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Top 5 Reasons Your Cat Pees Outside the Litter Box and How to Resolve Them

Top 5 Reasons Your Cat Pees outside the Litter Box

If you’ve owned a cat you may have experienced a time when your cat eliminated outside their box. When this happens, it can be a sign that a problem exists. It’s best to get to the bottom of things quickly before your cat develops a preference for eliminating elsewhere. Here are the top 5 reasons your cat may be peeing outside their box.cat pees from urinary tract infection

  1. Urinary tract infection- If you notice your cat licking a lot, straining to pee or producing only small amounts of urine he may have a UTI.  Feline UtI can have your cat feeling an urgency to urinate, causing your cat to associate the discomfort with using her litter box.

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10 Important Questions to Ask When Hiring a Pet Sitter

10 Important Questions to Ask When Hiring a Pet Sitter

I’m sure like most pet owners, you feel that your pets are not just animals they are family members. As such you want to make sure that whoever is caring for them ishiring a pet sitter to provide pet care for your dog in your home qualified to do so. As a professional pet sitter, I have heard many horror stories from new clients regarding non-professionals they have used in the past. From pets left for days without food or water, to their pet sitter canceling on them at the last minute, to the person bringing other people, friends or family members into their home, to medications not being administered correctly or at all, to complete no shows and more! These tragedies and more are what caused them to seek out a professional pet sitting service.

There a many pet sitting clearing houses online these days such as care.com, rover.com, sittercity just to name a few. On these sites anyone can sign up and present themselves as a pet sitter. While there are professionals who post on these sites, BEWARE, many are no more than hobbyists or folks who have little to no experience at all.

 

REMEMBER, WHILE CARING FOR YOUR PET, THIS PERSON WILL HAVE FULL ACCESS TO YOUR HOME AND YOUR POSSESSIONS. [Read more…]

The Dangers of Foxtails and Your Pet

The Dangers of Foxtails and Your Pet

Foxtails -A foxtail is a spikelet or spikelet cluster of a grass, that serves to disperse its foxtails (grass awns) seeds as a unit. Thus the foxtail is a type of diaspore or “plant dispersal unit”. Some grasses that produce a foxtail are themselves called “foxtail“, also “spear grass”. – wikipedia

foxtails grass awnThese “foxtail like” weed clusters have barbs that when disturbed, fall and work their way into the ground making it hard for the cluster to come loose from the dirt. The outside part of the cluster also harbors bacteria composed of enzymes that break down cellular matter.  [Read more…]

Whisker Fatigue, Is Your Cat Suffering?

I feel as though I am pretty knowledgeable regarding cats. I’ve owned cats all my life whisker fatigue and your catand up until recently had never heard of Whisker Fatigue. I’ve always known that a cat’s whiskers are sensitive and help them determine if they can fit through or in something (whiskers are usually about as long as a cat is wide). But in researching the topic of Whisker Fatigue I learned some new things as well.

Most people know that a cat’s whiskers are thicker, longer hairs but did you know [Read more…]

New Years Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Is Your Dog or Cat Overweight ?

Resolve to Change it and they will live longer, healthier, happier lives.

 

an overweight dog would benefit from more physical activityOver 50% of U. S. pets are overweight . This can lead to a shorter lifespan, health problems as they age and difficulty walking with extra weight bearing down on their joints. Here are some simple ways to keep your dog or cat’s weight in check or help them to lose weight.

Measure your pet’s food at every meal. Look at the feeding guidelines of your pet’s food. They usually go by age and weight. This is a starting point only. Depending on overweight cat need to be on a feeding routinehow much daily activity your dog or cat gets you may need to add a little or subtract a little.

Feeding Routines are important!  Most cats and dogs will benefit by a twice a day feeding routine. Even cats can learn to eat when the food goes down. Leave the food down for 15 minutes only. If you pet is not actively eating after 15 minutes take the food up and don’t put it down till the next meal time. At each meal you feed them ½ of their daily your dog or cat can get overweight if you don't measure their food portions daily.requirement. If they don’t eat it all just add to it at the next feeding time to make a serving.

Do not be alarmed if your pet skips a few meals to start. When they get hungry enough they will eat. During the initial transition it is best to stay away from treats in between as these just add empty calories to your dog or cat’s diet and keep them from being hungry enough to eat the food which carries important nutrients.

Add activities to your pet’s daily routine.

A nice daily walk around the block with a daily walk would help your overweight dog burn calories.your dog or a 15 minute play session with your cat chasing a teaser will burn calories that will add up over a years time.

Make this new year the healthiest yet for you and your pet and you’ll enjoy many happy years together.

 

Terie Hansen, Professional Dog Trainer, Dog Walker, Pet Sitter & Owner at Good Dog! Coaching & Pet Care-may be reached at 404-422-9832  www.gooddogcoaching.com

Good Dog Coaching & Pet Care specializes in professional dog walking, pet sitting and dog training.

Pet Sitters Tips…Cats Do The Darnedest Things

Pet Sitters Tips: Who rules the roost at your house, the cat or the dog?

Professional Pet Sitters think there is a good chance it’s the cat. They are almost always the “Alpha” over the dog. Watch this funny video. It is a purrfect example!

http://on.aol.com/video/cats-stealing-dog-beds-517969967

cat takes over dog bed at pet sitter in suwaneeAnd here is our cat MoMo. He has taken over the bed of one of our favorite dog boarders Guinness.

MoMo is head of quality control. Looks like this is a premium dog bed!

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