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Cozy, Quirky, Stylish: Top Pet Fashion & Home Décor Trends for Fall & Winter

Fleece-lined, olive green-hued quilted bomber jackets with neon orange accents. Camo-print coats with chic cream-colored zippers. Jet-black puffer jackets adorned with gold buttons and a waist belt.

Your pet’s fall and winter wardrobe this year might just be as stylish as yours (if not more!).

That’s right, fashion trends for pets this season (and next) are edgier, bolder and more reflective of human trends than ever. (Admit it; you’d totally wear those jackets, too.) And the same goes for pet home decor trends: Not only are pets’ spaces more joyful, fearlessly mixing and matching vibrant hues with pretty prints, but they’re also comfy sanctuaries boasting super-soft textures, like faux fur blankets and luxe plush pillows.

From Bombshell Bombers to Cozy Corners, Chewy’s Design and Trend Analyst San Tran fills us in on the hottest fall pet trends—and, more importantly, how pet parents (like you!) can help their pets get the look, too.

The Hottest Fall/Winter 2022 Pet Trends

Top Pet Fashion Trends

Fall-Winter pet fashion trends

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Quilted Cozy

The classic quilted jacket has always been a cold-weather staple; but this fall, quilted jackets are available in a wider assortment of shades—for both pet parents and pets. Frisco’s Fleece-Lined Quilted Coat best represents Quilted Cozy, according to Tran.

“Featuring a popular fall color, Tomato Cream (Pantone 16-1348), this quilted jacket is a trendy and classic piece for your pet’s wardrobe,” Tran says. “Plus, [the coat] is cozy and chic. What’s not to love?”

Get the Quilted Cozy look for your pet:

Bombshell Bombers

Thanks to designers such as Stella McCartney and Prada, bomber jackets are back in a big way this year.

“This style is well-loved in the human world, so we decided to bring the look into the pet world,” Tran says.

Her favorite? Frisco’s Insulated Quilted Bomber for dogs and cats. She says the bomber not only features smart design (it has a water-resistant polyester shell for cold, wet weather), but it’s also stylish (that olive color with the neon-orange accent stripe is too cool) and casual (it features a soft fleece lining that makes the jacket comfortable and warm).

Get the Bombshell Bomber look for your pet:

Chic Puffers

Puffers—specifically oversized puffers—might be making a comeback for pet parents; but for pets, puffers have always been popular apparel for fall and winter. So, what makes this year so unique?

Tran says pets now have a chicer and more stylish assortment to choose from. We’re talking more luxe textures (like Frisco’s Faux Fur Pink Puffer Coat), sleek embellishments and details (like Frisco’s Belted Puffer) and eye-catching patterns and prints (like Frisco’s Colorblock Puffer).

Get the Chic Puffer look for your pet:

Faded Dyes

Street style but make it softer and more sophisticated: That’s how Tran describes the faded dye trend, which is a popular one for pets this season.

“We love a faded dye,” Tran says, adding that she especially likes Frisco’s Reverse Tie Dye Hoodie, describing it as an organic take on streetwear style.

Here’s how your pet can rock the Faded Dye trend:

Gorpcore

“Good ol’ Raisins and Peanuts”: That’s what the “gorp” in “gorpcore” stands for. It’s a streetwear trend that embraces a hiking and outdoor aesthetic—where Patagonia vests and North Face jackets and Teva sandals reign. Now, pets are taking part in the gorpcore trend, too.

Gorpcore for pets features camo prints (like Frisco’s Camo Print Coat), techwear details (like Frisco’s Belted Puffer), cozy sweaters accented with travel-themed patches (like Frisco’s Button Down Sweater) and sleek, flattering silhouettes (like Frisco’s White Camouflage Parka). When designing these outdoorsy, nature-inspired coats for Chewy, Tran says they were “driven by [pet parents’] desire to get away and explore nature.”

Here’s how your pet can go Gorpcore this fall and winter:

Get to Know San Tran, Chewy Design and Trend Analyst

@chewy #FriscobyChewy Fall Collection is now LIVE ✨ San and her pup Pumpkin are here to introduce the latest designs for this fall. #Chewy #fashiondesign #tiktokfashion #fallfashion #pettok ♬ LAY WITH ME (FEAT. TAYLOR MORTON) – Taylor Morton

Q: Where do you find inspiration as a designer?

A: Daily life with pets inspires us! We think about both their needs and our interests as pet parents. We brainstorm tons of ideas before we start to shape future designs and trend capsules.

Daily life with pets inspires us!

Q: How does Chewy determine the apparel and home décor designs/trends for each season?

A: We make sure to stay abreast of macro trends two to three years in advance and are always up to date on the latest colors, trends and materials. We listen to everything our customers are telling us like what they love and want to see more of for their pets. Believe it or not, we read every review!

Top Pet Home Decor Trends

Fall-Winter pet home trends

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Joyful Self-Expression

Turn up the vibrancy this fall and winter with what might be our favorite pet home décor trend, Joyful Self-Expression.

Reminiscent of the ultra-vibrant dopamine and maximalist trends, Joyful Self-Expression is all about incorporating—as Tran puts it—“joyful, bright elements” into your pet’s space. We’re talking rainbow-hued doughnut pet beds, funny pet beds that look like an avocado and bright-green cactus scratching posts.

“[Pet parents] are seeking items that spark a conversation or light-hearted fun for their pets,” Tran says, adding that this Joyful Self-Expression trend is one that will continue through next year, too.

Embrace the Joyful Self-Expression trend with these products:

Hyper-Texture

Sure, pet parents are no stranger to decorating our home with faux fur pillows and soft-to-the-touch throws—especially this fall as we go all-in on the coastal grandmother trend. But this Hyper-Texture trend really amps up the texture on your pet’s beds and furniture, including donut dog beds and cat trees and condos.

“Across the board for home trends and pet home items, we are seeing a focus on texture mixing and extreme texture,” Tran says. From faux fur blankets to plush pillow cat beds, this Hyper-Texture trend “makes for cozy interior spaces where your pet can feel protected, warm and safe—and the perfect place to hide away and take a nap!”

Hop on the Hyper-Texture trend with these products:

Cozy Corners

Speaking of cozy, pet parents are encouraged to create calm, quiet and secluded spaces in their home for pets this fall. These Cozy Corners not only give pets a place to escape, but they can also help calm pets who experience anxiety.

“We see pet parents returning to the office and traveling more, and this trend focuses on creating that cozy environment and retreat in your home,” Tran says.

Here are some ways to create a Cozy Corner in your home:

Texture! Color! Print! Maximum coziness! This fall, embrace them all—in both your own wardrobe and home and your pet’s.

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8 ‘Hocus Pocus’ Pumpkin Stencils That Will Put a Spell on You

Twenty-nine years later, the highly anticipated sequel to Halloween cult classic “Hocus Pocus” has finally arrived! And we can think of no better way to celebrate the “Hocus Pocus 2” release than by carving a pumpkin (or three) with our favorite “Hocus Pocus” designs. Ranging from beginner-level templates (like the “Amok Amok Amok” stencil) to pro-level designs (we see you, Binx and Sanderson Sisters!), we have something for everyone.

So, grab your pumpkin carving tools, print off our “Hocus Pocus” pumpkin stencils, hit play on the Disney+ sequel for the third time, and let’s get carving. And while you carve, let your pets in on the “Hocus Pocus” fun by treating them to our favorite Sanderson Sisters dog and cat toys.  

‘Hocus Pocus’ Pumpkin Carving Stencils

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‘Hocus Pocus’

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Winifred Sanderson

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Sarah Sanderson

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Mary Sanderson

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Sanderson Sisters

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‘I Put a Spell on You’

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‘Amok Amok Amok’

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‘Trick or Treat’

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‘Halloween in the House’

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‘Boo!’

