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Why Are Cats Great Companions?

Posted November 18th, 2020 by daniel

While cats and dogs are certainly common household pets, oftentimes cats get a bum rap. However, there are many reasons why you should opt to make a cat a part of your household. In fact, one study recently found that more than 35 million households (roughly 25%)  in the U.S. have at least one cat. So, if you have been considering adding a new member to your household, a cat is a great choice. Here’s why-

Why Should You Choose to Have a Cat?

Think about it- dogs are great but as indoor pets, you have to deal with them needing to outside for bathroom breaks, you must take them for walks, and then there is their habit of smelling/sniffing your guests. With cats, none of these ‘concerns’ exist. In fact, there are numerous reasons why cats make the best indoor pets, so let’s get started.

  • Easily entertained. They are just as happy with a crumpled-up piece of paper or cardboard box as they are with a toy purchased at the pet store.
  • Once trained to use a litter box, you only have to deal with a clean-up job once every few days rather than needing to take the cat out for a bathroom break.
  • They are the ideal pet for teaching children a little responsibility. After all, they really just need to have food, water, and love.
  • Cats like to be clean and do much of this for themselves. The only way the grooming becomes an added task for you is if your cat has long hair- in which case, you will need to brush them to keep it from becoming matted. (Fortunately, most cats like to be held, so this is an easy task to accomplish!)
  • Want to keep mice away? If you periodically have mice problems in your home then a cat is a great deterrent. Cats are natural hunters so keeping unwanted pests away is their forte.
  • Cat owners are smarter. Sound crazy? Sure. But a study by Carroll University in Wisconsin found that cat owners scored higher on intelligence than dog owners did.
  • Owning a cat can actually help your young children learn social skills as well as help them cope with stressful scenarios.
  • Because cats are quiet they are a better choice for apartment living.
  • When comes to your bottom line, cats cost less than a medium or large dog because they need less, food, less grooming, and fewer toys.
  • Cats don’t put you on a guilt trip when you leave. Whereas dogs will bark or pout when they hear you open the door or say something about ‘going out’, cats love having the house to themselves plus if they get bored they will simply go to sleep.

Cats make purr-fect pets. From being relatively low maintenance and fairly quiet to bringing a sense of calm, choosing a feline friend will complete your home. If you have any questions about selecting the best cat for your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  With so many years of experience, we have learned a great deal about choosing a cat for your family.

 

 

Becoming a Multi-Cat Household

Posted September 22nd, 2020 by daniel

So, you already have one cat, but have decided that your fur-buddy needs a playmate. After all, having another cat can’t be that much different than just one- right? And, better yet, having a second cat means they can play together and entertain each other- not to mention provide you entertainment and pleasure, too!

But how do you select a second cat? Will all cats get along simply because they are cats? Will the age of the cats make a difference? If you are entertaining these questions then you are on the right track towards multiple pet ownership.

Considerations for Becoming a Multi-Cat Household

When it comes to becoming a multi-cat household there are a few things you need to keep in mind to help make the change as smooth as possible. For instance:

  • If your ‘single’ cat has never socialized with other cats then adding a new cat to the house may cause more problems than good. Quite often, cats are hostile to other unrelated cats. If your has been around other felines and seems accepting of them, then adding a second cat can be more successful.
  • While there is no completely conclusive evidence, it is recommended that if you have an older cat already, it is better for all involved if the new cat is younger as the older cat is more likely to take on a parental role with newbie.
  • If you do decide to take on an older cat as a companion for your existing older cat then it is better to take on one of the opposite gender. However, studies/experience has found that two older males will get along better than two older females.

Another consideration- if you do not currently have a cat, but have decided that now is the time to add a couple of kittens to your home then endeavor to get cats from the same litter. Typically, cats are very family-oriented creatures and as such, are happier when paired with each other rather than introducing ‘someone’ new. However, if it is not possible to adopt littermates, then try to get two young kittens close in age, as the earlier they are introduced the better the transition.

It should also be noted that certain breeds of cats are more compatible with others thus making it easier to become a multi-cat household. These cat breeds are-

  • Birmans
  • Persians
  • Ragdolls
  • British Shorthairs
  • Ragamuffins
  • Main Coons
  • Norwegian Forest Cats
  • Siberians
  • Abyssinians
  • Scottish Folds
  • Devon Rexes
  • Manx Cats
  • Sphynx

There are also cat breeds that are not as compatible and eager to have a new cat added to the household. This list includes the following:

  • Siamese
  • Bengals
  • Orientals

Becoming a multi-cat household is a big decision, but can have definite benefits for you and your furbaby(ies). If you are considering adding another cat to your household, we would love to share our experiences of being a multi-cat home, as well as pet sitters for multi-pet families. Also, if you have any comments or experiences to share, we would to hear those as well.

Allergy Proofing: 12 Tips for the Pet Lover

Posted July 21st, 2020 by daniel

For many people, having a pet is an important part of life. However, many people who would love to adopt a fur baby but due to their allergies just the thought of having a pet -especially an indoor one- is enough to evoke a series of sneezes and watering eyes.

Of course, there are other pet owners who have allergies but have found ways to live with their pets and without dealing with itchy eyes and frequent sneezing. So, what are their allergy proofing tricks for living with pets? Here are some tips that have proven effective for many allergy-ridden pet lovers.

Tips for Allergy Proofing

  • Clean often – Ideally using all-natural products as much as possible After all, you want to protect yourself but don’t want your pets to lick up or breathe in any harsh or harmful cleaners!
  • Wipe off- Take time to wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth weekly. Just a simple microfiber cloth will do the trick.
  • De-clutter – Having a lot of stuff- boxes, stacks of books, shelving, etc. are all great places for pet dander to accumulate. Minimizing the number of surfaces means fewer places for dander to pile up.
  • No hiding- Get rid of under the bed storage containers. These collect dust and allergens only making it more difficult for you to breathe.
  • Fabrics- items such as area rugs, carpets, upholstery and heavy drapes are the perfect materials for holding on to allergens of every type. This doesn’t mean you can’t have soft items and fabrics, it just means you want to choose with care and not have an abundance of them!
  • Plants- Invest in some house plants. They will serve as great air filters, plus they look good in nearly any space.
  • Flooring – Consider hardwoods rather than carpet as they are more easily cleaned and accumulate fewer allergens.
  • Ventilation – This is especially important in areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms; however, having adequate ventilation throughout your how will help keep the air cleaner and reduce allergy issues.
  • Purifiers – These are wonderful weather you have a pet allergy or not! Consider investing in in-room purifiers for any space where you will have your pets.
  • Filters – If you are able, change out the air filters of your home’s HVAC system at least once a month to prevent them from being collecting and releasing pet dander into your home.
  • Air it out! – When it is possible, open the windows of your home and let in some fresh air. Of course, this is only effective if you aren’t allergic to pollen!
  • Bathe – Take time to wash your pet weekly to reduce the amount of allergy-causing dander they shed.

These allergy proofing tips have proven to be effective for many animal lovers. No, they might not make your allergies disappear, but they can help you enjoy your pets without a constant routine of sneezing, scratchy throat and itchy eyes. So, if you love the fur babies but have found ways to make having your furry friends around you, we would love to hear what tips you have for minimizing pet-related allergies.