ASPCA App for Lost Pets

You guys!

Since I ran a piece on two pets yesterday who are missing, I wanted to follow up on that today with a post about what to do if your pets get lost! I can’t imagine being lost (I’m in exile, though, in case you forgot) and I know that my DadFOD would panic if I got away. He’d probably curl up into a little ball inside the couch or something and wouldn’t know what to do. That’s where the new ASPCA app comes in handy!

This is how DadFOD would look if I got lost.

This is how DadFOD would look if I got lost.

In its very first interactive app, the ASPCA has put everything you need into one place for easy access. Upon opening the app, you get a news stream of the latest ASPCA news. If you go to the menu, you have options for “missing,” “disasters,” “records” and more.

If your pet goes missing, the app takes you through a series of questions to help you narrow down where your pet might be. For instance, is it a cat or a dog? Does he do well with strangers? Are there lots of places to hide? Where was he last seen? Then it comes up with a list of places for you to check and things to do, which is really helpful in a panic situation.

It even helps you make a missing pet flier with a photo of your pet from your phone that you can send out to all your social media channels, saving valuable time.

If your pet is lost, this app helps you become your own detective!

If your pet is lost, this app helps you become your own detective!

The “disasters” option gives you a checklist to prepare for storms or other natural disasters that might take you out of your house. You can even store your pet’s records, microchip ID number, and vet and medical information in the program for easy access.

The app doesn’t ask for any bizarre permissions, just for access to your photo gallery. It’s small at 4mb and seems pretty streamlined. The ASPCA also gives you a direct link to its twitter account and to information on its organization and Instagram stream. If you like the ASPCA, it’s a great way to keep in touch with the added bonus of helping your pet in the event of an emergency!

You can download the app for free on iPhone and Android.

Stay safe!

Love,

Crepes.

**Disclosure: This post was not sponsored by the ASPCA. We share this information with you because we feel it could be valuable to you in the event of a pet loss.**

Natural Cleaning Alternatives for Healthier Pets

Alana and Crepes here today! We’d like to talk to you about cleaning supplies!

Two all-stars: both fastidious cleaners, but only one uses her tongue.

Two all-stars: both fastidious cleaners, but only one uses her tongue.

Crepes: Now, cats are very clean creatures, but sometimes you still need to clean house, especially if you have a dog.

Alana: Actually, our dog is cleaner than any one of you.

Crepes: As if. Now then, I’ve repeatedly told MomFOD to stop wasting paper towels and just lick up the stains, but she says –

Alana: Crepes, I’m not going to do that, and neither is anyone else reading this article.

Crepes: A cat would.

Alana: Moving along, although Crepes would like me to simply lick the floors clean, I’m not going to do that. However, what I also don’t want to do is use harsh chemicals in the house. Why? Because our little furry friends sit on the floor, drop their food on the floor, roll on the floor, play on the floor –

Crepes: Slide on the floor, puke on the floor, eat the puke that we just put on the floor –

Alana: Right. They get it. So, putting chemicals all over the house is not a good choice, we think, to keep the house clean. So what do we do? Well, years ago, we got rid of all our chemical cleaners and replaced them with very inexpensive ingredients that are safe for our little fuzzies to be around. Here’s what works for us:

Vinegar: An all purpose winner! It’s acidity kills bacteria, mold, and other beasties.

Baking Soda: Again, an all around amazing tool.

Borax: A powerful cleaning agent that we use less frequently but is still helpful to us.

Steam: disinfect with nothing but water!

Lemon: Delicious and helpful.

Don't use lemons in a cat's immediate area - they're sensitive to citrus.

Don’t use lemons in a cat’s immediate area – they’re sensitive to citrus.

Consider these uses for the above-mentioned items:

Clogged drain: Sprinkle down some baking soda followed by a healthy pour of vinegar. Your drain will be cleaned out in a few minutes! It’s worked for us many times.

Smudged mirrors or windows: Put a bit of vinegar and water into a spray bottle and use like a glass cleaner.

Laundry: Borax is amazing for removing smells from laundry. Let it soak a bit before running the wash cycle and all your linens come out fresh! Works great for anything that may smell of mildew.

Floors: We use a steam floor cleaner. It disinfects everything and cleans up all sorts of stains. There’s no scent at all and it leaves nothing on the floor afterwards.

