Tips for finding the right car for your family #Ad #CarsCom

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Buying a new car can be exciting and stressful, but the first step to buying a new car is figuring out what kind of car you NEED.  If you aren’t sure where to start, cars.com can help you narrow it down, but before you head there, some food for thought and tips to help you pick the right car for you!

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1. How many people will be traveling in the vehicle regularly?
It sounds easy, but think about it, how big is your family?  Are you the mom that picks up all the other kids for soccer practice?  Do you carpool?  Are you a group leader and use your vehicle for outings?  These are all things you need to take into consideration when you buy a new car.  Obviously if you are a family of 8 you need a mini van to start will!

2.  Where will you be driving the vehicle?
Will this be the family vehicle or is this the car dad drives back and forth to work?  Do you want something with better gas milage if you will be driving it a lot?

3. Will you be putting CAR SEATS in the car?
This is a big one for parents.  For 8 years your kids are in carseats, so if you will have kids in booster seats, rear facing seats, or convertible carseats- you need to figure out who will sit where and if the new car is equipped to handle the amount of carseats.  Fun fact- it is It is hard to fit three carseats across any car.  It is like a puzzle of car size, car seat type, and car seat brand to make that happen.

4. Features
You know what you like and what you need to make your driving experience a pleasant one.  For me- remote start and heated seats are my must haves.  If you are getting a used car, I would make a list of “Must Have” and “Would be nice to have” features so you know what you want and what you need when you are car shopping.

5. Color
I know as a child you are told color doesn’t matter, but I feel like when it comes to a car, it really does.  Did you know that dirt actually shows up more on black cars than white cars?  Ya, a little fun fact I learned while car shopping with my mom 15 years ago.  Also White, black, and silver cars usually have a higher resell value than odd-ball colors like Green or Pink.

6. Price
One thing you really need to consider is how much you actually want to pay for a car.  You might want a luxury vehicle, but your price point might be more of a value vehicle.  Look at the numbers for price points and what you are willing and able to spend.

7. New versus Used
This is a big one.  Do you want that brand new car with 0 zero miles on it?  Or are you okay with saving money by buying a car that is a year or two old?  (Personally I prefer a new to me car and not a BRAND new car)

8. Trunk space
Ahh another tip from a mom- test out to see if you can fit your stroller in the trunk before you buy the car!  I ended up having to get rid of my last stroller because it wouldn’t fit in my trunk!!  For me trunk space is a huge priority since I use it so much, grocery shopping, mall shopping, travel- I need room for storage so if you are like me- looking for a car with a good amount of storage space is important!

I hope this helps you narrow down what you want when you are looking for your next vehicle.  Cars.com is great tool, and here are some things to think about when you are starting to find the right car!  And here is me and my last new-to-me-car :-)

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Things to do with Kids in San Diego

If you are wondering what activities would you do with your family and children while on a trip to San Diego. Well, you need not worry as there are plenty of fun things to do and an endless number of attractions or the whole family in this fantastic city. It is no wonder that San Diego is considered one of the world’s best family destinations, thanks to those gorgeous beaches and perfect weather the whole year round. With loads of family-friendly San Diego vacation rentals and resorts, there is truly something for all ages to enjoy. It is time for the whole family to enjoy special experiences together, whether it is at the zoos, the parks, the beaches or other attractions. The Pacific beach city is well known for its beaches, museums, and gardens. Read on to know more about the fun things you can do while on vacation here with your family.

