Let’s Be Fur Real: Air-dried vs Freeze-dried Food, Which One Is Better?

In today’s pet-loving world, our furry pals have smoothly transitioned from mere companions to beloved family members. With this change, pet owners are now placing utmost importance on providing the absolute best for their beloved besties, especially when it comes to their diet. However, tons of available pet food options have left many pet owners wondering how to pick the one that suits their pal’s specific needs the most. 

More than the ingredients, the manufacturing process plays a significant role in this choice. Knowing how pet food is made not only gives pet parents a peek into the nutritional value and quality of the food, it also guides them into making informed decisions about the stuff they nourish their furballs with.

Different brands employ different processes in their pet food production. These include extrusion, oven baking, dehydration, air-drying, and freeze-drying. Among all of these, air-drying and freeze-drying are currently the most popular and preferred. But which one is better? Let’s take a deep dive!

Paws and Cons: Air-drying vs Freeze-drying

FeatureAir-Dried Pet FoodFreeze-Dried Pet Food
Processing MethodUses low heated air that allows moisture to evaporate, “cooking” the food in the process.Moisture is removed using low pressure by sublimation. Does not use heated air high enough to cook, keeping the food raw.
Nutrient RetentionRetains more nutrients versus traditional kibble but can sometimes lose important temperature-sensitive enzymes, nutrients, proteins, and amino acidsRetains a high percentage of nutrients as the freeze-drying process minimizes nutrient loss
TextureDenser, usually softer and chewierLightweight, crunchy, and easily crumbled
Moisture Has varying moisture levels;

Averages at around 5-10%

Contains about 2-6% water content
Shelf LifeAbove average shelf lifeLonger shelf life
Preservatives May include natural preservatives such as vitamin E or rosemary extractTypically no additional preservatives due to the dehydration process
RehydrationSome products may be rehydrated with water to enhance palatability;

May take longer time to rehydrate, closer to 30 minutes

Can be fed dry or reconstituted with water to regain its original texture and flavor;

Rehydrates in a couple of minutes

IngredientsMay contain a mix of meat, vegetables, and fruits, with some brands focusing on single protein sources;

Made up of 100% of the original raw product

Contains a variety of meats, fruits, and vegetables, often with a focus on single protein sources;

Made up of 100% of the original raw product

Palatability Pets may find the softer texture and natural flavors appealing;

Individual preferences vary

Generally well-liked by more pets due to the concentrated flavors;

Individual preferences vary

The Cool Choice: Freeze-dried Pet Food

Without a doubt, freeze-dried raw food stays on top when it comes to quality, palatability, and nutritional value. It offers the best of both worlds: the convenience of regular kibbles and the functional benefits of a raw diet. This is especially good news to pawrents with pets who can’t tolerate raw diets. Freeze-dried food is complete and balanced without the hassle of time-consuming sourcing, thawing, and preparation, and the ever-changing cost of ingredients.

Other advantages of freeze-dried raw food include high digestibility which aids in better nutrient absorption and leads to firmer and drier poop; delicious taste which appeals to even the pickiest eaters; high amounts of healthy fats for better skin and coat; and longer shelf life for easier storage, handling, and feeding.

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A Loveabowl news!

Elevate your pet’s dining experience with Loveabowl’s latest addition to the line-up: Freeze-A-Bowl!

This game-changing freeze-dried diet is made with 100% natural ingredients, including pure and wholesome proteins like green-lipped mussel and superfoods like kelp from New Zealand. Each bag contains zero additives, grains, carbs, and meat meal. No bones added to avoid choking hazards, too. The unique and specially-crafted recipe is high in palatability and nutritional content, only the best for every Loveabowl pet. Freeze-A-Bowl by Loveabowl is now available online and at retail stores islandwide

Order a sample today!

Say Hello to Freeze-a-bowl

It’s time for a frosty adventure that will leave tails wagging and whiskers twitching. Our newest Freeze-a-Bowl is complete & balanced, nutrient-dense, and as close to a raw diet as your furry friends can get.

While fresh, raw food mirrors the ancestral diet of most cats and dogs, many paw parents are strapped for time, making it less practical on a day-to-day basis. The next best thing is freeze-dried pet food that guarantees peak freshness and requires minimal to no preparation. Freeze drying is a preservation method that removes moisture while keeping flavour, colour, texture, and nutrients in. It keeps the natural goodness of food but also makes it easier for your furry pals to digest and absorb the nutrition they need. 

Meet Loveabowl’s freshest frosty sensation, and find out what makes it the coolest freeze-dried in town.

The only freeze-dried raw with natural vitamins and minerals from real food

Freeze-a-Bowl is the only one packed with natural vitamins and minerals from real food. No extra stuff. Unlike others, our recipes proudly skip any additives, focusing solely on providing the essential nutrients your furry friends need for optimal health. We want to make sure they receive a nutritious and delicious meal every time. Great taste with real nutrition!

100% Locally-Sourced Ingredients from New Zealand

We genuinely care about where our ingredients come from. Our cows, lambs, and chickens are locally sourced in the picturesque landscapes of New Zealand. When it comes to our mackerels and hoki, we exclusively use wild-caught. It’s our way of making sure your furry friends get honest, wholesome goodness in every bowl.

No Bones, No Choking Hazards

No need to worry. Our recipes have no bones or any choking hazards. We removed all bones from our ingredients, ensuring a worry-free and safe meal. No need to fear potential hazards like blockages in the gastrointestinal tract, cuts or wounds in the mouth or internal organs, and the risk of broken teeth, especially for our feline friends. We keep it simple, safe, and satisfying for your furry pals.

Artisanal Meat from Local Farms

We’re committed to crafting special recipes that taste amazing, free from any artificial colours or flavours. We know precisely where our meat comes from and understand the conditions in which the animals were raised. Every ingredient in our bags matters, catering even to the pickiest eaters.

New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussels & Kelp

To keep your furry friends zooming around happily, we’ve enhanced our recipes with a bone and joint powerhouse. New Zealand Green-lipped Mussel brings glucosamine and chondroitin for healthy joints, while calcium-rich Kelp supports bone development and repairs tissues weakened by arthritis. Bye bye stiffness!

The many ways to enjoy Freeze-a-Bowl

Feed dry

  • Just pour into the bowl and they’re ready to eat.

Soak it

  • Add water, wait 3–5 minutes, and voila! Soft, rehydrated, and tasty for your furry friend.

Mix and sprinkle

  • Bring life to dry food, serve as a topper.


  • Celebrate good behaviour with a tasty treat.

Treat your furry friends to the Freeze-a-Bowl feast, available in three delicious flavours crafted for both cats and dogs: 

  • Mackerel, Beef & Hoki
  • Lamb & Mackerel
  • Chicken & Mackerel

Get a sample here.

Say No Way to Algae: Carrageenan

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Being a pet parent is one of the most satisfying roles there is. But beyond the exciting play times and cute bonding moments lie the most important aspect of caring for our fur babies: proper nourishment. And a well-rounded nutrition starts with food.

As experienced pawrents, most of us have probably memorized by heart what to look for and what to avoid when it comes to pet food. We already know how to meticulously scrutinize labels and ingredients lists. GMOs, extenders, and fillers? No way! 

Unfortunately, there’s still one sneaky raw material that deserves our attention and should not find its way to our precious pals’ food bowls: carrageenan. 

What is Carrageenan?

Carrageenan may sound like an alien ingredient from an obscure planet, but it actually is a typical additive extracted from edible red seaweed. It is common in a lot of pet and human food, mostly used as a thickening and gelling agent. It is added to achieve a desired texture, consistency, flavor, and appearance. Sounds harmless? Not really. The truth is, there are two types of carrageenan and it’s important that we know how to set the two apart.

The first type is degraded carrageenan or poligeenan. It is chemically altered and not considered safe for pet and hooman consumption. According to studies, it can cause inflammation in the digestive system, as well as other potential health risks. It has been banned by the FDA in all types of pet and human food products. 

Undegraded carrageenan, on the other hand, is the food-grade counterpart found in most pet food. It is used to thicken and emulsify pet food as well as to stabilize wet food, helping to keep the oil and water from separating. Undegraded carrageenan is safe to use and is approved by the FDA and AAFCO. 

