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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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Curious Cat Shelf Sitter Sculpture

As cat owners know, you merely live in the house—the cat is the true ruler. Every space is his to explore, so why not decorate with a sculpture that portrays him at his most inquisitive?

Place the Curious Cat on a shelf or ledge so that he can peer down at all the goings-on. With a curled tail and ears all perked up, this cat sculpture will remind you of your own funny feline. This 6″Wx12″Dx7.5″H shelf sitter is available in three finishes: aged bronze, gray, and mocha.

Click here to shop the Curious Cat Shelf Sitter from the Touch of Class® site.

Curious Cat Shelf Sitter

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Bound Into Spring! How to Get Your Pet Ready

Spring is coming! Soon you’ll be cleaning and organizing, or finally hauling those Christmas decorations back into storage. During this time where happiness spreads with warmer and sunnier weather, remember that your pet needs some help with spring cleaning, too.

In the spring, you can help your pet shed its winter coat so hair isn’t trailing throughout your home. Your pet relies on you to be aware of how the coming season can affect it: from bugs carrying parasites, to lawn chemicals or plants that can cause harm, to seasonal allergies. Here are a few ways you can help your pet get ready for the season.

1) As your pet begins to shed more than usual in preparation for warmer temps, help her out. Give her a bath and regular brushings to remove loose hair. Not only will this keep her cooler, but it will help keep your home clean and your furniture fur free. And while you’re spring cleaning, wash up her bedding and toys so they smell fresh.

2) Pets can have seasonal allergies, too, although they often show via skin irritation. Watch out for excessive scratching, biting, or licking and contact your vet for how to best treat him. Keep an eye out for grass munching, as well, since some yard treatment chemicals will make him sick. According to Project Pawsitivity, some common seasonal plants like daisies are also toxic to pets. Check out a full plant list here.

3) Warmer weather brings those pesky bugs: fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. As if bites from these bugs weren’t bad enough, they can also carry parasites that could affect your pet’s health. So, before the warmth really sets in, ensure that she has preventative medication for heartworms, fleas, and ticks.

4) Before taking your pet out to enjoy sunny days, make sure his shots are up to date. According to Petcube, having his shots recently updated will cause him less problems if he encounters animals who haven’t had their shots. Also check that his tags and microchip have current information and are readable, and that leashes and collars still fit and aren’t fraying.

5) While humans can exercise throughout the winter in gyms, that’s not always true for our pets. As warm weather rolls in, give her time to adjust to a more active lifestyle. Start with short walks and don’t force her to play if she looks tired. Just like us, your pet’s muscles take time to strengthen.

Pets are just as happy as the rest of us that the sun is shining brighter and the temperature is climbing. But just as we have preventative measures against bugs and allergies, so should our pets. Give them love, care, attention, and help as they prepare for sun-filled days in the ways only they can.

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It’s a Pop Quiz… for Love Your Pet Day!

National Love Your Pet Day has popped up again this year—along with a couple fun quizzes. Spend some quality time with your pet today, whether that means exercise, extra grooming time, or plenty of snuggles and cuddles.

When you have a few minutes of down time, put your knowledge of cats and dogs to the test!

🐱 Cat Quiz 🐱
🐶 Dog Quiz 🐶

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New Cat and Dog Pet Sculptures for 2020

How do you feel about welcoming a new animal friend into your home for 2020? These darling pet sculptures require no feeding, but their features are so lifelike, you might be tempted to give one a treat.

Click here to view measurement information and to shop these pet sculptures on the Touch of Class® site.

With soulful eyes and a tail curled at its side, the Lovable Labrador will wait patiently for you to come home. Labrador Retriever owners will want to “fetch” this dog sculpture while it’s still available!

Lovable Black Labrador Dog Sculpture Lovable Yellow Labrador Dog Sculpture

This Intrigued Cat is entranced by the tiny visitor on the tip of its nose—a colorful butterfly. Realistic resin fur details and a wide-eyed expression make this cat sculpture a fun one for feline aficionados.

