Tips to help families move to a new home with their pets
Moving to a new home is stressful for humans and traumatic for pets

Relocating, near or far, is a huge challenge for any family. Now, what if companion animals are involved? Just how do you move with pets stress free? Actually, it is possible but it requires a plan. Not improvisation. A well thought out strategy that you stick to until completion. 

Understandably pet parents are totally wrapped up in dealing with their own needs (new job, new school, and everything else). Unfortunately, however, they completely forget to consider what is going through the mind of an animal. 

Sadly, they are often insensitive to the fact that an animal instinctively knows when something is up. And, as a consequence of this, it will feel confused, and apprehensive, and insecure.


The Packing Stage

1. While you pack furniture and personal belongings, leave your pet’s items till last.

2. As far as possible, maintain your pet’s daily routine for waking up, feeding, exercise, human interaction and rest.

3. Reassure them with love, petting and play. Do not exclude them from your life just because you are busier than normal.

4. Make a check list of all pet items needed for the journey. Identify and load packed pet items last so they are unpacked first when you reach your destination.

5. On moving day, keep your pets contained in a safe place so they do not run out of the home and go missing.

Getting Settled

1. When you arrive at your new home, contain your pets in a safe place with their most essential items while you start to unpack and organize.

2. Do not let them roam around freely. Instead, confine them to a small area and gradually allow them to explore the rest of the home. That way they can adjust slowly and not become overwhelmed.

3. Aim to reestablish your pet’s daily routine and be attentive to any signs of anxiety.

4. Interact with your pet as much as possible to reassure

him he is still loved.

5. Slowly introduce your dog to the neighborhood as you establish an atmosphere of normalcy.

Your New Home, Sweet Home

If you are cautious and thoughtful, the process will go a lot smoother. Don’t stress yourself out. Stress free moving with pets is possible. Be sure to take it slow. Remember this, they will adapt and cope much better and enjoy their new home environment much quicker.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  


If you’re uncertain about allowing Fluffy outside or not, these indoor-outdoor cat statistics might help you decide
Outdoor cats face many dangers that shorten their lives
Photo credit: Jonatan Svensson Glad

If you’re uncertain about whether to allow Fluffy outside or not, these indoor-outdoor cat statistics might help you decide.

Apart from any Ordinance that may apply to domesticated cats in your vicinity, you need to know, or be reminded of, some very basic facts. It’s all about why the big outdoors can be an unfriendly place and actually a big threat to the safety of your kitty companion.

The Longevity Of Cats

Studies tell us that the number of years cats typically live depends largely on where they spend their time. Ones that roam part of the time, as well as those that live outdoors permanently, have a shorter life span. In other words, kitties that are kept entirely inside the home live longer.

On average, indoor cats live between 12 and 15 years.

Now, if Fluffy is an indoor-outdoor pet, her life expectancy is around 3-5 years less than if she spent her entire life indoors.

And, in stark contrast, when a cat lives outdoors completely by herself, she may live only two or three years.

Community Cats And The Unfriendly Outdoors

In a category all of their own, and spread across all communities and parts of the globe, community cats (feral cats) typically live for five years. So, we should be asking ourselves, “Why is that? Well, here are the answers. 

It’s because they are subject to harsh and extreme weather conditions They are also prone to disease. In addition, they are exposed to poisons and animal traps. And, let’s not forget that they are prey for birds such as hawks and owls as well as larger mammals like coyotes.

The Dangers Facing Ferals and Domesticated Felines

All cats can get into fights with other cats they encounter outdoors. They may be ferals, indoor-outdoor cats, lost cats, abandoned cats, and even domesticated dogs.

Another danger is that they are often injured or killed by vehicles.

To Sum Up

To anyone who has read this data on indoor outdoor cats, I think you would agree. No truly responsible and caring pet parent should allow their companion feline to experience any of these scenarios. Please take note. Think twice. A long, protected lifespan is what all domesticated animals deserve, isn’t it?

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  


Feeding bowls made from stainless steel, the preferred material for dogs
Metal food and water bowls on a stand for a rather long-legged dog
Choose the best pet eating/drinking bowls for your cats and dogs
Cat enjoys drinking and feeding out of metal bowls raised off the ground

Have you ever wondered what the best pet food/water bowls are made of? Did you know that there are important differences? If not, just read on to find out how your choices can benefit the dogs and cats in your life.

