Tip of the week…
The smart way to feed a pet
Measure the food. If you don’t, your cat or dog is likely to become overweight, like most U.S. pets. To set portions, start with food-label guidelines. PetNutritionAlliance.org details how many calories your pet requires.
Focus on nutrients. When shopping for pet food, consider the ingredients but prioritize obtaining the nutrients your pet needs. Look for a statement indicating that animal testing has substantiated that the food provides “complete and balanced” nutrition.
Avoid grain-free foods. Some pet owners switch to grain-free foods to cut back on carbs, but the substitutes are usually processed starches, like potato starch or tapioca, which contain more calories and fewer nutrients than whole grains.
Use the right bowl. Plastic bowls can collect bacteria, especially once scratched. Use stainless steel instead, and wash the dishes after every meal.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens
And for those who have everything…
Far too many car air fresheners start out with good intentions and “end up at the intersection of chemical and saccharine.” But maybe the French have found a better model. Un Air de Diptyque emits fragrances that “cater to a more refined sense of smell,” as you might expect from a Paris-based luxury-goods company that specializes in candles and perfumes. Diptyque’s small diffuser, which clips over an air vent, includes a perforated filter that allows you to control how much scent escapes. Separate cartridges contain the scents: rose, orange blossom, and eight others, including pine-scented Pin—“for that classic tree-shaped effect minus the kitsch.”
$60, plus $38 per cartridge, diptyqueparis.com
Source: Bloomberg Businessweek