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3 Eco-Friendly Halloween Treats for Your Cat

Who says Halloween is only for black cats? Celebrate the holiday by treating your cat to an eco-frIendly Halloween treat. Here are three pawsome ideas:

1) Imperial Cat Scratch ‘n Shape Pumpkin Lounge

While you’re busy answering the door for a steady stream of trick-or-treaters, your cat can relax on the Imperial Cat Scratch ‘n Shape Pumpkin Lounge. This cat scratcher doubles as a lounge and a scratcher. The inside piece can be pulled out so that your cat can lounge on the pumpkin and use the smaller insert for scratching.

The Scratch ‘n Shape Pumpkin Lounge is made in the USA from 100-percent post-consumer recycled paper. It also comes with a special treat: a bag of certified organic catnip.

Check it out on Amazon if you feel splurging for a Halloween-themed cat scratcher lounge that’s also eco-friendly.

2) Organic Catnip Cat Toy: Halloween Triangle

This purrfectly-sized triangular cat toy is handcrafted and filled with hypoallergenic fiber fill and organic catnip. It’s available in eight 8 different Halloween-themed patterns including skeletons that glow in the dark, flying bats, candy corn, cats in jack-o-lanterns, spooky ghosts, and orange spider webs. At only $3.75 each, they’re a spooktacular deal!

You’ll find them on Etsy and you can choose your preferred design.

3) Raw Paws Pet Organic Pure Pumpkin Powder for Cats and Dogs

While this isn’t exactly a treat, pumpkins fit with the Halloween theme, and this supplement might just save your cat’s life. As one reviewer shared on Amazon, her poor kitty was a week away from being put down when she discovered this dried pumpkin supplement. Other reviewers loved the pumpkin powder because it helped eliminate hairballs.

Raw Paws’ all-natural pumpkin powder is made from 100{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} USDA certified organic pumpkin powder. It’s naturally rich in soluble fiber, vitamin C, beta carotene, antioxidants, magnesium, and potassium to provide gentle digestive support for both cats and dogs. The powder is easy to use and lasts for 24 months. All you need to do is sprinkle it on top of your kitty’s meal.

Raw Paws’ pumpkin powder is available in 4, 8 and 16 oz packages starting at just $12.99.

Fun Cat Coasters Made from Recycled Rubber

2018-08-cat-coasterSeveral months ago, we wrote about the ORE Originals recycled rubber cat-shaped placemat. The placemat was a wonderful way to keep your cat’s food and water bowls in place. Guess what? Now the humans can jump in and join the fun.

Add a whimsical yet practical touch to your kitchen and coffee tables with the ORE Originals Cat Coasters. They’re like mini versions of the cat placemat because they’re also shaped like a fun cartoonish cat head.

And just like the placemat, these charming coasters are made in the USA from recycled rubber, which is great for durability, protecting the surface of your tables and counters, and holding your cat mug in place.

Ore Originals has been creating “Happy Products for Good People and Pets” since 1989. The company was started in a small garage in Southern California by founder Lisa Lowe. She followed her instincts to bring together her love of design and passion for color, print, pattern and creating useful things.

These cat coasters definitely have a California vibe. They’re casual, colorful, playful and modern but classic. Available in an alternating neutral palette of black and tan, these coasters harmonize with any home decor. You’ll dine and sip in style while being kind to the planet. And if your cat has the recycled rubber placemat, you get to do that matchy-matchy thing with your cat, too!

ORE Originals Cat Coasters are a purrfect gift for cat lovers who are looking to add a touch of playfulness to their home. Available in sets of four, you’ll find these cheeky eco-friendly cat coasters at Amazon for the very reasonable price of only $7.95.

Purrhaps a treat for you?

Speaking of treats…If you’ve got a dog, you may want to know that ORE also makes pawsome paw-shaped coasters. Pick up a set of these black and tan coasters to complement your black and tan pooch. At the time of writing this article, ORE’s paw print recycled rubber coasters were on sale at Amazon. Wag a tail by checking out the sale on these fun paw print coasters!

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While we’re on the topic of pups, ORE also makes a dog-friendly placemat. Their recycled rubber Woof mat helps keep bowls in place, and spills and food off the floor. The whole family—humans and furry four-legged friends—can enjoy meals in eco-chic style. Bone appetit!

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Organic Cat-Shaped Chocolates and Organic “Chocolate” for Cats

Looking for organic cat-shaped chocolates? Here are some sweet treats for cat lovers and cats this Valentine’s Day. Nothing says I love you like charming chocolate cats made from sustainable and organic chocolate. And this year, your kitty doesn’t have to miss out on the fun. Read on to learn about a safe chocolate alternative for cats.

If you’re feeling lucky in love, then chocolate fortune cats are the purrfect gift for the cat lover in your life, or purrhaps for you too. This creative confection is handcrafted in small batches by the award-winning Ms. Cocoa chocolate company. Available in vegan dark chocolate or organic creamy white chocolate, this fortune cat is right up the alley for eco-conscious cat lovers.