Look at that cat on the floor. Do you see how close she is to the floor?

Mrs. Peabody is dangerously close to the floor.

Carpet Smells: Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets, let them sit for about thirty minutes, and then vacuum it up. (Cesar Milan suggests you can also do this for doggie fur! Skip the vacuum, though, and just use a brush.)

Carpet Stains: Mix a little vinegar and borax into a paste and rub it into the stain. Let it sit until dried and then vacuum.

Stains on counters, etc.: Mix baking soda and water into a paste and use as a scrubbing abrasive. It’s safe to use wherever you prepare food.

Cutting board: You can use the mix above to clean the board, and then rub it with a freshly cut lemon to neutralize odors from other foods like onions.

Toilet: Pour a few cups of vinegar into the toilet and let it sit for awhile. Brush thoroughly and flush!

Garbage Disposal: Toss some lemon down there and let it do its job! The lemon will help keep the disposal fresh.

 

Alana: Did I forget anything, Crepes?

Crepes: Yes. The tip about rubbing tuna juice into the floors near the cat tree-

Alana: Nope. I didn’t forget anything.

We hope you enjoyed these tips! We feel that natural cleaning is an important part of keeping our pets and families safe in a world that’s overloaded with chemicals. Everything listed above has been working for us for years and we hope you find it useful, too!

A few more resources for you: Dog Care Cleaning Tips from Cesar MilanVinegar Tips: 1001 Uses  25 DIY Green Cleaning Tips (This one suggests essential oils. Use caution because cats may be sensitive to certain oils like citrus and tea tree.)

Love,

Crepes & Alana.

PS.

We’re still waiting for Guy LaFurrr to arrive, but he’s sent us a little trailer to help us prepare! Enjoy, and if you like it, please share so we have a great audience waiting for him when he finally arrives.

 

Confession Friday: I Brew Kefir Soda

Don’t worry, it’s totes legal. And it’s delicious!

Me watching the kefir grains rise and fall, like the tides of the universe.

Me watching the kefir grains rise and fall, like the tides of the universe.

Many of you have heard about kefir that’s made with milk, but fewer people know what kefir water is. Kefir water is fairly similar in that one uses small colonies of bacteria and yeast to convert sugars into a probiotic drink with health benefits. It’s an excellent substitute for those that have dairy allergies (MomFOD) or who are began vegan but want to consume probiotics for intestinal health. The water, through a process of secondary fermentation, can be turned into something that resembles soda. It makes an excellent replacement for sugary drinks that have no benefit to your health. MomFOD’s favorite here is the bubbly lemonade. Yum!

Why do I bring it up? Well, probiotics are excellent for your pets! Rocky is taking them per his doctor’s orders for his stomach upset. Many sources on the internet point out that you can feed your pets milk kefir, water kefir, and even the extra kefir grains as a source of probiotics. MomFOD has eaten the extra grains herself, and just recently tried them out on us! I wouldn’t eat them. In fact, none of the cats would, but Doodle was sure pleased to slurp them up!

If you want to use kefir on your pet, consult your veterinarian first. Pets may have issues with cow’s milk, although after it’s been turned into kefir, over 99% of the lactose will have been removed. Goat’s milk kefir might be a better choice that cow’s. Water kefir might still have some sugar left in it, so keep that in mind, as well.  Again, please consult your veterinarian and use your own judgement.

My overly fizzy attempt at Kefir Cider.

My overly fizzy attempt at Kefir Cider.

 

If you’re new to kefir, start drinking it slowly and work your way up to larger amounts to avoid any major digestive upset after the influx of probiotics.

For more information about water kefir, you can read this excellent FAQ from a place that sells kefir grains or this website that answers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about brewing kefir at home.

My brew corner. Those are kombuchas there.

My brew corner. Those are kombuchas there.

What do you guys think? Would you try brewing kefir?  Do you want to know more about it? If there’s interest, we can do another post about how to make delicious sparkling kefir lemonade! Let us know!

Love,

Crepes.

PS. I’m not a doctor, although I sometimes play one on TV, so please do some extra research and make sure you check with your veterinarian or your own doctor before making any decisions that could affect you or your pet’s health.