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Best Soft Food for Kittens

Kittens are cute and cuddly creatures that need constant care and attention. To guarantee that they grow up to be strong and healthy cats, they must be properly fed during the first few months of their life. If you’re curious to discover the best soft food to feed kittens, you’ve come to the right place! Read More...

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Kittens are cute and cuddly creatures that need constant care and attention. To guarantee that they grow up to be strong and healthy cats, they must be properly fed during the first few months of their life. If you’re curious to discover the best soft food to feed kittens, you’ve come to the right place! In this Waldo’s Friends post, you’ll find answers to the questions:

This blog post is meant to equip first-time kitten owners, foster parents, and even longtime pawrents with all the information they need to raise kittens under their care. It is not meant to replace regular visits to the veterinarian. As a reminder, consult with your vet to create a customised meal plan that fits your kitten’s ever changing needs.  

When is a cat considered a kitten?

A cat is referred to as a kitten as soon as she is born and until she reaches six months old. In this first stage, she is highly dependent on her mother for survival—from maintaining body temperature to receiving much-needed nutrients. With her mother’s assistance, a kitten learns how to eat, pee, and poop. She also picks up her mother’s social skills and behaviours throughout this period. 

What should I feed a kitten?

A kitten rapidly grows during the first few weeks of her life, gaining double or triple her body weight in this stage. Initially, a newborn cat should drink her mother’s milk to receive essential nutrients and antibodies. When her mother is absent or unable to provide milk, kitten supplement formula or kitten glop may be given instead. Kittens cannot just drink any kind of milk produced by animals or derived from nuts because these may cause unwanted side effects. 

Milk can be consumed by kittens until they are 3 to 4 weeks old. After that, they must transition to soft food to compensate for their rapid growth and active lifestyle. Since they are still unable to chew properly, a combination of milk and wet food can be fed to kittens about 3 to 4 times a day until they are 6 weeks old. They should be able to consume high-quality dry food by the time they turn 1 and a half months old. Specially made kitten formula food should be served to your pet until she reaches 1 year old.  

Which ingredients should be in my kitten’s soft food?

Always choose commercially produced cat food labelled specifically “for kittens” or “for growth,” which have been approved by your vet. It must be nutritionally complete and balanced to ensure the healthy development of your kitten’s growing organs and body systems. Refrain from buying cheap and generic wet food brands that may not contain premium ingredients. If a product lists whole grain cereal, cereal byproduct, or meat byproduct as its primary ingredient, do not purchase it.

When looking for soft food to feed your kitten, make sure that (1) it is packed with high quality ingredients, and (2) a balanced amount of protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, fat, and carbohydrates: 

  • Protein: As carnivores, kittens should receive at least 30% of protein in their daily diet to assist with tissue and muscle growth. It should contain real meat such as chicken.
  • Amino acids: Ingested protein turns into amino acids that are absorbed by the intestine and transported through the bloodstream. Taurine is an example of an essential amino acid needed by kittens, which they cannot produce sufficiently. This amino acid aids in vision, digestion, heart muscle function, and immunity.
  • Vitamins: Food with vitamin E and selenium will help your kitten develop a stronger immune system. Meanwhile, vitamin A is needed for muscle and neurological development. Kittens also need vitamin D for bone growth and maintenance by helping manage calcium levels in the body.
  • Minerals: Look for kitten food packed with phosphorus and calcium to aid in bone and teeth growth. 
  • Fat: Because of their active nature, kittens need fat in their diet, which they can efficiently transform into energy. Omega-3 fatty acids contain arachidonic, linoleic, and docosahexaenoic acid, which kittens need for their overall development. 
  • Carbohydrates: Kittens do not need to consume a high amount of carbohydrates, but eating a small amount can work as an additional source of energy and fiber. Carbohydrates can also help stimulate your pet’s immature gut tissue.

What are the best soft food brands for kittens?

