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Things For Your Pet Sitter

Things  to Have at Home for Your Pet Sitter

Although it is understandably difficult to do, sometimes traveling without your pet is unavoidable. In this case, you might have considered hiring a professional pet sitter, or having a close friend/family member take care of it for you. If you’re leaving your pet with a pet sitter, your first step is preparing it for this new experience. After you have prepared your cat for pet sitting. It’s time to move on to getting your house ready for your sitter. This process includes acquiring all the necessary things to have at home for your pet sitter visit. Here is a short list of all the necessities you need to leave for your pet and pet sitter.

Written instructions

Some pet sitters won’t be able to perfectly recall all of your care instructions after being told about them once. A good option for both you and them is to prepare a short-written document with all the necessary information they will need to take good care of your cat. Let’s go through some of the more important points that this document needs to cover. Note: Our Pet Sitters when meeting with you will have a comprehensive list of questions to obtain detailed pet care instructions.

A daily schedule

: Someone preparing a checklist
A daily checklist of things your sitter needs to do is one of the most important things to have at home for your pet sitter visit.

Most pets enjoy following a certain level of routine. So, when there’s a huge change in that routine, like you being gone for a couple of days, its best to keep everything else in line. Predictability is key here, so feeding times, playing times, and other things like that should stay the same as they were. The best way to jot down a comprehensive daily routine for your pet sitter is to pay attention to your pet’s habits for a few days before leaving and make notes on them.

Pet personality profile

Pets have their own unique personalities and affinities. Leave an overview of the pet’s personality. For example, if your pet is usually relaxed and cuddly, your sitter needs to know that. This way, they won’t expect your pet to play more than it likes.

Also, help your sitter notice any drastic changes in your pet’s behavior patterns. If your playful kitty becomes tired and lazy, your sitter will be able to notice that and take it to the vet. The Vet will check if it points to a more serious problem than a personality change.

Pet Behavior Rules

You’re probably already familiar with this behavior pattern if you have kids. When you’re away, pets will check whether the usual rules still apply. They may start testing the limits of what they’re allowed to do. So, if your cat is not allowed on the kitchen table, you should put that rule on the list.

This way, your sitter will know when to discipline your cat. In addition to that, you could also give some pointers on how to correct the behavior. For example, do they respond better to loud noises or a spritz of water on the face?

Cat play habits Cat Sitter playing with Orange White Cat

Pets like indoor cats need to be properly entertained to live a happy life. There are many creative ways to stimulate your cat, and you need to put whatever you find works for your cat in your instructions. This way, the pet sitter can adequately tailor the playing experience to your cat’s needs.

Vet and emergency contact info

When it comes to vets, there are three main pieces of information your sitter will need in writing for handy reference. Note: Pampered Pet Sitting has its own Veterinary Authorization Form that local Vet Clinics have accepted. 

  1. Your regular vet’s contact info
  2. Local after-hours animal hospital contact info
  3. Pet insurance policy number and provider name

As for other important contact information that should be put on the same list, you should leave your phone number as well as the number of a close friend or relative for emergencies.

If you’re leaving your cat with a sitter because you’re moving and need to get things ready. Be good to have to schedule a visit to the vet beforehand and get them checked out. If this visit happens while you’re away, provide your pet sitter detailed instructions for handling that check-up. They need to know when and how to take your pet to the vet. Also, need to know what to ask and do when they arrive.

Food and Feeding Instructions

: A cat eating food from a bowl

Having all the food your sitter will need is a great way to avoid unnecessary complications.

There are two important things to keep in mind when it comes to leaving food for your pet when you hire a pet sitter. Firstly, leaving enough food to last your entire trip and then some is best. This way, youre avoiding unnecessary complications and problems. If your sitter runs out of food, but the store is closed, they are not running around town trying to find the food you told them to get.

Secondly, an important thing to leave next to your cat’s food is feeding instructions. Your sitter needs to be able to remind themselves easily about feeding times, amounts, and what food to give at what time.

Medication

If your pet takes some sort of medication, your sitter will need it well organized and explained. You should do your best to mitigate the potential for mix-ups and misunderstandings.

After you had your cat for a while, probably learned what tricks work best to get your cat to take its medicine. Make sure to leave a quick overview of those tricks for your sitter, along with all the things they need to perform them. So, for example, if the easiest way to get your cat to take its medicine is to mix it in with its pate, one of the more important things to have at home for your pet sitter visit is the pate they would need along with instructions for how to mix it in near the medication.

Home supplies and instructions

Cat Sitter cleaning supplies

Make sure your pet sitter knows where they can find any cleaning supplies they might need.

Your sitter needs to have a good understanding of how to take care of your home. This is just as important as knowing how to take good care of your pet. Here is a list of all the things you need to make clear before they arrive. Note: Our Pet Sitters when meeting with you will have a comprehensive list of questions to obtain detailed home care instructions.

  1. Alarm codes
  2. Circuit breaker instructions
  3. Your landlord’s contact info and when and in which situations they are allowed to contact them
  4. Who they are allowed to let into your home while you’re gone (gardeners, postal workers, cleaners, etc.)
  5. How often do you expect them to take the trash out
  6. How to operate the HVAC system
  7. How to operate your TV
  8. Which bathrooms to use

Of course, you need to make sure to provide anything they need to achieve your requests and have a comfortable stay. Here is a list of things you have to provide: Note: Our Pro Pet Sitters usually have extra home items in case needed.