Intrigued Gray Cat Sculpture Intrigued Black and White Cat Sculpture

Shh—don’t wake the sleeping kitty. The Resting Cat just might convince you to catch a few winks of your own. Enjoying a little nap, this cat rests with its paws tucked beneath its body.

Resting Black and White Cat Sculpture Resting Orange Cat Sculpture

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Meowy Christmas and Happy Howlidays

Whether you’ve recently welcomed a new furry creature into your home, or you’re spending some quality time with your faithful four-legged friend, we wish you both a very merry holiday.

Here are a few of our favorite posts from 2019!

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Christmas Mantel with Pet Figurines

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How to Keep Pets Safe During the Holiday Season

With all of the activity over the holiday season—buying gifts, decorating the tree, and baking—it’s easy to forget that some of our favorite things about this festive season can be hazardous to our pets. Even though there’s that long to-do list before the big day, take some extra time to look out for your pet’s comfort and safety.

Baby, it’s cold outside. The weather this time of year is just as cold for pets as it is for us. Leave your pet’s natural coat long and well-groomed so she stays warm. Brushing your pet not only removes dead hair, but it helps with blood circulation so she stays toasty on frostier days. Cut back on her baths during this time so she retains oils that help her skin stay smooth and moisturized.

Let it snow! Snow can easily cover up scents, and walking your dog on a leash will prevent him from getting lost. Consider a jacket and booties to help short-haired breeds conserve warmth. Give outdoor pets a waterproof, insulated house they can keep warm in and provide them with plenty of fresh water. And remember to always bang on the hood before starting your car to keep sheltering outdoor kitties safe.

Deck the halls. Christmas decorations make the season merry and bright, but some of those crafting and decorating items can be dangerous for pets. Secure the Christmas tree so it won’t topple, cover the water tray on real trees, and avoid tinsel and low-hanging ornaments pets can break or choke on. Consider artificial alternatives for holly and mistletoe so your pet doesn’t chew on them. If you’re a crafter, keep an eye on pets and supplies. Curious animals can ingest craft supplies that are harmful to them.

Careful with sweet treats! Many sweets, including chocolate and the artificial sweetener xylitol, can make your pet sick. Begging eyes aren’t easy to ignore, but before giving your pet any special treats, check this list from the ASPCA for what to avoid. Keep those cups out of reach, too, since alcohol has deadly effects for four-legged family members.

I’ll be home for Christmas. Even if your pet is a happy-go-lucky people-loving soul, holiday celebrations can provide too much stimulation. Cozy up a small space for her to retreat to, complete with food, water, comfy blankets, and favorite toys. Each canine and feline has his or her own personality, so be sure to cater to your pet’s needs. And don’t forget to establish with guests the proper etiquette for interacting with your pet so everyone has a fun time.

Christmas is a time to enjoy, have fun, and see family—just remember to ensure that your pet has a safe, fun Christmas as well! Check out the ASPCA web site for more tips to keep your pet safe during the holidays.

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Lighted Holiday Wall Art for Pet Parents

Light up your home with the same warmth and cuteness your pet provides. Show your furry family some love by adorning the walls with holiday scenes featuring your favorite four-legged friends.

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Tuckered out from playing with jingle bells, the adorable Christmas Kitten slumbers while waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. This furry feline curls up in the falling snow, illuminated by the cozy glow of LED lights.

Christmas Kitten LED Lighted Canvas Wall Art
Canine lovers will adore Dogs Watching Santa. This canvas glows with an LED-lit moon, depicting five pups gathered to watch Santa and his reindeer fly through the night. Friendship warms the heart as fiber optic twinkling snow falls and magic trails behind the sleigh.

Dogs Watching Santa Lighted Canvas Wall Art

The Kitten with a Christmas Tree lounges on a windowsill, keeping an eye on the presents below. Lit by the glowing LED baubles on the tree, this kitty enjoys the holiday season.

Kitten with Christmas Tree LED Lighted Canvas Wall Art

What are the holidays without a little Christmas Mischief? Lit by the LED lights on the tree, these Labrador puppies melt your heart as they frolic with ribbons and toys—even if they’re opening their gifts a little early!

Christmas Mischief Labrador Puppies LED Lighted Canvas Wall Art

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