Petfinder recently conducted a survey of their shelters and rescue groups and found that 95% of them currently have adoptable pets that are going un-adopted and who they are having an extremely hard time finding forever homes for. Also, 33% of their adoption groups have had pets who were posted for adoption on Petfinder who went one to two years without being adopted and 27% have had pets who have waited more than two years to be adopted and to have a forever home of their own.
In response to these sobering and quite heartbreaking statistics, Petfinder launched Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week on September 19th that will continue up until September 25th. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness about less-adoptable pets and to find forever homes for these animals, who are just as wonderful and rewarding as the younger pets who are often adopted over them.
According to the shelters and rescue groups who are trying to find homes for these less-adopted pets, they found that 30% of the pets not being adopted are because they are older pets, 15% are pets with medical problems, 13% are victims of breed prejudice, 10% are shy pets and 10% are those who need to be the only pet in the house.
There are currently 458 pets posted in Petfinder’s Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week gallery and while the initiative will end this week, it is important to keep checking back and see if there is a pet out there who you could provide a forever home to.
IKEA recently conducted an experiment of sorts by releasing 100 cats into their Wembley, England store after hours to see what they would do–where the cats would roam and where they would eventually find rest. They had no idea what to expect from the cats since they weren’t trained for film, but rather just ordinary house cats and their humans.
While there was at least one animal handler on the scene, they’re pretty lucky the cats didn’t decide to have a 100-cat brawl and the commercial is really unbelievably cute.
If you talk to anyone who has a pet, or if you have one yourself, you know very well how close you can feel to your pet in a seemingly short amount of time. With that being said, I really, really love my cat.
Her name is Devin, she is a mostly-black Tortoise Shell with hues of brown going through her and she is gorgeous. She has been with me for almost four years now and it has been great seeing her personality develop and come to terms with the fact that I am not the ruler of my own house because as anyone with a cat knows, they very much do as they please, when they please and if you don’t like what they’re doing, well, that’s just your problem. Devin is very true to that statement and I also often wake up to her batting me in the face with her paw not because she’s hungry, because she has had food every time I have woken up at an obscenely early hour because of her, but because I think she just thinks I should be awake.
Obviously, my connection to my cat is a very strong one and I think rather highly of her, so I was pretty excited when MyBlogSpark informed me that they were working with 9Lives to spread the word about feline nutrition.
When 9Lives recently surveyed “feline pet parents” (How much do you love that title? I know I do.) they found that 94% of people who had a cat were confident that they fed their felines the most nutritious meals possible. They also found that 48% of feline pet parents fed their cats table scraps an average of seven times per month and that 30% of people surveyed knew that giving cats milk may not be healthy for their cats due to the common incidence of lactose intolerance in adult cats. Furthermore, 23% of people believe that it is healthy and beneficial for cats to be kept on a strictly vegetarian diet, however, that may actually be harmful because vegetarian diets do not provide cats with the nutrients they need for a long, healthy life.
The 9Lives survey found that 92% of feline pet parents would switch cat foods if it would improve their cat’s health and 91% would switch food if they could add years onto their feline’s life. That’s where the 9Lives new Advanced Nutrient System comes in, a cat food that contains essential nutrients cats need to help promote healthy skin and coat, strong muscle growth, a healthy immune system and heart and clear vision.
I had the opportunity to let Devin try out the 9Lives Advanced Nutrient System Daily Essentials dry food, which I received from 9Lives through MyBlogSpark. I also received a magnetic picture frame, pet food scoop and cat toys. She seems to really like the dry food, there is no change in how much or little she eats as opposed to her food prior to 9Lives and I will definitely continue to give it to her. Devin has always been on the small side; I think she must have been the runt of the litter and I was very concerned about her not putting on much weight although she eats very normally. Our vet explained that Devin is just small and will most likely stay small, but she’s very healthy and I like knowing that the food she is given is completely balanced and full of all the right nutrients.
Devin also very much enjoyed her new cat toys. One in particular has pretty much become her go-to toy and it’s probably because it’s a toy full of catnip. She has been playing with it so much that I couldn’t help but take a little video of her.
To help spread the word about 9Lives Advanced Nutrient System, we are giving away a bag of 9Lives Daily Essentials dry cat food and prize pack that should delight cat lovers everywhere!
To win the 9Lives Advanced Nutrient System prize pack all you have to do is leave a comment telling us a little about your pet. That’s super easy, right? I know I could talk about my cat all day (and if I don’t end this post soon, I just might!) so I’m eager to hear about all of the other pets out there bringing their caretakers joy every day.
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Is your dog itching, scratching and stinking beyond belief? No matter how much of a part of the family your dog is, chances are that on more than several occasions, you have been beside yourself when trying to battle the simultaneous chores that a dog brings into your life. There are a multitude of different dog shampoos on the market from dozens of different brands, and they’re all giving you their promise that they will be the brand to stand out among the rest and give your dog (and you!) some much-needed relief. Not only is giving your dog a bath a tremendous chore (just think of all the sopping wet towels covering your bathroom floor once you’re done giving your dog a bath and they hop out of the tub and conveniently coat your entire bathroom in a layer of water) but using a shampoo that isn’t the absolute best it can be can make this chore even more tedious, since you’ll have to adapt to a certain regimen that gives your dog time to heal from their bath! Prime example, do you have to wait weeks between bathing your dog because their skin gets so dry and flaky? In most cases, dog shampoos are so littered with unnecessary chemicals, perfumes, and fillers that they may give you the illusion that your dog is shiny and clean, but they are really doing more harm to your dog’s skin than you may notice. Another problem that arises when giving your dog a bath is that the bath never seems to end because no matter how much you rinse after scrubbing the shampoo in, you can’t get your dog completely rinsed!