  1. Clean linens
  2. Toilet paper
  3. Cleaning supplies
  4. Your pet’s toys
  5. Keys (you can also give a trusted neighbor a pair for emergencies)

Final thoughts

As you can see, leaving your pet with a pet sitter takes some preparation. There are several things you need to have at home for your pet sitter visit, all of which are important. Doing your best to avoid complications and mishaps is the best way to have a relaxed trip. This makes sure that your pet is having a good time with its new friend.

 

 

 

 

Older Adults Benefit Pet Cats

Unexpected Benefits of Cats as Pets for Older Adults

Let’s begin by stating the obvious: there are two kinds of people in this world; cat lovers and dog lovers. And, indeed, what’s not to love about dogs? They are ferociously loyal, they love unconditionally, and in the darkest hours, they will pay their way into our laps and wag our tears away. Affectionate, loving, caring, and downright goofy, dogs simply take the “man’s best friend” title by existing. Then, we have cats, the independent and often quieter version of the forever two-year-old trapped in canine bodies. Depending on the breed, their versatile nature can go anywhere from being very vocal about their independence and territory to being a big, cuddly, mushy ball of fur. Just like dogs, cats can give limitless affection and unconditional love – if we let them in. Here are all the benefits of cats as pets for older adults.

Why say yes to cats

Pet Cat chin scratched

And the benefits of cats as pets for older adults?  No dog can beat it.

Because we’re wiser now. And we think ahead. Unlike dog ownership, cat ownership comes with myriad unexpected benefits. Let’s elaborate. Getting old(er) has its perks; we care less about what other people might think, we wave our shyness goodbye, and finally give ourselves permission to live fully and unapologetically. On the downside, our bodies aren’t what they used to be; the risk of reduced mobility, fractures, high blood pressure, forgetfulness, and other potential hindrances become part of our daily life. Now that we’re older, more beautiful, and wiser, feline companionship simply makes more sense. Growing old with style, cat ladies and cat gentlemen.

Benefits of feline companionshipSOlder Adult Lady Assited Living with Cat

According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), owning or adopting a cat offers multiple benefits:

  • improves cognitive function in elderly
  • opportunity for physical activities
  • lowers cholesterol levels
  • decreases blood pressure
  • controls triglyceride levels
  • improves social skills
  • reduces feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety

Cats help us practice mindfulness

cat smelling a daisy flower and enjoying the moment depicts the benefits of cats as pets for older adults

 It’s the little things. Stop and smell the daisies.

So, how do we define mindfulness, and why is it so important? Mindfulness is no new age philosophy; it’s the cornerstone, the very essence of our well-being. So, when we practice mindfulness, we are actually living in the moment; we are fully present and fully aware of our body, thoughts, feelings, sensations, as well as external stimuli (i.e., environment) but without being consumed with feelings of overwhelm. So, where do cats fit in the “mindfulness” picture? Unlike our intricate existentialism-driven minds, living “here and now” is an innate feline behavior. They don’t sit ruminating on transience and past wounds, nor do they worry about what the future might bring. Something as “silly” and “simple” as cuddling and playing with our pets can actually teach us an invaluable lesson – learning how to enjoy the present moment. For the ones who have a tendency to indulge in downward spirals, worry not; your cat will teach you how to nip it in the bud.

“I need you”

Speaking of the benefits of cats as pets for older adults, without purpose and having someone (or something!) to look after, our sense of joy can slowly start fading away. And it’s a tough place to be. The truth is that human beings need to feel needed (and we love it, too). No matter our age, we are only the best versions of ourselves when we’re responsible for someone else’s well-being. To nurture another living being is a privilege and an honor. Caring for a cat can give our lives purpose, as it also helps with establishing a routine and adding overall structure to our “retiree” lifestyle. The best thing about it? The “I need you” part is reciprocal.

Cats help us embrace change

: a black and white cat on a green background

 What do you mean, no? Let’s go, partner

Change is the only known constant in life. Youth thrives on change, and it welcomes it wholeheartedly. However, the older we get, the more resistance we put up against impending novelties (and that’s perfectly fine because we know what we want and what we’re comfortable with). Yet again, change is inevitable. And the more alone we are, the more we will dread the mere idea of it (even if we’re the ones initiating the change). Not if we have cats, though. After retiring, many decide to move house and revitalize their newly found freedom. Some would say, “Seniors and moving don’t go together well,” and we say, “How dare you?” It is a big step, though. So, if we want to keep stress at a minimum, getting a cat might be a good idea. They are fearless, independent, and one of the most loving, supportive roommates one can find.

Cats each day keeps the doctor away

Cats are known for their healing powers. In fact, studies have found that around 70% of older adults said their pet cat helps them take their minds off of physical and emotional pain and alleviate existing symptoms. Additionally, we are looking at less downtime when recovering from surgery or other interventions. How come? Animals—dogs and cats, to be precise—have a way of shifting our mood board from “-” to a big “+”. Our recovery rides on our ability to see the bright side of things, and cats are natural when it comes to persuading. Lastly, they help us stay in shape. Granted, they are not dogs, and 20-minute walks aren’t a thing when you’re enjoying feline companionship. All the same, cats love to play (alone or with us). Celebrate the holidays together by getting them a new toy.

