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When the sun’s beating down and shade is hard to find, it can be tough to keep dogs cool. But it’s essential to keep an eye on our furry friends and make sure they don’t overheat on long summer days. So for those of you with a hot dog on your hands, here’s our go-to guide for all the summer essentials you need to combat those scorching temps.

Image: Bark Shop

1. COVERTIBLE DOG FLOAT BY FUNBOY X BARK

With enthusiasm for novelty inflatables at fever pitch, it was about time someone cottoned on and made a doggie version. This bright pink float will keep your pooch cool in the pool (if you’re lucky enough to have one) and even comes with a matching human-size version. Available at barkshop.com

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2. COOLING MATTRESS BY DANISH DESIGN

Let’s face it, some dogs just will not get in the water. Hydrophobic hounds can try this cooling mattress instead, which can be used as is, or placed in the fridge for some extra freeze. It’s wipe clean, and filled with non-toxic gel – for anyone that has a determined chewer to deal with. Available at www.danishdesign.co.uk

3. COOLING DOG POOL BY ROSEWOOD

You don’t even need to worry about inflating this pup-sized pool, which unpacks ready to be filled with water. Fortified plastic means less punctures, and the entire thing packs into a bag ready for travel. Available at https://fetch.co.uk/rosewood-cooling-dog-pool-408278011

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4. DAWSON SWIM LIFE JACKET BY OUTWARD HOUND

If it’s all too much and you’ve planned a trip to the beach, then you might want to invest in a doggie life jacket – especially if your dog’s new to this swimming lark. Outward Hound’s jacket is extra visible, and includes rescue handles, just in case. Available at outwardhound.com

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5. SWAMP COOLER COOLING VEST BY RUFFWEAR

Some breeds are more prone to overheating than others, so if your dog suffers in the sun, wrap them in this cooling jacket by Ruffwear which reflects heat. It comes in a wide range of sizes, and is machine washable for mucky pups. Available at www.ruffwear.co.uk.

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6. DOGGY DRENCHER BY OUTWARD HOUND

Everyone knows there’s hours of fun to be had with a dog and a hose pipe, right? Well this toy takes out some of the hard work. And while your dog’s chasing the spinning sprinkler, you can sit down in the shade and enjoy an ice cream. Available at www.amazon.co.uk

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7. SELF-COOLING DOG BOWL BY MAGISSO

Keep food fresh with this ceramic dog bowl, which only needs to be soaked in water for 60 seconds to stay cool for hours. As an extra bonus, its 3D bone shape also slows down greedy gobblers at dinner time. Available at magisso.com.

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8. COOLING DOG BANDANA BY GO FRESH PET

Who doesn’t love a dog in a bandana? This extra lightweight version keeps pups cool with its ice-cooling net fabric. Simple soak in water, wring, and wear. Available at www.petsathome.com

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9. LAROO DOG TOY

No StyleTails summer guide would be complete without an ice cream-shaped toy. These giant chewie lollies and cones not only have the novelty factor, they can be filled and frozen to help bring down hot dogs’ temperatures. Available at www.amazon.co.uk

Image: Outdoor GB

10. QUENCHER COLLAPSIBLE DOG BOWL BY RUFFWEAR

Carrying water is absolutely essential on hot days, to make sure dogs stay well hydrated. This collapsible fabric bowl squashes right down to fit into your bag, and comes in three sizes – so it’s got even the thirstiest canine covered. Available at www.outdoorgb.com

Have you found some fun ways to keep your dog cool this summer? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

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In this dog friendly destination guide, we help you plan your perfect pet friendly holiday to Dorset. Inside you will find our hand-picked selection of the very best pet friendly hotels and accommodation where canine (and human) guests stay in style, pubs and restaurants where your pooch will be welcome, as well as stunning walks and dog friendly attractions to enjoy with your canine companion. 

Some of England’s most beautiful coastline can be found in Dorset, including the fossil-filled Jurassic Coast – designated a World Heritage Site – and the Chesil Beach of Ian McEwan fame. Beach-lovers will have plenty to choose from, whether it’s shingled shores or sandy stretches they’re after. But it’s not just quaint seaside towns. The county is packed with history, known as the real-world location Thomas Hardy based his fictional towns and countryside on. As well as its unrivalled landscapes, Dorset offers historic architecture, scenic rambles and, of course, its exhibitionist chalk figure the Cerne Giant.  

