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Kids’ Pet Care Responsibilities

As parents, there are some things we just know.  For example, Johnny may REALLY want that puppy; he emphatically promises that he’ll feed, water, and walk the puppy every day; but, six months from now, WE will be feeding, watering, and walking that puppy.  Once the initial rush of excitement passes for Johnny, he will […]

Vacationing When You Have a Kitty

You are preparing to go on vacation.  What should you do with your beloved kitty while you are away? 1.      Kitties don’t generally travel well.  They are highly territorial, so they usually prefer to remain in territory that they identify as their own.   Intact toms are more willing to go beyond their established territories, but, […]

How to Save Money on Pet Sitting

You are going on vacation:  Fido and Felix prefer to stay at home.  How can you provide them with the care they need without breaking your bank? 1. Determine the appropriate level of care needed. Fido will probably require more care than will Felix. In addition to daily feeding and watering, Fido needs daily walks. […]

Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Summer

Summer is upon us, and with it comes beautiful sun and the occasional scorching temperature, rain, hail, tornados, hurricanes, and a host of other hazards.  Outdoor pets can be particularly vulnerable to these hazards.  Here are a few tips for minimizing your pet’s vulnerability. 1. Ensure that your pet receives regular veterinary check ups. Ill […]

Keeping Indoor Kitty Active

Indoor kitties can become overweight and under-exercised unless their humans devote time and attention to the physical and cognitive needs of their kitties.  What follows are 6 tips on how to help indoor kitties stay active. Spend at least a half hour daily attending to your kitty.  Brush her, cuddle her, pet her, and stimulate […]

Preparing to Adopt a Kitten

You are about to adopt a precious little bundle of love.  A precious furry little bundle of love, that is.  How can you prepare your home for the newest member of your family? Walk through your house and assess and minimize the hazards. Kittens can (and will) get into everything. They will jump on forbidden […]

Military Families and Their Pets

Military families are a special breed of cat.  And, speaking of cats, military families can face unique challenges when traveling or relocating with their Felix (or Fido) if you decide not to hire a pet sitter.  For those of you who face these challenges, we have a few tips for you to make your life […]

Health Benefits of Having a Pet

You are considering adopting a pet.  What are the health benefits that you and your family may enjoy by having a pet? 1. Lowered blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels 2. Reduced stress, less anxiety 3. Strengthened immune system (medical studies now indicate that children who were raised in homes with a […]

Finding the Right Pet for Your Family

You’ve been thinking about adopting a pet.  What do you need to consider when finding the pet that’s right for your family? Interests. What do your family members want in a pet? Is somebody cute, fuzzy, and cuddly desired? A puppy or kitten may be in keeping with your pet wish-list. Would somebody who is […]

Preparing Your Pet for the Arrival of Your Baby

What happens when your 4-legged friend becomes an “older sibling” to a human child?  How do you prepare your pet for the arrival of baby?  DOGS AND CATS: Consistency is key.  Your pet may sense that a lot of things are changing in his/her world.  For example, the guest room is painted and furnished with […]