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How to Feed Your Cat with a Sensitive Stomach

Feline pawrents, especially new ones, should be aware that cats experience tummy troubles at least once in their lives. Some cats will vomit white foam, while others may puke their food after a meal. There are many culprits to digestive issues, ranging from foreign objects in your cat’s body to skipping a meal. However, some Read More...

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Feline pawrents, especially new ones, should be aware that cats experience tummy troubles at least once in their lives. Some cats will vomit white foam, while others may puke their food after a meal. There are many culprits to digestive issues, ranging from foreign objects in your cat’s body to skipping a meal. However, some cats are just born with sensitive stomachs. If you suspect this is the case with your pet, don’t worry! There are ingredients that help make it easier for your cat to digest her food. 

Before we discuss what you can feed cats with sensitive stomachs, please be reminded that this article is only a guide. It should not be replaced with a visit to the veterinarian. We want to arm you with information that can help your pet, but only a qualified and trained professional can truly assess if your cat has a sensitive stomach and guide you regarding which food/ingredients will suit her.

With that in mind, this article tackles:

Common causes of cat stomach irritation

There are many possible reasons why your cat is suffering from a gastrointestinal (GI) disturbance. Common culprits include poorly digestible foods made of low-grade rendered meats, food allergies or intolerances, or food made with additives, flavourings, and/or preservatives. Changing the food or treat she eats may instantly trigger a GI disturbance, so before switching cat food brands or making the change from dry to wet food, get your vet’s approval first. 

If your cat is sensitive to a certain ingredient, she may display these signs: vomiting, diarrhea, irritated skin, poor coat condition, and hair loss. These may be linked to a food allergy or food intolerance, which may also manifest as flatulence, frequent scratching, inflamed skin, chronic ear problems, coughing, wheezing, and/or sneezing.

Aside from food-related irritation, having parasites in her stomach or getting stressed can cause stomach sensitivities. Stress can manifest through physical and behavioural changes. Some signs include vomiting, experiencing the runs, eating less, and avoiding the toilet.  

It is important to note that cat vomiting does not necessarily mean your pet is sensitive to her food. It may also be a symptom of more complex health issues, such as pancreatitis, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism. A trip to the vet is recommended so that he can determine the real cause of your cat’s ailment and suggest the right course of action.

Human food options for cats with sensitive stomachs

If you’re the type of paw parent who likes making your cat try human food, go through our growing list of cat-friendly ingredients before giving her anything. Some cats are known to have allergies and/or intolerances to beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, yogurt, and cheese.  

Remember that cats can consume some fruits occasionally and moderately. These include watermelon, strawberry, blueberry, and mango. Meanwhile, cat-safe veggies include corn, potato, carrot, broccoli, and asparagus. All of these raw produce should be washed and prepared properly before being given to your cat. Never cook the vegetables with garlic, onion, salt, or sugar, which are known to be toxic for your cat. 

Cat food ingredients for sensitive stomachs

Once your vet has confirmed that your cat has a sensitive stomach, you can modify her diet with your vet’s guidance. A diet trial can last for a few months until you get it right. You will need to gradually introduce new ingredients and/or cat food brands to find the best mix your cat will enjoy eating and, at the same time, fully benefit from. 

When choosing new cat food to feed your pet, look for highly digestible meals that have moderate to low fat, moderate protein, and moderate carbohydrates. Some meals may even contain additives that improve GI health, namely: antioxidant vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and soluble fiber. They should never have ingredients such as gluten, lactose, food colouring, or food preservatives. Scan the ingredients of the nutrition label, making sure the vet-approved ingredients are on the top of the list and do not contain ingredients your cat is allergic to.

Go for a hypoallergenic diet with either a limited ingredient, a novel protein, or a hydrolyzed protein. PetMD reports that limited ingredient diets typically contain only one single protein source and one single carbohydrate source. These can be bought without a prescription. Meanwhile, novel animal protein diets are vet-prescribed and contain a single-source protein. Plus, they are produced in a facility that prevents cross contamination, guaranteeing less risk for your cat. Lastly, hydrolyzed protein diets have broken down protein, so they are less likely to be recognized by your cat’s immune system. Similarly, they also require a veterinary prescription.

You can also try switching your cat’s food from dry to wet (or vice versa!) and reduce the amount of food she eats per meal. This will help her digest meals better, and prevent post-meal vomiting from happening. Placing her meal over a lick mat can also promote slow feeding habits, and, as a result, help decrease digestive issues.

