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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Do You "Hide" Your Cat's Meals?

                  Do what with my meals? Are you kidding me?

Yes, hide your cat's meals...preferably in a room where they can hunt, play with and then eat their prey, 'er, food by themselves. This feeding strategy is said to mimic a cat's natural behavior as a solitary hunter. According to this fascinating article in today's New York Times, "In their natural environment, cats eat about 12 times a day, feasting on small prey like mice and birds...They also toss their prey around in a form of play that is essential to their well-being," said one veterinarian quoted in the article.

Based on this science, another veterinarian, Dr. Liz Bales, came up with a product she dubbed "A No-Bowl Feeding System", set to make its debut next month, that will "stimulate cats' natural feeding habits". Parental Unit has been fascinated by the hunting behavior of cats since she interviewed Dr. Tony Buffington from The Ohio State University about his 35 plus years of research with cats—his interview is condensed in a blog post from 2014 for your reading pleasure.

Let us know what you think of this "No-Bowl Feeding System" and whether you ever help your favorite felines to hunt for and/or play with their food. We'd love to hear your stories!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop: Pet Shelters!

Today, the good folks at BlogPaws are dedicating this week's Wordless Wednesday post to pet shelters everywhere, and to encouraging you to do a little something "crafty" to help your local shelter. Why not join in?

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...

It's been ghastly hot and humid here, and I'm just grateful I can relax in air conditioned comfort—and so is Parental Unit!


Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to visit friends without venturing out into the heat!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

ASPCA's #ShopWithYourHeart Grocery List

 I know Parental Unit "Shops With Her Heart ", and she's taken the ASPCA Pledge. How about you?

The ASPCA has a marvelous new campaign, appropriately called #ShopWithYourHeart, which helps all of us learn to make our food choices with the welfare of our fellow animals in mind. Learn all about it here: http://www.aspca.org/shopwithyourheart and take the pledge, too! The ASPCA has also compiled lots of resources to help us make more humane food choices, along with this nifty #ShopWithYourHeart Grocery List that will guide your super market shopping.

Why not check it out? And let us know how you #ShopWithYourHeart—we'd love to hear your tips!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Puppy Knows His "Best Friend"...Mostly!

Here's just 15 seconds of puppy smarts and cuteness sure to make you smile. Can you figure out what made this cutie pie suddenly switch his "best friend" allegiance?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

And The Winner Of The ASPCA Summer Gift Pack Is...


We're excited to announce the winner of the fantastic ASPCA Summer Gift Pack pictured above... Let's all put our paws together in a round of applause for Rick Weitzel! And a big thank you to the ASPCA for their generous donation of the gift pack!

As usual, we let Rafflecopter pick the winner via Random.org....and here is our winner!

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Rick Wentzel

We'd also like to thank all of you who participated in this giveaway and wish you the best of luck in our future giveaways—stick around because we have another one coming soon!

And many thanks for those who followed our new blog on Twitter: @difficultowners  Check out Dealing With Difficult Owners: From One Dog To Another and sign up for our mailing list if you're so inclined—we'd love to have you all as regular readers and contributors. 
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