WHERE TO STAY

The Inn at Cranborne 

The Inn at Cranborne, Cranborne

There’s more tan 400 years of history at this village inn, which once hosted author Thomas Hardy. It’s a cosy spot, offering just nine bedrooms, but is nevertheless well located on the edge of the New Forest, and not far from the Jurassic Coast and Stonehenge. Dogs are welcome to stay, and even get their own welcome treat bag and sausage breakfast. Visit booking.com

Captain’s Club Hotel

Captain’s Club, Christchurch 

If your pooch has dreams of being a salty sea dog, then they’ll enjoy this nautical riverside hotel. Captain’s Club has its own resident canine to welcome guests, and four-legged visitors get their own bed and menu to choose from. Staff can help point out the best dog-friendly beaches, and long walks in the nearby New Forest also await.  Visit www.luxepetguide.com.

Moonfleet Manor 

Moonfleet Manor, Weymouth

Beach-loving dogs will feel right at home at this Georgian manor, which is perched above the Dorset coast. Pups that like to stretch their legs can head to the nearby South West Coastal Path, and humans can recover at the end of the day in the hotel spa. There’s even fossil hunting to be done at Charmouth and Lyme Regis, which are a 45-minute car ride away. Visit www.moonfleetmanorhotel.co.uk.

Summer Lodge

Summer Lodge, Evershot

Dogs get the luxury treatment at this grand Georgian house, built in 1798 and later updated by Thomas Hardy – who was a qualified architect as well as a writer. If its 42 acres wasn’t enough excitement, four-legged guests get their own towels, Lily’s Kitchen menu, dog wash station, and selection of beds in three sizes.  Visit www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk.

Image: The Grosvenor Arms

The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury

Foodies can indulge themselves at this Shaftesbury coaching inn, which has been lovingly restored by its current owners. The kitchen is run by ex-River Cottage chef Tom Blake, who oversees a seasonal menu stocked with local produce. Dogs are welcome in all of its rooms, with a surcharge, and are sure to enjoy rambles through the nearby market town and through Cranborne Chase. Visit grosvenorarms.co.uk.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Greyhound Inn 

The Greyhound Inn, Corfe

If you’re visiting Corfe Castle, stop off at the Greyhound Inn for a drink and something from its locally sourced menu, which includes the obligatory cream tea. Dogs are welcome in the restaurant as well as its beer garden. Don’t miss the secret passage to the castle. Visit www.greyhoundcorfe.co.uk.

Smugglers Inn

The Smugglers Inn, Osmington Mills

Hot dogs can cool off at The Smugglers Inn, which welcomes pooches with a tub of doggie ice cream. Humans can also have a bite from the menu, which offers fresh fish, seafood and some classic puddings. The South West Coast Path is nearby, and determined walkers might want to head to the seaside town of Weymouth, which is five miles away. Visit www.smugglersinnosmingtonmills.co.uk

The Fox Inn

The Fox Inn, Ansty

If a good walk needs anything, it’s a decent pub somewhere along the way. The Fox Inn sits in the middle of the Dorset countryside, and is a great stopping off point for thirsty pooches and humans alike. Dogs are welcomed with their own wet room, if you need to hose down a muddy pup, and can choose from a menu of all-natural meals. Visit anstyfoxinn.co.uk.

The Cobb Arms

The Cobb Arms, Lyme Regis 

A visit to Dorset isn’t complete with a trip to Lyme Regis, the storied home of fossil collector Mary Anning. While you’re there, stop off at The Cobb Arms and warm up by the log fire, or enjoy the view across the harbour.  Visit thecobbarms.co.uk.

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The Watch House Cafe, West Bay 

Take your lunch with a side of sea views, at this coast-side cafe. There’s no shortage of fresh fish on offer, and a sizeable outdoor area where you can soak up the salty breeze. Visit  www.hivebeachcafe.co.uk

THE BEST DOG WALKS

Old Harry Rocks, image: National Trust

Old Harry Rocks

Seeing Dorset’s spectacular coastline is an essential part of any trip to this county, and this circular walk is a chance to see some of the best. It’s a relatively short wander, at three and a half miles, but takes you past chalk headland and along the clifftop, with views aplenty along the way and a pub visit to finish up with.  

Image: National Trust

A circuit of Hod Hill 

Prepare your legs (and paws) for this hilly climb, which will give you views across the county and take you along the ancient ramparts of a Roman fort. Keep your eyes out for butterflies among the trees, and views over the nearby River Stour. 

Holt Heath, image: National Trust

Walk at Holt Heath, Kingston Lacy 

Up for a challenge? This six-mile wander traverses a lowland heath that’s packed with wildflowers, birds, and all six of Britain’s reptile species. Good for curious pooches.  

A winter nature walk at West Bexington 

Although it only stretches two and a half miles, this walk covers a lot – sea views, Second World War ruins, Bronze Age burial mounds and, if you’re lucky, a glimpse of roe deer. Don’t miss views over Chesil Beach.   