In conclusion

Cats with sensitive stomachs need not suffer from blah-tasting meals or limited feeding options. By carefully choosing premium ingredients and crafting a well-rounded and nutritious diet for your pet, she can get back to being one happy, healthy, and contented cat.   

Discover more pet-related guides in our blog! Help your cat gain weight or learn how to make kitty glop.

How to Help Remove Fleas on Your Cat

Fleas are tiny bugs that move around by jumping from place to place. They can leap onto the coat of your cat, making her skin itchy and sore. Though cats are known to self-groom fastidiously, they won’t always be able to remove these pesky creatures by themselves. That’s where you come in as a helpful Read More...

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Fleas are tiny bugs that move around by jumping from place to place. They can leap onto the coat of your cat, making her skin itchy and sore. Though cats are known to self-groom fastidiously, they won’t always be able to remove these pesky creatures by themselves. That’s where you come in as a helpful pet parent! Aside from having regular grooming activities with your cat, it’s best to do daily checks on her skin and fur so you can spot fleas and prevent an infestation from happening in your home. 

If you’re curious to find out how to get rid of fleas on your cat, this article answers the questions: 

What are fleas?

Fleas are small, wingless parasites that ingest the blood of cats, dogs, and humans by piercing through its host’s skin. Though they are only about one-eighth of an inch in size, fleas can leap vertically as tall as one foot and land on your cat without her knowing it. These pesky creatures thrive in warm temperatures with high humidity, so don’t be surprised if your cat catches them during the summer season. 

Just a single flea can cause an infestation in your home. One female flea can lay 20 eggs at a time, and can produce 500 eggs in her short life span. These eggs can roll off your pet and burrow deep in your cat’s sleeping mattress, your carpet, your furniture, the baseboards, and other warm spots. Adult fleas can even last for months without feeding—that’s how tenacious they are! 

How can you tell if your cat has fleas?

Both outdoor and indoor cats are susceptible to fleas. You can tell that your cat has fleas if:

  • Your cat is constantly scratching or biting her body
  • Your cat is excessively grooming herself
  • There is redness or sore patches on your cat’s skin
  • There are bald spots on your cat’s body
  • Your cat’s neck, lower back, hind legs, and/or tail have look irritated
  • Your cat is suffering from muscle loss, lethargy, or pale gums
  • There are strange movements in your cat’s fur, with tiny bugs bouncing off her coat
  • You can find specs of red or black particles on your cat’s fur (which are actually flea droppings)
  • You have strange reddish bites on your body

What happens if your cat has fleas?

More than making your cat feel uncomfortable, flea bites can carry various diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Some of these illnesses include tapeworms, flea allergy dermatitis, feline infectious anemia, cat scratch fever, and murine typhus. If these are not treated accordingly, they will affect your cat’s well-being. Crusty or dull coat, weight and appetite loss, fever, vomiting, or even death are some of its effects. 

How can you remove fleas on your cat?

We highly recommend that you bring your cat to the veterinarian if you suspect she has fleas. Once the vet has confirmed your assumption, do these with your vet’s guidance:

1 Use vet-approved treatments on your cat. 

Your vet may recommend topical or oral medication that your cat can take to eliminate the fleas living within her coat. There are shampoos, powders, sprays, and other spot-on treatments you can readily buy, but it is important to know the proper way to administer the medication, the right amount to apply, and how often it should be applied. 

Common active ingredients found in topical flea treatments include fipronil, imidacloprid, selamectin, fluralaner, flumethrin, and imidacloprid. Meanwhile, nitenpyram and spinosad are usually found in oral flea medication. They either kill adult fleas or provide month-long flea protection.

Frontline Spray prevents cat flea infestation, including the deadly Paralysis tick

2 Give your cat a bath.

First, purchase an anti-flea shampoo that is recommended by your vet. (Remember that some brands may not be suitable for kittens under two months old.) Trim your cat’s nails one to two days before giving her a bath to reduce scratching accidents. Consider giving her a bath in the sink or a small tub half-filled with warm water to make her feel more at ease. 

Use lukewarm water to wet your cat’s fur, then gently apply lathered flea shampoo all over her body. Make sure to avoid her eyes, ears, and nose. Remember that your cat’s skin may have sensitive spots or open wounds due to the flea bites, so do not scrub her in a strong manner. Let the shampoo settle into your cat’s body for three to five minutes before rinsing it off. Dry your cat with a clean towel and a hairdryer if she is agreeable to it. 

