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9 Ways to Increase the Chances of Finding a Lost Cat

It’s every cat human’s nightmare. What do you do when your indoor cat suddenly slips through the front door and wanders off? Or how do you deal with it when your domesticated outdoor cat disappears for days? These missing cat scenarios may cause stress for loving owners, but as a responsible cat parent, it’s better Read More...

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It’s every cat human’s nightmare. What do you do when your indoor cat suddenly slips through the front door and wanders off? Or how do you deal with it when your domesticated outdoor cat disappears for days? These missing cat scenarios may cause stress for loving owners, but as a responsible cat parent, it’s better to equip yourself with the right information and tools so you can be ready if and when your cat goes missing.

Before we jump right in, remember that you can prevent a lost cat incident by microchipping your pet. Microchipping is an affordable, permanent way of identifying your cat and increases the chances of you finding her if she gets lost. Though it is not a GPS device that provides your cat’s real-time location, the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) device provides an identification number when it is scanned by an animal shelter or veterinarian. The identification number is linked to a database, which reveals your information. Make sure your information is always updated, and contact the registry when you change your home address, mobile phone, or email address.

Aside from microchipping, placing a collar with an identification tag around your cat’s neck (especially if she likes going outside with a harness!) will instantly inform strangers how to get in touch with you when they encounter your cat. It also prevents animal shelters and rescues from thinking that your cat is a stray. Depending on the size of your cat’s ID tag, include your pet’s name, your phone number, your complete address, a note that says “I’m microchipped,” and/or your cat’s special medical needs. 

So now that you’ve taken preemptive measures to ensure your cat’s safety, what do you do when your cat goes missing?

1 Do a thorough search of your home. 

For cat owners who don’t witness their cat’s mysterious disappearance, there may be hope for you yet! Not all cats are truly missing… nor do they want to be found. Get down on your knees and pretend you’re a cat as you do a systematic sweep in every nook and cranny of your home. Look high up or down low, and even check cabinets or under the bed. You’ll be surprised to discover that your cat can tear the lining of a chair or bed and hide within the springs. Before expanding your area of search, look for your cat around your porch, garage, and yard. Arm yourself with a flashlight (to light dark corners and tall tree branches) and the smelliest cat treats you can find.

2 Follow your cat’s trail.

Owners lucky enough to witness their cat’s escape can go after their pet, with the caveat that they follow the cat without running after her or shouting her name. If your cat isn’t used to being outside, the sights, sounds, and smells might overwhelm her. Shouting her name or running after her will only add to her fear. If your cat turns to look at you as she escapes, drop into a kneeling position, stretch your hand out, and avoid looking her in the eyes. Call out her name using your most calm and even tone.   

3 Lure her out with delicious food.

Some cats can hide in nearby areas just beyond your reach! To compel her to come out of her hiding spot, use the oldest trick in the book: her favourite food. Set out her food bowl filled with yummy cat food and fresh water just outside your door, and find a hiding spot as you wait for her to come back. A whiff of her delicious meal will make her run home in no time. If you own a baby monitor, keeping one outside next to the bowls may help you detect your cat’s meows when she makes an appearance. 

4 Set up a trap or temporary home.

Build a trap right beside the food and water you leave outside your home. Buy or borrow a trap from local TNR rescues to assist in capturing your cat. Though there is no guarantee you’ll find your cat in the cage the following morning (you may end up with another animal instead), it will ease your mind to know that she could be there when you wake up. 

If you’re not keen on using a trap, a makeshift cardboard box placed near your cat’s food and water will work just as well. Cut a cat-sized hole in one of the walls, flip the box over, and put soft bedding inside it. This cosy nook just might tempt your cat to return to her home. 

5 Leave your scent.

Help your cat find her way back to you! Wear an old shirt and a pair of sneakers (leave out the socks) then take a walk around the neighbourhood. Don’t be afraid to get all sweaty, so the odour permeates the air and hopefully reaches your cat’s sensitive nose. If your cat doesn’t make an appearance, leave these articles right outside your house. Hang the shirt outside where the wind blows, and place your sneakers on your front porch. 

6 Inform everyone that your cat is missing.

Design a poster or flyer that includes coloured photos of your cat (one showing her face; another showing her entire body), when and where she was last seen, your mobile number and email address, and reward details to whoever finds her. Print and post these “lost cat” announcements in public spaces at eye level. Take note of where you posted them, and check back on their conditions every 3 days. You can also post digital copies in your social media accounts and share them with various community groups. 