Pumpkin Carving Tips from a Pumpkin Carving Pro

First-time pumpkin carver? Need a refresher? We’ve got you. Here are some tips from sculptor, painter, illustrator and pumpkin carver of 25 years, Jennifer Dubord.

What tools do you use to carve?

I use a V notch wood carving tool, a retractable utility knife, a paring knife, and a drill, but it is mostly personal preference. If you aren’t practiced at using razor sharp cutting tools, then I would recommend using a serrated pumpkin cutter for safety. This is a great little set to start with.

What are the dos and don’ts of pumpkin carving?

  • Do: Take your time and plan out your approach.
  • Do: Pick the best-looking side of the pumpkin to carve.
  • Don’t: Rush it.

      What tips do you have for carving these ‘Hocus Pocus’ designs?

      • Outline your design with a v notch tool, and cut away just the skin before making cuts all the way through—that way you get a clean line on the skin, even if you have to clean up the softer part of the pumpkin.
      • Cut the smaller shapes first and move on to the larger shapes, so the pumpkin is less likely to lose structural integrity while you work.
      • Do the through-cuts before the sections that only remove the skin. To ensure that more light will come through the shallow cuts, scrape away the pumpkin from the inside to make it thinner.

      How do you illuminate carved pumpkins?

      Pumpkins can be illuminated in several ways:

      • For pumpkins with a lot of open cuts: Use a few tea lights or LED tea lights; they give a spooky feel.
      • For designs with a lot of cuts only through the skin: Something brighter is better, like a set of battery-operated Christmas lights—or even a bright flashlight.

      You can also put a few tea lights around the bottom outside of the pumpkin to throw some light on designs that allow less light to come through.

      How do you make pumpkins last longer?

      1. Clean out the guts really well.
      2. Give the pumpkin a soak in a bleach and water solution: 1 tbsp bleach to 1 gallon of water
      3. Soak the finished pumpkin for 30 minutes and air dry.

      ‘Hocus Pocus’ Toys for Your Pets

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      From plush squeaky toys to scratcher toys, keep the pets entertained while you carve with one of our favorite “Hocus Pocus” toys.
      How’d your “Hocus Pocus” pumpkins turn out? Share with us! Tag @Chewy on social.

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      In My Pet’s Pantry: Bobby Flay Gives a Tour of Nacho the Cat’s Pantry

      Ah, your pet’s pantry: that dedicated space in your home where you keep all your pet’s food, treats, supplements, medications and more. For some of us, the pet pantry is a well-organized closet or cabinet in our kitchen where all our pet’s items are meticulously placed and stored away. For others (raises hand), it’s organized chaos, where bags upon bags of treats are haphazardly tossed atop a bag of dry food shoved in a random cabinet. For celebrity chef and cat dad to Nacho and Stella, Bobby Flay, his pet pantry is most definitely the former.

      We got an exclusive tour as part of our new “In My Pet’s Pantry” series—where we get the scoop on celebrity pets’ favorite things and how their famous parents organize it all—and can we say #goals! It’s mainly dedicated to the kitty connoisseur in the family, Nacho, who even has his own cat food line, Made by Nacho. With shelves expertly stacked full of his eponymous food, Nacho just might have the most impressive pantry of any celebrity pet. But would you expect anything less from a cat whose dad’s own pantry is a chef’s dream?

      Inside Nacho’s Pet Pantry

      On one side of Bobby’s fully stocked walk-in pantry, you’ll find a well-organized assortment of his favorite items, including chickpeas, capers and anchovies (his secret go-to ingredient!).

      On the other side of Bobby’s walk-in pantry is, well, more of the same—but with a feline twist. It is full of an aesthetically pleasing assortment of Made by Nacho cat food, toppers and treats. This, obviously, is Nacho’s side of the pantry.

      “Not everybody has to share a pantry with their cat, but I’m happy to,” Bobby says, “because Nacho’s the best.”

      And Nacho loves his side of the pantry so much, he’s often found sitting on the top shelf, keeping an ever-watchful eye on his impressive collection of food and treats.

      “If you know anything about cats, they always like to be in high places,” Bobby says. “This is basically as high as he can get.”

      What’s on the Shelves?

      Bobby Flay Nacho pantry

      Nacho’s Favorite Cat Food

      Of course, Nacho is a big fan of the ingredients-first cat food line his dad created for him, Made by Nacho, which carries everything from dry and wet cat food and cat treats to bone broth. And Nacho’s side of the pantry is currently stocked with not one but two dry foods—both of which are inspired by classic dishes.

      Made by Nacho’s Sustainably Caught Whitefish, Chicken and Bone Broth Dry Food is a paella-inspired, high-protein kibble that boasts freeze-dried raw pork livers. The Cage-Free Chicken, Turkey and Bone Broth Recipe, on the other hand, is a grain-free Provençal stew-inspired cat food. And yes, Bobby helped develop these recipes… as if you couldn’t tell?

      Nacho’s Favorite Cat Food Toppers

      Bobby is a big fan of topping Nacho’s food with Made by Nacho bone broth. Why? It helps keep him hydrated.

      “If you have a cat, you know that hydration is probably the No. 1 thing that you should think about every single day,” Bobby says. Not only is hydration important for normal metabolic health, energy and digestion, but hydration is also important to support kidney health, especially in older cats. In younger cats, water intake is important to avoid lower urinary tract issues.

      By adding bone broth to your cat’s food, “you’re giving them the hydration, [and] it’s very palatable,” Bobby says. “It brings them right to the bowl and then they get to eat the protein, which is really fantastic.”

      Nacho’s Favorite Treats

      “His treats selection is unbounded,” Bobby says, adding that Nacho’s favorite treats are Made by Nacho Freeze-Dried cat treats in three flavors: Duck Liver, Wild Alaskan Salmon and Ahi Tuna.

      “Nacho will beg me for a treat, it feels like, every five minutes,” Bobby jokes. “He doesn’t get it every five minutes, but he loves them.”

      Same here, Nacho!

      The orange Maine Coon also loves Made by Nacho catnip. “Cats want to have fun, too,” Bobby says.

      Nacho’s Other Must-Haves

      For non-food items, Bobby—much like the rest of us—keeps them stored throughout the home. Litter supplies, for example, are kept in the laundry room; cat carriers are tucked away in Bobby’s closet, along with other travel supplies and luggage; nail trimmers and grooming brushes are placed in a drawer in one of Bobby’s bathrooms; and toys are stored in a basket behind the couch in the living room, where they’re easily accessible for Nacho and his sister, Stella.

      “There’s a scratching post back there, too, which is extra tall with a heavy base—sturdy enough to hold up against the weight of two very big cats,” Bobby says.

      Here are three products Nacho purr-fers:

      To learn more about Bobby, his two cats and why the chef and restauranteur created an entire cat food line for his cats, check out our exclusive interview with him here.

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      11 On-Trend Cat Backpacks Your BFF Will Want to Take a Ride In This Fall

      Fall always reminds us of back-to-school shopping: the new sweaters that were always way too warm to wear the first week of school (but we did anyway, because fashion), the smell of new notebooks waiting to be broken in and the fashion-statement backpack. While our “First Day of School” days are behind us, we still love a good backpack. And lucky for us cat parents, they make excellent cat carriers.

      Cat carrier backpacks are a safe, stylish and easy way to transport your cat to and from work, school, vacation, outdoor adventures or a vet appointment. And with about 60 percent of pet parents admitting to taking their pet with them when traveling, a cat backpack will always come in clutch.

      To help you relive your back-to-school shopping days, we’ve curated a list of hottest cat carrier backpacks in the season’s hottest styles. From Barbiecore to bubble backpacks, these cat carriers are sure to make the grade.

      Barbiecore Cat Backpacks

      Barbiecore, or hot pink fashion, is all the rage in 2022.

      Thanks to a preview of actress Margot Robbie starring as Barbie in the upcoming 2023 “Barbie” film, the doll’s classic neon-pink look is back in style—and that includes cat backpacks.

