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    #IfOnlyIKnew: Why Laundry Soap Should Make You Pause


    Growing up in rural America, having animals around was as common as a bowl of cereal on a Saturday morning. You didn’t give it a lot of thought, it just felt right. Cats were the pet of choice in my family. In fact, I don’t recall a time where we didn’t have a feline walking the hallways of our home. I do recall our cat Candy giving birth to a litter of six inside one of my dresser drawers, ruining my favorite train shirt. That’s a story for another time. The point of all of this is that cats have always and continue to be an integral part of my family. However, recently I wondered that if pets are part of my family, have I been concerned about their well-being as I would my child? When we make the conscious decision to be responsible over someone or something, we owe it to them to do our very best. I’ll admit it wasn’t until recently that I realized that I should have been protecting our cats in the same way that we protect our young children. Both are very curious and that can sometimes lead to devastating events. Read More

    Topics: pet safety, toxicity in cats, Pet Proofing, Cats, Christmas pet dangers, #IfOnlyIKnew

    How to Keep Your Cat Out of the Christmas Tree


    Living with a cat will give you a whole new perspective on life. Where once your perspective was, “How do I decorate my home the way I want,” a cat will help you realize that it’s far better to decorate your home in the least-destructible way.

    Any cat owner will soon find themselves squinting at their furniture and wondering A) how will they climb this and B) can they knock it over? Notice the carefully chosen words, “how will they climb this” and not “will they climb this?” Rest assured that if a cat can climb something, they probably will climb it. And that includes your Christmas tree!

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cats Falling, holiday safety, holiday pet safety tips, Christmas pet hazards, Christmas pet dangers, Digestive irritation, Electrical shock, Electrical Cords

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