Pet-Safe Alternatives to Halloween Treats

Halloween might look a little different this year, but one thing’s for certain—there will still be treats! As tempting as it is to include Fluffy or Fido in the mix, remember that most human treats are best left to humans.

According to the Pet Poison Helpline, the top food-related hazards to pets at Halloween are chocolate, candy, grapes/raisins, and candy wrappers. Foods with the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs (and are not recommended for cats either) according to PetMD.

So, how can you treat your pet this Halloween? 🎃

1. Homemade dog “ice cream”

Mix up some canine-friendly ice cream using recipes from PetMD. Here’s one to try (as long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant): one half can of your dog’s canned food with a quarter cup of plain yogurt and a quarter cup of plain applesauce. Blend using a mixer or a blender, then pour it into a Tupperware container and pop it in the freezer.

2. Wet cat food

If your cat typically receives dry food, consider treating her to her favorite canned food. The first ingredient should be meat, says PetMD, and the food should not contain fillers like rice or corn.

3. Quality time
Will Halloween be a low-key holiday this year? All the better for your pet! Set aside some time to brush your pet, play together, or show him affection.

4. New pet toy
Stimulate your pet’s mind and discourage boredom with a new toy. The Humane Society of the United States and Paws.org have compiled guidelines for choosing safe pet toys; read them here and here.

5. Activity/exercise
Have a game of tug of war, or play indoor fetch with your dog. Let your kitty explore a cat tree or empty cardboard boxes. Remember to keep pet activities in a separate room and away from the front door if you are expecting Halloween visitors this October.

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Protect Your Furnishings This Autumn with Quilted Furniture Covers

Fall is here, and it’s time to get comfy and cozy! Pull out those autumn sweaters for yourself, and drape your furniture in the Mason Ultimate Quilted Covers. You and your pet can snuggle up together, and you won’t have to worry about damage to your furniture.

This furniture protector covers more than 90% of your furnishing with its generous, double-diamond quilted design. Available sizes include recliner/wing chair, loveseat, sofa, and extra-long sofa. All sizes except the recliner cover have straps and D-rings; for additional slip-resistance, use a rug pad! Cut it into sections and place them beneath the seat, back, and arms.

Made from microfiber faux suede and backed in polypropylene, this quilted furniture cover is soil-resistant, snag-resistant, and water-repellent. Several colors are available, so you can easily find the right hue to suit your space. Machine wash and line dry the furniture cover when it needs freshening up.

An exclusive design, the Mason Ultimate Furniture Protector is only available at Touch of Class®. Click here to shop this cover.

Mason Ultimate Quilted Furniture Covers

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Early-Elf Gift Idea: Kitten Carols Clothtique Santa Figurine

All you early shoppers will love this Christmas gift idea for cat owners! The Kitten Carols Clothtique™ Figurine is sure to put a smile on the face of your favorite “cat person.” Who could resist this festive scene, which features Santa and his feline friends caroling for the holidays? Santa and the cat trio are dressed in their finest. Two cats are adorned with color-changing lights.

By artist Ann Dezendorf, the resin Possible Dreams® Clothtique™ figurine is finely detailed. Santa wears a hand-sewn polyester fabric costume that is specially stiffened to add realism. His handpainted face expresses the sincere emotion highly prized by collectors. This 12”H figurine is new for 2020!

Click here to shop the Kitten Carols Clothtique™ Figurine on the Touch of Class® site. View the video below!

Kitten Carols Santa and Cats Clothtique Figurine

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Tips and Tricks for a Great Game of Fetch

As summer shows hints of the cooler season to come, it’s the perfect time to play fetch with your dog! Fetch is great for exercise and for releasing your dog’s pent-up energy. Your dog might be a natural, or he might need some practice to grasp the game. Make fetch a part of your playtime repertoire with these tips from WebMD Pets and the American Kennel Club.