Plastic Pet Feeding Bowls

This may come as a surprise but plastic is certainly not the best. Some pets are allergic to it and anything made from that material can cause a health episode. 

However, allergic or not, plastic is likely to break down over time causing harmful chemicals—Bisphenal A (BPA) and Phthalates— to seep into the food or water in a plastic bowl. Some researchers have even found traces of lead.


Not too long ago I cared for a family of four cats. One of the trio of white ones suffered from skin allergies caused by anything made from plastic. Yes, anything. Plastic bags, plastic containers, you name it. The cat’s guardians had to make sure it never ever came into contact with items like these. 

When the family was away, kitty care was my responsibility and to keep the felines out of harm’s way. I always made sure to keep my work tote bag zipped shut. When I brought in the newspaper, I removed the plastic lining and immediately threw it away into the lidded bin. Then there were times I might need something stored in a plastic container that was kept in a closet. I had to make sure I never left it out on the kitchen counter unattended, or forgot to put it back in its place after use.

Glass Pet Feeding Bowls

This material is stable and can be sterilized but there is always the possibility of breakage. If you do choose glass, avoid products made in developing countries that often contain lead.

Ceramic Pet Feeding Bowls

Generally this is a reliable material. Just make sure the label says “lead-free.” The reason being that the colors used in glazed items produced in some countries could contain lead and cadmium which are toxic.

Stainless Steel – The Best Pet Eating/Drinking Bowls

This is definitely the preferred material of choice since it doesn’t react to foods and liquids. It is strong, and can be sterilized. Nevertheless, if the bowls were to become severely scratched or damaged, metals could seep out over a long period of time.

To Sum Up

As you can see, it really does matter what you serve food and water in. Most importantly, check out the country of origin and almost certainly stay away from plastic. Despite this, you still have a number of good options available. Choose the best pet food/water bowls for your companion animals. Not just any bowls. And, finally, be the best pet parent possible.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  


Sign up to view a free, seven-episode docs-series entitled The Truth About Pet Cancer

Cancer is frightening.
Cancer can kill.
Cancer can be prevented.

This breaking news is so significant that I have postponed the blog I was planning to publish this week so my readers can take action.

In 2018, it is estimated that 1 in 1.65 dogs and 1 in 3 cats will die from cancer. These statistics are devastating yet, unfortunately, not exactly surprising. While, in recent decades, cancer research has focused on how it affects the human species, little has been done to highlight how this insidious disease is impacting pets and pet parents. And, the number of diagnoses and the mortality rate has been steadily rising to alarming levels without the attention it warrants.

Effective cures for the different types of cancers that affect canines and felines is one thing. But, taking steps to help prevent cancer cells from forming in the first place, makes perfect sense.

For this reason, an exhaustive study and findings have been assembled in the form of seven (7) documentaries that can be viewed over the next seven days starting on Wednesday April 4th.

The docu-series entitled The Truth About PET Cancer was created by Ty Bollinger, Co-Founder of The Truth About Cancer, whose mission is to eradicate cancer from the face of the planet—in humans AND animals. Those who participated in its making include over 30 world-renowned veterinary oncologists, holistic veterinarians and animal health specialists.

The Schedule
Episode 1: Understanding Pet Cancer & the Current “Medical Toolkit” (Wednesday, April 4th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 2: The Pet Food Industry, Healthy Diets, Ketosis & Nutrigenomics
(Thursday, April 5th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 3: Pet Vaccines – “Do’s & Don’ts”
(Friday, April 6th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 4: Pet Cancer Causes, Silent Killers & Recurrent Epigenetic Triggers
(Saturday, April 7th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 5: Cancer Roots and Remedies, Hidden Hazards, Healing Tones & Detox
(Sunday, April 8th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 6: Treatments & Preventions: Part 1 – Healing Herbs, Homeopathy & Other Proven Protocols
(Monday, April 9th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 7: Treatments & Preventions: Part 2 – Eastern Medicine, Supplementation, Surviving & Thriving
(Tuesday, April 10th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Do Not Worry 
If you are unable to watch the docu scheduled for release on the day and at the exact time specified, do not worry. You have a 23-hour window to do so before the next docu is made available.

How To Sign Up And View
It’s quick and easy. Just click on this link to view the video trailer and sign up to receive every episode 

Cancer is frightening.
Cancer can kill.
Cancer can be prevented.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!