It’s no secret that my pets are incredibly important to me, to the point where I care for them and feed them as well as I would myself. I tend to believe that the fewer ingredients in something, the better. Since day 1 when I adopted my pets, I’ve fed them grain-free, corn-free natural foods and I truly believe it’s paid off in numerous ways. Recently, I started feeding them Beyond Natural Pet Food which is entirely grain-free, natural and contains about 9 ingredients, tops (to try it for yourself, click here for a free 4 lb bag of Beyond Natural Dry Dog food and click here for a free 3 lb. bag of Beyond Natural Dry Cat food). To illustrate just how important diet is for your pets: Noodle is an older gentleman, but still has the energy of a puppy. Georgette’s coat is truly one of the softest things you’ll ever feel.
There are other ways to nurture (read: spoil) your pets, too. One of my favorite things to do is treat Georgette and Noodle to natural “spa sessions.” Today I partnered with Beyond Natural Pet Food to share 3 ways to treat your pets (and your home) to a natural spa experience.
DIY Natural Pet Spa Tips
Lavender Refreshing Spray
- 2 cups distilled water
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- a few sprigs of dried lavender (optional)
Let’s discuss what no one wants to talk about, pet odor. I mix together this fast and fragrant spray to naturally make my home smell better. Simply combine the baking soda and essential oils in a bowl with a fork. Fill a spray bottle with water and add the mixture along with dried lavender. I like to up-cycle an old cosmetics bottle for a project like this — yet another way to be natural! Then I label the bottle with a bit of washi tape.
I spritz this refreshing spray into the air in my living room, bedroom, even kitchen.
Natural Litter Box Deodorizer
- a full jar of baking soda
- 5 drops of roman chamomile essential oil
While we’re on the topic of smells… let’s talk the litter box. Cats are incredibly sensitive creatures, so I recommend integrating change to the litter box slowly and gently. I use a natural pine cat litter because it doesn’t create dust that can irritate Georgette’s eyes. I also use a homemade natural deodorizer to freshen the box.
Simply mix together the baking soda and essential oil in a jar, shaking vigorously to combine well. I add this to the litter box once a week to keep both Georgette’s bathroom and mine smelling great. For this mixture, I suggest using roman chamomile because it is one of the few essential oils that tend not to irritate a cat’s sensitive skin. I definitely recommend slowing introducing this to your cat to ensure she is ok with the oil.
Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 7 drops essential oils (I used clary sage, but I also recommend bergamot or lavender)
- 3 tablespoons Castile soap
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ cup distilled water
Combine the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Then, pour into an airtight container (try using leftover jam jars). Refrigerate the mixture until you’re ready to use it. When it’s bathtime, simply use your fingers to scoop a bit out and start scrubbing. I let it sit for a few minutes so that the soothing coconut oil absorbs.
Because he’s a lowrider, I think Noodle tends to have pretty sensitive skin. He can get pretty itchy, especially after a long hike. I’ve found that oatmeal works wonders for him, especially if he needs frequent baths. This recipe is my tried and true way to keep Noodle clean while also soothing his sensitive skin.
These are just a few of the ways I take care of my tiny zoo naturally, but there are tons more. Be sure to head over to Pinterest to follow my Pamper your Pets the Natural Way board — I’ll be sharing tons of ways to naturally care for your pets along with Beyond Natural Pet Food.
Photography by Ashley Batz
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Beyond Natural Pet Food. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.
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