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  • Learn to Surf
    One of the coolest things to do in San Diego is surf and get your family on board. Even your five-year-old kid can take surfing lessons! And it is possible for the whole family to get together and take group lessons in private. You could surf in Pacific Beach or at La Jolla Shores. There are plenty of accredited surf schools along the coast.
  • Go Whale Watching
    Blue whales are the largest creatures on earth. Whale Watching is a popular activity here in San Diego and at least for about nine months. More than 20,000 whales migrate from Alaska to the warm waters of Mexico from mid-December to April. So get your family here during those months to enjoy watching those grey whales. There are several local companies that arrange for the whale watching tours.
  • Snorkel or Swim
    Go to the Jolla Shores Beach that is home to the major aggregation of leopard sharks in the world. They come here during the summer, and their numbers can peak around August and September. One can easily see them even in knee-deep water, but the best way to watch them is while snorkeling. Although they are sharks, they do not bite.
  • Visit Children’s Pool seals
    This is one of the most fun things to do in La Jolla, and the best part is that it is free! Children’s Pool seals are really cute but are a bit stinky. The small stretch of beach is guarded by a seawall that was initially meant for a safe place to swim for the children. One can hang around and sunbathe in the area as well as swim here. This is a great locality for photographs and for watching a myriad of sea lions.
  • Enjoy A Falconry Lesson
    Your children will love taking a basic Falconry lesson that is organized at the Alpine ranch by Sky Falconry. This is your chance to learn the history and story of falconry and get lessons from licensed falconers. The classes offer an in-depth look and insight into one of the oldest field sport in human history. You get to learn not just about falconry but also become a falconer. Get acquainted whet specialized falconry equipment and training techniques involved with falconry.
  • Take the Old Town Trolley Tours
    Hop on and off at several stops around San Diego once you get on the orange and green Old Town Trolley. The tour eliminates the need to take a rental car in San Diego. One can simply download the interactive map on to their phone to get info on various attractions, stops, and restaurants.
  • Enjoy Winter Tide Pooling
    Enroll at tide pooling season that starts in November and carry on through about March. This is the time when the tides are low during the day, and it is easy to see sea anemones, sea stars, sea slugs, hermit crabs, octopus, and more in the pools. The Birch Aquarium near Scripps Pier and Shell Beach in La Jolla and the Tourmaline Surfing Park in Pacific Beach are other great locations.
  • Explore the Carlsbad Flower Fields
     It is indeed a joy to walk across the rainbow of colors that fill the 50-acre Carlsbad hillside. It is simply amazing to gaze at the ranunculus flowers that bloom against an ocean backdrop. The family-friendly San Diego attraction remains open to the public for about eight weeks and offers hay rides and other special events.
  • Kayak the Sea Caves
    All you need to do is hire a double kayak from La Jolla Shores Beach and explore the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater. It is easy to spot the friendly sea lions and orange garibaldi fish from above. All the sea caves are visible from the ocean, and the barks of sea lions are almost deafening near the Clam’s Cave. The sea cave tour is highly recommended.
  • Drive to Legoland
    Take the drive from San Diego to Carlsbad, especially if you are a Lego fan. You will love riding on the Royal Joust or getting wet at Pirate Shores. Get your driver’s license at the Volvo Driving School, and if you are wondering where to spend the night, well Legoland California Resort is just nearby!
  • Amazing experience at San Diego Zoo
    Do not miss your trip to the world-famous San Diego Zoo that is home to thousands of endangered animals. Enjoy looking at a beautiful display of exotic plants spread across those hundreds of acres of the zoo. The well maintained and spacious zoo is dedicated to conservation and research. Some of the main attraction of the zoo include Skyfari tram, the pandas and the Polar Bear Plunge.

Preparing for a Child with Disabilities

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It’s something that no parent wants to hear. Before your child is even born you can be told about severe disadvantages that your child may have in life. It is a heartbreaking moment, but it shouldn’t be a life-breaking one. Finding out early can prepare you to understand some of the challenges that you and your child will face, so you can focus on bringing the most happiness into your child’s life. Even if your child is injured at birth or develops a disability later during their development, such as autism, you can be prepared.

Prenatal Testing

A prenatal test cannot determine whether your child will develop autism or other learning problems but it can give parents tremendous amounts of insight into the health of their baby. Prenatal testing allows parents to know if their child will have down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, or other genetic abnormalities before the child is born. There are a range of tests that can be done in the prenatal period.

Blood tests happen regularly during pregnancy, and while they don’t give much information on the baby, they do check on the health of mother.

Ultrasound is one of the most well-known prenatal tests. Obviously, it is the key tool used to determine the babies gender, but a skilled ultrasound technician can also verify how viable the pregnancy is and how far along the pregnancy is. Ultrasounds also give doctors the opportunity to check on the child visually, to ensure that everything is ok with its limbs, organs, and for any heart defects.

Amnicentesis is commonly used during high risk pregnancies, when doctors already suspect that there might be a problem. The procedure is done using an ultrasound-guided needle, which removes a small amount of amniotic fluid. The fluid is then taking to a lab and used to test for Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis.

Other prenatal tests include chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and Triple or Quad screens. Both of these test for genetic abnormalities or defects including spina bifida.

