Treat your kitty to these fun “food” gifts
These gifts would even make Grumpy Cat smile
Cat Coffee Table
Want to dine and keep an eye on kitty at the same time? Invest in this coffee table-turned-cat-hammock for the ultimate kitty chic present.
These incredibly fun and adorable catnip gifts for your kitty are super easy to make. Just check out the directions here at SewliciousHomeDecor.com for some gift inspiration.
Cat DJ Scratching Deck
Want to give you cat some sick street cred? This gift is perfect (and hilarious) to help them sharpen their claws for perfect meal-pouncing.
Your poor cat will be pawing at this tricky bowl for hours; much to their dismay and your enjoyment.
With this toy, you’re giving your cat something fun to play with and a delicious reward. Slip their favorite treats in and watch them play as they try to figure out how to release the treat.
The Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Feed Your Pet
Plus, our veterinarian explains the benefits of such a diet.
We all know that a simple change in diet can help to improve a variety of conditions, and this is true of our pets, too. "If your pet has chronic skin, gut, or joint problems, an anti-inflammatory diet may help to get these conditions under control. And it&aposs not just what your pet eats, but rather how much of it is consumed that can trigger inflammation. When cells become stressed due to obesity and high calorie consumption, this promotes inflammation," explains Dr. Katy Nelson, senior veterinarian at Chewy. "Anti-inflammatory diets focus on natural foods that do not produce inflammation in the body, with the guiding theory of avoiding highly processed foods which can change the integrity of natural portions of the food, leading to the body not recognizing the molecules and provoking an inflammatory response."
So, which foods are the best anti-inflammatory foods for cats and dogs?
Best Basket: Harry & David Grand Signature Gift Basket
If you’re looking to give a gift they’ll rave about for years, you need the Grand Signature Gift Basket from Harry & David. Coming with tasty artisanal cheese, the company's much-sought-after Royal Verano Pears from New Zealand, crackers, salami, and other thoughtful touches, this spread wins over a wide variety of palates. Reviewers praise its freshness, flavor, beautiful packaging, and variety. Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, a thank you present, or a “just because I’m thinking of you” situation, the recipient will absolutely love this gift basket.
How We Chose The Best Fresh Cat Food Service?
- Nutritionally Complete – Cat food sold in the U.S. is regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Cat food manufacturers are required to properly label their products, and meet or exceed AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles or follow AAFCO procedures. This also applies to fresh cat food manufacturers.
- Ordering Process – Setting up an online profile for your cat should not be rocket science. However it should allow for customization based on health issues, weight, breed and/or age. Being able to customize your cats meal plan and select the recipes based on a short question and answer form means less headaches in the long run.
- Variety of Recipes – Some cats are picky eaters or can not eat certain recipes. Having the choice to change recipes or serving size is a bonus. The more recipes available means a cat food service makes it on our list.
- Packaging – This is a big deal when your cat is meowing dinner demands. Having to fumble and pull on a food package is not only frustrating but it can be very messy when trying to serve. Also, the box the fresh cat food arrives in, and how cold it is is important, as well as how easy it it to unpack.
- Price – Most fresh cat food delivery services are pricey and some more than others. We took this in account as well as the amount of meals each provides for the cost. The larger your cat is, the bigger the bill.
- Flexibility of Delivery – Being able to decide when you want your cat food delivered or how much of it, is part of the convenience of the service. Companies that allow you to pause, cancel or change delivery service is something we definitely considered.
11 Natural Pet Foods For Your Furry Friend—And 4 DIY Recipes
Here at The Good Trade, we love (okay, we’re obsessed) with our pets. We chat about them at lunch the way parents talk about their children because, well, our pets are our kids. Pets bring joy into our lives and elevate our days. A little puppy love, a cat cuddle, or a bunny hop (depending on your pet choice) is enough to turn a bad day around. We want the best for them, and that's why we feed our pets the very best food to ensure they’re healthy and happy.
Like us, our pets need nourishment from the inside out, and the food we give them plays a huge role in that. Unfortunately, much of the dog and cat food out there is extremely processed and filled with harmful ingredients.
“Feeding our pets real food is really important,” says Marney Prince on The Happy Dog podcast. A holistic pet food specialist and owner of Side By Side, she warns pet owners that processed pet food “contains synthetic vitamins and minerals,” which can be harmful to an animal’s health.
In terms of environmental impact, there is controversy about animal farming and the meat used in pet food, including by healthy and natural brands (check out "Why Sustainability In Pet Food Protein Matters” for an expert analysis). That said, just like humans eating plant-based, it’s believed that meat-free pet food has a positive environmental impact.
