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New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

Posted January 15th, 2020 by daniel

It’s January. The time of year where people all around the globe make New Year’s resolutions. This long-time tradition has taken many turns and twist along the way, and often resulted in some pretty impressive feats. “So, what do New Year’s resolutions have to do with your pets?” you may ask. Perhaps, surprisingly, more than you might think. In fact, as a pet owner, you have the opportunity to make resolutions that benefit you and your pet.

From peace of mind to better health, setting resolutions as a pet owner offers many ways to make 2020 the best year ever – for you and your four-legged friend(s)!

Top New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

  1. Teach them a new trick. This is a fun way to interact with your pet and help them learn something new Choose the right trick and it can benefit you, too! For instance, teaching your dog to collect recyclable materials saves you time and can help maintain a cleaner space. Want something that encourages interaction with others? Sign up for a training or obedience class and build a stronger bond with your pet and connect with other pet owners while you are at it.
  2. Get more exercise. This one is great for both you and your pet. Be intentional about taking your pet out for a walk around the neighborhood every day. You will both see some results!
  3. Play more. Your animals will use up some of that excess energy and you can both have fun together. Even better, you will become closer to your pet and strengthen your relationship. For added fun, find a new park or activity that you both enjoy.
  4. Spruce up their environment. Consider a new toy that is two-fold. A snack dispenser that encourages a new skill and helps maintain their diet, or perhaps a window perch for your cat that provides the opportunity to leap.
  5. Better hygiene. For your pet, of course! This is especially important if your pet spends a great deal of time outside but still important for inside pets. No, your pet might not love water – cat owners? – but being clean helps them be healthier and happier. To make it easier to implement, consider setting up a daily grooming routine with brushing your pet or a full body rub down. Even better, having a clean pet means less dirt being spread in your house, so less housework!
  6. Sign up for pet insurance. Having pet insurance actually saves you money and better yet, means you don’t have to make decisions regarding health concerns for your pet based solely on your budget. As for your pet’s benefits, it means that your vet can provide the most comprehensive action plan for your pet’s needs.
  7. Get to know your vet. Be sure to schedule wellness appointments to be sure that your furbaby is healthy. This is also a good time to ask your vet about any concerns you might have and learn of anything you can do to prevent future problems.

So, what will your New Year’s resolution(s) be? We would love to hear about them!

More tips for Moving with Pets

Posted November 20th, 2019 by daniel

Change. It’s a part of life and as adults, we may not like it, but we understand it happens. One of those changes is often moving from one neighborhood or city to another. This can make for a stressful time – but at least we understand what is going on.  Our pets? Not so much. Sure, they may sense that change is in the air, but they are unable to comprehend what is happening around them. Consequently, the changes associated with moving can be quite unsettling for your pets.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to help make your next move easier for your pets. Most of these actions for moving with pets are simple and require minimal effort on your part but are calming for your pets, so that means no extra work for you – a definite win-win!

Tips for Moving with Your Pets

  1. Keep your existing routine normal for as long as possible. From walk times to playing or just chilling out, pets need stability. This will help them be calmer as the changes around them begin.
  2. Several weeks before Moving Day, take out their crate. Most animals- especially those not used to being crated- can be intimidated by the crate. To make the crate inviting, set some toys, perhaps a favorite blanket and food bowls inside the crate. Then slowly make ‘crate time’ a part of the play. Try to get them to spend time in the crate without raising objects. Start slowly, with a goal of 15 minutes and then increase as necessary. (Lengthening the amount of time crated is especially helpful if your relocating involves more than a new home on the other side of town.)
  3. Take your time with packing. Start as early as possible and do a bit each day. This will allow your pet to get used to seeing boxes before the big day.
  4. If at all possible, try to bring your pet to their new home before the actual move-in date. This allows them to become familiar with the space.
  5. Consider having a room or quiet space where your pet can hang out on moving day. This will keep them from scurrying about underfoot. If having a hangout space for your pet is not possible, consider hiring a pet sitter.
  6. If moving a significant distance, be sure to have their snacks and any comfort items easily within reach. You might also want to talk to your vet about sedating them or prescribing motion sickness medicine.
  7. Load your pets in last. Then, when you arrive at your new home, be sure they are allowed out a.s.a.p. – ideally first. Then take a few minutes with them to allow them to stretch and even explore the yard or neighborhood. Yes, there are boxes to unload and things to do, but helping your pets feel comfortable will benefit everyone – not to mention, you might find it helpful to stretch a bit, too!


Moving with your pets doesn’t have to be stressful for you or them. Just take time to help them feel comfortable and settled and there can be a relatively smooth transition. Then, get ready to enjoy your new place.

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.