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The Advantages of Adopting a Cat from a Shelter

Posted September 19th, 2018 by daniel

While there are many things in life that we benefit from by “getting new”, adding a new furry family member isn’t necessarily one of them. Sure, you can work with a cat breeder and get a specific type of kitten that has a good chance of meeting all your specifications – but is that really necessary? If you are considering adding a fur baby to your household, adopting a cat from a local shelter is a great way to go. In fact, adopting a pet offers a number of advantages over working with a breeder.

8 Reasons to Adopt Your Cat from a Shelter

  1. Reduce Overpopulation – Pet shelters are always full, often to capacity, so by adopting from a shelter you are giving another cat a place at the shelter, while providing shelter to a cat of your own.
  2. Health – Cats who are the shelters have already been spayed or neutered, as well as vaccinated and dewormed, which means your new fur baby will be ready to take home and healthy, as well.
  3. Cost – Working with a breeder is sure to add a significant charge to getting a cat. Plus, you are typically responsible for paying for any shots, spaying/neutering, and any other medical concerns.
  4. Social – Cats who have been in shelters have gotten accustomed to other animals and people being around. They often adapt better to new surroundings and are more likely to engage with you and your friends.
  5. House Trained – Litter box training a cat can be a frustrating process. Cats who have been in a shelter are often already trained, thus saving you a great deal of time and stress.
  6. The Unexpected – While going to a shelter to look for a cat does mean you can’t have preconceived ideas of what you will bring home, it also means  the choices are much more varied. However, this is a positive as it means  you are more likely to get a cat that totally suits you – just be sure to visit with an open mind and heart.
  7. Appreciation – Rescue animals are typically more appreciative of you and will generally spend more time interacting with you and your family members. Rescue cats are more loving as they seem to appreciate what you do for them more than the cat who has always lived with a good household.
  8. Example – By opting to adopt a rescue cat, you are showing others that they don’t have to pay a breeder for their fur bay but can choose instead to work with a shelter to find the perfect pet for their family. Plus, there’s something special about knowing that you not only got a pet, but you ultimately saved a life.

Adopting a cat is great way to add joy to your household, without dealing with extra costs, doctors’ visits, and the stress of “potty training”. If you are considering adding a feline friend to your home, be sure to check out local shelters first. If you have questions about local pet shelters or cat care, be sure to reach out to the Sleep Easzz team.

8 Tips for Moving with Pets

Posted July 18th, 2018 by daniel

For many people, just the thought of moving is enough to stress them out. But if you are moving and have pets, then that move can often become even more challenging. After all, when moving with children, you can sit down and tell them what’s going on and they can be prepared and even help out. Your pets, on the other hand, may only sense that things are about to change, but they have no way of truly knowing what is going on – until you move and they find themselves in a new place.

So, when moving with pets it is important that you do as much as you can to make the move smooth and simple. Here are 8 actions you can take to make your next move easier for you and your furry family member(s).

  1. Prepare them – Animals are observant and notice changes. Consider leaving out their pet carrier, some moving boxes, a suitcase and even some non-harmful packing supplies for a few days before you begin packing. This can help your pet get acclimated to seeing those items and not be frightened of the later.
  2. Pack a “go bag/box” – This should contain all of your pet’s favorite things – blanket, toy, grooming items, litter box and litter – whatever items are ‘must haves’ in order to be comfortable and be sure that it is readily accessible when you reach your new home.
  3. Talk to your vet – If you are relocating out of the area and will be needing a new vet, talk to your current one to find out if they have recommendations or insight on vets in your new location.
  4. Keep them safe – Moving day can be chaotic. Consider kenneling your pet, or having them stay with someone else on this busy day. If that is not possible, have a placed that is safe for them – the garage, the backyard (if fenced in), etc. -where you don’t have to be concerned about them being tripped over, or getting in the way of the moving team.
  5. Ride along – Don’t have them ride in a moving vehicle, rather, let them ride with you – ideally in a pet carrier so they can be safe.
  6. Wait – Upon reaching your new place don’t immediately let them out to roam. Keep them in a carrier or a place where they can’t be hurt or wander away. For cat owners who have always kept the cat outside, a move is a great way to acquaint your cat with going from being an outdoor cat to an inside one.
  7. Updated info – If your pet has a microchip or collar with your address on it, be sure to update the info to match your new residence.
  8. Check the neighborhood – Before the move, be sure you learn about any local rules or regulations for pets – especially if you are moving to a totally different environment (i.e. an apartment to an HOA). Also, if the move is local, take your pet over a few times before the move to walk to neighborhood. This will help them be less nervous and help the people in the neighborhood get to know you and your pet.
  9. Meals – Many pets can get nervous with a move, consider feeding them a lighter meal that day so their stomachs won’t be as easily upset.

