What Is the Best Cat Food for 2019?

Let’s face it. Cats need love just as much as dogs do.

There are several types of cat foods out there that can be beneficial, depending on the type of cat you have, as well as what types of conditions your cat may have.

So what IS the best cat food for 2019?

The answer is….. It depends.

Canned Cat Food

Canned cat food can be very beneficial for your cat. Most cats do not get the amount of water that their bodies need from drinking it directly.

By providing your cat with a can of cat food a day, you help to supplement his/her water intake so that it gets what it needs.

Nutro Max – It comes in several flavors, including salmon, chicken, turkey, beef, and even duck!

Royal Canin – This canned food is specifically for the older, aging feline of 12+ years. It contains reduced phosphorus for the aging kidney, and has extra fatty acids to help protect the joints and prevent arthritis.

Crave – This food comes in 6 different flavors, and offers a higher protein than most other canned cat foods. This is ideal for kittens and older cats who don’t metabolize amino acids as quickly as adult cats.

Cat Food for Kittens

Kittens need a special food that helps to promote their growing bodies. Through extensive research, I have come up with a list of what I think are good choices for your special kitty…

Wellness Natural Pet Food Grain Free Wet Canned Food, Pate Kitten – This is a smooth loaf chicken pate that uses only the best protein, fruits, and vegetables for your kitten.

Chicken is the first ingredient, followed by cranberries for urinary health, flax seed for good skin and shiny coat, and carrots for boosting the immune system.

There are no meat by-products, artificial flavors or colors, and no preservatives.

Merrick Purrfect Bistro Healthy Kitten Food – With over 46% protein, this dry kitten food is a really good option.

Deboned chicken is the first ingredient, and it is specially formulated to help kittens develop over the course of 12 months.

This brand does contain some fillers, like potatoes and peas, and it also uses whey protein. However, it does contain a variety of probiotic strains for good gut health.

It is a lot better than most other dry kitten foods out there and is much lighter on the purse strings.

Natural Balance for Kittens – Chicken is the first ingredient.

With over 42% protein, this is a decent option for those with a tight budget.

It does have some fillers, such as peas, brewer’s dry yeast, rice, and oats. However, with just over 20% in carbs, it’s not too bad.

This brand also includes chicken, duck, salmon, and fish oil which are all great for your loved one, as well as probiotics, high quality minerals, and natural preservatives.

Overall, this is a good option if you don’t have a lot of money to spare.

Adult Cat Food

Your furry feline is now in the prime of its life. You want to make sure to feed your pet the best food possible now that it is no longer a kitten. Here is a list of foods that I feel will benefit your adult feline family member…

Nutro Max Adult Wet Canned Cat Food Chicken Supreme – Made with only premium ingredients, this cat food contains no by-products and includes beneficial additives that are great for any cat’s diet.

Nutro Max is made up of 8% crude protein and 4.5% crude fat, and is best for cats that do not have chicken or grain allergies.

The best thing about Nutro Max? It’s reasonably priced, and comes in both 3oz and 5oz cans.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Natural Dry Cat Food – Flavors include salmon and brown rice or chicken and brown rice.

Both contain real meat as the first ingredient, and don’t contain ground corn, wheat, soy, poultry by-products, nor artificial flavors or preservatives.

Your cats will get plenty of fiber and prebiotics that aid in digestion, including beet pulp and taurine, an amino acid that supports a healthy heart and healthy vision.

The best thing about Rachael Ray Nutrish? It’s less expensive.

Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain Free Natural Dry Cat Food – Instinct Raw has chicken and chicken meal listed as it’s first two ingredients.

Nature’s Variety is good for those pet owners that like to feed their cat a raw diet.

Varieties come in chicken, duck, and rabbit, and include high-protein kibble, mixed with raw, freeze-dried meat.

Your cat will receive omega-3 and six fatty acids for a smooth coat, prebiotics for healthy digestion, and antioxidants for a healthy immune system.

There are also no grains, potatoes, corn, wheat or soy, and no artificial colors or preservatives.

Food for the Aging Feline

Your cat is getting older. It might be time to consider providing your aging feline with a different type of cat food that is specialized for the older cat. Here are a few examples…

Now Fresh Grain-Free Senior Weight Management Recipe Dry Cat Food – This particular food has a combination of fresh natural ingredients including turkey, salmon, and duck. These ingredients combined provide all the essential oils and fats needed for your aging kitty.

This is also a weight-management formula that control’s your cat’s calorie intake and is suitable for indoor cats.

Your cat will receive a wide range of vitamins and minerals from the natural fruits and vegetables (including peas, pumpkin, blackberries, and carrots).

