January 2013

Cat Boarding vs. Cat Pet Sitting

All cats are not created equal. Different cats have different pet care needs, but generally speaking, Critter Caretakers encourages pet owners in Gilbert to choose in home cat sitting for their feline friends rather than cat boarding. Why? Well for one, cats are creatures of habit and any kind of change absolutely freaks them out. Think about when you put in a new piece of furniture or even a lamp. What do they do? They have to caaaauuutiously approach it, sniff it, walk around it 3 or 4 times to see every angle of it, and paw at it to make sure it’s ‘safe’. Cats are highly "allergic" to anything new and different. They thrive in familiarity, especially emotionally. When we choose to put our cats in a cat kennel or boarding facility, cats maintain a high state of alert and vigilance because nothing is familiar, comforting, or smells like what...

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What is the true cost of pet sitting in Gilbert?

There are many factors that go into a pet sitting company determining their prices.  Many of the pricing factors some people may not even think of or realize. While a pet sitting business is largely working with, caring for and being with pets, a lot goes on behind the scenes before we get to the actual visits. Often pet sitting companies fold within a year or two, due to the fact that they are not truly a professional company. In order to maintain a ‘professional’ business, a reputable pet sitting company incurs the following often ongoing expenses: Graphic Design and marketing expenses (logo design, business cards, brochures, flyers, etc) Lawyer’s fees (LLC incorporation, contracts, company protection, etc.) Bonding and Insurance costs (company protection for the clients and their homes) Professional Association Fees (re-occurring monthly) Website expenses (re-occurring monthly) Payroll expenses (re-occurring monthly) Staff salaries (re-occurring monthly) Gas (a constant,  haha) Car insurance (monthly charge) Printing materials (business cards, magnets, contracts, etc.) Copying expenses...

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What does a Pet Sitter do anyway

I'm often asked what does a pet sitter do anyway? Well, Critter Caretakers does not just show up to feed and water your pets. There are many things a Mesa pet sitter does when we visit. First and foremost of course is your pets’ well being.  Sure, we do make sure they’re fed and given water. But we attend to all the little details that go with that. Do you only give your dogs reverse osmosis water? Then so do we. Do you add salmon oil to your cat’s food for dry skin? We will, too. Does your dog get a milkbone treat each time from you after her twice a day walk? Then that is what we give her, too. Do you spray your cats’ condo with catnip spray every other day? You guessed it. Then so do we. It’s the attention to all the countless details that matter...

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Gilbert Pet Sitter alerts consumers to Waggin Train Treat Recall

On January 3rd, we posted a picture on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/CritterCaretakersPetSitting?ref=hl, cautioning clients against several different brands of jerky treat products that you shouldn’t feed to your pets. Today Critter Caretakers learns that the company of one of the treats pictured is voluntarily withdrawing ALL Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats in the US until further notice! That is a huge recall. As pet sitters in Gilbert, we care deeply about the well-being of the pets whose care we are entrusted with. I wanted to get this information to you as quickly as possible. Please share with friends or family who have dogs and may be feeding these products to their pets. The article states: “The Company is taking this action after learning this week that the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of Waggin' Train...

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Overnight Cat Sitting…Really? Really!

Why should the dogs get to have all the fun, right? Sure most people understand the importance of having a sitter there overnight for dog sitting. Dogs often get let out late at night before owners go to bed, might need medications more often than cats, or even need a late night walk. But really does that mean our feline friends don’t deserve the same exceptional treatment? Well, you say, cats don’t need a walk OR to be let outside. So why would someone want an overnight cat sitter anyway? If your cats are anything like mine, they’re the center of your world. On any given night when I retire to sleep, I can find 3 of my 4 cats on the bed with me. My senior cat, Onyx, likes to tuck herself behind my knees, especially on cooler nights. The 6 year old, Mischief, likes to sleep either smushed up...

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Mesa Pet Sitter provides warning about Purina Beneful Dog Food

We all like to think that we’re taking the best care of our pets that we possibly can. Of course we want our beloved pets with us for years and years. So we strive to feed them what we believe is in their best interest nutritionally. That isn’t always the case though. At times when we think we’re doing our dogs a service in this regard, it can sometimes prove to be a disservice for their long term health. Many of us have heard of the warnings against any Jerky Dog Treat products made in China, but today I’d like to share with you another, more dire warning. Treats are fed occasionally as, well, a treat, but for some people we are essentially feeding our dogs something even more harmful once, sometimes twice, a day. In some cases these feedings lead to a dog’s death! I ran across this information on Purina’s...

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