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Which Home Style Would These Dog Breeds Choose?
Would your dog approve of these matches?
Nov 25, 2019
Treat Your Cat to a Life of Luxury With This Fancy Cat Tower
Plus this brand has a great donation program.
Nov 24, 2019
How To Get Rid of Cat Pee Smell and Other Odors
As much as people love their cats, and we know that love is boundless, there are certain aspects of life with pets that can be a challenge — odors being top of the “arrgh” list for many. We dug through our archives for some reader intelligence on the issue and according to our commenters, here are three top tips to try.
Nov 20, 2019
Common House Plants that are Toxic to Pets
We often talk about the benefits of house plants for indoor air quality. If you’re a pet owner, you might not know that some of the most common plants can be harmful (and even fatal) to Fluffy or Fido. To avoid unexpected vet visits, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most common toxic plants for cats and dogs. I was shocked reading this list because I have many of these plants either indoors or out and have not personally encountered any problems.
Nov 19, 2019
This Cat Bed Looks Just Like a Burrito
Help your cat achieve new levels of coziness.
Nov 18, 2019
Complement Your Boho Cat’s Aesthetic With This Macrame Cat Hammock
It's supposedly ergonomic too.
Nov 16, 2019
5 Pretty Plants That Are Safe for Cats
Cat parents, rejoice! You don't need to worry about your pet nibbling on these plants.
Nov 13, 2019
Pet Owners Love these Heavy Duty Stain Remover Pads from Amazon
And they're 20 percent off today!
Nov 11, 2019
This Hotel Is Seeking a “Fur Butler” for Its Very Important Dog
We'd be happy to be a fur butler to literally any dog.
Nov 11, 2019
This Etsy Shop Offers a Stunning, Modern Take on Cat Trees and Scratching Posts
Cat trees don't have to look like carpeted towers.
Nov 10, 2019
Here’s Why Playing Is Essential for Your Dog’s Health
Plus, some suggestions for dog-friendly games.
Nov 3, 2019
Celebrate National Cat Day with These Top-Rated Amazon Finds That Cat Parents Swear By
Ten thoughtful treats for your kitty (and you!) on National Cat Day!
Oct 29, 2019
Keep Your Cats Warm This Winter With This Heated Cat House
And you can get one that looks like a mini barn.
Oct 27, 2019
Here’s How To Adopt a Retired Police Dog
Working dogs—just like working humans—retire eventually, so where do K9s go when they’re done with their life’s work? Hopefully right into your home.
Oct 17, 2019
Trader Joe’s Made an Advent Calendar for Cats Because the Dog Version Was So Popular
The treats in the calendar are made of salmon and seaweed, two proven cat-pleasers.
Oct 5, 2019
These Pups Failed to Become Guide Dogs—Here’s How to Adopt Them
Career change dogs, also unfortunately known as failed training dogs, are a great alternative to many families who desire a specific breed and/or a pet with an obedience training background.
Oct 5, 2019
9 Products You Need to Pet-Proof Your Home
Because dogs and cats are adorable monsters.
Oct 4, 2019
A New Study Shows That Dogs Feel Stressed When Their Owners Do
Here’s what you can do about it.
Sep 22, 2019
Stir-Crazy Dogs: Keeping Your Cooped-Up Canines Entertained During Winter
Winter boredom is definitely a problem in my household, and I’ve found that our dogs get just as tired of being cooped up inside as my partner and I do. We take them for regular walks, play in the yard, and do all the normal things that owners do with their dogs, but there are just some days — I’m looking at you, polar vortex — that they don’t get enough exercise. We have two dogs with two very different energy levels.
Aug 8, 2019
Here’s Where I Get “Vintage”-Looking Rugs When I Don’t Want To Pay Vintage Prices
When I tell people where I shop, it's almost always a surprise.
Aug 7, 2019
This Roped Bridge On Etsy Is Your Lazy Cat’s Dream
Cats these days have it all, don’t they? They basically rule the planet, and you’re lying if you say it’s not true. Among all their other throne options, they now have their own artisanal roped bridges.
Jul 16, 2019
I Tried That Tennis Ball Phone Attachment to Improve My Dog Selfies, And It Kinda Worked
It didn’t exactly go as planned.
Jul 13, 2019
Quiet Fireworks Exist, and Your Dog Will Be so Grateful
Such a great idea.