3 Comb your cat’s fur.

Use a fine-toothed metal comb that can remove adult fleas as well as flea eggs, larvae, and debris. Dip your comb in a mixture of water and liquid dish detergent to kill the fleas. Gently comb this through her fur while being extra careful around her face, neck, and tail.

Prepare a bowl of hot water mixed with soap. As soon as you get fleas on your comb, submerge them in the bowl. Do not try to squish the fleas since they can easily jump off your fingers. 

Animates 2 Sided Flea Cat Comb helps remove fleas, eggs, debris, and dust

4 Get her a flea collar. 

Prevent fleas from coming back by giving your cat a flea collar. Depending on the brand you buy, the flea collar can either repel or emit active ingredients that can kill fleas instantly. These collars are inexpensive compared to spot-on flea treatments, and can work for as long as eight months! 

Remember that if your cat drinks flea medication or has topical treatment applied on her fur, you don’t need to make her wear a flea collar. Exposure to these flea-killing chemicals might harm your cat in the long run. 

Seresto Fleas & Tick Collar can be used for kittens over 10 weeks old

5 Eliminate fleas in and outside your home. 

Aside from killing adult fleas, it’s important to destroy flea eggs and larvae that may be scattered around your home, just waiting to infect your cat. From your area rugs to your beddings, do a deep clean of your home to remove all traces of fleas. Vacuum all surfaces possible (dispose of the vacuum bag immediately!), and wash all fabrics in hot, soapy water. Steam cleaning and applying chemical treatments may also work as long as they do not end up poisoning your pet.

Thoroughly sanitise the areas your cat frequently stays in. Try these methods to make sure there are no fleas present in your home: 

Light trap method: In a small bowl, mix equal parts water and dishwashing soap. Place this mixture under a nightlight in the evening. Adult fleas are attracted to light, so they might try to jump toward the light and fall into the bowl. 

White socks method: Walk around the areas your cat regularly hangs out in while sporting white socks. Check the soles if you have accumulated fleas or flea dirt. 

Aside from these techniques, mow your backyard, regularly trim your hedges and bushes, and remove garden debris where fleas could hide out. 

In conclusion

With this article, you are now armed with everything you need to know about fleas. Protect your pet cat and prevent flea infestations from happening by regularly checking your cat’s fur and surroundings, especially if she recently spent time in her catio or your backyard. Always check with your veterinarian before applying or giving anti-flea treatments to your cat. For more informative cat-centric reads, visit our blog!

How to Deal with Cat Eye Problems

Cats have beautiful, haunting eyes that allow them to clearly see in the dark. But when your cat’s eyes appear red, swollen, or something gooey is keeping them shut, there is definitely something wrong. More importantly, something must be done to help your cat because the eye problem may lead to irreparable consequences.  As a Read More...

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Cats have beautiful, haunting eyes that allow them to clearly see in the dark. But when your cat’s eyes appear red, swollen, or something gooey is keeping them shut, there is definitely something wrong. More importantly, something must be done to help your cat because the eye problem may lead to irreparable consequences

As a reminder: This post aims to educate pet owners on the possible causes of cat eye infections, but it is not meant to replace a much-needed visit to the veterinarian. As a responsible cat parent, you should always consult with your vet before doing anything to treat your cat. 

If you’re not sure whether your cat’s eyes are irritated, this article discusses:

Signs of a Cat Eye Infection

No matter how hard you try to keep your cat clean and healthy, she may get an eye-related illness one way or another. PetHelpful lists the common signs of a cat eye infection:

  • Clear, green, yellow, or brown eye discharge
  • Clear, green, yellow, or brown nasal discharge
  • Crusting or pus collected near the tear ducts
  • Dry eyes or excessive tear drop production 
  • Eye eruption and herpes-like lesions
  • Fever
  • Inflammation of the eye or the third eyelid
  • Lethargy, inappetence, and weight loss
  • Red mucous membranes
  • Rubbing, itching, winking, and squinting
  • Sneezing

Aside from these aforementioned symptoms, your cat may also be blinking a lot and pawing her eyes against objects such as your furniture, rug, and carpet.

