Category Archives: Cats

Online Services Get More Pets Home Safely

pet servicesIf you want to avoid the wrenching experiencing of not knowing where your pet is or what has happened to it, you need to take advantage of the identification tools that are available. While the three major forms of identification each have their own strengths and weaknesses, though, they’re not enough to make sure that other people get the information that they need to bring your animal home. Bringing it all together using online services can make the difference between bringing a dog or cat home and never really knowing what has happened to it.

Tags

Tags are imprinted with an animal’s name and home phone number. These are convenient to use, since virtually all pet dogs and cats are supposed to wear a rabies tag as proof that they’ve been properly vaccinated anyway. Unfortunately, these can get lost if the collar snacks on something.

Microchips

Microchips are more permanent, because they’re actually implanted into an animal at the shoulder. The chip has an identification number on it, and this is kept in a database with the microchip company so that it’s possible to look up the contact information for the owners. It’s only possible to read these chips with the right equipment, though, and their presence isn’t visible. People who find lost pets often don’t realize that they should take them to a shelter or vet to have them scanned.

Tattoos

This is an identification marker that is both permanent and visible to anyone, though it can only be put on while an animal is already anesthetized, such as for a spay or neuter surgery. The number tattooed uniquely identifies a specific animal, but someone who sees it may not know what it means or who to call to get further information.

Identification is Not Enough

All of the forms of identification for pets have serious drawbacks that keep them from being the perfect solution. Because of this, it’s still important to do things like advertise that an animal has been either lost or found. Online postings are particularly valuable, because the people in the relevant region can share them with their friends very easily. Where a poster can only be seen by people who actually pass by it, which could be far from where the pet has roamed, an online posting can spread to thousands in a very short period of time, and is constantly available to anyone looking for or finding a pet.

Bringing it All Together

The best lost pet service online is one that brings together many different factors to allow people to find their pets, or people who’ve come across pets to find the families. It includes information about where they were lost or found, what they look like and answer to, and whether they have microchips and other identifying features. Putting all of this information in one place makes it a lot easier for someone who may only have some fraction of it to match it up to a listing and identify the animal.

Benefits Of Feeding Your Cat All Natural Cat Food

If a person owns a cat or a brand new baby kitten, this cute and cuddly fur ball can be prone to sickness and diseases, especially the mysterious kitty Leukemia. So, right from the beginning the cat’s health needs to be optimized. This starts with what a person feeds it. All natural cat food can do this for a person’s cat or kitten. But, what is the definition of all natural cat food? It means that there are no preservatives, artificial ingredients, colors or dyes, and no chemical process whatsoever. Most pet food a person sees on the market today contains all this.

But, there is a new wave of pet foods that are specifically geared towards holistic or all natural pet food. Consumers treat their cats just like one of the family or even a child. So, they are demanding change. Life’s Abundance is one company that is helping to keep pets healthy. This company actually uses an animal plant health inspection service. This certifies the food as authentic all natural cat food. The all natural cat food ingredients that make a person’s cat food are high quality and not low standards. There is absolutely no dairy, corn or wheat, chemicals, artificial flavors, or colors. There are five sources of protein for a person’s kitty:

  • Chicken meal
  • Egg
  • Chicken Liver Meal
  • Herring Meal
  • Turkey Meal

With eggs, it is a complete protein that a cat can easily digest. It is chock full of vitamins to help with cell growth. The turkey is also very easy to digest as cats have more sensitive stomachs. The chicken used has all the moisture taken out of it so it becomes a higher source of protein. Herring will help the cat’s fur and skin to be beautiful and shiny looking, which will mean very healthy. The reason all natural cat food has liver in it is because of Vitamin A. The cat doesn’t convert the vitamins from veggies over to it.

It also contains Taurine. With this combined, it becomes an excellent source of protein. With all the fuss about anti oxidants for humans, what about animals? Grape seed extract is also added to the all natural cat food to keep the cat healthy along with probiotics and beet pulp. This keeps the kitty’s sensitive tummy on the right track to healthy digestion. There is also canned cat food that is very nutrient rich and contains the same ingredients. The cat will not eat as much because it’s not filled with junk.

It also has water that has vitamins and minerals in it. A cat drinks water when eating to wash it down. So, all the holistic aspects are covered. There are also all natural cat treats that are geared towards the cat’s skin and coat to help keep it healthy and shiny.

