature…not chemistry! Now that is amazing! Check out the key benefits of feeding your pets Nature’s Logic®.


Nature's Logic key benefits for your #pets
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Taste Text Time:

Nature's Logic dry kibble taste test time


As most parents can attest, it doesn’t matter if you are feeding little humans, or fur-babies, if the food doesn’t taste good, it won’t get eaten, no matter how much we explain how good for them it is!


Dry Kibble was a hit!
As I suspected it might be, the chicken meal feast dry kibble was a hit! All three of my cats (2 indoor princesses, and one garage/outdoor sweetie) love the taste and gobble it up when I serve it to them.  There are several flavors available including Chicken, Duck/Salmon, Turkey, Sardine and Rabbit. 


Wet food was a miss with one cat!

Next we tried the chicken feast wet food, which received two out of three paws up.  The consistency of this wet food is actually on the dry side, almost dense, so only two of my kitties liked it. 

I wasn’t really surprised that my Fiona didn’t eat this wet food because she has always preferred a more moist food, so please keep this in mind when making your purchases. Their wet food comes in the same flavors as the dry food. I offered each variety to Fiona and each time, she declined eating. She was happy to play with the cans and help me take photos for this post. 




 Learn More:

I invite you to learn more about Nature’s Logic® and their mission to provide our pets with essential and complete nutrition using only 100% natural ingredients by visiting their website where you can see a full list of ingredients, find feeding charts for both cats and dogs and use their handy store locator, which also lists online retailers like Chewy.com that offer their full line of products. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter  and Instagram. They love seeing (and sharing!) your pet pics. 




Win It:


Nature's Logic cat food giveaway prize pack


 Thanks to the generous folks at Nature’s Logic® one lucky reader will receive: 
  • One 3.3lb bag of feline kibble in chicken flavor 
  • Four 2oz sample bags of feline kibble (one chicken, one sardine, one rabbit, and one turkey flavor)
  • One of each feline can: chicken, duck/salmon, rabbit, beef, turkey and sardine flavor




Terms: 

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Must be 18+ or older to enter. Must use a valid email address to enter. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes. One winner per household only.  My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  





What flavor of food are you sure your cat(s) will eat from the Nature's Logic line?




Disclosure:

This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. My WAHM Plan was compensated/and or received promotional products to share this information.


For many families, Halloween has become the unofficial start of the holiday season. We decorate our homes, ourselves, our kids, and our pets, if they will allow it. While the holidays can be a fun and happy time for us, they can be very stressful for our pets. Today I’m sharing helpful tips with my fellow pet owners, which hopefully, will help us avoid potentially hazardous situations and keep our pets (and us!) safe, healthy and stress-free throughout the holiday season. 


This post is sponsored by Royal Canin®, #royalcaninhealthypets. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Royal Canin’s veterinary-exclusive gastrointestinal diet this #Halloween, but all opinions are my own. Royal Canin is not responsible for the content of this post.



Dottie at the door help your pets have a stress free holiday


Meet Dottie ‒ our 9-year-old indoor cat who loves to be in the same room with you while you go about your day. She loves seeing outside and we captured this photo of her looking out the front door onto the porch recently. Her sweet face seems to ask ‒ why are you out there in the scary dark? Please don’t stay out there. Changes in her routine, like me not working from home one day, or visitors, can really stress out Dottie.



Do you know some of the other signs of stress in your pet? According to MyPetReference.com they are:

  • Poor Appetite
  • Decreased interaction with their owners
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances



With Halloween less than a week away, I know my cats will be stressed and upset every time the doorbell rings! We may do trunk-or-treat again to relieve this problem.  Do your pets run in fear of trick-or-treaters and holiday guests too?


If yes, here are a few tips to help prevent stress in your pet:



Royal Canin pet products



1. Make sure you feed your pets at their regular feeding time and spot. Now is not the time to change things up! Feed them their preferred food type in a line that provides all the nutritional support your pet requires, like Royal Canin®

2. Provide a stable living environment for your pets. They need routine! Try your best to keep your pet’s schedule and routine as normal as possible.

3. Reinforce positive behavior in your pets like using their scratcher, or not clawing furniture etc.



Dottie, happy cat in the window




4. Make sure their favorite spots are available to them! Dottie adores seeing out the windows to our front yard, which is full of birds, squirrels and nature. We added a ledge to the dining room window for her and our other indoor cat, Fiona.