What’s the real deal?

Although considered safe by the FDA and AAFCO, studies have found conflicting findings about carrageenan’s effects on our fur babies’s long-term health and wellness. Some of these alarming concerns include carrageenan’s potential to cause cancer, stomach inflammation, and digestive issues, such as bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain to pets. It has also been noted that even undegraded carrageenan, considered “safe” and food-grade, contains trace amounts of the more harmful bits. It is also worth noting that carrageenan contains no protein, fat, or carbs, meaning it doesn’t provide nutrition at all.

Definitely a cause of concern for fur parents everywhere. This is why choosing the best carrageenan-free pet food is critical.

Don’t worry, Loveabowl is carrageenan-free!

The good news is there are pet foods without carrageenan, like Loveabowl! Each bag of Loveabowl is brimming with only high-quality ingredients. No preservatives, no extenders, no growth hormones, and definitely no carrageenan. Only all-natural goodness that makes each mealtime deliciously healthy, hearty, and safe for your precious pet.

Each ingredient of Loveabowl is carefully curated with your pet’s health in mind, intended to only provide their specific nutritional needs. These ingredients include novel proteins like Snow Crab and Atlantic Lobster and superfoods like berries, kelp, and lentils. Now that’s worry-free feeding and pawrenting!

To make sure that the food or treat you give your pet is absolutely carrageenan-free, take note of these names that this additive may also be listed as Irish Moss Algae, Vegetable Gelatin, Chondrus, or Danish Agar. 

For now, the best course of action to avoid carrageenan is to make sure to read and double-check the label before adding it to the cart and sticking to trusty pet food without carrageenan like Loveabowl. And if you have further concerns about your pal’s diet and overall health, remember to always seek professional help. 

Superfoods: Nature’s Best

The word ‘superfood’ is pretty much everywhere, from the news to grocery stores and even skincare. Shopping to restock the pantry? It’s there. Buying a new serum? There it is! Looking for treats for your four-legged buds? Yup, you get the picture.

Now that we’re more health-conscious than ever, it seems as if there’s a new nutritional buzzword every day. But what’s the deal with superfoods? Are they really that super? 

What are superfoods?

While there are no specific criteria for food to be considered a superfood, the name is commonly reserved for natural foods that are high in nutrients but low in calories. Not all foods are created equal! Some are just healthier than others.

Superfoods are nutritional powerhouses. They have a whole spectrum of healthful nutrients in a small serving. Fruits, veggies, and many other nutrient-dense items are all considered superfoods. They are high in micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes.

Think of superfoods as the superheroes in the plant universe. Instead of warding off crime, they fuel the body so it can fight chronic disease and other nutrient deficiencies.

For us hoomans, we include nutrient-rich superfoods in our diets with acai bowls and green smoothies. It makes sense to also think about what we feed our furry companions. The good news is you don’t need to look further for a top-quality diet.

At Loveabowl, we’ve packed our dry foods with a power blend of superfoods. We want these superheroes to help keep our fur kids healthy inside and out. A bowl of Loveabowl is not just irresistibly tasty; they boost immunity and keep your furry buds bright-eyed and healthy.

What’s in our superfood power blend?

Let’s break down the superfoods that make our dry food extra special!


Blueberries or nature’s candy aren’t just tasty; they’re also really healthy. This tiny fruit packs a punch and has many antioxidants and phytochemicals. They’re also a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre.

Plus, they help strengthen the immune system while lowering the risk of cancer and anti-aging. (Next time you’re snacking on some, share a few with your furry bestie! Just make sure they’re not allergic!)


Whether you enjoy them dried, from a trail mix, or as a post-Turkey Day snack, these tart berries come with many health benefits. They can boost the immune system, help prevent some cancers, and improve cognitive and bladder health. They can even reduce tartar and plaque build-up!


Hold onto your pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin, not the spices associated with it, is actually great for our furry best friends! The popular squash is low in calories and rich in fibre, which promotes a healthy digestive system. It’s also a great home remedy for hairballs! From diarrhea to constipation, pumpkin can be your picky feline’s new best friend.

And because it’s a great source of vitamin A, it also helps protect your fur kids’ peepers from cataracts and deterioration. Win-win!


Popeye’s favourite snack and for a good reason—this leafy green has many essential vitamins like vitamin A, B, C, and K. It also contains iron, antioxidants, and beta-carotene, the last of which helps keep the digestive tract healthy. They’re also rich in carotenoids (such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and chlorophyll), fat-soluble pigments that provide the brilliant green colour of spinach and help the eye detect contrast better.

Red lentils

Red lentils in wooden plate and spoon on white stone background. Vegetarian super food. Top view. Flat lay.

Lentils are a staple among vegetarians and vegans, and we get why. These legumes are low in calories but high in fibre, protein, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also an excellent source of iron, a necessary mineral that gives your furry pals the energy they need to be active. Red blood cells need iron. If there’s adequate iron, the body has enough red blood cells to deliver oxygen to the body and make it work. Without it, anemia can happen and cause fatigue. 


This sea veggie that creeps beside us in the water is actually good for our furry pals. Kelp is one of the richest natural sources of amino acids. It contains vitamins and minerals, including iodine for thyroid health and iron to support circulation. Kelp also promotes healthy skin, coat, stomach, and immune system. No need to head to the beach to pick up a batch of kelp—just one serving of Loveabowl can do the trick!


This healthy and heartwarming spice is not only bold in flavour, but it’s big in benefits too. Around the world, ginger is used as a holistic remedy for a host of ailments and conditions. Ginger contains antioxidant, cancer-fighting, and anti-inflammatory properties. These can soothe the digestive tract, reduce nausea and bloating, and aid in digestion. Studies show that it can even help alleviate pain and ease severe inflammation associated with arthritis.

Include superfoods in your paw pal’s diet today. Whether it’s fussy felines or hyper canines, we have a variety of combinations to choose from.

Feeding your furry family meals rich in superfoods can work wonders for their health. Introduce new food gradually and talk to your vet before major changes in your fur kid’s diet!

Oh My Taurine!

You’ve seen it everywhere and often in huge block letters: TAURINE.

Taurine is part of all Loveabowl wet and dry food for cats for a good reason. Your veterinarian probably mentioned that your finicky feline needs it in their daily diet. But what exactly is it, and why do our cats need it?

We’re going to help shine the light on this essential nutrient so your cat can feel fine for a long time.

What is Taurine?

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are 22 in total, with taurine being one of them. Many of these building blocks can be produced by your cat’s liver, but essential amino acids must come from their diets.

Sadly, our feline buddies cannot produce taurine on their own. While they do make sufficient amounts of other amino acids, this is the one that plays hard to get. 

Don’t worry! There’s no shortage of it for cats. The best source is none other than meat. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, of course. Cats are ‘obligate carnivores,’ which means they have to eat meat.

Picky eaters or not, our feline friends need protein from animal sources to stay healthy! Cats do not store large amounts of taurine, which is why they need to get it regularly!

How can Taurine help cats?

Like we said, taurine is an essential amino acid. It’s found in high levels in the heart wall muscles, the retina of the eye, and the brain, among other important parts. Here’s how it helps your cat’s overall health:

Healthy heart

Taurine is a vital part of keeping your cat’s heart healthy. Lack of it makes the heart muscle weak, which can cause heart failure. This condition, called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), can be fatal.

Superhero vision

Cats need good vision, especially with all the jumping and prancing they do. Taurine is essential for the development and health of cat eyes, particularly the retinas. Without it, retinal cells can’t work right and may die, which can cause vision problems or even blindness.

Healthy pregnancy? Healthy kitties

Pregnant cats need the right amount of taurine to stay healthy and make sure their babies are growing properly. Deficiency can cause reproductive failure or poor growth in kittens. 

Healthier brain, healthier body

A good diet helps cats grow strong and smart. With taurine, a healthy cognitive function is possible. It’s needed for brain cell growth and development.

Stronger immune system

Cats are curious creatures and need their health in purr-fect condition. Taurine’s main role in the immune system is related to its antioxidant properties. It protects tissues from oxidative stress, which is a cause of many inflammatory diseases. It also helps make bile salts necessary for fat digestion.

