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Best Vacuums for Pet Owners

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As a dual pet lover and lover of a clean house, your vacuum is probably your best friend. Not only are there hundreds of brands, but there’s also a ton of different types. You don’t need all of these, but I find each of these serves a different purpose and comes in extremely handy at different times. So which should you get?

Best Vacuum for Pet Owners – Overall

Our Pick:  Dyson Ball Animal + Allergy Vacuum with 7 Tools

Is it possible to love a vacuum? Because I LOVE this vacuum!

Why is this my holy grail vacuum?

  • The power. No matter how clean I think the carpets are, when I vacuum with this, I am always amazed at how much more it pulls up!
  • No filters!! If you’ve ever dealt with vacuum filters, you know why I love not having one.
  • Ease of use. It is extremely easy and smooth to maneuver.
  • The attachments. You can tell a lot of thought went into these attachments. Each one has a great use case, but my favorite is the stair attachment. It cut the time it takes me to vacuum the stairs in half!

Best robot vacuum for pet owners:

Unless you are one of the lucky few, if you have a cat or a dog, you will lose the war on fur. Your best defense is a robot vacuum.

Our Pick:  Samsung POWERbot R7090 Robot Vacuum, Works with Alexa

Pros:

  • Saves time. This thing can run way more frequently than you have time to vacuum yourself. The best way to keep fur under control is to stay on top of it.
  • Runs on a schedule. Set up a schedule and you’re done! Set up a schedule of when you’d like it to vacuum and it will go do it’s thing and return itself to its ‘home’ when it’s done.
  • The edge cleaner. One difference with this vacuum compared to many other is its shape. Instead of begin completely round, it has one flat edge that can get up against the corners of the walls. When it detects an edge, a little ‘squeegee’ looking tool will extend out, getting and even closer clean (this sounds like a toothpaste commercial now).
  • It’s gentle. It’s super gentle when it comes close to objects, so you’re safe even if you have some fragile things around the house or on the ground.
  • The big wheels. The wheels on this thing look like miniature monster truck wheels. The key being miniature, but these wheels allow it to go from hardwood surfaces to carpet with ease.
  • It has an app. This is pretty cool because you can control it from your phone and see where the vacuum has cleaned already.
  • Connects to Alexa. Control it with your voice. This is just cool and fun to do!
  • ‘Point Cleaning’ allows you to point at a specific spot and it will come clean it up for you. I don’t use it a ton, but this has been handy for me if I happen to be sweeping and want the pile cleaned or a spill in a specific spot.

Cons:

  • Short battery life. the battery sometimes runs our half way through cleaning, but it’s not a big deal because the vacuum will return itself to the charging station and pick up where it left off when it’s charged again.
  • While still good, the suction power on this thing just can’t measure up to our holy grail vacuum.

Best light weight and cordless vacuum:

Our Pick: Dyson V6 Animal Cord-free Vacuum 

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I do not personally have this vacuum, but when I was looking at a new vacuum to get, I was very close to getting this one. The reason I decided against it was I was unsure if it would have enough power to clean my entire home. The reason I liked it, is because one, it has great reviews, and two, it seems like the happy medium of all of the vacuums on this list. It’s still powerful, but light weight, portable, good attachments, etc.

Best handheld vacuum for pet owners:

Our Pick: Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II Hand Vacuum 

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If you are going to splurge for the cordless above, you probably don’t need this one, but if all you really wanted out of it was the portable features, this is a better, low cost alternative for you! I didn’t know I needed a dust buster until I had one. Aside from the obvious uses, these are GREAT for quickly getting pet hair off of furniture and in small corners.

I love this one for it’s suction power and all the handy gadget attachments that come with it!

I honestly can’t think of any cons for this one!

Best All Natural Pet Food Brands

These are just a few of our very favorite brands that meet all of the guidelines mentioned in our What to look for in your pet’s food post. Clicking on each will take you to their page where you can find and order all of their available products. We’ll be adding more as we come across them.