Fiona, happy cat in the window



This ledge is the preferred cat seat in our home, but when the holidays come and guests arrive, both our cats dash for the safety of our bedroom instead, so we added an additional viewing ledge in our bedroom window just for them. It’s a little thing for us humans, but to our cats, it’s a welcome gift of security and routine




Another tip to a less stressed pet is to keep holiday d├ęcor and foods that are hazardous to our pets away from them! 


The holidays are also a time when there are more treats and food around the house. Guests may not realize that your dog or cat shouldn’t eat table scraps or that they should keep their appetizer plate out of the pet’s reach.




Here is a quick reference list of the most toxic holiday foods for pets to eat:

  • Chocolate, especially dark chocolate
  • Unbaked bread dough
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar-free candy and gum, jelly and baked goods (when ingested, artificial sweeteners can cause a sudden release of insulin in an animal’s body, leading to dangerously low blood sugar)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Turkey, bones, and other meats with fatty portions
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions and garlic



It’s very important to let your holiday guests know that no matter how sweetly our pets may ask for food, we should never give in to temptation! Make sure pets can’t raid the garbage can or eat treats left on plates sitting around the house.


My Cat, Fiona asking for my food, but I resist!



Even with our best efforts, our pets can show signs of stomach upset and GI issues. Here are four signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Regurgitation
  • Diarrhea
  • Refusal to eat

If you notice these symptoms in your pet you should contact your veterinarian immediately to determine the best course of action. They could actually be signs of an infection, chronic illness or a more serious condition. 


In many cases there are simple solutions. Ask your vet about Royal Canin’s line of veterinary-exclusive gastrointestinal diets. Royal Canin offers multiple options to help veterinarians provide individualized nutritional solutions for pets experiencing gastrointestinal issues. You can learn more about Royal Canin products by visiting their website and by getting social with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



Don’t forget to check out My PetReference.com for a host of valuable resources. With a little education and prep work, we can help your pets have a stress-free holiday season which will make ours jolly and bright as well!



Please share in comments: How do you share the holidays with your pets?


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias Inc., and it's advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #IamsDogOffer #CollectiveBias



Iams dog food savings at Target #ad

Double the savings for your pet! Save $1 on any 1 bag of IAMS dry dog food, PLUS get a $5  Target Gift Card when you buy 2 bags!



If you are a dog owner, I'm sure you will agree this is a great way to save on your furry friends Iams dog food!


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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #yougottabekittenme #CollectiveBias

It’s important to me as a homemaker to make my home pleasant to be in.  I’m usually on top on my daily and weekly chores, but there was one area of my home that was, how shall I put this delicately, a total cat-tastrophe! Yes people, I’m talking about the often messy and smelly litter box area in my home! Thanks to today’s sponsors, Sam’s Club and Fresh Step Total Control litter with the power of Febreze  for helping me with this easy litter box area DIY!


Kitty approved litter box area DIY #yougottabekittenme #Cbias #ad



I’m happy to say this kitty-approved DIY project took me less than an hour once I got all my supplies in place. I love how clean and fresh this area is now, but that wasn’t always the case. This next photo is hard to share and is not kitty-approved.



Messy litter box area #yougottabekittenme #CBias #ad


I love my cats, but Dottie and Fiona make their litter box area a smelly, litter ridden mess zone! I try to stay on top of it, but honestly, I was ashamed of this out-of-the-way bathroom. We have three full baths in our home, so if company came over, I would quickly clean the cats’ box, spray air freshener and leave the door ajar only wide enough to allow the cats entry. 


The first step to my DIY was to stop the odor and litter tracking, so I switched back to Fresh Step Total Control with the power of Febreze litter and even upgraded by purchasing the 42 pound bag of Fresh Step Total Control with the power of Febreze litter, which is currently available only at Sam’s Club. If you are a Sam’s Club member, this litter is really easy to find in the store. In my Sam’s Club, it’s in the back of the store nearing the bakery.  


Fresh Step at Sam's Club #yougottabekittenme #Cbias #ad


Sam’s Club members receive a discount of $3.50 off their purchase on this item in May. This savings is offered in the Instant Savings book and is already loaded to your member’s card. Savings and convenience? Thank you, Sam’s Club! And a huge thanks to Fresh Step Total Control with the power of Febreze for upgrading their litter!