Image: Wareham Forest

Wareham Forest 

There’s several acres for you and your dog to explore in Wareham Forest, which is inhabited by a rare population of woodlarks, as well as plenty of other wildlife. Bear in mind, dogs will need to be on-lead during March and August if you’re walking on the heathland.  

DOG FRIENDLY ATTRACTIONS

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Swanage Railway

Lazy pooches will enjoy the scenery from this 12-mile railway track, which lets you appreciate the Dorset countryside in all its glory – including a glimpse of Corfe Castle from afar. 

Image: Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

It might be a thousand years old, but Dorset’s Corfe Castle is holding up pretty well. It’s undergone plenty of drama in its lifetime, but what hasn’t changed are its views over the pretty Purbeck heaths – good for a wander after you’ve toured the castle with your dog in tow. 

Cerne Abbas Giant

Dorset is known for this huge chalk drawing of a naked man brandishing a club. The view might not mean much to your pup, but they’re sure to enjoy rambling through the surrounding countryside.  

Image: Lulworth Castle & Park

Lulworth Castle and Park

On-lead dogs are welcome at this historic estate, which offers extensive grounds and plenty of room for picnicking. You can’t take your canine companion into the castle, but you can enjoy the views of its impressive exterior.  

Image: Minterne

Minterne Gardens

There’s a mile of gardens to be explored at Minterne House, which has lawns and woodland filled with flowers as well as lakes, waterfalls and streams. Much of its flora can be traced back to Victorian plant hunters, who imported exotic seeds from China, Bhutan and the Himalayas. Dogs are welcome, as long as they’re kept on lead.  

WHAT TO PACK

With so much scenery to explore, we suggest the first thing you stick in your suitcase is a comfy pair of shoes. Sun cream is essential for summer visits – when the weather is slightly warmer and sunnier than the nearby counties of Devon and Cornwall. We can’t promise the sea will be warm, but Dorset’s many beaches mean there’s plenty of opportunity for a quick dip – so bring your costume too. Keen ramblers might even want to invest in a book of walks, to make the most of Dorset’s historic sights and scenery.  

 

WHEN TO GO

For travellers that want to enjoy some rural tradition, don’t miss the Frome Valley Food Festival in May, which includes the infamous Dorset Knob Throwing. If you’re dreaming of lounging on the beach, then July is the hottest time to plan a trip – just beware of everyone else doing the same thing. To enjoy quieter beaches, save your trip for September when the weather is still mild, but there’s less people around. Later in the year there’s plenty to please food and book lovers, with the Dorset Food Fortnight and the Bridport Literary festival taking place in October and November. In December you can huddle up against the cold, and enjoy views of snow-covered villages and pubs.  

Have you visited Dorset with your dog? Tell us about your favourite dog friendly places in the comments below!

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Hello summer! Holiday season has arrived and here at Style Tails HQ, we are as happy as a cat in a suitcase. If, like us, your idea of a fun-filled summer holiday involves taking your precious kitty with you, no doubt your thoughts will have turned to travel. But don’t panic! As seasoned feline travellers, we’ve sussed out the BEST ways to travel with cats. Here’s the low down. 

By now, you’ve probably endured a trip to the vet with your cat in the car. If it wasn’t the pleasant experience you were hoping for, the thought of a longer journey this summer can be worrisome, to say the least. But thankfully, it is actually possible! The key is to keep our kitties comfortable and make the car a pleasant environment, which all begins with desensitisation.