Possible Causes of Your Cat’s Eye Infection

There are many reasons why your cat has picked up an eye infection. It can be something as simple as foreign objects irritating her eye to something more serious such as bacteria or virus infecting her body. Some common illnesses related to cat eye infections include:

  • Conjunctivitis – Also known as pink eye, this is an inflammation of the light pink lining around your cat’s eye. It is caused by viruses or bacteria.
  • Corneal ulcer – Also called ulcerative keratitis, this painful condition happens when the deepest layers of your cat’s cornea are damaged or lost. Cats with scratches to the cornea are prone to developing eye problems from viruses and bacteria.
  • External objects – Splints, grass seeds, dust particles, and mold are just some examples of irritants that can cause your cat to rub her eyes.
  • Feline Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) – This contamination is caused by viruses such as feline calicivirus, pneumonitis or rhinotracheitis (herpesvirus), bacteria, and protozoa. 
  • Uveitis – An inflammation of the internal structures of your cat’s eyes, uveitis may be caused by cancer, immune problems, infections, or trauma.

Other factors/diseases such as allergens, autoimmune disease, cancer, cherry eye, injury, systemic viral infections, or feline immunodeficiency virus may also cause cat eye problems. It is also possible for cats experiencing stress or ones who have been exposed to infected cats to get eye illnesses. For healthy cats living in stable environments, an unexpected eye infection may indicate a more serious, underlying disease at play. 

Dos and Don’ts of Cat Eye Cleaning

Though it may be tempting to go online and research home remedies that you could make to treat your cat’s swollen eyes, doing so might cause permanent damage to her vision. Worse, the wrong ingredients (apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver, and manuka honey, to name a few) might make her lose her eyesight completely. As such, it is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment with your vet if you notice your cat’s eye problem manifesting for more than 24 hours. Similarly, talk to your vet if you notice your cat squinting or having difficulty seeing. Do not use medicine from your cat’s previous eye problem or over-the-counter eye drops and washes until the vet has checked your cat.  

Once the vet has diagnosed your cat and given you instructions on how to properly attend to her, help keep your cat’s eyes as clean as possible. Remove the gunk from her eyes by following this step-by-step guide:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Wrap your cat in a blanket or towel to keep her head supported and her body secure. 
  3. Wet a few pieces of cotton balls in lukewarm distilled water. Do not use tap water.
  4. Squeeze out excess water from the cotton ball.
  5. Place the cotton ball over her eye without pressing or applying pressure.
  6. Gently wipe the cotton ball following the direction of your cat’s fur, from the tear duct to the outer eye.
  7. Use a fresh cotton ball for each eye to avoid spreading infection.
  8. When applying vet-approved medication, start with your cat’s good eye before applying medicine on the infected eye.
  9. Repeat the process as needed.

How to Prevent Future Cat Eye Infections

Avoid eye problems from developing by regularly checking your cat’s eyes for a change in colour or shape, cloudiness, discharge, redness, or sensitivity to light. Assist your cat by gently removing the discharge in her eyes and brushing her fur regularly. Feed her with nutrient-rich meals and snacks (check our list of cat-friendly human food!) and keep her environment stress-free. Vaccinate young cats and keep up with yearly vaccinations to prevent infection. It is also advisable to avoid kitty overcrowding, since they are more prone to getting bacteria and viruses from other infected cats.

Read up on other cat-related guides on our blog. From making your backyard pet-friendly to preventing your cat from sleeping in your bed, we’ve got all the resources you need to be the purr-fect parent!  

The Truth about Cats and Water

Most people think cats detest water, avoiding liquid substances or bodies of water at all costs. But the truth of the matter is that not all cats feel the same way. Depending on your cat’s upbringing and early experiences with water, she may or may not like being directly in contact with it.  In this Read More...

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Most people think cats detest water, avoiding liquid substances or bodies of water at all costs. But the truth of the matter is that not all cats feel the same way. Depending on your cat’s upbringing and early experiences with water, she may or may not like being directly in contact with it. 

In this Waldo’s Friends article, we answer water-associated questions in relation to your cat:

Do cats hate getting wet?

Not all cats hate getting wet. If your cat grew up having positive interactions with water (i.e. being gently washed as a kitten), it’s likely that she won’t get anxious when you give her a bath. On the other hand, cats who’ve never had a bath may fear the unfamiliar environment (the slippery sink or bath tub) as well as the new sensations (the spray of the water or the scent of the shampoo) attached to it.