Dinovite has paid close attention to what all the other brands lack and have created a dog shampoo that simplifies the chore of washing your dog, letting you get in, get out and have no regrets!
Dogosuds is an all natural dog shampoo that contains 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that have natural healing properties. It’s great on your dog’s coat and skin and is even ideal for dogs with sensitive skin, leaving your dog clean and smelling wonderful for a long time. The shampoo lathers and rinses beautifully, and what I find to be its best quality, Dogosuds is a natural flea deterrent. If your dog (and by extension, your house,) has ever been infested with fleas, you just did a little happy dance.
Dogosuds comes in four different varieties; two unscented including the straight-forward Unscented blend if you don’t like your dog running around smelling like fruit, as well as the Essential Oil Blend, a natural flea and tick deterrent with soothing and healing properties. They also carry Lavender, which is naturally good for your dog’s skin and coat, as well as Peppermint/Tea Tree, which is also a natural flea and tick deterrent with soothing and healing properties. Because we all know that dogs can get into mischief by doing just about anything, if your dog happens to have a run in with a skunk, either of the two scented Dugosuds shampoos will eliminate skunk odor in just one wash!
This is most definitely the all natural dog shampoo to check out if you’re a green family, and especially if you’ve been looking for that perfect dog shampoo since your dog has been a part of your family but just can’t seem to find the one that works for you and for your dog.
USA Today has reported that animal shelters are experiencing an increase in pet intakes. As we’ve seen throughout the past handful of months, home foreclosures are affecting middle-class Americans everywhere. In addition to home foreclosures, money in general has been dwindling for average families which could have a negative effect on your pets.
Many families are finding that their income is hardly covering basic necessities, leaving more and more pets unable to be given the care that they need and deserve. It is very heartbreaking to have to give up a pet, especially a pet that has been such a beloved part of your family and even more heartbreaking is the fact that animal shelters can only have so many pets and as more animals are being given up, animal shelters are becoming overcrowded and pets, again, are not given the care and especially the attention that they need.
It is important that we, as middle-class Americans take precautions in order to ward off our homes being foreclosed or finding ourselves even deeper in debt than we are already. There are also a set of precautions a family must take in order to ensure that your pet is given the care that they need and also to ensure that you are not faced with having to give your pet up. We know that the cost of living is increasing while our salaries are diminishing and anyone who has pets knows that the cost of pet ownership can also become a bit harder on our budgets as jobs are lost and salaries are cut. Just as we look for frugal living tips, it is possible and sometimes necessary to cut costs when it comes to taking care of our pets.
While I especially know how compelling pet toys can be, especially considering every time I’m at the store I find myself in the pet aisle looking at toys and knick-knacks that I am positive my cat will be delighted over, your pet can be just as happy with less expensive toys and even homemade toys. Veterinarian bills are prone to stack up over the years and fast if you have a cat or dog that roams freely outside. Keep your pets safe by keeping them on a leash while walking outside so they are less prone to accidents. You can also consult your veterinarian and tell them that you are on a low budget, that way if your pet needs medication, they can prescribe a medication that will work for your pet that also costs less. Just like humans have health insurance so if we do become ill and have to go to the hospital, we know that we don’t have to foot the entire bill ourselves, it is also beneficial to look into pet health insurance to minimize costs in cases of unexpected illness or injury.
These are just starting points, of course. You can also cut pet costs by buying cheaper pet food and other supplies and I am sure that there are cheaper options available for just about anything that you find yourself purchasing for you pet, such as treats. In the economy we are living in now, it is important to cut back when we can and to also ensure that our families, pets included, are getting what they need.
I received Greenies dental treats for cats as a free sample from their website. I have been interested in introducing natural and organic products to me and the boyfriend’s life and after seeing their website, I realized that people aren’t the only ones who can get a little greener.
Greenies, like most companies, started off as most other great ideas do–Trying to find a solution to a problem–The problem being animals with bad breath. Greenies make their dog and cat treats with nothing but their health in mind and when they were put to the ultimate test by participating in a third party dental test, it showed that using Greenies dental treats and chews once a day resulted in a 69% reduction in tartar and a 10.5% reduction in plaque versus pets who ate the same food as they did all the time, but did not have the Greenies dental chews.
Greenies are also the makers of the Pill Pockets we posted about last month.
I received the feline dental treats in the ocean fish flavor and at first glance, I was a little put off by their color. I’m traditionally used to the Pounce cat treats with cute colors and even multi-colored snacks, but Greenies doesn’t use any artificial coloring or flavors and the color didn’t put my cat Devin off one bit, she loved them and even eats them up faster than she does the Pounce treats I’ve been giving her since I got her. In fact, Greenies are kitty tested and approved!
To get your own free sample of Greenies dental treats, head on over to their website and request yours!
Giving medication to your pet is sometimes worse than getting your child to swallow that disgusting spoonful of cough medicine. They refuse to take the medication willingly and in most cases, pet owners must resort to holding their pet down and slipping a capsule into their mouths and hope they don’t just take it into another room and spit it out.
I got my cat spayed about a year ago and while still at the vet office the next morning, she had ripped all of her stitches out and within a few days of bringing her home, she had an infection from the stitches and the vet having to restitch her. In addition to the normal medication I had to give her, I also had to give her an antibiotic for the infection. Now, I have an unnatural love for my cat, I treat her as well as people treat their children and seeing her in any kind of pain or discomfort at all had me welling up with tears, so giving her the two medications twice a day was agony for me–and she didn’t like it much, either.
I recently found a great item that makes giving pets medication easier than ever–Pill Pockets. Staying true to hiding capsules in food, Pill Pockets, made by Greenies, are treats for pets that you can easily put a pill in and feed to your pet. They are made for cats as well as for dogs and would most definitely be an asset for any person having trouble with giving their pets medication.