April 2014

Chandler Pet Sitters Discuss Cat Nip

If you've never experienced your cat around cat nip, you're in for a treat. What exactly IS cat nip anyway? Is it cat drugs? No, not really. It's just that while cat sitting in Chandler, we get to watch your feline friends *act* as if they are on drugs, if we give them cat nip. :)   Cat nip is actually an herb that is a member of the mint family and you can even grow it for yourself. So how does it work? The cat nip contains an essential oil, nepetalactone, that is mainly what drives them wild. Interestingly enough not all cats are effected by cat nip. In fact, only about 50-70% of cats will react to the smell. And generally speaking it doesn't effect kittens under 12 weeks. There also appears to be a hereditary component, so if you have a family of cats and momma likes it, well...

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Chandler Pet Sitter Discusses Declawing

Your cat sitters in Chandler want you to picture this: You just brought home a new kitten, and turn the corner to enter your living room to find her scratching up your $500 couch.  Yikes!  Your mind instantly goes to trying to prevent this behavior in the future and protecting all your valuable belongings.  But is declawing the way to go?  Your Chandler pet sitter wants you to be aware of several things before you decide to pursue this surgery. -First, cats are digitigrades.  This simply means that they walk on their toes.  Their entire body structure is designed for this type of gait.  Altering this via surgery is similar to if a person was wearing shoes that didn’t fit right, permanently.  It would give you back pain, sore muscles, arthritis, and possibly other longterm damage. -Second, declawing is NOT a simple nail trim.  It is 10 separation amputations comparable to removing the tips of a person’s fingers at the first...

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How to be the Best Client for your Chandler Pet Sitter

Ok we admit it, pet sitting isn’t rocket science.  It’s about a love for animals, attention to detail, plus the ability to take cute pictures and communicate well with clients - the office doesn’t hurt either. :) However, it isn’t always "a walk in the park" so to speak!  There are a few things you can do to help your pet sitters in Chandler do their jobs better.  By following these suggestions we will have more time and energy for your furkids, and isn't it all about them anyway? -Please leave supplies in the locations where you told us they would be during our consultation.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had to hunt around for garbage bags, paper plates, carpet spray, etc.  So if you mentioned you would pull everything out and put in on the counter, please be sure to do that for us! It sure saves us time to have...

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Chandler Dog Sitters Share Yummy Spring Treats

Well it’s already getting warm again here in Arizona. What’s a dog lover to do to keep their dog cool? Well your Pet sitters in Chandler have great warm weather treat ideas for your loved, spoiled dogs! Keep your beloved pet cool, refreshed and healthy with these yummy Spring snacks! Not only will your dogs love these treats, but they will be using mental stimulation to lick their way through the frozen snack! Try Frozen Blueberries in a Kong or mix them in with low fat plain vanilla yogurt (no sugar in it) then freeze in an ice cube tray overnight. Most dogs love ice cubes. Doggie Ice Cream-Mix 1 banana, 1 Tablespoon Peanut butter, and 8oz of plain vanilla yogurt (fat free or low fat). Mix in a blender and put in to 4 separate containers overnight in the freezer. In the morning you will have a yummy homemade dog safe...

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Cat Separation Anxiety: What Can I Do For My Anxious Feline?

If you’ve ever been a pet parent for a cute kitty cat and gone on a long trip, chances are you’ve come home to a few gifts from your concerned friend.  Maybe you found a new set of scratches on your furniture, some nuggets outside the litterbox, or urine in your shower or bed.  Your cat may also yowl when you leave for work, be clingy and never let you leave their sight when you’re home, or pull their fur out when stressed.  These can all be signs of separation anxiety, and your furry friend is trying to tell you something. Here are some suggestions from your Tempe pet sitters on dealing with this troublesome problem. -Be sure and play with kitty for ample lengths of time at least twice a day.  Get out that feather wand bird toy or laser pointer before and after work if possible to help her exert that extra energy...

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Chandler dog sitter answers: What can I do if my dog has an upset stomach?

Picture this, you feed your dog dinner as usual and either A) they don't want to eat at all or B) a few hours later you notice they've thrown up or they have a horrible case of diarrhea. You feel terrible. What do you do for your poor dog? Well your dog sitters in Chandler have a few ideas you can try. First, did you change your dog's diet recently? If you did, did you do it abruptly? When changing our pet's food, it should be done slowly to allow their digestive system time to acclimate and get used to it. Imagine all you're used to eating is a bland diet of American food and WHAM you switch to funky Ethiopian or spicy Indian. YOUR stomach would get upset, too. If you just up and switched without gradually increasing the new food in with the old, that might be the dilemma. But I...

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An Insider’s View: Dog Boarding in Mesa Vs. Pet Sitting

Having worked for many years in boarding and daycare facilities, even being the director at one, and now working with a pet sitting company, I have had the rare and informative opportunity to see with an insider's view, the differences between Mesa dog boarding and in home pet sitting care. Back in Michigan where I used to live pet sitting wasn’t popular due to weather conditions. So when I learned pet sitting existed I started thinking about all the differences there would be. I found many advantages to pet sitting and was very intrigued. After working in the pet sitting business, I learned more than I ever would have thought. Below are the most important differences I’ve come to love about being a pet sitter in Mesa and why I believe pet sitting is the best option instead of dog boarding. Dogs are creatures of habit. They like things that are familiar and are most comfortable with a consistent...

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Separation Anxiety: What You Can Do to Help Your Nervous Pup When You’re Gone

If you’ve ever had a canine friend with separation anxiety, you know it!  Imagine this: You adopt a cute shelter dog and bring him home on a Sunday night.  On Monday morning, you leave for work, hoping he will behave himself.  When you return on Monday night, he has chewed up practically everything in sight, pooped and peed on your new carpet, and barked so much that you received a noise complaint from your HOA.  This is some serious separation anxiety!  As your Tempe pet sitters have discovered, many rescued animals face this due to all the turmoil and sometimes horrible situations they have been through in their lives.  Frankly, in human terms, they are afraid of being abandoned again.  Many dogs will outgrow this phase, but some will be anxious their entire lives.  Here are some tricks and tips to consider when dealing with separation anxiety. -Start slow.  If you adopt a dog from a shelter, do so on a Friday when you have the entire...

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