Now Fresh is free of corn, grain, and soy, and is infused with both prebiotics and probiotics. By using Now Fresh, you will be providing your aging feline with a healthy tummy and hassle-free digestion.

Royal Canin Aging – Founded in the 1960s, this wet food was created specifically for the aging feline of 12+ years.

The tender slices of meat are made to be gentle on the older cat’s gums and teeth, and there is less phosphorus, which helps with aging kidneys.

Royal Canin also provides a significant amount of fatty acids, which to protect joints and reduce the effects of arthritis in your aging feline.

Wellness Complete Health Senior Health Deboned Chicken & Chicken Meal Recipe – Chicken is the primary ingredient, and this brand also has fewer calories than normal cat food, so it will help to prevent obesity.

Wellness Complete is packed full of prebiotics and probiotics, which help with your furry feline’s digestion, and it contains a dose of l-Carnitine which helps the metabolism.

This senior cat food is made in the USA and contains no grains, corn, or soy, making this suitable for most kitties with sensitive stomachs as well.

Food for Cat’s With Other Conditions

Your furry feline may suffer from a particular type of condition that requires a special diet. Listed below are a few different types of cat food that specialize in common conditions associated with cats.

Blue Buffalo Cat Food for Hairballs – Specially formulated with higher protein content and more wholesome vegetables and fruits.

The increased fiber helps to promote normal peristaltic movement in your cat’s gut, allowing for the removal of hairballs from the gut instead of having to regurgitate them.

Added antioxidants also help improve the health of both the skin and fur, minimizing the tendency to shed (the root cause of hairball formation).

Iams Proactive Health Hairball Care Dry Cat Food – Comes with prebiotics and omega-3 fatty acids essential for promoting healthier skin and fur. This way you minimize falling hair, preventing cats from having to lick these into a ball.

Iams Proactive also comes with natural fibers including beet pulp as well as other peristalsis-increasing ingredients, which help to promote healthier digestive tracts.

High protein is also provided (in the form of chicken) as a requirement for your adult feline.

First Mate Grain Free Limited Ingredient Feline Diet – Made with 95% animal protein, only 5% plant protein, and no grains.

First Mate contains more protein and protein fats, which are easier to digest. It also has fewer carbohydrates (the leading cause of excess weight).

For a cat with sensitivity issues, First Mate is an excellent option to keep your furry feline healthy.

Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Raw Absolutely Rabbit Dinner Morsel – Rabbit protein, considered a novelty, is actually very good for digestion in cats with sensitivity issues.

Stella & Chewy’s contains lots of probiotics, which help with digestion, and are also low in carbs, which help with weight-control.

There are also natural fibers that help with providing your cat with a healthier digestive tract. This will also help prevent your furry family member from getting sick as often.

So What Is the Best Cat Food for 2019?

The answer is….

All the foods listed above and more. By doing the proper research, consulting with your veterinarian, and buying what’s right for your furry family member, he/she will be a much happier, healthier, and more well-behaved feline that will be able to hang around for years to come.

How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors

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A lot of dog owners don’t necessarily have a good place for their dog to exercise outside.

So how do we exercise your dog indoors?

It’s easy! Here are just a few ideas.

Run Your Dog Up and Down the Stairs

dog running up and down stairs

Running is always a good way for your dog to expend some energy. If you have stairs in your home, have him/her run and down them. One of the best ways to accomplish this, is to reward your dog when he/she goes up down each time.

Rewards can include praise, loving on your dog, or treats (though I would not offer too many of these).

Play Fetch or Keep Away With Your Dog

A lot of dogs love to chase after objects. Throw a ball and watch your dog run after it. Trying to get your dog to bring the ball back can be a little tricky sometimes, though.

Keep away is also good if you have more than one person in the house. Throw the ball back and forth and have the dog run from you to the other person, trying to catch it.

Get Your Dog on a Treadmill

Another good way to exercise your dog is to get him/her on a treadmill. You can do this by getting on it yourself, and having your dog run beside you. You can also hold something out in front of the treadmill that your dog absolutely loves, and make him/her run on the treadmill to get it. This could be a favorite toy or treat.

Make an Obstacle Course

A really phenomenal way to exercise your dog is to create an obstacle course somewhere in your house. Have your dog run through the obstacle course as often as necessary to get him/her the exercise needed. The best way to get your dog to cooperate is to offer a reward (such as a favorite toy, treat, or praise) when they complete the course each time.

Exercise Makes Dogs Happy

No matter what you decide to do to exercise your dog, be sure that it is something that he/she loves to do. Your dog will be much happier and ready to settle down when you are after a good exercise session.

Best Dog Foods for 2019

 

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Think about it. We all love our dogs. But is there really ONE best dog food for 2019 out there?

