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10 Reasons To Hire A Professional Cat Sitter

Going away may have you wondering what to do about your cat.  You may be thinking of leaving you cat home alone for a few days with plenty of food and water or having a friend stop by every couple days to check in.  There is a better solution however that provides your cat with better care.  Here are 10 reasons to hire a professional cat sitter.

10 Reasons to Hire A Professional Cat Sitter
10 Reasons To Hire A Professional Cat Sitter

1.  Cats Stay Home

One of the best reasons to hire a professional cat sitter is your cat gets to stay at home.  Cats are not particularly fond of being crated and travel to unknown places.

2.  Comfort

Staying in their own familiar surroundings is more comfortable for your cat.  They can sleep in their favorite places and eat in their usual spots. Litter boxes are where they should be.

3.  Less Stress

Trying to get your cat in a carrier to take to a kennel or boarding facility can be quite stressful for your cat.  That is all before you even get there.  At a strange place, your cat may be stressed about other pets, sounds, and even scents. Keeping cats at home will be much less stressful for you and your cat.

4.  Companionship

Hiring a professional pet sitter provides your cat with companionship while you are away.  A pet sitter will devote time to spend to play, pamper, and love your cat.  Even if your cat is quite shy, a professional pet sitter will sit and talk to your cat and entice them to interact.

5.  Routine

Cats prefer routine, especially with meal times. Hiring a professional pet sitter will keep your cat on a similar schedule which they are used to.

6.  Playtime

When you hire a professional pet sitter to take care of your cat, they do more than just put food and water out.  They ensure your cat has attention and play time too.  If your cat is not into toys, then time will be spent talking, cuddling or even swirling a string around.  Cats who don’t like to play still are curious and entertained by watching the pet sitter play with the toys.

7.  Brushing

Proper care of your cat goes beyond just the basics.  Brushing, especially for long haired cats is usually a daily requirement.  Sometimes a friend or family member may not think about this while caring for your cat.

8.  Litter Box Cleaning

Daily litter box cleaning is a must.  If you aren’t having someone look after your cats daily, the litter box is going to get quite full which can result in your cat finding another place to go.  Cats do not like dirty boxes to do their business.  This is not the behavior you want to return to.

9.  Reduce illness or accidents

Staying at home reduces the chance or illness for your cats because they will not be exposed to other pets who may be sick.

Also, having a professional pet sitter visit daily reduces the chance of accidents.  Cats have a way of getting in to binds such as stuck in a closet with the door closed, caught up in blinds, or stuck between furniture.  Some cats like to play with their water and over turn their dish or splash it all out.

10.  Peace of Mind

Another very important reason to hire a professional pet sitter is the peace of mind it will give you.  Going away should be relaxing.  Knowing a professional will be there to provide your cat with basic care, love and affection is well worth it.

When your cats are your babies, you don’t want just anyone entrusted to their care.  

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Pet Diaries! Chase Is A Fun Game!

Pet Diaries

Tuesday morning!

 

Pet DiariesBubba ~

I knew something was up.  Mom and Dad were up extra early, bustling about the house.  They headed out the door together so we are going to be alone for a bit. No worries, I know they don’t leave us for very long.  Either they will be home soon or my friend will be by to visit. Mom and Dad call my friend the pet sitter.  I am going to rest for awhile on the sofa until someone comes home.

OllieOllie ~

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!  Mom and Dad left early this morning. What should I do?  Ripping the stuffing out of pink monkey is a fun game.

 

 

Best in Pet Services TazTaz ~

I really don’t like when Mom and Dad leave.  When they have to go away I like to be alone and go in the basement on the futon.  It’s my safe/comfy space.  The basement door is closed so I will have to stay upstairs but at least I have a comfy bed to curl up on.  I will watch Ollie, he is quite entertaining.

Best in Pet Services BoogerBooger ~

Mom and Dad had somewhere to go.  They closed the basement door so I can stretch out on the bed with no distractions from those dogs.  I like peace and quiet. Taz is always trying to sneak down here with me.  She likes me a lot.

 

 

Tuesday afternoon!

Bubba ~

What a peaceful sleep I was enjoying on the sofa.  My favorite spot is the end where my head rests perfectly on the arm of the couch.  I thought I was dreaming but then the sound grew closer.  I hurried up to the window!  Bubba 05-17-16Yes!  Just what I thought!  Our friend is here!  Ollie and Taz were at the window too, barking so I barked.  It’s what we should do when someone is coming.

I rushed to the door but so did they.  She always has the most amazing smells. We all want to sniff her first and when we do she gives us scratches.

Bubba 2 05-17-16My friend took Ollie and Taz out back. I am special and get to go out front. She walked me all around the front of the yard.  I have new meds now and I am doing much better with my Cushings. My friend noticed the difference and told me that I was doing great.  She was so happy about that!

I showed her that I can walk around back easily.  I tried to lead her to the van. Dad always gives me treats there.  She wasn’t catching on.  She thought I wanted to go to the wooded area to poo. I wanted treats. Sometimes people are so hard to train.