Moving with your pets doesn’t have to be stressful. Just take your time and plan ahead. The team at Sleep Easzz is here to help and would love to help make your next move with pets the best one ever. Give us a call to learn more about life with pets.

Finding the Right Pet and Giving Them a Home

Posted June 18th, 2018 by daniel

A spirited welcome from a furry friend warms the hearts of dedicated pet owners across the planet, who would find it hard to live without the love and affection they get from their four-legged companions. You are in for a bit of work, though, as taking care of a dog or cat is not all fun and games. That’s why it’s important to choose the right one to adopt and prepare yourself for what’s to come. Here’s a little guidance to get started.

Picking the Right Breed

It’s unfortunate, but there are some animals that are just off limits. That’s especially true if you have an allergy to either dogs or cats, so get tested now before you wind up sniffling and sneezing every time your new buddy comes looking for belly rubs. Other ailments such as asthma mean you may have to find a breed of either dog or cat that produces less dander, which can trigger an allergy attack.

Do you live in a small apartment in the city with limited access to large park? That’s not as big of a barrier to making an animal happy as you think. For the most part, cats are content passing their time indoors, while some dog breeds only need to be brought outside once a day for a bit of exercise and to do their business. Of course, you’ll also want to consider your own needs in choosing your pet, whether it’s a ragdoll to stroke or a Vizsla to jog with.

Adapting Your Home

Your interior may need a bit of a makeover before your new friend arrives, according to the home design gurus at Homedit, though nothing too extensive. As you already know, cats love to climb, and you can help them be themselves by installing specially designed platforms to reach the windowsills and cross-beams where they love to perch. It’s a bold and stylish design made even more elegant by your fancy feline.

As for the dogs, they may appreciate a little space of their own where they can relax and daydream about chasing cars and squirrels. One item they would love is a soft bed for stretching their limbs, complete with some old pillows and a few chewable toys to sink their teeth into. While you’re at the pet shop, don’t forget to pick up a leash, a crate, and even a stroller to keep them cozy.

Getting Them Settled In

Settling in will take some patience, as pets generally aren’t too excited about moving to new places, and rescue dogs require special attention. They often exhibit signs of fear and anxiety due to the hard-knock life they’ve lived in the shelters and on the streets. The key is to plan ahead, say the experts at Dog About Town, with the dog’s own private space ready on arrival. It’s also important to set aside time to play and begin some basic house training.

Cats need a helping hand just getting through the car ride home, which can be a traumatic experience. Be sure to keep them tucked inside their carrier until you’re safely inside, where you can introduce them to their own little nook complete with food, water, and a litter box. It may take a month for them to fully adapt, during which time they shouldn’t be let outside under any circumstances, so the keep the windows closed.

Bonding for the Long Term

It may have been love at first sight for you, but your pet might need a bit of time before it becomes truly yours. You’ll make it easier for both of you by keeping a positive attitude and staying calm rather than pressuring your new friend into an unwanted belly rub or game of fetch. Your dog will also appreciate a regular routine, which means feeding, potty breaks, and walks at the same time every day.

That done, you can now consider the critter a member of your family and take pride in the fact that you’ve given them a wonderful home to live in, love in, and play in. Enjoy your new life together!

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