Jul 4, 2019
A Veterinarian Reveals 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Pets Calm During Fireworks
You know the drill: The fireworks start, and your pup starts pacing and barking and panicking. How can you make him feel safe?
Jul 1, 2019
A New Study Shows that ‘Puppy Dog Eyes’ Are an Actual Thing
They're designed to melt your heart.
Jun 26, 2019
This IKEA Location Will Take Your Old Bedding to Help Shelter Animals
The effort is to minimize waste and improve the lives of our furry, four-legged friends.
Jun 24, 2019
7 Tips for Moving With Pets, According to Animal Trainers
To help make the moving process easier on Fido and Fluffy, we’ve asked animal trainers and behaviorists for their best pet-friendly moving tips.
Jun 23, 2019
These Are The Most Pet-Friendly Workplaces in America
If you’re searching for ways to increase the laughter and minimize the stress in your office, I’m almost certain bringing in a furry companion would do the trick. It’s been proven that pets make the office a happier place, so much so, they’ve got their own day to show how much of an asset they can be for the overall decorum of the workplace.
Jun 21, 2019
9 Amazon Products (Under $35) That Will Solve Your “Hair Everywhere” Problems
If it feels like your home is literally covered in hair — whether it's yours or your pet's — you're not alone.
Jun 13, 2019
The Most Popular Cat Names of 2019 Might Surprise You
We can safely say that the following list of most popular cat names of 2019 is something that only people are concerned about, since cats know their names but decide to ignore you. Since we know plenty of fur parents put a ton of thought into choosing suitable cat monikers (from using pet name generators to seeking cat-naming advice from animal experts), let’s dive right into some of this year’s most common cat names as revealed by UK cat homing organization Cats Protection.
Jun 13, 2019
4 Things Pet Owners Regret Doing When Buying a Home
Though I was able to find the perfect home for our whole family—pets included, I've heard many stories from those who were less fortunate.
Jun 13, 2019
This Collar Will Keep Your Dog Cool All Summer Long
It helps keep them cool, reduces heat stress, and fights fatigue.
Jun 6, 2019
7 Questions Every Pet Owner Should Ask Before Signing a Lease
Want to make sure your pet is really welcome in that new apartment? Experts say to ask these seven questions before signing a lease.
Jun 4, 2019
Asahi Kasei’s Plus-Nyan: The Most Feline Friendly House
We have more than a sneaking suspicion if we were left to our own devices with an unlimited bank account and a blank slate for a residential design, we’d find ourselves with many of the same interior architectural features that Asahi Kasei’s Plus-Nyan house offers its four-legged residents.
Jun 3, 2019
This Cactus-Shaped Cat Scratching Post Is Exactly Why We Have Etsy
If you have a cat, then you’re probably already well versed in what The Internet has done to All Things Cat. You can get just about anything you want for your cat these days online (and plenty of things you don’t want). You can even get an inflatable wizard hat for your feline. But I’m not here today to tell you about inflatable wizard hats for cats.
May 20, 2019
This Ball Lets Your Dog Play Fetch With Themselves
There's one for cats, too.
May 19, 2019
Good Question: Greener Swiffer?
Just this morning, AT:Green Home reader Shanalee wrote in:I have 2 cats and a dog. I Swiffer probably 3 or 4 times a week… that’s a LOT of Swiffer refills! Any green alternatives?-shanaleeDear Shanalee,By our calculations, you are spending about $1 per week, or $52 per year, on Swiffer refills, which means that over the next 5 years, you’ll spend upwards of $250 on something you’ll throw away.
May 11, 2019
How To: Build A DIY Humane Mouse Trap
It appears that my recent house guest was an elderly member of a rodent community underneath our building. Our friend and neighbor found another rodent brought in by her cat in her adjoining unit, and was notified that some workmen discovered a nest of mice living beneath the building in the foundation. She’s been looking to get rid of it, but humanely, but isn’t too keen on traditional traps.
May 10, 2019
How to: Naturally Clean Up Pet Vomit From Carpet
Occasionally our cat scarfs down his kibbles so fast he doesn’t properly digest his meal, undoubtedly resulting in a small pile of partially digested dinner ontop of our rug. Cleaning it fully requires some careful handling, since you don’t want to press in the mess into the fabric and leave a stain…First, use a butter knife or a spoon to pick up the bulk of the mess from ontop the carpet.
