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Harmful Insects: Protect Your Cat from Insect Bite Concerns

Posted September 12th, 2019 by daniel

Spend any amount of time with a cat and you will note that they love to chase after and swat at things. Be it a ball of yarn, the light emitted from a laser pointer, or a moth cats have an instinct for chasing after prey. This instinct can serve them well, but it can also get them into some dangerous situations – especially if that prey is an insect that could be harmful to them!

While many insects are completely safe for your cat to pursue, this is not the case for all insects. Some insects can be poisonous cause injury. You must know what type of insects can be harmful to your cat so you can take action if your cat ingests something he shouldn’t.

Harmful Insects for Cats

Knowing what types of insects can be dangerous to your cat is part of responsible pet care. Should you be unsure if your cat has ingested one of these (or perhaps something else) insects, contact your vet immediately! You don’t want your cat to suffer unnecessarily.

• Spiders – most small house spiders are harmless for your cat. However, common poisonous spiders such as brown recluse, white tail, and hobo spiders can cause major illness and wounds. Spider bites from the black widow can be even more severe; causing paralysis, a stumbling gait, and respiratory issues.
• Buzzing insects – Wasps, bees, yellow jackets, and other buzzing insects are often tempting to cats, thanks to their buzzing sound and ability to hover in the air. However, like people, cats can be allergic to their venom. You can often tell if your cat has been stung because they will lick the place repeatedly – thus irritating it more. If you suspect a bee sting, take your cat to the vet for anti-histamine.
• Centipedes – While the smaller ones are generally harmless, the large ones carry venom and can bite your cat. This can cause fever and weakness and you will need to bring your cat to the vet asap.
• Fire ants- While most ants are harmless for your cat, a fire ant can cause serious health issues – the worst being anaphylaxis.
• Fleas – we all know how annoying fleas are for your pets. The best approach is preventative action – monthly flea control, flea collars, etc.
• Ticks – If your cat spends a great deal of time outdoors, then ticks can be a problem. Talk to your vet about ways to prevent these nuisances.
• Flies- Though largely not an issue, they will bite a cat’s ears. If you are concerned about this possibility, a fly repellant can be used.
• Botfly – These insects will lay its eggs on the skin of animals, and will look like a small lump with a hole at the top. If you see something like this on your cat, take her to the vet so lump can be removed.

As pet sitters with a great deal experience, it is our goal to help your pet stay happy and healthy. We are always on the lookout for potential dangers to your pet. However, please be sure to always leave your vet’s info when our team is watching your pet(s) as we can then act quickly in the event of an emergency. We love your pets and want to keep them safe. Contact us today to learn more about our pet sitting services.

What Cat Breeds Make the Best Pets?

Posted July 23rd, 2019 by daniel

So, you have decided it is time to get a pet – specifically, a cat. Yay!!  But now you find yourself looking at various breeds, perhaps spending time at the pet store or local animal shelter and asking friends/family what type of cat is best. If you can relate, then this post is for you.

As longtime pet sitters and cat lovers, we have definitely been around our share of cats over the years. Here are some insights about various cat breeds to help you narrow down your selection process.

6 of the Best Cat Breeds for Pets

  • Sphynx – While this cat certainly stands out from the rest due to being hairless, it is considered one of the friendliest cats out there! Better yet, because it is hairless, it is ideal for homes where allergies are a problem or where there are young children. The Sphynx is energetic and mischievous and love an audience.
  • Birman – With big blue eyes and a fluffy earth toned coat, the Birman cat is loyal, good natured and affectionate. They are as comfortable in a single person home as a multi-generational one, just so long as there are people around to interact with.
  • Ragdoll – This breed was first introduced in the 1960s. They are great for families in small homes and do well with children. And if you have a little one who loves to carry a pet around, the Ragdoll is the perfect cat breed as they love to e cuddled and carried.
  • Abyssinian – AS one of the oldest cat breeds in the world, the Aby is a social cat who enjoys playing with its family members just as much as sitting back and observing. However, don’t take their chilled-out demeanor as lazy, as they also love to race around a space and you may catch them sticking their nose in your space in effort to distract you.
  • Maine Coon – Nicknamed the America’s Cat, this large cat is a sweet natured animal that loves people of all ages.
  • Siamese – Perhaps of all the cat breeds out there, the Siamese is one of the most intriguing. The Siamese loves to be in your space, and is known for being quite vocal so you can easily know what they like or dislike.

In reality, nearly any type of cat can make a good pet. It is simply a matter of you taking time to get to know your chosen cat(s) and seeing that they are happy, healthy and safe. After all, your cat just needs to be loved. So, whether you choose a particular breed or one that is ‘love at first sight’ having a cat is a purr-fect addition to any household.

9 Pet Tech You Need to Check Out!

Posted May 20th, 2019 by daniel

We all love our pets! So, when it comes to finding them the right food, sleep gear, or amusement items, we are constantly on the lookout for the best possible item. And, as with many other parts of our lives, technology is advancing, and a plethora of pet-friendly technology is now on the market.

Here are some of the most popular pet tech items available today.

9 Innovations in Pet Tech You (and Your Pet) Are Sure to Love!

  • FitBark – Much like its human counterpart, the FitBit, FitBark is a wearable that tracks your dog’s activity – distance traveled, calories burned, sleep, etc. -so you can know what they are up to whether you are at home or away.
  • ZenCrate – Designed to help alleviate pet stress, the ZenCrate has motion-sensor activated fans and a calming playlist that is activated when your pet enters the crate.
  • Smart Pet Bed – This pet bed is connected to an activity tracker and works with the Alexa so that you can track your pet’s health and weight with ease.
  • CleverPet Hub – An interactive toy that dispenses treats when your pet accomplished specific tasks/activities. The software will increase in difficulty so your pet is engaged every time they play.
  • ProBowl by Obe – This pet tech gadget has a smart base that connects to your phone through an app. The app then records the amount of water and food your pet consumes, and lets you know if there are any changes.
  • PetNet – This is a smart feeder designed to work for both dogs and cats. It helps you determine how much food your pet needs daily, and then dispenses the proper amount. It will also let you know when your pet has been fed, or when you need to purchase more food.
  • Wagz – This is a dog collar that allows you to keep your pet from wandering off. The collar is connected to your smartphone via an app. In the app, you can draw out property boundaries as well as prohibited zones. If your dog attempts to leave the specified area the Wagz collar will vibrate and send out an ultrasonic deterrent. If the pet actually leaves the designated area, then you will receive a notification and your pet can be tracked using GPS.
  • PetSafe – This is an automatic self-cleaning litter box. PetSafe uses disposable litter trays and rakes away waste. It will also track how often a cat uses it. A similar product is the Lavviebot Purr which automatically cleans up, keeps the litter topped off and filters out any odors.
  • PetCube Play 2– Essentially, a baby monitor for your pets, the PetCube lets you know what is going on and even talk to your pets, when you are not at home.

These are but a few of the latest items in the world of pet technology. Have you checked any of them out? If so, we would love to hear what you think of them, or learn how your pet reacted to them. Shoot us an email or comment about your experience with pet tech!