How to detect Taurine deficiency?

Taurine deficiency isn’t easy to spot. Sadly, cats can’t tell us when they’re running low on it or feeling sick. Depending on your cat’s age, you might not notice something wrong for months. The following can be signs that your cat is deficient:

  • Lethargy
  • Retinopathy
  • Diarrhea 
  • Birth defects 
  • Fetal abnormalities
  • Small litter sizes
  • Low birth weights

If your cat shows any of these signs or if you have any other worries about their health, it’s best to take them to the vet for a checkup.

Feeding your cat well is a crucial part of their health. By learning the importance of taurine, you can ensure you’re giving them exactly what their bodies need. Giving your cat a healthy diet means they have the best chance at a long, healthy, and happy life.

See our range of cat food here.

Wet or Dry Food? What Do I Need To Consider When Feeding My Cat?

Every cat parent wants to do right by their cat’s diet. That’s why more owners are opting to allot a good part of their budget for their feline pals, so they can get the proper nutrition they need. However, when you drop by the supermarket, it’s not surprising to see entire aisles devoted only to cat food. How do you know which one to choose?

Instead of opting for your own preference, know the nutritional differences and specific. For starters, the biggest dilemma for fur parents is choosing between wet and dry cat food. advantages to each one. Here are a few things you need to know about cat diet and health.

Feline Food 101: What You Need to Know

When it comes to a proper diet, everything begins with proper nutritional content. No matter how tasty or how novel your cat’s food may be, if it is not laden with the proper nutrients and ingredients he needs to attain the recommended nutritional intake, you’re most likely not giving your cat the best food he needs.

When it comes to proper feline feeding, there are quite a few things you need to consider, as they can affect what they need, how much they should be eating, and how best to incorporate all the necessary nutrients in their diet without overdoing it.

Cats are carnivorous–so protein intake matters!

Our feline friends may be so docile and cute, it’s hard to forget that they share the same lineage as carnivorous cats like lions, leopards, and tigers. In the wild, cats get their protein needs from various meat and fish sources. There may be some meat types that are better for your cat’s digestive system, but overall they have as many as 11 protein needs that they have to get from their daily sustenance.

These 11 essential amino acids are important for optimal energy levels as well. Experts noted that if there are deficiencies in these amino acids, it may lead to further complications. For instance, taurine is essential in cats, as deficiencies can cause metabolic issues and clinical concerns, including heart, eyes, reproductive, and immune system failure in the long run.

Since your cat is most likely a homebuddy, then chances are the food you serve is the only source for these diet-based amino acids. It’s important to take note of these the next time you are shopping for cat food.

Be mindful of your cat’s feeding time

Apart from the content of his food, it’s also important to be mindful of his feeding schedule. Many vets recommend sticking to a twice-a-day feeding schedule for most cats. To follow a timed feeding approach, you need to make his food available at specific time periods.

Once you know the total portion that your cat needs per day, then it’s all about dividing that between two feedings. Make his food available at regular times, so it’s better if your schedule is synced with his.

Some cat owners may tend to leave food in their cat’s bowls for the whole day. Remember, you need to be in control of your pet’s food, so you can give them the best portion at the best times, and with the best means that match their needs. It also ensures freshness of the food.

Activities may match their feeding needs

When talking about daily nutritional needs, you may need to consider a lot of factors. Some of them can be identified with your vet, such as needs based on size and age. However, what can be unique to each cat is the activity that they partake in. Some cats may adjust to the kind of activity and interaction they have with their owners. Some environments may be more conducive to play, particularly those with play areas for cats. Get a sense of how much activity your cat partakes in, and navigate with his vet on how much energy should be accounted for regular play activities.

The Ultimate Question: Wet or Dry?

When it comes to the actual food choices, there are two main groups that you may already be familiar with: wet and dry cat food. There have been countless debates, as some cat owners prefer to give a purely wet or dry diet to their pets.

However, rather than sticking to a specific diet, there may be a few more things you’d want to consider. Just as every cat may have a specific taste, the available food for them may have nuanced differences that can be a deal maker or breaker to becoming a staple in your pet’s dietary needs.

Let’s get down to the basics of cat nutrition. Rather than looking at it with a wet versus dry food mentality, experts state that the big difference focuses on the manufacturing process. Because wet food requires more moisture content when packing in canned foods, chances are the manufacturers use fresh or frozen meat products. Wet cat food also contains wheat and some carbohydrates, but this may be blended in with water and vitamins.

Dry cat food is manufactured by mixing wet and dry ingredients into a dough, which is then heated under pressure before it is cut into kibble bite-size pieces. Kibble is then dried, cooled, and spray coated, while some other manufacturers may prefer baking their products.

Why Go The Wet Food Route?

Adding some wet canned cat food is definitely a must when you take that trip to the grocery. So what’s the advantage of stacking on some canned options?

Better weight management

Canned cat food is undoubtedly higher in moisture content. But an added bonus is that, compared to dry food, it requires less carbs in general. While this can vary per brand, wet cat food does not need as much starch as kibble to hold the food together. A diet with fewer carbs lessens chances of your cat having too much unspent or unused energy sources that may only add to his weight gain overtime.

Additionally, since it is a denser option, wet food can make your cat feel fuller and, therefore, eat a bit less compared to dry cat food.

Avoid constipation for your feline friend

Dehydration has its price, and for pets, it can lead to constipation. Even though nothing will beat regular hydration, feeding them with wet cat food can provide them with more sources for hydration.

The picky eater’s choice–most of the time!

Perhaps a big advantage of wet canned food over dry food is its stronger, fresher taste. Even picky eaters may find their preferred flavour in a single or many varied cans. There can be a downside to this though. Tastier food means making your cats susceptible to overeating. Thus, once you see which flavours a cat loves, use timed feeding and portion feeding to keep portions in control.

Want to experiment on flavour? Try Loveabowl’s Chicken Snowflakes in Broth with Barramundi. Its recipe packs each can with taurine, vitamin E, and other natural ingredients without adding more grains and carrageenan. Meant for cats of all ages, this flavour will definitely be a favourite.

Go easy on your cat’s teeth

Is your cat struggling to bite into dry, hard kibble? Then you may do well to give his teeth a break by feeding him with wet cat food. Wet food is infinitely much softer and easier to eat. This may bring immense comfort to your cat during feeding time.

Loveabowl’s Tuna Ribbons in Broth with Shirasu takes it to another level by incorporating whitebait as a source of calcium, for stronger bones and teeth.

Why You Should Try The Dry

More carbs

When reading the food label, you may notice that dry cat food may appear to have a higher carbohydrate content. This can throw some cat owners into a toss-up: does that mean I should skip dry food? Vets would advise that most cats need only minimal carbs in their diets anyway.

However, carb content in dry food may be due to the inclusion of rice and other grain products. Even so, carbs play a role in one’s dietary needs, and your cat is no exception. Carbs can be broken down to glucose, which is a readily available source of energy for your pet.

Additionally, certain cat food recipes may require a balanced proportion of protein and carbs, especially for cats that have weight management issues. Opting for dry carbs means your pet’s protein portions are reserved for producing and maintaining body tissue, rather than for energy production.

Want to play it safe with the carb content? Go grain-free instead. Try Loveabowl Chicken, which is loaded with superfoods rather than excess carbohydrates. It uses low-carb starchy ingredients like flax seed and kelp meal for a tasty treat.

Easier on the budget

As much as we would want to keep spoiling our feline babies with gourmet meals every time, it can make quite a hefty dent on our weekly budgets. The overall appeal of dry cat food is that it can be a very economical alternative on some days.

Less spoilage overall

Adding to its economical upside, dry cat food also has a longer shelf life. This can offer a big weight off your shoulders, as you can store a lot of kibble bags in your space and not have to worry too much about spoilage. Plus, it’s the equivalent of our own take-out. Just pour some kibble into a bowl and leave it for them to enjoy.

Good complement to wet food

Perhaps the biggest advantage of having cat kibble in your pantry is that it’s a good complement for a better, more balanced diet. You can enjoy all the benefits of wet and dry food if you strike the proper balance in what you feed your fur baby. The variety of the kibble’s crunch and various flavours can easily make his meal times even more enjoyable.

