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Education from Jackson Galaxy™

Jackson has spent his entire career educating cat owners how to better live and communicate with their felines. Utilizing his unique “Cat Mojo” approach to cat care, he offers his clients a deeper understanding of why their cats act out and the tools to resolve their cats’ behavioral issues. Petmate is proud to bring Jackson’s years of expertise to the Jackson Galaxy™ Collection and share that knowledge with you.

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Get a Little H2O

Get a Little H2O

Water: the most common molecule on Earth. It makes up over 80 percent of our bodies, and dogs and cats are no different. Water is something we rarely think about for our pets, but it is one of the most important ways we can keep them healthy. Digestion, body temperature regulation and other internal processes simply can’t happen properly unless your pet is getting proper hydration. Seems elementary, right? Well, keep reading. Read More >


Catching Some ZZZ’s

Catching Some ZZZ’s

Your pet’s sleeping patterns and how you can both get some rest. Getting a new pet is a leap of faith, especially for first-time owners. You’ve picked out an adorable puppy, kitten or bird, shopped for the necessary supplies, got him home … and now what? What do you expect? Well, when it comes to sleeping, you can expect a lot. Read More >


How to Choose the Right Pet Sitter

How to Choose the Right Pet Sitter

While we adore our pets and often take them with us on errands and the occasional road trip, sometimes we have to leave our furry friends behind. If you’re a parent, you understand the importance of choosing the right babysitter to care for your children. Well, pets are no different – they need the same supervision, love and care as our children do – especially since our pets cannot communicate their specific needs with us or let us know if they’ve been hurt. Read More >


Should You Allow Your Pets in the Bed?

Should You Allow Your Pets in the Bed?

It’s a hot topic for debate among pet owners: to let your pet in bed, or not to let your pet in bed. A survey conducted by American Pet Products Manufacturers Association found that about 42% of Americans let their dogs sleep in bed with them. There’s not officially a right or wrong answer, but there is a right choice for you. There are pros and cons, but it’s really a matter of preference, or if you have any health concerns - such as allergies. Below you will find a variety of information to help you make an informed decision regarding whether or not to allow your furry friend the privilege of sleeping in your bed. Read More >



Why Should You Adopt Or Rescue A Pet?

Why Should You Adopt Or Rescue A Pet?

Adding a four-legged member to your family is a wonderful way to bring home some fun and excitement, introduce responsibility to kids and really make a house feel like a home. If you’re thinking about adding a new furry family member, that’s great! But where do you start? There are plenty of options when it comes to picking out a new pet, but there are several reasons why you should consider adopting a pet from a local shelter or rescue organization. Read More >


The Do’s and Don’ts of Catnip

The Do’s and Don’ts of Catnip

We all need time to unwind. A little treat after a full day is well deserved, sometimes necessary. Hey, it’s not easy to run a household and find time for yourself. Just ask your cat. While you’re at work, your cat is busy at home, reigning over her kingdom, hunting down pests and marking her territory. She deserves a treat, too. For most cats, it gets no better than a few minutes with some fresh catnip or a favorite catnip-infused toy. Catnip is a plant related to mint and contains an essential oil called nepetalactone that is known to cause euphoric, almost hallucinogenic feelings in cats. Don’t worry, catnip is natural, completely safe and nonaddictive fun for cats. Read More >


Pump Up Your Pet

Pump Up Your Pet

There are many obvious benefits to your pet getting proper exercise. It helps your pet maintain proper muscle tone, proper weight, and it improves heart health. Exercise also has other benefits that aren’t tied directly to physical health. Regular exercise can help with your pet’s mood and behavior. It stimulates her mind, which helps her mood and alleviates her tension or anxiety, which can lead to destructive behaviors. In essence, plenty of exercise leads to a happy, healthy pet, which leads to a happy, healthy pet parent. Read More >


The Kitty Kitchen

The Kitty Kitchen

Feeding your feline properly is one of the most important things you, as a pet parent, can do to keep your cat happy and healthy. But what does proper feeding mean? It means giving your kitty the right food in the right amount at the right time. Here is how you can answer what that means for your cat to ensure he lives a long, healthy life.  Read More >


Where Did You Go?!

Where Did You Go?!

It’s great to know that your pet loves being around you. It’s part of why you adopted him in the first place. Like any relationship, however, there are times when that attachment can go a step too far. When your pet acts out whenever he is left alone, it can damage both your house and your relationship. Here is how you can help your pet become a strong, independent member of your family. Read More >


Cat Grooming 101

Cat Grooming 101

How to Groom Your Cat for Health and Happiness. No doubt while going about your day, you’ve noticed your cat grooming herself. It’s what cats do, several times a day. That makes some pet owners think their cat doesn’t need grooming — but a little help from a kitty parent can keep your pet looking her best. Just a few simple cat grooming tips can keep your feline in tip-top shape. Read More >


From Kitten to Cat

From Kitten to Cat

Caring for Your Feline Throughout His 9 Lives. Bringing home a new pet is one of the most exciting things you can do. It’s so thrilling to have a precious, cuddly new pet to bring joy to your home. And kittens? They’re pretty much the best. But getting a kitten isn’t just for a week or a month. It is a lifelong commitment, and cats can live up to 18 years when well cared for at home. Cats are famously easy pets, but there’s still much to know about caring for your new cat through his life. Here are some of the highlights you need to know to keep your cat happy for life. Read More >


Herding Cats: How to Potty Train a Cat

Herding Cats: How to Potty Train a Cat

Did you know owning a cat can lower psychological stress and anxiety, and even lower your risk for a heart attack? There’s a reason they are one of the most popular pets, especially for apartment living — their calm natures and easy trainability make them ideal. Read More >


Ready to Travel with Your Pet?