TOP TIPS FOR DESENSITISING YOUR CAT TO THE CAR
  1. Having tried travelling with our cat both on a lead and in a carrier, the carrier wins hands down. While you may feel you cat will be happier if they are free to roam around in the car, the reality is totally different. The driver will be distracted and your poor cat will be distressed, particularly when they try to get underneath the car’s pedals and are refused access. So without a doubt, purchase a secure cat carrier before your trip.
  2. While your cat will be travelling in a carrier, it’s still a very good idea to help them associate positive things with the car. Cats are territorial creatures so an unknown car will be new and frightening for them. Bring your cat into the car, allow them to sniff, explore and rub their scent freely. Do this for five minutes at a time, a few times a day, extending the duration as they become more comfortable in the new surroundings.
  3. Leave your kitty’s blanket in the back of the car before the trip. Again, this will allow their scent to diffuse through the air and it’ll help it feel like home.
  4. With your cat in the stationary car, whether it be a full meal or a treat, giving them access to food will also help them associate it with being a pleasant environment.
  5. Next, start introducing the crate to the car. Begin by leaving the crate door open, allowing the cat to enter and leave as they wish. On another occasion, pop your cat in the carrier, start the engine and leave it running so that they begin to get used to the sound. Afterwards, give your cat a treat, a catnip filled toy or plenty of attention so that they begin to associate being in the carrier in the car as a good experience.
  6. Finally, the next time you start the car, back out of the driveway several times so that your cat acclimatises to the movement. This should be repeated several times. It’s laborious, but trust us, it works!
  7. Build up the duration of the journey starting with a trip around the block, a mile drive, then two, etc. Make it a positive and rewarding experience so that they begin to look forward to each trip.
  8. Voila – one happy kitty who is a keen traveller.
TOP TIPS FOR THE JOURNEY
  1. Before your trip, make a stop at the vets for a check up, making sure vaccinations are up-to-date, and your cat is micro-chipped.
  2. Give your car a check-up too. A breakdown during your trip definitely doesn’t lend itself to a relaxed approach, so make sure your car is given a full once over.
  3. Purchase a good cat carrier. This should be large enough for your cat to be able to move around freely. Stuffing your fully grown Maine Coon into his kitten carrier just won’t cut it.
  4. Keep calm. A de-stressed owner makes for a calm kitty. There’s no denying that cats pick up on our emotions so keeping calm will ensure they feel that way too.
  5. Plan your journey in advance. You’ll want the journey to be as quick and safe as possible and getting lost is definitely an unwelcome scenario. Make sure you book cat-friendly accommodation ahead of your trip too.
  6. Keep cool. If your car has aircon, have it cooler than you like. These furry creations tend to overheat when stressed so keep the car as cool as possible. Purchasing some window sunshades for the back is a good idea too.
  7. Never ever leave your cat alone in the car!
  8. Create a comfortable environment. As well as a nice temperature, keep the music volume low and don’t introduce strongly scented air fresheners.
  9. Make a list of everything you need. Bring extra food, a bed, toys, bowls, litter box and extra litter, scoop and poop bags and a scratching post. You may find you pack more for the cat than yourself and that’s definitely okay!

Armed with these top tips, travelling with your cat can be an enjoyable experience for all! We’d love to see photos of your kitties in the car – tag us on Instagram @styletails.

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It’s not a summer in London if you haven’t hung out on one of the city’s rooftop bars. Of course, no afternoon cocktail is complete without a doggie date to enjoy it with, and luckily some of London’s top floor watering holes are pup friendly. Here’s our breakdown of the best. 

*Summer in the city can be hot,  especially for our four legged friends. So we always recommend staying out of the heat in the middle day and make sure you have plenty of fresh drinking water with you to keep you both cool. 

Image: Frank’s Cafe

FRANK’S CAFE

Frank’s Cafe has become a Peckham tradition over the last decade, taking over a car park rooftop every summer to offer sweeping views across the city skyline. Dogs are welcome, although we suggest going a little later in the day when the sun’s not at its height, as it can get pretty hot up there on the concrete.  boldtendencies.com/franks-cafe/

NETIL360

Netil House is a staple of the east London creative community, and its top floor bar is just as loved. There’s great views over Hackney and the city of London, and a decent range of craft beers, ciders and wines. Netil360 even has a resident rooftop dog, Tres. netil360.com.

Image: The Culpeper

THE CULPEPER

There’s great views of the Gherkin from this east London pub rooftop, which has been decked out in green to mark its pickle-focused drinks menu. There’s cucumber plants, a giant pickle sculpture, and even pickle cushions to relax on. There’s relatively limited space, so this is definitely one for the smaller pups. www.theculpeper.com

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ACE HOTEL

Dogs are welcome in all parts of Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel, which includes its swanky rooftop. There’s some of the best views of the city to be enjoyed from beneath its covered terrace – perfect for keeping pooches out of the sun. If things get too hot, the inside bar offers the perfect cool retreat.  acehotel.com/london

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THE LOCK TAVERN

It might not have same skyline views as some of the higher rooftop bars, but The Lock Tavern has bags of charm to make up for it. Its small but perfectly formed roof terrace has parasols to keep your dog cool in the heat, and views over Camden’s busy streets – which are all the better for being viewed from on high.  www.lock-tavern.com.

Have you visited a dog friendly rooftop spot in London? Tell us in the comments below! 

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*We have worked with our carefully chosen partner Scrumbles to bring you this post.

It’s impossible to overstate the importance choosing the right pet food when it comes to your faithful friend’s health, wellbeing and behaviour. The right pet food will nourish your pet and set them up for a long and healthy life. The wrong pet food can do real harm, physically and even behaviourally. But with so much choice and contradictory advice, it can be a minefield out there.

