Are Candles, Air Fresheners, or Other Scented Products Safe For Pets? 3 Vets Weigh In

It's no secret that scented products have many benefits: from reviving long-forgotten memories to transforming your mood, scents can do wonders for your well-being. However, because cats and dogs have sensitive noses, some scented products can wreak havoc on their sense of smell, according to Matthew McCarthy, DVM, founder of Juniper Valley Animal Hospital. That said, it's important to remember that not all scented items cause problems. The ingredients, concentration of ingredients, and point o

You'll Love WandaVision Even More After Reading These Behind-the-Scenes Tidbits

WandaVision, the first Marvel Studio's television show, just kicked off the start of phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it's nothing short of fantastic! Although one of the strangest Marvel entries yet, the nine-episode series marks a great reintroduction into the MCU and segue to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Weird, unsettling, and hilarious, WandaVision follows Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Vision, played by Paul Bettany, living a blissful suburba

What Is Toxic Positivity, and Why Do Experts Say It's Harmful?

Have you ever been frustrated by someone who only wants "good vibes" all the time? From memes all over social media about staying positive to influencers talking about how easy it to "choose" happiness, feeling down in today's society can almost make you feel guilty. But while being positive is a good thing, there's a distinct difference between optimism and denial, and the fine line between the two can often become blurred. Although people who engage in toxic positivity often mean well, experts

Wondering Why Your Cat Has Eye Discharge? 3 Vets Explain What It Could Be

Wondering Why Your Cat Has Eye Discharge? 3 Vets Explain What It Could Be Fun fact: cat's eyes can say a lot about their health. They are prone to a range of issues that can trouble their eyes. That's why it's so important for pet owners to monitor their cats' eyes closely. "In general, eye issues can develop and progress very quickly," said Jessica Hermann, DVM, a veterinarian at Fuzzy Pet Health. That said, cat eye discharge can happen for several reasons. As a result, treatment varies great

Ever Wondered About Lucid Dreaming? Experts Explain the Risks and Benefits and How to Do It

Call it the Inception effect, but lucid dreaming has become somewhat of a phenomenon in recent years, with both the scientific community and everyday people becoming curious about how to achieve this state of altered consciousness. "Usually, when we dream, we cannot tell the difference between dreams and reality," Nikola Djordjevic MD, a general practitioner and medical advisor at Whatasleep, told POPSUGAR. "However, during a lucid dream, we're aware we're dreaming and often can control our drea

According to Vets, Your Cat Probably Should Wear a Collar (Even If They Stay Indoors)

Before owners bring home a new pup, one of the first things they do is pick out a collar for the pooch. Yet when many owners adopt a cat, they often skip over this step. For a long time, there has been a debate of whether cats should wear collars. On one hand, if your kitty escapes or wanders off, it may be their ticket home. "In the long run, a collar can make a big difference in your cat's safety," Megan McCorkel, DVM, a veterinary writer and adviser for Better With Cats, told POPSUGAR. Yet on

7 Expert-Approved Tips That Can Help You Quit Vaping For Good

According to a 2019 Gallup poll, nearly one in five 18-to-29-year-olds vape regularly — that's more than twice the national average — and it's not difficult to see why. Vaping products have been designed to lure young people, and vaping is considered to be less harmful than smoking. However, that doesn't mean it's safe. In August 2019, there was an outbreak of lung injury associated with the use of vaping products in the US, prompting a debate over the safety of Juuls and other ecigarettes. More

If You Constantly Feel Rundown, You May Not Be Getting Enough Vitamin D

If You Constantly Feel Rundown, You May Not Be Getting Enough of This Key Nutrient There's no doubt that vitamin D is essential. The nutrient is known to help build stronger bones, support the immune system, and more. Yet D deficiency is very common, affecting about 50 percent of the population worldwide. Some signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include bone pain, muscle aches, and mood changes like depression. But low levels of vitamin D may also cause you to feel downright exhausted.

Is There an Ideal Time of Day to Take Vitamin D? A Dietitian Breaks It Down

Vitamin D plays a vital role in building strong bones and generally maintaining good health. For most adults, the recommended daily intake is 600 IU, which you can get from exposure to the sun and through certain foods. However, some people may need to supplement in order to stave off symptoms of D deficiency, including fatigue, bone pain, muscle aches, and mood changes. But if you want to make sure your vitamin D is properly absorbed, does it matter when you take it? Generally, it's best to ta

Everything You Need to Know About Why Your Cat Scratches Mirrors, Straight From Vets

It's no secret that cats are just plain weird. Then again, that's one reason why we love them so much. As a proud mom of four sassy furballs, I've witnessed a lot of kitty quirks — from prolonged staring to blanket sucking. Their strange behaviors can entertain us for hours, leaving us wondering why they do the things they do. One feline behavior that often leaves cat owners curious is mirror scratching. While it happens infrequently, cats that compulsively scratch at a mirror or reflective sur

