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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.  


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?




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

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How Much Water Do Cats Need Daily?

It seems lately my 3 cats have been going thru more water than usual. Some days they barely touch it, however these past few days their dish has needed refilling more frequently.  Hopefully, it’s because of the cold weather.  The dry house air from the furnace running making them thirsty and not a sign of illness.

Any change in eating, drinking, or behavior may be caused by illness. Certainly this is something to keep an eye on but how much water exactly should cats be taking in?

How much water do cats need daily?


How Much Water Do Cats Need Daily

On average, an 8lb cat will need to consume approximately 1 cup of water daily, however daily water consumption will depend on many factors.

  • Weather Cats will drink more during the hot days of summer
  • Diet Cats who are also fed a canned diet will not need to drink as much water.  Canned food contains about 80% moisture whereas dry only 10%
  • Illness Cats will drink more water with  diseases such as Diabetes, Urinary Tract Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, and Hyperthyroidism
  • Size of Cat

Monitoring the daily water intake may be difficult especially if there are multiple cats in the household.  To ensure your cat is fully hydrated it is important to know what signs to watch for.

Signs your cat is fully hydrated

  • Your cat is acting normally and does not appear lethargic.
  • The coat of your cat appears shiny.  Dry, flakey patches may indicate your pet needs more water.
  • Test your cat’s skin for elasticity.  Gently pull back the skin at your cat’s scruff.  It should bounce back when released.
  • Check your cat’s litter box for medium sized clumps.  Your cat should be urinating 2-3 times per day.

It is important to recognize any change in your cat’s drinking habits.  if your cat is drinking less or more water than usual, it may be a sign to visit your veterinarian for a full examination to rule out serious medical problems.

What is your cat’s favorite way to drink water, cat bowls, fountains, or running faucet?


Related readings:

How Much Should Cats Drink ~ PetMD

Why Does My Cat Drink So Much Water ~ VetStreet

How Much Water Should My Cat Drink Everyday ~ Catster





7 Tips For Eliminating Litter Box Odor

Cats are great at keeping themselves clean but the litter box is a different story. No one wants a smelly house because of foul litter box odor.

Follow these 7 tips for eliminating litter box odor.

7 Tips For Eliminating LItter Box Odor

1.  Scoop the litter box daily

This is the first step in making sure your litter box stays odor free.  The litter box should be scooped out once to twice per day. Every week, completely wash out the litter box with a mild soap or a bleach mixture of 1 part bleach to 20 parts water.  Rinse and dry well and refill with fresh litter. If you are using a clumping litter, the litter box can be washed completely every other week.

2.  Place litter box in an open location

Litter boxes should be placed at different places throughout the home and in a well ventilated area. This will help minimize odor.  Litter box odor is more concentrated in small enclosed areas like bathrooms and closets.

3.  Make sure there are enough litter boxes

The rule of thumb is to have one litter box per cat plus one.  If you have one cat, two litter boxes. Two cats equal 3 litter boxes and so on. This provides plenty of bathroom space for your kitty without boxes becoming full fast.

4.  Choose the right litter type

Not all litter types are good at masking odors.  Newspapers types are not as effective while clay litter does a better job but is harder to scoop out daily.  There are plenty of litters on the market that contain perfumes and scents that help to mask the odor but cats often times do not like these types of litter.  Clumping litter allows for easy cleaning and waste removal while minimalizing odor.

5.  Eliminate closed litter boxes

Not only do most cats hate the small space of a closed litter box, these types of boxes also trap in odors.  A large open box is best for cats.

6.  Use carbon filters or liners

Carbon filters systems can be found built in some boxes or carbon liners can be purchased to place in the bottom of the box. The carbon helps to combat litter box odor.

7.  Change your cat’s diet

If you have tried all of the tips and your pet’s litter box is smelling really foul, then it could be a medical or diet issue with your cat.  A vet visit may be needed to determine if there is a medical issue or your ca’t diet may need adjusted.
Keep your home smelling fresh and clean by following the 7 tips for eliminating litter box odor.

Which of these tips would make your cat happier?