You would think so. However, we have to realize that there are different types of dogs that benefit from different types of dog foods.

For instance, you don’t want to feed a senior dog puppy food, or a dog with no teeth dry dog food. Right?

In this article, I will give you a better understanding of the different types of dog foods needed for different types of dogs, and what I believe would be the best brand (or brands) to use within each category.

Canned Dog Food

can-dog-foodCanned dog food is good for older dogs with bad teeth or no teeth. It is also good for transitioning puppies from momma’s milk to regular dog food. Canned food does offer a lot of the same nutrition as dry dog food as well.

However, canned dog food can be very costly in the long run, especially for bigger breeds who need more.

It is always best to check with your veterinarian if you have any questions about what to feed your four-legged family member.

Puppy Fooddry-puppy-food

One thing I’ve learned over the years, the bigger the dog, the longer they need puppy food before transitioning into adulthood.

Small breeds, such as chihuahuas, reach adulthood at about 1 year of age. During this development period, it is always best to feed them puppy food rather than adult.

Puppy food is designed specifically for growing dogs and has all the ingredients and nutrients necessary for a growing puppy’s needs.

dry-dog-food-diamondWith large breed puppies, the growing cycle is a little longer (can take up to 2 years). The best thing to do, is to check with your vet to see how long the growth period is for your particular breed of large puppy.

It is also best to purchase puppy food that is specifically designed for a large breed puppy. This is because larger breeds have more issues with their hips and joints. If you feed your family member a large-breed specific puppy food, it will help with the development of his/her bone structure and digestive tract.

As always, check with your veterinarian to see what is best for your four-legged family member.

Adult Dog Foodadult-dog-food-orijen

As your puppy transitions into adulthood, it is always good to feed him/her a good, nutritious, well-balanced diet. Dog food that is specific to your breed (small breed dog food, large breed dog food, etc.), is almost always the best option.

You definitely want to try to go for a dog food that has fewer if any fillers. The cheaper the dog food, usually means it has more fillers in it. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, and even the cheaper dog foods still have all the required ingredients, they usually don’t have ENOUGH of those ingredients.

I have discovered over the years, that if you buy the higher quality dog foods, your dog doesn’t eat nearly as much and actually looks healthier. Their coat will look shinier, their breath will smell a lot better, and, in most cases, your dog’s bones and joints will stay healthy a lot longer.

Senior Dog Food

senior-dog-food-canidaeAs your dog gets older, he/she will eventually require somewhat different nutrients and ingredients to stay as healthy as possible. The best way to do this, in my opinion, is to transition from adult dog food to a brand of dog food that is engineered specifically for senior dogs.

You want your pet to be able to stay active as long as possible, and, for me, this is the best way to go about it.

As always, please check with your loved one’s vet to make sure this is the right choice for him/her, especially if there are other health issues to consider.

Conclusion

No matter whether you have a chihuahua or a great dane, your pet is a part of your family, and all family members deserve the best that we can offer them.

I definitely want you to be able to enjoy loving, playing, and laughing with your furry family member for years to come.

So, do your research, talk with your vet, and find the dog food that fits best for you and your loved one!

Make Your Pet Happy – Healthy Pets Make Happy Pets

I know you love your pet and you want to make your pet happy. I’ve found that the best ways to do this are through diet, exercise, and lack of stress. We want our pets to be with us for many years and to be happy and healthy during that time. By providing the proper diet, the proper exercise, and as little stress as possible, we are setting our beloved family members up for success. Let’s face it. Healthy pets make happy pets!

Provide a Healthy Diet for Your Pet

Different types of pets require different types and amounts of food.

For instance, dogs need a balance of meats, grains, vegetables, fruits, and vitamins, based on their size, age, breed, and how active or sedate they are. Dogs can also get the same kind of benefits from either canned or dry dog food, though some studies DO show that dry dog food helps them keep their teeth in better shape.

dry-dog-food

Cats, on the other hand, are true carnivores. They benefit more from a protein-rich diet, one that incorporates a lot of meat and fewer of everything else. This is due to the fact that cats are predators in the purest sense. Because we love our cats, we need to mimic what they would normally require if they were in the wild. Cats also benefit more from canned cat food than they do from dry cat food. The reason is, cats don’t drink as much water as they should, and they need the additional moisture provided in canned cat food to make up for it.

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There are literally hundreds of different types of pets and ways to provide the right type of diet for them. Hopefully, you will be able to find the perfect balance for your beloved family member through proper research and through speaking with your pet’s veterinarian.

