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Why Should You Hire Pet Sitter?

Posted January 17th, 2018 by admin

Why Hire a Pet Sitter?

If you have never used a pet sitter, then now is the time to treat yourself and your pet to the benefits of working with pet sitter. After all, having a pet sitter is significantly better than putting them in a kennel or boarding home. Curious about the benefits for you and your pets? Consider these:
Pets:
• No trauma due to travel or a strange environment
• Being around familiar sights, smells, and sounds
• Not being exposed to other animals or illnesses
• Having their own routine and standard times for meals
• Able to have someone on hand in the event of a medical emergency or to administer medicine as needed.
• Having someone around to play with your pet and see that they get enough exercise
• Professional sitters provide one on one care for pet

For the Pet Parent
• Not all pet sitters are created equal; when you chose a pet-sitter be sure you select one that makes you and your pet feel comfortable.
• Your home will be more secure because there are people in and out of it, thus showing signs of life.
• You can be sure that your pet will be well groomed while you are gone.
• Not needing to ask friends, family or neighbors to come over and take care of your pet(s).
How to Choose a Pet Sitter

When you decide to hire a pet sitter, take a few minutes to ask a few questions. These questions should be –

• Do they have written proof of their qualifications?
• Will they take notes about your pet’s behavior and eating habits while you are gone?
• Is it clearly stated what is expected of the sitter?
• Has the pet sitter taken classes to ensure they know about pets and their needs?
• Will the sitter provide you with phone numbers of other clients who have agreed to serve as references?

These are important questions to ask of a potential sitter. The team here at Sleep Eaz is happy to answer these, and any other questions you may have, so please don’t hesitate to ask.

Having a pet sitter is a great way to enjoy the holiday season without having to be worried about taking care of your pets. You can know they are well taken care of and that they are in good hands, so that you can enjoy the season to its fullest. Our team is here for you and would love to help care for your pets. Give us a call today to schedule your pet sitting needs.

A Cat’s 9 Lives and other Random Facts

Posted September 20th, 2017 by admin

If you have a cat, then chances are, you have learned a great deal of things about their world. You have likely adapted to doing things that makes them happy – be it the type of food you buy, the type of food they enjoy, and an assortment of other aspects that make both you and your cat happy. Of course, you have likely learned all kinds of medical facts and feline care tips, to help you keep your feline friend happy and healthy.

But, there are many things to learn about cat care – not everything we may have heard is correct. So, to keep things interesting, here are 9 things about the world of cats – how many do you think you know?

1. A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.
2. Cats are North America’s most popular pets: there are 73 million cats compared to 63 million dogs. Over 30% of households in North America own a cat.
3. A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s. And a cat can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.
4. Researchers are unsure exactly how a cat purrs. Most veterinarians believe that a cat purrs by vibrating vocal folds deep in the throat. To do this, a muscle in the larynx opens and closes the air passage about 25 times per second.
5. The smallest pedigreed cat is a Singapura, which can weigh just 4 lbs. or about five large cans of cat food. The largest pedigreed cats are Maine Coon cats, which can weigh 25 lbs. which is nearly twice as much as an average cat weighs.
6. On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.
7. Most cats had short hair until about 100 years ago, when it became fashionable to own cats and experiment with breeding. They 130,000 hairs per square inch (20,155 hairs per square centimeter). To put in perspective, the surface area of a single cat, if you include all of its hair, is roughly the same as the surface area of a ping-pong table.
8. Camera flashes do not harm cats’ eyes. But they will frequently produce a spooky glow caused by the tapetum lucidum, a layer of ultra-reflective cells in feline eyes which helps them see in low light.
9. A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has 206. A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head. Also interesting, cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (humans have only 6). A cat can independently rotate its ears 180 degrees.

Oh yeah, about those 9 lives that cats supposedly have. Ever wonder where that comment came from? If so, then here it is: There are several stories to go with this statement, many of which are dated back to medieval times when cates were not well treated. It seemed that no matter what was done to them (throwing them out of towers, burnt like witches, and other such actions, that the cats always seem to survive. Another thought comes from an ancient pro verb which states, “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays.” As cat lovers, this statement may make the most sense – even if there isn’t any real science to back it up!

These fun feline facts are always fun to have on hand. Some of them may be great conversation starters, others ail in caring for your cat(s), and others may just satisfy a quest for feline knowledge. But regardless of their use, we had fun learning them and sharing them with you. Have some more fun feline facts? Please share them with us! We would love to hear from you!

Caring for Your Senior Cat

Posted July 28th, 2017 by admin

Our young kittens, don’t stay little forever – though perhaps we might like it if they did. They seem to go from playful, mischief seeking, high energy family members to middle aged and seniors in the blink of an eye. But, as pets go, our feline friends are easy to care for – no matter their age. Simply provide them with healthy food, a clean litterbox, regular veterinary care, and make time to play with them, and your cat will be there to keep you company for years.

However, as your cat ages, you will have to make some adjustments to make it easier for the mature cat to enjoy the quality of life they have always had. Some of these adjustments for senior cat care include:

  • As our cats age, they sometimes have trouble stepping into and out of the litter box. You may need to get a box with lower sides, or perhaps provide steps to make it easier for them. Also, if your home has multiple levels, you may need to put a litter box on each floor. In addition, pay attention when you clean the litter box. If there is more urine than normal, the stools are softer, harder or a different color then it can be a sign of high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease or an over active thyroid gland.
  • As cats age, arthritis is often a problem. In fact, studies have shown that 90% of cats over age 12 have developed arthritis. Watch for signals such as your cat having trouble grooming himself, peeing outside the box because stepping into the box is too difficult, or seems stiff after standing up. Help care for your aging cat, by gently helping with the grooming.
  • Plan more frequent vet appointments – ideally, every 6 months – so that you can keep in the know about any changes or potential problems. Getting an early diagnosis of a problem gives you more time for treatments and often, more options.
  • Cats are great at hiding illnesses. Pay attention to changes in behavior such as loss of appetite, sleeping in a different spot, sleeping more or frequent hiding as any of these can be indicators of sickness.
  • Continue to provide mental and physical stimulation by petting, playing and interacting with your cat. It’s fun for you both, plus it helps you be aware of any physical changes.
  • Watch their nails. It is not unusual for older cats to have more trouble with overgrown nails which then affect their paws, and cause a great deal of pain.

Caring for your senior cat does not have to be difficult. Just make some minor changes, talk to your vet and be sure you note any changes in behavior or appetite.  Our feline friends have been there for us when we need to be consoled, do your part to make their later years as happy as the young ones. For questions or pet sitting, please be sure to give the SleepEazZ team a call.