      A few of our favorites? They’re pink, yes, but they also boast some convenient, super-functional features.

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      Ibiyaya Ultralight Pro Backpack

      This backpack, for example, doubles as a cat backpack carrier, and it’s fabulously pink.

      With mesh sides and ventilated windows that maximize air flow, this pet carrier backpack can be worn on your chest or back thanks to its ergonomic support.

      Great for travel cats, Ibiyaya’s pet backpack carrier is airline-approved.

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      PetAmi Deluxe Backpack

      Made for feline friends on the go, this high-quality pet backpack carrier has plenty of ventilation to keep your cat cool.

      Its safety features also include a reinforced structure that helps prevent the backpack from collapsing, especially during long journeys by train or plane.

      While this is one of the best cat backpacks available for medium-sized cats, it can also be used for cats up to 18 pounds.

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      Mobile Dog Gear’s Weekender Backpack

      OK, so Mobile Dog Gear’s Weekender Backpack is not technically for carrying cats, but it’s the perfect bag for all their stuff, especially for camping trips and long weekends.

      Bubble Cat Backpacks

      Cat bubble backpacks are a hot item this year. Who are we kidding? They’re irresistible every year.

      Not only are they extremely cute for cat lovers to wear, but furry friends love the birds-eye view just as much.

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      Pet Fit For Life Cat Carrier Backpack

      The Pet Fit For Life Cat Carrier Backpack is made with plenty of breathable mesh to help your cat stay comfy during your travels.

      This expandable cat backpack is an excellent choice for the cat who needs a larger space to lie in, thanks to its ability to adjust from 11 inches to 27 inches by unzipping and unfolding the rear compartment.

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      Petpod’s Comfortable Backpack with Built-In Fan Carrier

      Petpod’s Comfortable Backpack might be the coolest ‘pack of them all (literally!).

      As one of our favorite scratch-resistant cat bubble backpacks, this airy tote resembles a space capsule and includes a widened bottom area for your cat to move around in.

      Thanks to a shock absorption system, this carrier can withstand long walks.

      Oh My Goth

      One of Pinterest’s reported trends of 2022, “Oh My Goth” is all about embracing your inner goth. What does that mean? For starters, anyone who loves the color black (us, included!) will absolutely love this trend. And lucky for you, we’ve found a couple black ‘packs worth strapping to your back.
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      PetAmi Airline Approved Backpack Carrier

      For a traditional cat carrier backpack that simply gets the job done, look no further than PetAmi Airline Approved Backpack Cat Carrier.

      This comfy cat backpack is made with a waist strap and chest buckles to give cat parents extra support, making it great for hikes.

      Plus, this cat carrier backpack can comfortably fit larger cats up to 18 pounds.

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      Sherpa’s Airline-Approved Bubble View Window Cat Travel Backpack

      Oh hai, black, gothy backpack.

      Also ranking in our top picks for cat bubble backpacks is the Sherpa’s Airline-Approved Bubble View Window Cat Travel Backpack.

      Best for cats of all sizes, this travel backpack is made with ventilation holes and zippers for extra safety and security.

      With a machine washable liner for easy cleaning, this cat carrier can last through many trips.

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      ibiyaya Two-Tier Cat Travel Backpack

      For those pet parents who plan to take their cat along with them on their next hike, consider ibiyaya’s two-tier cat travel backpack, which gives off a very Halloween color scheme.

      It boasts plenty of storage for your (and your cat’s) accessories and features multiple mesh windows for plenty of ventilation—and great views.

      Neutral Gray Cat Backpacks

      For cat backpacks that’ll match any ‘fit, go gray. Our favorite neutral gray cat carriers work with all styles and tastes.
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      Mr. Peanut’s Monterey Series Convertible Backpack

      Take, for example, Mr. Peanut’s Monterey Series Convertible Backpack: It’s not only an excellent choice for smaller cats traveling by plane, but with its mesh panels on all four sides and automatically-locking zippers, you can rest assured your fur baby is safe in this stylish cat backpack carrier.

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      MidWest’s Day Tripper Cat Backpack

      For a pet carrier backpack that matches just about any outfit (on you or your cat), look no further than MidWest’s Day Tripper Cat Backpack.

      Made with side pockets, mesh windows, padded safety straps and a buckled waist strap, this cat backpack lends itself well to hikes or long walks through airports, especially during extensive travel days.

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      Jespet Cat Carrier Backpack

      The ultra-cozy Jespet Cat Carrier Backpack features a removable washable fleece pad, which cats will enjoy sitting on during any type of travel.

      As a great choice for camping or outdoor activities with its durable polyester material and padded shoulder straps, this cat backpack can withstand different weather and can be buckled into a car seat.

      With one of these cat backpacks, you’ll no doubt score an A+ for style and function.

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      13 DIY Dog Costumes That Are So Easy to Make It’s Scary

      Halloween has gone to the dogs! Have you been searching all over the internet for some fun dog Halloween costume ideas? Well you’re in luck! To help your dog celebrate the spookiest time of the year, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite DIY dog costumes that includes some pawsome pictures and instructions on how to make dog costumes. So, what’re you waiting for? Let’s start with obvious…

      1. Martini Dog

      Turn your pup into a signature cocktail on Halloween with this Martini Dog costume by Homes Alive Pets. There are no instructions with this tutorial, but based on the photo, you’ll only need a few items to recreate the look—most importantly, the cone of shame. The rest you can use from items you probably already have around the house or you can make an “original dog-tail.”

      2. Angel and Devil

      Whether your fur babies are typically naughty or nice, there’s a costume that fits their vibe! This tutorial by Vicky Bermudez shows you how to create an angel and devil headband that your pet can adorably rock on Halloween.

      3. Bat Dog

      I can’t sew to save my life. That’s what I love most about this bat costume—no sewing required! Not only is it perfect for the black dogs in your life, it’s also easy to make. Simply get your hot glue gun, some scissors and your dog’s harness, and you’re on your way to creating this classic Halloween costume. Watch the video above to find out how exactly to make it.

      4. DIY Bloody Bandana

      “Play dead” can take on whole new meaning with this dog Halloween costume from Erika Lindquist at Sew DoggyStyle. It’s also perfect for dogs who might not like wearing a full-on costume but don’t mind a bandana around their neck. If you have a dog with light-colored fur, throw some pet-safe red dye on your dog’s fur for a more dramatic effect. Find out how to make this dog costume over at Sew Doggystyle.

      5. Taco Emoji (Bonus Second Costume: Pizza Emoji)

      Emojis meet dogs with these two creative costumes featuring a taco and a pizza. I love this taco costume for dogs because a) what dog doesn’t love pizza? and b) the taco costume reminds me of the Taco Bell Chihuahua. (However, the kids might not get the reference.) And the best part, if you’re scrambling for a costume idea, these won’t take long to put together. Find out how to make them in the video above.

      6. Wile E. Coyote

      Looney Tunes were a big part of my childhood, and my favorite two characters were the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote. Wile E. Coyote came up with thousands of crazy ideas in his effort to catch the quick and nimble roadrunner, but none is more iconic than the time he strapped a rocket to his back and lit the fuse. That’s what Amanda Gordon was thinking of when she designed this costume for the “little bird hunter” in her life. Not only is it iconic with the ACME rocket, it’s also super easy to make. Find out how to make over at Life at Cloverhill.

      7. Robber With Cash (Bonus Second Costume: Eggs Over Yeezy)

      This Halloween, my German Shepherd Forest will be part of my costume. I plan to dress up as a vault dweller from the video game series Fallout, with Forest playing as Dogmeat. If you want to dress up with your dog, too, try one of these two easy DIY dog costumes: Robber with cash or the eggs over Yeezy. They’re both super creative—one is a great pun after all—and it gives you a good excuse to bring your dog to any Halloween parties you’re invited to. Find out to make these costumes in the video above.