Help Your Pet to Get the Exercise He/She Needs

All pets need some form of exercise to help keep them healthy. For dogs, this could be going for a walk, playing fetch in the yard or at the park, or playing tug-a-war with toys. For cats, you might drag a string around, play with a laser light, or provide a toy mouse for his/her entertainment. With hamsters or other rodent-type pets, a hamster wheel inside the cage and a clear plastic ball for them to run around in outside the cage might be ideal.

  1. Helping your dog to become more active…frisbee-playing-dog
    • Before starting any exercise routine, always check with your pet’s vet to see what would be best for him/her.
    • Always start small and work your way up. Just like us, your dog has to work its way up into more and more exercise, or your dog will become over-tired at the end of the day. This could result in other major health issues down the road.
    • Be consistent. Once started, don’t taper off. Dogs definitely need some form of exercise activity every day, especially more active dogs like labs, retrievers, and collies.
    • You also want to stimulate your dog’s brain, as well as his/her muscles. Vary your exercise routine from time to time. Change what you do. Instead of playing fetch, take your dog swimming, or change the type of toy you use when playing fetch.

 

  1. Providing your cat with the stimulation he/she needs…kitten-playing
    • Cats are predators. They like to hunt. Providing your cat with the ability to do this will make for a much happier cat, and he/she will be a lot more behaved and content.
    • Cats also like to climb and scratch. Having a cat tree with multiple levels and a scratching post will allow your cat to do this without having to worry if he/she is going to tear up the new couch you just bought, or knock down the new vase and shatter it.
    • Give your cat stimulating items to play with. Cats actually like pinata-type objects. Take an old sour cream or small butter container, cut a small hole in the bottom of it, and place a couple of cat treats inside. Then hang the container above the cat tree and watch your cat bat at it to get to the treats. This actually mimics the cat “catching its prey”.

 

  1. Let your hamster or other rodent-type pet get out of its cage once in a while. hamster-in-ball
    • Having a clear ball that you can place your pet into is a really good way to let it explore areas outside of its cage, while getting exercise and staying safe.
    • Give your hamster a hamster wheel to run on inside of its cage.
    • Provide your hamster with a cage that has multiple levels.
    • Offer some clear tubing that attaches to the inside of its cage (but runs along the outside) that it can crawl up into and run around.

 

Whatever type of pet you have, just know that exercise is always beneficial. However, before you start, make sure that you check with your vet for the best approach.

Offer a Low-Stress Environment for your pet…

The more stress (or drama as some people call it) that your household has, the more problems you will have with your pet(s). Whether you own a dog, a cat, or a caged pet, they can all sense when their owners are upset, and it affects them as well.

For dogs, if you are yelling and screaming at someone, your dog might decide to run up and bite that person. If a friend comes over and is overly agitated or anxious about something, your dog might react badly as well. Dogs that don’t get enough exercise before you leave for work might also become stressed or anxious. This affects their eating habits, sleeping habits, and even the way they react with YOU.

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Cats are a little different. Your cat might run off and hide in a back corner of your house somewhere and not come out for days if you change its environment (by bringing someone new in, or trying to introduce a new pet into the household). They DO NOT like change. The more of a routine you can give to a cat, the better. A cat might also become more aggressive, especially to new pets.

As far as hamsters (or other rodent-type pets) are concerned, providing a quiet, loud-noise-free environment is a good idea,hamster-sleeping especially during the first initial weeks of ownership. If you have other pets (such as dogs or cats), keep the hamster in a separate room, away from them. Make sure your hamster has a way to exercise, as well. If your hamster is not used to you, make sure that you speak calmly to it before touching it. If your hamster is new to the family, make sure to provide it with a constant routine both when feeding and when changing its cage. Speaking calmly to your hamster prior to any interaction is also essential.

 

The Happy, Healthy Pet… Way To Go!!!

No matter what type of pet you have added to your family, it is always crucial to check with your vet and provide the best nutrition, exercise program, and stress-free environment possible. If you’re like me, your pet is a member of your family, and we all want our family to be around as long as possible. Let’s make our pets both healthy AND happy!

About Rachel

WELCOME

Welcome to Peanut’s Pet Supplies! My name is Rachel, and I have been a pet lover and owner since I was six years old.

MY STORY

For years, I have spent hundreds of dollars on different pet supplies for my furry family members. In just the last couple of years, I have started purchasing my supplies online, rather than going into the store, because I have found that I can usually get the same products that my pets currently love for a cheaper price.

PASSING IT ALONG

I also happen to be a firm believer in the “pass-it-along” theory. I want to pass along the savings that I have enjoyed for more than two years now to others.

That is why I have developed this website. Here you will find a wide range of pet supplies (mainly for dogs and cats, but there are other pets listed as well). Please feel free to look around and see if there is anything that you think will interest you and your extended family.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Rachel Cole

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