There are theories as to why some cats hate water. Scientists have deduced that their ancestors came from the desert, with little exposure to water. Aside from this, cats’ undercoats don’t dry fast, which makes them feel cold and uncomfortable whenever they get wet. (In case you didn’t know, the undercoat is responsible for keeping cats warm and insulated whenever it’s cold.) Plus, the added water weight may also encumber their agile bodies, which makes it difficult for them to escape from possible danger. 

Can I give my cat a bath?

Yes, you definitely can! Even if cats are experts at grooming themselves, it doesn’t hurt to give your cat a bath when she gets extremely dirty, has fleas, or has a medical condition that requires bathing. If you manage to care for or adopt a young kitten, try to expose her to water and bathing as early as possible. That way, she won’t grow up feeling anxious or even aggressive when she knows she’s due for a bath. 

When bathing your cat, make sure to use pet-safe shampoo made especially for her fur and skin. Do not use human-formulated shampoos that may contain harsh chemicals for her. As for cats with medical conditions, only use products that are approved by your veterinarian. Be gentle with your cat, especially if it is her first time to receive a bath. Gently massage the shampoo into her fur, and thoroughly rinse it with lukewarm water. Be careful not to spray water on your cat’s head and ears. Afterwards, give her a treat and praise her with soothing words to make it a positive experience for her.

Can cats swim?

Cats, in general, should be able to swim. Whether because of necessity or for survival, cats have shown time and again that they are physically capable of swimming. It is part of their instincts as cats. However, the more vital question is, do they really want to swim? And are they good at it? Cats without previous experience in the water will most likely panic despite being able to naturally float. 

Some cat breeds are known for being water lovers. These include the Van cats, Turkish Vans, Bengal cats, Maine Coon cats, American Shorthair, American and Japanese Bobtails, Turkish Angora, and Norwegian Forest cats. Turkish Van cats and Maine Coon cats are said to have a unique type of water-repellent coat that allows them to swim for long periods of time.

Even if your cat does not belong to the breeds previously mentioned, it doesn’t mean she can’t have a good relationship with water. It’s all about gradually exposing your cat to water, and making her grow accustomed to it. Start small. Bring her near a pool and see how she reacts to it. Let her walk around the vicinity while keeping an eye on her. If she appears disinterested, do not force it. 

TIP: If you own pets and have a swimming pool at home, be sure to invest in a pool cover. This will prevent accidents from occuring, especially when you are not around.

In conclusion

Water may be a pleasant or neutral experience for your cat as long as she is introduced to it in positive ways. Given the right conditions, you can get her wet, give her baths, or even swim alongside her!

Read up on other intriguing cat behaviour in our blog. Find out why your cat bites you, why she kneads, or why she licks your hair.

Can Dogs Eat Tofu?

The short answer: It is not recommended. The long answer: Also known as bean curd, tofu is a processed dish made of condensed soy milk that has been pressed into a solid white block. It contains protein, carbs, fiber, and fat, as well as nutrients manganese, calcium, and selenium. Though tofu contains protein, it is Read More...

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The short answer: It is not recommended.

The long answer: Also known as bean curd, tofu is a processed dish made of condensed soy milk that has been pressed into a solid white block. It contains protein, carbs, fiber, and fat, as well as nutrients manganese, calcium, and selenium. Though tofu contains protein, it is not meat-based protein that dogs need to function at their best. Also, feeding tofu to your canine can make him gassy, cause gastric dilatation volvulus (bloating), or trigger food-based allergies

What to do if your dog accidentally eats tofu: Observe him for the next 24 hours and look for signs of bloating. Call your vet if he manifests any of the following symptoms: bloated abdomen, difficulty breathing, vomiting, excessive drooling, and pale nose or mouth. 

If your dog is allergic to soy, he may show signs such as itchy skin, vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, weight loss, lack of energy, and even aggression.

In summary: Tofu is chemically processed and texturized soy, so it may be tough for your pooch to digest. It also contains phytoestrogens and indigestible sugars that can lead to gastrointestinal upset. Instead of processed soy, go for edamame (immature vegetable-type soybeans) or other dog-friendly human food.    

References:

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

What You Should Know About Feeding Your Dog Tofu!

Can Dogs Eat Tofu or Is Tofu Safe for Dogs – The Guide You Should Know

What Is Tofu, and Is It Good for You?