Treats, treats, treats, just thinking about treats! Once we were around back, I started to sniff, so seemed like a good time to relieve myself.  Back inside, my friend gave me fresh water.  She always makes sure my bowl if full with clean, fresh water because I drink a lot.  It’s because of my Cushings, but lately I haven’t needed as much.  It’s the new meds.

I feel content and think I will take a snooze on the sofa. My friend loves me and thinks I am the best so she sat next to me for extra scratches. The scratches around my neck felt good so I closed my eyes. Bubba 02-29-16 - Copy

Ollie ~

Best in Pet Services OllieWhat’s that I hear?  Could it be?  Why, yes it’s my friend!  Oh yippy!  Hooray!  I can’t wait, I can’t wait!  As soon as my friend walked in the door I could smell all those tantalizing scents: dogs, cats, and some kind of other critter not sure what but some kind of little rodent.  I would like to get a hold of that. Maybe it’s like the one I caught when  I was walking with Mom and Dad out back in the woods.  They weren’t too happy but I thought it was great fun. Taz and Ollie wanted it too! Mom and Dad didn’t let us keep it. They ruined our fun game.

Taz & Ollie 09-01-15My friend told me and Taz we had to go out back to potty and then we could play. I am a good boy and listen.  Taz tried to run down to the basement so she wouldn’t have to go out.  She is a baby with so much as one drizzle. We are pals though so I comforted her.

Taz and Ollie 05-17-16After we came in my friend sat on the floor.  She plays tug and fetch with me but Taz was trying to have all her attention.  Taz was lying right next to her rolling over for tummy rubs.  My friend falls for it every time. That annoyed me! I wanted to play. I kept running up to Taz, barking and yipping so he would move away from her. Taz growled and chased me away. Best in Pet Services OllieI guess Taz wanted to play too. Chase is a fun game!

Playing games is the best but my friend said it was time to take a break.  She called me close and gave me scratches and soothing pets, told me she loved me and I am the best.  I am going to rest now until Mom and Dad get home.Ollie 3

 

Taz ~

Taz 02-29-16The car was coming to our house.  I could hear it before it hit the gravel in the driveway.  I am sure  I heard it before Ollie and Bubba.  I am super smart. We all rushed up to the window just in time to see my friend coming. She really loves me and gives me the best tummy rubs. I hurried to the door to greet her first but Ollie and Bubba were right there.  We were all trying to sniff her up.  Those scents are so delicious!

My friend gave me big scratches and said hello.  She wanted me an Ollie to go out back.  She said we needed to do our business.  My business was to get downstairs on the futon.  I don’t like to go out.  Wet drops were falling from the sky. I don’t like that.  I was all set to get in my comfy spot but as I was going to pass the door I noticed something in her hand.  Ollie wanted it bad and rushed outside.  No way was he getting something good.  I hurried out too. Oh well since I was out there I did some sniffing and took a bathroom break.

Me and Ollie were out back when my friend and Bubba came around.  I watched as they headed for the wooded area.  At first I thought they were going for a walk without me.  That would upset me but Bubba just needed his bathroom break.  I knew she wouldn’t take a walk without me.

Taz 05-17-16We went back inside and I intended to spend all my time next to my friend.  She loves me so much and she wants to give me pets, scratches, rub my belly, and tell me how I am the best dog.  Ollie thought she was his friend too and he was trying to get her to play.  She kept throwing his toy to get him out of our way but he kept coming back.

It got worse.  He caught on to her trick and started barking at me.  I was not having it.  I charged at him with my growls.  He kept coming back.  Geesh!  Ollie was really starting to annoy me. Ollie thinks its a game of chase and he was having fun. I was not playing.

He doesn’t seem to bother my friend.  She didn’t growl or chase him away.  I don’t understand it.  She just kept playing with him and she gave him scratches too!

My friend had to go and she said I could go downstairs. I did. Ollie started barking and I  wanted to see if he was playing games with my friend. She came back and let me out of the basement.  I think it’s better to help Bubba keep an eye on Ollie.Bubba and Taz 05-18-16 - Copy

Booger ~

I was taking my snooze when I was awakened by those crazy dogs. Barking, yipping, jumping up and down.  I thought what in the world are they doing.  I rushed up the steps to see but the basement door was closed.  While sitting there waiting, the door opened and there was my friend. Oh goody!

She gave me some pets but not enough.  I think she wanted those dogs to leave the house. She surely wanted to spend time with me because she made them go out the door.  I went down on the bed to wait for her.  She was gone longer than I  expected.  Those dogs try to distract her from giving me ear scratches and pets.  I think they are jealous of me.Booger

It was very disappointing when my friend let those dogs back into the house.  I forgave her though when she sat next to me and said she thought I was a great kitty. She always tells me she loves me and I am the best. Yes, I am!

Taz came back down to the basement to be with me. I was going to tolerate her and keep her company. Ollie was carrying on. Taz went back upstairs to check on things and supervise Ollie. Taz has it under control so I can stretch out and go back to my snooze.

Taz and Booger (3)

 

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Why Cats Get Hairballs!

As a cat owner, you at some time encountered the hairball, a disgusting long, tubular, glob of hair.  It’s very unpleasant to clean up but worse when the unexpected bare feet squishes into it.

