Food Your Cat Will Never Say no to!

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Dogs are essentially pack animals and their early survival was dependent on scavenger food hunts. But cats have emerged from smaller desert felines which hunted birds and mice. The natural prey for cats was available in abundance and was not very challenging to catch. Therefore, they did not develop the need to gulp down any food that was given to them. So it is not unnatural for your kitty to refuse a bowl of food that is laid down in front of it and walk away simply uninterested. Here is some help in understanding the foods that cats love and will never say no to.

Top foods for feeding your pet cat

Include these delicious delights in your cat’s daily feed and keep them healthy and happy!

  1. Tuna

    As soon as you open that can of yummy tuna, you will know why it’s ranked high in the ‘favorite cat food’ list. There is no need to do anything fancy with the canned tuna. You simply have to offer some pieces to your cat to earn the brownie points from them. Alternatively, you could also prepare tuna cakes. But you have to be careful because several cats are intolerant towards mayo. Also remember to avoid spicy tuna as it might not go down well with your cat. Plain tuna is ideal for serving to your kitty.

  2. Ham

    For those who like eating ham, be prepared to serve some bites to your cat too. It is not advisable to offer them the typical meat ham as it has a high amount of harmful nitrates and other additives, which might not be good for the cat’s health. If your cat savors ham, give it fresh ham instead.

  3. Dairy

    Even though cats love milk, very few people know that these animals also like yogurt and ice cream! These are milk-based products and therefore offer the same kind of pleasure to the cat’s taste buds as dairy milk. In addition to this, the probiotics present in yogurt help in easing the digestion process in case the cat is lactose intolerant.

    It is a good idea to serve plain yogurt to your cat, instead of picking artificially flavored varieties. Similarly, if your cat is an ice-cream lover, try giving it coconut milk-based varieties or organic ice-creams. These not only taste good but are also very healthy for your cat.

    Other foods that have been ranked popular among cats include eggs, canned salmon, sardines, chicken, fish sticks etc. Some cats also love food prepared in coconut oil. It is important to remember that your cat’s daily feed should be nutritionally balanced in addition to being tasty.


The Badass Brooklyn Rescue Fall Festival: What A Blast!

Do you love dogs? Do you live in the New York area? Well, than you need to meet our good friends at Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue!


On Sunday, Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue hosted one heck of a festival, and we here at PetPlus are grateful to have been invited. This festival had everything you (and your dog!) could possibly want.


The fair was chock full of crafts and gourmet snacks – both for people and pups alike – as well as events like:

  • A pit bull kissing booth from Mr. Bones and Co.
  • An agility course to test your dog’s mettle with Sarah Westcott and the Doggie Academy
  • A trainer (Katie McCue) doling out handy pet care tips
  • A personalized dog dish with your pooch’s paw print courtesy of Baked in Brooklyn
  • A free caricature for every dog in attendance by comic book artist Andy Pratt
  • A raffle full of great prizes like a Gucci scarf or two tickets to see Kelly and Michael


And with booths from vendors all across NYC, there was something for everybody. Shake Shack was there handing out special doggy ice cream treats called “pooch-inis,” that the dogs were going bananas over.


For the people on the other end of the leash, Sunday Gravy was dishing out some delicious sandwiches just like momma used to make. And the Two Moon Art House & Cafe brought their delicious cookies, just in case the people were getting jealous seeing their pooches get all the goodies. Not to mention the $4 beers provided by Smuttynose Brewery ($3 of which went right back to the shelter).


There were also some fantastic musical guests pumping out the jams and getting people ready for a day of doggy fun. Everything from the folky tunes of Willy Gantrim and Yard Sale to the high energy beats of the Marafanyi Drum Dance and Song, there was something for everybody.


If you missed the fun festivities, there is always next year. And to help you get over having missed one of the most fun Sundays in recent memory, you can use the offer code “Badass” to get a free month of PetPlus – no strings attached.