Food Allergies in Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Nectarines?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: Nectarines are sweet and tasty fruits packed with beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, lutein, and fiber. These vitamins and nutrients will aid in your dog’s skeletal health, eye health, and tissue health. Nectarines are similar to peaches minus the fuzzy exterior. As such, you can offer Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: Nectarines are sweet and tasty fruits packed with beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, lutein, and fiber. These vitamins and nutrients will aid in your dog’s skeletal health, eye health, and tissue health.

Nectarines are similar to peaches minus the fuzzy exterior. As such, you can offer a few pieces of nectarines to your dog (as long as he is not diabetic). Refrain from feeding your dog canned nectarines, which are high in sugar and preservatives. Limit your dog’s intake of nectarines depending on his size and daily calorie intake. Too much of this smooth-skinned fruit may cause gastric upset and lead to vomiting or diarrhea. 

How to feed nectarines to your dog: Wash the nectarine, check for any rotten parts, and remove them. Rotten fruit produces ethanol, which is lethal for your dog.

Also, take out the leaves, stems, and pit. The nectarine pit contains amygdalin, which turns into hydrogen cyanide. Plus, it may cause airway or intestinal blockage. Depending on your dog’s size, a few pieces of ingested pits may poison him. 

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

  1. Replace peaches with nectarine for this squirrel-shaped dog snack.
  2. Transform frozen nectarine into refreshing treats for your pup. 
  3. Make a chewy oatmeal snack by substituting peaches. 

In summary: Nectarine is a great source of vitamins and nutrients that can aid your dog’s well-being. But because the fruit is loaded with sugar and fiber, it should only be fed to your dog in moderation. Consult with your veterinarian before giving nectarine to your dog. 

References: 

Food dogs should not eat and some they should

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

Ultimate Guide to What Dogs Can Eat

Can Dogs Eat Nectarines?

Can Dogs Eat Nectarines? (The Simple Answer)

Can Dogs Eat Tangerines?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: Tangerines are orange-coloured citrus fruits, which consist of hybrids of mandarin orange. They are similar to oranges, but are smaller and less rounded. They also appear more reddish orange than yellowish orange.  Tangerines are high in water, consisting mostly of carbohydrates. These sweet-tasting fruits are Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: Tangerines are orange-coloured citrus fruits, which consist of hybrids of mandarin orange. They are similar to oranges, but are smaller and less rounded. They also appear more reddish orange than yellowish orange. 

Tangerines are high in water, consisting mostly of carbohydrates. These sweet-tasting fruits are also packed with fiber, protein, fat, vitamins A and C, folate, and potassium, which can aid your dog’s immune system and digestion. However, too much of the citrus fruit may cause gastrointestinal discomfort to your dog. 

How to feed tangerine to your dog: Remove the tangerine peel and seeds before feeding a portion of the fruit to your dog. Do not allow your dog to play with or eat the peel because it might cause airway or intestinal blockage. The oil found in peel may also upset his stomach and lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and/or dehydration. Meanwhile, the seeds may cause choking. 

Do not feed tangerine to a diabetic dog or it’ll increase his blood sugar levels. A small dog should only be fed about one portion of a tangerine, while a bigger dog can consume a few portions. Make sure the portions match your dog’s size and food intake, with his snacks not going beyond 10% of his daily calorie intake. 

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

  1. Instead of oranges, use a tangerine for this dog treat recipe!
  2. Share some fresh tangerine slices with your dog as you’re eating it. 
  3. Add tangerine to this pooch-approved ice cream.  

In summary: Tangerines are acceptable occasional treats to give to your dog. Before including this nutrient-packed citrus fruit in your dog’s diet, make sure you get your veterinarian’s approval. Let your dog try a small piece first and see what happens in the next 24 hours. Dogs with sensitive stomachs may not be able to handle tangerines. 

References: 

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

Tangerines vs. Oranges: How Are They Different?

Can My Dog Eat Tangerines?

Is Clean & Clear Cruelty Free?

The short answer: No, Clean & Clear is not entirely cruelty free. The long answer: Clean & Clear is a brand known for producing dermatologist-approved skin care products. It is manufactured and distributed by the American consumer goods and pharmaceutical company, Johnson & Johnson. On their official website, they answer the question: Do you test Read More...

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The short answer: No, Clean & Clear is not entirely cruelty free.

The long answer: Clean & Clear is a brand known for producing dermatologist-approved skin care products. It is manufactured and distributed by the American consumer goods and pharmaceutical company, Johnson & Johnson.

