You’ve Got to be Kitten Me! It’s Adopt a Cat Month

As we head into the summer months, many shelters are overwhelmend with new kittens as well as older cats. When looking for a new feline friend, it’s important to remember shelters are a great place to start. They’re often overwhelmed and overpopulated so not only will you be making a positive impact, you’ll also have a good selection to choose from. Peruse around adoption sites like PetFinder.com to see if you can spot any matches. But before you scoop up your new furry family member, consider these questions from the American Humane Society.
1. Why Not Both?

Although they may be more independent than dogs, cats still need plenty of social interaction and exercise. If you’re away from home for long periods of time, consider getting two cats so they can keep eachother entertained.

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2. Two Peas in a Pod

Cats have unique personalities just like us. Find one that matches your lifestyle. Cats with long hair and round heads and bodies tend to be more laidback and chill.  If you want one with more spunk and energy, look for leaner cats with narrow heads and short hair.

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3. An Apple a Day

It’s important to schedule your feline friend for a vet visit as soon as you adopt her. Just like human babies, kittens are more susceptible to disease. If you’re adopting an older cat, she still needs to be checked out ASAP. They may be scared to get in the car or their cage but it really is vital to their health and your family’s.

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4. Dolla Dolla Bills Ya’ll

A cat from a shelther may be cheap or even free, but keep in mind they still require litter, food, neutering/spaying, and any other medical need that may come up. If you can’t afford these expenses, a cat is probably not the best option.

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5. Cat Proof

Cats are naturally curious creatures and that’s part of the reason why we love them. It’s ideal to keep them in a single room with food, bedding, toys and litter box until they seem comfortable in their new home. Make sure you remove small items they could choke on or dangerous items they could play with, like loose electrical cords.

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6. Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Best Friend

If you have other pets, remember to be careful when you introduce them to eachother. If you already have a dog, make sure he gets along with cats before you bring one home. Once everyone is settled and comfortable, social interaction is key to a happy family.

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7. Gift that Keeps on Giving

Looking to get a cat for a friend or a family member? Make sure everyone in the household is on board with the decision. Taking care of another animal is a huge responsibility and it’s important the future caretaker is a part of the adoption process.

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Note: Don’t wrap your new friend in wrapping paper. It’s not a burrito.

Introducing: Ethnotek

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What better time to announce our partnership with Ethnotek then at the start of summer when adventures and travel are just beginning! Ethnotek creates travel bags and wallets that feature ethically sourced handmade textiles. Every purchase helps them sustain employment and demand for the craft of hand painting, weaving & embroidery in their partnering with artisan villages in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia & Vietnam.

The handmade textiles that give each bag their own unique look are called “threads”. Some of these threads can take up to a month for the artisans to create and although variations in design may occur, we think the differences make each thread feel like a truly unique piece of art.

The Packs

We are currently featuring Ethnotek’s most popular backpacking options for those who enjoy a weekend adventure or full-on excursions: the Setia Pack and Raja Pack.

The Setia Pack is a little more compact than the Raja Pack. We are carrying the Setia Pack in three thread styles:India 8, Guatemala 4, and Vietnam 5.

It features a main storage area with plenty of side storage so you can easily access those smaller items like a camera, phone, or small book. The best part? A built-in rain cover, located at the bottom of the bag, can be pulled over the pack to keep your things dry.


The Raja Pack is a bit bigger than the Setia Pack and it is definitely the ultimate companion for commuters and travelers alike. We are carrying the Raja Pack in two thread styles: Indonesia 6 and Vietnam 6.

Much like the Setia Pack, the Raja Pack features a spacious main storage area as well as side storage for those smaller items. There’s even access to the very bottom of the bag so you can reach those socks without having to unzip the top and fumble through everything else. There is also a laptop compartment so you can continue to work just as hard as you play. The Raja Pack is also the only style bag we currently carry that allows for the front panel thread to be removed so you can customize your look!


The Wallet

If you’re needing something more compact to keep your small, important things organized and in one place then the Chiburi Travel Wallet is your new best friend. Like the Setia and Raja Packs, we’re carrying the Chiburi Travel Wallet in three different styles: India 8, Vietnam 6, and Vietnam 5.

 

Travel Tidbits

Whether you’re heading out for a quick weekend adventure or journeying to the other side of the world, there’s a few things you just shouldn’t leave home without.

Comfort – and style – are always key no matter where you’re headed. We recommend a pair of our super comfortable Barcelona Pants and some durable Letty California Espadrilles (available in select locations andonline). When your feet need a little extra warmth, bring along a pair of our Kitty Socks.

An elephant pouch filled with goodies is a must-have for easy access to items on the go, like chap stick or lipstick. One of the best travel tidbits is to bring along a bottle of our Anxiety Release Essential Oil. Simply take a whiff if you need a release or add it to carrier lotions and oils to release the scents. Add a travel tin candle to help you relax and unwind once you reach your destination. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.

Entertainment is also essential when you’re going to be spending time on the road. An iPad and good book is always a good choice but a notebook is the best way to document your sights and experiences. Nothing beats the release of feelings when that pen hits the paper.

What can’t you leave home without? Make sure to tag us #earthboundtrading on your next adventure!

Destination: Organization

We love the sight of a sandy beach, the bustling sounds of a new destination, and the exotic smells of unknown foods. There’s something about the first encounter with a new place that makes the long car rides, hours in the airport, and early morning wake up call all worth it.

We yearn for the unknown. And getting there is half the battle. Or the journey. Depending on if you’re a half glass full or half glass empty kind of person. Either way, keeping yourself organized is vital to your sanity and ease of travel.

 

Stand out in the crowd and express yourself with fun – and useful – travel accessories from our new Travel line:Destination Uknown. These pieces are meant to keep you organized so you can focus on catching that next flight!


Multi Color Travel Duffel Bag
– carry by hand or use the adjustable straps to wear it on the shoulder. Perfect carry-on companion

Rainbow Travel Handle Wrap – unique patterns and colors wrap around your suitcase handle to make it stand out in a crowded airport.

Rainbow Travel Tag – Made in Guatemala and and makes your bag easy to identify.

Stamp Passport Cover – Made from super strong, durable, tear and water resistant, Tryvek.

Paisley Laundry Bag – By the end of the day, you won’t remember what’s clean and what’s not. Save time and money on washing clothes by keeping the dirty separate from the clean.

Don’t forget to tag us on social media with #earthboundtrading on your next adventure!