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Unfortunately, if you don’t live in the U.K., you’re out of luck as Ms. Cocoa currently only ships to customers in the United Kingdom. But don’t consider yourself unlucky  because you can make your own organic chocolate cats with this adorable cat chocolate and candy mold.

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Making your own cat-shaped chocolates is surprisingly easy and fun. You actually don’t make the chocolate itself from scratch. Inside start with organic chocolate baking wafers or a baking chocolate of your choice. Then you simply melt it (you’ll need to “temper” the chocolate), and pour it into the cat-shaped mold.

Aside from a chocolate cat mold, you won’t need special equipment with a little improvising. In place of a double boiler, you can rest a steel mixing bowl over a pot of water–just be sure to use oven mitts when you handle the mixing bowl because steel transfers heat and the bowl will get quite hot.

And while a candy thermometer makes the job easier, you can get by with a standard meat thermometer if you monitor the chocolate closely while it’s melting. You can even temper chocolate without a thermometer.

And Here’s a Sweet Treat for Kitty…

Your fave feline might feel left out of the fuss if you don’t find a purrfect gift for her too. While cats should never be given real chocolate because it’s poisonous for pets, there is a wonderful chocolate alternative for cats. This organic catnip “chocolate” bar is a handcrafted felt toy. While it looks like a chocolate bar, it’s actually a soft felt cat toy filled with 100{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8} organic catnip.

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While your cat is encouraged to lick and bite this chocolate creation, keep it away from little humans who might just believe it’s real chocolate! You’ll find this chocolate bar for cats at the Ticketybootique shop on Etsy.

Now that you’ve got the inside scoop on organic cat-shaped chocolates, and “chocolate” bars for cats, you can delight the cats and cat lovers in your life this Valentine’s Day. And while you’re savoring a rich melt-in-your-mouth velvety chocolate bite, your cat can enjoy her own delectable “chocolate” catnip treat.

Not Your Grandma’s Cat Magazine – Announcing the New Catster Magazine

Furball enjoys the premier issue of Catster Magazine
Furball enjoys the premier issue of Catster Magazine

The first and only time I bought a Cat Fancy magazine was over 10 years ago and it wasn’t for me. It was for a 90-year old lady who lived on a potato farm. She loved cats, so I bought the magazine to bring her some joy. I never bought one again because Cat Fancy felt old-fashioned, dowdy, and frankly, aimed at an older demographic.

Well, I’m excited to announce that Cat Fancy finally got a long overdue makeover and it’s now been reborn as Catster magazine. You may be more familiar with Catster.com, one of the most popular cat-centric destinations online. And just like its online cousin, the new Catster magazine is fun, fresh, young and modern.

Catster covers some of the trendiest topics and top names in the cat world. The magazine mans health features the light and fun side of living with cats, including articles on feline products, health, diet, pet owners’ obsessions, confessions, funny photos, and more.

I’m a regular contributor to Catster.com, writing about eco-friendly cat products and topics natural and sustainable living for cats. That’s why I love that Cat Fancy is now Caster. The new magazine is contemporary and relevant for today’s cat lovers. Because I write for Catster.com, I received the purrk of an advance copy of the premier issue of Catster magazine.

I have to say that the new magazine has a fun and friendly vibe. It’s colourful, bright and even the typography feels modern. The first issue of Catster hit news stands on March 24th, so you can grab your copy right now. And if you’re a dog lover, there’s a Dogster magazine too.

3 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Treats

Looking for some sweet treats this Valentine’s Day for the cat lovers in your life—or something for yourself? 🙂 Here are 3 eco-friendly ways to say, “I love you.”

1. Send Organic Flowers

Pick up a bouquet of eco-friendly flowers. If you don’t live near a Whole Foods, where you can grab a bouquet sustainably grown flowers, there’s an online option for you to send organic flowers. Organic Bouquet delivers sustainably grown, certified flowers that are affordable and eco-friendly too. Prices are similar to ordering from one of the big flower conglomerate sites.

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Eco-friendly flowers from Organic Bouquet

2. Chocolate Kitty Made With Organic Sugar

This sweet chocolate cat is made with organic sugar by Chocolates by Bernard. Since you can’t share it with your kitty, perhaps she’ll enjoy the heart-shaped toy below.

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3. Heart-Shaped Organic Cat Toy

Yeowww! makes heart-shaped cat toys filled with organic catnip. The Heart Attack Pack includes 3 bold red hearts to help you win over your kitty’s affections. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Make a Green New Year’s Resolution for 2014

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Happy New Year’s! It’s time to make a green resolution for 2014. I haven’t done this in awhile, not since my original 30-Day Green Cat Challenge, where I challenged myself and readers to do one thing every day for 30 days to make their cats’ lives just a little bit more eco-friendly.

Here are my new year’s resolutions for 2014. They also include people resolutions, not just ones for cats because everyone (and every animal) benefits when we work together to improve the planet.

My 5 Green New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

  1. Use less water.
  2. Buy in bulk to reduce the number of trips I make to the store.
  3. Wash (with as little water as possible) and recycle all cat food lids and tins, even when I don’t feel like it!
  4. Try to use even less litter in Furball’s litter box, meaning I need to scoop a little bit more often.
  5. Feature more green cat products on my blog.

