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Vegan Staples You Must to Know

This list of ethical vegan fashion items and accessories from forward-thinking brands serve as inspiration for your new year

Vaute
Casto Parka: Vaute is spelled like “haute” but with a “v” for “vegan” and pronounced like “vote,” because it’s what we’re doing every time that we reach for our wallets. Be sure to take advantage: The brand’s cozy vegan wool sweaters and super-warm down-alternative or vegan moleskin jackets are made with 100 percent recycled fibers that make it easy to do and look good.

Votch
Piñatex Watch: This watch company is dedicated to a minimalist aesthetic and to minimizing the suffering of animals for fashion. Its latest straps are constructed with pineapple leather, a biodegradable byproduct from the pineapple harvest that provides farmers with additional income. Sustainable fashion win!

Doshi
Modern Professional Soft Structured Briefcase: Doshi offers a selection of high-quality vegan leather handbags, briefcases, backpacks, belts and accessories. Get ready, because vegan shoes are next.

TOMS
Navy Washed Denim Women’s Del Rey Sneakers: If there’s anything that we love more than a good sneaker, it’s a comfy denim one made with all-vegan materials. Take note, Allbirds!

Valfré
Titties Coin Wallet: 2017 was a huge year for women’s power and liberation. Celebrate being on the front lines of the cause with this cheeky vegan leather coin wallet.

Hurtig Lane
Hymnal Watch: This vegan watch brand based in Barcelona, Spain, just won the PETA U.K. Menswear Vegan Fashion Award for Best Watches. Its vegan leather, wool-free tweed strap and super-chic face make it clear that it’s time to jump on the cruelty-free product bandwagon.

Von Holzhausen
Technik-Leather Clutch: While not a 100 percent vegan company, von Holzhausen aims to phase animal hides out of its collection over the coming months and fully invest in its Technik-Leather—a supple stain- and scratch-resistant vegan material made in Italy and discovered through the founder’s work in the car industry. The company’s clutch is great for day-to-night ensembles.

Good Guys
Wack White Microfiber Sneakers: Calling all good guys! From boots, sandals, and handbags to sneakers, tees, and pins, this brand does it all—and with a lot of heart—from its Paris headquarters. It also takes sustainability just as seriously as ethics and is STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certified.

Angela Roi
Madeline Mini Bucket Bag: The bag, which has a classic silhouette and is made with premium vegan leather, is sold at several Bloomingdale’s locations across the country, proving that vegan is the new luxury. Angela and Roi, a husband-and-wife duo, launched the brand in 2013, inspired by their love for animals and fashion.

Wully Outerwear
Doe Parka: Founders James Yurichuk (a professional linebacker in the Canadian Football League) and Anthony DeBartolo met in 1992 while playing hockey in Ontario, Canada. As their friendship grew, so did the idea for a premium, ethics-oriented outerwear company that keeps its customers warm, inside and out.

 

Source: PETA

8 EXERCISE GAMES FOR INDOOR CATS

According to a survey conducted by Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of cats are overweight or obese. While treats are to blame, so is inactivity. Beyond weight management, exercise can help reduce and even eliminate aggressive or destructive behavior in cats as well, according to the ASPCA.

Of course, we know each cat has a unique personality, so you might have to be creative with your exercise efforts! Keep in mind, games that tap into a cat’s natural hunting instincts will provide them more satisfaction and success.
1. Fishing Pole Game

You can make your own fishing pole game pretty easily. Tie your cat’s favorite toy to the end of a string and throw it down the hall or across the room. Slowly pull in your catch as they hunt their toy. You may also try tying the string to the end of the stick, and dangle it in front of your cat, allowing them to jump and swat at it.

2. Use a Cat Game App

Apps just for cats? You bet. Download an app on your iPad for your cat and watch them play. You may want to use a screen protector just in case to prevent scratches on your electronics. This is both mentally stimulating and gives your feline friend a little bit of exercise too!

3. Play Fetch

Fetch is for dogs, right? Most of the time yes, but this game will make your cat work for their food while they burn calories and get exercise. Throw a piece of your cat’s food or a treat down the hall or across the room and see if they will chase after it. Repeat the process until one of you is too tired to continue.

4. Make a Box Fort

If your cat has a soft spot for boxes, she is not alone. There is something about boxes that cats love. If you have some extra boxes around, make a fort for your cat. If you’re worried that your cat will just go in and take a nap instead of play, try lacing the fort with catnip, treats, or toys.

5. Go Outside

If you have an indoor only cat, try taking them outdoors. Of course, using a leash and harness is recommended! Especially if your cat has never been outdoors. If your cat is older and scared of the outdoors, don’t force them to do something they don’t want to. Outside can be a scary place for some cats! But, for other cats it can be a fun place to explore and take a walk. Many cats do enjoy going outside on a leash and harness.

6. Climbing Tree

Provide your cat with something to climb on, like a multi-level cat tree or tower. This will allow your cat to stretch, claw and work climbing muscles. Exploring the vertical space allows your cat to use different muscles and feel on top of the world at the same time.

7. Hockey

Enclose a small area in your house that has hard surfaces and give your cat a ping pong ball. Let the ball bounce around and make your cat swat at it. The unpredictability of the ping pong ball or a similar object will allow your cat to improve agility techniques and work their muscles.

8. Laser Pointer

A laser pointer is cheap, easy, and fun. Many cats love playing with laser pointers. Turn it on, point it on your walls and floors for your cat, and watch them try to catch the ever elusive red dot. This is a very fun game for cats and they should get a good amount of exercise! *Please be cautious when using laser pointers. Do not shine them in your kitty’s eyes!*

When are you away, it is especially important that your cat keeps up with daily exercise routines.

If your cat doesn’t take to any of these games at first, don’t give up! Your continued efforts will allow you to continue to bond with your furry friend, creating potential for more play times!

Source: Pawsitively Pets & Healthy Pets

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.