Tips on Selecting a Pet Sitting Company

pet sittingIf you’re like most American families at the conclusion of the traditional school year, you begin planning a summer vacation. Although there are many pet friendly hotels, there are just as many vacation destinations that aren’t appropriate for pets.

So what do you do when you can’t take Fluffy or Fido with you? Well, you have a few options: Ask Grandma to come over to feed Fluffy while you’re gone… and hope she remembers, ask the kid down the street to come over and feed Fido… and hope he doesn’t sabotage your house while you’re away, or hire a professional pet sitter.

You’re instinct may be to go with someone you know and trust in your home. But, you should think again, and consider a professional pet sitting company. Use the friend or family member as a backup or a contact person to give to the pet sitting company you hire. You’ll feel better (especially if your pet has special needs) and so will the friend, neighbor, or family member who doesn’t get roped into the responsibility while you’re away.

The well-being of your pet while you’re away is serious business, and professional pet sitters take it as such. Still, there are some companies that won’t provide the best service for what you’re looking for. It’s important to lay out everything that you expect, and to hear everything the pet sitting company offers. If it’s not the exact fit that meets your needs, keep looking.

Here are a 12 tips on choosing the right pet sitting service for you:

1. They should be bonded and insured for your protection.

2. They should be able to provide you with solid references.

3. They should have an affiliation with a national pet sitting organization such as National Association of Professional Pet Sitters or Pet Sitters International.

4. They should be trained and certified in first aid and CPR for animals.

5. They should have a concrete back-up plan in the event that your assigned sitter cannot take care of your pet. (If using a “solo” pet sitter, ask who is their back-up in case of an emergency)

6. They should have an emergency planning manual as their “go-to” guide in case an emergency occurs.

7. They should have you sign a veterinarian authorization form and should have emergency veterinarian procedures in place.

8. They should provide a contract describing care, services, and fees.

9. They should be available to you for pet services 365 days a year including all weekends and holidays. (They should always have a secondary pet sitter available for your needs)

10. They should provide a complimentary consultation to meet you and your pets, obtain all the information needed to care for your pets and explain the services, fees, and policies.

11. They should demonstrate a level of professionalism by maintaining a website, have a logo, and business cards.

12. They should explain how they further their education on pet care. Professional pet sitting companies attend national pet care conferences, have their sitters become certified in pet care by NAPPS or PSI, read current pet care publications, and network with other pets sitting companies and veterinarians.

When deciding what to do with your pets when you travel, consider an in-home professional pet sitting service that meets these standards. Most professional pet sitting companies adhere to these standards but do your due diligence, after all you’re leaving your family in the hands of someone new.

How to Get Rid of Your Cat’s Fleas Naturally

I think fleas multiply even faster than rabbits! Once you see one flea, you are bound to see more and more and more. You might see one jumping from the carpet one second and then you notice another one jumping onto your shirt from the couch. You wake up with flea bites all over your ankles night after night. You spray a chemical flea killer and you get a few days reprieve from these biting bugs, but a week later, they are back and in seemingly the same number as they were before!

As a cat owner, you probably would rather use a natural flea remedy over a chemical one that might hurt you and your cat in the process.

You might wonder if there really is such a thing. I wondered the same thing when I was researching how to get rid of fleas. I tried various different methods and I finally found one that has been working for me for years now. It works as long as I use it on a regular basis. I love it because it’s natural and I know it’s safe for me and my pets.

What is it?

It’s diatomaceous earth!

That’s right! The glass skeletons of the diatoms that live in the oceans. If you have a pool, you might already be using this product for your pool. But wait, don’t rush out and use that for your home. The industrial grade used for cleaning pools is not safe to be used around the house. You need to use food grade diatomaceous earth. This one is safe to eat and to use around the home, around your pets, and around your children.

My Recipe

This is what I do. I take a spray bottle and I add 1 to 2 tablespoons of diatomaceous earth to it and fill it with water. I shake it and then I spray this mixture all over my house focusing on areas where the fleas are likely to stay such as bedding areas, couches, all room edges, all entrances, all window openings, and all over carpets and rugs. I spray as often as I vacuum. If I vacuum, then I spray again. After I started this procedure, I noticed that fleas would disappear in a couple weeks and they wouldn’t come back! And as a side benefit, I didn’t get any spiders either. Nor any other bugs for that matter!