      8. Harry “Pawter”

      Turn your four-legged child into The Boy Who Lived with this magical Harry Pawter costume by Instructables user sarahndipity. With felt as the main material for this look, it might just be light enough for your pet to wear for more than five minutes!

      9. Charizard


      It’s been more than 20 years since the game first launched, but Pokemon is still as popular as ever. You can join the Pokemon craze with this DIY Charizard dog costume and bring Pokemon Go to life. For some added fun, paint a tennis ball red and white, and your dog can chase his Pokeball around, too. Find out how to make it in the video above.

      10. “Cereal” Killer

      I am obsessed with serial killers and love puns, so this “cereal killer” costume is the best of both worlds. Best part? It’s super easy to make too, since the main part of the costume is a cereal box. Check out how to make it over at Sew DoggyStyle.

      11. Red Riding Hood And The Big Bad Wolf

      Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Capture the spirit of this classic tale with this easy DIY dog costume set for both your small and large dog. This costume set was created by Mary G., who featured it on the website Coolest Homemade Costumes. The best part about these dog costumes? They’re ridiculously easy to make. All you need is a basket and to hit the craft store for the appropriate fabrics to sew together. For more information about this costume, go to Coolest Homemade Costumes.

      12. Dog-osaurus Rex

      Dinosaurs can roam the earth again with this fun, easy-to-make dog costume. It might just be me, but the dinosaur dog costume is one of the classic dog Halloween costume ideas, and you can’t go wrong with it. Plus this costume can be scaled for a dog of any size—you’ll just need more fabric to fit your dog. Find out how to make this costume at Life at Clover Hill.


      13. Beanie Baby

      Revive the Beanie Baby craze of the ’90s by turning your pet into a giant version of these fuzzy toys with this tutorial by Cats & Crafts. It won’t take much time, effort, or supplies, and the result is beyond endearing. This is also a costume that your cat may not even realize is on since it’s not much more than a collar. Plus, this tutorial contains three other DIY costumes for cats, including a witch, a Starbucks cup and a s’more!

      By: Jessica Pineda

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      These 25 Cute Dog Breeds Are Guaranteed to Make You Smile

      Every dog is cute in their own way, of course. But some dog breeds are so adorable that you just can’t help but smile when you see them. So, what are the cutest pooches around? We’re rounding up the most OMG-worthy pups on the planet for your scrolling pleasure.
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      1Pembroke Welsh Corgi

      Their fluffy butts! Their sweet smiles! That sploot! It’s no wonder this dog breed tops our list.

      More about Pembroke Welsh Corgis


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      2Golden Retriever

      From their floppy ears to their fluffy tails, Goldens’ adorable appearance has helped make them some of the most popular pups in the U.S.

      More about Golden Retrievers


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      3Pug

      If you’re a sucker for pugs’ expressive wrinkles, large eyes and curly tails, well, we’re right there with you. How can you resist that smooshy face?

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      4Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

      These happy-go-lucky pups are known for their silky ears and warm brown eyes, making them an extra-adorable cuddle buddy.

      More about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels


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      5Yorkshire Terrier

      You can crop your Yorkie’s coat short, or let it grow into long, flowing locks. Either way, you’ll have a dog dog who’s as drop-dead fabulous as they are adorable.

      More about Yorkshire Terriers


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      6Siberian Husky

      Looking for an extra floofy pup to cuddle? Look no further than the Husky, whose extra-thick coat was built to stand up to cold winters. And did we mention that some of them have striking blue eyes?

      More about Siberian Huskies


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      7French Bulldog

      Perky ear alert! Frenchies are devoted, smooshy-faced dogs who make especially cute puppies.

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      8Dachshund

      These “low riders” of the dog world have short legs, floppy ears, and a long torso that’s earned them the nickname “hot dogs.” (You know, like the food.)

      More about Dachshunds


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      9Pomeranian

      With their high-set ears and fluffy red-orange “mane,” Poms look like tiny lions. They’re among the smallest of the small dog breeds, averaging around 6 to 7 inches tall!

      More about Pomeranians


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      10Beagle

      If you have a thing for floppy ears, Beagles are your dream dogs. Long and low-hanging, you’ll love watching those ears bounce in the air when these energetic dogs run!

      More about Beagles


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      11Labrador Retriever

      This breed is one of the country’s most popular, and with their expressive eyes, soft and folded ears and penchant for adventure, it’s easy to understand why!

      More about Labrador Retrievers


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      12Poodle

      Poodles’ curly coats can be groomed and shaped into a number of adorable styles, including ponytails atop the head, a “mane” cut around the neck, and the classic “poodle cut” with tufts of hair around the ankles.

      More about Poodles


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      13Australian Shepherd

      Aussies can have striking blue eyes and a fluffy coat that’s perfect for cuddling. Plus, these herding dogs have puppy-like energy well into adulthood.

      More about Australian Shepherds


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      14Bernese Mountain Dog

      As extra-large dog breeds go, Bernese Mountain Dogs are among the cutest. Just look at those soulful eyes and thick fluffy coat!

      More about Bernese Mountain Dogs


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      15Shiba Inu

      This Japanese dog breed looks like a cross between a fox and a teddy bear, and often has a hilariously quirky attitude to match.

      More about Shiba Inus


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      16Shih Tzu

      A long, flowing coat, often sporting a ponytail on top, along with a cuddly personality? There’s no cuter four-legged best friend around.

      More about Shih Tzus


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      17Shetland Sheepdog

      Also known as Shelties, these pups pair a playful and affectionate personality with a long, feathery coat, intelligent eyes and sweetly folded-over ears—what’s not to love?

      More about Shetland Sheepdogs


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      18 Border Collie

      Talk about brains and beauty: The Border Collie has a reputation as one of the smartest dog breeds, in addition to lovable features like perky ears and bright, expressive eyes.

      More about Border Collies


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      19Cairn Terrier

      You know the Cairn Terrier as the charming breed of the dog who played Toto in “The Wizard of Oz.” With small, upright ears and a lovably raggedy coat, these pups are born stars.

      More about Cairn Terriers


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      20Samoyed

      Imagine a dog in cloud form. Now imagine that dog is happy to see you. You’re probably picturing the Samoyed, known as the “smiling sled dog” who’s guaranteed to brighten your day.

      More about Samoyeds


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      21Cocker Spaniel

      Beneath the flowing locks and warm, friendly eyes of a Cocker Spaniel is an adventurer’s spirit who’s always ready for playtime—no wonder they’re popular family pets.

      More about Cocker Spaniels


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      22Chow Chow

      Few dogs’ appearances are quite as distinctive as the Chow Chow, with their fluffy coats that form a regal (and, we might add, endearing) lion’s mane around the face.

      More about Chow Chows


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      23Bichon Frise

      Fluffy? Check. Small? Check. Loyal to a fault? Double check. These little white powder puffs are practically guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

      More about Bichon Frises


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      24Havanese

      Another breed known for its silky locks, the Havanese is as friendly as they are adorable, making them great family dogs.

      More about Havaneses


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      25Maltese

      If we’re measuring cuteness by the pound, the Maltese has the highest ratio in the game. These extra-small dogs’ charms won over rulers of empires as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. Who are we to disagree?

      More about Malteses

      Cute Dog Names

      You need an extra-cute name for your extra-cute dog, of course! Try these ones on for size:

      Cute Girl Dog Names

      1. Bella
      2. Daisy
      3. Ginger
      4. Kiki
      5. Maybelle

      Find more picks on our ultimate list of girl dog names.

      Cute Boy Dog Names

      1. Ace
      2. Bandit
      3. Champ
      4. Lucky
      5. Pickles

      Find more options on our ultimate list of boy dog names.

      Whether you’re looking for a cute dog to add to your family or just needed some pics of cute puppies for a pick me up, these 25 dog breeds are sure to bring a smile to your face. Go ahead, scroll through again—when it comes to cute dogs, there’s no such thing as too many!