Research

If you know your child is going to be born with certain conditions, researching that condition will give you better insight on not only his or her life, but the experiences of other parents. Learning about treatment options will give you a solid foundation to build from. If you look on the Internet, remember to take everything with a grain of salt. The Internet is a wonderful place, with all the information you could ever need at your fingertips, but a whole lot of filler too. Plus, most of the stories you’ll see on the Internet feature either the best or worst case scenarios. While that could certainly be your experience too, it is more likely that you will fall somewhere in the middle.

Another good idea is to contact your hospital based social worker. Most hospitals have one or two social workers who have dealt with similar cases before. They can give you support and advice for raising a child with disability. On that same note, many communities also offer support groups for parents and children with specific conditions. Attending meetings can relieve anxiety and create a better sense of comfort, as you hear the stories of other people who have been through the same things as you.

Figuring out the best health insurance plan for your family will be a key part of your research as well. The time between when your child is born and when you discover his or her disability should be enough time to pick a health insurance provider. Take the time to re-hash what is already covered by your insurance so you can then decide whether a secondary insurance is necessary. Pretty much all insurance plans pick up from the moment of birth, so treatments should start being covered immediately. Look for specific state-run programs that can assist with out-of-pocket costs for things like heart problems. Make sure you know what treatments your child will need, before he or she is born. This includes meeting doctors, touring hospitals, and learning about alternative methods and treatments.

Wrap Up

Advances in healthcare have led to breakthroughs that allow children with disabilities to live full and happy lives. It is important to recognize the unique challenges you and your child will face together, but not to let them overwhelm you. With the right support, you can still focus on being a mother first. Nothing will replace the love you give your child, even if he or she is born with a disability.

Five Ways to Cut Down on Household Expenses in the New Year

As we look to finish off the year it’s quite normal that we look back and reflect on what we’ve accomplished, the hurdles we’ve faced, and the challenges we have before us as we head into 2018. For many families out there, the biggest challenge facing them today is money, more specifically having enough money to pay for all their expenses.

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If you found this year to be particularly tough and you’re looking to lessen the load next year, then you aren’t alone. Here are five tips you can use heading into the new year that will help you to cut down on household expense, giving you that extra breathing room you’re after.

Embrace Couponing

If you’re the type that has never really thought much about coupons, nor have you used them, it’s time to think twice. Nowadays, you can find coupons for all kinds of items; it’s no longer just for groceries and toiletries. Coupons range from small price cuts to giving you a free item.

The key to using coupons successfully is knowing where to find them. Typically, the best option nowadays tends to be online, rather than the traditional flyers people used to clip. Coupons can then be stored on your smartphone and scanned at the store.

Sites like eCouponsHub feature all the latest coupons in a large variety of categories. You’ll be able to find significant savings such as the Pizza Hut coupon code 5 off which gives you $5 off your order. Before you know it, these savings start to add up over the month and suddenly you’re freeing up cash.

Look Into Bundling Your Services

Most people spend a fairly significant amount each month on their landline phone, mobile phone, cable provider, and internet provider. Experts recommend looking into bundling your services with one provider, as they will often take a percentage off your bill each month. While you’re speaking with your provider, take a look at your current add-ons and ask yourself if they are really all needed.

Watch Your Energy Usage

Finding ways to cut back on your energy usage can result in significant savings too. Look into things such as energy-efficient light bulbs, energy-star rated appliances, doing things such as laundry and dishes during the off-peak hours, and making sure you turn everything off when it’s not in use.

Cut Back on Outside Entertainment

If you’re the type of family that loves going out to the movies, dining out, and visiting local attractions, now is the time to reign that spending in. Start looking for fun activities you can do at home, or for free. You’d be surprised just how much your town likely offers in terms of “free activities”.

Consider Using Public Transportation

For those families that are a two-car household and looking to make drastic cuts in the budget, then it may be time to consider selling one of those vehicles and using public transportation instead. Obviously, this is a pretty big move, but if your family is able to make do with one car, the savings will be well worth it.

There are Always Ways to Cut

When it comes to cutting your household expenses, the good news is that there are always places you can make changes.

