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“Biodegradable is a general term used to talk about many green pet waste bags,” explained Jennifer Blaese, founder of Loft 312. “To determine if a bag is really going to break down, you need to consider how the bag or product is disposed of.”
“Prebiotics help the body maintain good bacteria at an optimal level,” explains InClover Research President Rebecca Rose. “Current research focused on animals and humans show that there is a real link between an imbalance of bacteria in the system and overweight or underweight animals and humans.”
“Prebiotics are essentially a type of fiber that selectively feeds the beneficial bacteria already the gut. When an animal ingests food that contains prebiotics, the prebiotics goes into the intestine, and the beneficial bacteria eat the prebiotics,” explains InClover Research President Rebecca Rose.
While all our Muddies are proud dog and cat experts, some are talented artists as well. In the moments between have conversations with customers and stocking shelves, these gifted Muddies bring plenty of fun, color and information to the chalkboards in our stores. Click through to see some of our favorite Mud Bay dog and cat chalkboard art displays!
When you upgrade to a natural litter, you may find that your current scoop doesn’t do the job you need. Natural litters break down differently and are shaped differently than clay litters, so a regularly slotted scoop may not be your best option. To help you on your quest to make cleaning your litter box […]
“Just like you should transition between foods, you want to transition between litters,” advises Mercer Island Store Manager Taylor Richmond. “This is crucial if you’re changing textures. Transitioning between one clumping litter to another clumping litter is usually simpler because the texture is the same. Cats feel the change in litter when they walk on it. So, if the feel is different, you may want to take a full week for a slower transition.”
“One article I read said that one in five cats over the age of 15 get kidney disease,” explains Williams Shift Lead Josie Stewart-Lewis. “So, it’s a prevalent problem in older cats. Most cats live in a state of constant mild dehydration. They’re evolved to get moisture from meat, so they don’t naturally drink enough water to stay hydrated. And being dehydrated is hard on the kidneys.”
“If you want most of the health benefits of feeding raw food, we recommend feeding at least 50 percent,” said Shoreline Store Lead Kelsey Deans. “For dogs, that can be a very easy transition to make. For example, with my own dog, I feed her half kibble and half raw. It’s a cost-effective way of meeting her nutritional needs [with some raw food].”
“Some cats are difficult when it comes to transitions,” explains Community Outreach Coordinator Allison Strange. “Cats are particular about texture in a way that dogs are not. Try to be patient and help them get used to that new texture in order to successfully transition.”
In 1997, two women who loved animals founded Mercer Island Orphans and Waifs in a single room in a pet grocery store. Over twenty years later, this shelter—better known as MEOW Cat Rescue—is responsible for saving 800 to 1,000 cats and 30 to 50 dogs each year. And on October 13, MEOW is encouraging everyone to support their work by participating in the CAT Run in Marymoor Park. The CAT run, which actually stands for Covering All-Terrain Running, benefits MEOW and the work that they do all year.