      The post These 25 Cute Dog Breeds Are Guaranteed to Make You Smile appeared first on BeChewy.

      All Your Questions About Pet DNA Tests Answered

      My husband and I rescued our first-ever furbaby (named Roster) from the animal shelter 13 years ago. With her next birthday nearing, and her walks slowing, we’ve realized—since we don’t know her breed or genetic history—we also don’t know what medical conditions or potential health risks to expect or proactively prevent against.

      Enter: pet DNA tests. Before writing this article, I knew nothing about them. What are pet DNA tests? How reliable are pet DNA tests? What do they actually reveal? So, we reached out to three of our resident Pet Health Representatives for Chewy Health—Dr. Benjamin Brown, DVM; Dr. Leslie Gillette, DVM; and Dr. Stephanie Howe, DVM—to get all the deets.

      After learning all there is to know, do I plan on getting a pet DNA test for Roster? You’ll have to read to the end to find out.

      What is DNA?

      Before we get into the nitty gritty about pet DNA tests, let’s do a quick, brush-up science lesson.

      DNA is the acronym for deoxyribonucleic acid. “DNA is the molecule [that exists] in most of the body’s cells that carries the genetic code for the individual,” says Dr. Brown.

      Basically, DNA is like IKEA assembly instructions for all living organisms. It dictates how all living organisms create proteins that help us develop, function and grow.

      What Are Pet DNA Tests?

      A pet DNA test is an easy and effective way to obtain genetic information from a specific pet, says Dr. Brown.

      Via genetic testing and genetic tests, “a simple cheek swab sample can reveal a huge amount of genetic information about your pet,” he says.

      Do Pet DNA Tests Successfully Identify Breeds?

      It really just depends on the test.

      “DNA testing for pets can be done with multiple goals in mind, including identification of specific breeds/breed mixtures, identification of genetically-linked disease potential and prediction of physical traits,“ explains Dr. Brown.

      But any genetic information obtained via pet DNA tests can be helpful and impactful when trying to achieve the best for your fur baby.

      What Are the Benefits of Pet DNA Tests?

      Good news, fellow pet parents. Turns out, there are many potential benefits to pet DNA testing—for you, your pet and your veterinarian. According to Dr. Brown, they help:

      1. Identify breed or breed mix and common genetic predispositions to guide diagnostic testing and treatments. Knowing your pet’s breed or breed mix is also helpful for navigating training, breed restrictions for housing rental agreements, local pet ordinances and approvals for insurance policies.
      2. Identify specific genetic mutations to guide lifestyle, medical care and diagnostic testing. This can help you and your veterinarian come up with a preventative care plan, so you better your pet’s chances of a longer and happier life.

      What Are the Disadvantages of Pet DNA Tests?

      Here’s the thing: Science isn’t always perfect, and accuracy can’t be 100 percent guaranteed. But that doesn’t mean you should pass them up.

      In recent years, major advancements have been made with the science and techniques involved. Even better: The accuracy for most pet DNA tests is pretty high—like, above 90 percent high.

      “The Embark Dog DNA test panel claims accuracy of greater-than 99 percent for genetic mutations tests and most linkage-based tests,” says Dr. Brown. “As far as cats are concerned, there is some limitation with the breed information that can be gained through DNA testing, but there is a wealth of information that can be gained regarding specific genetically-linked diseases.”

      How Do Dog DNA Tests Differ From Cat DNA Tests?

      All DNA tests can provide valuable information when it comes to genetically-linked diseases, but there are some big differences when it comes to breed identification of dogs and cats.

      “Dogs have undergone thousands of years of domestication by humans through selective breeding for specific purposes and specific traits,” explains Dr. Brown. “Through this selective breeding process, many different identifiable dog breeds have been established.”

      But cats? They don’t have the same kind of history when it comes to domestication and selective breeding by humans.

      “Selective breeding of cats is known to have started within the past 200 to 300 years, while evidence suggests dogs have been domesticated by humans for over 30,000 years,” Dr. Brown says.

      Whoa.

      “This relatively short time frame of selective breeding of cats has resulted in a more diverse genetic code and fewer links to specific defined cat breeds,” he says.

      Basically, canine DNA tests can more accurately identify specific breeds than cat DNA tests can.

      How Reliable Are Pet DNA Tests?

      Like a fine wine, DNA testing technology improves with time.

      The first dog DNA test was released in 2007 and only used saliva samples for analyses. With 15 years now under their belts, companies have iterated and improved their technology. But as we previously learned, cat DNA tests are a little newer to the game, so they’re not as comprehensive when it comes to testing.

      With that being said, Dr. Gillette suggests you keep a few factors in mind, as they could affect reliability of pet DNA tests.

      Factors That Could Affect Reliability

      The number of genetic markers available for testing.
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      For dogs, look for 150 different genetic markers, says Dr. Gillette.

      “Embark and Wisdom Panel each test for approximately 150 different genetic markers, while the DNA My Dog Breed Identification Test and HomeDNA™ kits offer results for up to 100 markers,” Dr. Gillette says.

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      For cats, Dr. Gillette says all commercially available tests have their limitations.

      “Less is still known about the feline genome,” she says.

      The number of breed profile markers available for testing.
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      For dogs, look for the largest number of breed markers.

      Right now, Dr. Gillette says Wisdom Panel “boasts the largest number of breed markers (approximately 350)”, including wolf and coyote. Therefore, they offer the most comprehensive test results.

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      For cats, it’s tougher.

      “Most cat tests are marketed for purebreds, [so] commercial DNA test kits are less useful for identifying ‘mixed breed’ feline makeup,” explains Dr. Gillete.

      But cat DNA tests still have benefits. They can be “useful in helping pet parents identify genetic diseases to which their cats may be predisposed.”

      If you’re concerned about the potential for inheritable diseases in breeding colonies, Dr. Gillette recommends HomeDNA and Optimal Selection. Alternatively, Basepaws claims to test for over 30 genetic markers and provides the most comprehensive breed analysis.

      The test sample collection requirements.

      For dogs and cats: Pet DNA tests can ask for DNA samples via blood, hair or skin. But Dr. Leslie Gillette recommends choosing a DNA test kit that requires a cheek swab.

      “This method of sample collection is quick and easy for a pet parent to collect at home, painless to the pet, and eliminates the need for a trip to the veterinarian for assistance with the collection procedure.”

      The amount of validity testing completed by the company.
      For dogs and cats: Always do a little online digging to ensure the company you’re purchasing from performs a wide variety of validity and quality control testing. The more, the better.

      Which Pet DNA Tests Are Most Accurate?

      According to Dr. Leslie Gillette, the Embark and Wisdom Panel kits appear to be the most accurate options for dog DNA testing.

      Basepaws appears to offer the most comprehensive testing options for cats.

      How Can Pet Parents Choose the Right Pet DNA Tests?

      It’s important to choose a pet DNA test based on what you hope to learn from or achieve with the test results.

      • Want to know about your pet’s ancestry and/or medical history? Look for a test with a greater number of genetic health markers available for testing. Both Wisdom Panel and Embark provide a family tree with a breed makeup that goes as far back as two or three generations (parents, grandparents and great grandparents).
      • Looking to have a fuller picture of your pet’s breed/s? Choose a test with a greater number of breed markers available for testing.

      If you want to choose both, choose a test that offers results across genetic and breed testing.

      Identifying why you want to do a cat or dog DNA test makes the decision-making process easier. But keep in mind, you get what you pay for.

      “Choosing a less expensive or less widely researched test kit may yield results that are more vague than useful,” says Dr. Gillette. So, do the research beforehand and look out for these red flags:

      • Lack of credibility or longevity as a company
      • Lack of testing parameters related to testing
      • Lack of validation, regulation and quality control standard

      “If the ‘science’ behind their product is vague, there is a good chance that the results you receive for your pet will be vague as well,” Dr. Gillette says.

      How Should Pet Parents Interpret Pet DNA Test Results?

