Stock Up: 3 things pet owners might need in their kitchens

Here is a pet-themed way to dress up your kitchen, as well as some out-of-the-ordinary dinners for your dog or cat.

Dish towels

Whether you need a gift for a friend who treats their pets like family, or want to dry your dishes while showing off your love for your own dog or cat, these flour-sack dish towels and tea towels from Alex Ross World are just the thing. Ross is the artist who has created the charming paintings that decorate these kitchen towels, with 19 different dog designs and 15 different cat designs. With so many to choose from, there’s bound to be at least one that matches the pet in the household. The prewashed towels are generously sized and printed in the U.S. Towels come in sets of two and include a card with a fun story about the featured canine or feline. Our photo shows Sammy, a cat whose tuxedo markings make him the perfect candidate for butler, and Molly, a terrier who loves a bath and sporting a pretty scarf.

$17.95 per set of two towels. Available at alexross.world/collections/kitchen-towels.

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Credit: Drew Nguyen

Fresh dog food

Kiara Fernandez-Bravo founded Atlanta-based Barkful in 2018 as a way to provide healthy food for her 1-year-old Havanese-poodle mix, Stella. She developed a line of fresh-cooked meals made with turkey, beef or chicken for adult dogs. Our furry taste-testers tried turkey harvest, made with human-grade ingredients, including ground turkey, sweet potatoes, apples, carrots, kale, flaxseed, fish oil and rosemary. The food comes vacuum-packed, the texture is like ground meat, and the five dogs who tried it gobbled it up. The beef variety is recommended for dogs with a poultry allergy, and for picky eaters. It’s made with beef, sweet potatoes, barley, spinach, carrots and blueberries. The fresh food comes frozen, and, once thawed, is safe to serve for five to seven days. Fernandez-Bravo also makes dehydrated strips of chicken, pork tenderloin and sweet potatoes to serve as real-food treats. The chicken and pork treats are available online, while the sweet potato treats are available only at farmers markets.

$7.95 per 1-pound package of fresh food, $10.95 per 4-ounce package of sweet potato treats, $13.95 per 4-ounce package of dehydrated pork tenderloins, $14.95 per 4-ounce package of chicken tenders. Available at the Green Market at Piedmont Park, Peachtree Road Farmers Market, Grant Park Farmers Market, Virginia-Highland Farmers Market and barkful.com.

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Mercury-tested cat food

Pure Cravings is cat food from the people behind Safe Catch, with cans and pouches of wild seafood tested to ensure low levels of mercury. Pure Cravings was founded in 2020, because Bryan Boches, co-founder of Safe Catch, realized his family’s new kitten, Luna, was exposed to mercury and other heavy metals when she was eating cat foods, at levels he never would accept in food served to any other member of his family. The result was a line of six flavors of cat food, all made from sustainably caught wild seafood: tuna, salmon, tuna and salmon, mackerel, sardines, and mackerel and sardines. Opening the cans reveals chunks of fish packed in gravy. Our nine feline taste-testers immediately were attracted to the fragrance, and they enjoyed licking up the broth and gobbling the bits of fish. There were clean plates all around.

$29.88 per pack of 12 3-ounce cans. Available at purecravings.com.

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