Aside from the use of premium ingredients, nutrient balance, quality assurance, palatability, and digestibility are also important factors to consider in choosing the right soft food for your kitten. If you’re living in Australia, check the nutrition facts label to make sure that the product complies with the Australian Standard for the Manufacturing and Marketing of Pet Food AS 5812:2017. If you’re residing in the USA, look for kitten food brands approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

Try these trusted brands and see which ones your kitten will enjoy eating:

Purina Pro Plan is scientifically formulated for specific cat life stages. It comes in multiple flavours such as chicken jelly and salmon gravy that your kitten will surely love. 
Royal Canin Instinctive in Jelly is specially made for kittens as well as gestating queens. The high energy diet is presented in small chunks and makes it easy for young cats to chew. 
Proudly Australian made, Black Hawk produces grain-free kitten food with the right amount of protein, nutrients, and minerals to keep your growing kitten healthy. 
Promising precisely balanced nutrition in every meal, Hill’s Science Diet offers Tender Chicken Dinner and Roasted Chicken & Rice Medley for kittens. This American brand is backed by industry-leading science, and is highly recommended by veterinarians worldwide.
Advance kitten food is produced in state-of-the-art facilities in various parts of Australia. Available in either trays or pouches, their wet food comes in a variety of flavours: lamb, chicken, and chicken and salmon

Other kitten feeding reminders

Do not feed your kitten food that’s created for adult or senior cats since these contain different levels of nutrients, which may not be enough for your growing kitten. These adult formulated meals may cause indigestion, or worse, prevent your kitten from achieving her ideal height and size.

Also, refrain from feeding your pet homemade kitten meals. The ingredients you use may cause allergies or intolerances, or may even be toxic for her. More importantly, these home cooked meals may not be nutritionally complete and balanced.

TIP: Check out our “can cats eat” category to discover which ingredients in the kitchen may be safe for your kitten to consume.

Ask your veterinarian which kitten food brands to try, and how many times a day you should feed your pet. Since your kitten’s stomach can only hold small quantities of food, you may need to feed her many times throughout the day. Doing this will also help prevent her from gorging and vomiting. Aside from feeding her right, keep her hydrated with fresh water via drinking bowls or a running fountain.  

Read up on more Waldo’s Friends articles focused on kittens. Learn what kitten season means and how to introduce a kitten to a cat!

Best Human Food for Puppies

Whether you come across them through fostering or adopting, puppies are one of the most adorable four-legged baby animals you’ll ever encounter! There’s a lot you’ll need to learn so you can help them grow up to be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy dogs. Nutrition is one of the key factors in their overall development, Read More...

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Whether you come across them through fostering or adopting, puppies are one of the most adorable four-legged baby animals you’ll ever encounter! There’s a lot you’ll need to learn so you can help them grow up to be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy dogs. Nutrition is one of the key factors in their overall development, and in this article, we tackle: 

Before we dive into the topic, remember that this blog post is meant to assist puppy pawrents and foster carers with all the information they need to provide for their pups. It should not replace consultations with a veterinarian. To achieve optimal results, create a meal plan with your vet that will cater to all your young pooch’s needs.  

When is a dog considered a puppy?

A dog is considered a puppy from the moment he is born until he is about six to 18 months old. Born deaf, blind, and unable to regulate his body temperature, he initially relies on his mother as well as his sense of touch and smell to experience the world. Gradually, he gets to see, hear, and bark—helping him socialise with his littermates and other people. 

When can I feed food to a puppy?

The production of mother’s milk begins to decrease at four weeks. This is the perfect time for puppies to begin eating solid food, as some or most of his baby teeth have already come out. At this point, puppies won’t get all the calories they need from their mother’s milk, so it’s important for them to start eating specially formulated puppy food. The entire weaning process takes about two to four weeks, so a puppy should have fully transitioned to solid food by eight weeks old.

Start off by feeding him four times a day during the weaning stage, then slowly decrease the number to twice a day by the time he reaches one year old. Ask your veterinarian for puppy food brand recommendations and the right amount to give for each meal based on his breed/size, weight, and activities. Observe your puppy’s growth and eating habits, adjusting the frequency and amount of food when necessary. Two telltale signs that your puppy is digesting the food well are through formed brown feces and a thick and shiny coat.

What human food can I feed my puppy?

Give your growing pup “complete and balanced” meals that will supply all the nutrients his body requires. The easiest way to do so is by purchasing commercially made puppy food that meets the requirements established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) or by the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia (PFIAA). The store-bought puppy food should contain the correct ratio of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. 