      Reading the results can be difficult (ahem, science) and can cause you to go on a Googling spree. Nothing good comes from googling genetic or medical conditions—NOTHING.

      Instead, schedule a visit with your regular veterinarian to have them interpret the results.

      Most pet parents (including myself) won’t understand what a positive biomarker means—i.e, if your dog tests positive for a genetic mutation or medical condition, it doesn’t mean they’re destined to get it.

      So, avoid rash interpretation and implementation of aggressive treatment protocols, behavioral modifications or considerations of euthanasia in an asymptomatic pet. Ask your veterinarian to explain what physical or behavioral changes to look for as the pet matures, and keep an open line of communication with the veterinary team. This way, you can provide strategic, thoughtful, and proactive care throughout your pet’s life (and steer clear of unnecessary freak outs).

      What Is the Best Way to Collect Pet DNA?

      Well, it depends on the pet DNA test you buy! Recalling that IKEA analogy, you likely wouldn’t build a new TV console without looking at the instructions first, right? So, follow that same protocol with pet DNA tests and follow the directions exactly.

      Got a cheek/saliva collection test in hand? Great! Follow these steps:

      1. Check the space between your pet’s cheek and teeth/gums to ensure food particles aren’t present.
      2. Open the package. Remove the swab without touching the end of it.
      3. Press the end of the swab firmly against your pet’s cheek. This may require you to put counter pressure on the outside of your pet’s cheek.
      4. Roll and rotate each swab against each cheek. Be sure to avoid contact with your pup or kitty’s tongue and teeth as it could compromise the quality of the sample.
      5. Allow the swabs to dry before placing them in the supplied transportation container.
      6. Ship ‘em off and wait for results!

      If using pet DNA test kits that require hair or blood samples, contact and work with your veterinarian.

      Have more questions about your pet’s behavior? Get expert advice through Chewy’s Connect With a Vet service, available daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

      How Often Do Cat or Dog DNA Tests Need to Be Done?

      Typically speaking, once in your pet’s lifetime. However, you could do it more if you’re curious to see how the results vary as technology evolves and results become more accurate. This is especially true if you’re worried about genetic conditions.

      “If your pet was tested for their breed before genetic disease testing became available, you may wish to have new testing done on your pet to determine if they are a carrier or at risk for certain testable genetic diseases,” says Dr. Howe.

      So, for the news you’ve been waiting for. Are my husband and I finally getting Roster’s DNA tested?

      The answer is…

      We’ve already ordered our Wisdom Panel testing kit and can’t wait to learn about our her genetic history, so we can create the most proactive and preventative care plan as she (insert sobbing) continues to age.

      Planning to get your furbaby DNA tested? Share your vet-approved learnings with us by tagging @Chewy on Instagram.

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      Can Cats Eat Strawberries? Everything You Need to Know

      There’s nothing like mouthwatering, invigorating strawberries. And while you—and dogs—may love to snack on them, what about cats? Can furry felines eat strawberries, too? Yes! 

      “In moderation, this refreshing fruit falls under the category of safe cat treats for felines,” says Dr. Rachel Barrack, veterinarian, certified veterinary acupuncturist, certified Chinese veterinary herbologist and owner of New York City-based veterinary practice Animal Acupuncture. “If they enjoy the taste of them, go for it.”

      Benefits of Strawberries for Cats

      In moderation, strawberries make a “fun, perfectly acceptable treat” for cats, says small animal vet, Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM, CVJ  based in Silverthorne, Colorado, adding, “as long as they like them and they don’t cause problems.”

      Here’s a look at the health benefits of strawberries:

      • Strawberries are a good source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (vitamin C, folate, manganese, potassium and polyphenols).
      • Strawberries have less sugar than many other fruits, making them a better snack, says Dr. Wooten. For comparison, strawberries have 7 grams of sugar per cup, while mangoes have 23 grams of sugar per cup and watermelon has about 10 grams of sugar per cup.
      • Strawberries are hydrating, with a 91 percent water content. They should never, however, replace water.

      Downsides of Strawberries for Cats

      One of the main things to keep in mind with a human food such as strawberries is they don’t fall under natural feline fare.

      “Cats don’t need carbohydrates,” says Dr. Wooten. “As obligate carnivores (meat eaters), they’re meant to get all their energy from proteins and nutrients in meat.”

      Here’s why strawberry treats may not be a cat’s best bet:

      • While strawberries may have less sugar than many other fruits, they still have sugar. That translates to excess calories for kitty, says Dr. Wooten. And if your cat has a health condition, like diabetes, strawberries could have a negative effect on their blood sugar.
      • Strawberries could cause diarrhea, loose stool or upset stomach. If your cat eats too many strawberries, they could get sick. And if they’re really binging and indulging in large quantities of strawberries, they may not want to eat their regular food, which will interfere with their overall balanced diet.
      • Some cats are inherently intolerant to strawberries. Because cats have digestive systems that weren’t designed for carbohydrates, some fur babies might be inherently intolerant to strawberries, resulting in icky gastrointestinal issues if they ingest them. If you’ve got a stomach sensitive feline, it’s generally best not to give strawberries, says Dr. Deborah Bayazit, DVM, co-owner and medical director of Brilliant Veterinary Care in New York City.
      • Cats may not even want a sweeter treat, like strawberries. “Sweet treats are just not a go-to for cats,” says Dr. Bayazit. As unbelievable as it may seem to humans and dogs, cats don’t tend to gravitate towards treats that contain sugar. In fact, they’re genetically wired, not to taste sweets the way we do.
      • Strawberries’ nutritional benefits may not have much impact on cats. Though strawberries have nutritional benefits that certainly don’t hurt your cat (vitamin C, potassium, manganese, antioxidants and fiber), the truth is these upsides may have a minimum effect at best for feline friends because cats can’t safely consume enough to really make a big impact.

      How to Feed Strawberries to Cats

      If your kitty likes strawberries and doesn’t exhibit problems, here’s how to feed your cat strawberries.

      • Clean the strawberries. Wash the strawberries in water (to help remove pesticides) and cut off the leaves and stems. The leaves and stems could be a choking hazard, or your buddy could get into digestive trouble from partaking.
      • Cut one medium strawberry into small, bite-size pieces and serve it up no more than a couple of times a week.
      • Keep amounts small, serve occasionally, and never serve as a meal replacement instead of their regular pet food. “Only 10 percent of your pet’s daily caloric intake should consist of cat treats,” says Dr. Barrack. Let’s say your cat enjoys 200 calories a day, and let’s figure a medium-sized strawberry has about 4 calories. That puts this one strawberry at just 2 percent of your cat’s everyday calories—which is right in the ballpark and won’t mess with their regular nourishment.
      • Don’t push it. Cats are notoriously curious creatures, but if they’re not interested in this luscious treat, move on.

      Pet parents should consult their vet before treating their cat to strawberries. The vet can determine the right amount for your critter and bring up any cat health issues that might rule out a strawberry snack.

      Watch out for signs of digestive disagreement, like upset stomach and diarrhea, the first time your cat tries strawberries–or any new food, says Dr. Wooten. If your cat has a bad response, be sure to check in with your vet. Diabetic cats, in particular, should steer clear of this fruit because they process sugars differently than we do.

      Have more questions about your pet’s behavior? Get expert advice through Chewy’s Connect With a Vet service, available daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

      Cat-Friendly Recipe with Strawberries

      This DIY Strawberry-Flavored Cat “Cocktail” will set tails wagging. This homemade cat treat is alcohol-free and includes a feline-friendly calming supplementpurr-fect for fur babies that get a tad anxious amidst the festivities.

      Get the recipe!

      FAQs About Cats and Strawberries

      Q:What fruits are toxic to cats?

      A:There are certain fruits that are toxic to cats and should never be included in your cat’s diet. Considered unsafe for cats and could lead to negative reactions, those fruits include:

      • Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, grapefruit, limes, and the like
      • Cherries
      • Unripe tomatoes
      • Grapes
      • Raisins
      • Avocados

      Q:When are cats not supposed to eat strawberries?