  • Start small, with quick indoor games of fetch. When you first take the game outside, choose a time when there aren’t other dogs or people around to minimize distractions.
  • Try modifying a tug-of-war game. After a short game of tug, toss the toy a few inches away so that your dog runs to it, then grab the toy and start another game. Throw it farther away each time. Tug on the toy when it’s in your dog’s mouth to encourage him to come back to you. This should eventually evolve into a fetch-like game. (Read more here.)
  • Or, try a treat-based approach for dogs reluctant to fetch. First, place the toy on the ground. When your dog looks at it, utilize clicker training and reward your dog with a treat. Continue to reward your dog with each interaction until he associates the two. Next, step up your game! Save rewards for when your dog sniffs the toy, puts his mouth on it, or picks it up. After your dog is reliably picking up the toy, encourage him to bring it back to you and reward him when he does. (Read more here.)
  • If your dog will chase a Frisbee, choose one specifically made for dogs so it won’t chip his chompers. Throw it lower to the ground so your dog isn’t jumping high into the air and risking injury.
  • End the fetch game while your dog still wants to play and isn’t bored.

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Celebrate Friendship with the Good Dog Table Sculpture

Dogs have always been known as “man’s best friend,” and the Good Dog Sculpture depicts the sentiment with a moment frozen in time.

The resin table sculpture stands on a gray base and shows a dog and woman leaning toward each other, offering support and companionship. In a bronze hue with gold highlights, the camaraderie of two friends warms the heart and stands as a beautiful reminder of the love between owner and pet.

Click here to shop the Good Dog Table Sculpture from Touch of Class®!

Good Dog Table Sculpture

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Catnap Sleeping Kitten Wall Accent

Tuckered out from playing and climbing, it’s time for a little Catnap. Upon finding the perfect branch, this slumbering feline is sure to bring a measure of cuteness to your decor.

Made of resin, this adorable wall accent features a completely relaxed kitty cat on a tree branch enjoying kitten dreams. This cat-tastic gift-worthy item measures 10.5”Wx4.5”Dx8”H. The kitten wall accent is perfect for cat lovers and is available in three colorations: a black and white kitten, a striped gray kitten, and a striped orange kitten.

Click here to shop the Catnap Wall Accent from the Touch of Class® web site!

Catnap Black and White Sleeping Kitten Wall AccentCatnap Striped Gray Sleeping Kitten Wall AccentCatnap Striped Orange Sleeping Kitten Wall Accent

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July Is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month

It seems fitting that July is National Pet Hydration Month—we humans are trying to stay hydrated and cool this month too! Whether your pet is soaking up the summer outdoors or chilling indoors with the A/C, hydration is key. 

First of all, how much water does your pet need each day? According to PetMD, your pet needs about a half ounce to one full ounce of water per pound of body weight. As you might expect, large pets will need more water than small ones, and dogs will drink more water than cats. 

To ensure that your pet gets its daily H2O, PetMD recommends providing fresh, clean water that’s easily accessible, supplying multiple water bowls if you’re a multi-pet family, and keeping the water bowl away from noisy areas if your pet seems skittish. 

If you and your dog are out exercising, remember to stop for water breaks, especially if you notice that your dog is panting hard. PetMD recommends providing enough water to quench your pet’s thirst but not allowing large gulps that could lead to stomach upset.

Have a safe (and hydrated) July with your pet!

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Indoor/Outdoor Pet-Themed Mats from Liora Manne

Add a pop of color to your home while displaying a love for “paws”itively adorable pets. With a balanced combination of both bold and subdued hues, the Liora Manne pet-themed mats are sure to brighten up your home and provide a fun invitation to guests.

These hand-hooked polyester/acrylic mats can be used indoors or outdoors seasonally. Made in China, each mat is .375” thick with a cloth-covered latex backing. Pet-themed mats are available in four designs and three rectangle sizes: 30”x20”, 36”x24”, and 48”x30”.

Click here to shop all Liora Manne Indoor/Outdoor Mats from Touch of Class®!

Stretch your muscles beside three French bulldogs portraying different yoga poses on brightly-colored mats with the Yoga Dogs Mat.

Yoga Dogs Mat

Yellow eyes peer over the edge of the Meow Cat Mat, which depicts a black cat and a black and gray cat with the word “Meow” in teal.