May 10, 2019
10 Household Items to Donate to an Animal Shelter
We’ve suggested donating your towels to animal shelters, but there’s a whole slew of other common household items that could be put to good use at a shelter (or vet’s office) near you.Here are 10 common items that are welcome at many shelters:• Blankets. Fleece blankets are especially good for pet bedding. They keep animals warm and comfortable, and hopefully make them feel at home in the shelter until they find a cozier permanent home.• Plastic bags (with no holes!
May 10, 2019
Natural Solutions for Keeping Animals Off Your Lawn
Letting your own animals scamper on your grass is one thing but if you live in an area where other people’s pets consider your lawn their own personal way station, the result can be a ruined lawn and a bad temper. We’d love to think that a well placed sign asking pet owners to keep their animals off your lawn would do the trick but that is not always the case.
May 10, 2019
Fish for Feng Shui
Owning a pet requires time and money, things that may be in short supply in your own life. If this is your situation, why not try a fish? Fish not only make good pets for those who may not have the regular life that a dog or a cat requires but they’re also good for your home’s feng shui. Watching them swim is a proven destresser and anxiety reducer.
May 10, 2019
LG SteamWasher’s Allergiene Allergen Reduction Cycle
Do you have allergies and pets? The LG Steamwasher may be able to help, with its exclusive Allergiene allergen reduction cycle. We read a bit about it and found that the effectiveness of the special cycle is even backed by an independent non-profit foundation dedicated to helping consumers and patients with asthma and allergic diseases…LG states that Allergiene removes at least 95% of pet dander and dust mites.
May 10, 2019
A Fishtank That Doesn’t Look Like The Dentist’s Office
The fish tank above is made from a glass canister that needed a purpose other than taking up space in the recycling bin. It’s made a great alternative to the usual dentist office type aquariums. Click through the jump to see how it all works (for less than $30) and to hear the story behind this (unoriginally named) male Beta named Nemo!This past summer we inherited Nemo and his neon colored tank from a nearby elementary school who was unable to take care of it.
May 9, 2019
How Do I Prevent My Cats From Climbing Onto the Screen?
Q: My husband and I adopted a kitten a few months ago, and now that the warmer weather is coming we need some help cat-proofing the apartment in a new way. We’re lucky enough to have two large 6 foot windows and a sliding door (with screen) that’s about 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Any tips for how to keep the cat from climbing on the screens? We keep her nails clipped short, but she manages to grab hold anyway. Any diversion tips? Thanks!
May 8, 2019
Dealing With A Cat Who Pees All Over The House
Once upon a time we were happy people, a family that lived harmoniously with a cat. Then we discovered hidden caches of pee: in the hamper, in trash cans, on quilts. Some members of the family wanted to banish said cat from the house, we refused and dedicated ourselves to solving the problem. Our kitty is a female so she wasn’t spraying the walls to mark her territory, she was just unloading her bladder on, normally, piles of soft things.
May 7, 2019
Quick Tip #14: How to Keep Pets Off Furniture
Every well-run home is teeming with tricks and shortcuts to keep it humming along. We’re sharing our best quick tips — for cleaning, organizing and repairing stuff at home — to save you time and money. Click through for today’s helpful hint, and links to tons more… Pets, in general, aren’t comfortable walking on strange surfaces that make noises. Try placing a piece of ALUMINUM FOIL (or bubble wrap) on the area in question and leave it for two or three days.
May 7, 2019
6 Plants Your Cats Will Love
So many of us battle with our feline friends over the houseplants we’d rather they not eat. Ever wonder what plants you can grow specifically for cats? There are the obvious ones that I’m sure we can all name, but there are some less known plants that will make your kitty very happy.1. Cat Grass (dactylis glomerata)- this is an obvious one, but why spend $4 – $6 a pop at the store when you can grow it yourself?
May 6, 2019
Pet Prenups Can Save You from Future Heartbreak
While divorce rates have dropped slightly to 39 percent compared to when they were once closer to 50 percent, that is sure is still a high likelihood of a marriage ending. As a result, some millennials have become privy to this bleak forecast for their relationships, which explains the increase with them creating prenups with their partners. In fact, some people are signing contracts to address one issue specifically—with pet-nups.Yes, you read that right.
May 6, 2019
Tricks for Dealing With a Hairy Home
I have long, dark hair and lots of it. You’d know this if you went into my home even if you’d never met me because it is everywhere. Whether the hair in your home is your own or belongs to your pet, dealing with shedding hair is a challenge. Here, some tips on how to deal with it!Dust with a dryer sheet: Yet another use for the all-purpose dryer sheet! They’re a magnet for hair (the used ones work just as well as the new ones) plus they leave behind a fresh scent.
