Protect Your Floors with WaterHog Pet Mats

With the days lengthening and summer beckoning you and your pet out more often, you don’t want to spend extra time cleaning mud and dirt off of your floors. The solution? Durable pet mats!

WaterHog® pet mats are USA-made and can be used indoors or outdoors year round. Crafted with an exclusive Water Dam border to keep dirt and water on the mat and off of your floor, these antistatic mats will not mold, mildew, or rot. Place a mat inside or outside your door, or use it as a tray for food and water bowls.

Backed in slip-resistant rubber and available in a variety of colors, each floor accent has a tone-on-tone dimensional pet-related design. The Bark Bark Pet Mat has the repeating word “Bark” and paw prints. The Paws and Bones Mat is patterned with paw prints and dog bones and includes free customization with your pet’s name!

Click here to shop all colors and styles of the “pawsitively” darling WaterHog® mats from the Touch of Class® site.

Bark Bark WaterHog Pet Mat

Paws and Bones Personalized Pet Mat

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Challenge Yourself! Healthier Pet, Healthier You

The seasons are changing, the temperature is spiking, and your pet can’t wait to get outside and soak it all in. Challenge yourself to join your pet in the great outdoors with Move More Month!

During the month of April, the American Heart Association challenges people to exercise more throughout the day. What better way to inspire motivation than by including your pet? Begin a morning or evening routine of walking your dog or playing with your cat. If you keep the time consistent from day to day, your pet will always remind you to get up and move.

Here are a few other ways to motivate yourself to exercise more:
➢ Open windows and let in that fresh spring breeze
➢ Prop a toy near your key or purse repository
➢ Hang a dog leash rack next to the front door
➢ Schedule pet playdates and exercise in your calendar
➢ Find an accountability partner by inviting friends and family to join

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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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Proclaim Your Love for Your Dog!

It’s the sweetest time of the year—so let everyone know that if they love you, they must also love your dog! Each accent has a hooked design, brown hues, a dog silhouette, love my dog wording, and a red heart. Place the decorative pillow on an indoor entryway bench, side chair, or sofa. Lay the accent rug nearby for a duo that’s too cute to resist!

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Dog Love Decorative Pillow
Dog Love Accent Rug

Looking for home accents your dog can enjoy too? The Premier Puff Furniture Protector is snag- and soil-resistant, with a longer back and tuck-in flaps to help it stay in place. You both will love the soft, plush design—and you’ll be happy that the furniture cover is machine washable.

Premier Puff Furniture Cover

Premier Puff Furniture Cover in Chocolate

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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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Make These Pet Resolutions for the New Year

Include your pet in your New Year’s resolutions. Improve your pet’s life alongside your own and find some stress relief along the way. Once there’s a new established routine with your pet, keeping those resolutions will be a little easier!

• Add more playtime or walks to your daily routine. Use feathers on strings to keep your feline’s hunting instincts sharp, or take longer walks to give your dog more socialization time.

• Help your pet with her hygiene—trim her nails, brush her fur, and give her regular baths. Aside from keeping your pet healthy, this gives you a chance to spot any skin or fur issues early on.

• Strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend by showing him more affection. By petting him often and giving him more belly rubs, both of you will benefit emotionally.

• We always want our pets to stay safe, so make sure your pet has a collar and updated ID tags. Get her microchipped in case she wanders off, and avoid anything that might be toxic to her.

This year, think about that little (or big) friend you keep near and make his or her life a little better along with your own. Happy New Year!

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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!

Get Organized! Helpful Products for Tidier Living with Pets
Service Dog Month + Proper Etiquette
Fire Prevention Pet Safety Tips
Mason Ultimate Personalized Recliner Covers

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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