Cat Food Brands

Dog Food Brands

Taste of the Wild Cat Food Taste of the Wild Dog Food
The Honest Kitchen Cat Food The Honest Kitchen Dog Food
ACANA Dog Food ACANA Dog Food
Merrick Cat Food Merrick Dog Food
CARU CARU
Blue Buffalo Blue Buffalo

If you have a suggestion, a brand you would like us to look into, or just anything you would like to see us cover, let s know here!

 

What to look for in your pet’s food.

Our pet’s are our family, so we want to keep them healthy and strong. Despite our best intentions, all too often I see people assuming that all the dog and cat food they see sold in the stores is ‘good’ for their pet. I wish that were the case, but it’s far from the truth. There are tons of food option out there that are frankly, crap. Most are ‘feed-grade’ instead of human-grade. Pet Safe explains on their site:

“…feed-grade ingredients have allowances for toxins, such as mold-produced mycotoxins, that are acceptable in significantly reduced quantities in human-grade foods. Meat ‘meals’ such as ‘meat and bone meal’ and ‘by-products’ come from the rendering process and can contain “dead animals from farms, ranches, feedlots, marketing barns, animal shelters, and other facilities; and fats, grease, and other food waste from restaurants and stores.”

The ‘best’ food for your pet depends on many factors, such as type of pet (duh), age, health, weight, indoor/outdoor, etc. There are some general guidelines you can follow though.

General Guidelines:

  1. Always. Read. The. Ingredients. List. Always.
  2. Things to avoid:
    1. “Meat-by product”
      • What is “meat-by product” you ask? Good question! A delicious (sarcasm) mix of Internal Organs, Hooves, Feces and Road Kill.
    2. Meat and Bone Meal – Similar to the above
    3. No chemical fillers, including:
      • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) – known carcinogen
      • Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) – known carcinogen
      • Ethoxyquin (sometimes listed a ‘fish meal’)
      • Propylene Glycol (PG) – a derivative of antifreeze.
    4. Food Dyes: Blue 2, Red 40, and Yellow 5 and 6 – linked to cancer, behavior issues, and allergic reactions.
    5. Rendered Fat
    6. Corn and wheat gluten
  3. Things to look for that are GOOD:
    1. Made in USA
    2. No preservatives or natural preservatives
    3. Meat-based protein (real meat)
    4. Moderate levels of animal fat.

Looking for and finding food that meets all of these criteria can be difficult, so I’ve done that for you. All of the recommendations in the links below meet all of the criteria above!

I’ve broken them up into categories, but any food within these brands will be safe and healthy.

These are just a few of our very favorite brands that meet all of the guidelines above. Clicking on each will take you to their Amazon (for easy ordering) page where you can find and order all of their available products. We’ll be adding more as we come across them.

Healthy Cat Food Brands

Healthy Dog Food Brands

Taste of the Wild Cat Food Taste of the Wild Dog Food
The Honest Kitchen Cat Food The Honest Kitchen Dog Food
ACANA Dog Food ACANA Dog Food
Merrick Cat Food Merrick Dog Food
CARU CARU
Blue Buffalo Blue Buffalo

If you have a suggestion, a brand you would like us to look into, or just anything you would like to see us cover, let s know here!

To avoid the longest list ever and to not put your finger through an excruciating scrolling exercise, I’ve put each set of recommendations into separate posts below.

 

Best (Actually) Safe and Healthy Cat Food

These are just a few of the trusted foods I’ve found for cats that meet all of the criteria discussed in the What to look for in your pet’s food. post.