Another option is to feed your pet homemade meals using puppy-friendly human food. The recipes should be approved by your veterinarian or carefully formulated with the help of a veterinary nutritionist. This may seem like a cost-effective option, but it’ll take commitment and effort to prepare these meals. You can use these ingredients from your kitchen:

  • Protein: Try fish, turkey, lean beef, and chicken. Do not serve raw meat because your puppy’s immune system may not be able to fight off pathogens found in them. Make sure to remove all the cooked bones, which may splinter and injure your puppy’s internal organs.
  • Carbohydrates: Go for pasta, ripe potatoes, and rice that have been cooked without any seasonings such as salt, herbs, and spices. 
  • Vegetables: Carrots, green beans, peas, broccoli, and asparagus can be fed to your puppy as long as they are prepared properly (don’t include sauces or dips!) and are soft enough for chewing. To help your puppy, you can also slice the vegetable into bite-sized pieces or blend it.  
  • Fat: A drop or two of vegetable oil will help meet your puppy’s fat requirement. 

Always use fresh, all-natural ingredients. To make sure your pup isn’t allergic or intolerant to a certain ingredient, do a quick check by feeding him a small amount. Observe him for any changes in the next 24 hours. Vitamin or mineral supplements can be purchased from your veterinarian or other reputable sources. It is not recommended to mix in your own medicine. 

As for treats given as snacks or rewards, make sure not to go over 5 to 10% of your puppy’s daily calories. Fruits such as apple, banana, cantaloupe, orange, and watermelon can be fed to young dogs as long as the seeds, core, and other hard layers are removed. Some fruits are sweeter than others, so it’s best to check how many pieces you can give per fruit type depending on your puppy’s size and weight.

TIP: Go through our “can dogs eat” for a list of human food your puppy can and cannot consume.

Other puppy feeding reminders

Do not interchange puppy food with adult dog food. Puppy food is packed with essential nutrients to match his rapid growth, which takes place within the first five months of his life. You can transition from a growth diet to a maintenance diet once your puppy has reached 90% of his expected adult weight. It takes about nine to 12 months for small breeds to finish growing, while larger breeds take about 12 to 18 months.

Be careful not to underfeed or overfeed your pet. Underfeeding will lead to malnourishment. On the other hand, overfeeding may lead to muscle and bone problems, especially those belonging to large and giant breeds. It is acceptable for a puppy to have baby fat for the first few weeks, but his ribs should be visible by the time he is eight to 10 weeks old.  

Some puppies may be finicky eaters or may enjoy playing with their food, so you have to find ways to encourage them to eat it. To invite your puppy to try his new food, dip your finger into the food and hold out your finger for your pup to lick. You can also help him get used to eating dry kibble by adding warm water until it feels spongy and easy to munch on. 

Learn more about caring for puppies by reading our list of first year firsts. You can also discover effective techniques in crate training or potty training your pup!

Can Dogs Eat Apricots?

The short answer: Yes, but with caution. The long answer: Round and yellow, apricots are stone fruits that look similar to peaches. They are packed with nutrients (such as potassium, and vitamins A, E, and C) and a considerable amount of antioxidants (such as beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) that can help fight cancer. Though Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but with caution.

The long answer: Round and yellow, apricots are stone fruits that look similar to peaches. They are packed with nutrients (such as potassium, and vitamins A, E, and C) and a considerable amount of antioxidants (such as beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) that can help fight cancer.

Though the fleshy part of the apricot is safe for your dog to consume, the stems, leaves, and pits are another matter. They must be removed and disposed of properly because they contain cyanide, which is toxic for your pooch. If you suspect your dog ate dropped apricots from your backyard, observe for symptoms of cyanide poisoning: dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, and shock. If your canine pet accidentally swallows the apricot pit, contact your vet immediately. The pit may cause dental damage, airway blockage, and/or intestinal obstruction and injury. 

A few pieces of dried apricots may be given to your pooch as long as they do not contain sugar and other artificial flavourings. Before feeding it to your dog, check the nutrition facts label, or better yet, make homemade ones instead. 

How to feed apricot to your dog: Remove the apricot skin, pit, and overripe parts. Share one or two small pieces of the fleshy part.

Treats should only make up 5 to 10% of your dog’s total caloric intake, so ask your vet how many pieces you can safely give your pet based on his size and dietary needs.  

Here are three ideas for apricot treats your dog will love:

  1. Cut up fresh apricot into slivers and top it over your dog’s meal.
  2. Blend and mix it with dog-friendly fruits and yogurt for a refreshing drink.
  3. Feed him one to two pieces of dried apricot as a reward for being a good boy. 

In summary: Dogs do not need apricots in their diet. But if your dog is curious about the fruit, the flesh may be fed to him as an occasional treat. Do not give him too much in one sitting, as this fiber-rich fruit may cause digestive upset. More importantly, do not allow your dog to sniff around apricot trees. He may chew on the stems, leaves, or pits and suffer from cyanide poisoning.  

