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5/15/20 10:10 A

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Pet Parents Are Transforming IKEA Children’s Doll Beds Into Adorable Beds for Their Cats



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5/7/20 10:23 A

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your cat has a few ways of communicating with you…

But one of them is very commonly misinterpreted. Can you guess which one?

A. Licking their fur
B. Rolling on their back
C. Moving their ears

Do you have your answer?

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The answer is…

Rolling on their back!

If your cat rolls over to expose their belly, it might seem like an invitation for a belly rub...

But that’s not always the case.

In fact, that might not be what your cat wants at all.

So if you’ve ever petted your cat when their belly is exposed, and you’ve gotten some claws instead…

Don’t take it too personally — you might have simply misread their signals.

See, cats don’t go “belly up” for the same reason a dog might — your kitty has their own reasons for doing this.

So, it’s important to understand why your cat is rolling on their back — this way, you can give them what they’re asking for, and keep them happy.

Now, there are a few reasons why you might catch your cat on its back…

And you can tell what they’re trying to say with some context clues. For instance, your cat might be:

Marking their territory

Your kitty might be rolling on the floor to spread their scent on things around your house.

That’s how your furry friend marks their territory, so other cats know to back off.

They also have scent glands in their cheeks and paws, and might rub their face or scratch something to leave their scent on it, too.

So if you see your cat rolling on the floor or on your couch…

They’re probably just saying “this is mine!” to any other cats in your neighbourhood.

But if your cat is rolling back and forth a lot, they might be…

Scratching an itch

Your cat can’t reach their back as well as you can…

And let’s admit — even we humans have that hard-to-reach place on our backs!

So your cat might be rolling on the ground to reach that spot…

Just to try to get some relief from an itch.

Now, if your cat is doing this a lot, you might want to keep an eye on their skin and coat quality to make sure they don’t have any dry skin or irritation.

But every once in a while, this is totally normal.

Now, if your cat goes “belly up” right at your feet, then yes, they might be…

Asking for attention

When your cat goes belly up right in front of you, there’s a good chance they want your attention.

But here’s where this one gets tricky…

Because unlike dogs, your cat might not want you to touch their belly — they might want to play or be scratched somewhere else.

A belly scratch might even throw them off — so feel them out by scratching their ears or their head first.

With all this in mind, you can read your cat’s “belly language” with no problem.

Then, you’ll know when they want attention, and when they’re just minding their own business.

It’s like opening up a whole new line of communication for you and your furry friend…

Which can help you get to know them better every day.


TODAY Is MY tomorrow. It's up to ME to shape it, To TAKE CONTROL and seize EVERY opportunity. The POWER is in the choices I make EVERY day. I eat well, I live well I SHAPE ME!

THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
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4/26/20 11:17 A

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Be honest...

Have you ever “shared a meal” with your pup?

If you’re like most dog lovers, the answer is yes.

After all, feeding your doggy companion a few table scraps here and there doesn’t seem like a big deal...

Besides, you only share foods that you KNOW are safe for dogs, right?

Not so fast...

Believe it or not, many of the foods we assume to be “dog-friendly” can actually be extremely harmful.

So today, I want to tell you about 4 toxic “people foods” you should NEVER share with your pooch.

4 Surprising “People Foods” Your Dog CAN’T Have

1. Seasoned Meat

A little piece of leftover steak or chicken might sound like a healthy treat — dogs are carnivores, after all.

But, while meat itself isn’t harmful, many of the things we season it with can be.

For example, too much salt can lead to sodium poisoning.

And paprika can cause skin and digestive issues…

Nutmeg and cinnamon (used in sauces and rubs) are linked to difficulties like breathing problems, high blood pressure, and seizures… so watch out!

2. Popcorn

Okay, technically it’s not the popcorn that’s dangerous — it’s the toppings.

So if you like your popcorn WITHOUT ANY butter, salt, or other seasonings… feel free to toss your pup a kernel or two.

Otherwise, keep this treat to yourself.

3. Bones

Most people think bones are the ultimate “doggy safe” table scrap… but please don’t buy into this myth.

You see, cooked bones are soft and brittle — making them more likely to crumble when chewed on.

And you definitely don’t want those jagged shards of bone to end up in your pup’s mouth (or worse yet, their tummy)... where they can cause painful cuts and internal bleeding.

Now, raw bones pose less of a threat — since they’re much firmer — but they aren’t entirely risk-free either.

