Can Cat Videos Make You A Nicer, Healthier Person?

If you’ve had the internet longer than 5 minutes, you are aware that a large chunk of the content that gets uploaded and shared every day is comprised of adorable cat videos. In case you hadn’t heard, here is a prime example.

Now how did that make you feel? Maybe a little less stressed out? Odds are that watching this adorable kitty play around ended up lifting your spirits a bit, helping you forget about whatever else might be eating at you. In fact, scientists recently witnessed that watching cat videos can actually make people feel happier, less anxious, and even more energetic.

Not feeling it yet? Have another!

The study, conducted by Jessica Gall Myrick at Indiana University, took a poll of some 7,000 people, asking them where, when, and why they watch cat videos. And the responses were probably what you would have expected.

On the whole, participants reported watching 2-3 cat videos a week, most often after seeing them on Facebook, Buzzfeed, or some other viral content powerhouse. More often than not, the participants stated that they did not, in fact, seek out the video themselves, but simply clicked a link that popped up on their screen.

Like this!

The study also asked participants how they felt before and after viewing a cat video. Again, the results are likely what you would have already assumed: participants that were in a good mood (energetic and generally contented) tended to stay that way, while participants that were in a bad mood (depleted, anxious, annoyed, sad, or guilt-ridden) noted some relief from these negative feelings.

That got a little technical. Here, have another cat video.

To be fair, this could be viewed as science confirming something we had known for a long time, but having empirical evidence to support our long-felt beliefs never hurt.

It does make perfect sense – people tend to consume media that either helps them maintain a state of happiness or pull them out of a funk. And what better way to do that than watch a goofy furball mess around and do silly cat stuff?

So, with that being said, here is a solid hour of non-stop adorable cat antics. Enjoy!

Myrick, Jessica. “Emotion regulation, procrastination, and watching cat videos online: Who watches Internet cats, why, and to what effect?”  Elsevier. 52 (2015): 168-176. Print.


Paralyzed Dog Walks Again! Watch This Video

Sammi is your typical Springer Spaniel – a dog that loves to run, jump, swim, fetch, and play all sorts of games with his loving family. However, Sammi was not always this way. When he was 8-years-old, a bone grew in the middle of his spinal column, putting pressure on his spinal cord and causing him to lose functionality in his legs.

A surgery was performed to remove the stray bone, but Sammi’s outlook was not good. A full recovery seemed like a faraway dream. During that time, Sammi was unable to walk or move his legs – he could barely even pick up his head because of the damage done to his spine. Sammi was considered quadriplegic.

The surgery went about as expected, with the surgeon incapable of removing the damaging bone. Even still, Sammi was put through physical therapy in hopes of him regaining even a modicum of his former self. Electronic stimulation, electro-acupuncture, underwater treadmills, and sensory rehab were all a part of Sammi’s regimine.

After three months of hard work, sweat, and tears, the results of Sammi’s training are in – and they are simply incredible.

See for yourself:

His mom’s reaction is perfect! Is that not the most amazing thing you’ve seen all day?

To see what it took to get Sammi to where he is today, watch this clip:

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Don’t Let Your Pet’s Food Poison Your Family

If you’re trying to save money and cut a few corners with the family budget, your pet’s food isn’t a great place to start. If you start purchasing inexpensive pet foods rather than quality brands like Forza 10 dog food, you may actually be putting your pet and your family at risk.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pet food and treats can be contaminated with salmonella, which can then be transferred to humans and other pets in the house.


Help Your Dog Catch Their Breath with Brethine

Many veterinarians prescribe Brethine, or its generic version terbutaline, to canines who are struggling to breathe. This pill relaxes your pooch’s airways to combat the constriction and inflammation that can make it difficult for your four-legged friend to fill their lungs.

Its active ingredient is terbutaline sulfate, which can interact with certain drugs, like antidepressants, and doesn’t work when dogs have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions. 


Keep Your Dog Toxin Free with Denamarin Vitamins

Many pet parents turn to supplements like Denamarin tablets to improve their dog’s liver health. Like in humans, the liver is one of the most important organs for dogs. Learn about how a healthy liver can help your pooch and why you should work with your veterinarian to avoid liver damage.