This is what Loveabowl boasts: a wide array of flavours for its dry cat food line. Want to experiment with taste? Try a blend of Chicken and Snow Crab. How about introducing a novel but flavourful taste of the sea? The grain-free Herring, Salmon and Atlantic Lobster recipe features a unique recipe that is loaded with taurine and lean-protein Atlantic lobster for all the essential nutrients without too much unnecessary carbs. Best of all, the seafood ingredients are sourced from free-range farms and fresh Canadian Atlantic waters, ensuring freshness in every bite.

The Importance of a Balanced Diet

So, what’s the verdict? It’s always about balance. Cats need both dry and wet food for a better eating experience. Each type has an advantage, and you can make the most out of it by mixing wet and dry food, or alternating each type during feeding time.

Some cat owners opt to incorporate some dry kibble into wet canned food. Others feed wet food on certain periods as part of an established routine. In whatever way you find yourself using these two cat food types, what’s important is you take full control in feeding your feline baby.

It’s a matter of understanding your pet’s needs and preferences, so you can cater to them accordingly. Make sure to go with the cat food brand that understands what most cats need in terms of their dietary nutrition.

And what better way to deliver their needs than to trust only in brands that prioritize your cat’s needs and then some–just like Loveabowl. Focusing on delivering only the freshest free-range ingredients in every serving, Loveabowl aims to give a balanced diet packed in so many unique and novel flavours, it will feel like a feast with each mealtime.

Hello Summer!

With summer in full swing, it’s time for fun for the whole family, and that includes your four-legged buds.  

It’s been a long year. Chances are, we’re all looking forward to spending time outdoors with warm weather upon us. What better way to soak up the summer fun than to share this time with your furry chums? 

Walking and hiking are trite. Here are oodles of alternative summer activities you can do with your furry best friends. That said, consider your dog’s personality, activity level, and interests to ensure they have fun.

Cold treats, warm hearts 

The fastest way to your pup’s heart? Through the tummy, of course! Whip up savoury seasonal treats from frozen watermelon cubes to pup-sicles to help your furry pal keep up with summer heat. Making them is fun (and their recipes are easy) to do together! 

Alfresco is a go 

Summer means patio season. Time to dine al fresco with your dog! Get out of the kitchen and stroll to the nearest pet-friendly restaurant or cafe near you. If your pup gets a little fidgety when seated too long, grab some take-out and head to the park instead. 

Hop, skip, and camp 

Warmer months are ideal for camping with our four-legged best friends. It’s also a great way to bond with your dog while giving the exercise they need to stay fit. Many campgrounds are dog-friendly as long as they are kept on a leash. Follow their rules for your own safety and to ensure that you and your dog enjoy your camping experience. 

Dippity dip in the pool 

A pool is a great way to cool off the heat. Most dogs are natural swimmers but to be extra safe, you can get your pooch a life jacket. Give your dog a quick rinse after—chlorine can irritate some dogs’ eyes, skin, and ears. Remember to supervise at all times.  

Ready, set, play 

Spending summer doesn’t have to break the bank. Make your own backyard obstacle course for fun or to practise agility at home. You can buy kits or make your own simple obstacles out of pillows or things you can find at home. Just keep the obstacles low for your dog’s safety and remember to let them go at their own pace.  

While sunny days are a favourite, the hot weather can cause real problems for our dogs. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and push for just one more game or for one more hour of swimming. It’s essential to keep safety top of mind, especially when you have puppies or senior pets around. 

Here are a few tips to keep your dog happy and healthy when they’re out and about.

  • Provide water to keep them cool and hydrated.

    Help keep your pup hydrated and happy! Make sure they have access to fresh water to drink at all times. Because our hyper canine buds do not have sweat glands, they need water to stay cool. Playing in the water also gives them relief from the heat. Just don’t forget to keep your eye on them at all times! 

  • Avoid shaving.

    It’s hot and sticky and maybe you’re tempted to shave your dog’s coat. Before you grab the clippers, know that your bud has other ways to cool down aside from giving them a new do. While we remove layers of clothing to keep cool, our pups cool down in other ways, like by panting and sweating through their noses and pads of their feet. Shaving their coat may actually do more harm than good. An exception to this are Shih Tzus, Poodles, Bichons, and Yorkies who are single-coated dogs with hair, not fur. They can be shaved with no effect other than softer coats or colour changes! 

  • Apply pet-friendly sunscreen.

    Keep those tender ears, noses and bellies from getting burnt with a pet-friendly sunscreen. Despite having wads of fur to protect their skin, those powerful rays are just as harmful to your dog as they are to you. Before you head out for a sunny hike or walk, remember to apply sunscreen generously on yourself and your pup!  

  • Protect their paws.

    Long walks in the summer can hurt your dog’s feet. Protect their adorable paws by doing outdoor activities before or after the sun’s peak hours. Don’t forget to check the temperature of the road before your walk! Check the surface by putting the back of your hand on it for 5 to 7 seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it means it’s too hot for your dog! 

          Paw waxing and moisturising regularly can also help protect your pup. Dog boots help protect the paws from the heat too! 

  • Maintain a balanced diet.

    It’s summer—sometimes this gives us an excuse to spoil our pups with treats more than usual. While that’s okay, don’t forget that your dog still needs a balanced diet to keep being healthy. Check our selection here for delicious and nutritious meals for your pup. 

Sunny days mean outdoor fun! Make time and appreciate the season before the leaves change colour and fall to the ground. Summer is the perfect time to explore, bond, and discover new activities with your furry best friend. 

7 Paws-itively Easy Tips for Healthier and Happier Dogs

Having dogs as our best friends is not always a walk in the park. As pet parents, we often worry if they are as happy and healthy as they can be.

Our dogs are more than just pets; they’re members of our family. It’s not very complicated to keep them happy and healthy if we take care of the basics. Scheduling timely check-ups and getting them vaccinated on time are a start. Keeping our dogs in good shape is better than treating a health problem after it develops.

Here, we share 7 paws-itively doable tips to make sure your dog is healthy so you can enjoy many happy years together.

1. Keep them active with regular exercise

Proper diet coupled with exercise are two of the best ways to help your dog maintain proper weight. Dogs will not usually say no to food. Keeping your dogs active helps prevent medical issues like diabetes, thyroid, and joint problems.

Dogs are a big ball of energy and exercise prevents them from becoming bored, which can sometimes lead to behavioral problems like excessive licking, barking, chewing, and digging.

Both in dogs and hoomans, exercise boosts the production of endorphins, a.k.a. ‘happy hormones.’ Not only does exercise keep your dog fit but it also improves their mood. Help your dog stay in shape by taking them for regular walks and staying fit through other forms of exercise.

Swimming, for example, is an excellent exercise for dogs who have joint or weight issues. Swimming in warm water is therapeutic for dogs recovering from surgery or injury. It helps the recovery process by strengthening joints.

When exercising, don’t forget to account for your dog’s size, breed, and age.

2. Make sure they are hydrated

Dogs need adequate water intake to stay healthy. Water helps them absorb nutrients more efficiently and regulate digestion and body temperature. Keeping an eye on your dog’s water consumption is vital to prevent dehydration.

There are plenty of ways to encourage your dog to stay hydrated, like providing more water bowls, setting up a dog fountain, or adding water in their food. Considering your dog’s water preference makes a ton of difference too!

Make it a habit to give your dog access to clean water 24/7. Keeping them hydrated prevents kidney problems, urinary tract infections, and other health issues.

3. Take care of their teeth and gums

Like humans, dogs benefit from dental care as well. Our furry best friend actually has a third more teeth than we do (42 permanent teeth for adult dogs!). Each should be clean, free of plaque and tartar.

The simplest way to keep track of your dog’s dental health is to check their teeth regularly and be aware of signs or symptoms. One of the most straightforward indicators that something is wrong with their dental health is consistently bad breath (halitosis). Your dog’s breath may not always be fresh, but it also shouldn’t be bad enough to make you gag.