Whether you’re ready to go the vegan route with your pets, or you're simply after a healthier and more natural formula, these brands have a range of wholesome and integrative nutrition options. Or, if you’re ready to get cooking, scroll down to find four homemade pet food recipes!
- 1 large egg
- All-purpose flour
- Shredded cheese of
youryour cat's choice
- 1 can of tuna (6 oz)
- Cooked shrimp for garnish
- Cooking spray
Note: This recipe will yield two cakes, so feel free to halve the portions. or enjoy one cake WITH your cat!
For the Southern at Heart
If they can’t travel to Charleston for one of the namesake baked goods at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, bring Charleston to them. Carrie Morey, owner of the now-legendary shop on Upper King Street (plus locations in Charleston’s City Market, as well as Charlotte and Atlanta) is now offering virtual biscuit-making classes ($67) that provide all the tools to make two dozen perfect Southern biscuits. When you gift a class, the recipient will receive two bags of biscuit mix—in classic buttermilk or gluten-free𠅊nd a full set of biscuit cutters, in addition to a Zoom meeting on the selected date. Here’s hoping that as the gifter, you’ll be invited over to sample the flaky goods.
26 Gift Ideas Under $5 That'll Still Impress Loved Ones
We get it: holiday shopping can be expensive. And while we want to get our loved ones something worthwhile, we often have a budget we need to stick to. Well, in case you didn't know, a big price tag doesn't always mean better. Affordable but thoughtful gifts really do exist, and we have a list of cool Christmas gifts under $5 to prove it.
Yep, the following 25 gifts all cost under $5, and they include personalized presents that are practical and unique. We found beautiful Etsy gifts, gifts for cool teens, and even some funny gag gifts too.
If you enjoyed these cheap Christmas gifts and want even more ideas, we also have budget-friendly ideas under $10, under $20, and under $30. You'll find that these affordable Christmas gifts make inexpensive stocking stuffers for everyone on your list, too.
FYI: Certain items may be shipped later this year due to the pandemic. You can check here for all shipping deadlines to ensure your item arrives in time for the holidays.
For more Christmas ideas, check out the Good Housekeeping 2020 Holiday Guide for holiday decor ideas, Christmas games and activities, holiday recipes, and popular gift ideas.
Best Grain-Free: Wellness CORE Grain Free Natural Dry Food for Adult Cats
Helps maintain a healthy coat
Uses chicken and turkey meal
Wellness Core is a natural dry cat food free of grains and fillers. Knowing that felines thrive on a meat-based diet, the recipes contain real poultry or fish as the main ingredient and includes animal proteins and fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics.
This cat food is formulated to provide energy, promote digestion, immunity support, and a healthy coat. It's also good for your pet's eyes, teeth, and urinary tract.
In each of the categories below, there is a complete tree-style listing of ALL the available mixes for that particular category.
Beverage Mixes Index
Nearly 100 Beverage and Assorted Drink Mix Recipes- money-saving mix recipes for flavored coffee, cocoa, tea, flavored creamers, cappuccino recipes and more
Assorted Drink Mixes Index
Choose from several of our most favored assorted Drink Recipes
Coffee/Cappuccino Mixes Index
Enjoy the rich taste of delicious gourmet coffees without the expensive price tag. These tried and true favorites make lovely gifts for all ages.
Cocoa/Hot Chocolate Mixes Index
Try one of our deliciously rich hot chocolate and hot cocoa mix recipes
Creamer Mixes Index
Creamer mixes are an easy way to enhance your favorite mug of Joe! These recipes are tried and true favorites that our members have shared over the years.
Tea Mixes Index
Create your own delicious tea mixes for various times of the year. These make lovely additions to gift baskets, college care packages, military care packages as well as for having on hand for everyday use.
Bread Mixes Index
Bread making can seem like a daunting task, but it’s as simple as measuring a little bit of flour into a baggie. Here is our collection of tried and true bread recipes, from quick breads to yeast breads– these simple mixes will have you serving fresh bread from the oven with little effort.
Breakfast Mixes Index
Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day, but eating cold cereal gets rather boring fairly quickly. Here are several tried and true breakfast mixes that can be made ahead of time. These also make lovely additions to gift baskets, care packages, etc.
Cake in a Mug
This is a wonderful recipe for single people, college kids, after school snacks, etc. They make lovely gifts and are delicious.
Cake Mixes Index
Creating your own delicious homemade cake mixes to have on hand in your pantry not only saves you money, but they’re also a great option for those who are striving to eat fewer preservatives and artificial coloring. These delicious choices offer a less expensive, healthier alternative to their store-bought counterparts.