Best Dry Cat Food

Blue Buffalo (this is the kitten formula, but they have different options for all ages)

Merrick Before Grain #1 Chicken Dry Cat Food

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Acana Regionals Grasslands Dry Cat Food, 12 lb

Best Wet/Canned Cat Food

Blue Buffalo

 

Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free

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The Honest Kitchen Prowl: Grain Free Chicken Cat Food (This one is dehydrated, you have to add water or see caru under treats to it)

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Taste of the Wild Cat Food Variety Pack 

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Best Cat Treats

Caru Free Range Chicken Bone Broth 1-Pack (can also be used to hydrate dehydrated food or to moisten dry food)

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Best (Actually) Safe and Healthy Dog Food

There’s more detail on why these are safe and healthy choice for your pooch on the What to look for in your pet’s food. post, but if you’d like to skip the lecture and just know that the food your buying meets the best criteria here are some options:

Best Healthy Canned/Wet Dog Food

Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo BLUE Homestyle Senior Chicken Wet Dog Food 12.5-oz (Pack of 12)

Fromm Gold Chicken Pâté

 

Best Healthy Dry Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen Brand Base Mix

 

 

 

 

Blue Buffalo

 

ACANA Heritage Free Run Poultry Dry Dog Food

 

Fromm FourStar Dog Food Chicken A La Veg

 

 

The Honest Kitchen – Proper Topper

 

Merrick Grain Free Dry Dog Food

 

Taste of the Wild Grain Free High Protein Natural Dry Dog Food

Best Healthy Dog Treats

The Honest Kitchen – Joyful Jerky 

 

Blue Buffalo

6 Clever Ways to Hide a Litter Box

The only down side to having a cat is the stinky, poop filled litter box that they come with. Not exactly something you usually want to draw attention to in your home. Here are my favorite ways of hiding your kitty litter box while still making it convenient to clean out.

  • Hide it in a storage bench. Same concept as above, but using a storage bench so that it doubles as seating!
  • Convert this ‘pet crate end table’. 

  • Same idea as above, but use a storage bench to double as additional seating!


  • Pretend it’s a plant. 

 

Pet Friendly Home Decor

Decorating your home when you have pets can be difficult; things get covered in hair, things get scratched, broken, etc. – my cat has scaled my curtains, yes, really.

Problem 1: My bed comforter get covered in fur! With this, I feel there are 2 options. First, you can choose a comforter in a material that does not hold on to hair easily. No comforter is “pet hair proof,” but there are certain materials that make it much easier to brush off. I like this one, because it isn’t just a flat blanket like most pet friendly comforters, the extra bit of detail stitching really makes it look nice while still being a great option for pet lovers. It also comes in a good variety of colors. The other option, if you’re like me and have your heart set on that beautiful, white comforter, is to get a large (durable) throw blanket for the end of your bed. You can pull up the blanket when your pet might be around and leave it folded along the end and it will look like an intentional part of the decor!

 

Problem 2: The dog/cats’ toys are everywhere! The answer: a cute storage bin. This problem is my favorite problem to have, because there are so many cute options! Here are some of my favorites:

Problem 3: My cat knocks over my decor . This one is a bit obvious, but it admittedly took me too long before I gave in and accepted that I just could not have small, light, or glass objects around – unless I wanted them stolen by my cat. It also makes it easier to accept when you start finding heavier, more substantial pieces that fit your look. Some of my favorites are larger 3 wick candles, decorative table signs, lanterns, and books with heavy book ends. One of my favorite cheap and pet friendly decor ideas I’ve received was the book idea – using books from a Dollar Tree store. The Dollar Tree sells tons of hardcover books that look really nice when you take the paper cover off.

                  Books

Problem 4: My dog/cat keeps getting into my plant! I had this problem for quite some time. I had a large floor plant that my cat refused to leave alone. Every time I turned around, she’d dig the dirt out onto the floor. Until I had a (self-proclaimed) genius idea: I covered the base of the plant, where the dirt was, with medium sized rocks! Poof! Kitty induced dirt messes were gone! And I could still easily water them! The other option to this problem if you’re not attached to the plant, is to just get a fake one, which is what I did moving forward when I wanted a new one. There are lots of options that look pretty realistic!