Category Archives: Cats

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil For Pets

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

This week I had a friend of mine ask me what product he could use to clear up his dogs dry nose and the first thing that popped into my head was COCONUT OIL! When I told him this, he asked: “Really? I don’t need to go to the store and buy some kind of product?” To which I replied: “You can if you want to but this is cheaper, natural and will probably do the same job as the other thing you’re going to end up buying.” He was pretty impressed and amazed at the fact that he could use this household item to treat his pups dry, itchy nose and that got me thinking I wonder how many other pet parents out there don’t know about the awesome benefits of using coconut oil for their pets!

So here we are, learning the basics of Coconut oil 🙂

What Is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil otherwise known as a superfood is comprised of 90% saturated fat, which might be alarming to some people being that the average intake for fat is on average 20-30% but lucky for us, most of the saturated fats found in coconut oil are MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which means they provide antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties (not bad for fat) among other things! Essentially you can consider the fats found in coconut oil to be one of the healthy fats kind of like avocados and almonds and should be of course taken in moderation for both our furry friends and ourselves!

Skin Benefits

One of the main reasons why I enjoy using coconut oil for my pets, aside from the fact that they love the way it tastes and I love the way it smells, is because it has so many benefits for their skin and coat, the most obvious being the soft and glossy coat you’ll soon notice on your pet after using this oil for a few weeks.

You can use coconut oil orally (by feeding 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds twice a day starting with 1/4 of the amount first and then working your way up so as not to bombard their digestive tract) or topically (literally applying to dry or itchy area) and treat skin issues such as:

  • Dry, itchy skin,
  • Dandruff
  • Flea Allergies
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Eczema

It’s also great if you have stinky dogs (or cats) in that it helps deodorize their smell (think of it as pet deodorant) and you can even use it as a topical ointment for:

  • Cuts,
  • Scrapes,
  • Hot spots (my personal favorite)
  • Rashes (also another personal favorite)
  • Bites and stings

as this bad boy is amazing at promoting healing!

Digestion Benefits

Coconut oil is also great in aiding in digestion for pets which is something to keep in mind if you have a pet with constant GI issues, as well as nutrient absorption and as an added bonus it’s great for hairballs (in cats), bad breath and even coughing! My favorite bit is the hairballs and bad breath being that my cats have both… so unfortunate.

Other Benefits

I’m sure most people enjoy using coconut oil for it’s skin and coat benefits but if you use it orally you not only get the shiny and healthy coat but you’ll also be helping your pet in terms of:

  • Weight Loss
  • Increased energy
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes management
  • Promoting healthy thyroid function

Great For Humans Too!

Using coconut oil for myself is how I found out about this superfood! I started using it for my dry and damaged hair and within a few weeks I noticed a ridiculous amount of moisture being harbored in my locks but prior to using it I learned that it also aids in:

  • Prevention of heart disease and high cholesterol
  • Skin and hair health
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Digestion
  • Regulating metabolism
  • Boosting immune system
  • Preventing diabetes
  • Dental and bone health

So if using this oil for yourself isn’t reason enough to pick this product up then you should definitely pick it up for your furry friend! It’s a win/win: they’ll love the taste and smell and you’ll be aiding in their health 🙂

Top 5 Types of Food To Feed Your Dog or Cat

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

Top 5 Foods To Feed Your Pet

Feeding your pet the right type of food is crucial in the quality of life our pets will live. There is a huge difference between a pet that survives and a pet that thrives and I think we owe it to our pets to feed them the best quality food we can! Whether that’s feeding your pet a balanced raw diet or a high quality dry food there are a variety of options for pet parents to choose from if they’re main objective is to make sure their pet eats healthy.

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Are Pregnant Women Safe If Their Cat Has Toxoplasmosis?

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

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Do I Need To Give Away My Cat?

NO, you don’t.

I’ve heard so many people throw this false piece of information around that it’s pretty ridiculous. I think the people who say this statement are just terrified of the “what if’s” and go completely overboard and get rid of their cats(s). But if you’re armed with a little bit of research and implement some safety precautions there’s no reason why you, your unborn baby and your cat can’t have a happy 9 months!

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What Are Some Natural Flea Products For Dogs And Cats?

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

Flea season is here and it’s back with a vengeance! In our home it’s a constant battle when it comes to fleas especially when the summer time rolls around. Zoey is usually the one who starts itching and scratching and then the cats follow not long afterwards, creating this vicious cycle between all three pets in which fleas are just jumping from one to another!

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Celebrate Our Birthday’s By Donating To Good Karma Pet Rescue!

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

You know those posts you see on facebook of the sick, dying or critically injured animals? The ones that make you want to crawl into a hole and cry or just punch someone in the face?

I hate those posts. 

They make me feel so helpless and upset that I usually scroll past them as fast as possible thinking maybe that if I don’t see them then it’s not really happening… at least that’s what I keep telling myself, but yesterday I came across a particular post featuring an extremely emaciated puppy named Elsa, you can find the post here,  and I just couldn’t scroll past. This poor dog had been chained up in a backyard somewhere in south side Chicago and looked like she was knocking on death’s door.

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