Condiments Recipes Index
Condiments can have a lot of adder fillers, coloring, excess sweeteners as well as high levels of sodium! Here are some homemade “make your own” recipes for your favorite condiments.
Cone Mixes Index
If you’re seeking a unique gift that the kids can help create, Cone Mixes offer a novel way to present a gift and they are relatively simple to make. Cone mixes make lovely gifts for babysitters, teachers, as well as friends and neighbors.
Convenience Mixes Index
Welcome, these particular recipes are designed for gift giving, families, single persons, and everyday use to cut down on your grocery bill.
Cookie & Bar Mixes Index
Cookie Mixes and Dessert Bar Mixes in Jar- over 100+ Homemade cookies, you can make ahead of time for quick & delicious desserts, snacks or inexpensive handmade gifts!
Copycat & Clones Index
Do you wish you could eat out every night, but find that with your current budget you can’t afford to eat out once a month?! Now you can enjoy the taste of your favorite restaurant dish in your own dining room. These are not the actual recipes, but the taste is so close your taste buds won’t know the difference!
Diabetic Mixes Index
Create your own delicious make-ahead diabetic-friendly snacks and treats
Dips Mixes Index
Create your own delicious homemade dip mixes to have on hand for a quick and easy snack, appetizer or as a great, inexpensive homemade gift idea for friends and family.
Dehydrated/ Dried Mixes Index
Take advantage of sales or in-season fruits, vegetables and meats to create delicious stores of healthy, inexpensive foods.
Dressing Mixes Index
Spruce up your favorite salad, greens or veggie side dishes with an enticing selection of homemade dressing recipes! Choose from a wide selection of homemade dip mix recipes to serve at your next gathering or as a simple inexpensive family snack.
Easy Bake Oven Mixes Index
It’s no surprise that children love to spend time in the kitchen. What better way to spend time with your children, have fun & at the same time give them skills that they will utilize for the rest of their lives. Here are a few make-ahead mix recipes to get the creative (belly) juices flowing…
Jar Gift Mixes Index
Creating beautiful gifts from the heart is fun, inexpensive and unique. Jar mixes can be created using ANY type of mix recipe, including potting mixes for the gardening enthusiast.
Gift Basket Meal Mixes Index
Each year it seems to get increasingly more difficult to find gifts for all of those on our holiday list. Do you find yourself wondering what to give those households of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, cousins, etc in your family?
Gluten Free Mixes
By popular demand, we have gone to great lengths to find some wheat free & gluten-free mixes to help those with a budget in mind… These mix recipes can be prepared ahead of time and placed in the pantry for convenience.
Muffin Mixes Index
Choose from over 60+ Delicious Tried and true recipes and create your own delicious Muffin Mixes to have on hand, or as a lovely addition to care packages, gift baskets, housewarming gifts and more
Mug & Cup Mixes Index
Welcome, these particular recipes are designed for Individuals, single servings, Mug Gifts for all ages, College Students, After-School Snacks, etc. They’re great for all occasions and make a lovely addition to gift baskets, meal baskets & get well baskets & Fundraisers. See Additional Ideas for Mugs
These. are recipes of items that you often purchase at the store (for lots of money) that can be made at home for just pennies. Sometimes the MYO items are things that you are out of but need in order to complete a recipe. These are all Tried-n-True (tnt).
Popcorn Mixes Index
Make your own Gourmet Popcorn, choose from any of these delicious Gourmet Popcorn Recipes
A quick note about popcorn- all corn that is labeled organic by law is GMO-free.
Pudding Mixes Index
Create your own delicious Pudding Mixes in Various flavors to keep on hand. These flavorful tried and true recipes are loaded with flavor, not coloring and fillers.
Sauce Mixes Index
Create your own easy Sauce mixes to have on hand for a money-saving last-minute addition to a meal, or as an addition to a gift basket or care package.
Seasoning & Spice Mixes Index
Homemade seasonings are generally less expensive than store-bought mixes, you can control the ingredients (and eliminate the fillers such as MSG, Gluten, modified food starches, partially hydrogenated oils, silicon dioxide, and so-called natural flavorings. (Which aren’t exactly “natural”.)
Side Dish Mixes Index
Purchasing those “convenient” individual side dish mixes at your local grocery store can take a large chunk out of your monthly grocery budget. Here is a selection of do it yourself side dish mix recipes that you can throw together and keep on hand. They also make lovely additions to gift baskets, care packages, and meal baskets.
Soup Mixes Index
Create your own Soup Mix Recipes- Choose from a variety of nearly 60 soup blends for any occasion. Whether for home use or for additions to gift baskets and care packages, these homemade make-ahead soup mix recipes are sure to please any palate.