How To Turn Your Recyclables Into Healthy Dog Food

Purgedon Smart Recycling Boxes

Turkey is really thinking outside the box with this one. This new program, established by the eco-conscious company Pugedon, is now popping up in select locations around Istanbul, and stray dogs and environmentalists alike are elated.

The program, as unlikely a combination as it may sound, aims to incentivise the countries use of recycle bins by giving stray dogs a meal with every bottle deposited.

That’s right — for every bottle inserted in the machine, out comes a scoop of kibble into a basin at the foot of the machine, thereby providing a meal for the countries otherwise underfed stray dog population.

And with an estimated 150,000 stray dogs throughout the city limits, this program could do a great deal towards giving these poor dogs a higher standard of life.

As in dogs, just like anyone else, healthy dog food is essential. However, most of these dogs live on scavenged scraps — either from handouts or dumpster diving. But that is not enough. Healthy dog food needs to be the cornerstone of their diet.

The machine itself is entirely solar powered, and the device can hold up to 800 bottles or cans, so maintenance and upkeep only need to happen every once in a while. What that means is that, for the most part, this machine requires minimal servicing, providing food and a place to dump recyclables without much effort.

So feed the machine, feed a stray. Its a win-win!

If the program does well, it will likely spread to other areas that are swarmed with strays, helping to keep the streets clean while feeding those dogs in need.

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Is a Raw Pet Food Diet The Right Way to Go?

Raw Pet Food Diet

It seems like every few years a new dieting trend emerges, and the latest health craze has begun to spread out to our furry friends.


Similar to the popular paleo diet, or the ancestral diet, the concept behind a raw only nutritional regimen is that you eat only the things that our prehistoric predecessors would have eaten. That means everything you eat is unprocessed, grain-free, and supposedly much cleaner burning than the crud we typically consume.


While a diet like this can be a great way to trim a lot of the hydrogenated oils and trans fats out of our diets, when it comes to our pets, is a raw food diet a good idea? Recent studies are starting to think that it isn’t.


What might otherwise seem like a natural fit, a raw food only diet similar to what their wolven brothers and sisters consume might not satisfy our precious pooches dietary needs. However, as it would happen, our dogs have not been wolves, or anything close to wolves, for nearly 10,000 years. That means that their dietary needs are in no way the same as their more wild cousins.


Now, there are plenty of advocates out there for feeding your pet a raw diet, claiming that the unprocessed, fresh foods gives their pet:

  • an especially shiny coat
  • improved skin health
  • a boosted immune system
  • cleaner teeth
  • help controlling their weight

However, none of these claims have been tested, let alone proven, in any sort of scientific study.



What has been proven, on the other hand, is the fact that a raw diet of this nature leaves our pets at a much greater risk of contracting a virus, such as

  • Salmonella
  • E. Coli
  • Listeria.

Moreover, by feeding your pet a raw food only diet, the onus is on you to make sure that they are getting all of their essential nutrients. Pet food is generally crafted to meet all of your dog or cat’s dietary needs. A raw diet, on the other hand, is entirely crafted by you, so you will need to carefully select the things you include to make sure that your pet is maintaining a healthy diet.



The CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital has the following recommendations when it comes to feeding our furry friends:

  • Make sure they are eating a well balanced diet
  • Ensure that the food they are eating is designed for their age and size (specifically, don’t feed a puppy or kitten food suited for “all ages”)
  • Make sure the brand of food you buy has strict quality control, and has a board nutritionist on staff.
  • IF YOU DO CHOOSE TO PREPARE FOOD – make sure the diet is discussed with a veterinary nutritionist to make sure that it suits your pet’s needs. Also, any meat used should be cooked to an internal temp of at least 165 degrees to ensure that any unwanted organisms are cooked off.
  • Make sure to employ a smooth transition when switching diets – generally ween your pet off their old food over the course of 5-7 days.
  • If you have any questions about your pet’s diet, consult with your vet

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Colorado State University News – Pet Health: Raw-food diets come with risks, and claims of nutritional benefits are unfounded
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The Best Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs

fruits and vegetables for dogs

Fruits and vegetables provide many health benefits to humans, like helping us fight disease, maintain a healthy weight, and lengthen our lives. But can fruits and vegetables for dogs improve their health as well? Many veterinary nutritionists say yes, especially if you feed your dog the right kinds of produce.

