Friday, April 27, 2018

The Amazing Reasons Why Cats Purr


Most people believe cats purr when they are content or happy, end of story. While cats do purr when they are content, researchers attempting to uncover the answer to this 3,000-year-old mystery are finding the answer more complicated – and fascinating - than an expression of happiness.
All domestic cats purr, as do many wild cats, and purring occurs in a variety of situations. When cats purr in the presence of other unknown cats or kittens, the behavior may serve as a friendly greeting or to convey submissiveness. While it’s true that cats purr contentedly while on their pet parent’s lap, they also purr when they give birth, when they are frightened or even injured. Because kitties clearly cannot be content in all these situations, contentment or friendliness cannot be the only reason they purr.
So why else would they purr?
Natural selection tells us that a particular behavior or trait will persist through multiple generations only if it aids survival. For purring to exist in both domestic and wild cats, there must be something vital about the behavior. Purring is created by the vibration of the cat’s larynx and diaphragm, and therefore requires an expenditure of energy. If a kitty is sick, surely they wouldn’t burn calories unless it resulted in some sort of benefit, right?


We're all familiar with the expression “cats have nine lives”. Similarly, veterinarians have an old saying that if you put a cat who has broken bones in a room with other cats, the breaks will heal. In fact, cats are amazing self-healers: they have fewer post-operative complications than dogs, have a lower incidence of bone and joint disease than dogs, and 90% of cats survive high-rise falls! What could account for this remarkable set of facts, and is it related to purring?
In fact, there’s striking evidence that purring has healing properties. Researchers have found that vibrations in the frequency range between 25-50 hertz promote bone strength, stimulate healing of fractures, provide pain relief and help heal tendons and muscles. Bioacoustic researchers studied the purring of dozens of both domestic and wild cats, paying particular attention to frequency, pitch, loudness, and duration of purring in relation to the cat’s behavior. Guess what they found? The purring is in the range of 25-50 Hz, the exact range associated with healing properties such as increased bone density!
Maybe this has something to do with a cat’s uncanny ability to heal. And just maybe purring is part of the reason why, when we fall ill, having a cat sit on our laps can actually make us feel better! Whether it is simply the comfort of having a friend nearby, or the vibrational frequencies of your kitty’s rumble, the joy of a cat purring on your lap is priceless.

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3 Steps to a More Productive Morning


Mornings are as predictable as the sunrise, but it can be a struggle to make them a productive part of our day.
However, mornings are a perfect time to get set for our day. As much as the clothes we wear can help us look and feel great, it's all for nothing if we're not doing the best for our core inner selves as well. 


Let's take a look at a few things you can do to make mornings more effective . . . . 

1. Wake Up Early / Go To Bed Earlier

Let's be honest. How many of us want to get up earlier? I do! I do! I do!  That's usually not the response you hear. If you want to have a productive morning then you're going to need more than 15 minutes before you head out the door.

Try This: Set your alarm for 20 minutes earlier tomorrow morning and don't hit the snooze button. That extra time will make all the difference. You'll feel less rushed and more relaxed as you begin your morning routine.

Of course, it's going to be easier to wake up if you get enough sleep, so give yourself a better chance when your alarm goes off and go to bed at a decent time.

2. Hydrate – Drink Water, Shower First

This habit might be the easiest and the simplest to implement, but it has the potential to have a huge impact on your morning.

When you sleep you become dehydrated. Before you make coffee or take a shower grab yourself a big, tall glass of water. Dehydration has negative effects on your skin, eyes, and your general well-being. The water will also help wake up your sleepy eyes and get your body's metabolism started.

Try This: After your glass of water, take a shower. You can start the coffee maker if you want, but don't wait until after your first cup of coffee or breakfast; jump in and kick-start your day with a shower.

Showering first thing in the morning gives your hair more time to air dry. You may not be able to avoid blow-drying all together, but you can reduce the amount of time you spend doing it. And as an added benefit you'll reduce the damage blow-drying does to your hair.

3. Move Your Body & Eat A Healthy Breakfast

This one might be a little more challenging to add to your morning routine, but starting a little aerobic activity – even for just a couple minutes – can have a tremendous impact on your day.

Try This: Get your blood moving with just 20 squats. It will have a positive effect on your body, and you'll sleep better the next night as well!

Getting your blood flowing increases the oxygen levels in your skin, muscles, and brain. Studies show that you'll not only feel better, but your mind will perform better as well.

Finally, it's time to feed your body and your brain with a good breakfast. Many nutritionists recommend oatmeal or peanut butter on whole-grain toast. Whole grains contain complex carbs which are slowly absorbed and keep your energy levels more stable.

If grains or oatmeal aren't your thing, consider something with dairy-free yogurt or scrambled tofu with sauteed spinach and onions. These foods are full of protein and will help you feel full and reduce cravings.

The Takeaway

If you're not a morning person, changing up your regular routine might be a challenge, but the added benefits are so worth it and will last the entire day. Here's to a happy, healthy productive morning! You will be thrilled with the results!!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Recall Alert! OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce and Freeze Dried Sardines

No illnesses have been reported, but OC Raw Dog is recalling some of its products for 2 different reasons. One of the reasons is some fish are large enough to cause a risk of botulism. Wow, that's a new one. 