7 Ask around. 

Bring an up to date photo of your cat, and do some good old-fashioned sleuthing. Stroll through your neighbourhood and ask pedestrians if they saw a cat loitering around (don’t forget to show her photo!). Knock on your neighbours’ doors and ask if they can allow you to check their garage, shed, backyard, and porch. 

File a missing cat report with your vet as well as other animal shelters or rescue groups in your vicinity. They can also post your missing cat fliers in their establishments. If you have money to spare, you can also place a lost cat ad in your local paper or local radio station.  

Posting on community groups such as Facebook and Reddit is a great way to ensure everyone in your neighbourhood can help look for your cat as well. Leave a contact number and mention the suburb where your cat went missing, along with any other details that come to mind.  

8 Look for her in the wee hours of the morning. 

Armed with a flashlight, step outside wearing your old shirt and comfortable footwear at about 2 in the morning. Bring a box of tasty and smelly cat kibble, and gently shake it as you call out your cat’s name. You can also try taking a few cans of cat food, and popping them open as you walk round. The sounds you make will travel faster since it’s oh-so quiet around that time. 

9 Check out your old neighbourhood. 

For paw parents who have recently moved to a new place, consider extending your missing cat search to your old postcode. Some cats have been known to go back to their previous dwelling place because they haven’t considered the new area their home. If you’ve newly moved in, it’s best to keep your cat inside for the first 2 to 3 weeks.

In conclusion

There have been tales of missing cats returning home after being gone for days or even months, so do not lose hope and continue following these steps when your cat goes missing. Have faith that your lost cat will come back to you soon. 

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for hints about where your cat could be, and remember that oftentimes, you do not need to look far. A study conducted in 2017 reveals that missing-but-found indoor cats traveled about 39 meters/128 feet away (median distance) from their homes. Meanwhile, the median distance for outdoor cats was measured at 300 meters/984 feet.

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5 Ways to Prevent a Dog From Sleeping In Your Bed

Dogs bring so much joy to our lives… until they decide to hog the bed and cause sleepless nights. Keeping your dog off your bed may be the best solution, but if you’re wondering, “Can it be done if my dog is already used to sleeping in my bed?” The answer is yes! Though it Read More...

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Dogs bring so much joy to our lives… until they decide to hog the bed and cause sleepless nights. Keeping your dog off your bed may be the best solution, but if you’re wondering, “Can it be done if my dog is already used to sleeping in my bed?” The answer is yes! Though it may be easier said than done, you can train a dog to stay off your mattress during bedtime.      

Reasons for Not Letting Your Dog to Sleep in the Bed

Before we discover the ways you can prevent a dog from sleeping in your bed, let’s explore the possible reasons why you don’t want a dog sleeping with you. If you have many pets, you might not all comfortably fit in your bed. Plus, one pet might feel he is favoured above others if he gets to stay on the bed while the rest stay on the floor. In some cases, dogs may also end up biting their sleeping companion when they get startled or when they feel they need to defend the space or a particular person. Senior dogs may also have arthritic joints, weak hips, or poor bladder control, making it difficult to jump onto/off the bed or stay in bed throughout the night.

If you’re a light sleeper, sudden movements, loud snoring, and overcrowding from your dog might wake you up. These can cause you to lose quality sleep and affect your health in the long run. Plus, you don’t know what bacteria, virus, pollen, or particles your dog may be bringing onto your bed and sharing with you. Not to mention, dander may also trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people. 

5 Tips to Stop Your Dog From Sleeping In Your Bed

As a dog owner, it is up to you to decide if your dog should sleep next to you in bed. There is no right or wrong answer. It is simply a matter of preference. However, if you feel a change is needed with your current sleeping setup or you want to introduce a no-sleeping-in-bed policy to your newly adopted shelter dog, you can try these 5 ways: 

1 Find the right bed for your dog.

To keep your dog off your bed, you must first give him a sleeping space to call his own. Purchase a comfortable bed that fits your dog’s measurements, his special needs, and one that can accommodate his favourite sleeping positions. Aside from the mattress shape and dimensions, don’t forget to check its thickness and the materials used for it. It should not sink to the floor when he lies on it, and at the same time, it should be cosy enough for him to sleep in no matter what the climate is. 

