Over the last years, we have all become much more conscious about what’s on our plates. Indeed, with the obesity pandemic in developed countries and the rise of nutrition-related issues such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, we have all started to care more about how our food influences our health. While this is true for us, it is also true for our pets who can also end up suffering from similar conditions. While in the past food scraps were all a pet would eat in a day, now we have the information and tools we need to ensure that they can live a long and healthy life. Here’s why you should rethink your pet’s nutrition.
It Can Influence Their Mood
What our pets eat during the day can have effects on their physical health, but they can also influence their mood and behaviour over time. In fact, while the right amount of protein is essential for our pets to grow strong and healthy, too much protein can have counteractive effects. Indeed, it has been seen that a diet that is too rich in protein can lead to aggressivity, anxiety, and hyperactivity.
It Can Affect Their Coats’ Look
A dog’s or cat’s coat can say a lot about your pet’s health. Indeed, their fur can insulate them from outside temperatures, protecting them from excessive heat or cold. However, if you have ever noticed how the hair on your dog’s neck rises when they are angry or threatened, you will know that their coat can be an indicator of their mood and health. Poor nutrition can cause the fur to start looking dull, dry and even brittle.
It Can Prevent Allergies
An increasing number of pets have started to develop allergies and intolerances, which can result in allergic reactions or skin and digestive problems. While some foods are especially created to be an alternative for pets that are allergic to a certain ingredient, you can also prevent these conditions from manifesting themselves by choosing the right foods. Picking natural, organic, and local foods that don’t contain artificial flavourings and colours, such as Burgess Pet Care foods, should always be part of proper pet care.
It Can Prevent Digestive Issues
Diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, and flatulence might be something that every pet experiences at least once in their lifetimes. Nonetheless, these should not happen on a regular basis, and it is crucial to monitor what your pets are eating to prevent further and more severe conditions. Of course, speaking to your vet is the first step to understand what nutritional regime is right for your pet, but you should always try to pick the best foods available on the market.
It Can Help Your Pet Avoid Weight Issues
Just like in the case of humans, pet foods that contain empty calories, are high in sugars or contain synthetic elements can lead to issues such as obesity and weight gain. If your pet has started to gain weight, it is crucial to take the matter seriously and rethink your pet’s diet. Making sure that your furry friend can run, jump, play without any extra weight is key to ensure a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life for them.
Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anything else is struggling!
I love the personalised photo range from Asda and have had cushions, mugs and photo slates from them before but never knew they did throws before! it would make an amazing gift, especially for the winter. You can pick what size the throw is and what photos you want to use as well as the colour of the throw on the front and back. I was amazing at how soft it was and even though I knew the size it seemed a lot bigger than I thought! Great for using on the sofa when watching a film and I went for pictures of my cats with a paw print design on.
This mug is the perfect or should I say purrrrrfect?! present for any cat lover, whether they drink coffee, tea or hot chocolate it is a brilliant gift. The bottom of the mug looks like a cat paw and has a paw design underneath as well as having the crazy cat lady design on the side in pink￼. If they don’t drink hot drinks it would also make a great pen pot or something to put fake flowers in for decoration.
Pankhurst Gallery have a great range of mugs, all designs are from paintings by Julia Pankhurst. They also have a great range of prints and canvasses. I think mugs with prints like this on look so unique and make a great gift. It’s not something you would usually pick up when looking for a mug so having a piece of art printed on the mug makes it special. It is printed on the mug really well and the mug is really great quality.
Candles make a great gift, especially this time of year. It’s warm, it’s spicy and encapsulates top notes of wild orange, middle notes of spicy cinnamon and clove, followed by a warm yet earthy base make a great Christmas candle. It is soy based and has been hand poured with pure essential oils. It has an approx 60-80 hour burn time and smells amazing. The candle is vegan and eco friendly.
This is the perfect stocking filler or gift for that one person who spends lots of time in their car, whether that’s commuting to work or driving the family around, make sure their car has a long-lasting aroma.
They come in a variety of scents and colours so there is something for everyone. They last at least 4 weeks and aren’t too overpowering.
They are donating 5% of profits to CALM throughout the month of November.
A great gift for any aspiring photographer, these photography courses and experiences give an opportunity to progress and improve the recipients photography by spending time learning with a professional photographer. These aren’t your ordinary photography courses though, you can choose between photographing a mermaid on a beach, armour wearing knights in a forest even take part in a storytelling photoshoot where a model is floated out into a lake on an airbed.