Best cat breeds for older adults

If you are unsure what cat will suit you the most, here are some cat breeds that are considered to be the most suitable for older adults:

  • Birman
  • Russian Blue
  • Persian
  • Manx
  • Snowshoe
  • British Shorthair
  • American Shorthair
  • Australian Mist
  • Balinese
  • Siberian
  • Chartreux

Lastly

The benefits of cats as pets for older adults are simply innumerable. They will keep us company and ward off our aches, bad moods, and slumberless nights. They will purr, knead, and play the intricate game of mimicry, as their favorite afternoon role will be to enjoy imitating an elegant scarf around our neck as we sip on some fine wine. And life will be good. For the rest of our days.

 

 

Holidays Ways Celebrate with Cats

6 Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Your Cat Cats inside Holiday stockings

On average, domesticated cats live up to 12 years. If you’re a super caring cat parent (and a bit lucky), your cat can live up to 18-20 years. Given the sad truth, you have quite a very limited time with your fur pal. We encourage you to make the best of this limited time by celebrating your special moments with them. In this post, we’ve shared how you can do so.  Below, you will find six effective ways through which you can include your cat in holiday celebrations just as much as the rest of your family. Let’s get to it!

1. Give your cat a new toyCat Sitter playing with Orange White Cat

Cats love their individual playtime more than they love their human playtime. You can make it all the better for your cat by providing it with appropriate toys.  Generally, cats love five types of toys. These include

  • Wands
  • Balls
  • Stuffed toys
  • Catnip toys
  • Hiding toys

Observe your cat and notice its preferences. You can do it by giving it make-do versions of the types of toys mentioned above. For example, you can assess if your cat would like hiding toys by placing old cardboard in its access. If your cat hides in its often or likes to play with it, it’s a green signal. But if you’re cat keeps walking past it and ignoring it, it’s not a good sign. Your cat probably doesn’t approve of hiding toys. Similarly, you can use your kids’ old or spare stuffed toys to determine if your cat likes to play with them or not. If it does, bring it a stuffed toy of its interest. It could be a cat, a mouse, or the shape of any other animal/thing that fascinates your cat.

When gifting the toy to your cat on the holiday, make sure you spend some time playing with the cat and its new toy as well. Show some love to both your cat and its new toy.

2. Prepare holiday homemade treatsHoliday Cat Treats

Before we dive deep into this one, know that cats can’t tell the difference between homemade treats and company-manufactured treats. They can, however, distinguish between new and old tastes. They can also form memories that link a taste to a gesture or an event. This works in the same way as we relate cakes with birthdays.

Therefore, we suggest preparing homemade treats. If you prepare the same treatment on every holiday, your cat will link it with holiday memories and realize its significance. It might not be able to express it though. We recommend spending time with your cat as it enjoys the treat. Or play with your cat after the treat.

3. Give your cat a portrait 

Cats do not like to be photographed and they cannot even recognize you in the pictures. But cats can recognize other cats (perhaps, even themselves?) Owing to this, we recommend giving a cat portrait to your cat. It’s also a great idea to hang the portrait in the family room or on a wall where you display the rest of your family pictures. It makes the cats feel as if they’re truly a part of the family and it also nurtures a sense of ownership within them. Plus, when the bitter time arrives and you have to say goodbye to your pal, you’ll still have a reminder with yourself.

4. Decorate for holidays cat’s spaceCat Santa Hat Holiday Travel

Another way to celebrate the holiday with your cat is to decorate their space. You can do so by changing the theme of the room or adding some holiday décor. It may not help your cat connect with you on a deeper level, but it will give the cat an idea about the special occasion. Ensure that you take off the décor when the holiday’s over.

5. Spend time with your cat

We’ve suggested spending time with your cat in almost every suggestion in this list. But we’ll still mention it separately for two reasons:

  • It’s most important and that cannot be stressed enough.
  • It’s a bit different than the rest.

How is this suggestion different from the rest? Well, here spending time has a slightly different meaning. We’re suggesting that you leave everything and spend 30-60 minutes sitting by your cat. Indulge in whatever activity your cat wants. Be it cuddling in your lap, petting, or playing with its favorite toy.

6. Create holiday memories with pictures

Cat Sitter cOrange White Cat in lap

Lastly, don’t forget to do the obvious when celebrating holidays with your cat, i.e., clicking pictures. It will give you and your cat some everlasting frames to cherish.

Final Thoughts

Before signing off, there’s another important truth you need to know: similar to dogs, cats get lonely, especially if they’ve become attached to you. They might not show it, but that’s the truth. So, never fall for your cat’s tough play, and celebrate as best as you can!

 

Joy of Pets Guide

The joy of pets: how animal companionship can impact our health and wellbeing

BringingYoung girl with pet rabbit a furry friend into your home is like introducing a new family member. Pets can offer companionship and loyalty to everyone in the household. Even support the development of younger members of the family. Pets of all different shapes and sizes also benefit pet parents’ mental and physical health.

The Joy of Pets GuideLady child with pet backyard

In the Joy of Pets guide, by Compare the market, the survey revealed that 85% of pet owners agreed that animal companions help to reduce loneliness. Dogs remain the most popular pet across the country. Canines found  69 million U.S. homes. ats and other small creatures can provide similar benefits, Their presence alone is enough to help improve our mental well-being. In fact, 94% of pet owners admitted that simply having a pet in their lives made them happy.

