Christmas Safety Tips for Pets

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Usually people don’t associate Christmas with being a dangerous time of year, and honestly, why would we?  For us humans Christmas is not exactly hazardous.  Our pets, on the other hand, can get into a few sticky situations with all the extra food, festivities and decorations around.  Be sure to check out these Christmas safety tips to guarantee your pet’s well-being this year. [Read more…]

Cool Gadgets and Toys for Your Pets

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The newest coolest gadgets of the season are always a big topic come Christmas time.  But we’re not the only ones who love new gadgets and toys, your pet can also get in on the fun!  Here are some awesome gifts that you and your pet can both enjoy. [Read more…]

Thanksgiving Safety Tips For Pets

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You’re busy cooking Thanksgiving dinner, then inevitably at some point you look over and see those adorable puppy eyes, sitting there patiently waiting for you to drop just one tiny morsel in their direction. While you prepare the food, it’s easy to want to share some of the delectable dinner with your fur baby.  But it may be best to not give into the temptation to dole out a portion to your pooch without double checking what you are giving them.  Some Thanksgiving food is perfectly safe for your dog, in moderation, some versions are better than others and then there is some food that you should avoid at all costs.  Here is the breakdown on how to navigate Thanksgiving with your pets. [Read more…]

Travel Tips for The Human

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Hello my dear Human!  I have heard you on the phone planning some trips now that the holiday season is upon us. I’m glad you’re getting out for some much needed family time, but I’ve noticed that you often get stressed when it’s time to head out on the road.   Because I love you oh so much, I’ve decided to let you know of a few travel tips that will help you have a wonderful trip.  That way you can focus on the fun and have the great time that you deserve. [Read more…]

Why You Should Hire a Pet Sitter Instead of Using a Friend

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A lot of people think that hiring a pet sitter while you’re at work or out of town is an unnecessary expense. I mean, going out of town can be expensive as it is and after all of those long hours at work you don’t want to see your hard earned money go to waste, right?  It’s no wonder a lot of people turn to their friends or neighbors when they need someone to check up on the pets.  While it can be easy on your wallet, it is not always easy on your pet.  Here are just a few reasons why professional pet sitters are always the best bet. [Read more…]

Cleaning Your Pet’s Dishes

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I bet it’s pretty hard to picture yourself eating a fresh meal out of a dirty plate, right?  Even if you licked it clean the night before and it doesn’t look all that dirty, it doesn’t mean that the plate is actually clean.  However, this is what many of pets face each day. Why is it seemingly okay for our pets to eat and drink out of the same food bowl day in and day out? That just seems, well, pretty gross to be honest. [Read more…]

How to Fight Pet Allergies

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I know a lot of people think spring is the season synonymous with allergies, but for a lot of people allergies are just as bad in the autumn when the leaves start to fall. Some lucky few, like yours truly, have allergies all year long because we’re allergic to everything.  Did you know that pets can have allergies too?  I didn’t know that until my cat started sneezing and breaking out into a funky little rash when she was a kitten.  Luckily she outgrew them, unlike me who actually grew into my allergies as a teenager.  I had always had a little bit of hay fever, but of a sudden I was allergic to all nuts, seeds, and worst of all…cats.  The problem was, I’m a huge cat lover. [Read more…]

Pet Sitting vs. Boarding

 

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As much as we love our pets, there are sometimes when we have to go out of town and leave our fur-children at home.  When you are on the road, the last thing you need to worry about is how your pets are doing while you are gone.  Usually, there are two main options when it comes to overnight pet care; having a pet sitter come to your house or taking your pet to a local boarding house.  Both of these have their benefits and drawbacks, so it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you and your pet. [Read more…]

7 Fun Fall Activities for Pets

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The dog days of summer are coming to an end and fall is finally in the air.  Even though most people think that summer is a great time to be outside, fall is really where you can find some gorgeous days.   In summer it can often been too hot.  It can be so hot that the pavement burns the pads of your dog’s feet and sometimes the heat can be so oppressive that you find it hard to breathe and you start to sweat the second you step outside.  That’s no fun for us and is especially no fun if you’re wearing a fur coat.   But now, those steamy days are dissipating, fall is finally upon us and the weather is starting to shift.  And you know your pets are ready to enjoy the cooler air and sunshine just as much as we are.  Now that the weather is changing and fall is upon us, here are 7 fun fall activities for pets you should try this season.