Did you know that Fresh Step Total Control with the power of Febreze includes Borate Technology for superior ammonia control? Plus, it acts as an antimicrobial agent to inhibit odor-causing bacteria and clumps to ease litter tracking! Seems this company knew just what we cat parents needed to help stop those awful #yougottabekittenme moments!  You can learn more about Fresh Step Total Control with the power of Febreze by visiting their site here


The second step to this litter box area update was to pick up new items. I wanted the kitty bathroom to look clean and fresh like my other baths, so got bought a new shower curtain, shower floor liner, scented trash bags, a new litter scoop and a cute caddy for all the supplies to fit into.


#yougottabekittenme litter box area supplies #CBias #ad



The third step was to clean the litter box area. Ugh. That was a chore, but so well worth the effort!

Clean litter box area #yougottabekittenme #CBias #ad


The fourth step was fun because I got to pretty up the space! I cut my liner to fit the floor and added a piece on the shelf for an extra splash of color and to keep the kitty supply caddy from slipping. I hung the light and airy shower curtain (that I can partially close when company comes), and then put the litter box back in its proper location.


The fifth step was organizing the kitty supply caddy with all the supplies needed to keep the litter box clean and smelling fresh. I placed the area air freshener up out of the cats reach, added a scented trash bag to one of the caddy’s holders for the litter scooper, put in the scented bags and added a gallon size bag of Fresh Step Total Control with the power of Febreze litter to the supply caddy so anybody in the family helping with the cats can add a scoop or two of litter as needed without having to heft up a 42 pound bag of litter.



Voila! My easy DIY litter box area is complete.

clean and fresh litter box area #yougottabekittenme #CBias #ad



Now I have a clean and fresh kitty bathroom that I won’t be ashamed of if company decides to peak down the hall. And thanks to Fresh Step Total Control with the power of Febreze litter this area smells as great as it looks! 



I'd also like to give my sponsors Fresh Step Total Control with the power of Febreze and Sam's Club another big round of applause for providing me $100 to donate to a pet-related organization of my choice! I participated in a local charity event called the Big Pay Back where my $100 donation to The People for Animals was doubled! This will help many cats and dogs in my community have better lives. Thank you, thank you!



Please share in comments: Do you have cats? How do you keep their litter box area clean? 

Wordless Wednesday: Fiona

in , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Welcome to my first Wordless Wednesday of 2016! Today we celebrate our lovable, snugable, playful two year old kitty, Fiona. 



Wordless Wednesday: Fiona our kitty, green eyes, black and white cat


Wordless Wednesday: Fiona in her favorite spot, the front window


Wordless Wednesday: Fiona says it's playtime, kitty



A special thank you to Royal Canin and PetSmart for sponsoring today’s conversation. All opinions and love of my fur babies are my own.


Earlier this month our fur princess Dottie turned 8. Like all princesses, she deserved a special birthday gift.  If my non-fur children would have gotten their way, Dottie would have received a birthday party fit for a true princess. 


cat, fur baby, mature, health


I convinced them that a trip to PetSmart for a new toy and some special cat food would suffice. 



petsmart, logo, help, pets


We love going to PetSmart! Their staff is always so friendly and knowledgeable about all types of pets, not just our fur babies. We always look at the beautiful birds and fish before heading to our main department: Cats.


On this special occasion, I wanted to give Dottie a special treat that would also be good for her changing needs. No longer a kitten or young adult, we were noticing a subtle change in how Dottie ate and enjoyed her food. She was showing signs of discomfort after eating; I was looking for a food just for digestive health and nutritional needs for an adult indoor cat.


The Cat food section at PetSmart offers a variety of products for all ages, stages and nutritional needs.  As we walked down the aisle, we were drawn to the Royal Canin food section because it was one of the largest there.


pet, food, health, nutrition


Royal Canin is a global leader in pet health nutrition and they strive to bring the most precise nutritional solution for cats and dogs. Through extensive research, Royal Canin has identified the needs of our cats and dogs. 

They live by the conviction that, no matter how much we love our fur babies and treat them like family- our pets are not people and they require unique nutritional needs.


We decided to gift Dottie some Royal Canin for made just for the digestive health of a mature cat. Thankfully, Dottie loved her special gift and will buy her more on our next PetSmart trip.



pets, love, furbabies


Royal Canin and the PetSmart staff are here to help you make the best possible food choices for your cats and dogs as well. No matter if they are large or small, pure bred or mixed breed, there is a specially formulated food made just for them.  I invite you to visit PetSmart’s store locator to find a store near you. 

If you would like to learn more about all of the Royal Canin cat foods available prior to going to PetSmart, please visit their cat food page.


Please share in comments: Do you and your family celebrate your pets birthdays? If so, how?


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