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Boarding Tips & Tricks for Your Cat

Boarding Tips & Tricks for Your Cat

It is quite common for a pet owner to place their beloved pet in a boarding facility in order to eliminate worry over their animal's well-being while away on a trip. It is a responsible way to ensure that your animals are provided for, played with, and looked after while you are away and is most commonly an option taken by dog owners. But what about cats?

There are actually many excellent, trustworthy facilities which accommodate the needs of both owner and their cat . With the right knowledge, you will be able to locate and choose the perfect boarding facility, giving you peace of mind and your kitty companion the best experience possible.

Here are a few tips on how to find the best possible care for your cat while you are away.

  • Take a Tour: It is important for your peace of mind and cat's comfort that you are able to see the area where your cat will be housed during his or her stay. If the facility declines tours, this is a major red flag as it could indicate that there are things they may not want you to see.
  • Take a Deep Breath: While on your tour, note if there is a strong odor of excrement and urine. This will indicate how well the area is cleaned and how often. If the smell is anywhere from very strong to overpowering, this would not be a good environment for your pet.
  • Five Star Accommodation: Always check out the space before booking your cat in. Take note of cage sizes and be sure your cat will have plenty of room to explore, not shoved into a tiny kennel for the duration of their stay.  
  • Required Vaccinations: Inquire if it is mandatory that all boarded cats be up to date on vaccinations and tested for diseases. This will greatly reduce the risk of your cat contracting an illness.
  • Hands On: Make sure to find out how much attention will be given to your cat on a daily basis. Daily interaction will be crucial in keeping your kitty as comfortable as possible.
  • No Dogs Allowed: This is a crucial tip. Ensure the facility is specific to cats and does not house dogs as well. Even if dogs are kept in an entirely separate area, their sounds and smells can cause great anxiety for a cat, especially in new surroundings.
  • It's Personal: Inquire whether or not you are allowed to leave your cat some personal items such as a bed, toys, food, or litter. Being surrounded by the comforts of home can help keep your cat calm and happy as being in an unfamiliar place can be frightening to  them.
  • On Call: Ask for the name and number of the veterinarian who will be on standby in case of emergency. Find out how the employees will handle the situation if your cat becomes ill. If you are not satisfied with the plan of action, try another facility. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Keeping these tips in mind will help you successfully identify the best boarding option for your kitty the next time you are planning a trip.

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5 Tips For Dealing With Bullies

5 Tips For Dealing With Bullies

Aaah, a trip to the dog park. Sounds fun, right? But what if there is an ill-mannered dog who bullies and their human pack-member is clueless? Here's how to handle tricky canine social situations like a pro.

  1. No Bad Dogs: First of all, there are no bad dogs, just clueless human handlers. As soon as you recognize the signs that your own dog is uncomfortable (no tail wags or play bows), step in. With a firm "No" directed at the bully, along with a motion indicating it should move off, you communicate that your dog is off limits. Lead your own dog away in a calm, controlled manner.
  1. Identify Responsibility: Locate the owner of the bully and inform them that your dog is not interested in playing with their dog. Be polite, explaining that you would appreciate cooperation in re-directing their dog away from yours. But don't expect much. Understand that bully-dogs are often shaped by their human. It is still important, however, that they be made aware of their dog's unacceptable behavior.
  1. Monitor: Remain close to your pet and monitor any interest by the bully-dog. Ward off any approach before it comes too near. Guide your own dog toward other companions that are more agreeable. Sometimes simply breaking the line-of-sight between a bully-dog and the source of interest is all it takes.
  1. Breaking Things Up: If bullying turns full-scale scuffle, of course you want to intervene. To break things up without getting bit there are options. Try dousing involved parties with water or a loud noise distraction, like a training whistle.
  1. Rewards: Referring back to number 1, the "no bad dogs" rule, brings us to the final solution. Rewarding good behavior. When the bully-dog backs down and minds its own business, offer a treat. In other words, convert the bully to a friend.

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5 Household Items That Could Harm Your Pets

5 Household Items That Could Harm Your Pets

Everyone loves their pets, and we care for them carefully and extensively because of how much we love them. Sometimes, though, we slip up. And we might bring something into the house or leave something out in the open that could harm our pets. Here are 5 dangerous items to keep away from your feathered and furry friends, courtesy of The Humane Society and the ASPCA.

  1. Bleach - Pets can, like people, leave a trail of chaos behind them. And whether you're training a puppy or cleaning a mess made by a pet with a stomach ache, you might find yourself pulling out the bleach. But beware! Bleach is toxic to people and animals, so make sure to dilute it when you use it, and properly rinse areas where bleach is used. Air out rooms with a strong bleach smell.

  2. De-Icers - Winter is almost over in many places, but some places are still experiencing ice and snow storms. De-icers irritate paws and are toxic. Even if you don't necessarily put the de-icers right in front of your pet, they can be toxic if ingested somehow. Make sure to wash and dry paws when your pet has been out in the snow.

  3. Leftovers - We know, the puppy eyes are adorable and convincing. But certain foods are toxic to pets, such as grapes, onions, alcoholic beverages, coffee grounds, and more. Be careful with small bones too: your pet may want to chew on them, but they can cause choking if swallowed.

  4. Fabric Softener Sheets - This may seem oddly specific, but these are commonly used and extremely dangerous to pets. The ASPCA explains that they contain "cationic detergents" that "have the potential to cause significant signs like drooling, vomiting, oral and esophageal ulcers and fever". Soft clothes are great, but always make sure to keep softeners far away from curious pets.

  5. Household Plants - Not all plants, but some. Certain plants such as daffodils, lilies, azaleas, lilies of the valley, tulips, and hyacinths. There are more, so be certain to research the toxicity of a plant before bringing it into your home or near your pet.

Our pets mean the world to us! They make us laugh, comfort us when we're down, and are our best friends. So, of course, we want them to be safe, healthy and happy. Always make sure to keep potentially dangerous items away from pets, and research anything you are questioning. This way, your pets will stay furry and friendly for a long time to come!

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