March 2013

Top Ten reasons to hire us as your dog sitter

Finding a good dog sitter for your dog is very important. So while you're doing your research allow us to shed some light on why we make the best dog sitting company in Mesa, Gilbert, or Chandler. Here are the top 10 reasons you'll want us for your dog sitters: Reason # 10 –  The owner has taken a ‘canine body language class’ and shared all the information with our pet sitters. It's important  to know how to read dog body language as a pet sitter. Reason # 9 - Pet CPR and First aid certification, as well as having a pet EMT on staff. Reason # 8 - We’re a company that does extremely well with rescue animals and other pets that have anxiety and nervousness with new people. We gain their trust very quickly and don’t mind spending the extra time it may take to do so! All our sitters are...

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What makes a good Critter Caretakers client?

A new dog sitting client in Mesa recently asked me if we take on all clients that we consult with and I replied no. We don’t pet sit for animals that are aggressive to people or other animals. It’s a safety issue for the sitters and other animals. We are not breed discriminatory and base our decisions to be your Mesa pet sitter on how your pets react to us at the consult. So what makes a really good Critter Caretakers Pet Sitting client? Many times you think of your pet as a kid with a permanent fur coat and treat them as such. Your dog has more toys than you did growing up. :) Giving your cat a massage till she is drooling on herself in joy makes you smile. Your pets have a bed in at least two different places in your home, and a third if you count yours, which is where...

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What is redirected aggression in cats?

When you have cats that get along really well together and then all of a sudden for absolutely NO apparent reason one of your felines goes after her best buddy claws drawn and fur flying, it's scary!! This happened with some of my cats a couple of times, and let me tell you, it terrified both me and the cat who was attacked. It made no sense so I tried to find out what it was. This fairly common phenomenon is known as redirected aggression. When a cat is stressed and can not get at the cause of it's stress it will redirect and channel this stress or upset onto the nearest object. It can be another cat, a dog, and occasionally it's owner. And to owners and victim alike it is completely upsetting, typically traumatizing the cat who is attacked. Imagine your spouse who loves you dearly and with whom...

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What is animal communication?

As a pet sitter, clients sometimes ask my opinion on important matters regarding their pets. In answer to some of their questions, I might recommend contacting an animal communicator. In the last year, I got to experience first hand what animal communication is. First I can tell you, it is real. Animals, like people, have thoughts, feelings, fears, emotions, wants and needs. Using an animal communicator, someone who can 'talk' to animals, allows us to get in touch with our animal friends through the communicator and find out what they need. Why use an animal communicator? There are many reasons you might need an animal communicator. Perhaps your pet is having some health issues and you'd like to hear from your pet what is going on in their body. I'm very intuitive myself and knew something was off with my senior cat when she was using her litter box. I had  a feeling...

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How to introduce a new cat to your family

One of our cat sitting clients in Mesa recently had a challenging situation. (Names have been changed to protect the client’s privacy) My client’s daughter was moving with her cat, Kevin, into her mom's household. Her mom already had a cat, Saxon.  Now these two boys had met each other before, but when they were introduced the owners unknowingly just put them in the house together and hoped for the best. Unfortunately cats are NOT like people and this is definitely *not* the way to go about having cats meet each other. Previously when brought into Kevin’s home, Saxon, chased, scratched, and generally terrorized Kevin. And so Kevin, whose home this was at the time, became terrified of Saxon. Flash forward to now: the women are moving in together and understandably anxious about trying to merge the 2 cat household given their past experience. I suggested several steps to the ladies...

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