What do dogs’ livers do? 

A dog’s liver is made up of six lobes and works closely with the gallbladder and rest of the digestive system. The liver is located in the middle of your dog’s chest between the stomach and lungs. The liver’s primary function is to metabolize and process the fat, protein, and carbohydrates from your pooch’s diet. These are all crucial aspects of your dog’s food as well as their life.


How to Bring Your Dog to the Beach

Dog at the beach

Here’s the first, most important step to planning a beach day for your dog: find out if the beach is pet-friendly, since many prohibit dogs. If dogs are allowed, review the beach’s guidelines — dogs may be required to stay in restricted areas, or be on a leash for their visit — and follow some simple safety steps to ensure that your dog’s day of sand, waves, and sunshine is safe as well as fun.

Beware of Heatstroke

A long day in the sun poses some risks for your dog, with heatstroke and dehydration as the biggest potential problems. Watch for an inordinate amount of panting, trouble breathing, and disorientation. If the water is particularly chilly, or if your visit occurs during the wintertime, hypothermia can be a concern, particularly with smaller breeds. Keep an eye out for shivering, disorientation, slow breathing, and stiff muscles.

Related Story: How to Identify Signs of Heatstroke in Your Dog

Water Safety: Does Your Dog Need a Life Vest?

Is your dog a swimmer? Many dogs love to swim, taking to the waves confidently. If that’s not the case for your dog, be cautious about allowing your dog in the water. Some breeds are skittish by the ocean; other breeds are simply not capable of swimming. If you’re at all in doubt about how your dog will respond, put a dog life vest on your pet.

Related Story: 4 Safety Tips for Dressing Your Pet

Keep an Eye On Your Dog

While you’re at the beach, make sure you’re always watching your dog. Many beaches require pets to stay on a leash; even if the one you’re visiting does not, make sure to keep dogs on a leash if they don’t respond well to voice commands. Your dog should have a good time, but not impede the fun of other beachgoers — curtail rampages across the beach that might lead to sand being flung on sunbathers.

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Bring Dog-Friendly Beach Supplies

Load up your beach bag with supplies for your dog. Some of the most important things to bring to the beach for your dog’s fun and safety are:

  • A water bowl and water: Provide your dog plenty of fresh water to ensure hydration. You’ll also want to avoid having your dog slurp down salt water, which can lead to sickness.
  • An umbrella: Make sure there’s some source of shade for when your dog needs a break from the sunshine.
  • A blanket or towel: The heat of the sand can be painful on your dog’s paws. A blanket or towel will allow a break from the exposure, and a comfy place for a nap.
  • Sunscreen: Only use dog-friendly sunscreen on your pet; sunscreen intended for people may have chemicals, scents, or other problematic ingredients which dogs could easily ingest while licking their fur.
  • Toys!: Don’t forget, you’re here for fun. Safety is important, but also make sure to bring a Frisbee, floating toy, and fun toys for your dog to fetch.

In general, use your common sense; like you, your dog should avoid too much time in the sun, especially during the hottest part of the day, hydrate frequently, reapply sunscreen after being in the water, and take breaks in the shade.

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 Be Respectful of the Beach

Don’t leave any of your dog’s waste behind — it could be an unpleasant surprise for other beach-goers. Prevent dogs from entering areas that are marked as off limits, which may often be environmentally protected areas.

When it’s time to take off for the day, use an outdoor shower, or a bucket or bottle of fresh water, to rinse off the sand, sunscreen, and saltwater from your dog. Use a towel (or the sunshine!) to dry off your dog. If you’re traveling by car, put down a blanket in the backseat to keep the car dry and tidy.

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What Pregnant Women Need to Know About Cats

Pregnant Woman With Cat

Pregnant mamas, are you concerned about your cat? The list of things expecting moms need to avoid is long, but rest assured, cuddling with your cat is not verboten. During pregnancy, you should take a few very simple safety precautions when it comes to your cat’s care, but in general, most of your relationship to your cat can remain unchanged.