Before giving your dog any new food — whether it’s fruits and vegetables or something else — it’s a good idea to consult with your veterinarian.

Your vet will let you know the best way to feed your dog a new food to avoid digestive problems and nutrient imbalance.

So what are the right kinds of produce, and what are the wrong kinds? Let’s take a look.

Fruits and Vegetables For Dogs

Dogs Can Eat Carrots: Many dogs love carrots straight from the bag, and carrots placed in the freezer can make soothing and nutritious treats for teething pups. Carrots contain immune-boosting vitamin C as well as high levels of beta-carotene.

Dogs Can Eat Apples: Apples are an excellent source of vitamin C and pectin, a fiber that can improve your dog’s digestive health. In addition, the apple’s grainy texture will scrub your dog’s teeth while they chew (this doesn’t mean that you can stop brushing your dog’s teeth!) If you wish to feed your dog an apple, remove the seeds first. Apple seeds contain cyanide, which can be poisonous to dogs.

Dogs Can Eat Green Beans: Green beans are packed with vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a great source of calcium, fiber, copper, folic acid, niacin, iron, potassium, manganese, riboflavin and thiamin, and beta-carotene. Whew! You can feed your dog either fresh or frozen green beans; if you choose a frozen variety, make sure that it doesn’t contain salt, as salt is poisonous to dogs.

Dogs Can Eat Sweet Potatoes: Most dogs find sweet potatoes to be extremely tasty, so they can make a great addition to your dog’s dinner bowl. Slice them or dehydrate them to make a chewy treat. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of dietary fiber and they also contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, beta-carotene, and magnesium.

Some other fruits and vegetables that are safe to feed your pup include: Asparagus, blueberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, lettuce, oranges, pumpkin (sugar-free; no pumpkin pie filling!), spinach, strawberries, squash, and watermelon (without seeds).

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Fruits and Vegetables to Avoid Giving Your Dog

Onions and Garlic: These vegetables — in all forms — can destroy red blood cells in dogs and lead to anemia.

Avocados: Avocados contain a harmful chemical called persin that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and fluid buildup around your dog’s heart. This chemical is very concentrated in the avocado pit, which could be fatal if ingested.

Grapes and Raisins: While is not fully understood why grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs, these fruits can be fatal even if a dog consumes only a small amount.

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Fruits with pits: Fruits with pits such as peaches, plums, apricots, and cherries can be toxic to a dog not because of the fruit, but because of the pit, which contains cyanide like apple and watermelon seeds. If you wish to feed your dog one of these fruits, remove the pit or seeds first.

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Top 3 Tips To Stop A Dog Stealing Food


When you consider dogs started out as scavengers, it’s not surprising some dogs find it hard to resist sneaking a nibble from an unoccupied dinner plate or raiding a tray of appetizers left out for guests. So it’s only natural then that people would see a dog stealing food.

However, it is annoying, and it can also be hazardous to your dog’s health if they steal food that is poisonous to dogs. Fortunately, there are ways to teach your dog to keep their paws — and tongue — off the table. Let’s take a look.

Here are our top 3 tips to stop a dog stealing food.

1. Don’t Let Your Dog Learn a Bad Habit

From the first time your dog successfully steals food from the table, they probably won’t hesitate to try it again. To prevent easy access to food, put away all leftovers, keep breads and baked goods in bins and jars, and keep foods that need to be left on the table or countertop in Tupperware containers.

In addition, don’t feed your dog scraps from the table while you’re at the table. If you do, your dog may learn that it’s okay to take food from the table. If you wish to reward your dog with a bite of dog-friendly human food, take it to their bowl instead.