So my advice is to err on the side of caution and just throw any leftover bones in the trash.

4. Macadamia Nuts

Simply put, macadamia nuts are NEVER OKAY — they’re known to cause fever, vomiting, immobility, and even depression in canines...

So definitely make sure to keep them away from your pup, no matter how much he or she begs.

Now, these aren’t the only “people foods” your dog shouldn’t have — they’re just the ones most doggy parents aren’t aware of.

(After all, I’m sure you already know that things like caffeine, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners are strictly off-limits too. And any type of chocolate is an absolute “no-go”.)

So I still recommend looking up any food item you’re unsure of before giving your pooch a bite — even if they’re begging for it.

I know those “puppy dog eyes” can be hard to resist, but you should always put your pup’s safety first.

To you and your best friend,

Dr. Marty

P.S. By the way, some dogs can’t tolerate certain foods that most dogs have no problem eating. So it never hurts to get your pooch tested for food allergies — just to be sure.

TODAY Is MY tomorrow. It's up to ME to shape it, To TAKE CONTROL and seize EVERY opportunity. The POWER is in the choices I make EVERY day. I eat well, I live well I SHAPE ME!

THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
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4/21/20 10:43 A

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Many of us are going through big life changes lately…

But no matter what’s going on around you, one thing stays the same: The seasons.

And right now, we’re in the middle of spring cleaning season!

Now, I know cleaning might not sound like fun…

But giving your space a good “refresh” can be incredibly satisfying.

And by adding a few steps in for your cat, you can help them stay happy and healthy…

While keeping your house feeling fresh and clean.

So if you haven’t done a thorough spring cleaning of your kitty’s things in awhile, or you’re just looking for something to do…

I put together a quick Spring Cleaning Cheat Sheet to help you get started:

Rinse the Food and Water Bowls.

Your cat’s bowls can harbor germs and bacteria, which could potentially threaten their health.

In fact, a study by the National Safety Federation found that pet bowls are one of the germiest items in American households. (Crazy, right?)1

Because of this, it’s best to wash your cat’s food bowl after every meal.

Washing their bowl in the sink with warm water and soap will do, or you can throw it in the dishwasher if it’s dishwasher-safe.

Cats also love fresh water, so replacing their water daily could encourage them to drink more and stay hydrated.

And finally, replace any bowls with chips or cracks, which can harbor that pesky bacteria.

Now that you’ve taken care of their food and water bowls, let’s move onto their sleeping area.

Refresh their Bedding.

Loose cat hair and dirt can get into the air in your home, which could trigger allergy-like symptoms — for you and your cat.

So I recommend vacuuming your cat’s bed and surrounding area to trap those irritants and get them out of the way.

Then, if your cat has any blankets, throw them right into the washer or dryer.

(Just be sure to use a natural, unscented detergent — cats can be finicky about new scents in their space.)

Finally, if your cat has a crate, take the crate outside and wash it out with warm, soapy water. Make sure to rinse and dry it thoroughly.

With fewer allergens in their bedding, you can help freshen your own space and help your kitty stay cozy and clean as well.

Once your cat’s bedding is refreshed, you can move onto the next step.

Check their collar and tag.

Since you see your cat’s collar every day, normal wear-and-tear can be easy to overlook.

So take a moment to make sure their collar still fits them comfortably, and that it’s not tearing or fraying in any places.

Loose strings and pieces could come loose and become a choking hazard for your kitty.

But if the collar is just a little dirty, you can easily clean it in a matter of minutes.

Place the collar bowl of hot water with a few squirts of pet shampoo. Let it soak for about 15 minutes, rinse it off, and hang-dry it — and that’s it!

Oh, and while you’re at it, it doesn’t hurt to make sure the information on their tag is up-to-date and readable.

Sometimes scratches can make tags hard to read, and it’s important to make sure your cat can be identified if they happen to escape.

And finally, we can work on your cat’s favorite thing…

Wash their toys.

Just like food bowls, your cat’s toys can harbor germs and bacteria that aren’t good for your kitty’s health.

Luckily, cleaning their toys is simple.

Throw plush toys in the washing machine with all-natural, unscented detergent (just make sure not to use harsh chemicals like bleach).

Then, hand wash any plastic or rubber toys with warm soapy water, or put them in the dishwasher if they’re dishwasher-safe.

And if you want to clear out some space, think about donating or selling the toys your cat doesn’t really play with anymore.