With its soft raised walls, the Snooza Faux Fur Cuddler Dog Basket is perfect for anxious dogs 
Available in three sizes, the reversible Isleep Linen Bed comes in a plush pink removable, washable cover

2 Put his bed in an ideal spot. 

Your dog doesn’t need to lie in your bed to feel secure. As long as he can see you and knows you’re nearby, he can feel safe and relaxed. Position his mattress within or close to your sleeping quarters, so you can keep an eye on him throughout the night. 

Observe his resting habits throughout the day and position his bed in an area that he already stays in. Make sure the particular spot doesn’t get drafty, keeps cool throughout the night, and stays shaded from the sun.

3 Train your dog.

Teach your dog how to go to his bed and how to stay off yours. You want to establish boundaries and teach him where he should automatically go for bedtime. Using simple commands, train him how to go “up” or “off” your bed. Give him a treat each time he follows your command, and eventually wean off the treats once he gets the hang of it.

If it is his first time to use his bed, take him out for a walk just before bedtime. Without removing the leash, lead him to his new resting spot and train him to “go to sleep.” Place a treat on his bed, and reward his actions with positive words. 

Made from all-natural, grain-free ingredients, Pure Treat Co Lamb and Rosemary is a treat you can give to convince your pooch to lie on his bed

4 Make his bed/the floor more appealing.

Aside from placing treats on his bed, you can also add bolsters, blankets, and his favourite stuffed toys. Show him that it’s more fun on his mattress by petting him when he sits there. Do not pet him or pay attention to him when he’s on your bed. Coerce him to get off it by calling out his name, dangling his toy, and playing with him when he is finally on the ground. 

5 Limit his access to your bed. 

The fastest way to keep your dog off the bed is by leaving your bedroom door closed or by placing a baby/pet gate as a physical obstruction. If you own a tall dog, make sure he won’t be able to climb or jump over the barrier. You can also place his bed within a metal fence or opt to put him in a crate until he gets used to the idea of not sleeping beside you. 

In conclusion

Though cats and dogs are different creatures, you need the same amount of patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement when training them to stay off your bed. Be sure everyone in the household agrees to this sleeping arrangement so that it’ll be easier to implement it. If someone secretly lets the dog sleep on their bed, you’ll have a hard time carrying out this rule. 

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5 Ways to Prevent a Cat From Sleeping In Your Bed

Cats are unique creatures that express their affection in various ways. Some communicate their fondness towards their favourite humans via kneading, while others give playful love bites or grooming licks. Still, there are others who prefer to stay close—hanging out where their human is throughout the day and choosing to sleep by their side. If Read More...

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Cats are unique creatures that express their affection in various ways. Some communicate their fondness towards their favourite humans via kneading, while others give playful love bites or grooming licks. Still, there are others who prefer to stay close—hanging out where their human is throughout the day and choosing to sleep by their side. If you own a cat that loves to sleep in your bed (and her actions may be causing you to lose sleep), there are ways to discourage her from doing so. Try these different tips and tricks to stop your cat from sleeping in your bed and successfully take back your sleeping space:

1 Give your cat her own bed.

This goes without saying, but your cat needs a sleeping cot to call her own. The bed should be big enough and comfortable enough for her to lie in, but at the same time, it should make her feel secure. If you own multiple cats, make sure each cat has her own bed. 

Observe your cat’s sleeping positions and find a bed that accommodates her favourite poses. For example, if you discover that she likes stretching out her body while sleeping, it would be best to get a bed with wider dimensions. Aside from finding her the right-sized bed, place it in a safe, quiet corner or on an elevated area to make her feel at ease.

Harmony Cocoon Bed is perfect for cats that love to snuggle and hide away.
The Furrtail Boss High Chair doubles as an elevated cat bed.

2 Make her bed more appealing.

Your cat may be choosing to sleep on your bed because she finds your bed more warm and comfortable than her own bed. She may also like the texture of your blankets and bedsheets against her fur. 

Give your cat a similar set of beddings (preferably made of the same materials you use) to encourage her to sleep in her own bed. Place a shirt you’ve recently worn to leave your scent on her bed. You can also purchase a cosy blanket or heat pad to keep her sufficiently warm. 

3 Keep her out of your room before bedtime.

Find ways to make your cat stay out of your room. This will prevent her from being tempted to get into your bed. Leave the door shut or spray a citrus-based scent to keep her away. Choose non-toxic fragrances such as orange, lemon, and grapefruit, or create a 1:1 mixture of lemon and vinegar, they spray it on your doorframe. 