It’s ideal to brush your dog’s teeth at least twice daily to prevent periodontal disease. This usually starts with gingivitis caused by plaque; if left untreated, it can lead to painful tooth loss. Once brushing becomes a part of your dog’s daily routine, they will begin to expect and enjoy it.

Regular check-ups are recommended to help remove plaque and prevent tartar accumulation. Make brushing a positive experience and give your dog reassurance, especially when they get nervous!

4. Don’t forget playtime

Playing with your dogs is fun for both of you. Luckily, it also comes with plenty of health benefits for them. Playtime keeps them active, keeping their organs healthy and lubricating their joints. It’s also a fun way for your dog to release all that pent-up energy.

Apart from strengthening your bond, playtime also keeps your dog mentally healthy. Like some of us, dogs get bored quickly, so adding in a few brief games is a tried-and-true way to ensure your dog gets a nice mental workout each day. Playing with your dog stimulates their brain in different ways; for example, interactive games like fetching help build their focus and discipline.

5. Proper diet

Just like us hoomans, eating right is essential to maintaining good health. The same goes for our dogs. While they are not picky, this doesn’t mean we can be careless with what we feed them.

Always freshly sourced from Canada, our pet food like Loveabowl Chicken and Atlantic Lobster is a superb source of omega-6 and -3 fatty acids. Enriched with fridge free probiotics (for a healthy gut) and 7 kinds of superfoods like blueberries (antioxidant – fight aging & cancer), cranberries (UTI), pumpkin (digestion), spinach (protect GI from inflammation), lentils (enhance energy), kelp (reduce skin inflammation), and peppermint (fresher breath). 

Suitable for active pups too! It’s loaded with taurine to ensure proper development of eyes, reproduction, bile acid (for fat digestion) and for a healthy heart in young puppies. Taurine helps avoid Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

Loveabowl products also do not contain by-product meals, GMOs, added growth hormones, artificial preservatives, wheat, corn, soy or potato. Perfectly safe and healthy for your pup! Check out other available proteins here or get a sample here.

Make sure your dog is eating properly and getting the right nutrients. Look for high-quality ingredients and avoid artificial ones.

6. Be mindful of their hygiene

Keeping your dog clean is not just a pampering session. Even if your pooch has short hair, they need regular grooming. Brushing ventilates their coat, helping it grow healthy and strong. This way, your dog’s skin can breathe and at the same time lower the grease in their coat. Too much oil in their fur can block pores and cause irritation and other skin problems. 

Proper grooming allows you to be one step ahead. It can eliminate mats, ticks, fleas, shedding, and other severe health conditions. Nail trims are also important to your dog’s health. Uncut nails are detrimental to the joints on your dog’s paws, making them more prone to arthritis. Ear cleaning is also a must! This prevents ear infection and helps early ear mites detection.

Schedule a professional grooming session for your pup. Regular visits allow early detection of lumps, bumps, and skin irritations.

7. Regular check-ups

While there’s no established rule on how often you should take your dog to the vet, having regular check-ups can help spot potential health issues before they arise. Core vaccines protect pets from transmissible diseases.

Check-up visits are holistic and give your vet the chance to assess your dog’s overall physical health. Visiting the vet regularly is a ‘prevention is better than cure’ approach. Don’t hold off on the appointment even if your dog seems fit and healthy.

It’s never too late to go the extra mile when it comes to keeping your dog healthy. Other than these tips, showing your love for your dog is always a surefire way to a long, healthy, and happy life.

Unique Protein Marks the Spot

Is your dog being a little picky lately with their food? It’s puzzling, especially when they’re in good health, but the appetite is just not there. But no need to dial up the worry button. There’s a chance your furry best friend is just craving something new!

The thing about our loveable pets is they’re sometimes exactly like us hoomans. We have our favourites when it comes to food—but imagine eating it every day! The same goes for our dogs. Yes, they happily munch on beef or chicken, but it doesn’t mean they’re not craving for something—sometimes anything—else.

One alternative that many paw parents lean-to is a ‘unique protein’ source. But what exactly is it? We know it’s getting increasingly difficult to choose which food is the best (there’s just too many in the market!), so we’re giving the lowdown on unique proteins and why you should let your pup give it a try.

What is a unique protein?

Proteins are the building blocks of life. More importantly, it’s a vital part of your dog’s diet. The amino acids (from which proteins are made) enable proper body function, healthy organ maintenance, hormone production, and more.

The most common protein choices are chicken, pork, or beef. While there’s nothing wrong with these proteins, some dogs develop intolerance and food allergies over time.

On the other hand, there are rarer proteins typically not found in mainstream meat sources. These ‘unique proteins’ can be found in sources like salmon, lamb, duck, and turkey. They also generally have higher quality than regular proteins.

This is one reason why paw parents flock to unique protein diets. The more we expose our dog’s digestive system to multiple proteins, the less likely they are to develop an allergic reaction.

But unique proteins are not only ideal for allergy issues, they have many other benefits, too.

It perks up the appetite

Dogs are not as picky as cats when it comes to food, but they still need a little variety. And because our pups are such huge meat lovers, unique proteins provide an added excitement during meals. The new smell and taste of their food will make mealtime even more enjoyable and tasty.

Helps prevent food intolerance

Overexposure to certain food ingredients may lead to allergies, intolerances, and more. 

Including unique proteins in your dog’s diet may help decrease the chance of developing long-term health issues. Dogs also digest unique proteins more easily than regular ones. 

A rotation of proteins gives your dog exposure to a wider variety of micronutrients essential for optimal health and nutrition. Plus, scientific studies have found that puppies fed a variety of food in their first year are less likely to develop food allergies later on.

Higher quality of protein

Unique proteins are often found in meat sources raised in a stress-free environment and fed with an appropriate diet. This is why their meat quality tends to be better, tastier, and healthier. Most unique proteins are often labeled as grain- or soy-free, natural, or made with limited ingredients.

Out with the old, in with the new

What can you do to make sure your dog has a healthy and palatable diet? You can start by slowly adding a small amount of their old food with new food during mealtime.

Loveabowl Salmon and Snow Crab is an excellent source of protein and gentle on your dog’s tummy. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help boost immunity, promote a healthy and shiny coat, and lower inflammation. Meanwhile, snow crab is low-fat, high protein, and contains three times the amount of selenium than cod and 12 times that of beef! Selenium has many great benefits for your dog. It helps maintain thyroid hormone levels, promote and preserve tissue elasticity, contain high levels of antioxidants, good reproductive health, to name a few. 

You can also try Loveabowl Chicken and Atlantic Lobster. This tasty recipe offers a super source of omega-6 fatty acids, while the chicken provides glucosamine to keep your pup’s bones healthy and strong. The Atlantic Lobster is not only great-tasting but it’s also high in protein and low in fat —suitable for overweight dogs, as well as help proper growth of lean muscles for active pups. It’s also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation and the risk of arthritis.  

Our kibbles are made in Canada with fresh locally sourced ingredients. Gluten-free without artificial preservatives, wheat, corn, soy, or potato. No harmful ingredients! Just the essentials your dog needs to grow happy and healthy.

Remember that not all proteins are created equal! What works for your canine buddy might not work for others and vice versa. Make sure you do your research and always consult with your vet whenever making major changes in your dog’s diet. And when you do introduce a new protein, give it time and don‘t forget to reward your pooch for their progress.

Keeping our dogs in great shape takes work but seeing them happy and healthy makes it all worth it!

Herring All the Right Things II

Herring? What herring? Herring again?

We can’t stop gushing about herring but mostly because we’re constantly thinking of how to keep our pets happy and healthy. Choosing their food and planning their diet is a major part of that equation. So we mix it up and find a tasty but balanced break from their usual.

As paw parents, we try to make meal time more appealing to our cats and dogs. Variety is just as important when it comes to creating a nutritious meal so it’s no surprise that fish is on the menu when we’re shopping for pet food.

There are plenty of fish in the sea but which are the best for your pets? And most importantly, which are safe for your pets to eat?

Not all fish are created equal

The right fish can bring a variety of health benefits to your pets. Fish is a great source of protein that your four-legged companions need to have a balanced and healthy diet. Some types of fish are better than others and small fatty fish are usually at the topmost tier when it comes to pet food nutrition.

