Paws in the Garden: Outdoor Cat Sculptures

These cute felines won’t do any digging in your flower beds! They will, however, look adorable perched on your porch or nestled into your landscaping. These outdoor cat sculptures will delight feline fanatics with their lighthearted depictions, from the fur-like details to the expressive eyes.

Click here to view the outdoor cat sculptures shown below.

The On the Ready Cat Sculpture features an alert kitty with a curled tail, smoky taupe fur, and aqua eyes.

The Kisses of Love Cat Sculpture is a tender yet playful depiction of an orange mother cat with her two gray kittens.

The bird feeder shown below captures a characteristic feline trait: Natural Curiosity! The wide-eyed cat seems perplexed by the snail’s appearance, perhaps hoping a bird would stop by instead.

In the last sculpture, two Playful Friends, a cat and a turtle, seem to have had a little too much fun. The turtle is lying on his shell, exposing his belly, which acts as a solar light.

On the Ready Cat Sculpture Kisses of Love Cat Sculpture
Natural Curiosity Cat Sculpture Playful Friends Cat Sculpture

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It’s National Specially-Abled Pets Day!

A special-needs pet is one with a physical disability, a chronic injury, or emotional/behavioral issues. Today, we celebrate special-needs pets and encourage animal lovers with plenty of compassion, time, and energy to consider adopting one. Here are a few points to ponder from Vetstreet:

1. First, research.
If there’s a special-needs pet that has captured your heart, be sure to research its issues thoroughly beforehand so you understand the care that is required. Talk to veterinarians, specialists, and owners of similar special-needs pets so that you can make the best choice for both of you, instead of a spur-of-the-moment decision.

2. Consider the financial commitment.
Be sure that you have the financial resources to properly care for a special-needs pet. Again, research the expenses associated with your prospective pet’s condition, including food, grooming, medical care, and special equipment.

3. Remember the time and energy involved.
You might not be bringing home a frisky puppy that’s going to romp all over the house, but a special-needs pet still requires your time and energy. Be sure that you have the patience to handle its physical limitations or extra needs, and that everyone in your family does as well.

4. Make sure you’re up to it, physically.
Not all special-needs pets are physically demanding, but be sure you have the strength and capability to care for one that is.

As long as you’re fully prepared to welcome a special-needs pet into your home and to accept the responsibilities involved, you can enjoy a loving, caring relationship with your new furry friend!

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Puppy-Themed Pet Food Bowl Mats

You might have done a full sweep of the house when you tackled spring cleaning this year, but did you remember your pet’s food bowl area? Freshen it up a little with a charming pet food bowl mat!

These darling mats have a soft polyester face with cute dog designs and a skid-resistant rubber backing (just in case your furry pal tends to push his food mat around). Mats are machine washable; simply line dry or flat dry them once they’re clean.

The Give This Dog a Bone Mat is the perfect pet placemat for smaller spaces. Measuring 19”W, it features a puppy wearing a bandana on a mingled paw print background.

The You Had Me at Woof Mat has a larger size that makes it great for use as a decorative floor mat or a pet food bowl mat. Measuring 29”W, it depicts four different pups in various attire on a watercolor-style background.

Click here to view and purchase these adorable pet food bowl mats!

Give This Dog a Bone Pet Food Bowl Mat You Had Me at Woof Pet Food Bowl Mat

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Pet Safety Tip: Use LED Flameless Candles!

To your pet, there are just so many interesting sights and smells in your home to explore—but that candle burning atop your table shouldn’t be one of them. Some rowdy playing nearby or a swish of that furry feline tail, and (oops!) you could have a real mess and dangerous situation on your hands.

Opt for flameless candles instead! Most battery-powered LED flameless candles provide a warm, flickering glow but are not hot to the touch. You don’t have to worry that if the candle is tipped over, the flame will start a fire. You don’t have to be concerned that your curious pet will get burned from the flame or the hot, dripping wax. And finally, you won’t be exposing your pet to potentially harmful fumes (some flameless candles are scented, so you may want to opt for unscented varieties).

Stock up on LED candles for a safer environment in your home. Flameless candles can be used in mantel displays, centerpiece arrangements, lanterns, wall sconces, and even seasonal decorations.

LED Flameless Candles

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Mason Quilted Ultimate Furniture Protectors

National Puppy Day (March 23rd) is almost here! If your furniture could talk, however, it might tell you that every day feels like “National Puppy Day.”

Give your puppy-pounced furniture a little break from the pet hair and snags by covering it with the Mason Ultimate Furniture Protector. This double-diamond quilted, microfiber faux suede furniture protector covers more than 90% of your furnishing. It’s also soil-resistant, snag-resistant, and water-repellant with a polypropylene backing. Simply machine wash and line dry the furniture cover when it needs freshening up.

Offered in several colors, this furniture cover is available in recliner/wing chair, loveseat, sofa, and extra-long sofa sizes. All sizes except the recliner cover have straps and D-rings to secure the protector.

The Mason Ultimate Furniture Protector is a Touch of Class® exclusive design, so you won’t find it anywhere else. Click here to view measurement information and to order this cover.

Mason Quilted Ultimate Furniture Protector

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March Is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Are you starting to get the “spring cleaning itch” but feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect? Why not start by making sure that potentially harmful foods, medicines, and household chemicals are out of the reach of your pet? After all, spring with your pet should be a happy time!

Recommended by PetMD and the ASPCA, here are just a few steps you can take to protect your pet:

1. Keep pet medications and human medications stored separately so there’s little chance of a mix-up.

2. Take the time to read the label carefully before giving your pet medicine.

3. Keep medications locked in cabinets, rather than on the counter or table.

4. Review the ASPCA’s list of “people foods” that can be toxic to pets. Make sure these items are kept away from your pet.

5. Make sure household cleaners, paint, automotive fluids, and even cosmetic items like nail polish remover are not accessible to your pet.

6. Be aware of which plants can be dangerous to your pet, including household plants, seasonal decorations, and lawn and garden greenery.

7. Research safer insecticide alternatives. Read the labels of lawn and garden products to determine if they are toxic to pets, and follow instructions carefully. Store these products out of the reach of pets.

8. Keep pets out of garbage cans and compost bins. Ensure that your garbage can is tamper-proof and that your pet can’t open it.

9. If you must use a rodenticide, follow instructions carefully and make sure your pet cannot reach the treated area. Properly dispose of dead rodents before your pet can get to them.

10. Know the symptoms of pet poisoning. Have a plan in case of accidental poisoning, and be ready to act fast. Keep your veterinarian’s information and other emergency numbers, like a pet poison hotline, readily accessible.

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It’s National Love Your Pet Day!

Today, February 20th, is National Love Your Pet Day! Of course, you love your pet every day, but this unofficial holiday is a great reminder to do something special or spend more quality time together than you normally would.

If your pet got a little neglected in the hubbub around Valentine’s Day, make sure he gets plenty of affection today! Here are just a few simple ideas:

❤ Special grooming session

❤ Food treat that you know he loves

❤ New toy

❤ Walk together

❤ Play together

❤ Teach him a new trick or command to keep his mind active

❤ Any bedding update that makes him more comfortable

❤ Extra pats and cuddles

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