On their official website, they answer the question: Do you test your products on animals? The brand states, “We want you to feel good about how we make Clean & Clear products. You can only do that if you have the facts. The fact is, Clean & Clear doesn’t conduct animal testing of our cosmetic products anywhere in the world, except in the rare situation where governments or laws require it. At Clean & Clear, we won’t ever compromise on the quality or safety of our products or stop seeking alternatives to animal testing.”

Just like other J&J brands AVEENO and Neutrogena, Clean & Clear is also available in China. And that is the reason why they needed to include the phrase “except in the rare situation where governments or laws require it” in their testing policy. Imported skin care products are obligated by Chinese law to undergo testing, which are sadly done on animals. Plus, their products can go through testing when a customer files a complaint. 

Until Clean & Clear stops selling their products in China or China changes their regulations, the brand cannot claim to be 100% cruelty free. 

References:

Beauty Without Bunnies: Clean & Clear

Clean & Clear Animal Testing Policy

Is Clean & Clear Cruelty Free in 2020?

Clean & Clear

Is Pond’s Cruelty Free?

The short answer: No, Pond’s is not entirely cruelty free. The long answer: Pond’s is an American brand that began selling its infamous cream in 1846. The wonder product was invented by pharmacist Theron T. Pond. In 1987, British-Dutch company Unilever acquired Pond’s from Chesebrough Manufacturing Company. It is now sold alongside skin care lines Read More...

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The short answer: No, Pond’s is not entirely cruelty free.

The long answer: Pond’s is an American brand that began selling its infamous cream in 1846. The wonder product was invented by pharmacist Theron T. Pond. In 1987, British-Dutch company Unilever acquired Pond’s from Chesebrough Manufacturing Company. It is now sold alongside skin care lines Vaseline and St. Ives (a cruelty free brand!). On its Philippine website, Pond’s reveals whether they test their products on animals. The brand states, “Pond’s uses a wide range of non-animal approaches to assess the safety of its products for consumers, and Pond’s does not test our products on animals.” 

However, both Cruelty Free Kitty and Cruelty Free Collections report that Pond’s is sold in China. The country requires skin care products manufactured abroad to undergo mandatory tests. The brand’s products are tested on animals to guarantee they are safe for human use. As such, Pond’s cannot be considered a cruelty-free brand until they stop selling in China or until the Chinese government changes its import policies.

References:

Pond’s FAQs

Is Ponds Cruelty-Free in 2020? SHM Answers!

Cruelty Free Kitty: Ponds

Is Ponds Cruelty-Free in 2020?

Is Max Factor Cruelty Free?

The short answer: No, Max Factor is not cruelty free. The long answer: Max Factor is a cosmetics brand from Coty, Inc. It was founded by Polish beautician Maksymilian Faktorowicz in 1909 as Max Factor & Company. By 1991, it was purchased by American multinational consumer goods corporation Procter & Gamble. In 2016, Coty Inc. Read More...

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The short answer: No, Max Factor is not cruelty free.

The long answer: Max Factor is a cosmetics brand from Coty, Inc. It was founded by Polish beautician Maksymilian Faktorowicz in 1909 as Max Factor & Company. By 1991, it was purchased by American multinational consumer goods corporation Procter & Gamble. In 2016, Coty Inc. acquired Max Factor from P&G. Coty Inc. is one of the largest beauty and fragrance companies in the world and is also known for also distributing CoverGirl.

Max Factor’s official website does not post anything about their stance on animal testing. However, their parent company Coty Inc. reveals, “At Coty, we do not test our products on animals and are committed to ending animal testing across the beauty industry. All our products are safe and have been developed, manufactured and packaged in compliance with the laws, regulations and guidelines that are applicable in each country in which we sell them. Some governments or agencies stipulate the testing of finished products on animals in accordance with local legal and regulatory requirements. Coty has formed a strategic partnership with Cruelty Free International (CFI), the leading organization working to end animal testing for cosmetics globally, and so far, has achieved Leaping Bunny Certification for COVERGIRL.”

Currently, Max Factor is sold in China. To be able to break into the Chinese market, Max Factor must follow the country’s importation laws, which includes testing products on animals. Though Max Factor is not doing the tests themselves, the brand has allowed Chinese authorities and third parties to do so on their behalf. Testing can also be done randomly or when a customer complains about their product. Given these facts, Max Factor cannot be considered a cruelty-free cosmetic line.

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