References: 

5 Exotic Fruits Your Pet Can Eat Safely

9 Health and Nutrition Benefits of Apricots

Can Dogs Eat Apricots?

6 Dangers of Stone Fruits for Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Honeydew?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: Honeydew is a fruit that belongs to the melon family. It usually has a smooth, pale outer skin in the shade of yellow or green. Underneath the hard peel is sweet green flesh accompanied by small seeds, usually found at the center of the fruit.  Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: Honeydew is a fruit that belongs to the melon family. It usually has a smooth, pale outer skin in the shade of yellow or green. Underneath the hard peel is sweet green flesh accompanied by small seeds, usually found at the center of the fruit. 

This type of melon is packed with water, potassium, folate, vitamin C, and other nutrients that are good for your canine. However, it is also high in fiber and sugar, so it is not recommended for overweight and diabetic dogs. Too much of this fruit may cause vomiting and diarrhea. 

How to feed honeydew to your dog: Remove the honeydew skin and rind, take out the seeds, then cut the fruit into bite-sized pieces your dog can chew. Dispose of the hard outer parts and seeds properly. 

Start off by giving your pooch one small portion, and see how his body reacts to it. Observe his bowel movement, making sure it doesn’t become loose. 

Here are three ideas for honeydew treats your dog will love:

  1. Serve chilled pieces of honeydew to your dog on a sweltering day.
  2. Replace the cantaloupe with honeydew in this frozen paw pop recipe.
  3. Your pooch will enjoy this fresh salad made of a variety of fruits.

In summary: A delicious and hydrating fruit, honeydew is a welcome addition to your dog’s diet and can be given as a tasty snack or reward during training sessions. As long as your pup does not have issues with his weight or blood sugar, he may occasionally enjoy a few pieces of this fruit to help him cool down on a hot day or simply satisfy his sweet tooth.

References: 

Can Dogs Eat This? The Ultimate Guide To 105 Food Items

Wikipedia: Honeydew (melon)

Can My Dog Eat Honeydew Melon?

Can Dogs Eat Honeydew?

Can Dogs Eat Coconut Oil?

The short answer: Yes, but only in limited quantities. The long answer: Also called coconut butter, coconut oil is derived from the kernels, meat, and milk of the coconut fruit and palm. It is a good source of energy, fat, iron, and vitamins E and K. Though this oil may be fed to your dog Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but only in limited quantities.

The long answer: Also called coconut butter, coconut oil is derived from the kernels, meat, and milk of the coconut fruit and palm. It is a good source of energy, fat, iron, and vitamins E and K. Though this oil may be fed to your dog in limited amounts (too much of it may cause upset stomach or diarrhea!), it can also be applied to his skin and coat to improve their appearance. 

Coconut oil can help with the development of your dog’s cognitive function, bone structure, digestion, and immunity. It may even be used to improve his bad breath and coat pills if your dog has problems swallowing them. However, it is also known for being high in saturated fats, so it is not recommended for overweight dogs. Dogs with a history of pancreatitis should also not be fed coconut oil because the fatty acids found in it may trigger another attack. 

How to feed coconut oil to your dog: Start off by feeding a small amount to your dog (as little as ¼ teaspoon for small breeds) and observe him for any physical or behavioural changes. If the coconut oil agrees with him, you can microwave a spoonful of coconut oil for about 10 seconds and mix it with your dog’s food. 

Here are three ideas for coconut oil treats your dog will love:

  1. All-natural peanut butter mixed with coconut oil produces the best homemade treats.
  2. Combine blueberries with coconut oil, place the mixture in an ice tray, then pop it in the freezer for a refreshing snack!
  3. Try making this five-ingredient grain-free dog treat.

In summary: When fed correctly to your pooch, coconut-derived oil may provide him with lasting benefits. Too much of it may lead to weight gain and high cholesterol, so it is advisable to consult with your veterinarian before adding coconut oil to your canine’s diet.  

References: 

Food dogs should not eat and some they should

Wikipedia: Coconut oil

Can Dogs Eat Coconut Oil?

Is Coconut Oil Good or Bad for Dogs? The Surprising Truth

Coconut Oil For Dogs: Understanding the Benefits and Risks

Can Dogs Eat Beef?

