Can You Walk Your Cat?

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As you know, we got a new kitten – Juniper – at the start of summer vacation.

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Her health, safety, and happiness have always been important to me – and I have discussed bonding with her at length with friends, with the rescue adoption counselors, and with our vet. I have never had a young kitten before and especially with this much intention to have her for keeps. We want her to be an indoor cat, and to have a long, safe, healthy life. Her satisfaction and happiness are important for me, especially since I work from home and I’m nearly the sole caregiver for both pets.

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Juniper is five-months-old and it’s been great. She watches the outside world with fascination, but since we live in the woods, there are too many predators in our woods and even in our yard for us to let her out. I had been wondering lately if there was an easier way to take her in public, rather than stuffing her in a crate and hoping for the best. I don’t want her to associate the outside world with just fear (and the vet) but I also hadn’t known how to open her world without putting her in danger. I talked to our vet about ten things to consider before walking a cat on a harness (no collar) and got great tips.

Know your cat! Most kittens can be trained on a harness or leash. Most will appreciate it too, but if you suspect your cat has a history of trouble with the outdoors or leashes, or anything at all that might spook her, that should give you pause first.

Buy your cat a harness, but not a collar. Cats can climb in ways that dogs cat, and a standard collar could hurt your cat, while a breakaway collar could detach. Cats can find their way out of leashes in ways most dog can’t!

Start slow! Baby steps. Dogs are easier in this respect, I think, but the first time we took Juniper out on a harness and leash, she had NO idea what was happening. Her heart was pounding! We just went around the yard, and she calmed.

Expect setbacks. As a cat owner, you probably already know this!

Use treats! Kittens generally do respond to food treats, verbal praise, and affection praise. Do your harness/leash training sessions when your cat is hungry – or if your cat is like mine – that could be all day. Break treats into small pieces.

Get used to putting your harness and leash on your cat INSIDE, and make sure it’s snug and not tight. Once you put the harness on, instantly praise your cat and give him or her a treat. Continue the treats with every new step in the harness.

Once your cat seems comfortable and is walking around in the harness, THEN, step outside the door. Stay close to the front door at first, and then stay close to quieter areas. Outside noises can be so jarring at first. This takes baby steps.

Make sure your cat doesn’t pick up anything in his or her mouth. It can be dangerous.

Coax your kitty farther on each outing, continue the verbal praise and treats, and keep exploring. If it doesn’t work after some time, you can explore other alternatives like cat strollers, or outdoor, enclosed spaces for cats.

Never leave your cat unattended outside.

Juniper was found by our local animal shelter, and she was malnourished, dehydrated, and only one pound when found. They nursed her back to health, and we were lucky to adopt her. One thing I love about her is that people know we have a cat. She doesn’t run away or hide. She explores people, so it’s only natural that I felt she could safely explore the outdoors. When we first got her, I got so much advice about the proper food to feed her. I took it seriously, because her health is a priority. Since I love Stop & Shop so much as is for my family, I was so happy to find a wide range of natural and healthy pet products.

We use Purina Beyond dry and wet foods, for BOTH pets!

I love Stop & Shop for all things for us, so it makes sense to get boy dry and wet food, as well as pet toys and care items.

On Sunday, October 16th, there will be money-saving coupons on Purina Beyond products in your local Sunday newspaper. Here are a few: 1. You can get $2 off any size Beyond Dry cat food. 2. $1 off the Variety Pack of wet cat food – Buy 3, Get 1 Free. 3. You can find $2 off Any Size Beyond Dry cat food. 4. Lastly for Wet Dog Food: Buy 5, Get 1 on any Beyond Ground or In Gravy Canned Products, Buy 1, Get 1 on any Beyond Purees, $1 off Beyond Ground Entrees Variety Pack.

We use Purina Cat Chow Naturals, Beyond Natural Wet Cat Food, Beyond Purees or Beyond Natural Purees, & Purina DentaLife. We use them as *health and wellness aids, and to continue enjoying the benefits of these products.

I try to make smart decisions with Juniper because she means a lot to me. The importance of her happiness through walking outside was key for me to continue that journey. The importance of her *health and wellness maintenance is what makes me purchase selections from Purina, such as Beyond cat and dog food, and DentaLife products as well.

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Now, would you walk your cat outdoors? What do you do to bond with your pet?

*Not to be taken as professional veterinary advice. Please consult your veterinarian for recommendations and practices appropriate for your pet.

Keeping Your Dog Healthy For Halloween & Beyond.

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One thing I’ve learned in all my years of kid and dog parenting, is that kids and dogs like treats.

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And that although dogs like treats, they should NOT have the treats your kids have, especially this time of year. I’m looking at YOU, Halloween candy, cupcakes, cookies and more. Luckily, there’s something just for them and built just for them.

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Athena is the most interesting dog I’ve ever had, and by interesting – I mean she’s polite, dainty, picky, loyal, aiming to please and wonderful in nearly every way. I’m not going to say every other dog I’ve ever had has been a slobbering monster, but it’s interesting to have a dog who doesn’t just gulp down food or treats. Instead, she analyzes its worth. I like to pretend that she only wants healthy and natural snacks and will settle for nothing less. That’s why I go to the Target pet care section (well there are a million reasons I go to Target) and I buy her Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks

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Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks are perfect for our healthy, active, family, rescue, weirdly polite little girl. They even pass her rigorous standards, and they pass mine too because they’re crafted in small batches and grain free. Not only that, chicken is the #1 ingredient, there’s no corn, wheat or soy, there’s no poultry or by-product meal, no artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, and the company doesn’t make any false claims about the product. The treats are crafted in Arkansas, which is not horribly far from where our Alabama girl was born and rescued before she was ours.

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Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks are a year-round snack to fit into Athena’s normal and healthy routine. That said, with it being Halloween, here are some safety tips to follow for your pets:

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1. Keep that treat bowl out of reach! There are many treats that can sicken or kill your dog, including chocolate (especially dark chocolate), hard candy, raisins and grapes, macadamia nuts, xylitol and more.

2. Educate your children about keeping treats from dogs. I never let down my guard, but there are conversations we have about what can hurt Athena with both kids and Scarlet (age 6) knows how important it is to protect the dog.

3. Keep your dog away from the front door! My lovely, polite and wonderful dog is also a top-notch escape artist. Many a times, we have chased her around and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.

4. Don’t take your dog trick-or-treating. You never really know how your dog will react to strangers in costumes. Just like your kids! Also, there are ample opportunities to steal candy and/or run away when trick-or-treating.

5. Make sure your dog’s ID is current. Athena has a microchip, and we have to make sure the contact information is current, and that she’s wearing her ID tag on her collar. If she does escape, we want people to know she’s ours.

6. Beware of electrical wires and chords. In this house, we do put out Halloween lights and decorations, but Athena goes on little chewing binges if we’re not careful. An electrical shock is very dangerous to dogs.

7. Give them their own treats, of course. Why would Athena feel left out out about the candy bars, when she has her own special bag of goodness?

Right now: Target Cartwheel URL offer: 10% off Purina Beyond Dog Snacks at Target, available from 10/4-10/31.

So how would Purina Beyond Snacks found at Target fit into your dog’s snacking routine?