Pet Companionship

Ownership of a pet is a huge responsibility, and the decision should never be taken lightly. The vast benefits speak for themselves. Find out if a pet is right for you.  Find out more about the importance of pet companionship.  Read the full guide here.

Author Bio

Harriet Keeper is a pet owner and mom of two. She enjoys spending time outside with her family. Often finds herself struggling to train her dog to do agility.  She loves spending time outdoors and trying new things with her loved ones.

Tips Give Cat Meds

If you’re a cat parent, you know that giving your cat oral medicines is one of the most challenging things you’ll ever have to do. You and your cat may experience severe emotional distress during the process. Cats are tough, yet even they may fall ill or catch parasites and need medication to recover. Here are five tricks that help give your cat medicine without inflicting any permanent damage to your relationship.

Top Tricks Help Give Your Cat Medicine

Cats are notoriously difficult to medicate. But unless you’ve messed up many tablets in a row without getting anywhere, you have no idea what it’s like. When they decide, they don’t want to do something, cats can be adamant about it. You can’t fool most of them. So, you must act smart. Here are a few sneaky tricks to get your cat to swallow their pills.

1. Mix it in with some kitten pate Cat eating with med mix into food

You probably give your cat can pate. But if you’re giving them kibble and want to be sure they get their medication, try mixing in a little amount of kitten pate (just enough to cover a few licks) with the kibble. For those of you with adult cats reading this, we at Pampered Pet Sitting highly recommend picking up some kitten pate and using it as a delicious snack to disguise the medicine’s flavor. My adult cats still go nuts over the kitten pate I bought when they were kittens. Getting a cat to take medicine mixed in with cat food is more challenging if the cat isn’t very fond of the cat food. But kitten pates are usually enticing, so the barrier is removed.

2. Pill pockets help cats take their meds

We are referring to those delectable kibble-like goods you can open, slip a pill inside, seal, and then deliver to your pet. If you have many pills to take and would like to have them swallowed without any additional effort on your part, a pill pocket is the way to go. There is nothing more practical than this for cats that need to take medicine daily.

3. Disguise it as wet food

To give medicine to a cat, you may disguise it as wet food. Again, only put a little bit with the medicine to ensure it is quickly swallowed. If your cat prefers wet food but refuses to eat it because of the medication, you might try switching brands or switching to a wet food with a stronger aroma and flavor, such as salmon, in the hopes that your cat would eat it. Make sure you keep your cat safe and warm while on the meds.

4. Use Gelatin capsules melt-in-your-mouth Cat licking treat filled with med

The soft texture of gelatin capsules makes them ideal for administering medication through a cat’s cheek pouch. Melt strips are tiny strips of omega-3 fish oil, similar to the popular breath strips of recent years. Recent studies have shown that cats and their owners like using gelatin capsules and paper strips to provide medication. The early research is promising, but additional study is needed to see whether adding a taste will increase the cats’ acceptance. Likewise, studying the actual drug in the delivery capsule or strip may have the opposite effect. Instead of forcing a tablet down your cat’s throat, you may try rolling up a little thin strip and slipping it into its cheek pouch.

Some pharmacies have developed little gel pills specifically designed to dissolve in a cat’s mouth. If you aren’t sure how to medicate your cat the best way and you can’t take care of your pet properly, don’t hesitate to ask your vet for advice.

5. Use another well-loved treat Cat grooming itself

You may try giving your cat a tiny amount of the medicine combined with something you know they would eat. If it does not include dairy and you know that whatever is on the menu is acceptable for a cat to consume, such as cooked chicken. Cats may be picky eaters, so it’s best to avoid liquid treats in favor of pastes or other solid options. However, you know your cat best and can make an educated guess about what they will most like eating. Just make sure it won’t interfere with the prescription. And make sure that everything you give them can be eaten in a few licks so that you don’t have a situation of not all the medicine being taken. We recommend this trick if your cat has also experienced another traumatic event besides falling sick, like a relocation, for example. Or maybe you’ve just gotten your kitty and they need time to adapt to the new surroundings. You need to help them feel at ease. So don’t bother them too much and try a few tricks to get your kitty to eat their meds stress-free. And give them more treats than usual.

ConclusionCat relaxing after med

As you can see, it’s possible to give your cat oral medication without risk of attack safely. We hope some of these tricks that help give your cat medicine will work for you. But if your pet is in pain or fearful, you should probably have a veterinarian do it or consult them about getting an injection for your pet. We’re sure they won’t be happy about that either, but at least it lasts a second, and you won’t get scratched.

 

Home Ready for Rescue Cat

5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for  Rescue Cat

Over the years, there’s been an increase in awareness of the importance of pet adoption. Adopting a rescue is a very humane thing to do. However, when you decide to take that step and finally find the right shelter cat for you, you need to prepare yourself (and your home) for such a noble task. You want your new furry friend to feel more comfortable when they arrive. So, check out these five ways to prepare your home for a rescue cat.

1 Prepare a safe zone

Cat looking out under blanket
It’s important to help your rescue cat eliminate fear and anxiety before you gain their trust

 

It’s

Cats are often looked at as strong Egyptian deities, but behind that facade can be a fragile little being. Therefore, when you welcome a new cat into your house, it is of the utmost importance to prepare a “safe zone” for them. The ideal “safe zone” is a small room with a minimum number of things in it. Things you need to include in it are:

  • their own litter box
  • at least two toys
  • bedding
  • a place to hide (any old box will do the trick)
  • lots of water

This area will serve as your new pet’s domain for the first week or two. They have to become comfortable in your house before you can gain their trust so they would let down their guard and relax. Keep in mind that you don’t know precisely what sort of environment your rescued cat comes from, so it is essential to be patient with them. Eventually, they will feel like they have found a place they can call their own.