May 6, 2019
Keep Your Pets Happy Without a Yard
Whether you’re a renter or city dweller, living with a yard can come at a premium. The absence of a yard can also seemingly make life for your pet unpleasant, but after six years I can attest that not only can living without a yard be fine, but even fun! For the past six years my husband and I have lived in Chicago — a city notorious for its lack of yard space. But for each of those years, we’ve lived with a cat, and most recently added a dog to our family.
May 6, 2019
IKEA Recycling Bin to DIY Top-Entry Litter Box
The first time I saw a top-entry litter box, I wondered where it had been all my life. That top-oriented entrance hole looked like it would cut down dramatically on my cat tracking litter out of the box on her paws and eliminate accidental out-of-the-box spraying. Unfortunately, that kind of litter box can be expensive. But now someone has figured out a way to make one with a simple IKEA hack.
May 4, 2019
Top 10 Reasons Why Dogs Are Totally Worth It
Yes, pets are a massive pain in the ass, but we also love them to death. Since today is focused on all the ways to keep their hair and stink at bay, it’s nice to also celebrate the wiggly, slobbery, and sweet fur babies that they are. (For cat people, Nancy just wrote a great post about living with a kitty that you can read here.) So, here are the top ten reasons why dogs keep the world happily humming along. 1. You never have to be alone in the house. Like ever. Not for a minute.
May 4, 2019
Rethink the Stink: 5 Odor Removing Products No Home Should Be Without
As nice as it would be to always keep a perfectly clean, perfectly smelling house — the truth is, bad odors happen. Whether it’s smelly upholstery from a great thrift store find, a pet’s potty training accident, or a party that needs a massive cleanup, funky smell are an unavoidable part of everyday life. With that in mind, here are the 5 products we’d recommend always having in the house to combat and remove odors. 1.
May 4, 2019
How To Teach Pets to Not Eat Cords
Pet owners know this scene all too well: you walk into a room and find your beloved pet eating your television cord, your phone charging cord, or some other important electronic cord which should not be gnawed. If this sounds familiar, worry not: here are three steps I’ve taken to train two dogs and two cats to leave cords alone: 1. Always correct the behavior when you catch them in the act. If you find your dog chewing on a cord, use your disciplinary word of choice.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: IKEA Doll Bed Does Double (& Triple!) Duty
IKEA’s DUKTIG is making the rounds on Reddit, as people have found a new use for this plain doll bed. (Psst: Get ready for some cuteness people. It’s coming…) LureenLumpkins shared this pic of her kitty snoozing in the window. The bed is the perfect feline size and makes the ultimate cat crib.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: IKEA Tray Table to Double-Decker Cat Bed
As a rule, I am fully in favor of designing one’s living space around the pets, especially if they’re cats. That’s why I loved this ridiculously easy IKEA hack that turns a neat corner table into a comfortable, two-tiered cat bed. The IKEA Trendig tray table has two convenient, cat-sized baskets. Just by adding some comfortable cushions, Pinterest user Hanna transformed the baskets into perfect little cat beds.
May 4, 2019
The Scoop on the ScoopFree Litter Box by PetSafe
Product: ScoopFree Litter Box by PetSafe Price: $126-160 Rating: Recommend* I’ve had a cat in my life, in one form or another, since I was a child and the ScoopFree litter box is my first foray into electronic, self-cleaning litter boxes. It was a gift from my sister when I was pregnant because my husband travels often for work and she knew that pregnant women shouldn’t change the litter box. She has a key to my apartment and one day I came home and “surprise!
May 4, 2019
Tips For Negotiating a Lease with Exotic Pets
I am an exotic pet person. This came as quite a surprise to me when I moved to a new city and called a vet specializing in small animals to see if they could fit in one of my guinea pigs who had developed a sneeze during our move, but was told that the vet did not treat “exotic pets”. Surprise! Both of my guinea pigs and my little mouse are exotic pets. I assure you they all felt quite fancy when I informed them of their status.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: Winifred the Dog Gets New Digs
Meet Winifred! Reader Mera recently adopted her and, to celebrate Winnie’s official “adopted” status, decided that she needed a soft spot to call her own. The leather pouf she was using as a dog bed was nice and all, but maybe a little small? Yes, just maybe. Mera carved up a custom stamp, printed the arrow block-printed fabric herself, and sewed it up as a nice (large!) bed for little Winnie.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: Craigslist Cabinet Turned Cat Box
After too many dinner parties in view of the litter box, Tina decided to DIY a solution. Here’s how a $10 Craigslist find became a cat box: From Tina: I live in a small apartment in Chicago that has no room for a litter box, so the idea for this project came from one too many dinner parties where my guests had to look at the catbox while eating at the dining room table. I wanted a furniture unit that would cover the catbox and also fit in with the decor of my dining room.