Meow Cat Mat

Against a backdrop of blue sky, seagulls, and a net, set sail alongside a retriever in a captain’s hat sitting before a ship’s wheel, a bulldog in a striped hat, and a black Lab sporting a yellow hat with the Arrf Ye Mateys Mat.

Arrf Ye Mateys Dog Mat

Playfulness abounds with the Cats and Butterflies Mat as two cats, one black and the other black and gray, track three richly-hued butterflies flitting above their heads.

Cats and Butterflies Mat

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June Is National Pet Preparedness Month

Your pet is a part of your family, and preparation for an emergency is important. As a pet parent, it’s your responsibility to include your pet in your emergency and disaster plans. When making or revising your emergency and/or disaster plans, know where your pets are going and have anything they might need ready to go. For more details and a comprehensive list of emergency kit necessities, visit the CDC web site.

  • Plan ahead. If you live in a disaster-prone area, learn what kinds of problems those disasters can present for both you and your pets. If your pets can’t go with you during an evacuation, don’t just leave them at home. Pets need a safe place to stay in an emergency, so find out where they can go ahead of time, and be prepared for the possibility of multiple pets being unable to stay in the same place. Remember: if it’s not safe for you, then it’s not safe for your pet.
  • Create an emergency kit. You’ve made one for your family, but your pet needs one, too. Include food, water, bowls, medications, a litter tray/litter or disposable bags, extra leashes/harnesses, and toys that are easily transportable. Include veterinary information, medical records, and current pictures of your pet in a waterproof container.
  • Stay up-to-date. Make sure the information on your pet’s collar, carrier, and in the disaster kit is current. If your pet is microchipped, ensure that information is up-to-date as well, in case your pet gets lost. Have your pet’s vaccinations updated often, and check clasps on collars regularly.
  • Sheltering in place. Some emergencies require you to take shelter in your home, so establish ahead of time which room is the safest place for you, your family, and your pets to shelter in. The ideal room will have few or no windows and be free of anything that could be toxic to your pet. For small animals, make sure to block off any small spaces they could get stuck in.
  • Returning after an emergency. Changes in routine can make pets irritable, defensive, or aggressive, so keep a close eye on your pet when establishing the new normal. Tell family and any visitors that your pet isn’t his or her usual self so your pet has less reason to lash out, and be aware that the disaster may have disoriented your pet by destroying or changing scent markers.

Pets often mean as much to us as the rest of the family, so make sure you’re including them in your plans, kits, and drills. The more comfortable they are with the routine in case of emergency, the easier it will be to ensure their safety along with your own. For special considerations for animals such as horses or birds, check out the ASPCA web site.

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Swim Toward Fun Sea Turtle Home Decor

Though the magnificent sea turtle spends most of its life in the ocean, you can still enjoy the sight of it in your home with charming decor. First, learn a few facts about the sea turtle from National Geographic and SeaWorld!

  • The largest sea turtle is the leatherback, which can weigh 2,000 lbs.
  • Sea turtles can’t pull their head and limbs inside their shells.
  • Leatherback turtles were around when T. rex was alive.
  • Green sea turtles can stay under water for as long as five hours.
  • Most sea turtles are identified by the number and pattern of plates on their top shell.

Click on each image below to shop, or view more sea turtle home decor on the Touch of Class® site.

The Swimming Sea Turtles Rug will make waves in your indoor or outdoor space with its UV-stabilized design.
Swimming Sea Turtles Rug
Embellished with glass bubbles and wooden sea turtles, the Turtle Wave Wall Art by Joanna Ferrara can be displayed indoors or outdoors in a covered area.
Turtle Wave Wall Sculpture

The Turtle Bay Sculpture features a marine creature in the middle of a downward dive; its shell is adorned with ivory and brown capiz shell accents.
Turtle Bay Sea Turtle Table Sculpture
Dangle coastal beauty from your wall with the Seaside Ocean Plaque Set. Each wall accent features a textured sandy background and a string hanger.Seaside Ocean Wall Plaque Set

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