For example, herring—or known in the seafood industry as “silver darlings” or “silver of the sea”—is rich in healthy fats but contains relatively low amounts of harmful chemicals found in similar fish. Just in case you’re not familiar, this silvery fish is often found in both fresh and saltwater, though the Atlantic variant makes up a substantial portion of the herring market.  These fish don’t grow larger than 16 inches long, and smaller ones are often mistaken for sardines.

What sets herring apart from other fish is that these scaly swimmers are low in mercury, making them a safe addition to your pet’s diet. But it isn’t just the lower amounts of mercury that makes herring a good alternative. It is a plentiful source of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, with about 1.5 to 2 grams of omega-3 per 3-ounce serving (contrast this with tuna’s 1.2 grams per 3-ounce serving). EPA and DHA not only boost immunity and fight inflammation but can also help improve your pet’s skin and coat quality.

Herring is also an excellent source of Vitamin D, vital to keep muscles, bones, and teeth healthy.

A break from tuna

Is your cat becoming (or already) a tunaholic? Do they come running when you open a can? Some of us are guilty of sharing a little canned tuna, or at least tuna juice, with our cats. The desperate purrs at our feet can be hard to say no to, but tuna is not the only way to offer your cat a fishy treat. 

Give your cat a break from their tuna fix! Try our herrings sourced from New Brunswick, Canada, particularly in Caraquet and Blacks Harbour: Loveabowl’s Herring, Salmon and Atlantic Lobster. It’s grain-free and rich in taurine, which protects your cat’s vision, circulatory, and digestive systems. It’s also made with Atlantic lobster and omega-3 salmon for an extra dose of vitamins and minerals for your feline friend. 

Can dogs eat fish?

There’s a myriad of fish-flavoured foods for your pup, from fish sticks to fish skins and fresh fish. It’s not surprising since fish makes a nutritious protein alternative for dogs, especially those allergic to beef or chicken.

Herring can be added to your dog’s diet, too. Loveabowl’s Herring and Salmon is a great source of easy-to-digest healthy protein full of immunity-boosting omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids. With salmon in the mix, it helps with the immune system, curb inflammation, and give your pup’s coat a healthy sheen.

It can be a part of your dog’s healthy balanced diet without dealing with the mess of raw fish. Win-win!

Remember that each dog has different digestion issues. What works for one might be a health trigger for another. Speak directly to your veterinarian if you have questions about specific fish and if it’s safe enough for your dogs.

Everything in moderation

We’ve all been there—a science class when we were kids, where we were first introduced to mercury, the “liquid metal.” While it does look pretty amazing, it also does a pretty awful job to animal bodies, ours included, when ingested.

Unfortunately, fish have trace amounts of mercury, with the average amount depending on the species and where they’re found. Some mercury is naturally introduced to seawater, such as through volcanic eruptions, but a majority is from industrial means, such as coal burning or dumping chemicals into the ocean.

Eventually, organic methylmercury enters the food chain and accumulates at higher levels in larger species of fish. When eaten (by us or our pets), mercury is absorbed into the body.

For the most part, though, small amounts of mercury in fish do not pose a health problem. But if your pet has ingested too much mercury over an extended period, they may begin to show certain health issues, such as digestive and kidney problems. As always, talk to your vet when your pet starts showing symptoms.

Don’t worry! Even if mercury is present in fish and shellfish, this doesn’t mean that you should eliminate it completely from your pet’s diet. An alternative is within reach—and it definitely isn’t a red herring!


Keep Your Cat Hydrated With These Simple Tips

As pet parents, we know how crucial drinking water is for our cats. We also know that cats have a low thirst drive, and keeping up with their fluid intake can be a challenge.

Cats are typically not water drinkers. They come from a long line of desert-dwelling felines who got most of the water they needed from their prey. And because they have a remarkable ability to concentrate urine, this helps them survive on smaller quantities of water compared to other animals. But cats still need adequate water intake. It’s vital for their organs and skin, body temperature regulation, tissue repair, among others.

The last thing we want is for our cats to be dehydrated, which poses a serious threat to their overall health. While getting your cat to drink enough water can be tricky, there are ways to make it a part of their daily habit. Read some of our simple but doable tips to keep your cat hydrated and healthy.

Add wet food to their diet

Good news! Water is not the only way to keep your cats hydrated. Wet food may also meet your cat’s nutritional needs. It’s closer to raw food and it offers better hydration because of its high water content.

Supplementing your cat’s diet with wet food can increase their overall water intake. Make sure your cat gets plenty of moisture in their diet. Try  Loveabowl Chicken Snowflakes in Broth or Loveabowl Tuna Ribbons in Broth. Both are rich in vitamin E and taurine, and provide your cat with the nutrients they need—a great choice for even the fussiest of cats. 

Explore our wet cat food options to help increase your cat’s water intake—no need to get rid of dry food. Strike a balance with wet cat food and see what works best for your cat. That said, introduce new food gradually and always check with your vet before making any significant changes to your cat’s diet.

Give them options

Because cats have a low thirst drive, they might not readily drink from a water bowl even if you put one out. Give your cat options and experiment with different kinds of bowls or dispensers. Cats are fussy and don’t like it when water or food touch their whiskers (because those long facial protrusions are extra sensitive).

You can choose from different water bowl materials, such as glass, stainless steel, and ceramic. We recommend a wide, shallow bowl so your cats can drink without the water touching their whiskers.

Do change your cat’s drinking water often! It can become unappealing if not refreshed at least once every day.

Invest in a water fountain

A cat fountain might do the trick, that is if your cat doesn’t shy away from the noise. Cats are naturally drawn to running water, so water from the fountain looks more like what they’d encounter in the wild. This way, your cat has steady access to water.

A water fountain is a good option because some cats prefer a raised drinking area to avoid their fur getting wet. Multiple streams with extra-large capacities are also available if you have multiple cats at home. 

Choose one that lets a cascade of water fall from a small faucet to mimic the behaviour of naturally flowing water. Remember to clean it regularly as bacteria and mould can build up, discouraging your cat from drinking water.

You can find several fountains that can complement your decor at home.

Spread water bowls around the house

One of the easiest ways to make sure your cats are hydrated is by having plenty of water stations, both inside and outside of the house. This is especially important if you have multiple cats at home since cats do not like to share resources.

It’s advisable to place water stations away from each other as a timid cat might not want to visit a water bowl when a more dominant cat is drinking. Place water bowls in areas your cat’s favourite spot so it’s easily accessible.

You can also try placing their water bowl next to their food bowl. Cats are more likely to drink while eating. Some often switch back and forth between eating and drinking, especially if they’re eating dry food. Remember to place water bowls in a quiet place where your cat can drink undisturbed.

It can be difficult to monitor your cat’s water intake throughout the day. But you can do so by comparing the amount of water at the end of the day to the volume at the beginning. Always keep the water bowl clean and fresh by refilling iit multiple times per day. No one wants to drink from a dirty, dusty cup! And always remember to keep the litter box away from your cat’s food and water area.

Try different types of water

We won’t be surprised if your cat doesn’t like tap water. They are picky creatures, after all!

Try changing the source and switching to bottled or filtered water. While filtering won’t make it fluoride-free, it might help water taste better for your cat. The general rule of thumb is that if we can drink it, it’s good enough for our cats—except for distilled water. Once in a while, in small amounts is fine, but it should not be the sole source of water for your cats. Regular consumption of distilled water can potentially lower the pH of your cat’s urine and make it acidic. When this happens, they may develop urinary crystals or stones.

During warmer months, many cats prefer their water chilled. Pop a few ice cubes in the bowl to encourage your cat to drink more. As long as your cats don’t eat the ice, give it to them as a treat from time to time.

Putting down a saucer of milk can be tempting but keep in mind that most cats are lactose intolerant. Milk should not be the first choice when it comes to hydration. It can give your cat gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea. If your cat can tolerate milk, opt for lactose-free as this is gentler on their tummy. This should always be done in moderation. Water is still the most beneficial for your cat!

The amount of water your cat should be drinking depends on their age, weight, and health. Regardless of these factors, your cat should always have 24/7 access to clean water. If your cat still isn’t keen on drinking water, talk to your veterinarian.