2 Prepare the food that fits Rescue Cat

Rescue A cat being served delicacies

It might be a better idea to leave delicacies for later.

Even though your first instinct might be to bring the new member of your family a five-star restaurant-worthy dish to compensate for the past injustice, it might not be the best idea. All the animals value their habits, so you might want to let them adapt for a bit. Inquire at the local shelter about the kind of food used to feed the cats there, and think about purchasing a bag or two for the first two weeks. After they become comfortable in your home, you can bring in more tasty or colorful treats.

Help rescue cat adapt to new surroundings

Yes, the place you live in is always your home, but your cat is in the process of moving. So, according to professional movers, the process can be simple and painless if you can preserve anything familiar for your new cat, such as their favorite treat. It will make things way easier for them while they acclimate to the new environment. This is the most crucial thing to remember since everything will change for them. Once they have adjusted to their new environment, you are free to feed them anything you choose to be the best diet for them.

3 Give them something to scratchCat using scratching post

When you bring a new cat into your house, you must learn to cater to its specific requirements. As soon as you bring the newly rescued cat into your home, they will begin hunting for ways to wear down their claws. Scratching can be a way for cats to release tension and stress. And since the whole breaking the habit will be stressful for them, you can expect a lot of scratching. To prevent your furniture from being an attractive option for them to scratch on, make sure to provide several scratching posts and pads around your home. Try putting some catnip on the scratching post or pad, or hanging a cat toy from it, if your recently acquired cat isn’t warming up to the scratching places. This will make them more appealing to your cat.

4 Hide the valuables from Rescue Cat

 

It is common knowledge that cats like exciting new experiences. So, you should be ready to play host to a furry adventurer as soon as you bring them home. Unfortunately, some of those adventures may include looking for a ghost in your favorite vase. So, you might want to take special care to prepare your home for a rescue cat. Put away your breakable items along your home’s mantles, shelves, and cupboards. Even if you don’t believe they can get there, you can put your faith in the fact that they will figure out a way to get there! After all, a curious cat will investigate any and all areas of a house.

5 Prepare other pets for a frienddog rescue cat eating together

The thing about adopting a rescue is – it can be addictive. Once you feel the love multiplying for your pets, you always want more. That means – you likely have a lot of other pets. But getting used to sharing a living space might take some time, so be sure to give your rescued cat some time to get comfortable with your other animals before releasing them into a shared space. Introducing a new cat may lead your other animals to act dominant since it will disrupt the established order of things in your house.

Nonetheless, cats can live peacefully with most other animals, including birds and bunnies. Just make sure to introduce them all at their own pace and level of comfort. Also, it might be good to train your cat to behave calmly around your dogs.

Why is it so important to prepare your home for a rescue cat?

Getting a rescue cat into an unprepared home is a rookie mistake. Why is that? It might not be a big deal for you, but a change in environment and habits can significantly impact an animal. So, if you don’t want to struggle with the crash of personalities and lifestyles that might occur, you should prepare your home for a rescue cat. Less drama, less broken valuables, and more peaceful new days to sail into with your new friend. Overall, it will be an unforgettable experience

 

Pets Safe While Driving

Keep Your Pets Safe While Driving

Travel season has arrived, and many pet owners are preparing to take their furry friends on their next vacation. However, traveling with pets requires more than just letting the dog into the passenger seat. Keeping your pet safe while driving isn’t difficult; with proper supplies, your pet can stay safe while driving and enjoy the ride. Here’s How to set yourself and your pet up for a successful drive:

Familiarize Your Pets with Riding in the Car White cat car window

Hopping into a moving vehicle is not second nature to pets. For many animals, the movement of a car is stressful and confusing. It’s critical to familiarize your pet with this new environment before taking a long road trip. Here’s how to introduce your pets to the car.

  1. Exercise Pets Before Drives Knob Noster Pet Sitting Dog ball mouth

    A well-exercised pet reduces stress responses and is more likely to stay calm in a new environment. Take your dog for a 15-minute walk around the block before trying a trip in their car. A lengthy play session with their favorite toy can achieve similar results for cats or other animals.

  2. Bring Familiar Toys or Blankets

    Bring your pet’s favorite toys and blankets for all trips, whether it’s the first or hundredth trip in the car. The familiar scents of home and the comfort of a toy will help keep your furry friend calm during the drive.

  3. Begin With Short DrivesCats Orange and Grey Cat sleeping together

    You don’t want to take your pet for a long drive the first time they are ever in the car. Sure, some pets may acclimate right away, but the experience is jarring and stressful for most pets.

    Start with short drives down the street and back home before building up to a few blocks, then a few miles, then a half-hour, and so on to build up your pet’s comfort with driving.

  4. Play Light Music

    Light music and other white noise can help reduce a pet’s anxiety during a drive. Many pet owners use light music during the day to soothe pets while the house is empty, and music can achieve similar results during a car ride. Try to play more calming music at a low-background level that you can easily talk over.

  5. Praise Your Pet

    Training your pet to handle car rides requires the same praise as teaching them a new trick or potty training. Give your pets positive feedback and verbal encouragement while driving. If you have a passenger with you, have them give the pet treats or pets while driving. Note that drivers should never give pets or treats while driving, which can create a dangerous distraction.

