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I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. My family had a wide variety of pets as I was growing up, so naturally, I wanted a “few” furry friends of my own once I became an adult and was living on my own. Shortly after my husband and I moved in together, we decided to adopt a cat. Little did my husband know that bringing home that one cat would open up a whole new world for me. Taking care of my cats became a passion of mine. I even spent a year volunteering at a cageless, no-kill cat shelter in Chicago. It was a life changing experience.
In my time working at the shelter, I learned a lot about properly caring for pets (not just cats, we had a few dogs come through the doors too!). I observed how a shelter that housed 300-400 cats at the time took care of health issues and behavior issues on an individual basis, and I was then able to incorporate that into how I cared for my own pets at home.
A healthy lifestyle is a big deal when it comes to having a pet in your home. It’s like having 4 legged kids running around. You wouldn’t let your kids lay on the couch all day eating candy and ice cream no matter how much they might want too. The same goes for your pets! But every pet is different, so the exercise that works for one may not work for the other, especially if one says “meow” and the other one says “woof”.
5 Ways to Keep Your Furry Friends Healthy and Happy
1. Commit to keep them active
Dogs ~ Whether it is a daily walk around the block, 10 minutes of playing fetch in the backyard or a swim in the pond, it isn’t hard to keep your dog active. And look at it this way, not only is your dog getting a little exercise, so are you!
Cats ~ When it comes to cats, this can be a little harder to achieve, but I have found a good laser toy, feather wand, and good ol’ fashioned catnip keeps older cats moving around. I am also a huge fan of placing a bird feeder close to an easily accessible window for them to watch. It might not keep them physically active, but it will keep them mentally active!
Dogs ~ With a dog, the attention and affection can go both ways. Your pooch will be smitten if you get on the ground to engage in a little wrestling (my husband LOVES to get our beagle, Charlie all riled up like this!)! And I bet your mood will be lightened a bit after that playtime as well. I personally love a little cuddle time with my pets, so a snuggle with my pup is great too!
Cats ~ Cats can be tricky. They are known to not care about their owners very much and for 1 out of our 3 cats I can say that is totally true. But our 2 girl cats LOVE attention and to love on us, so filling up your heart with kitty cat purrs will certainly make you both happy!
3. Change of Scenery
Dogs & Cats ~ No, I don’t mean taking your pet on a trip around the world (although that might be a fun!!), but what I do mean is change up his toys every once in a while. Give him different things to stimulate him. Face it, he will still want to play even if you aren’t around, so swap out his toys so he can try out different things to keep his mind engaged and active, even when you are stuck at work! But I do suggest if he has a favorite toy, like one he simply can’t live without and is extremely well-loved, let him keep that one all the time, it is probably a sense of comfort (my dog has faceless, chewed up pink sparkly lion that he loves!).
4. Be an expert on his personality
Dogs ~ In the 3 years we have had our rescue dog, Charlie we have had to spend more time getting to know him than we did our own kids. Being a young adult aged rescue dog, he came to us a complete mystery. Things that worked for most dogs did not work for Charlie. The things I read that were “typical” of a beagle, were not typical to Charlie. He has special requirements when it comes to being left home alone. It took lots and lots of trial and error until he stopped destroying everything in sight when we left him home alone. And he is also terrified of storms and fireworks so we have to run a fan for him when those things are going on, and I also now know he only feels safe sitting on my feet during a thunderstorm.
Cats ~ Cats are very easy to read if you know what to look for. While a dog wagging its tail is a good thing, a cat flicking its tail when you are petting him is the complete opposite. This means the cat is over stimulated and you need to back off. Some cats are huge fans of catnip, some like the laser toy, while others would rather have a little wet food as a treat. Know your cat so you can equip yourself with treats that he will love.
5. Feed them the best pet food you can
Oh, did I mention Charlie also has allergies? We have to read lots of labels before purchasing him anything. Also, he isn’t a fan of treats, which is crazy because he is a beagle and apparently beagles are known to eat just about anything! The upside to his pickiness is that we are able to maintain a healthy weight for him as long as we don’t over feed him at mealtimes.
By reading labels I have found that not many pet foods reach my standards. I do not feed my pets products that contain meat by-products and I try to avoid grains as well. And if you are as diligent of a pet owner as I am, then you know that isn’t always an easy task. Purina® Beyond® has been a product that meets many of my standards and I have found my pets love.
Charlie’s picky eating habits as well as his food allergies have forced me to find healthy ways to coax him to eat. I used to mix canned wet food along with his dry food to tempt him and it worked, but I was feeding him over the recommended amount per day in order to get him to eat! I since have been able to move to just mixing a little warm water with his dry food and that seems to “kind of” work, but it still takes him awhile to eat. I was excited to try the Purina® Beyond® Wet Dog Purees with him. This product is great because it contains a short list of human-grade ingredients. Nothing I can’t pronounce and all ingredients that are healthy for him. Although they do contain brown rice and oatmeal, I am not concerned because the amount is small and his dry food is grain-free. Ever since I have been mixing it in with his dry food he seems to enjoy eating much more.
My cats also love the Purina® Beyond® line of cat foods. I leave dry food out for my cats at all times. With 3 cats this is easier for me, but I will admit it has resulted in overeating and in turn, one overweight cat. One of our 3 cats, Chester is overweight, but we do try to give him small ways to stay active (he LOVES catnip).
On occasion I like to give my cats a little bit of wet food as a treat. I like that the Purina® Beyond® Wet Cat foods come in small 3 oz cans, making it easy to use the entire can at one time. They are also grain-free and come in a wide variety of flavors, like Salmon & Sweet Potato and Tuna, Mackerel, & Carrot, both favorites of my furry felines. No by-products are used, they are vitamin supplemented and no artificial flavors are added. The first protein ingredients are SALMON and TUNA, after fish broth! This is awesome!
I was lucky enough to pick up the Purina® Beyond® pet food products at Meijer, where I used my mPerks account to take advantage of over $8.00 in savings! If you don’t have an mPerks account it is really easy to sign up and “clip” the coupons on their website. Then you visit the store, just enter your info and the savings are automatically applied. Savings are good June 7, 2015 – June 23, 2015.
- Save $1 on any bag of Beyond Dog Treats
- Save $2 on any bag Beyond Dry Dog
- Save $2 on any bag Beyond Dry Cat
- Buy 2 Beyond Purees Save $2
- Buy 2 Beyond Wet Dog 13 oz and Save $2
- Buy 4 Beyond wet cat 3 oz and Save $1
We’ve shared our favorite ways to stay active and healthy with Purina® Beyond® natural grain free products from Meijer, now share with us how you and your pet keep moving!