After seeing the pet food industry from the inside out, and unable to find a quality pet food that didn’t cost the Earth, husband and wife team Aneisha Soobroyen and Jack Walker, along with their beloved pup  Smudge and kitty, Boo, decided to launch Scrumbles. Together we bring you this essential guide to choosing the right food for your pet.

This information is intended as guidance only. If you are concerned about your pet’s diet or health, always speak to a qualified animal nutritionist. 

  1. BREED, AGE & LIFESTYLE

Your pet’s breed and life-stage will play a huge part in deciding on the most appropriate food for them. Growing puppies and little kittens have very different nutritional needs to older animals; they require plenty of protein and fat to fuel their rapid development, plus a good puppy or kitten food like Scrumbles will also include added DHA for brain development – they are learning so much at this age after all!

Size, breed and lifestyle will also play a role in your decision as every dog and cat are different. Feeding a small, lower-activity dog like a French Bulldog a food designed for a larger, high-energy breed like a Pointer could result in obesity. Size also an important consideration when it comes to kibble, as your dog needs to be able to eat the food easily safely. Look for foods like Scrumbles that offer targeted formulations for pets of different ages and breeds, rather than a one size fits all diet.

2. QUALITY & APPROPRIATENESS OF INGREDIENTS  

For a long time, we pet parents were kept in the dark when it came to what actually goes into our pet’s food, with undecipherable ingredients and mis-leading labelling. And with no shortage of horror stories in the press, it’s no wonder we are now educating ourselves better when it comes to ingredients.

Legislation regarding pet food in the UK originates from the EU and the guiding principal is that it must be produced in hygienic conditions, fully traceable, as well as being safe and not harmful to pets or people. This is a great start but ‘safe’ is really the minimum you would expect when it comes to food. What we really want is food that’s healthy, nutritious and beneficial to your pet’s health.

It’s worth noting that what goes into your pet’s food not only affects their physical health but can impact on their behaviour and trainability as well.

THE GOOD LIST

The key ingredients to look out for when it comes to a good quality pet food are:

  • Named Animal protein – high-quality pet food should be packed with animal protein. Scrumbles uses a blend of fresh and dried chicken in their food, with their puppy formulation loaded with 64% and their kitten food a huge 77%.
  • Animal fats – for a healthy brain, skin and coat.
  • Carbohydrates – whilst these should be lower down the list for both cats and dogs, they need these to provide the right balance of dietary fibre and as sources of energy, but you should be looking for good quality carbohydrates like rice and oats, rather than nasty fillers. Cats are obligate carnivores, so carbohydrates should be further down the list of ingredients.
  • Vitamins and minerals – look for the right balance of vitamins and minerals for your pet. As a rule dogs and cats need a food that provides that provides essentialVitamins like A, D and E. The amount of calcium phosphorous and magnesium should also be carefully formulated to avoid health issues.
  • Omega 6 and 3 – which are essential for brain development, immune function and healthy skin and coat.
THE BAD LIST

The things to avoid are:

  • Pea protein – this is a cheap filler commonly being used in pet food in place of proper animal protein
  • Fillers – ingredients like corn, wheat, soy and potatoes which are used to bulk up cheaper pet foods
  • Un-named meat sources – many leading pet food manufacturers use animal derivatives and un-named meat sources. This allows them to change their ingredients regularly to get the lowest price. Choose named meat sources where possible so you know exactly what your furry friend is eating. 
  • Allergens – like wheat, beef, pork, eggs and dairy
  • Salt, sugar, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives – current labelling regulations mean that pet food brands can hide these ingredients in low quantities. Always look for a food that has consciously omitted these from their recipes.
MYTH-BUSTING

MYTH #1: Meat Meal

Despite some common mis-information, meat meal is not always bad. While many pet food companies are using “no meat meal” as a way to suggest a superior product, a good quality meat meal is a great source of protein and essential amino acids, as it includes nutritious parts of the animal including bones and offal. And contrary to popular belief, meat meal isn’t full of nasty bits like hair, feathers, hoofs. UK regulations ensure that meat meal must be virtually free of these things.    

MYTH #2: Grains

You may also have noticed lots of pet food companies now creating “grain free” foods after owners have become more aware of the non-nutritious fillers used in pet foods. Grains do not have to be avoided altogether – the vast majority of sensitivities in pets are related to gluten from wheat. Good grains like oats and rice can be very beneficial. In fact most vets will recommend chicken and rice to settle sensitive tummies.

3. WHO IS BEHIND THE BRAND

More than ever, we pet parents are voting with our wallets, and we are more likely to buy from companies whose values and ethics align with our own. The type of company that makes your pet’s food will in large-part determine their ethos when it comes to ingredients, standards and how they treat their staff and customers. Look for companies who do good, like Scrumbles, who have been awarded accreditation by the Ethical Company Organisation and also donate 10% of their annual profit to animal welfare causes.

4. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Knowing where your pet’s food is made is an important step in not only ensuring certain quality and standards, but also in reducing your carbon footprint. The UK market has seen an influx of foreign-produced pet food, however we prefer to support local brands like Scrumbles that make its food in the UK.  

5. THE YUM FACTOR!

Regardless of how many wonderful ingredients are in your pet’s food, it’s of little use if your finickity friend won’t eat it. This really is a case of trial, error and a little persistence. The most important thing is making sure your dog or cat is getting the best possible nutrition, so if at first, they don’t take to their new healthy food – try and try again. It’s always a good idea to introduce a new food gradually, over 7-10 days, giving your pet a chance to adjust. The good news is that Scrumbles’ in-house taste testers Smudge and Boo, have given all its recipes their paw print of approval!

6. PRICE  

As devoted pet parents, we all want the best for our furry friends, and there are pet foods out there to suit all budgets – from cheap supermarket brands, right up to freshly prepared, organic free-range meals. Look for the best quality ingredients you can find for the most competitive price. Frustrated by the lack of quality food at an accessible price point, Jack and Aneisha from Scrumbles have priced their range very affordably, with 2kg packs of their dog foods retailing for £11.49, and their 750g cat foods for £6.99.

Find out more about Scrumbles and try their healthy, tasty and affordable pet food at scrumbles.co.uk.

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Indy enjoying springtime blooms

It’s long been known that cats go cray-cray for catnip but what else sparks their attention? With the warm weather set to continue, we are surrounded with gardens in bloom. Gorgeous plants and herbs have sprung all around us, some of which you may have noticed your cat is particularly drawn to. This begs the question: “What’s safe?” This season, ensure you indulge your cat’s senses with those which are non-toxic, as well as steering clear of the ones which can be potentially harmful. Here’s what you need to know. 

THE SAFE LIST CATNIP

While no doubt you’ve already noticed your cat’s soft spot for catnip infused toys, this herb can be grown in your garden too. In the same family as mint (see below), catnip has long been renowned for sending cats a little bit loopy, to say the least. Its effect is short term and completely safe, and can even be eaten in small quantities, although in this instance, it acts as more of a sedative. So if you fancy giving your cat their own personal supply of catnip, go ahead and plant this in your garden! 

MINT 

With mint being catnip’s cousin, it isn’t surprising that cats are partial to its strong scent. While having a good sniff of it won’t have much of an impact, research is divided on what happens when it’s ingested. Some findings suggest that high levels of mint, such as peppermint and spearmint contain salicylate, a chemical also found in aspirin, which is poisonous to cats. Although the levels are generally low, our advice is to allow your kitty to sniff it only. 

WHEAT GRASS

Turns out wheatgrass is more than just a superfood for humans! Although it’s not essential for a cat’s diet, when ingested, it’s a great source of fibre to aid digestion. Plus, it can help remove hard substances, such as those annoying hairballs. So while your cat’s playing with wheatgrass, if they nibble a bit, don’t panic.   

 

LEMONGRASS

The mild citrus scent of lemongrass is enough to draw cats to it. The key here is to treat this one as a treat, giving only occasionally. A prime benefit of lemongrass is its natural ability to repel mosquitos, so no nasty bites for your feline this summer. 

PARSLEY 

Thought parsley was just an annoying garnish that always appeared on your plate? As a good source of potassium, beta carotene and vitamins A, B and C, this one definitely gets a paws up from your cat. 

ROSEMARY

The smell of a rosemary infused roast cooking is divine, and while we as humans take comfort in its aroma, your cat is no doubt enjoying it too. Plus, it even acts as a natural flea repellent, all the while providing a fresh fragrance for your home. Who knew?!  

SPIDER PLANTS

Usually more of an indoor plant, spider plants have a strong scent, which cats love. This, combined with their inviting dangling leaves makes them a magnet. While there’s no harm in these, beware of the leaves’ pointy ends, which could be choking hazard. 

CAT THYME

Despite what its name suggests, teucrium marum, or ‘cat thyme’ as it’s more commonly known as, isn’t actually thyme at all! A close relative of germander, its small, oval leaves give it a thyme-like appearance but that’s where the similarities end. With quite a strong, musty scent, which is often disliked by humans, but favoured over catnip by some cats over, this one is definitely better suited to your garden than your home. 


THE TOXIC LIST LILIES (ALL VARIETIES) 

Avoid, avoid, avoid! Tiger lilies have long been known as being poisonous to cats, with research by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension backing this up. As little as one bite is all it takes to cause lethargy and vomiting within one hour of consumption. 

