Author: Tony

Christmas Lists: Dog vs. Cat

I was pet sitting in Chandler for a pack of pets the other day, dogs and cats, and thinking about how different they can be. Dogs are soooo goofy and carefree, while cats are more dignified, refined and seemingly haughty and indifferent. And I wondered, if each of them wrote a letter to Santa, what would they say? So here is my rendition of how those letters might read: A Dog's Letter to Santa: Dear Santa Paws,  I been especially good this year. I hardly done anything wrong, welllll...

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How Do I Give Medications to My Cat?

At times our feline companions need medicine or supplements to feel their best, but they can be very difficult to administer given the sometimes discriminating kitty palate and convincingly discouraging claws.  Here are some tips from your Chandler pet sitters for accomplishing the seemingly impossible: medicating your cat. -Hide the pill inside something:  Try a treat like cream cheese and hide the pill inside.  Lunch meat is another good option.  A Greenies Pill Pocket has worked for one kitty client I’ve visited when nothing else would.  Sometimes the cat will lick the treat and pill off your finger or take from your hand, and sometimes they need it placed in their usual food bowl to recognize it and eat it. -Place the pill directly in the cats mouth:  Some cats will actually swallow pills dry, without any treats or assistance.  One cat we visit often has been on medication for so long that he accepts a pill...

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Top 10 Most Popular Recent Dog Names

Because your Chandler dog sitter loves dogs just as much as cats, we felt it only fair to share the top 10 dog names in the recent year after sharing the top 10 cat names with you. Dogs have been man's (and woman's) best friend since anywhere between 18,000 and 30,000 years ago most likely used to assist in hunting. Whether 18,000 years or 30,000 years ago, the fact remains that our dog pals are some of the most loyal and loving pets to share our homes. Here are the top 10 names of dogs divided by male and female: [caption id="attachment_1637" align="alignright" width="161"] One of our clients, Jax, who loves to swim with his brother[/caption] Top Male Dog Names:   Dexter Thor Gunner Bentley Jax Ace Leo King Simba Milo   Top Female Dog Names:   Luna Layla Piper Nala Stella Willow Maya Athena Charlie Ella As a dog sitter in Chandler, we've had the pleasure of sitting for dogs named Luna, Maya, and Jax. Which names on the list were your favorite? Did you find a new...

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Top 10 Most Recent Popular Cat Names

Did you know that cats have been domesticated pets since 10,000 years ago, and that the ancient Egyptians used to worship a cat god as well as have their pets mummified and buried with them so they can be together in the afterlife? Now THAT'S love. What can we say? Cat owners really adore their feline companions and with good reasons. Cats have quirky personalities, sass, and are very affectionate and bonded to their owners! I thought it would be fun to list the most recent top 10 cats names: Top Male Cat Names:                                                                                       Dexter Loki Thor Cooper Zeus Ziggy Winston Bentley Jackson Sheldon [caption id="attachment_1653" align="alignright" width="292"] My Siamese girl, Willow[/caption] Top Female cat names: Penny Izzy Stella Luna Willow Katniss Ellie Olive Fiona Charlie (although typically a boys name,...

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Does a Pet Make a Good Holiday Present?

Picture this: It's Christmas morning and you can't *wait* for your little girl to get up so you can give her the new kitten you bought her, or for your boyfriend to see the dog you've gotten him. Sure it's wonderful to see the (you hope) delight on their faces and watch as they spend time with the new addition the next week or so. But like most gifts, the newness and excitement wears off. Pets are A LOT of responsibility!!! Just in case you missed that...

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How to administer medication to dogs

Often, our dogs become sick, injured, or need medications or supplements to be more comfortable. Your Tempe pet sitters have learned a variety of tips and tricks to get furkids to take their medications! -          Wrap the pill in a tasty treat.  A slice of lunch meat, some cheese, or a piece of hot dog may do the trick. If you have a picky pup that can tell you’re trying to give him or her a pill, try handing out treats without anything in them occasionally so there is no suspicion at medication time. One client successfully uses peanut butter spread on a Milkbone with the pill hidden in the peanut butter. -          Try some wet food.  Many dogs who eat dry kibble daily LOVE a scoop of wet food and will eat it without hesitation.  This works for my personal dog who takes 3 medications a day to control his seizures and allergies.  All I do is...

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What makes this Tempe pet sitting company the best?

Our love for animals First off and most importantly, the staff at Critter Caretakers LOVE animals!  It is impossible to be a great petsitter without an unbridled passion for the furkids.  We have veterinary technicians, emergency animal medical technicians, animal rescuers, and more working with your kiddos.  Most of us are pet parents to a number of animals and have enjoyed this type of work since childhood.  Speaking for myself, I remember petsitting a huge boa constrictor when I was in high school!  We love animals so much that when we go about our personal lives and visit friends or family, we sometimes spend more time with their pets than we’d like to admit! This is primarily what makes us such a great group of pet sitters for the critters in Tempe. Attention to Detail Not only does our love for animals help us serve our furry clients, but our attention to detail gives you confidence that your...

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