      A:Cats should not eat strawberries if they’ve ever had any bad reactions to them, Dr. Wooten says. Cats should also steer clear of strawberries if they have any of the following:

      • Diabetes
      • Obesity
      • History of stomach or intestinal issues

      Other reasons not to serve strawberries:

      • If the strawberries are rotten, never give one to your kitty as it could make them sick, says Dr. Bayazit.
      • If they’re frozen, that’s a no-no too. You don’t want your cat to break a tooth on one, says Dr Bayazit.

      Overall, “[cats’] bodies weren’t designed to eat carbohydrates, and they might be intolerant to snacking on the fruit,” adds Dr. Bayazit.

      Q:Why do cats love strawberries?

      A:Who knows! Vets sure don’t know why cats love strawberries. “Maybe it’s personal preference,” says Dr. Wooten.

      Or maybe it’s attention-seeking behavior, adds Dr. Bayazit. “They may want to eat one because you are eating it, in the same way they get on top of your computer. They are very curious critters.”

      Cats aren’t drawn to sweet things, so it may just be that you have a strange, quirky cat on your hands with a taste preference for strawberries, notes Dr. Bayazit.

      “Cats can be weird,” Dr. Wooten adds.

      Q:What are the benefits of feeding cats strawberries?

      A:The benefits of feeding cats strawberries includes…

      • Strawberries have a smaller amount of sugar than other fruits.
      • They’ve got fiber, vitamin C, potassium, manganese and antioxidants.
      • Strawberries’ 91 percent water content makes them a hydrating treat. (Though, they should never take the place of water.)

      While the nutritional benefits may be slight in kitties (they eat such small quantities that there’s not a gigantic payoff), as long as your feline is eating balanced pet food, strawberries can be a healthy treat—and if your cat really likes them, a fun fruit treat, too.

      Q:What are some healthy alternatives for cats to eat?

      A:Cats, being carnivores, need meat for optimum physical fitness. That means lean meat snacks are ideal. You’ll get more bang for your buck in terms of nutritional value, while keeping kitty in tip-top condition. That said, some healthy alternatives for cats include the following:

      • A tablespoon of cubed cooked chicken
      • Deli turkey meat, about a tablespoon torn up
      • Cooked, lean beef
      Can cats eat strawberries? Totally! And if you’re thinking of giving strawberries to your cat, be sure to check with your veterinarian first. Even occasional treats should be factored into your cat’s daily nutritional needs.

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      How to Design a Pet-Friendly Kitchen That’s Both Fashionable and Functional

      Also known as animal-first architecture, barkitecture is capturing fans and winning over pet parents by making pet-friendly spaces stylish and functional. And while we’ve seen people embrace the trend to transform entire dedicated spaces into elaborate, glorified dog houses (we’re looking at you, Rumer Willis, and your dog Dolores’ airstream trailer home), barkitecture has also made its way to homes on a smaller scale, transforming bedrooms, living rooms and various nooks and crannies into fun and functional pet-forward spaces. Now? It’s the kitchen’s turn—and we couldn’t be happier about it.

      We’re talking pet feeding stations and cozy pet dens carved into kitchen islands, sliding pet gates that disappear into the walls, and reupholstered kitchen seating with pet-friendly cushions. And the best part of it all? Some of these ideas are totally DIY-friendly. The rest, well, you may need a little help. (But it’ll be oh-so-worth it.)

      DIY Ideas for Designing a Pet-Friendly Kitchen

      To get some creative pet-first, pet-friendly kitchen ideas rooted in barkitecture, we spoke to Dala Al-fuwaries principle owner of House of Form, a boutique hospitality design firm in Scottsdale, Arizona that specializes in creating memorable spaces and meaningful experiences.
      Before we give you dream-house-inspo (or what we like to call “DDIY,” “Don’t Do It Yourself”), let’s start with DIY pet-friendly kitchen designs that are both fashionable and functional for humans and pets alike.

      Integrate Your Pet’s Bed Into the Cabinetry

      Tucking your pet’s bed into your kitchen cupboards? Love—and it’s a look you can easily pull off via simply removing the cupboard doors.

      “We’ve seen these open where there’s no door,” Al-fuwaries says. “It looks completely integrated into the kitchen that you wouldn’t notice at first that it’s a dog bed.”

      If you’d prefer the pet bed doubles as a kennel or dog crate, though, a gate can be “very utilitarian,” says Al-fuwaries. You may have to enlist some help to accomplish a transparent look; but if you’re a bona fide DIYer (or just brave), you could add wire mesh grille inserts to desired cupboard doors.

      Whatever you choose, an integrated pet bed is nothing without, well, a good pet bed. We love:

      Install Hidden Pet Food Storage

      Remember when I mentioned eyesores? Well, there’s an easy fix for hiding unsightly and bulky pet food bags. Install a pull-out in some existing storage space.

      “I like this [idea] because bag sizes can be very inconvenient, in the sense that you don’t have space for them. So, being able to pour [the pet food] into something that is integrated into your kitchen—and keeps the food safe and sealed—is ideal,” Al-fuwaries says.

      And you don’t need anything fancy: “It’s literally a trash can but can be used for food specifically.”

      Don’t have extra kitchen storage space to spare? Buy a freestanding feeding station, instead, which typically comes equipped with food storage and food bowls. Bonus: It gives you more counter space.

      Here are some of our favorite storage and stations:

      Keep Your Kitchen Chairs Hair-Free

      kitchen chairs

      If you have kitchen benches or chairs that your pets love to lounge on (*raises hand*), then consider reupholstering or purchasing pet-friendly cushions.

      I would definitely consider a vinyl material or something that is considered what we call ‘performance material,’” Al-fuwaries says. “It allows you to wipe it down, and even bleach it.”

      If you have pets that shed like there’s no tomorrow (*raises hand again*), “Vinyl’s great because it can be wiped off, which prevents fur from getting sucked into the fabric. A laminate could work, too.”

      Got a hypoallergenic pet who doesn’t shed as much? Well, first, I’m jealous. Second, fabric-based seating is totally fine, but make sure you can remove the seat cover so you can just throw it in the wash for easy cleaning.

      Put Up Pet-Inspired Wallpaper & Decor

      OK, this is genius for pet-obsessed parents like me: wallpaper print that looks sophisticated from afar, but when you lean in and really look at it, you realize it’s a bunch of dogs!

      “I like it because, at a distance, it just looks like a subtle pattern,” Al-fuwaries says.

      Of course, depending on your wall space, you can also decorate your kitchen with pawsome wall art, too. We love:

      Focus on Your Flooring

      Scratched and damaged floors are difficult to repair or replace. So, when designing a pet-friendly kitchen, opt for flooring that can sustain heavy wear and tear.

      “I actually just had to make a decision for my own personal home because I do have a dog with nails that likes to run around,” Al-fuwaries says.

      “So, we have tile in spaces where there might be water-use, [including the kitchen]. The rest of the house, we opted for a luxury vinyl plank. Essentially, it’s a wood-look but it’s good for heavy traffic. It [prevents against] scratching and is easy to clean, so it’s very appropriate for households with pets.”

      Other good options include cork or bamboo.

      • Cork flooring looks like hardwood, is antimicrobial, and absorbs sound. It’s also great for pets and breeds who tend to have sensitive joints.
      • Bamboo resembles natural wood, but is said to be more durable, stain-resistant, and scratch resistant.

      Now, if you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen with a rug, choosing the right one is key.

      “I would consider something that’s machine washable, so that I could just drop it in the washing machine every so often,” says Al-fuwaries. “And then, I would look into very dense rug pads that keep the rugs in place.”

      For a general rule of thumb, steer clear of materials such as velvet or chintz. Those are said to be pet hair magnets.