10 Creative Ways to Tell Your Pets You Love Them

We may know how to tell that our pets love us, but can they say the same for us? There is literally nothing we won’t do for our furry best friends. How do we let them know that life would be so much different without them?

Whether you have cats who behave like royals or dogs who chew on your favourite pair of shoes, it’s perfectly understandable that you want to spoil them every now and then. How can we not? They sleep with us every night, love us beyond measure, cheer us up when we’re feeling blue, and shower us every day with slobbery kisses.

You don’t need to spend a boatload of money to show your four-legged pals just how much you love them. There are plenty of simple, affordable, and creative ways to let your furry BFFs know that life is ten times sweeter with them around.

Scroll through to see how you can shower your pets with copious affection without breaking the bank.

1. Get off the phone

Our pets get hurt when we are easily distracted by our phones. After all, playtime with us is what they most look forward to in their day. It’s a feeling akin to playing hide-and-seek with your friends or playing catch with dad when you were little. When you’re spending quality time with your furry BFF, put your phone away and be completely involved.

We know the benefits of playing with our pets for ourselves, but did you know that it also helps them too? Active play helps them mentally and physically. It makes their heart healthy, stimulates their brain, and keeps them sharp and focused. It’s a win-win! Spending time with your pet with no distraction makes all the difference. Try it!

2. Learn their language

Communication is key to living in harmony with our pets. Sadly, our furry best friends are not mind readers and what’s “normal” for us may be a totally foreign concept to them. Pets aren’t verbal, but they can still communicate in their own way.

Start with something simple and make it a habit to lean down when you talk or pet your furry pals. “Looming” over them is intimidating and might scare them away (in pet speak, this usually means “I’m in charge and in control”). It’s upsetting and frightening and we don’t want pets to feel that. Level with your pets and try crouching or kneeling on the floor so your height and stance don’t become a threat to them.

There are plenty of ways to understand our pets’ language. Watch a tutorial or read a book about what their faces, gestures, blinks, and more are trying to communicate. This way, you can be a good listener and, ultimately, a better pet parent.

3. Spoil them with delicious food

Food is a fool-proof and tasty way to tell your pets you love them. Spoil them with delicious, yummy, and high-quality pet food.

It’s important to give your pets food that is good for their overall health, so make sure they are eating something both delicious and nutritious. Give your pup a variety of kibbles from Loveabowl. They come in three variants: Salmon and Snow Crab, Chicken and Atlantic Lobster, and Herring and Salmon. These yummy kibbles are packed with essential nutrients and protein to keep your pets not just happy but also healthy.

We know cats are fussy eaters and it may be harder to find food for them compared to our pooch. For starters, we recommend Loveabowl’s Tuna Ribbons in Broth with Salmon or Chicken Snowflakes in Broth with Shirasu. They are just the right balance of taste and nutrition. You can mix these in with your cat’s food for an extra-special meal.

4. Give them a good brushing

Get your pet’s coat looking silky and smooth by brushing their hair. This can be soothing to both you and your pets. Not only is it a great way to bond and de-stress after a busy day but it also helps distribute natural oils throughout your pet’s fur. Dogs don’t groom themselves as obsessively as cats do, so they need a little extra help to spread those natural oils around.

Plus, brushing prevents shedding. The more hair you get off of your dog with a brush, the less hair will be floating around your house!

Do remember that not all pets want to be brushed. If you have a pet who doesn’t fancy the idea, start off slow with just a few minutes of brushing. Reward them with a special treat afterward!

5. Take them to the groomers

Cats are natural groomers, but a little professional help wouldn’t hurt. Dogs are not keen on DIY self-care, so taking them to the groomers is highly beneficial to them.

Set a “spa” date and take your pet to the groomers for the full treatment. Our pets need to be groomed to remove any excess dirt from their skin that builds up over time. Groomers can also spot possible health problems that may fly under the radar. We really don’t want fleas, ticks, or other intrusive bugs bothering our pets.

Don’t let your pets feel neglected! This may seem like a small act but it’s a big deal to your furry BFFs. Grooming your pets is an essential act of love and compassion. Consistent grooming will make them feel more comfortable and happier in their day-to-day activities.

6. Celebrate their birthday

Grab your party hats and snap some sweet photos! It’s time to celebrate your pet’s birthday! If the date is unknown, it’s usually the day we brought them home. Birthdays only happen once a year, no need to hold back. Let’s thank our fur babies for their unconditional love and affection, and shower them with new toys and treats. They will not only appreciate all the attention, but they will also enjoy it for sure.

And besides, one pet year is equivalent to seven human years, which means seven times the celebration! (Well, the math isn’t really that simple, but you get the point!) We promise, you’ll appreciate looking back on them with tears in your eyes as the years go on.

7. Exercise with them

All pets need a little exercise. Cats need to play (no, swinging from drapes does not count), dogs need to run, and even hamsters need their daily spin on their cute little wheels.

Just because cats don’t run up to us with a ball in their mouths, doesn’t mean they don’t want to be played with. Cats like chasing things so why not challenge them with a game where they can hunt? Try a fishing pole toy that has feathers or other items attached to it. Make sure there are no loose little parts they can choke on. Allow your cat to win now and again. There’s a chance they will get bored and lose interest if you don’t. This is exercise and play rolled into one.

A fenced yard is a safe place for pups to run and play, but large fields and rolling hills can make a world of difference for them. Large open spaces allow them to run free and release pent-up emotions. Dog walking a mile or more a day will benefit both you and your pooch by building strength, endurance, burning calories, and breathing fresh air.
Show your beloved pup extra love with a daily dog walk. You’ll both reap the benefits.

8. Give their beds a good cleaning

Pets can be dirty, hairy, and stinky. They can’t help it. Unlike us, they can’t clean up after themselves and they can’t throw their dirty stuff in the wash. What better way to show our love than to freshen up their bed? Keeping their bed, blankets, and toys clean reduces possible allergens and bacteria. It’s a healthy habit for both your pets and your family.

9. Have a snuggle time

Between work, house chores, and an ever-growing to-do list, cuddling with our pets is often overlooked. We know that dogs are friendlier and that cats are fiercely independent, but they too sometimes crave human touch. Giving your pets affection empowers and makes them feel loved and secure.

The next time your pet is aggressively trying to get your attention, stop what you’re doing and give them a snuggle. While you’re at it, shower them with kisses too!

10. Take them to a professional photoshoot

Raise your hand if you have thousands of pictures of your pets but still can’t get enough. But maybe it’s high time to give our phones a break and bring our furry pals to a photoshoot!

Booking a professional pet photoshoot gives you beautiful, high-quality photographs of your pets that will last a long time. It’s a fun and memorable experience that you and your furry companions will never forget.

These are tailored for you and are usually available indoors or outdoors, depending on what theme you like. Professional photographers are skilled and have plenty of tips (and treats!) up their sleeve to make sure it’s a happy experience for you and your pets.

In a time where everything is digital, printed photos are more meaningful.

Show your pets some extra love today by keeping them active, healthy, and snuggled! After all, this will make them happy and their happiness is yours too! Remember to make time for your pets and let them know just how grateful you are and how much they mean to you.

What to Do When Your Cat Is a Picky Eater

So, your cat is not eating and it’s sending your mind to a frenzy. Before you start panic-buying all the cat food available, breathe and take a step back. Don’t take it personally! Our feline friends are notorious for being picky eaters.

The good news is, this behavior is generally learned and not bred into them. Cats have a discerning palate and often, different factors influence their perception of food—there’s texture, temperature, and even the way their meal is served. But just because your cat turns up its nose at the food you give them doesn’t always mean they’re too fussy to eat.

Don’t be so quick to chalk it up to cattitude! Still, it’s best to take them to the vet, just to make sure they don’t have any underlying condition that causes them to have a decreased appetite. It’s advisable to do this before making any major changes to their eating habits.
But if the vet finds nothing wrong and your cat is still being extra difficult, consider the following tips to help them start eating their meals again.

Find their preference

Cats have certain taste preferences so you may need to try a few different types of food before finding one your cat is truly happy with. We can’t ask our kitties what type of food they like best, sadly. We have to rely on their behavior to know what food they prefer. A cat will ignore a meal they don’t like and will immediately gobble up food they love.