CALCIUM OXALATE PLANTS

In this category, you’ll find philodendrons, Chinese evergreens, Virginia creepers, spinach, agaves, tea leaves, rhubarb and taro. The needle-like barbs on the steams and leaves can cause inflammation of the mouth, leading to drooling and vomiting. 

DAFFODILS AND TULIPS

While both daffodils and tulips are common indoor and outdoor blooms, what’s uncommonly known is that they’re a big no-no for cats. While cats don’t typically try to eat them, if they do, they may experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.  

DRACAENA PLANTS

This popular, leafy plant for the home, includes about 40 varieties, with the popular dragon plant falling in this category. When eaten, cats can become depressed and lose their appetites. Thankfully, the reactions are usually only minor but pay close attention in case symptoms become more severe. 

If you suspect your cat has been exposed to or has eaten a plant, herb or flower which could be toxic, seek expert medical advice from a vet asap. 

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If this pretty new ‘High Summer’ collection  from Cheshire & Wain doesn’t get you feeling all nostalgic for summer holidays gone-by, we don’t know what will. Reminiscent of long days at the seaside spent feasting on ice-cream and sweet treats, the new range of cat collars, toys and charms uses this season’s palette of pretty pastels.

Choose four new luxury leather collars in colours that sound good enough to eat, including Candy Floss Pink, Lemon Sorbet, Strawberries and Cream, and Mint Green. Priced £50, each collar comes beautifully presented in a Cheshire & Wain gift box and can be personalised with your cat’s name for something really special. 

Embracing one of this year’s hottest wellness trends, Cheshire & Wain’s new shark tooth collar charms use semi-precious stones to offer healing vibes to your feline. Choose from Rose Quartz, Howlite, Amazonite and Blue Lace Agate. Each one is fashioned into a facetted shark’s tooth shape and finished with a dipped silver setting.

And what summer would be complete without plenty of PLAY TIME!? The new Oyster Shell Catnip toy pays homage to the much-loved retro ice cream treat. Each one is handmade in the UK and filled with Organic catnip for your cat’s pleasure.

The High Summer Collection by Cheshire & Wain starts art £12 for the charms and toys, up to £50 for the collars. Shop it in store now: www.store.styletails.com. 

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StyleTails has teamed up with Sure Petcare to give away the incredible new SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect & Hub worth £149.99. Enter now for your chance to win! 

As a cat lover, keeping your feline friend safe is probably at the top of your priority list. And rightly so – cats can be a little too adventurous at times! That is why we are so excited to be giving away this state of the art new cat flap from the clever team at Sure Petcare

The SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect & Hub is the most advanced cat flap ever, giving you total control over your cat’s movements in and out of your house. While microchip cat flaps have been around for some time, this one enables you to stay connected to your cat wherever you are, lock and unlock the door remotely, and set different exit permissions for each cat in your house using the app. Clever huh? 

A total revolution for cat owners, the Sure Petcare app lets you know when your cat enters or leaves the house and sends a notification when an intruder has tried to get in. Imagine you leave for work and your cat is out on one of their many adventures, then you receive a notification on your phone to tell you that they have come in. You can then prevent them from leaving the house again via the app. It’s also an incredibly useful tool in multi-cat households because you can decide who comes and in out. 

The lucky winner of this prize will receive the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect and Hub, which connects to your home router and sends information from the Cat Flap Connect to the Sure Petcare app. The product is battery powered (4 x AA batteries not included), stores details of up to 32 pets, and can be installed in doors, glass and walls. All relevant adapters and installation kit will also be provided.

*Terms: Open to entrants in UK & Europe. Entrants must to be 16 or older. The prize cannot be substituted for cash or any other equivalent. By entering you agree to share your information with SyleTails and Sure Petcare. Your personal information will be protected under the General Data Protection Regulation and will not be shared with any third party. Entries close midnight 9th July 2018. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Winners must provide a picture of their cat/s with the prize for marketing purposes. Sure Petcare and StyleTails reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions at any time, or to withdraw the prize entirely in the event of circumstances beyond our control.  

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June is LGBT Pride Month, so what better excuse is there to deck out your cat and your home in rainbow accessories, while supporting a very worthy cause? As cat owners, we’re definitely up for twinning, which is why we’re super excited about getting our kitties in on the action too. Ensure your cat doesn’t suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out) this month, thanks to our round-up of cool rainbow accessories. 