      DDIY Pet-Friendly Kitchen Tips

      Now for the lavish and luxurious ideas. These pet-friendly designs from Al-fuwaries call for some expert eyes and hands, hence why they made our DDIY (Don’t Do It Yourself) list.

      Consider Your Countertops

      You may have never thought about pet-proofing your kitchen countertops, but there are a couple reasons you should.

      For one, some pets often jump onto countertops, leaving scratches or “accidents” behind.

      This type of behavior naturally introduces new germs. Porous countertops can be breeding grounds for bacteria. So, when building or remodeling your kitchen, choose counter material that isn’t porous and is also easy to clean. Options such as marble, granite and limestone? They’re out. Quartz, on the other hand, is in.

      “[Some countertops will] absorb anything that is contaminated on the surface,” Al-fuwaries says. “Because of this, I would say quartz is a great idea. It’s a man-made composite material that allows you to clean the surface with pretty strong [but pet friendly!] chemical solutions. It doesn’t absorb or stain, either.”

      Bonus: Quartz is also very hard to scratch.

      Another option is lava stone. It tends to run on the pricier side, but due to its nonporous and scratch-resistant nature, it can be an excellent choice.

      Not sure how to ensure the counters you’re choosing are pet-friendly enough? “Take a couple of samples home and test them out,” Al-fuwaries says.

      Pro tip: “One of the biggest tests we do to make sure [counters] are stain resistant and easy to clean is the soy sauce test,” Al-fuwaries says. “We pour soy sauce on the surface and see how it reacts. We’ll even let it sit there for a few days. Experiment at home with something like soy sauce and see how it works out [before purchasing].”

      Need help finding pet-friendly cleaners? We like:

      Integrate Feeding Stations Into Your Kitchen Island

      Integrated feeding stations, like the one seen below, would take anyone’s kitchen island up a notch. The easiest way to go about integrating a feeding station is by building it directly into the kitchen’s design.

      “Being able to design in advance and build a feeding station into the kitchen allows you to intentionally create spaces for things like food and water,” Al-fuwaries says.

      “[This keeps] bowls in a convenient location. [You can also build in] direct access to filtered water, so that the bowl doesn’t have to be moved in and out a ton.”

      Planning to take this route in the future? Be sure to keep water and food bowls removable so you can clean them regularly.

      Hide the Pet Gates

      Sometimes, you just can’t have pets in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you have to lock them out entirely.

      Sometimes, you just can’t have pets in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you have to lock them out entirely.

      “There are definitely design-savvy ways of doing it so that [gates] can be tucked away and hidden when not in use,” Al-fuwaries says.

      “For example, a pocket door that doubles as a gate: There’s visual transparency between the two spaces, but it allows you to block off the space and control traffic.”

      Upgrade Your Eyesore Doggy Door

      Let’s face it; doggy doors can be eyesores. But they don’t have to be.

      But “this one’s probably one of our favorites,” Al-fuwaries says, referring to the chic and seamlessly integrated pet door seen below (left).

      Uh, yeah, this is what dreams are made of.

      “I love this because it allows you to keep a portion of the door open without interrupting the internal temperature of your home, but it’s also completely part of the architecture. There’s not this unappealing eyesore of a piece that is applied to the wall,” Al-fuwaries says.

      But not all of us can install a seamlessly integrated doggy door like this. That’s where these easy-on-the-eyes, easy-to-install pet doors come in (at least, until you’re able to get the gorgeous doggy door of your dreams):

      And there you have it. A ton of ways to design a kitchen with a pet in mind, be it DIY or “DDIY.”
      About Dala Al-Fuwaires & House of Form

      Dala Al-Fuwaires

      Dala is a designer, entrepreneur, educator and creative with more than one decade of design experience, from designer for locally owned restaurants to national rollouts. In her free time, Dala enjoys embarking on culinary and architectural explorations of the world’s top destinations, hosting dinner parties for friends and enjoying nature with her husband, Airabin, and their Siberian Husky, Simba.

      For more information, visit the House of Form website or follow them on Instagram.

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      What’s In Our Doggy Trick-or-Treat Bag?

      Call us crazy, but we totally think dogs deserve their own trick-or-treat bag full of goodies. After all, they have to watch us binge on Reese’s peanut butter cups and fun-size Snickers bars every Halloween, so it’s only fair. (We’d share our Halloween treats if we could, but chocolate and other candies are big ol’ no-no for our furry friends.)

      So, we did what any #extra dog parent would do and stuffed a tote bag with yummy Halloween dog treats and a few other festive items to get them into the spirit of the season. Think your pup would drool over their own trick-or-treat bag? (That’s a trick question—of course they would!). Then here’s what to get your furry ghoul or goblin. (Just don’t let them pig out on it all at once!)

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      1. The Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Muttster Mash Pup-PIE Dog Treat

      Impress all the pups (and their parents) at your Halloween party with this pie-inspired dog “dessert” that looks like you spent hours in the kitchen baking. It’s made with seasonal ingredients such as pumpkin and cinnamon, and is free of wheat, corn, soy and dairy. Serve up a slice to your lil’ mutt-ster and their whole boo crew.

      $7.99

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      2. Frisco Halloween Donuts Plush Squeaky Dog Toy

      While not an edible treat, these Halloween-themed donut dog toys remind us of the real deal (and are much safer to give to your dog!). They come in a three-pack, each with a squeaker inside to encourage your pup to play. Toss one to your dog when trick-or-treaters come to the door to keep them occupied and out of trouble.

      $9.98

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      3. Old Mother Hubbard Halloween Creepy Crunchers P-Nuttier Dog Biscuits

      If peanut butter is your dog’s favorite snack, then these peanut butter biscuits are sure to appeal to their treat tooth. They’re made with real peanut butter and cane molasses and then oven-baked to preserve the natural flavors and add that craveable crunch.

      $3.49

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      4. Zesty Paws Hemp Elements Calming OraStix Peppermint Flavored Soft Dog Chews

      All Hallows’ Eve can truly be frightening for your dog. With all the doorbell ringing, costumed strangers lurking around and the loud screams and other sounds that go bump in the night, it’s no wonder why this may be a stressful time for your pet. These chews are formulated with ingredients, like melatonin and chamomile, to help scaredy dogs stay calm.

      $13.97

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      5. Pixar Coco Remember Me Dog & Cat Bandana

      Bring on the magic with this pet bandana inspired by the Disney/Pixar movie “Coco,” which follows a boy’s journey to the Land of the Dead. Available in XS/S and M/L, the bandana features colorful characters and artwork and is perfect for pets who don’t do full-on costumes. Slip it on and snap a few pix for a Halloween to remember.

      Starts at $7.19

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      6. Nite Ize NiteHowl LED Safety Necklace Dog Collar

      Taking your pooch out trick-or-treating? Keep them safe with this light-up collar. Made from a flexible polymer tube and LED lights, it comes in multiple colors (opt for orange for a seasonal touch) and one universal size (you can cut it to fit your pet’s neck). With a battery-run time of 60 hours, it’ll last well beyond spooky season.

      $11.83

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      7. Blue Buffalo Boo Bits Tasty Chicken Recipe Dog Treats

      These soft Halloween dog treats are scary cute! The spooky shapes, including a pumpkin, bat and ghost, make for a very fun and festive snack. And with wholesome ingredients, like real chicken, brown rice and oatmeal, they’re nutritious to boo-t.

      $6.99

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      8. Greenies Pumpkin Spice Flavor Dog Dental Chews

      No one wants to be that house that hands out toothbrushes, but as pet parents, we understand the importance of dental health. These dental chews freshen breath and help fight plaque and tartar. Plus, they come in a wag-worthy pumpkin spice flavor that dogs love. A dental aid dressed as a treat? That’s a neat trick.

      $12.90

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      We wouldn’t dream of leaving our pups out of all the Halloween fun. And with these Halloween dog treats and fun extras, you don’t have to.

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