4 Reward her correct behaviour.

Train your cat to get into her own bed, and reward this action by petting her and giving her a few snacks. Some cat owners suggest placing a few treats on your cat’s mattress before bedtime. This way, your pet will be lured into her own bed instead of jumping into yours.  

5 Spend enough time with your cat.

Your cat may be sleeping in your bed because she is seeking your attention. Sleeping beside you is her way of bonding with you, even if you’d just be both asleep the whole night. If your cat is craving for your attention, set aside 10 to 15 minutes every night to play with her before setting her down on her bed. Giving her toys to play with or a new cat tree to climb and sleep in may also divert her focus. 

In conclusion

Cats associate you with comfort, warmth, and safety, so it’s no surprise they would want to stay close to their provider as they sleep. Take this gesture as a compliment from your furball. If you’re taking in a new cat from a shelter, it’s best to teach her what’s acceptable in your home as soon as she comes home. From day one, don’t allow her to get into your bed for sleeping or else it will become a hard habit to break.

Read up on other intriguing cat behaviour in our blog. 

Can Cats Eat Watermelon?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: Just like your pet dog, your cat can enjoy the full benefits of watermelon. Watermelon is rich in water, fiber, vitamins C, A, B1, and B6, and nutrients such as biotin, magnesium, and potassium. It is also packed with lycopene, an antioxidant which helps against Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: Just like your pet dog, your cat can enjoy the full benefits of watermelon. Watermelon is rich in water, fiber, vitamins C, A, B1, and B6, and nutrients such as biotin, magnesium, and potassium. It is also packed with lycopene, an antioxidant which helps against cell damage. 

How to feed watermelon to your cat: Remove the watermelon seeds and rind before feeding the fruit to your cat. Containing cyanide, the watermelon seeds may cause airway or intestinal obstructions, or might even cause vomiting or diarrhea. Meanwhile, the watermelon rind may lead to gastrointestinal upset. 

Slice the ripe watermelon into a small cube before serving it to your cat. Limit her feeding to approximately a one-inch serving to make up 2% of her total daily intake (or even less if you’ll be giving her treats at different parts of the day!). 

Diabetic cats should not be fed watermelon because the high sugar content may cause damage to her body. Also, do not add salt to make the watermelon sweeter. Cats cannot appreciate the sweet taste anyway!

Here are three ideas for watermelon treats your cat will love:

  1. Serve a frozen watermelon cube on a hot summer day!
  2. Create a bowl of chopped or mashed cat-friendly fruits, such as watermelon and strawberries. 
  3. Help a cat stay hydrated by treating her to a small block of watermelon.   

In summary: Though watermelon is a fruit that most cats can safely consume, it’s best to limit your pet’s intake to prevent health risks from developing. As a general rule, consult with your veterinarian before introducing any new food to your cat. Observe how her body reacts to one small portion of watermelon before incorporating it into her diet. 

References: 

People Foods Cats Can Eat

Which Fruits Can Cats Eat?

Can Cats Eat Watermelon and What Happens to Them If They Do?

Can Cats Eat Watermelon?

Can Cats Eat Bananas?

The short answer: It is not recommended. The long answer: Though dogs can eat bananas, it is not recommended for cats to snack on these fruits. Bananas are high in sugar and carbohydrates, which are not needed by cats to survive and thrive. As obligate carnivores, they need protein and fat to fulfill their dietary Read More...

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The short answer: It is not recommended.

The long answer: Though dogs can eat bananas, it is not recommended for cats to snack on these fruits. Bananas are high in sugar and carbohydrates, which are not needed by cats to survive and thrive. As obligate carnivores, they need protein and fat to fulfill their dietary needs. Feeding your cat high amounts of carbohydrates is detrimental to her health and may result in diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, and/or constipation

Some cats may also be allergic to bananas. These cats exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, frequent scratching or hair loss, inflamed skin, chronic ear problems, coughing, wheezing, and sneezing.

What to do if your cat accidentally eats bananas: Try to find out how much banana your cat has consumed. Keep an eye on her and report any noticeable changes to her veterinarian. If your cat ate a portion of the banana peel, this may cause a block in her respiratory or digestive systems. Also, take note of allergic reactions your cat may have after consuming the fruit.

In summary: Carbohydrates should only make up 0 to 2% of your cat’s daily diet. Since bananas are packed with carbohydrates, your cat is better off not consuming this tropical fruit. Plus, the sugar found in bananas is something her tongue cannot taste and her body cannot digest. She will be better off eating protein-rich meals and snacks made especially for her.