    Treat Your Pets Like PassengersCat and Golden Dog together during pet sitting

    When traveling with pets, owners don’t always view their furry friends through the same lens as a human passenger. However, the AKC and the American Veterinary Medical Association emphasize that all owners should treat their pets like human passengers to ensure driver, passenger, and pet safety while driving.

    Treating a pet like a passenger includes taking the following steps:

    1. Engage Child Locks On Doors and Windows

      Pets are just as likely to accidentally engage an electric window while traveling as children. And, despite popular belief, a stressed-out pet can accidentally open some car doors. So it’s best to engage child locks on rear doors and windows to prevent such an accident.

    2. No Sticking Heads Out The WindowDog riding care window open Pet Safe?

      Though a happy dog sticking its head out the window seems like a quintessential road trip image, allowing your dog or other pets to do this can result in injury. Likewise, you wouldn’t let your child stick their face out the window for fear of debris hitting them; don’t let your pet face that risk.

    3. Don’t Let Pets Sit In Your Lap Pet Safe? Dog in lady lap

      Whether in the passenger seat, backseat, or driver’s seat, you should not let your pet sit in your lap. In the case of an animal suddenly reacting aggressively due to stress, it can result in injury to you or the animal. Additionally, you risk an animal having an accident on you versus the seat. Most importantly, it is illegal to have pets in your lap while driving in several states.

      4.  Avoid the Front Seat

      It’s a good rule of thumb to treat your pet like a child passenger when selecting their seat in the vehicle. Avoid allowing your pet to sit in the front seat whenever possible; pet injuries and fatalities are more common in car accidents when pets ride in the front seat.

      5. Don’t Keep Pets In Pickup Beds

      Never let your pets ride in pickup beds – there’s no way to secure them, and the bed can heat up to dangerous levels in warmer temperatures.

      6. Plan Pit Stops And Breaks for PetsPet Safe Dog travel pit stop

      Pets require breaks on road trips just like humans do. They need a pit stop every hour or two to walk, use the bathroom, and eat.

      7. Don’t Feed Them While The Car Is Moving

      Don’t let your pet chow down on a bowl of food or water when driving. If a pet chokes, you may not notice it. Additionally, stressed animals may try to eat to soothe themselves and may end up with stomach aches.

      8. Don’t Leave Pets Unattended Vehicle

      Leaving pets in an unattended vehicle is just as dangerous as leaving a child in a similar state. You should never leave a pet unattended, even if the A/C is on. Also, it is illegal to leave pets in a car unattended in some states.

      Select Safe Pet Restraints safe dog harness for traveling

      When driving with your pet, it’s essential that you keep them restrained while driving. An unrestrained animal can cause distractions, get in the way of you and the wheel, or injure themselves. Additionally, unrestrained animals are more likely to experience life-threatening injuries in a car accident.

      Using a pet restraint or harness can ensure a safe ride for your pet. However, not all restraints are crash-safe. Look for restraints with a high rating by the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) for quality pet safety products.

      1. Harnesses and Restraints

        Harnesses typically wrap around a pet’s midsection and connect to a car’s seatbelt. CPS-approved harnesses evenly distribute force in the case of an accident. Most harnesses have handles that allow you to get the pet out of the vehicle more easily.

      2. Car-Specific Pet BedsPet Safe traveling pet bed

        For smaller breeds of dogs, cats, or similarly sized pets, a car-specific pet bed can provide a safe driving experience. Pet beds specifically designed for the car usually have a zip-up pod for the animal to rest in, which connects to a seatbelt for safety. Look for CPS-approved beds when selecting a product.

      3. Barriers

        In addition to restraints or car beds, pet owners can consider installing a pet barrier in their car. Barriers create a screen between the front seat and the back, reducing distractions for the driver and preventing unrestrained pets from climbing into the front seat.

        What To Bring

        When driving with your pet, you should pack a kit of important information, first aid, and other supplies to ensure a safe and fun experience for yourself and your pet. Include the following in your travel kit:

        1. Microchip information.
        2. Vaccination records.
        3. Health certificate (some states, airlines, and hotels require these.)
        4. A crate for overnight stays.
        5. List of veterinarians along your route.
        6. Pet first aid kit.
        7. Temporary information tags.
        8. Pack water and snacks.
        9. Pack mats, liners, or potty pads.
        10. Set up a litter box for cats.
        11. Bring potty bags for walks.
     

    FAQs

    Why Can’t I Leave My Pet In The Car? Leaving your pet in a vehicle unattended is dangerous, even with the A/C on. It’s not uncommon for pets to experience panic at being left in the car. Additionally, if A/C shuts off or you forget to leave it on, you may unintentionally expose your pet to extreme temperatures that can cause illness or death. Finally, several states have made this illegal; doing so can result in legal repercussions.

    Is It Illegal To Have Pets In The Front Seat? In many states, it is illegal to keep pets in the front seat. You can find out if doing so in your home state or any travel destinations by calling the local Department of Transportation.

    Do Hotels Have Special Pet Requirements? Yes, most hotels have special pet requirements, and not all hotels allow pets. If you require overnight stays during your road trip, check with the hotel(s) to verify any fees, rules, or information you need to stay there with your pet.

