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Let your indoor cat ‘hunt’ for her food

As we raise our little indoor kitty, Talley, we’re constantly working to make sure she has plenty of opportunities to climb, perch up high, run, play, jump, and have the experiences that are the genetic legacy of the cat. One of our favorite tools is using food puzzles and games to feed her (and all our pets!), helping create the excitement and mental challenge of the hunting experience.

Thanks to veterinarian Dr. Liz Bales, there’s a new food toy that recreates that hunt experience better than any food puzzle or game I’ve ever tried. It’s called the Indoor Hunting Feeder, and it’s from Doc & Phoebe’s.

Here’s how Dr. Bales describes it:

Cats are born hunters. In nature, cats spend 80% of their waking hours hunting for food. Nature made a cat’s stomach the size of a ping-pong ball – the size of a mouse. Cats are programmed to hunt, catch and play with at least 5 small meals a day. Hunting is your cat’s natural, physical and mental exercise. Bowl feeding is overfeeding your cat’s body, while leaving its predatory soul starved.

The indoor hunting feeder replicates your cat’s natural feeding behavior. You fill and hide all 5 mice once a day. Now your cat gets to recreate the seeking circuit. Your cat will hunt, catch and play with it’s “prey” before eating an appropriate amount of food at least 5 times a day, just like nature intended.

Veterinary science has long known that cats need to hunt for their food for their physical and mental health. Bowl feeding is making our cats bored, stressed and sick. These bowl-created problems are making our cats act out – with scarf and barf, urinating outside of the litter box, aggressive and destructive behavior and even waking us up at night to be fed.

As a veterinarian, it makes me sad to see so many bored, under-exercised, over-fed cats — way too many of whom I’d describe as “purring, fur-covered sofa cushions.” On Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, for just 24 hours, you can turn that around by taking advantage of a 20 percent discount on the feeder. You have to be signed up for my Fear Free Happy Homes program (it’s free!) to unlock the deal.

Find out more and sign up here — and tell your cat-owning friends and family!

Indoor cat hunting feeder

Survey: What would you like to know about your pets?

I recently surveyed the subscribers to my mailing list about what kind of information they most wanted me to write about. Now I’m working with our Fear Free Happy Homes website to create all kinds of resources to give you the information you actually want… in the form of classes, videos, interactive games, connection with veterinarians and other experts — pretty much anything you can imagine, we’ll consider!

If you could take just a few minutes to respond to two short questions, I’d be very grateful. And so will the pets and people who will benefit from these resources.

The survey is here.

Thank you, friends!

Who’s a good dog? Yours, after you try the very first Fear Free Friday deal

Fear Free has been the most important cause I’ve worked for during my nearly 40 years as a veterinarian. I started it out as something for other veterinary professionals, but I quickly realized this had to be an equal partnership with our patients’ humans or it wouldn’t work.

That’s why we recently launched a “sneak preview” of our Fear Free Happy Homes program to my readers and those who follow Fear Free on Facebook. Tomorrow, at 12:01 AM Eastern Time on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, we’re opening up our first Fear Free Friday deal: A discounted subscription to family-centered dog training and activities from  Good Dog in a Box:

Good Dog in a Box is a monthly subscription of reward-based dog training tools and games, delivered to your house and your computer, for families with dogs and kids ages 5 to 12.

Each month you get a delivery from the US Postal Service at your house that includes a dog training tool, basic dog training exercises that are kid friendly, games and activities, dog bite prevention lessons, and information on how to be a responsible dog owner. You also get monthly deliveries to your computer and app of each of our dog training exercises in a fun, video that shows kids with a professional dog trainer practicing each training exercise that’s in the box.

Our program promotes positive reinforcement training, Tellington T-Touch, dog safety, teamwork, trust, listening skills, and responsibility. Available in a month-to-month, six month, or twelve month subscription in a lite and full version, starting at just $11.89 a month with your Fear Free Friday discount!

You’ll also be able to get the same discount on everything on the site, including their Calm Dog in a Box.

To be able to view the deal, you need to register for the site, which is free. After that, you can unlock the deal here at 12:01 AM Eastern Time on Friday, Sept. 1.

You’ll want to sign up quickly, however, because the deal is only open for 24 hours. If you miss it, don’t worry — a new deal will open up on Oct. 6, featuring an amazing offer from Sleepypod, manufacturer of award-winning and safety-certified pet travel and sleep accessories.

There’s plenty of great information to help you and your pets live happy, healthy lives — training tips, resources to prevent and deal with anxiety in your pets, opportunities to make your home more enriching for your pets. Please visit www.fearfreehappyhomes.com and see what we have to make your pets’ lives better today.

Tampa: A full day Fear Free symposium for your entire practice team!

If you’re a veterinarian or veterinary practice team member in the Tampa, Florida, area, there’s a whole day of Fear FreeSM education and information coming your way in January!

I’ll be joining some of the brightest names in veterinary medicine to present a day-long Fear Free symposium at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017.

Tickets are $169 per person, with a $30 per-attendee discount for groups of three or more.

My presentations will be the bread in a Fear Free sandwich. The tasty filling will include:

  • Admission to symposium with access to all speakers and sponsors
  • Ability for Q&A with Dr. Becker
  • Ability to visit sponsor tables
  • Coffee service on arrival
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Complimentary lunch
  • Seminar notes
  • Certificate of attendance with 5 hours of RACE approval
  • Special discounted rate for Fear Free certification program offered to attendees only
  • Fear Free gift

Joining me will be an incredible array of experts:

  • Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB: “Behavior is medicine; Fear Free is better medicine.”
  • Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior): “Developing the Fear Free Plan of Action for Patient Care”
  • Fritz Wood, CPA: “Fear Free doesn’t cost – it pay$!”
  • Jonathan Bloom, DVM: “The Real Deal – Fear Free Success In General Practice”

This is an incredible opportunity to get the latest Fear Free education available — don’t miss it! Get complete details on the program and register here.