References:

Can Cats Eat Bananas?

Important Information on Food Allergies & Intolerance in Your Cat

Can Cats Eat Bananas? Or Are They Dangerous?

Can Cats Eat Bananas?

Can Cats Eat Peanut Butter?

The short answer: It is not recommended. The long answer: Peanut butter is a spread made from grounded, dry-roasted peanuts. Store-bought peanut butter is known for being high in protein and fat, but on the downside, it is also packed with salt, sugar, and additives that are harmful for your pet. Though peanut butter is Read More...

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The short answer: It is not recommended.

The long answer: Peanut butter is a spread made from grounded, dry-roasted peanuts. Store-bought peanut butter is known for being high in protein and fat, but on the downside, it is also packed with salt, sugar, and additives that are harmful for your pet. Though peanut butter is not included on the ASPCA’s list of people foods toxic to cats, it does not have any nutritional value for them. Therefore, it is not advisable to feed it to your pet. 

Similar to dog owners, some cat owners hide medication in peanut butter. However, this must be done by using raw, unadulterated peanut butter. It should be free from additives and the artificial sweetener called xylitol, which may also affect your cat. As a reminder, using peanut butter to hide medicine should be done sparingly. Feeding her too much peanut butter may cause vomiting, diarrhea, or even cause obstruction in your cat’s mouth or airway. Long-term effects include obesity and diabetes.   

What to do if your cat accidentally eats peanut butter: Check the nutrition facts label of your store-bought peanut butter. If it includes harmful ingredients for your cat, call your veterinarian immediately. Observe her for any signs of abnormal behaviour such as vomiting, diarrhea, and salivation.

In summary: Though peanut butter is not considered toxic for cats, it is best not to feed it to your pet. She’s better off eating specially formulated cat treats or homemade treats that contain the nutritional value she needs. 

References:

Can Cats Eat Peanut Butter?

Can Cats Eat Peanut Butter? Is It A Safe Snack For Your Kitty?

Can Cats Eat Peanut Butter?

Xylitol: The Sweetener That Is Not So Sweet for Pets

Can Cats Eat Avocado?

The short answer: No. The long answer: Similar to dogs, cats should not be eating avocados on a regular basis. Avocado is a fruit that contains the antifungal compound persin, which can be found on its skin, flesh, and leaves. When ingested, the toxin can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis due to its high fat Read More...

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The short answer: No.

The long answer: Similar to dogs, cats should not be eating avocados on a regular basis. Avocado is a fruit that contains the antifungal compound persin, which can be found on its skin, flesh, and leaves. When ingested, the toxin can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis due to its high fat content. 

Another cause for concern is the avocado pit, which can be a choking hazard for your cat. When fragments of this seed are accidentally ingested, they can create blocks in your cat’s esophagus, stomach, and/or intestine. 

What to do if your cat accidentally eats avocado: Observe your cat for any changes. If she only ate a small serving of the flesh, she should be okay. If she starts to vomit, experiences the runs, or becomes lethargic, contact your vet immediately. 

In summary: Though avocados are considered as mildly toxic for cats, it is advisable not to feed the fruit to your kitty at all times. Be sure to dispose of the fruit’s skin, pit, and leftover flesh carefully, so your cat doesn’t get tempted to taste them.  

References:

What Should I Feed My Cat?

Poisoning in Cats

Pet Poison Helpline: Avocado

Can Cats Eat Avocados?

Is Olay Cruelty Free?

The short answer: No, Olay is not cruelty free. The long answer: Olay is a skin care brand introduced in the market in 1952 by Adams National Industries. In 1985, it was acquired by the American multinational consumer goods corporation, Procter & Gamble. Originally selling a moisturiser called Oil of Olay, the brand soon expanded Read More...

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

The long answer: Olay is a skin care brand introduced in the market in 1952 by Adams National Industries. In 1985, it was acquired by the American multinational consumer goods corporation, Procter & Gamble. Originally selling a moisturiser called Oil of Olay, the brand soon expanded into selling a full range of hypoallergenic variants, cleansers, creams, soap, and body wash. 

On its official website, Olay is “calling for an end to animal testing in skin care and the beauty industry.” It elaborates by saying, “We do not test our products on animals. Olay is working closely with governments around the world to provide alternative research methods to eliminate testing on animals, enabling cruelty-free skin care in the beauty industry.” 