Exercise science- the new buzz word

Exercise science is a very wide term. It encompasses everything from fitness, to body movement, to diet and more. It is the study of the mechanism of human body movement, physical activity, and exercise. It studies how exercise should interact with the human body. It lends a scientific touch to fitness and to enable people to understand the physiological impact of exercise and its impact more objectively. Exercise science is used interchangeably with kinesiology. Both the terms are closely related. While exercise science is the effect of physical activity on the body; kinesiology includes the studies of biomechanics, motor control and physiological effects of exercise.  Exercise science typically covers areas of exercise physiology, kinesiology, sports medicine, human performance and physical education.

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How did it all begin?

During the early 20th century the subject of exercise science gained prominence. The resurgence of Olympic Games was a major contributor too. What was being studied at the time was the effect of exercise on the heart rate, lungs, and hemoglobin.  Exercising at higher altitudes, oxygen consumption and other related areas were also researched. This was also the time when insulin was synthesized for treatment of diabetes. Organizations, as well as, individuals woke up to the importance of fitness, physical activity and awareness about the same increased. Aerobics became a buzzword in addition to exercises like walking and jogging.

If you wish to pursue exercise science or are pursuing the same and are wondering about your prospects there are some useful resources like withmydegree.org out there. Sharing here some key terms associated with the discipline. The field of study in the discipline is fairly wide and a degree in the same can open several career paths for you. Though some of the more advanced occupations based on exercise might require further education.

Understanding the discipline of exercise science better

Kinesiology: It can be literally defined as the study of human movement. It can be broadly defined as the study of the biological, social, behavioral and developmental bases for physical activity, sports, etc.

Sports medicine: It deals directly with sports-related injuries also including injuries sustained during physical activity or exercise. It also covers the prevention and treatment of such injuries.

Exercise physiology: Though used interchangeably this is not the same exercise science. While exercise science might embody kinesiology, physical education, human performance and more, exercise physiology only covers a fixed a field of study. This is more or less standardized curriculum focused on physiology.

With increased interest and the need for fitness globally exercise science has become popular. It is an interesting field of study. There are several new discoveries in exercise science that have been path-breaking for the fitness industry; the 7-minute workout being one of them.  There have been studies projecting growth for the job prospects for exercise physiologists and athletic trainers. This is in addition to median salaries for professionals in the field also increasing. It is fast becoming the most versatile field of study.

The Best Comic Books for Teens and Older Kids

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Some people will always think of comic books as being exclusively for kids, however this notion has been challenged in recent years as an increasing number of comics and graphic novels aimed at older audiences have started to appear. While adults are now catered to with offerings such as The Invisibles, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and many others, the teen market has still been somewhat neglected.

However, for those who know where to look there are a number of quality titles on offer. In this article we have put together a list of some of the most critically acclaimed titles available for the teen and young adult market.

Runaways, by Brian K. Vaughan

Part of growing up is coming to the realization that our parents are not infallible, and are flawed human beings like the rest of us. This has been a recurring theme in young adult literature for some time and it is also a prominent feature of a number of the young adult graphic novels. In Runaways that realization plays a central role in the story, in fact it takes it one step further, the protagonist comes to realise that their parents are in fact evil supervillains. The teens run away as a result, later discovering that they have inherited some of their parents’ powers and have to decide what to do with them. It is a classic coming of age story combined with a superhero adventure.

Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughan

This quirky adventure tells the tale of a group of badass newspaper delivery girls in the 1980’s. It deftly combines classic science fiction tropes with a dose of 80’s nostalgia. It has been referred to as Nancy Drew does punk and this accurately reflects the overall feel and aesthetic of this unique graphic novel.

For teens who would like to have a go at creating their own comics, the website Rage Maker is an excellent start point.

Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon

The X-Men series has always been one of the most effective vehicles for exploring adult themes within the realm of comic books. The series focuses on the trials and discrimination faced by a group of humans born with genetic mutations which confer them with super powers. Over the course of its history, the series has explored a number of important themes such as discrimination, eugenics, and the difficulty of coming of age while a member of a discriminated community.

As you would expect of a series which has been going for so long and which has produced such a large number of titles during that time, some X-Men titles have been received better than others, while some have been criticised for falling victim to overly dramatic scenes and soap opera tendencies. When the X-Men is done right, and its setting used to its full advantage, as is the case with Astonishing X-Men, the stories it produces are involving and relevant to the reader.

There are now more comic books available than ever before to the teen and young adult markets. The titles on this list are just a small selection of the many excellent titles which are now available.

