5 Ways to Celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week

I have partnered with “I and love and you” for this post. They are the first-ever pet food brand to be Clean Label certified. I appreciate this, and Juniper and Athena think it’s pretty awesome too. All opinions are my own!

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week with I and love and you. They are the first-ever pet food brand to be Clean Label certified! #ad

This past week was National Be Kind to Animals Week, and I think I did my part! That said, this week of kindness to animals celebrates all of the wonder and companionship that animals bring, but it’s also a reminder of how we should be year-round! It was a timely week for me, because we completed our post office deliveries of baby chicks (I hope), and it was also about showing our dog and cat some extra love. Baby chicks are SUPER cute..

..but Athena and Juniper are pretty amazing too.



We have a pretty full house, don’t we?

In honor of Be Kind to Animals Week of 2017, I made a list of five ways you can celebrate this week – right now, and always. I’ve had a deep love for animals for my whole life – both of pets, and of all the animals in the world.

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week with I and love and you. They are the first-ever pet food brand to be Clean Label certified! #ad

1 – Adopt a rescue or shelter pet. We found Athena through a New England-based rescue organization, and we got Juniper at our local animal shelter in Springfield, MA. We spoke to adoption counselors in both instances to make sure it was a good fit. The experiences were rewarding. This was taken the day Scarlet met Junie in June!

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week with I and love and you. They are the first-ever pet food brand to be Clean Label certified! #ad

2 – Take care of your pets. It’s up to you to keep them healthy and safe, and up-to-date with checkups and vaccinations. Make sure your pets are wearing proper identification, and talk to your vet about responsible care.

And most importantly, LOVE them.

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week with I and love and you. They are the first-ever pet food brand to be Clean Label certified! #ad

3- Appreciate wildlife. For us, that means creating a welcoming environment on our four acres – we love birds, butterflies, & bees. We get our share of predators and critters, and we try to protect our land humanely.

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animals(our garden)

4 – Report animal abuse always. Don’t ever hesitate to call and report if you see something suspicious. This can have strongly detrimental effects on the animal(s), and on you if abuse is taking place.

5- Buy pet food that gives back. Enter I and love and you. Athena isn’t picky but I know she loves this brand’s food the best. And you know what? So do we! “I and love and you” is committed to providing food for pets waiting for adoption at rescues and shelters across the US. The company donated over 75,000 meals this past year!

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Even more recently, I and love and you donated 50,000 meals to the Humane Society of Tulsa and Rescue Warriors Corp. in Illinois in January. This will be distributed to smaller rescues and shelters across the area. And the really big news is that “I and love and you” is the first-ever pet company to be officially Clean Label Certified – ensuring that shelter pets really are getting the best and healthiest treats and kibble that the pet food industry has to offer. They were named “Best in Class” by a new report released by Clean Label Project.

The project’s latest report had the top selling dog and cat food brands tested – both wet and dry – and cat and dog treats. 68 brands had over 900 products screened for over 150 toxins, as well as pesticides and additional contaminants with links to cancer and other fatal conditions in both humans and pets.

How cool is that? Not only does “I and love and you” donate to shelters, but they make sure pets and shelter animals are getting food and treats that are good and healthy for them! You can check out the product rating from the Clean Label Project reports for free at cleanlabelproject.org. And for more info on this dynamic brand, check out http://www.iandloveandyou.com/. Based in Boulder, CO, “I and love and you” makes super pet food and treats that contain everything pets need to be happy and healthy. And they contain none of what they don’t need. All products are made with real meat and contain no grains, fillers, or anything artificial.

They’re all approved by a holistic veterinarian for uncompromising quality.

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Lastly, find “I and love and you” at your local grocery store, or online!

And, the true test of awesomeness is that Athena LOVES the brand that loves her back!

Happy Cat, Happy Life – 7 Steps to a Happier Cat

This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of Ceva Cat.

Want a happier cat? These 7 steps will show you how to get closer to your cat with the best products, the best toys, and the best love! #Catego #Feliway #ad

Guys, I am having a WEEK and it’s only Wednesday! On Monday, Des went back to school after being sick, and that was lucky because I had a BIG photo job I was nervous about for about two months. You just never know what’s going to make you nervous and what isn’t. Then on Tuesday I had a doctor appointment, and picked the kids up to discover that Scarlet had contracted Des’ virus! So she’s been home with me all day today. This has been helpful, though, and you’ll see why soon!

Athena has pretty much ignored us all day, but Juniper has not. I think it’s amazing that cats can tell when we’re feeling sad or sick, and they stay extra close to us. I’m also amazed at how often I talk about Junie on this blog. Loving and “raising” a cat is a fairly new adventure for me. This morning, Des crawled into bed with me and Juniper was on my legs. I didn’t want to get up because she was purring on my legs! She makes me happy, and it’s important to me to make her as happy too.

When I got my Ceva Cat Babbleboxx, I put it aside to open with the kids. Today was the day! Scarlet was home sick and helped me do a grand “unboxing.” If you want to be blown away by her cute, and also see pet cameos, tune in here.

7 Steps to a Happier Cat:

1 – Feed your cat well. Talk to your vet about both quality and quantity of the food, and don’t rely on the food packaging to tell you all you need to know. I am as mindful about Juniper’s food as I am about my own. Actually, more so for her!

2 – Keep your cat healthy with regular checkups, shots, tests, etc.

3 – Keep your cat’s environment clean. At our house, we change the litterbox twice a day and vacuum all the litter pieces she drags out of the box on her paws. We clean her food and water bowls regularly, and change the litter routinely.

4 – Provide entertainment for your cat, especially if you have an indoor cat and you don’t want your cat outside. Consider scratching posts, toys, stuffies, blankets, and PLENTY of affection. We found Junie snuggled with her new Feliway© toy.

5 – Consider having two cats for companionship. Whether you have one or two, we love our Feliway© Diffuser, Feliway© Wipes, and Feliway© Spray. Feliway© is a copy of the natural feline facial pheromone – and it helps cats to feel more secure. It is recognized by all cats. Why will you love it as much as they do? It creates familiarity and security within your home. It may lead to the reduction or elimination of unwanted stress-related behaviors – like hiding, scratching, and urine spraying. It’s also non-sedating and non-systemic. Clinical studies show that Feliway© helps cats adjust to new surroundings, and is easy to use at home or on the go. We plugged in our diffuser this morning and I can tell the difference!

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6 – Protect your cat from fleas and ticks! What do we use? Catego™! It’s an effective monthly prevention and treatment of fleas, ticks and chewing lice for cats and kittens. It’s topical and is easy to apply with its tube and patented applicator. We applied it today and we’re all set for the month! I love that feeling! Catego™ is currently available through Amazon and through veterinarians, and will soon be available at PetSmart. Click here to find out where to buy it.

Scarlet also wants you to know about her Catego™ pen:

And her Catego™ journal. She’s using it as a science journal, since she wants to be a Scientist when she grows up:

flea and tick control

flea and tick control

7 – Lastly, know YOUR cat’s personality and also know some general things about cat personalities. Some cats are affectionate and some not. Mainly, know YOUR cat. It’s also good to follow some general rules about bonding. Let your cat come to you. If possible, let your cat sleep with you to ensure better bonding/happiness. Don’t pet your cat’s belly unless you KNOW they like it. Look to your cat for aggressive body language. Ears back and a twitching tail are often signs to back off.

And mainly – enjoy your cat(s)!