A kitty in need, or a shelter, could make good use of them!

Now, like I said…

I know cleaning doesn’t sound like the MOST fun pastime…

But once all your cat’s belongings are fresh and clean, I can assure you that you’ll be glad you did it.

Of course, you’ll want to do all these things more than just once a year…

But every spring is a good opportunity to revisit this cleaning routine and get a good rhythm going.

Plus, keeping your cat’s things clean is a simple way to keep them as happy and healthy as possible.


TODAY Is MY tomorrow. It's up to ME to shape it, To TAKE CONTROL and seize EVERY opportunity. The POWER is in the choices I make EVERY day. I eat well, I live well I SHAPE ME!

THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
The human will is the most incredible thing. It's what keeps us going when everyone else expects us to quit.

THIS MEANS WAR AGAINST FAT:
I'm too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.


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4/17/20 8:16 A

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it’s no secret — we’re living in stressful times.

But humans aren’t the only ones going through some big changes.

Your cat may be feeling stressed lately too — especially if you’ve had some recent changes to your routine, like staying at home more often.

And although your cat can’t TELL you when they’re stressed, that stress may present itself in some subtle ways…

You just need to know what to look for.

So I want to share a few indicators that your furry friend might be having a rough time…

And may need some extra love and attention.

The first thing to pay attention to is your cat’s eating habits.

Both undereating and overeating can be indicators that your cat may be feeling stressed out.

So it’s important to make sure your kitty’s eating habits are staying the same.

To keep them calm, be sure to feed your cat at the same time every single day — regardless of any changes in your own routine.

Your cat has grown accustomed to eating at those times, and takes notice when it’s too early or too late…

And even slight changes like that can signal to them that something’s not right, and trigger a stress response.

So the more consistent you keep your cat’s life, the more at peace they can be that things are just fine.

Next, you’ll want to look at your cat’s energy levels.

Maybe your cat is extra active lately, since you’re around for playtime more often…

Or maybe they’re getting a little bored, and seem to have low energy.

Either way, these subtle changes can give you an insight as to how your cat is feeling right now, and what you can do to help them feel better.

If your kitty is extra energetic, try scheduling playtime with them around the same time each day.

That way, you can help them get all their extra energy out, and then continue to work or be productive the rest of the day.

If your cat has low energy, try enticing them with a new toy or a new game. (Even a paper bag can go a long way in catching your cat’s eye!)

The extra stimulation may perk them up and get them more interested in playtime again.

Finally, you can keep an eye on your cat’s grooming habits.

All cats like to lay around and groom themselves from time to time…

But overgrooming can be a tell-tale sign of excessive stress levels in your cat.

So how can you tell if your cat is overgrooming?

You may notice them licking and scratching more often... wet patches may appear on their coat... their hair may become sparse in those areas... their skin may be red or irritated…

Or your cat may have more hairballs than usual.

If you notice any of these signs in your cat, they may be craving a bit more mental stimulation or playtime to expend their energy, so they can feel more relaxed.

Now, these are some basic guidelines to keep in mind — but in the end, no one knows your cat better than YOU do.

So keep an eye on their habits and behavior, and if you notice any changes...

They may just need some attention, love, and time to adjust to your new routine.

And now that you know what to look for, you can have a better idea of what they need to stay their spunky, happy selves.


TODAY Is MY tomorrow. It's up to ME to shape it, To TAKE CONTROL and seize EVERY opportunity. The POWER is in the choices I make EVERY day. I eat well, I live well I SHAPE ME!

THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
The human will is the most incredible thing. It's what keeps us going when everyone else expects us to quit.

THIS MEANS WAR AGAINST FAT:
I'm too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.


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TODAY Is MY tomorrow. It's up to ME to shape it, To TAKE CONTROL and seize EVERY opportunity. The POWER is in the choices I make EVERY day. I eat well, I live well I SHAPE ME!

THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
The human will is the most incredible thing. It's what keeps us going when everyone else expects us to quit.

THIS MEANS WAR AGAINST FAT:
I'm too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.


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TODAY Is MY tomorrow. It's up to ME to shape it, To TAKE CONTROL and seize EVERY opportunity. The POWER is in the choices I make EVERY day. I eat well, I live well I SHAPE ME!

THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
The human will is the most incredible thing. It's what keeps us going when everyone else expects us to quit.

THIS MEANS WAR AGAINST FAT:
I'm too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.


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