RELATED STORY: Top 5 Misconceptions About Owning a Cat

What’s the Risk?

Any risk that cats present to pregnant women is as a carrier of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which can cause birth defects or miscarriages to pregnant women. Toxoplasma gondii is one of the most common parasites around, and can be contracted through raw or undercooked meat, soil, litter, or vegetables planted in contaminated soil. If your cat eats meat with this parasite, they will become a carrier. If infected, cats will go on to shed Toxoplasma gondii in their droppings.

RELATED STORY: The Truth About Toxoplasmosis in Cats

How to Avoid Contact With Toxoplasma gondii

For indoor cats fed on canned wet food or dry food, the risks of Toxoplasma gondii are extremely low. Outdoor cats are more at risk for contracting the parasite, as are cats that eat raw meat. In general, pregnant women should avoid a cat’s feces and cleaning the litter to remove the risk of exposure to the parasite. If no one else is available to tackle the responsibility, wear plastic gloves while changing the litter, avoid any direct exposure during the task, and wash your hands thoroughly.

While it’s cats that get the bad rap for spreading toxoplasmosis, in reality, the most likely way this disease will be contracted is through eating undercooked meat. Other precautions for pregnant women to follow: wearing gloves while gardening, using a separate cutting board for raw meat and vegetables, and making sure the litter is changed frequently.

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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
AVMA – Raw or Undercooked Source Protein in Cat and Dog Food


Blind Dog Duffy Can Finally See His Family Again

This is Duffy, the formerly-blind dog. Having lost his vision to diabetes, Duffy the Irish Terrier was blind for over a year. However, thanks to the miracle of modern science, he was recently given back his sight. And he could not have been happier.

RELATED STORY: What Causes Blindness in Dogs?

Watch as he sees his family for the first time in over a year!



Keep in mind that he knew nothing but darkness for over a year! In the video, Duffy is overcome with joy at seeing his people again. Just look at that tail go!


When Duffy was adopted roughly 9 years ago, his family knew that he was a somewhat unhealthy pup. He had signs of liver disease and the onset of diabetes was looming on the horizon.

RELATED STORY: Causes of Diabetes in Your Cat or Dog

Duffy’s condition worsened due to complications with his medication. The most devastating blow came when Duffy lost his vision. “I can only imagine what went through his mind the day it all went black,” said the dog’s owner, Benjamin May, in the original Reddit post.

However, as frightening as it must have been for him to lose his sight, it must have been that much more exhilarating to have it come flooding back. You can see it in the video — he can barely contain himself!

Duffy’s insulin treatment cost his family approximately $350 a month, and the surgery cost $5,000. While some think that the amount of money spent is too high, the May family has a different view on it. “He’s happy and he makes us happy, he’s family to us, you can’t put a price on family,” (Reddit).

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RECALL ALERT: Hill’s Science Diet Recalls 62 Bags of Food

Hill’s Science Diet Has Recalled Dog Food

June 4 – Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. of Topeka, Kansas is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of their Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry dog food due to a possible contamination with salmonella.


The limited production, consisting of only 62 bags suspected of contamination, can be identified as such:

Product NameBag SizeSKU“Best Before” Date/ Production Code
Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed15.5 lbs.909708 2015 M094


The SKU number of Hill’s Science Diet can be found on both sides and the bottom of your bag.


The product was accidentally released to the public, even though it was deemed unfit for consumption



Only 62 bags have been identified as contaminated, 17 of which have already been identified and collected.


If you have a bag of the aforementioned dog food, stop feeding it to your dog immediatly and contact Hill’s directly at 1-800-445-5777 to have them come and collect the contaminated product directly. Upon collection, Hill’s will issue a full refund. You should also consider seeking medical attention if you or your dog begin to exhibit symptoms of salmonella. To read more about salmonella, visit this page.


Pets that are on Hill’s Science Diet might also like:

Natural Balance L.I.D. (Limited Ingredient Diet)

Wellness CORE Grain Free Ocean Diet

Solid Gold Just a Wee Bit Small Breed