The short answer: Yes. The long answer: A type of meat that can be given as a treat or meal, beef is safe for your dog to consume. It is high in vitamins B12, B3, and B6, as well as protein, iron, selenium, and zinc. Lean beef is your dog’s best option, and it should Read More...

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The short answer: Yes.

The long answer: A type of meat that can be given as a treat or meal, beef is safe for your dog to consume. It is high in vitamins B12, B3, and B6, as well as protein, iron, selenium, and zinc. Lean beef is your dog’s best option, and it should be prepared without flavourings and sauces. Ingredients considered harmful for your dog include salt, onion, and garlic (either in raw or powdered forms).

How to feed beef to your dog: Select the safe parts of the beef. Opt for ground lean beef chuck or buy lean cuts (top round, bottom round, the eye of round, flank and strip loin) that you can grind in a food processor. 

Boil, sauté, bake, boil, or grill the lean beef, making sure to cook it thoroughly before serving it to your dog. Raw beef may cause salmonella infection, and is harmful for young puppies and dogs with compromised livers or kidneys. Cut the beef into smaller pieces, and take out the bones and excess fat.   

Here are three ideas for beef treats your dog will love:

  1. Turn ground beef into cheesy baked muttballs
  2. Whip up some dog biscuits for your next training session.
  3. Ground beef is the key ingredient to making dog-approved beef stew.

In summary: An affordable meat your pup will enjoy eating, cooked lean beef can help sustain your dog’s energy, give him beautiful skin and coat, and aid in his muscle development. Some dogs are allergic to beef, so consult with your veterinarian before adding this type of meat in his regular diet. 

References: 

Ultimate Guide to What Dogs Can Eat

Can My Dog Eat This? A List of Human Foods Dogs Can and Can’t Eat

Can My Dog Eat Beef?

What is the healthiest meat to feed your dog?

How to Cook Ground Meat for Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Chicken?

The short answer: Yes. The long answer: One of the most common ingredients of dog food, chicken contains many nutritional benefits for your dog. When prepared correctly, the cooked meat can provide energy, help build lean muscle mass, and promote bone health. However, it is not recommended for dogs to eat raw chicken (especially puppies Read More...

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The short answer: Yes.

The long answer: One of the most common ingredients of dog food, chicken contains many nutritional benefits for your dog. When prepared correctly, the cooked meat can provide energy, help build lean muscle mass, and promote bone health. However, it is not recommended for dogs to eat raw chicken (especially puppies with weak immune systems) due to the possibility of contracting salmonella. Similarly, feeding your pooch raw or cooked chicken bones is not recommended as it may create potential hazards. Chewing on chicken bones may break his teeth, block his airway or intestines, and cause oral or digestive injuries.

How to feed chicken to your dog: Choose white meat over dark meat since the dark meat may lead to pancreatitis. Roast, grill, poach, bake, or boil the chicken without adding unnecessary seasonings such as salt, garlic, and onion. Before feeding cooked chicken to your pooch, remove the skin and bones, then chop into bite-sized pieces. 

Refrain from feeding your dog processed chicken with breading as these may contain harmful ingredients such as sugar, spices, and other artificial flavourings.

Here are three ideas for chicken treats your dog will love:

  1. Pooches with upset stomachs may gain energy by eating boiled chicken and plain rice.
  2. Combine minced chicken, veggies, rice, and water to create a power-packed meal.  
  3. Train your pup with some homemade chewy jerky made from chicken breasts!

In summary: Chicken is a great source of protein, omega-6 fatty acids, glucosamine, and essential amino acids. As long as your pooch is not allergic to chicken, he can enjoy the cooked variant on its own or combined with other dog-friendly ingredients. Before including chicken in his diet, try feeding him a small piece and observing him for the next 24 hours.  

References: 

Food dogs should not eat and some they should 

Ultimate Guide to What Dogs Can Eat

Can My Dog Eat This? A List of Human Foods Dogs Can and Can’t Eat

Can Dogs Eat Chicken?

Is Old Spice Cruelty Free?

The short answer: No, Old Spice is not cruelty free. The long answer: Old Spice is an American brand that has been selling male grooming products as early as 1937. It is known for its deodorants and antiperspirants, but has expanded its range to sell grooming products such as shampoos, body washes, and soaps. It Read More...

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The short answer: No, Old Spice is not cruelty free.

