Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pet Sitters: The Smart Choice For The Holidays

For pet owners who are going away for the holidays, pet sitters are the smart choice for the holidays.

Professional pet sitters are insured and bonded which affords you some protection while you're away.  While most holidays are trouble free, you still have the extra peace of mind that comes with knowing your sitter has the proper insurance.

Since professional pet sitters do this work for a living, they're well seasoned in working right through any and all holidays without a second thought.  This leaves friends and family "off the hook", so to speak, so that they can enjoy their holidays unhindered by a promise that they would look in on the pets for the owner.

Especially for pets like cats, pet sitters are ideal because they give cats the opportunity to stay in their own home territory and have visits every day for setting out fresh food and water, and cleaning litter boxes.  Cats can have attention from the pet sitter every day, too.  As well, when pets can stay in their own familiar environments, they aren't exposed to other pets with illnesses they may encounter in boarding facilities.

Pet sitters provide that eye on your household to ensure that the mail and newspapers are brought in, blinds are opened and close appropriately, lighting is alternated, plants are watered, garbage is disposed of, and so on to make sure that the normal household routine continues even when you aren't there.

There's nothing quite like coming home to pets who were well cared for in your absence and a household as clean as you had left it when you first went away.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Costumes for Cats

Costumes for cats or any other pets at Halloween, Christmas, Easter or any other time of year are cute  for a few moments to snap a few photos.  After that, you can take the costume off to reveal the cat's naturally beautiful real coat.

You need to remember that these holidays are all human holidays.  Cats and other pets didn't establish them.  People did.

While pets may like any extra treats that they're given on Halloween or Christmas, and so on, the significance of the particular holiday may be lost on them.  The tradition of these man-made and celebrated holidays means relatively little to a pet.

Dressing a cat or a dog up like a lion or a reindeer, or whatever, may look so cute to the owner, whereas the cat or dog may be in the costume thinking, "What is this cumbersome thing they're putting on me now?  I can't wait to get out of this."

Have the pet sport the costume for a few snapshots for the photo album.  Then, take the costume off the pet so that he / she can relax and enjoy the holiday with all the rest of the family.

Remember that nothing looks as good on a pet as its own natural coat.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Lion Cuts for Cats in the Summer

By now, everyone must have seen the way too cute lion cuts some cats sport in the summer.  If not, you can google lion cuts and have a look at some of the images.

One thing you may not be aware of is that cats' coats are designed to be insulation to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Hence lion cuts are not really necessary.

Some productive things you can do to keep your cat cool in the summer are: offering clean, cold water to drink, not leaving your cat's carrier in a parked car with your cat inside, keeping your cat indoors when it's extremely hot outside, brushing your cat's coat, and always making sure your cat has enough shade to relax in.

Indications that your cat is too hot can be things such as: panting, drooling, rapid heart beat, weakness, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, or a temperature over 104F.  In these instances, you would seek veterinary help.