MODULAR CAT CLIMBING TOWER

Available in our online shop, this Modular Cat Climbing Tower is ideal for the household which loves a little colour. The colour-blocking effect, combined with climbing potential, offers hours of endless fun for the cat with a penchant for heights. Plus, you can show your support for Pride all year round. And it was even featured in Elle Decoration so if it’s good enough for the style savvy mag, it’s good enough for us. Available at www.store.styletails.com

RAINBOW CAT COLLAR 

These cute collars spotted on Etsy are the perfect tribute to pride. Their bold, bright colours mean that no matter what hue your cat’s coat is, these will effortlessly pop. We’re also crazy about the cute little rainbow bowties, which can be popped over the collar for extra sass. We can’t think of a better way than this to pay tribute to Pride Day. Available at etsy.com.

RAINBOW SNUFFLE MAT

Snuffle mats are loved by dogs and cats alike, serving as both a comfy nap spot and playtime saviour. We recommend hiding treats and toys within the layers and watching as your cat goes crazy! This rainbow snuffle mat will definitely play homage to Pride Month! Available at etsy.com

THE CAT CUBE

One of the bestsellers on our website, this striking cat cube by French brand, Meyou Paris is a covetable piece of cat furniture for décor enthusiasts. The bold, bright yellow hue definitely fits with the theme of Gay Pride and the cocoon nature of the bed is the perfect place for cats to sleep, play, scratch and stretch out! Available at www.store.styletails.com.

YEOWWW RAINBOW CATNIP TOY

At the end of this rainbow, you’ll find cat’s gold, aka… catnip! A similar style to the classic kicker toy, cats go wild for this catnip infused rainbow, which is sure to have them returning time and time again. Available at www.onogo.com

BRIGHT RAINBOW MICKEY MOUSE COLLAR

Rainbows and Disney are the perfect combination, so needless to say we’re a little crazy about this cute bow-tie collar. The bright colours, clashing polka dots and Mickey Mouse print will add oodles of personality to your cat’s look. Available at etsy.com

MULTI-COLOURED FLEECE TUNNEL

For some bizarre reason, cats are naturally drawn to tunnels so this multi-coloured fleece option is perfect. Playtime need never be boring again. Fill this with an array of toys and your kitty will keep herself amused for hours. Available at www.pet-bliss.co.uk

STRETCH RAINBOW COTTON JUMPER

While this jumper is ideal for Sphynx cat, we think it would look cute on any cat! The stretch quality to it means it’s super easy to get on and off, without annoying your kitty. It’s really comfy (made from good quality cotton) and we love the striped rainbow effect. Available at etsy.com

FEATHERS CAT BANDANA

Another from the Style Tails collection (can you tell that we’re a fan of bold, bright hues?), this bandana is just right for cool cats who love to accessorise. This can be easily slipped over your cat’s own collar, or worn with the matching Hiro + Wolf collar for a match made in heaven. Available at www.store.styletails.com.

Which rainbow inspired accessories is your cat rocking this season? Tell us in the comments below!

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StyleTails has teamed up with Sure Petcare to give away the incredible new SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect & Hub worth £149.99. Enter now for your chance to win! 

As a cat lover, keeping your feline friend safe is probably at the top of your priority list. And rightly so – cats can be a little too adventurous at times! That is why we are so excited to be giving away this state of the art new cat flap from the clever team at Sure Petcare

The SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect & Hub is the most advanced cat flap ever, giving you total control over your cat’s movements in and out of your house. While microchip cat flaps have been around for some time, this one enables you to stay connected to your cat wherever you are, lock and unlock the door remotely, and set different exit permissions for each cat in your house using the app. Clever huh? 

A total revolution for cat owners, the Sure Petcare app lets you know when your cat enters or leaves the house and sends a notification when an intruder has tried to get in. Imagine you leave for work and your cat is out on one of their many adventures, then you receive a notification on your phone to tell you that they have come in. You can then prevent them from leaving the house again via the app. It’s also an incredibly useful tool in multi-cat households because you can decide who comes and in out. 

The lucky winner of this prize will receive the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect and Hub, which connects to your home router and sends information from the Cat Flap Connect to the Sure Petcare app. The product is battery powered (4 x AA batteries not included), stores details of up to 32 pets, and can be installed in doors, glass and walls. All relevant adapters and installation kit will also be provided.

*Terms: Open to entrants in UK & Europe. Entrants must to be 16 or older. The prize cannot be substituted for cash or any other equivalent. By entering you agree to share your information with SyleTails and Sure Petcare. Your personal information will be protected under the General Data Protection Regulation and will not be shared with any third party. Entries close midnight 9th July 2018. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Winners must provide a picture of their cat/s with the prize for marketing purposes. Sure Petcare and StyleTails reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions at any time, or to withdraw the prize entirely in the event of circumstances beyond our control.  

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