GUIDE TO CRUELTY-FREE + VEGAN MAKEUP BRANDS | 2017

Who said there aren’t many cruelty-free and vegan makeup brands?! the cruelty free kitty created a guide containing 101 brands to show you that it’s possible to find quality cruelty-free makeup for every budget, from high-end to drugstore!

They included their personal experience with these brands, but they also remained objective about recommendations. If you’re a makeup beginner, I hope this guide will be helpful to you!

They divided the guide into 4 sections: Mid-Range and High-End Brands, Drugstore Brands, Natural and Organic Makeup Brands, and Independent or Indie Makeup Brands that are quite popular, but mostly not available in stores.

We put the first 10 brands, but to check the complete guide go to the page www.crueltyfreekitty.com

 

1. kat von d

2. anastasia beverly hills

3. hourglass

4. urban decay*

5. illamasqua

6. too faced*

7. milk makeup

8. charlotte tilbury

09. marc jacobs beauty

10. BECCA*

SELECT THE PERFECT MATCH FOR YOUR PUP

A regular gathering with canine buddies can help keep socialization skills polished, mentally and physically tire your dog and prevent your furniture from being destroyed. However, it is important to remember not all dogs enjoy playing with other dogs. By following a few guidelines and keeping a close eye on your dogs body language, you could find the perfect match for them.

EVENLY MATCHED
Your dog and their playmates should be relatively similar in size and build to prevent any accidental injuries. Not surprisingly, smaller dogs are prone to getting injured when paired with a large breed. They can be stepped on, knocked around or simply overwhelmed. Keep your dog happy by finding another pup she can let loose with, without injuring or being injured.

AGE MATTERS
Play styles can vary greatly between a young puppy and a seasoned adult dog. Young puppies tend to like energetic, rambunctious play, so they are best suited to play with one another. In contrast, an older dog might find this frenzied kind of play to be irritating. In addition, older dogs can be more selective about their playmates so be patient as you and your dog find the appropriate canine friend or family member.

PLAY STYLE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
This is a chance for your dog to express him or herself. It’s easy to put all dog play behaviors into one pot but many dogs have preferences in their types of play. For example, there are dogs that will always choose stalking or chasing, while others prefer wrestling, mouthing or tug. Some breeds, like Border Collies and Australian Shepherds, prefer activities that tap into their herding instincts. Whatever your dog’s play style, take note and try to find another dog who is also drawn to this type of play. Your dog will let you know whether they are enjoying this company by actively playing with or ignoring the pooch altogether.

LET THEM EXPRESS THEMSELVES
Let the pups decide if they want to be friends. You wouldn’t want someone else to select your friends, would you? If your dog and a potential playmate seem to have no interest in one another, they may simply be ill-suited as playmates. If your furry family member displays regular excitement in playing with another dog, it probably means you have succeeded in finding the playmate!

GET YOUR CAT TO THE VET WITH LESS STRESS

Regular vet visits for your cat are essential for a longer, healthier, and happier life! Many cats, however, do not travel as well as their canine companions! If you have a hard time getting your cat to the vet without a struggle, here are a few tips to make the trip to your veterinarian less stressful—for both you and your furry feline friend!

Happy carrier, happy cat. In order for you cat to be happy while in their carrier, they must associate the carrier with positive experiences! So, trips to the veterinarian should not be the only time your furry friend encounters the carrier. Leave it with the door or hatch open in a room where your cat spends lots of time. This will allow your cat to become familiar with it and enter and go as they please, making them more comfortable! Try adding some soft bedding inside for extra security.

Lure your kitty into the carrier. Placing treats, toys, or catnip inside the carrier will help to encourage your cat to enter. Be patient! It could take days, or maybe even weeks, for your cat to begin to trust the carrier. If your cat sits near or explores the carrier, give them a treat to continue to connect the carrier with happy things!

Pick the right carrier for your cat. There are a few factors you must consider to determine the right carrier: Your cat’s size, how well he or she tolerates handling, and which is easiest for your to transport. The carrier should be safe, secure, sturdy, and not too heavy for you to carry. Some of the best carriers are hard-sided and open from both the front and the top. An easily removable top allows a cat who is fearful, anxious, or in pain to stay in the bottom half for exams by your veterinarian.

Traveling to the vet. Your furry friend will be safest in the car if you secure the carrier using a seat belt. If your cat seems anxious, it sometimes helps to cover, either partially or completely, the carrier with a blanket or towel. There are many sprays and oils such as lavender that may help soothe your kitty on the way to the vet.

If you’re still having a hard time traveling with your furry feline, don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian for more ideas on how to make your cat’s travel away from home, whether it’s to see the veterinarian or not, more calm and pleasant, especially if your cat is very stressed!

WORKING OUT WITH YOUR DOG

Compared to their scavenging ancestors, most dogs today are couch potatoes! They get their food for free and are often home alone and inactive for most of the day. This lack of purpose leaves dogs no outlet for their naturally active tendencies—physical and mental—and it can contribute to the development of behavior problems.

Problems that may result from lack of exercise and play:

  • Destructive chewing, digging or scratching
  • Investigative behaviors, like garbage raiding
  • Hyperactivity, excitability and night-time activity
  • Unruliness, knocking over furniture and jumping up on people
  • Excessive predatory and social play
  • Play biting and rough play
  • Attention-getting behaviors like barking and whining

Daily exercise will:

  • Help to reduce or eliminate the common behavior problems listed above, such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity
  • Help to keep dogs healthy, agile and limber
  • Help to reduce digestive problems and constipation
  • Help timid or fearful dogs build confidence and trust
  • Help dogs feel sleepy, rather than restless, at bedtime or when you’re relaxing

Exercise has so many benefits for you and your dog! Looking to be more active this summer? Your dog can be your best work-out buddy. It’s a win-win for the both of you! Unlike a friend who might bail at the last second, you pup is always eager to get outside and be active with you. Studies show that dog owners are almost 40% more active than non-dog owners. Just be sure to not push your work-out buddy too hard!