Through these photoshoots and training days you’ll learn how to master your camera settings, improve composition and storytelling as well as all the small details that goes into putting on a larger scale photoshoot.
Neve’s Bees are made by in West Oxfordshire, blending their own beeswax with pure, natural and sustainably sourced plant oils and butters and essential oil.
This lip balm set contains:
1 Lemon & Lime Lip Balm, 1 Sweet Grapefruit Lip Balm and 1 Honey Vanilla Lip Balm each in an 8ml Slider tin in their ‘Brown Paper Packaging’ gift box. They are so lovely to use and keep your lips really soft. The set would make a great gift.
This item includes their ylang ylang and patchouli hand and skin cream in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You’re Lush!” gift tag. I love the packaging and think the bag is so cute and their labels and designs are so bright and cheery. This hand salve is great for on the go and is perfect for winter hands.
This item includes their bestselling cuticle butter in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You Nailed It!” gift tag. This is ideal for anyone that wants to take care of their hands or regularly has their nails done and wants to keep their cuticles nice. It doesn’t leave your hands greasy abs the tin is perfect to carry around if needed. Again, this has their super cute design on the tin and tag.
Beauty By Jas products are handmade, vegan and not tested on animals. This face scrub smells great and I love the packaging, it has been so well designed.
“Anti-inflammatory, clarifying and healing. This gentle scrub is naturally antibacterial with protective jasmine oil and enriched with the hydrating benefits of silica found naturally in bamboo and which supports the production of collagen in the skin. Additionally soothing with the skin-repairing, intensely nutrient-dense properties of moringa seed oil.”
This body scrub also has a beautiful design on the label and is packaged in a similar pot. It smells really good and is really enjoyable to use.
“Purifying and refining this smoothing polish is packed with the protective goodness of himalayan salt crystals to gently detox and soften the skin and boost moisture retention to prevent excessive dryness.”
This body lotion is so good for this time of year as it really does help to keep your skin soft and is great to use after a bath or shower. Teamed with the body wash its a great way to keep your skin hydrated.
I love this brand for body products and haircare. Shea butter is so good for your skin and smells really good too. This wash and lotion would make a great gift for anyone that loves to pamper. This range is great for dry skin and the body wash leaves you feeling really soft.
I love oils like this as a bath oil and this is great as you can also use it on your body after the bath too or as a massage oil. For anyone that love pampering this would be a great gift. Bath oils can often be really expensive but this one is 237ml and I think you get so much for the price Massage oils can also be really nice, whether you use it with your partner or rub it on yourself it can really help to relax! The fruit cushion scent is lovely and it’s great how many uses this has.
For homemade bath bombs they are so well priced, considering how much you might pay if you went into Lush! They are great quality and on par, if not better than ones I have bought in stores before. The thing that impressed me the most is how well they fizz and the scent doesn’t fade, even if you are in the bath for an hour or longer the scent stays strong and you feel so soft and smell great when you get out.
I also love the fact they don’t stain the bath!! The whole range is cruelty free and vegan. It is also great that they come in different sizes too.
Miceller water is great for your skin whilst cleansing it. It is enriched with snow mushroom with its unique, hydrating properties, this refreshing and soothing Micellar Water removes make-up and cleanses and tones gently and effectively.
I am so impressed with this brand, their sportswear is so nice and the material is really stretchy and comfortable. A bralette or leggings would be a great gift to anyone that enjoys working out. Often activewear can be tight and uncomfortable but this bralette is not only really comfortable but it’s also really stylish by having the strap features. It also has removable pads so you can decide if you want them included or not.
These are honestly my new favourite leggings as they are so comfortable and really flattering too. There is also a small pocket if you had a locker key you wanted to keep safe. I think I will be wearing these as everyday leggings and not just for working out as I love them so much. They are such a great material and really would be a great gift. The fit is great and they are true to size.
This box is a great idea if you are planning to make or buy a nice cake for someone. It is a great invention to be able to carry a cake without it getting squashed or ruined. Their boxes provide practical elegance and durability for both the amateur and professional baker. Compatible with most height extenders, each pack comes with one box with a lid and handles.
This great set of vodkas comes in lots of different options, the ones I went for are:
Pink/Blood Orange/Sour Cherry
It is a great way to try out different flavours and they come in the cutest little jars. You can also pay an extra £1 to have them arrive in an organza bag.
Il gusto have a really good range of different liquors in a variety of flavours and different bottle options. I think they look great on display too. Not only do they offer alcohol, they also have a great range of oils and vinegars too.