Better Sleep Tips for Busy Moms

The job of a mom is never an easy one, especially during the summer months where it’s down to you to keep your little ones occupied and entertained. For many moms, juggling family commitments, work, and everything else can quickly lead to a number of issues that can prevent them from sleeping well, no matter how tired they are when their head hits the pillow at night. If you’re a mom who’s finding yourself surviving on less and less sleep every night, then the good news is that there are several steps that you can take to help yourself wind down and get the hours of quality shut-eye that you need to keep your energy levels high. Here are some of the best things to do.

#1. Wind Down Early

Whilst you might want to have a few peaceful hours to yourself after you’ve put the little ones to bed, choose how you spend this time wisely since the activities that you do during your ‘me’ time can make or break the quality of your sleep at night. Ideally, it’s a good idea to begin winding down once your children’s bedtime arrives. Use the time when they are asleep to do something relaxing such as listening to classical music, taking a warm bath, or even doing some yoga. Avoid anything stimulating, such as watching action movies or using technology too much since this will only serve to keep you awake.

#2. Get Ready for the Next Day

Spending a little bit of time getting things ready for the next day, whether it’s making packed lunches or laying out your little ones’ outfits for school tomorrow, will give you less to worry about when it comes to going to bed. If you find yourself unable to relax in bed because you’re overthinking about the number of things that you have to do when you wake up, getting a head start on this can help to calm your stress and get you into a state of relaxation. It can help to have a checklist of things to do before bed, as this will enable you to stay in control.

#3. Create a Sanctuary in Your Bedroom

For most moms, the bedroom isn’t just a place for sleeping – it’s probably also strewn with toys, games, and anything else pertaining to the kids. However, research shows that making a calming, tidy sanctuary of your bedroom can have a huge effect on the quality of your sleep in a positive way. Use smart storage to keep things tidied away in your room, and if you have the time, you might want to consider redecorating in calming colors. You can also use essential oils in a diffuser to help you sleep; lavender oil is especially good for this. Lastly, make sure that you’re using the right bedding – a supportive pillow tailored to your sleeping style can make all the difference. See indreviews.com for more information on choosing the right type of pillow for you.

Did these tips help you sleep better? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

5 Tips for Going on Vacation with your Children

Raising a young family is no easy task. In fact, it can be an incredibly demanding undertaking. Often, these demands are only intensified when you decide to go on vacation. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Going on holiday with your family should be a time when you get to have fun and create lots of fabulous memories. If you are determined to make your next trip a success, you will need to read on. Below are five tips for going on vacation with your children.

Book your tickets ahead of time

Queuing with children can be an absolute nightmare. That is why you should book your tickets in advance. For instance, if you are treating your family to the cultural delights of a Vatican tour, you can arrange your tickets online. You could even buy ‘Skip the Line Tickets’ that will help to take even more pressure off your shoulders. If you want to encourage your children to engage with culture, it is vital that you maintain a sense of excitement. This will be hard to do if they are forced to wait around!

Plan ahead

To prevent yourself from getting stressed, you will need to plan your vacation carefully. Why not create an itinerary for how you are going to spend each day? Your plan should strike the right balance between relaxation and adventure. This will ensure that you are making the most of your time away. It will also save you from the panic of making on the spot decisions.

Keep your little ones entertained during your journey

Traveling to your destination will probably be the most stressful part of your experience. That is you will need to keep your little ones entertained during the journey. This is the best way to ensure that everyone is in a great mood when you arrive. You could play games, read books, or tell each other stories. Alternatively, you could invest in technology such as a tablet, an iPhone, or an iPod. This is a great way for you to keep your little ones occupied, without wearing yourself out. 

Think about the lessons that you are teaching your children

Going on holiday is a great opportunity for you to teach your children something new. Perhaps you could introduce them to a new culture and show them how important it is to respect people who are different from them. Maybe you could help them to learn a new language and find new friends. Or, you could take them to historical landmarks and teach them about an important event.

Encourage your family to document their experience

If you are hoping to make your vacation one to remember, you should encourage your entire family to document their experience. One way of doing this is by creating a family scrapbook. This is a lovely place for you to store all of your treasured pictures and mementoes. Tell your little ones about the scrapbook before you set off. This will encourage them to be on the lookout for inspiration throughout the trip.