    Do Pets Get Motion Sickness? Yes, pets can experience motion sickness in a moving vehicle. Here are steps you can take to reduce motion sickness on long drives:

    1. Limit food and water before trips.
    2. Ask your veterinarian about anxiety and nausea medication.
    3. Lower windows slightly for fresh air.
    4. Keep the car cabin cool via cracked windows or A/C.
    5. Use pet-specific pheromones while traveling to reduce stress.

    By preparing yourself, your pet, and your vehicle for trips, you can ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone.

 

Unable Take Care of Your Pet

What To Do if You Can’t Take Care of Your Pet Anymore?

It’s not easy talking about this one, but it’s crucial to put some focus on this topic. Don’t get us wrong we are never for abandoning your pet on the road. We will always advocate strongly for responsible pet ownership. That begins before you even get a pet or consider getting one. It’s essential to responsibly decide whether you have the means and motivation to take care of your furry friend for the rest of their life. Pets are not toys – they’re members of your family. That being said, an important part of responsible pet ownership is knowing when you can’t provide good conditions for your pet anymore and when to put effort into finding something better for them. If you’re certain you can’t take care of your pet anymore, here’s what to do.

Talk to your family and friends

Pet Cat chin scratched

Friends and family can be perfect for taking care of your pet.

It’s never easy to part ways with your furry companion. So, if you really have to do it, it would be best to keep them close. Or at least with the people they already know. There is a good chance that family members will be delighted to pitch in and assist you in providing care for your pets at home. And your friends usually do a terrific job as pet sitters since they have spent a lot of time in your house. So, they are already aware of your pet’s routines and any specific requirements they have. Also, this is the most painless solution because you’ll be able to visit and spend time with them whenever you get the chance.

They’ll give the necessary support

It can be a crushing experience to leave your loyal companion behind. But, it might be the best for them sometimes. For example, if you’re moving cross country, your pet might not take it so well. Some pets get so attached and homesick that it creates problems with their mental health. In other words, you might not be the only one dealing with homesickness after moving cross country. That’s why it’s best to leave them in the reliable hands of someone you can trust. Also, this situation can take a toll on you too. That’s why professional movers advise asking for help.

You can find ways to bounce back as soon as possible. There’s no shame in being homesick!

Hire a caregiver for You and your Pet

Another option that benefits you and your pet are to hire a qualified caregiver to care for both of you. Support organizations are available around the clock to provide you with the assistance you need so that you can take care of both yourself and your pet. Choose the one that thoroughly screens its employees by having them undergo background checks throughout the country. Also, collaborate with them to design a plan to help you operate successfully in your home.

Numerous services may assist both you and your pet in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, such as:

Pet Cat drinking

A caregiver can prepare healthy meals for your pet

  • Walking services. Some cats can benefit from short walks and outings to the nearby park just as you do.
  • Cleaning services. A little bit of cleaning goes a long way toward ensuring that your home is clear of pet dander and hair.
  • Preparation of meals. The goal is to ensure that you and your cat get the right food when you’re on the clock.
  • Medication prompts. It guarantees that you and your furry companion don’t forget to take your prescribed prescriptions and nutritional supplements.
  • Transportation assistance. For both you and your pet – if either of you needs medical attention.

Find a good pet sitterPet Sitter with Conure bird

The United States is seeing a rise in the number of households that have pets, which has led to an increase in the number of businesses that provide pet sitting services. Maybe you started your own business, and now you need help caring about your cat. If you use a pet sitting service, you will have the option to get assistance just when you need it, or you may coordinate with an agent to have someone come to your house on a more regular basis. When comparing different service providers, you should choose one that is both licensed and bonded.

Can’t take care of your pet – consider a shelter or rescue

Cat alone on the street

Leaving your pet alone on the street is even crueler than leaving it in a shelter

If there really is no other choice, you may have to put our dog up for adoption and find him a new home. Maybe you’re physically unable to accomplish anything. Maybe there are no financial options available, or you do not have any close friends or family members willing to take your pet. Consider placing your cat in a local animal shelter or with a pet rescue in situations like these. But please be careful and do your research.

Taking your pet to a non-kill shelter might as well save their life and mental health. Especially if you can’t take care of your pet anymore. Shelter volunteers will do their best to find a perfect new loving family for your furry child. And that’s a way better option than leaving your kitten on the side of the road, like (unfortunately) a lot of people do.

 

Reasons Pet Insurance Important

5 Reasons Pet Insurance is ImportantPet Insurance Dog, cat, under blanket.

You’ve probably heard that pet insurance can help you pay for veterinary bills in the event your furry friend gets sick, but you may not be exactly sure how it works or if it’s even worth the investment. Insurance for your pets works very much like your own health insurance plan. You’ll pay a monthly premium to receive coverage when you need it. Read on for five reasons pet insurance is important. This information can help you decide whether to purchase a policy for Fluffy.

1. Cost Savings Using Pet InsurancePet Insurance. Lady holding money

Of course, the primary benefit of concern to most pet owners is the savings they’ll receive. You can expect to pay a small deductible. Once that is met, your insurance plan kicks in another portion. You may need to pay the rest on your own, but this could still be a substantial saving when it comes to major events like surgery or extended illness.

2. Additional Treatment Options

German Sheppard Dog at Veterinary Clinic
Dog licking a vet, isolated on white

Another benefit of pet coverage is the fact that your treatment options will be expanded significantly. You won’t have to feel guilty about having to deny your precious pet what could be a potentially life-saving treatment. Pet insurance makes things like chemotherapy, surgery, x-rays, expensive medications, and hospitalization affordable and within reach.