May 4, 2019
Tricky Transitions: Moving In With a Partner (and Pet)
You’re all set to shack up with your love except one little problem: his pet. No matter how you feel about his furry friend, it can be a tricky path to navigate. We can help. Try these tips to keep everyone living peacefully. Pets are super fun, until they’re not. Even the cutest pup seems like a devil when she mysteriously wants a 4am walk and won’t stop barking until she gets it.
May 4, 2019
Alice, I’m Allergic to My Neighbors’ Cats (and They’re Everywhere)
Hi Alice! I recently moved into an apartment building that allows cats. Although I am severely allergic, I never thought it would be a problem— why should a cat confined in a separate apartment bother me? Then, the day I moved in, I met a neighbor who happily told me I moved to the “cat floor.” Uh oh. I wasn’t confused for long: my neighbors open their doors and let their cats roam around the common area by the elevator!
May 4, 2019
Neighbor Favors: Tips to Help Keep Your Dog From Barking When You Are Out
All dogs love hanging out with their humans, but if you need to leave Fluffy home alone once in a while, how do you make sure he doesn’t bring the house down with his bark? Besides good training (always a good idea), try these tips to keep him happy (and quiet) while you’re away. Dogs can hang out alone, but don’t close him up all day without company, a meal or a walk. If you need to be away from home for more than four hours, you’ll need to make arrangements for Fido.
May 4, 2019
3 Lessons Your Dog Can Teach You About Happiness at Home
Owning a dog has been one of the greatest joys in my life so far. My Boston Terrier, Bacon, is pretty much my best friend. He’s given me so much love, so many cuddles, and – if I’m being honest – has actually put a few things into perspective for me at home. The rug? It might get peed on. The pillows? They might get chewed. But they’re just things, and they can be replaced (which gives you an excuse to shop, so… wash?
May 4, 2019
It’s a Family Affair: Incorporating Your Pets Into Your Wedding
As a life-long dog lover, I need not tell you that I am assertedly pro-pets-at-weddings. Furry friends are a part of the family! They’ve been there for so many milestones in your relationship, so why shouldn’t they be part of the big day, too? If you can swing it, the best way to get pets involved in the wedding is to invite them. Ines and Wes, above, were married poolside at a private home in Texas, so it made sense that their cocker spaniel, Gatsby, got in on the fun.
May 3, 2019
The Sweet Strange History of Cat Funerals
Funerals, of course, are not a happy occasion, but they serve an important purpose: they give the bereaved a chance to celebrate the dead person’s life, to mourn together, and hopefully, to begin the healing process. When a pet dies things are a bit murkier. For a human death there’s an accepted script to follow: for a dog or cat, no so much. But anyone looking for a fitting way to mourn Fido or Fluffy might be heartened to hear that cat (and dog!
May 3, 2019
A Catio is the Coolest Thing You Never Knew Your Cat Needed
Here’s something to add to the list of awesome things you can build for your cat: a catio. It’s a portmanteau of cat + patio, and it’s an enclosed outdoor space that lets your cat enjoy the great outdoors, without the attendant risks. If you’ve got the DIY itch, here a few inspiring projects to get you started. Your neighbors may look askance at your new outdoor room, but your cats will be happy, and that’s what matters.
May 3, 2019
Make This Modern Geometric Puppy Bed for Just $30
The star of Tanika & Brian’s chic and modern NYC apartment? That just might be Tansy the dog and the cozy geometric cubby she calls home in their space. It’s a handmade piece that you can slap together in a weekend and take home to your own fuzzy family. Amid cries of “Ooh” and “Ahh” and “Where can I get that?,” reader reldihs pointed out in the comments of Brian and Tanika’s tour that this cubby looked a lot like a DIY project by Ben Uyeda.
May 3, 2019