  1. Take a Hike – Fall is a great time to hit the trails. The fresh air and exercise is great for both you and your pet.  Taking a quick road trip to a nearby park is a great way to enjoy a beautiful day.
  1. Go Camping – Spending the night in the great outdoors is simply a fantastic time to spend the weekend with your pet. Camping is perfect to break the rut of being stuck inside all summer, safely tucked away from the sweltering heat.  Find a park that allows pets, pack a few treats, and their favorite toy, and you’re all set to have an awesome time.
  1. Pick a Pumpkin – Pumpkins and fall are almost synonymous, this is the time of year where pumpkin spice everything starts popping up. Even if you’re not a fan of pumpkin spiced jazz, going to a pumpkin patch and picking a pumpkin is still good fun.  Bring along your dog and maybe they’ll sniff out the best pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern.
  1. Tailgate – Fall brings a few traditions and only second to pumpkins is the start of the football season. Taking your dog out to the gravel lot of a game, grabbing some good food and tossing a ball while watching the big game is an ideal way to spend a fall day.
  1. Backyard Fun – Most animals love being outside and playing in the backyard on a sunny day is never a bad idea. You may always want to bring your cat, rabbit, or other pernickety pet with you when you go out, they may not feel likewise. They are far more comfortable close to home and sometimes the yard is really all you need.
  1. Enjoy the Leaves – Of course, the coming of fall does foreshadow the actual clean-up from the falling leaves. I know my cats love running in the piles of leaves, one of them even likes to be tossed in it.  After all, a pile of leaves needs to be jumped in, right?
  1. Dress up Together – Halloween night is basically a chance to walk your dog and get candy for it. So if you’re going out to trick or treat, make sure to include your dog.  You can even incorporate them into your costumes, dress them up like a hot dog and you or the family as ketchup and mustard.  Then go out and get some candy!

Even though some people hate the coming of winter, it’s hard not to appreciate the beautiful days of autumn. Cooler mornings, nice tepid evenings with gorgeous skies; the time for being outside is here.  So grab your pet and get out in the sun and enjoy it while it lasts. 

Why Your Cat Sitter Should Come Every Day

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Cats are usually thought of as pretty self-reliant pets.  They are generally casual and independent, relaxing in a spot of sun or a comfy bed, rarely moving and never coming when called.  Mostly people go out of town and think, “Oh my cat will be fine, I mean all they do is eat, sleep, and maybe play a little…”  But that’s not necessarily true.  Cats are also feisty and often get themselves into mischief, especially when left to their own devices.

I remember when I had my cat in my first apartment and went on short vacation for the first time.  I was only going to be gone for the weekend and I did in fact think, “She’ll be fine, I will only be gone two days.”  So I filled up two giant bowls of food and water, made sure her litter was clean; I even set up a few comfy places for her to rest and off I went to a fun filled weekend with some friends. I was so very wrong.  Even though she was thankfully just fine, it was obvious that she got into some cat shenanigans. There was tupperware was all over the floor, carpets were scratched, picture frames knocked over, worst of all, she was actually out of food and that broke my heart.

That’s when I realized I really should have hired a pet sitter.  Cats can get into a lot more trouble than you think particularly when they are bored and left by themselves for a long period of time. Here are just a few other situations that can happen when you leave your kitty at home alone.

They can run out of food and water – A bored cat will eat more than an active cat and even if you think you’ve put down enough food, there is a chance they will run out. My cats have also been known to knock their water bowl over leaving them without anything to drink.

They can get trapped or tangled up in wires and cords – I know my cats love getting behind the TV and also in the windows. It could be very easy for them to get tangled up and even strangled. They could also get trapped in cabinets or accidentally close a door and get stuck in a room.  Our homes are full of places where cats can get stuck while playing and if no one is there to rescue them, they could really get hurt.

They can get sick – When cats get sick, it can go downhill very quickly. Often things like bladder or kidney infections can show up fast and hard. If no one is there to notice the symptoms, when you get home it may be too late. It’s even worse when they have the extra stress of being home alone added to the sickness. This sounds dramatic, but it is also very true.

For the safety of your precious fur baby and also for your own peace of mind, it really is best for your cat sitter to come at least once a day.   Twice a day is even better since it only take a few seconds for a tricky situation to get from bad to worse.  Nothing is more important than making sure everything is taken care of for the well-being of our loved ones.