3. Peace of Mind having Pet Insurance

When you have pet insurance, you’ll know that potential veterinary expenses will be more manageable should your buddy need extensive care. This can provide great peace of mind and reassurance. You can focus on your pet’s needs, rather than dealing with the agonizing possibility of not being able to proceed with necessary treatment due to finances. In addition, an unexpected veterinary emergency won’t drain your rainy day savings or another important fund. You may not be able to know what type of situation might arise, but you’ll at least know that the expense will likely be substantially covered.

4. Choice of Provider  Pet Insurance.White & Charcoal Cat Exam By lady Vet

Most pet insurance policies allow you to seek care from any provider you choose. It can be a specialist or an urgent care center that’s open evenings and weekends. This is something you may not have considered. Such an added benefit can make the purchase of cat insurance more appealing. After all, you can’t foresee when a health emergency will happen. After-hour vet bills can be even more expensive than regularly scheduled appointments, and specialty care costs a premium. When your pet is insured, these worries won’t keep you up at night.

5. Plan Customization

In addition, you can typically choose the type of plan that’s right for you, your pet, and your budget. Perhaps you just want to be sure that major medical expenses are covered, so a full policy isn’t necessary. It might also be that knowing all pet visits are covered is preferable to you. Choose the best plan for your lifestyle. Once things are in place, you’ll be better able to budget your pet care costs. That’s because you spread much of the cost out over time by paying small, manageable monthly premiums. It’s nearly inevitable that there will come a time your best pal will require care that falls outside the expected wellness visits. Pet coverage makes such costs far easier to bear and puts you in better control of your finances.

SummaryBusiness woman holds cat at computer

Now that you have a better understanding of pet insurance and how it can benefit both you and your fur baby, you can plan to take the next steps. Hopefully, this article has given you the tools you need to make a more informed decision regarding your pet’s care. Even a small policy can help should your pet face a medical emergency.

Living With Senior Pet

Tips for Living Happily With Your Senior Pet

As our pets get older, we sometimes have to make special accommodations to help them stay as healthy and comfortable as we can. Along with proper nutrition and adequate exercise, our companions may need extra care and attention to prevent diseases and injuries. So here are some tips from Pampered Pet Sitting to keep our four-legged friends around for many years to come:

Declutter Your Home for Senior PetSenior Pet Dog with glasses

As they get older, dogs start suffering from hearing and vision loss, which can make it difficult for them to find their way around the house. To help senior pets navigate their surroundings, get into the habit of removing any obstacles such as shoes, backpacks, and other items that could stand in their way, and try to keep a clear path from their bed to their food and water bowl.

If your dog is used to playing in the yard, pay special attention to garden tools or other objects they could trip on or hurt themselves with as they run about. Some dogs develop arthritis in their later years and start having a hard time getting up, walking around, and going up and down flights of stairs, so make sure their bed, blankets, and toys are all kept on the main level of your house. That way, they won’t have a reason to take the stairs and potentially hurt themselves as they trip or fall down.

Purify Your Surroundings for Senior Petwinter grooming

If your cat or dog suffers from allergies, cleaning your rugs, carpets, drapes, bedding, sofas and any soft surfaces to reduce house dust mites, mold spores, pollens, and other allergens will help relieve itchiness, sneezing, and coughing along with other symptoms caused by an allergic reaction. Bathe your pets and brush their fur regularly to help remove allergens stuck on their coats and their paws.

If possible, remove drapes and carpets that trap allergens and consider installing blinds, shutters, and hard flooring instead. You can add some plants around the house to purify the air as well, but be aware that many types of common houseplants can be toxic or poisonous to pets if they are ingested. So if you want to add pet-friendly, air-purifying plants to your house, avoid aloe vera, lilies, and sago palms. Instead, opt for spider plants, ferns, and bamboo. All this doesn’t mean your pet can’t go outdoors, though. You just have to be cautious. In fact, cat-lovers might want to invest in a special, highly adorable backpack that will allow you to take your feline companion with you when you go out for hikes or to run errands.

Schedule Regular CheckupsCat Disabled held by Vet Tech

It’s easy to miss age-related symptoms in pets, which is why scheduling regular checkups at the vet are so important. Your veterinarian will establish a baseline of what’s normal for your cat or dog, making it easier to notice any abnormal changes and possibly prevent diseases such as diabetes and even cancer. Your vet can also give you tips on how to keep your pet at a healthy weight through proper nutrition and exercise, based on your animal’s size and breed.

Dental health is also extremely important when caring for a pet; even if you brush their teeth regularly, as your pets get older, professional dental cleaning may be necessary to prevent oral pain that can lead to poor eating. And when it comes to food, choose an age-appropriate diet for your companion as nutritional needs change during their lifetime. Opt for high-quality, complete, and balanced pet food to help them maintain a healthy weight even when their activity level slows down. Our loyal companions deserve the best care as they age. A few changes around the house, a healthy diet, and a caring veterinarian will help your pet live a long and happy life alongside you and your family.

Pampered Pet Sitting is the best and healthiest way tobusiness rountine love cat have your pets looked after when you travel. When going out of town your pets stay in the comfort of their own home. Offered for cats, birds, most domestic animals, and dogs on a case-by-case basis. Reach out today to get started!