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2. Teach the “No” and “Off” Commands

The “no” command will come in handy if you catch your dog in the act of stealing. However, you shouldn’t use the “no” command or otherwise punish your dog if they’ve already eaten the stolen food; they won’t understand why you’re upset.

The “off” command is another useful command you can use if you have a small dog who jumps on tables or a large dog who counter surfs with their paws. Just remember never to “shoo” or push your dog off a table; they could get scared, fall, or injure themselves.

Pick your dog up and put them down or let them jump off if it’s safe to do so.

3. Teach Your Dog to “Lie Down” When Food is Around

When you want to teach your dog to stop stealing or begging, the “lie down” command can be a real lifesaver. When food comes out, give your dog the command, wait for them to lie down, and then offer a treat. Keep offering treats every 15-20 seconds or so, even as you eat.

After some practice, start spacing out the time between treats. In a matter of weeks your dog should learn that they are more likely to get a snack if they lie down nicely than if they poke their nose around and beg.

You can also integrate your dog’s bed or favorite blanket into this training. Ask them to lie down on their bed instead of the kitchen floor, then offer a treat.

Your dog will learn that being on their bed earns them a jackpot, and over time you should be able to move their bed to an out-of-the-way location while you’re eating dinner or entertaining. Just be sure to keep rewarding your dog for their good behavior.

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A Note About Deterrents

Some trainers recommend using deterrents such as tin can pyramids, booby traps, and cookie sheets that will make loud noises or scare your dog off when they attempt to steal food.

However, these methods can sometimes do more harm than good as they may set your dog up to become anxious in the kitchen or afraid of everyday items like cans.

If you find that your dog is stubborn and doesn’t respond to the other methods suggested above, talk to a trainer and see if deterrent training is a good technique for your particular dog.

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Simple Tips to Make The Most Out of Your Pets Mealtime

When your pets mealtime rolls around, many pet parents follow a similar routine: scoop out the food, put the food in a bowl, place the bowl on the floor, and let Fido or Boots have at it. The entire process is usually over in a matter of minutes.

But what if feeding time was more than just a meal? Lots of pet parents use their pet’s dinner hour as an opportunity to teach or reinforce commands. Others use stuffed puzzle toys to slow down speed eaters, provide mental stimulation, zap energy, and satiate their pet’s prey drive.

So how can you make the most of your pet’s mealtime? Read on to learn some tips.

Tip #1: Turn Mealtime Into Training Time

Pets MealTime

Many pet parents think that training should only happen at a designated time, and that the only appropriate reward for a job well done is a special treat. In reality, training can happen anywhere at any time, and a hungry pet will usually respond just as well to their normal food as they will to a delicacy.

You can feed your pet their entire meal by hand while teaching or reinforcing commands like sit, stay, lie down, and heel. When your pet performs, offer them a few pieces of kibble. For safety commands that you really want to reinforce (like come and “watch me”), offer a larger handful (this is sometimes referred to as a “jackpot”).

Training your pet with their food not only reinforces important commands and stretches out feeding time (which can help with digestion), it also provides your pet with daily mental stimulation, which can improve their behavior.

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Tip #2: Stuff Puzzle Toys With Your Pet’s Portion

Puzzle toys come in all shapes and sizes. Some are complex games and others look like regular toys, but have small openings where treats or food can be stuffed. You can also make your own puzzle toy at home; for example, a tennis ball with a flap cut into it.

Puzzle toys make your pet problem solve in order to reach a treat or food. Some puzzle games require a pet to move game pieces around to release a morsel. Other puzzle toys simply need to be dropped, nudged, or swatted to shake a piece of food free.

Feeding your pet their food using puzzle toys not only slows down eating and extends meal time (some pets are occupied for 20 minutes or more!), it also provides mental stimulation, a bit of exercise, and will satisfy a pet’s desire to “hunt” for their food.

If your have a large dog or large cat who eats large portions, you can buy or make several puzzle toys and divide the portion between them.

Leave a comment and let us know how you make the most of your pet’s mealtime!