The long answer: Old Spice is an American brand that has been selling male grooming products as early as 1937. It is known for its deodorants and antiperspirants, but has expanded its range to sell grooming products such as shampoos, body washes, and soaps. It was originally owned by Shulton Company, which was founded by William Lightfoot Schultz. In 1990, ownership was transferred to American multinational consumer goods corporation, Procter & Gamble.

Old Spice’s official website does not contain detailed information about their position on animal testing. However, its parent company reveals on its website: “P&G has invested in non-animal test method development for decades, and is also a founding sponsor and has been a leading presenter at every World Congress on non-animal test methods to date- involving thousands of scientists, regulators, and policy makers. We continue to partner with leading international animal welfare organizations, academia, industry coalitions and policy makers to promote alternatives to animal testing and gain their regulatory acceptance. Together, we have achieved a lot. We stopped animal testing our cosmetics products many years ago. In fact, P&G no longer animal tests any consumer product unless required by law and we are committed to make animal testing obsolete.”

At present, Old Spice products are available in mainland China. This particular country requires all imported grooming products to be tested on animals, which are conducted by health officials or authorised third parties. Old Spice and P&G need to comply with Chinese mandatory regulations to be able to sell its products in the country. Therefore, the men’s grooming brand cannot be considered completely cruelty free.  

References:

Beauty Without Bunnies: Old Spice

CFK: Old Spice

Is Old Spice Cruelty-Free in 2020?

Our Commitment to Be Cruelty Free

Is Nexxus Cruelty Free?

The short answer: No, Nexxus is not cruelty free. The long answer: Nexxus is a hair care brand that was founded in 1979. It aims to develop salon knowledge with scientific techniques to create products for specific hair textures, hair styles, and levels of hair damage. Originally bought out by the Alberto-Culver company, Nexxus was Read More...

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The short answer: No, Nexxus is not cruelty free.

The long answer: Nexxus is a hair care brand that was founded in 1979. It aims to develop salon knowledge with scientific techniques to create products for specific hair textures, hair styles, and levels of hair damage. Originally bought out by the Alberto-Culver company, Nexxus was later on purchased by Unilever

On their official US website, Nexxus states: “We do not test our products on animals and are committed to ending animal testing. Unilever has complied with the EU animal testing bans for cosmetics since 2004 and supports calls for similar bans to be introduced globally.

Since the 1980s, Unilever has remained at the forefront of research into non-animal approaches to assess product safety, and we advocate effective, science-based regulation on alternatives to animal testing that ensures consumer safety and facilitates innovation.”

However, research has confirmed that Nexxus is being sold in China. This means that the hair care brand has agreed to follow Chinese importation laws, which include testing its products on animals before and possibly after it is released in the market. Until Nexxus stops selling its products in China or the country changes their laws on animal testing, Nexxus cannot be considered a cruelty-free brand.   

References:

Unilever: Nexxus

FAQs

CFK: Nexxus

Is Nexxus Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Is Kérastase Cruelty Free?

The short answer:  No, Kérastase is not cruelty free. The long answer: A part of the L’Oréal Professional Products Division, Kérastase is a French luxury hair care line that was founded in 1964. Its products are primarily sold at luxury salons and through its official website. On its US site, Kérastase reveals, “We are happy Read More...

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The short answer:  No, Kérastase is not cruelty free.

The long answer: A part of the L’Oréal Professional Products Division, Kérastase is a French luxury hair care line that was founded in 1964. Its products are primarily sold at luxury salons and through its official website. On its US site, Kérastase reveals, “We are happy to confirm that the L’Oréal group of companies, which includes Lancôme, Redken, Garnier, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Biotherm, Kérastase, and Vichy, as well as L’Oréal, has carried out no animal testing since 1989 on the entire range of its products. This decision was undertaken within the framework of our fundamental objectives: to offer innovative products of high quality while ensuring their safety in use by our customers. For information about the significant efforts deployed by our laboratories over a period of 25 years to develop alternative methods to animal testing, as well as our very important achievements in this field, please consult our website at http://www.lorealusa.com.”

Despite the brand’s claims, it is important to know that Kérastase is being sold in mainland China. This country is known for requiring imported hair care products to be tested on animals before being distributed throughout the country. Authorised third parties or health officials may also do random tests on Kérastase products that are already available in the market. With this knowledge, Kérastase cannot claim to be 100% cruelty free. 

References:

FAQs

Beauty Without Bunnies: Kerastase

Wikipedia: Kerastase

CFK: Kerastase

Is Kerastase Cruelty-Free?

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