If you’re having a difficult time figuring out what food your cat likes, try a one-off food trial. Simply put out a small amount of food (can be a mix of wet and dry) and see which dish your cat gravitates toward. When it comes to dry food, opt for products that address the specific needs of fussy cats: smell, texture and how your cat feels after eating. Proper food not only satisfies your cat’s energy needs, but also provides the right nutrients they need to be in tip-top shape.

Set a feeding routine

Create a feeding schedule that includes meals at specific times of the day. Cats are creatures of habits and thrive best with a routine. Cats do not respond well to change and often perceive it as a threat. To keep your cats happy and healthy, make sure their routine (and yours) is as consistent as possible. Feeding cats on a schedule is an essential trick to reinforce their eating habit.

Create a designated feeding area

Cats are not social eaters. They don’t enjoy dining with a crowd. Place their food in a quiet place, away from the hustle and bustle of the house. It’s essential to note that cats need to have their food and water away from their litter box. Cats are naturally clean creatures and putting their food near the litter will curb their appetite.

Let them try wet food

Dry food does not always meet your cat’s needs as much as wet food does. Most cats prefer wet food because of its aroma and texture. Wet foods like Loveabowl’s Chicken Snowflakes in Broth or Tuna Ribbons in Broth have an aroma, texture, and flavor even the fussiest of cats will love. It’s natural food that contains no grains, carrageenan, and thickening agent. It’s a good complimentary meal for your cat’s main dish. If your cat has become increasingly selective with their regular meal, give wet foods a try.

Choose the right food bowl

Your choice in water and food bowls is an important factor on your cat’s diet. Go for bowls that are wide and shallow so your feline friend can eat properly. Elevated food bowls are also available for cats with orthopedic issues.
We recommend ceramic bowls that are microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Keep in mind that your cat’s food bowl can be a cesspool of bacteria. Be sure to keep them clean and spotless at all times.

Switch it up

When it comes to food, we all need a little variety from time to time. Yes, we love pizza but we can’t imagine eating it every day. Maybe your cat feels the same way? Try switching up their protein source. While cats are finicky, we do believe that they appreciate different flavors in their diet.

This is the time to give novel protein a try. Novel protein is simply protein your cat has never tried before. Most of these are often labeled as novel, grain- or soy-free, natural, dairy-free, hypoallergenic, or made with limited ingredients.

Try Loveabowl’s Salmon or Chicken and Snow crab kibbles for starters. Low-fat and taurine-fortified, it’s a great source of omega-6 fatty acids and packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fibre, and iron. Perfect to keep your cat active, happy, and healthy.

Make the switch gradually and don’t give your cat a smorgasbord of food to choose between all at once. A slow transition helps avoid digestive problems and gives your cat ample time to adjust to new flavors and textures.

Hold the treats

It’s tempting to give them treats, especially when showing good behavior. The cons? It can ruin their appetite and sometimes, they can make your cat overweight. Treats shouldn’t be a large part of your cat’s daily caloric intake. They are not nutritionally balanced, so your cat won’t necessarily get the nutrition needed out of them. While it’s hard to say no to their adorable faces, it’s all about balance! Giving them treats throughout the day can hinder their appetite and decrease motivation to eat their main meals. Limit their treats to just one or two times a day. And don’t worry, a few treats here and there aren’t likely to make your cat obese!

Serve food warm

The temperature at which you serve your cat’s food is also an important factor. While some cats happily eat cold food, some don’t fancy it as much. Eating cold wet food might irritate your cat’s tummy. This doesn’t mean your cat is sick! This actually means that their digestive system is working properly as it should. By serving your cat warm food, it releases more flavor and aroma, making the meal more appetizing for them. Kittens also prefer warm food as it reminds them of their mama’s milk which is usually at body temperature.

Try meal toppers

Eating the same dry kibble every day might be boring for your cat. Luckily, there’s an easy way to customize cat food and make it a little more appealing: meal toppers. Meal toppers are a convenient way to offer variety and add a personalized touch to your cat’s daily chow. It can be as simple as the drained water from canned tuna or the wet version of your cat food mixed into the dry food version. Ready-made toppers are also available in different versions like gravies, broths, shredded or flaked fish, or freeze-dried chicken crumbles.

Just be mindful of the amount of meal toppers you serve! Calories coming from treats or meal toppers should not exceed 10% of your cat’s total daily calorie intake. Whether homemade or bought, the purpose of meal toppers is to supplement the main cat food.

Ahoy! It’s a wild catch!

What goes into your pets’ food, and where it comes from, should never be a mystery to you. That’s why we provide paw-rents with the ability to instantly trace the origin of every ingredient in their bag of Loveabowl pet food. Also, we are bent on giving your pets exactly what they need because we’re committed to raising the bar on how pets are being fed – more than the quality of the food we feed ourselves.

From sourcing to cooking, our unwavering dedication to delivering premium nutrition enables us to meet the highest standard of quality, freshness, and care. Our primary goal is to source quality seafood (that’s found in your pets’ food!), sustainably. So what that essentially means is we know where the seafood comes from, how it was caught, where it was prepared, and how it got to you.

As luck would have it, seafood is actually a superfood that’s super delicious (not everything that tastes good is unhealthy!). It contains essential nutrients like iron, potassium, vitamin B12, riboflavin, and vitamin D. In addition, the Snow Crab, Salmon, Atlantic Lobster and Herring that give Loveabowl pet food it’s distinctive taste contain Omega-3 Fatty Acids too.

Paying homage to News Brunswick where these seafoods are sourced is of utmost importance. It’s a province on Canada’s east coast where you will most likely encounter people asking you, “Have you tried the fresh wild-caught seafood here?” It’s as much a part of the local cuisine as it is a part of the province’s maritime history. These gems are caught fresh from the Atlantic Ocean by the indigenous members of the News Brunswick community.

The pristine landscape of the area has been maintained for many generations by these people who believe that a clean environment translates into clean food. Need we say more about the supreme quality of the seafood obtained there? The very seafood that’s used to produce the unmistakably delicious Loveabowl Kibbles your paw pals can’t resist!


Surf up Atlantic Lobster

Most of us love ourselves some lobster. It’s tasty, it’s meaty, it’s expensive. And with so many of us looking for different ways to indulge our furry friends, can lobster be on the menu? To put it plainly, can our pets eat lobster?

And the answer to this is…YES! As like how we would include a smattering of various proteins in our diet, the same goes for our fur babies. Including some seafood like lobster in their meals from time to time can be really good for them, especially if it is exotic Atlantic lobster harvested from the pristine waters along the rugged north Atlantic coast of Canada (also an ingredient that can be found in Loveabowl!). Just make sure it’s cooked before you let them eat it.

So how exactly can lobster benefit your pets? For one, they are a lean protein. This means low calories and thus great for pets who need to reduce that expanding waistline. Lobster is also high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids which can help to build muscles, heal wounds, reduce inflammation, and ensure their body is functioning at peak form. 

Did we mention that lobster is also super delicious? 

So, the next time you are planning to include seafood in your pet’s diet, you may want to consider lobster. Your paw pals will love you so much more for it!


Herring All the Right Things

Herring? What’s herring?

If this is the first question that comes to head, you are likely not alone. As a fish that isn’t commonly found and consumed in Asia, it is almost unthinkable that there could be a pet food with this ingredient. 

Or is there? For those of you who have tried herring, you will know how delightful it can taste especially when grilled. Imagine having your furry friend partake in some of this goodness too. And besides its deliciousness, this fish also brings with it a great many health benefits, notably more so if they are spoiled with herring that hails from the cleanest waters of Caraquet and Blacks Harbour in Canada (yes, Loveabowl contains this too!).  

For one, herring is low in mercury. Two, it is packed full of immunity-boosting EPA and DHA, and Omega-3 fatty acids which makes sure your pet’s skin and coat are beautiful and luscious (Shampoo ad, anyone?). Of course, all these will only matter if their body is able to absorb nutrients efficiently which herring is capable of too. Surprise!

Want to give your best pal the best life? Introduce herring into as many mealtimes as possible from now on and let it work its wonders!