Ready to Travel with Your Pet?

Pets are members of the family. We want them with us on summer road trips and visits to see family over the holidays. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over two million animals travel on commercial flights each year. We just can’t bear to leave them behind! But are you ready to travel with your pet?  Before you bring your pet on your next trip, make sure they are ready to travel. These travel tips and products will ensure smooth and safe travels for you and your pet. Read More >


Homeless Animals – What Can You Do?

Homeless Animals – What Can You Do?

Homelessness in America not only affects people, it affects pets. Did you know that only one out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home?1 Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes.1 Read More >


You and Your Dog are More Alike than You Think – Science Explains Why

You and Your Dog are More Alike than You Think – Science Explains Why

We’ve all heard the adage – a dog is a man’s best friend. A best friend is someone who loves you unconditionally, understands and adores your idiosyncrasies, and complements your uniquely awesome personality. Read More >


The Scoop on Litter

The Scoop on Litter

As a pet parent of a cat, you love your furry friend, but sometimes you just don’t love the odor that comes with owning a cat. What’s that odor, you ask? The odor from a cat’s litter can be unpleasant to family members and guests alike, so it’s important to understand how to properly maintain your cat’s litter box. Read More >


Self-warming & Self-cooling Beds

Self-warming & Self-cooling Beds

Whether you reside in California, Texas, Florida, Ohio or New York, being prepared for Mother Nature’s every mood means that you not only dress the part, but you adjust your home and furnishings for the rising and falling temperatures, too. As a pet parent, you also have to look out for your pet’s well-being, and that doesn’t end with mere food and water. Providing your furry pal with warm and cool weather essentials to stay comfortable all year-round is just as important as his food and water resources. Read More >


Pet Overpopulation

Pet Overpopulation

According to the Humane Society of the United States, about 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs – about one every 13 seconds – are put down in U.S. shelters each year.1 Despite this disheartening fact, pet overpopulation is still prevalent in America as it’s often overlooked by many pet parents. Thousands of precious cats and dogs occupy shelters all across the US, often awaiting their demise. So what is the solution to pet overpopulation? It’s simple – as pet parents we must have our pets spayed or neutered. In this way, we can help to effectively manage the pet population year-round. Read More >


How to Pick the Right Bowl for Your Pet

How to Pick the Right Bowl for Your Pet

As doting pet parents, we make sure that our furry friends have everything they need for optimal quality of life, including food and water, toys, shelters, kennels, crates, collars and leashes and even clothing. However, when it comes to providing our pets with the appropriate bowls for eating and drinking we often don’t think beyond the cutesy packaging and designs. Picking the right bowl for your pet can make your pet’s meal time not only more enjoyable, but also safer and healthier, too. Read More >


Pet Photography – How to Take a Great Shot of Your Pet

Pet Photography – How to Take a Great Shot of Your Pet

In the age of cell phone selfies, Instagram pictures and social media, amateur photography is more prevalent than ever. As a pet parent you’ve probably taken several candid photos of your precious furry friend and shared them with family and friends. Well, wouldn’t it be great to amaze your loved ones with professional quality photos that YOU – yes, you – captured with your digital camera, cell phone, tablet or other electronic device? Read More >


Pets Improve Your Health & Reduce Anxiety and Depression

Pets Improve Your Health & Reduce Anxiety and Depression

In decades past, pet parents only looked to dogs for basic companionship for their kids, security and guard watch over their homes or occasional strolls in the park on a beautiful sunny day. Now, however, many pet parents have included these furry four-legged friends into their homes for overall health and wellness and to reduce anxiety and mood disorders. Yes, a pet a day will keep the doctor away! Pets are proving to be just the medicine we need to combat those ailments that could once only be healed through traditional medicine. Read More >


Keeping pets safe during natural disasters

Keeping pets safe during natural disasters

While most of us would enjoy having perfectly sunny weather, with fresh breezes caressing our faces throughout the day, weather takes on many forms. Whether you live in tornado valley, earthquake central or hurricane island, every region of the world can find itself contending with Mother Nature. Inclement weather can strike at any time, without warning so it’s imperative to have a plan in place to ensure that not only you are safe, but that your pets are safe and sound as well.  Read More >


Top ten dog and cat illnesses

Top ten dog and cat illnesses

When we feel under the weather, we know to pay a visit to our doctor. If you’re a pet parent, you have the responsibility to care for your pet and ensure that he’s comfortable at all times. When pets fall ill we have to be extremely observant of their symptoms. It’s wise to observe your pet’s daily interactions and behaviors when he’s feeling well for your point of reference when he’s ill.  Read More >


Cat toys – importance of play for cats

Cat toys – importance of play for cats

Most house cats sleep around 16 hours a day. Must be nice, right? But during the remaining hours of the day, cats play to stay sharp mentally and physically. Don’t let that cute innocent look fool you. OK, cuteness always wins, but don’t forget that cats are natural hunters and need to be engaged on this instinctual level through play. Playtime helps counteract destructive boredom and provides valuable bonding time for you and your cat. Consider all the ways to play when choosing the right cat toys!   Read More >