This alcohol free spirit is inspired by tequila by using authentic Mexican Blue Weber Agave, allowing you to have all the margaritas you want without a hangover! It is also great mixed with tonic water or any type of flavoured soda.
I love that there is an option to have alcohol free spirits as not everyone can drink alcohol so this means they won’t miss out on different cocktails.
I think this is an awesome idea that you can personalise your own marmite jar! Marmite is one of those things people with love or hate and my dad Tony loves it! He has a marmite sandwich as a snack all the time so I think this is not only a useful present but also a really special one being personalised. Once it’s empty it can be cleaned out and used for decoration too.
The Nutritional Ninjas Bake Box is a baking box to help children learn kitchen skills at home. It is a subscription box where you can select how many months you wish to purchase. Each month, children receive all of the pre-measured dry ingredients they’ll need to cook a tasty treat as well as recipe cards, activities and a collectible sticker. They also get access to the online cookery classes so that they can cook along with the teacher, meaning a stress free experience for parents at home.
This is a great idea for children and also includes a prep checklist to check they have washed their hands and cleaned the surfaces etc. It comes in a box that can fit through a letterbox too!
Social Stories Club, a socially impactful gift-box social enterprise has decided to make this Christmas as socially conscious as possible, they have curated a campaign to have ‘Christmas with an Impact’. Social Stories Club have been shining a light on social enterprises and their incredible stories of impact for two years, through their exciting gifts supporting lots of social causes such as creating social mobility for the Dalit community of India, supporting reforestation, and providing education for girls. This Christmas they are asking the UK public to buy a socially impactful gift and make this Christmas as Impactful as possible.
They have a great range of different boxes to choose from or you can create your own depending on your budget. It is also a great way to try new things!
These wireless bamboo phone chargers make lovely gifts as they look great on desks, bedside tables, kitchen counters and anywhere in your home. They can be personalised with any message and I think they are great value as often wireless chargers are really expensive. The engraving is great quality and they charge your phone quite quickly.
This story book bundle has four separate books, they can all be purchased separately too. Each of the stories have lovable characters, charming settings, and themes of friendship, doing your best and helping one another.
The first two stories in the series were written by Wendy, for her children when they were 2 and 5 years old, and are based around the adventures of their real steam traction engine, Victoria. They then decided to publish the stories in 2016 and since then have added 2 more stories to the series, with more to come.
This is a great, fun book to help children with counting. Let’s Count with Victoria 1 2 3 is filled with lots of fun colourful animals and objects to count, and pictures of the real Victoria the traction engine to enjoy.
This is a set of 6 different games on cardboard coasters:
• Letter Market – a word game for 2+ players.
• Sleuth Box – a deduction game for 2 players.
• Alien Farm – an action-selection game for 2-4 players.
• Ice Cream Truck – a risk-management game for 2+ players.
• Treasure Split – a cooperative game for 2 players.
• Free the Frog – a party game for 2+ players.
On each coaster the game is on one side and the other side has the game rules. They are easy and fun and great to use at parties and by having them on coasters they are easy to take with you to gatherings and look really cool!
This roll of tickets is the perfect gift for any cat lover. You pull a ticket out each day to learn a fun mew fact about cats. You can get lots of different ones of these for different topics but this cat one is amazing. It contains 100 tickets which you can pull out daily or once a week, as often as you like but 100 will last a while! Such a fun and unique present.
You could also put together a small gift bag or basket containing free stuff which is a really thoughtful gift if you don’t have any money to spend. It’s a great way to try out different samples of products. There are always lots of beauty and perfume samples available to apply for online.
Pet therapy is not a new concept. A lot of hospitals and therapists are using pets to reach out to their patients.
How does it translate as a pet-therapy venture when you don’t work in the healthcare sector? There is more than one way to help people cope with everyday obstacles and challenges. As a result, you don’t need to be a trained therapist to start your own “feel good” business with pets. Here are some ideas to get you started with a pet side hustle.
The UK is a nation of dog lovers. However, not every household can afford to adopt a dog. For elderly people, for instance, adopting a pet can be too much of a hassle. Many feel uncertain on their legs in old age, and therefore worry that they couldn’t care for an animal. A simple walk-my-dog venture could help you reach out to lonely seniors and encourage them to go out for a walk. You can hold the dog on their behalf, but they would still benefit from the interaction with a friendly pup. Additionally, offering your dog’s services at a small fee can also help with the cost of owning a pet. You can schedule dedicated time with each of your neighbours/clients in the evening or during the weekend, making this the ideal venture when you’ve got a full-time job.
