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Pets and hot cars: What you need to know

It doesn’t take much time for a car to get hot enough to cause serious harm, or even death, to a pet. Did you know researches have found that close to 80% of temperature increase in vehicles happens within the first 30 minutes? Keep you pet safe, don’t leave them alone in the car. Here is a great graphic that explains why:

Pet Safety and Rising Temperatures

Pet Safety and Rising Temperatures created by FIGO Pet Insurance.

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Treat your favorite person with MunchPak

Listen closely pets, your person always gives you special treats, and now it’s time for you to treat your human, and luckily there is an easy way to do it! You won’t even have to go to the store. MunchPak is a fun subscription service that offers snacks from all over the world.

MunchPak

We were pretty excited to get a chance to try them out! MunchPak sent us a subscription box in exchange for our review. What we liked most was the variety! There were a lot of different types of treats, like potato chips (hot ketchup flavored, and truffle flavored), and candies (like these sour sloths).

Sour Gummy Sloth candy

Here are some of the other highlights of this subscription service:

• There are 3 MunchPak box sizes; MunchPak Mini (5+ snacks), Original MunchPak (10+ snacks), and FamilyPak (20+ snacks)
• You can customize your MunchPak with a variety of snack options such as Spicy, Chips, Gummy, Sweet, and Crunchy which you can select as preferred or non-preferred.
• There are drinks! You can choose to add a soda, coffee, juice, and/or tea to your MunchPak
• You can choose for your subscription to renew every week, every two weeks, or every month
• They also offer gift subscription options
• Love a snack that you tried? You can repurchase them in their store.
• The Snack Scanner app is available for download on both Android and Apple devices

MunchPak.com

If you want to learn more or get signed up be sure to click the photo above to get a discount! Thanks MunchPak for giving us the chance to try your awesome treat service.

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Hedgehog basics

Yuki the hedgehog

We introduced you to our hedgehog Yuki awhile back, and many of you have reached out with questions on if they make good pets, and if then need special care.

Hedgehogs do make great pets, but there are some things you need to know. They are nocturnal, and they do need patience as they get used to you and being handled. They can be grumpy sometimes, but that is just part of the charm. Here are some of the things they will need to be happy:

Heat and Light

Hedgehogs have special heating needs, they like things warm, and it’s important to keep a a hedgehog’s cage between 72 and 80 degrees F. It can be dangerous, and even fatal, for a hedgehog to get colder than 70 degrees. The drop in temperature can cause a hibernation attempt. Domestic hedgehogs can’t hibernate safely, so it’s very important to avoid these attempts.

The easiest way to keep your hedgehog happy is to use a space heater in the room. Be sure to keep a thermometer in the cage so you can be sure the temp is right.

Because they are nocturnal, hedgehogs do best with a consistent source of light for about 12-14 hours each day. It’s a good idea to have a light with a timer near the cage. Light is important to avoid triggering a hibernation attempt.

Housing

Solid-sided cages (like large plastic bins without lids) retain heat better and have smooth floors so feet and toes don’t get stuck, and are easy to keep clean. They are also relatively cheap compared to other options since you won’t have to make adjustments for safety.

Accessories

Your hedgehog will need a solid plastic wheel to run in. They love to run, so this is not just a toy, this is essential to their health and happiness. Make sure that your wheel is solid plastic as well to avoid toes getting stuck and injured.

They also enjoy having a hideaway (a plastic igloo is a great choice), and will spend time sleeping in it during the day time. This helps them feel safe. Take both of these items into account when picking a bin so there is still room to roam.

Hedgehogs like to climb, but unsupervised climbing should be prevented to avoid injuries from falls. This is another reason why large plastic bins make great houses, the sides don’t allow for climbing. Large, clear Sterilite bins (105 quart) are our choice, just leave the lid off. Tanks and aquariums should be avoided.

Since hedgehogs are generally solitary, it’s best not to house two together.

Diet

The ideal hedgehog food is actually made for cats! Commercial hedgehog foods should be avoided since they lack the nutrition needed.

High quality dry cat food is the best choice. Hedgehogs can be picky eaters, so you might have to try a few before finding one your hedgie loves. Yuki likes Purina Cat Chow Naturals, and we were lucky because it was the first food we tried and she loved it.

Your hedgehog will also need fresh mealworms (buy them at the pet store) as a supplement to dry cat food. Feed a few each day, 3-5 depending on the size of the mealworm. Do not feed freeze dried insects to avoid digestion problems, some very serious that can lead to death. Also avoid insects from your garden or other natural areas as they might contain pesticides.

Bedding

The two best choices for bedding are paper based bedding, or fabric liners made of fleece (easy to make yourself by cutting fleece to size). We like the paper based bedding best because it gives the hedgehog a chance to burrow and dig around. Bedding should be changed 1-2 times a week, and the wheel will need to be cleaned daily.

Wood shavings should NOT be used, because they can cause respiratory issues.

Handling

Your hedgehog will need a lot of handling to become more friendly. This is best done in the evening when they are starting to wake up. And of course, just like people, they each have their own personalities! You might get lucky like we did and have a hedgie that likes you right away, or you might get a grumpier hedgie that needs more time to warm up to you. It helps if you “scoop” them up under their tummies when lifting them. Continue to pick them up, even when they prickle and roll into a ball.

We have enjoyed visiting a hedgehog forum called Hedgehog Central for when we have questions, they are a great resource for all new owners.

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It’s National Pet Month! Time to start #PetPraising

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nestle Purina PetCare Company. As a #PurinaPartner I am being compensated for sharing this information.

Did you know that May is National Pet Month? That’s right! An entire month to celebrate how much we love our pets, and what better way to do that than with a bit of #PetPraising?

#PetPraising

We’ve all seen the funny pet shaming posts, but Purina is asking for your help in spreading all the amazing things your pet does with some pet praising. Not only will you help start a great trend, but you can win big for doing it too!

Share your #PetPraising pictures on www.pureloveforpets.com until May 24th, 2017. When you submit a #PetPraising photo you will also be entered into the Pet Praising Sweepstakes. This means you could possibly win a professional photo shoot and be featured on RealSimple.com. The Pure Love For Pets website has some fun info for celebrating National Pet Month, and you can learn all about the new items Purina has to offer!

#petpraising

What are you waiting for? I’m sure your pets do all kinds of amazing things that make your life happier, I know ours sure do! Be sure to enter here for your chance to win.

#petpraising

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