Some cats tend to get hairballs more often.  Cats with long hair, such as the Persian, Maine Coon, and Himalayan are prone to getting hairballs. Constant groomers and cats who shed a lot will get hairballs more frequently.

Why cats get hairballs!

Why Cats Get Hairballs

Hairballs result when the dead hair your cat swallowed while grooming  didn’t pass through the intestinal tract. Most times the hair passes easily. When the hair doesn’t pass through, the cat vomits it back up.

Hairballs can be quite dangerous to your cat.  They can become obstructed in the intestinal tract causing a blockage.  This is very serious and may also be life threatening.

Symptoms to watch for

Cats are usually very good at grooming and passing a hairball without a problem.  There will be times when you may hear the horrid retching of your cat trying to get the hairball up.  This is normal and your cat’s way of eliminating the hairball.

Symptoms to cause concern of blockage include

  • Constant vomiting or gagging with no hairballs coming up
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargic
  • Constipation or diarrhea

If these symptoms occur, contact your veterinarian right away.  Blockages are life threatening and your cat must be seen immediately.

How to prevent hairballs.

There are some ways in which you can eliminate or reduce your cat’s hairballs.

  • Regular grooming. You can reduce hairballs by brushing and combing your cat daily to remove loose fur.  Having your long haired cat professionally groomed is recommended to keep their coat trimmed, healthy, and also to minimize hairballs.
  • Cat food formulated for hairballs. These types of food are high-fiber which aids in the passing of the hairball, provides a healthier coat, and minimizes shedding.
  • Lubricant remedies. These are petroleum based lubricants that help hairballs pass through the digestive tract.  Always check with your veterinarian first before giving to your cat.

How do you help your cat eliminate those nasty hairballs?

 

 

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National Pet Day, 10 Ways To Celebrate!

April 11 is National Pet Day!  It is a day to celebrate the joy our pets give us.  It is also a day to bring public awareness to those pets in shelters waiting for the love of a family and forever home of their own.

National Pet Day was established in 2006 by Colleen Paige. Colleen’s love and compassion led her to found National Pet Day to help bring public awareness to the plight of so many unwanted pets.  National Pet Day encourages us to do something to help even if it is a small gesture. .

“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love” ~ Mother Theresa

10 Ways to Celebrate National Pet Day

Here are 10 ways to celebrate National Pet Day!

  1. Take your dog for a walk.
  2. Bring home a new toy or treat for your pet.
  3. Hire a pet photographer to take a photo of you and your pet.
  4. Celebrate your pet with a party with all their favorite foods, games, new toys, and maybe a few of their friends.
  5. Share your pets picture on social media.
  6. Visit a shelter and ask how you can volunteer.
  7. Donate items in need to your local shelter. Blankets, food, cleaning supplies, toys, beds are always in need.  Most shelters have a wish list.  Visit their website to find out what they need most.
  8. Give if you can to support local shelters.  They need donations to help support their mission.  Even if you can only give $5-10 it helps.  If you don’t have the means, donate your time.
  9. Help spread the word by sharing pets, programs, and special needs of pets in your community on social media.
  10. Spend some extra time on National Pet Day loving, cuddling, or playing with your own pet.

How will you celebrate National Pet Day?

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Do Cats Need Baths?

If you are a cat owner then you know that bathing the cat is not a pleasant experience. You may be wondering if it’s even necessary to bathe a cat.  Do cats need baths?  Aren’t they capable of grooming themselves?

Do cats need baths?

Do Cats Need Baths

Bathing the cat is a dreaded task for sure. It can be quite the challenge! Although very stressful, cats do need baths once in awhile to ensure their coat and skin stay healthy and clean.

Most cats are great groomers and take care of keeping clean, especially short haired cats.  There are a few, however that aren’t very good at it. These cats become matted and may develop a slick, greasy coat.

To keep your cat’s coat and skin clean and healthy requires regular grooming. It also requires occasional baths.

How often should I bathe my cat

The frequency on how often to bathe your cat will depend on several differing factors.

Cats who need more frequent bathing

  • Obese cats have trouble reaching certain areas and will need your help with grooming.
  • Cats not in good health will need baths more frequently to keep them clean. Certain health issues affect the cats skin and coat.
  • Cats lacking good hygiene skills need assistance in making sure their coat and skin stays clean and health.
  • Outdoor cats find themselves in dirty environments and can be quite smelly.  A good bath will keep them smelling fresh.
  • Long haired cats require more grooming than short haired cats.  Daily brushing is a must but these cats also need additional bathing to keep their coat looking and feeling good.

Be careful not to bath your cat excessively.  This can irritate the skin causing dry flakes, itchiness, and a dull coat.  Try using natural shampoos and soaps rather than those with harsh chemicals.

Bathing a cat can be quite scary and a very stressful event.  If you do not feel comfortable bathing your cat, contact a groomer especially one specializing in cat care and save yourself the aggravation.

Have you ever bathed your cat?  How did it go?

 

Read more:

How To Bathe A Cat ~ Dr. Becker

Should I Bathe My Cat? ~ Banfield Pet Hospital

(photo courtesy of Pixabay)

 

 

 

 

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