A fluffy farming environment
Living in the countryside, or on the outskirts of large cities has its advantages. You can embrace the joys of a large backyard! When it comes to starting a pet therapy venture, countryside lifestyle allows you to work with different types of animals and even create your own farm environment. For instance, you may want to consider more unusual pets, such as buying an alpaca for sale. Alpacas have a gentle and soothing temperament, making them ideal companions for people who need emotional comfort. You could consider an open farm environment, where you can open facilities to welcome groups or manage small events. If you prefer to encourage people to join you for an afternoon of work at the farm, it can be easier to work with animals that are more common – this will avoid confusing or fear! Goats are not only highly intelligent, but they have been very effective with a variety of emotional needs and troubles. They are perfect for stressed-out individuals, small children, or even older adults. Besides, you can even encourage your visitors to make their own goat’s cheese!
Visiting people and offices
A lot of therapy animals tend to live in the countryside. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t find ways of making animal therapy more accessible in an urban environment. Did you know, for instance, that small pets, such as rabbits or cats, have a lot to offer in towns? The growing popularity of cats coffees shows that urban dwellers crave the attention of small pets too. Why not consider a venture that lets you visit businesses? Employees will cherish the opportunity to pet a bunny in the middle of a stressful day!
Starting a pet therapy business, as a side hustle or a full-time venture can be hugely rewarding. There’s an instant feel-good sensation when you work with animals. But you can also support people who are going through stress, depression or just feeling lonely. At a time of uncertainty such as now, animal therapy is more important than ever!
Cats may look innocent and adorable, but they can also be some of the feistiest and messy pets to own as well. Depending on the breed of cat and their personality, you might find yourself faced with an annoying feline that you can’t help but love. While they can be therapeutic and make you smile for hours, they can also make your blood boil when they do something annoying such as throwing their litter around. So before you consider adopting a pet, here are a couple of the most annoying things that you’ll just have to put up with.
It should come as no surprise that cats can be a tripping hazard Sometimes, you’ll find your cat sitting in the hallway doing nothing but blocking your way. You might also find them bolting across the room across your feet for no apparent reason. This kind of behaviour can often shock cat owners and might even cause them to trip because they don’t want to step on their cat. In some cases, cats might leave the toys you bought them laying around the room, or they might drag things around such as bags and shoes. This doesn’t happen with all cats, but if you have an adventurous and playful cat, it’s surprisingly common to treat them as a tripping hazard.
Cats loves to stare outside windows
If you live in an apartment then it can be scary seeing your cat peering out the window. Cats love to sit and watch things happening outside, but you need to be careful that they don’t accidentally fall out and injure themselves. Yes, they have great survival instincts, but that’s not going to stop them from accidentally sleeping and falling. While they can certainly land on their feet, it’s still going to hurt them and they’ll end up in a lot of pain. For this, it’s important to have safety measures to stop cats getting out of a window. This is a small improvement that can offer you a lot of peace of mind. If you’re going to adopt a cat, you should be prepared to make small adjustments to your home for their safety.
Cats are really bossy
Cats can be really loving and cute, but they can also be bossy at a moment’s notice. There are times when it can be fun to watch your cat attempt to take charge, but it can also be really frustrating to see your cat whine or treat you like you’re the pet. This can usually happen with older cats that haven’t been trained or haven’t spent much time around you. If you’re firm when you train your cat, this is far less likely to happen.
Cats love to follow you everywhere
While it can be endearing to see your cat follow you everywhere, it can get fairly annoying when they stick to you like glue. You might find yourself struggling to get any privacy with your partner, they might follow you into the bathroom as you go to the toilet, and they might whine and cry when you’re about to leave the house. Dealing with a needy cat is possible, but it’s a lot more involved and time-consuming than you may think.
Gus & Bella are an amazing cat themed subscription box company that create amazing boxes you can buy either as a regular subscription or a one off box￼.
I reviewed, with the help of my cats, the beach pawty box which is their August box.
The box included lots of treats for me and my kitties:
SIMON’s CAT ECO FRIENDLY LUNCHBOX
Made from Bamboo fibre, this box will degrade naturally.
Retail value £10.
This super cute lunch box can be used for either storing cat treats or for me to take to work with my lunch in.
PURRMAID LAG0ON SOY WAX CANDLE
Exclusive to Gus & Bella, this Purrmaid Lagoon soy wax candle, scented in cherry, plum and vanilla, has up to 40 hours burn time and was hand-poured in the UK.