Maker: OC Raw Dog, LLC
Causes: Potential for listeria; potential for Clostridium botulinum
Announcement: FDA announcements (1st Notice) and (2nd Notice), dated April 20, 2018
What was recalled: The following products:
  • OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce Meaty Rox, 3lb., UPC #022099069171, Lot #3652, Best by Oct. 11, 2018
  • OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce Doggie Sliders, 4lb., UPC #095225852640, Best by Oct. 11, 2018
  • OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce Doggie Dozen Patty Bag, 6.5 lb., UPC #022099069225, Best by Oct. 11, 2018
  • OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce Meaty Rox, 7 lb., UPC #095225852756, Best by Oct. 11, 2018
  • OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines, 3.2 oz bag, UPC #095225853043
OC Raw Dog announced this as 2 separate voluntary recalls. The Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation has the potential for listeria contamination — a state agriculture department has reported a positive test for listeria in a sample of the food, although there have been no reports to date of illnesses in pets or people.
The second OC Raw Dog recall, for the Freeze Dried Sardines, stems from the fact that the fish are larger than the FDA compliance guideline of 5 inches. The federal safety agency says larger fish like this carry a higher risk of botulism poisoning.
Clostridium botulinum can cause severe and potentially fatal toxicity in both animals consuming the pet treat and people handling the pet treat or coming in contact with contact areas that have been exposed to the product,” according to the FDA.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Recall Alert! Vital Essentials Beef Toppers and Beef Entrée

This is the 4th recall of Vital Essentials in the past 3 years, and salmonella is once again to blame.

Salmonella. That's the feared contaminant in a recall of 2 different products from Vital Essentials (one for dogs & cats, and the other just for dogs). 

Maker: Carnivore Meat Company
Cause: Potential for salmonella
Announcement: Customer email dated April 16, 2018
What was recalled: The following 2 varieties and dates of Vital Essentials:
  • Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers (for dogs and cats), 6 oz. packages, Lot #13815, Best by June 4, 2019, or June 20, 2019
  • Frozen Beef Chub Entrée for Dogs, 5 lb. chubs, Lot #13816, Best by Dec. 27, 2018
According to the email, which Petful has confirmed with a company spokesperson, this recall arose out of concern that some of the products may be contaminated with salmonella.
“A single package of product, which was produced on the same day, was collected and tested by FDA for the presence of salmonella,” the email stated, adding: “We expect that very few, if any, packages remain in the market.”
No other Vital Essentials products are subject to this voluntary recall.
This is the 4th recall of Vital Essentials in the past 3 years, all because of potential salmonella or listeria contamination.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Recall Alert! TruDog Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Booster

TruPet LLC is calling this a "withdrawal" of a single lot of its beef-flavored Boost Me raw freeze-dried dog food topper. This is the 2nd recall for the company this year.

Maker: TruPet LLC
Cause: Potential for salmonella
Announcement: Customer email dated April 13, 2018
What was recalled: The company is calling this a “withdrawal” of a single lot of TruDog Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Booster, Lot #20190531 13815
We learned about this recall from a Petful subscriber (and TruDog customer) who shared the company’s email with us.
In the email, Lori Taylor, CEO of TruPet LLC, said, “We have decided as a company to withdraw the product from the market and replace it with new product immediately, as our new testing protocols have indicated there could be a risk for salmonella in 667 cases.”
Taylor stressed that only the single lot number listed above is part of this action, and no other TruPet products are affected. “And while this is a limited number of bags, considering we have boosted over 1,500,000 bowls — even one sick dog is too many in my book, and we are committed to being maniacs on a mission to ensure the safety of all our pets,” she said.
TruDog Boost Me is a raw “freeze-dried beef dog food topper and versatile supplement.” If you have a package of Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Booster with Lot #20190531 13815, call the company at 1-800-476-8808 for a refund or replacement.
Petful verified the email, and a customer rep named Sue added, “We have already notified the customers that were affected, and no dogs have been reported sick.”
TruPet has not yet, from what we can tell, alerted anyone other than the “affected” customers. The company apparently has not shared this news with the rest of its customers and has not shared the news with the general public. But all of us (i.e., TruPet’s potential customers) have every right to know.
So, this looks to us to be a textbook example of a silent recall ~ if we hadn’t shared this news today, YOU wouldn’t know about it right now.
When asked by Petful why the company has not opted to inform the general public of this recall, Sue responded that “only the customers who purchased this particular lot number would potentially have been affected by the withdrawal. Any future purchases of the Boost Me would not be affected.”
Another Petful subscriber, D., has written in to tell us she is a TruDog customer and did not receive an email from the company about this recall. Even though she didn’t have any product with the specific lot number being recalled, she says she still had a right to know. “I got pretty upset.… I have been ordering from them for a couple of years,” she says. “How unprofessional of them not to contact [all of] their customers.”
This is the 2nd recall of 2018 for TruPet LLC, and the 2nd in the company’s history. In February, a positive salmonella test from a state agriculture department led to a voluntary recall of a single lot of TruDog Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight dog treats.

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