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Safe Glue and Dyes For Your Pet

pet-safe glues and dyes

So. Did ya’ll know that there’s actually ways to make pet safe glue and coloring for your pets? I honestly didn’t know this stuff, so thought it was important to share. Not to mention fun to do. They’re safe to be eaten… which is an absolute must, because we know how our little ones like to munch.

Let’s talk glue, first. You literally need two ingredients. Flour and water. For mild consistency glue (paper and card projects), it’s one part water with two parts flour. Mix until it’s smooth and you’re ready to use. If you’re looking for a thicker consistency to use for stronger projects, use more flour than water. Mix until you get a thick paste, then heat it up in a pan and use it while it’s still hot. 

While flour glue is super useful, it does take quite a while to dry and it’s probably not the best option for really complicated projects. For those, a hot glue gun is good (as long as you’re using a very small amount), but make absolutely sure that the glue stick says “non-toxic.” This is must. An. Absolute. Must. However, you need to watch for signs of chewing in the glue area and remove if necessary.

Pet safe coloring is also super useful and, well, super fun. Decide what color you’re aiming for, and choose a safe fruit or vegetable (that’s safe for your species of pet). You want red? Choose a strawberry. Orange is your aim? How about a carrot? Green? Lettuce works.

Chop up your fruit/veggie into small pieces to make color extraction easier. Blenders are best to use with hard veggies. Pour some water into the blender and add your fruit/veggie of choice. Then, give it a good whirl. You’ll need to then  strain the pulp from the juice. We’re aiming for just the juice. For soft fruits/veggies, there’s an alternative way to extract the color. Pour desired amount of water into a pan and add fruit. Bring to a boil and stir well… if you stop stirring, water will boil away and you’re gonna lose your color, so don’t do that! Water will begin to change color after about 5-10 minutes. Then, just repeat the straining step to separate fruit from water. And voila! 

Don’t forget to save the fruit and use it as a fun little treat for your fun little pet. 

Pretty cool, right guys?!

Check out the below video for a little more info. Shout out to Erin’s Animals for these awesome, fun ideas.

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