This candle smells amazing and I love the colour!
FISH STRING TOY BY CAT ‘N’ CABOODLE
My cats love toys on a string so this is a big hit!
HANDMADE CATNIP ICE CREAM TOY
Now your cat can join the summer fun with this catnip-filled handmade toy by Little Miss Delicious.
Retail value £8.
This is really cute and a big hit with my cat Archie
CATIT CREAMY STICKS
Try freezing the creamy sticks to make delicious ice pop treats for your cat to try!
Both my cats love treats and it is great you can freeze these in the warm weather.
Newly launched fishy flavours, by Blink. Suitable for adults & kittens. Blink’s complete meals contain premium, shredded fillets and are made in Northamptonshire. Contain no added sugar, grains or salt. All their meat fillets are sourced from British farmers.
These didn’t last very long! My cats love wet food 🙂
BLONK JUMBLERS TREATS
Made with real british chicken, baked in a woodfired oven. Have fun spelling your cat’s name with the aphabet shapes.
These are awesome and they went down a treat.
PET REMEDY DE-STRESS WIPES
If your cat is feeling anxious or stressed, try rubbing a Pet Remedy wipe over your cat’s neck. This should instantly sooth them. Ideal for vet trips, taking medication. fireworks nights, moving house, or tension with other family pets.
These will be idea for the next vet visit!
I have the following discount codes for anyone interested:
TRADEMARK – 20% off first monthly or bi-monthly subscription (£26.95 + delivery)
TRADEMARKGIFT – 10% off one-off gift boxes (£30 + delivery)
These days people are opting for the healthier version of products, they are reading the labels on the backs of products, checking the origins of manufacturing and enquiring about the treatment process involved in the production of these items. We want to live a long, full life and if it means doing a bit of extra reading then so be it.
We look after our homes, our family members and this most certainly includes our pets, if we’re all eating well and make nutritionally sound changes then they need to get on board, am I right? And a healthy pup is a happy pet.
So how can we take care of them better than we already are? Well, in recent years the extraction of what’s known as CBD oil which is found naturally in the wild growing hemp plant, has been a medical success in aiding the body’s ailments organically.
The process of extraction is quite complex to ensure it’s done as chemically-free as possible and to obtain the purest possible form that contains little to no THC (the psychoactive component of the oil), to see more of the method click here
Introduce CBD into your pets’ diet
There are various items and methods of adding CBD oil into your dog’s meal, some of which we will discuss in this article, and some you may have already tried.
For dogs, giving them the medicine of sorts is not always as easy as it looks in the movies where dogs practically ask for the drops. We need to be innovative and sneak it in without them realizing, basically what I do with vegetables for my kids who are ‘allergic’ to anything vegetable related. Queue the rolling eyes from my side.
One blog I came across when looking into CBD for my dog was where a woman had made home-made doggy treats and biscuits for her pup, and as they were cooling she dropped a few spots onto each biscuit so it could soak into the treat before it was completely set. And when she gave them to her ‘Bobby’ all he saw was a treat and he was none the wiser. Brilliant.
Other options are to simply mix it into the main meal in their bowl or make doggy gummies which seem to surprise and excite them at the novelty. For some great CBD recipe ideas and to brush up on your chef skills try something new this weekend and shock your pup with a unique treat.
What to look for in a CBD product
The extraction and manufacturing process of any product, CBD or other, is determined by whether chemicals were added in the collecting, processing and bottling stages, these will react with the oil and ultimately alter the purity of the final liquid. This will determine the difference between a high and low-quality commodity.
Try to find out where the hemp is sourced, most countries and especially in the States, have heavily regulated farming bill compliances that need to be followed and make for ethically produced products.
A big factor that industries are trying to push is adding flavorings and GMOs into the products thinking it makes them more appealing to consumers, and for some, it works but for the majority of people they are looking for natural organic items.
We want a substance that Mother Nature herself brings into the world, not something man-made and certainly not one that’s been overly tested in the lab and tweaked to what the industry thinks is the best version. Take a look at a knockout post on all products CBD and the blog articles related to its uses and effects.
The safety of CBD
If you’re buying a 100% pure hemp product then yes it is safe to give to your dog, with no traces of THC your pet can get all the benefits of a naturally great product and none of the harmful side-effects related to the psychoactive part of the plant, this is why it is vitally important to check that it is 100% bio and sourced with the environmental factors considered.
Your dog will be feeling his usual self in no time and isn’t that all we want from our ‘children?’