How to Become a Happier and Healthier You

Have you been thinking about trying to get a little fitter recently? Maybe you were always a regular jogger until work, and other commitments meant it dwindled? Well, there is no need to worry, because getting fitter and healthier doesn’t mean you have to devote hours in the gym, it just means you need to alter a few things in your life. Then, before you know it, you will be on the way to a happier you.

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Exercise Around Your Life

Not everyone has the time or the energy after a long day to go for a jog around the park. However, you don’t have to do that to get fitter, all you need to do is exercise when you can, and find other ways of getting fit. Try to get off the bus one or two stops earlier and walk the rest of the way. It might not seem like much, but after a while it all adds up. Why not start to take the stairs up to your office floor instead of taking the lift? If you work on the 20th floor, you might want to climb at many flights possible as this is a great means of exercise.

Quit Smoking and Cut Down on Drinking

It has been well established that smoking is bad for your health, and there are now many ways that you can give up. One way is to turn to vaping instead because you can still get the sensations of smoking without the deadly toxins. Companies such as Mount Baker Vapor create alternative ‘juices’ that you can use in your vaping machines. Drinking alcohol in moderation is nothing to worry about unduly, however, if you are drinking a lot every day, then you need to think about cutting back on the amount. Switching to an alternative such as grape juice will help, especially in social situations.

Begin a Healthier Eating Regime

There are many popular ideas that you need to go on a strict diet and cut out all of the bad things such as fat and sugar to be healthy. In fact, although you should cut down on sugar and fat, the most important thing is to keep everything in moderation. If you try to cut out all bad things at once, you will soon start to get bad cravings that may make you fail. It is far easier to reduce all of the bad things, but you can still have them occasionally. It means you won’t feel guilty when you do have that bar of chocolate once a month, because you know it is part of your new healthier eating regime.

There are many ways that you can make small changes to your life that will make you healthier. You can try swapping a cup of coffee for a glass of water, taking healthier snacks with you in your bag for when you get peckish, and considering cycling to work. All of these little things will add up to a much healthier and happier you in the end.

Maintaining a Hygienic Home with Cats

In a world where working hours are becoming longer and longer, it’s not always practical or kind to have a dog. Dogs need a considerable amount of time, both in exercise and human contact and interaction. Cats, on the other hand, need these a little less. That’s not to say a cat is definitely the best pet to have if you work long hours (they still need their humans around a fair amount; that fishing app for felines wasn’t created for nothing), but they are certainly preferable as companion pets for those who aren’t particularly keen on or are unable to fully enjoy outdoor pursuits (though there are a few owners who delight in walking their cats on a lead). Nevertheless, as wonderful as a warm, purring body nestled in the lap is, living with a cat requires a different, more meticulous routine when it comes to health and hygiene.

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Indoor vs. Outdoor Cat

The first decision you must make as a cat owner is whether to keep your new pet indoors, or to allow it (through use of a cat flap) to wander outside when you’re at work. The latter option certainly minimizes any odors from the litterbox. However, it opens up consideration pertaining to safety from vehicles, other animals, and even people, as well as the possibility of being brought “gifts” such as dead birds and rodents. So, a collar with a bell is a must if they go outside, as cats are natural predators.

Conversely, indoor cats seem to have a penchant for coughing up hairballs, though fastidious brushing and removal of shed fur from furniture (a simple lint brush works wonders) helps to reduce this. Indoor cats are also highly picky when it comes to litterbox cleanliness levels (they will, in fact, leave you a warning deposit just outside of said receptacle if they feel your standards have fallen unacceptably low).

Fleas, and Worms, and Ticks – Oh My!

Of course, if you’re letting your cat outside, you must make sure your pet is microchipped and fully vaccinated, as well as up-to-date with worming and flea treatments (there are advantage ii for cats coupons available for affordability). Furthermore, if you live in an area that could be described as tending towards the rural, with long grass and visiting wildlife such as deer and foxes, then an anti-tick course is probably sensible, too.

Healthy Boundaries

Similar to owning a dog, it doesn’t hurt to establish boundaries with your cat as regards sleeping areas, either. In short, you shouldn’t sleep with your cat at all. Further, when out for the day, close bedroom doors so that you don’t find yourself face first in a pillow covered in shed fur later that night. If possible, ensure cupboard doors are firmly shut, also, so the same scenario doesn’t occur after that post-work shower, the towel you thought freshly laundered in blatant need of another wash as you find your arms covered in damp cat hair. There is nothing a cat likes more than a dark place complete with unusual “bedding”.