15 Heartwarming Schitt's Creek Episodes For Families to Watch Together

Over the course of six seasons, we have watched the Rose family overcome their fall from extravagance. Although the family is just a little dysfunctional, they have slowly become a loving foursome (in their own way, of course). Between Alexis's mysterious past life and the hilarious way she says "David," David's bold wardrobe choices and exasperated facial expressions, Johnny's bushy brows and well-tailored suits, and Moira's wigs and eccentric vocabulary, the Roses make the series so compellin

Ever Wondered Why Your Hiccups Hurt? Experts Break It Down

Hiccups are unquestionably annoying. They always seem to occur at the most inconvenient times, and when they do surface, you can hiccup four to 60 times per minute. Thankfully, they're usually short-lived and rarely serious. Hiccups are involuntary spasmodic contractions, primarily of the diaphragm and the muscles between the ribs, which are then followed by a closure of the glottis (or voice box), causing that hiccup sound, explained Eiman Nabi, MD, a gastroenterologist at MedStar Washington Ho

23 Halloween-Themed Games to Get Your Kids in the Spooky Spirit

Between trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed TV episodes and movies, buckets of candy, and costumes, Halloween has always been a fun holiday for kids. And though the COVID-19 pandemic might put a downer on some of your plans, there are still a lot of safe ways to celebrate the holiday. To help keep the little ones busy (and you sane) this spooky season, we have gathered 23 kid-friendly Halloween activities that'll keep little ghouls busy all evening. From races in ghost-designed bags to easy prin

Here's Why Your Cats Keep Eating Tape, Straight From Veterinarians

It's easy to understand why some cats crave tuna, mice, and salmon. But tape? Why would a cat eat that? Surprisingly, it's a phenomenon that a lot of cat owners are familiar with. The simple fact is: some kitties love tape. In fact, there are several cat blogs that are full of tales about their sassy furballs developing this strange feline behavior. It's like catnip to them, chewing, batting, and rolling the material around. Some cats have become so addicted to it that their owners must hide any

What to Do If You Accidentally Nap in Contact Lenses, According to Experts

Approximately 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses, and despite experts generally advising people to take out their lenses before sleeping, a CDC report found that roughly one-third of contact-lens wearers sleep or nap while wearing them. But imagine this: It's a rainy, cloudy Sunday afternoon. You have no plans or chores to do. The only thing you have to worry about is how you want to spend your day. If you're a nap-lover like me, this kind of day makes you sleepy, prompti

What to Do If Your Cat Sucks on Blankets, According to Vets

From sitting in the bathtub to chewing on their owner's hair, cats exhibit many strange behaviors that often leave humans scratching their heads. But there's one behavior that absolutely melts even the toughest hearts — blanket sucking. Of course, pet owners that live with a blanket sucker may not find this all that cute. Although it's typically a harmless behavior, it's one that most cat owners find annoying, said Jessica Herman, DVM, adviser at Fuzzy Pet Health. But why do cats suck on blanket

Taking a Gap Year Was the Best Thing I've Ever Done — Here's Why

Gap years have become more and more popular over the years, with students taking some time either between high school and college or a yearlong break from college to do things like travel, work, and spend time with family. And while some people may argue that taking a gap year "puts you behind" the rest of your peers, I couldn't disagree more. I know for me, choosing to take a gap year before starting college was life-changing. Throughout my childhood, it was drilled into my head that anyone wh

Why The Originals Is Worth Rewatching Just For the Great, Sexy Evil That Is Klaus Mikaelson

When Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) first appears in season two of The Vampire Diaries, he comes off as an arrogant, cocky, and selfish "Original" vampire set on getting what he wants, no matter the collateral damage. But the more we got to see the various sides of Klaus, the more I fell in love with him. He may have started as the ultimate villain of the franchise, but over the course of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, the 1,000-year-old hybrid evolves in so many ways. Klaus w

15 Shows Pisces Should Already Be Watching on Netflix

Extremely empathetic and compassionate, Pisces are emotionally sensitive. But feeling things so deeply can cause them to become overly emotional and even moody. To cope with reality, Pisces use their lively imaginations to fantasize imaginary worlds. Knowing that Pisces often prefer fantasy over reality, we've gathered 15 supernatural, science-fiction, fantasy, and/or drama-filled Netflix shows for Pisces to dream about. Each selection plays to one of their attributes, whether it's a show packed

Incontrovertible Proof That Severus Snape Is the Best Harry Potter Character

The Potterverse has seen its fair share of heroes and villains, but Severus Snape has always been the best overall character, in my opinion. Sure, the Golden Trio are iconic, but none of them are as complex as Snape. Snape may have started off as the villain, but by the end, he is the real hero. But how does someone even begin to explain Snape? The Half-Blood Prince made quite the impression. From his zero f*cks attitude to his greasy hair look, there are numerous reasons to love Snape. That's w
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