What green resolutions will you make this year for yourself and your cats?

 

A Video About World-Changing Dreams

Here’s a little something that crossed my desk this morning. By desk, I mean the table at Starbucks! While this is a sponsored video, I thought I would share it because it’s about changing the world and maybe, just maybe, it’ll get you thinking antiviral about how YOU can change the world.

In summer 2012, more than 550 “IF WE” world-changing dreams were collected from contributors globally through a contest called the “IF WE Challenge” This video illustrates 3 of these dreams:

How to Create a Homemade Holiday Card From Old Greeting Cards

Transform an old Christmas card into a holiday scene of a cat or dog eagerly awaiting the treats inside their stocking. Here’s how to make your own homemade greeting card.

What You’ll Need:

  • A blank greeting card made from recycled paper OR old cardstock OR an old file folder or something similar
  • An old Christmas card
  • Scissors
  • A tiny square of corrugated cardboard
  • Non-toxic glue or tape
  • Scissors
  • Marker or pen

1. Create Your Canvas
Use a blank greeting card made from recycled paper as your creative canvas. I’ve found them at Michael’s. For the card featured here, I used some old cardstock that my mother-in-law was saving for my nieces for arts and crafts projects. You can also make your own card blank by cutting an old file folder into a the shape of a card.

2. Make a Colourful Rug
make homemade greeting cardMeasure the width of your blank card and use this measurement to cut out a trapezoid from an old Christmas card. You can also cut one out of old wrapping paper. Why a trapezoid and not a rectangle? The angle will help to create more movement and interest in your final design.

3. Make a Stocking
A simple sock-shape can be turned into a stocking. Feel free to cut one out freehand or if you’d prefer, draw an outline on the back of the old Christmas card for you to cut out. Just remember that the finished stocking will be a reverse image from what you draw.

4. Make a Pet Silhouette in Duplicate
To create your cat, do an online search for “cat sitting silhouette.” Alternately, if you want to feature fido, search for “dog sitting silhouette.” Trace or print the silhouette onto a sheet of paper and then use this as a pattern to cut out TWO shapes.

I held up the paper to my computer screen and traced the outline using a washable marker. DON’T DO THIS AT HOME unless you are sure that you won’t dent your screen by pressing too hard with the marker AND you’re also sure that the marker will not bleed through the paper onto your screen. If you’re not sure, just print it out.

Use your tracing to draw and cut out TWO identical cat shapes (or dog shapes if you’re making a dog card).

5. Arrange Your Holiday Scene

Before pasting anything down, arrange your shapes on your card so that your cat (or dog) is sitting on the rug and looking at the stocking. Paste down the rug, the stocking and ONE cat (or dog). You should still have one pet outline remaining.

6. Make it Pop Out in 3D

how to make a homemade greeting cardTo create a 3D effect of your cat (or dog) ready to jump off the card, cut out a tiny square of corrugated cardboard. This you can definitely find by raiding your recycling bin. My mother-in-law’s happened to be empty, so I cut a sliver off the inside of the box she used for storing old Christmas cards and you can’t even notice it’s gone. That’s how small this piece should be. You will affix this to the back of the remaining pet silhouette.

Now paste the second cat (or dog) on top of the previous. Place it just a smidge offside of the original to create the 3D effect.

7. Add a Holiday Greeting
Use the marker or pen to add a holiday greeting to the front of card. Lay it out in your mind’s eye first so that there’s enough room to write your entire greeting. Note: Some markers may smudge or not write well on the cardstock. If you think that might be the case, simply skip the greeting on the front of the card and start writing your words of love inside your homemade greeting card.

Got a Cat from Hell?
If So, You’ll Enjoy This Fun Sponsored Video

I don’t usually write sponsored posts, but when I heard the folks at Animal Planet were calling on cat lovers to spread the word about their pawsome TV show, “My Cat From Hell”, I couldn’t resist.

I’d seen a casting call months earlier and seriously considered submitting an entry for Furball. His food demands, early morning wake-up yowls, carpet scratching and penchant for attacking people who touch him, made him a likely candidate. Of course, he is also my lovable cat— sweet, smart, super-friendly (that’s why he gets in trouble because people WANT to pet him) and feisty.

Check out this video of some of the devilish cats in Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell. Most cat lovers including myself can relate to some of these classic cat moves. Furball was especially fond of the “leg hug” until he was about 3 years old.

The cats in this TV series cause some serious rifts amongst their human owners too with couples on the verge of breaking up and friends fighting with each other.

Cat listener, Jackson Galaxy, steps in to help and he believes that most of the problems are caused by people. I’d have to agree. While I was watching this video, I saw a whole bunch of things that I’d NEVER do with Furball because they’d encourage aggressive behavior.

I love how Galaxy (seriously, is that his real name?) says that, “Dealing with these out-of-control cats can be easier than dealing with out-of-touch owners, and fixing people first can often be the cure all for feline vexations.”

You can watch Galaxy work his cat soothing magic on all new episodes of My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet, Saturdays at 8pm e/p.

“Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Animal Planet, but all thoughts and opinions are my own and Furball’s!”