Source: ASPCA

Bird Benefits: It’s National Bird Day!

National Bird Day takes place on January 5 each year. Here are a few bird benefits on this day dedicated to celebrating these amazing creatures:

Pollination: Birds are pollinators that help to fertilize flowers. These flowers may be ornamental or food producers, like tomatoes and squash flowers.

Pest Control: Many birds eat insects, including aphids, mosquitoes, spiders and other unwelcome pests. Throughout history, birds have played a role in saving crops from pest damage or destruction.

Weed Control: Finches, towhees and sparrows consume weed seeds, making them partners in landscape weed control. Some of the seeds birds consume include nettle, crabgrass, pig weed and ragweed.

Stress Relief: Watching birds, listening to their songs and providing for birds by improving the bird habitat in your yard, can relieve stress and promote well-being.

Disease Control: Scavenging birds, such as vultures, crows and eagles help quickly dispose of carcasses of dead animals, reducing the opportunity for diseases to spread.

Spreading of Fruit Seeds: Fruit-eating birds consume seeds of apples, raspberries, strawberries and other fruits and deposit the indigestible seeds over their territory. Many of those seeds become buried and when they are watered by rain they will eventually germinate, producing new fruit-bearing plants.

Bird-friendly Landscaping: By planting bird-friendly native plants, such as trees, shrubs and grasses, we can help replace food sources, shelter and nesting areas that have been destroyed by development and encourage a healthy landscape.

A Few Tips for Making the Most of Your Bird-friendly Landscaping

  • Clean and sterilize bird feeders regularly to avoid spreading diseases among your feathered, backyard visitors.
  • Use proper placement and devices such as baffles to protect your bird feeder from non-bird guests, such as squirrels, raccoons and mice.
  • Empty bird baths regularly to eliminate breeding habitats for mosquitoes.

DOGS OPEN THEIR PAWS TO RETURNING SOLDIERS

For the men and women coming home from defending their country, the hardships of adapting back to their everyday lives can be more difficult then some may think. While having to suffer through endless tours of duty, soldiers long for a final trip back to what they once remembered as their home. But for many veterans, home can feel like a foggy memory of how life used to be. Feeling like a stranger in the place you once felt most comfortable can be an unbearable burden for someone who has already gone through such turmoil and despair. Studies show that “an estimated one in five veterans deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 has or will develop post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression.” Without any true way of relating to these heroes, the average person will find it nearly impossible to come up with a solution to the horror which they now live. Symptoms like flashbacks, upsetting dreams, increased anger or irritability, and anxiety are things that veterans need help to control. And in some cases, the best way of servicing these issues will not come from doctors or medication, but from the most unexpected place: man’s best friend.

Service dogs are used traditionally for blind, deaf or physically disabled patients, but an article in NavyTimes.com explain that they have been trained to perform tasks that can improve PTSD symptoms, such as create a buffer in public places or wake a veteran from a nightmare. These dogs are individually trained to perform tasks for a specific person, surveying darkened rooms, turning on lights, re-orienting their owner during nightmares or flashbacks, detecting anxiety, navigating through crowds, enforcing boundaries for personal space. Golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers are ideal service dog companions for veterans because of their temperament and sociability.

Service dogs evoke a confidence in veterans that they may have lost as a result of their time spent overseas. In addition to the postwar related help they give veterans, dogs also allow for normalcy to be restored to the lives of these men and women. With service dogs, veterans step out of their comfort zone and forget about their troubles, even if just for a moment, and socialize with their community as they try to gain back feelings of comfort.

Funding is still being collected for research to see the impact service dogs have on veterans. Since owning a service dog can be extremely expensive, foundations are attempting to work with other groups in order to get funding for someone they think can benefit from owning these extraordinary pups. The power a dog can have in a person’s life is something that can not be found anywhere else. And for the brave Americans who risked everything for their country, a chance to heal and take back their own lives is something they deserve

CATS AND DOGS: HAPPILY EVER AFTER?

Does your dog like to chase your cat? If so, your cat probably isn’t crazy about this arrangement. And the last thing you need around the holidays is your pets fighting like, well…cats and dogs. Even though both species think themselves to be predators, dogs often consider cats their prey.

Here are four easy ways to keep the peace in your mixed-species household:

When you can’t supervise, separate your dog from your cat with a door or gate. This will protect your cat from injury and block your dog from engaging in the unwanted chasing behavior.When you are around, make sure to let your dog know chasing is unacceptable every time he engages in the behavior. A strong and simple “No!” is a good start.

Reprogram your dog’s desire to chase small moving animals by putting him on a leash when your cat enters the room. As soon as your dog notices the cat, begin feeding him pieces of a high-quality treat like boiled chicken. Keep feeding your dog as long as your cat is visible, but keep him on-leash. Your dog will eventually associate the cat entering the room with your feeding him treats, so he will come to you rather than focusing on your cat. After a while, you can even test this process without a leash. You may also need to condition your cat to be calmer in the presence of your dog!

Stay positive by using a familiar command rather than yelling. Or, you can teach your dog a basic emergency “pause” cue like “Stop!”. If you teach the cue as a game, associating it with a yummy treat, you can make your dog stop his behavior long enough for your cat to safely escape.

Keep cats indoors so that your dog has less space to chase. It’s also hard for dogs to tell the difference between a squirrel, rabbit or cat when they are playing outdoors. If your cat reacts badly to the indoor lifestyle, consider building her a screened-in enclosure.

These methods, along with some patience and compassion, will help you make your home a place where cats and dogs live happily ever after.