The brand elaborates, “For example, in a few countries where Olay is sold, governments still mandate animal tests. In those cases, Olay can be required by law to submit our products to labs where we know animal tests are happening. This is why we do not claim cruelty-free on our packaging. We do not believe these tests are necessary to evaluate safety or performance. But today, they won’t accept alternative non-animal testing methods. We remain steadfast and will continue to advocate for alternative methods to end animal tests in the industry.”

Despite investing heavily in animal testing alternatives (P&G has devoted a total of $410 million to for cruelty-free research and development), the fact remains that Olay is still being sold in China—a country that requires imported cosmetics to be tested on animals. Furthermore, both PETA and Leaping Bunnies do not include Olay on their cruelty-free lists. 

References:

Is Olay Skin Care Cruelty Free?

Beauty Without Bunnies: Olay (Procter & Gamble)

Leaping Bunny Approved Brands 

Is Olay Vegan or Cruelty-Free? (2020)

Wikipedia: Olay

Is Avon Cruelty Free?

The short answer: Avon is not yet certified as cruelty free. The long answer: Founded in 1886 by David H. McConnell, Avon is a multi-level marketing company that sells beauty, household, and personal care products. It is sold globally in over 100 countries, and in 2019, the company claimed that they became “the first global Read More...

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The short answer: Avon is not yet certified as cruelty free.

The long answer: Founded in 1886 by David H. McConnell, Avon is a multi-level marketing company that sells beauty, household, and personal care products. It is sold globally in over 100 countries, and in 2019, the company claimed that they became “the first global beauty company selling in China to stop all animal testing of ingredients and across all its brands.” 

Avon says, “Our goal is to deliver products to meet our customers’ needs without compromising our commitment to animal welfare, our high product safety standards, or our adherence to regulatory requirements. By investing in how we develop innovation for China and in some cases changing distribution channels, we have been able to deliver this landmark change. Globally, none of our products will be tested on animals.” Furthermore, the brand stated that they reformulated some of their products and changed other ranges, so that these products don’t need to undergo animal testing in China.

Though Avon continues to work towards meaningful positive change against animal testing, the brand has not yet received cruelty-free certification. PETA has only added Avon to its “working for regulatory change” list, but not on its Beauty Without Bunnies program. PETA states, “This company is working toward regulatory changes to reduce the number of animals used for testing.” Similarly, Avon is not founded in Leaping Bunny’s list of cruelty-free brands. 

To discover whether your favorite beauty brand is cruelty free, click on this list.

References:

Avon for Animals

Avon Products, Inc., Earns ‘Working for Regulatory Change’ Listing From PETA

Leaping Bunny Approved Brands 

Avon’s Cruelty Free & Vegan Status

Can Dogs Eat Applesauce?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: Apple is a fruit that dogs can safely consume. Applesauce is made up of apples that have been stewed and puréed. Though it is widely available in the market, not just any kind of applesauce can be fed to your dog. Ones flavoured with sugar Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: Apple is a fruit that dogs can safely consume. Applesauce is made up of apples that have been stewed and puréed. Though it is widely available in the market, not just any kind of applesauce can be fed to your dog. Ones flavoured with sugar and spices (such as cinnamon) or containing additives and preservatives must be avoided completely. 

How to feed applesauce to your dog: Serve your pooch all-natural applesauce made from organic apples. Wash the apples thoroughly before peeling, coring, and slicing into quarters. Boil the apples in water for 15 to 20 minutes, then purée in a blender or mash by hand. Strain the applesauce, and serve it warm or chilled.

Let him try a small spoonful to check how his stomach handles the applesauce. If no adverse symptoms manifest, you can increase his intake to one teaspoon a day. Limit his applesauce intake to 5 to 10% of his daily caloric intake. Too much fruit might cause gastrointestinal problems. 

As recommended by Rover and DailyPuppy, puppies should not eat applesauce because their sensitive digestive systems might not be able to handle the fruit. You can start feeding your puppy applesauce only after he’s completely weaned. 

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

  1. Purée apples with sweet potato for a smooth, lick-able treat!
  2. Make your own dog-friendly applesauce.  
  3. Try baking peanut butter and applesauce cookies.

In summary: Containing antioxidants, vitamins A and C, fiber, and calcium, unsweetened applesauce is a tasty addition to your dog’s diet. Serve it as is as a treat or mix it in his regular kibble to add flavour to his meals. 

References: 

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

Ultimate Guide to What Dogs Can Eat

Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Apple sauce

Can My Dog Eat Applesauce?

Can Puppies Eat Applesauce?

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