Unfortunately, real life can get in the way of you spending quality time with your cat so a cat sitter or boarding kennel may be needed. For example your boss may ask you to go on an important business trip over the weekend or there may be a different important event you must attend.
That’s not such a problem if there’s someone else at home to watch over your cat, but if you’re living by yourself, the prospect of leaving your pet home alone can be downright heart-wrenching. Your pet will suffer too.
We all know that pets cannot eat everything we do. Some prime examples of human food that should never be given to cats: chocolates, grapes, and raisins.
However, the list of human foods that belong nowhere near a cat’s dish runs longer than that. Some of these foods are probably ones you never even suspected to be potentially harmful.
We’ll share some unfriendly human food in this article, starting with items your pet should never eat. Continue Reading…
Cats are cautious but also very curious creatures. When unfamiliar objects are placed in front of them, they will probably poke it a few times. Being curious is just how they are and we love them for it.
Having a curious cat in your home is not really a problem. On the other hand, it can be dangerous if they get their paws on human medication.
Dangers Common Medications Pose
Many of use medication to deal with the nagging aches and pains that arise from time and time. These pain relievers are helpful to us, but they can be downright deadly to your pet cat.
According to Preventive Vet, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as well as the ones that contain the ingredient known as acetaminophen are extremely harmful to cats.
Even if your pet only consumes a small amount of medication, the effects on them could be severe. For example, kidneys/intestines may start to malfunction and red blood cells can be damaged.
Regardless of how well they work for your body, you should never use those items to treat your pet. Go to your vet instead and see what he/she recommends for your ailing companion.
Guidelines for Storing
If you have to keep medicine inside the home you share with your pet, be extra cautious when it comes to storage.
Keep them locked up in your bathroom’s medicine cabinet or some other secure container and make sure that your pet won’t be able to open it.
Disposing should be done properly too. As much as possible, dispose of expired medicine away from your home so that there’s no chance your pet will get to it.
Lastly, only take your medicine out when you’re about to use it. Don’t leave it unattended on the counter even for just a minute because that maybe all the time your pet needs.
The only person who should be giving medications to your pet cat is his/her veterinarian. For pet parents who must keep medications at home, caution is urged at all times. Your cat getting a single nibble of your medication could be disastrous so make sure it never happens.
If you’re concerned about leaving your pet unsupervised inside your home for a long period of time, we at TAILored CAT Services can help you out. Our cat sitters will keep a close eye over your pet at all times and ensure he/she does not get into trouble. Learn more about our cat sitters by checking out our website or calling 425-923-7791.
Let’s be clear: Getting a litter box for your cat is a good thing. It gives him/her a comfortable spot to eliminate waste in while also keeping the rest of your home clean.
However, smell can remain an issue even if you have a litter box set up for your cat.
Living inside a home filled with unpleasant odors is not exactly a fun experience. Thankfully, there are things you can do to counter all those nasty smells and make your home smell relatively better.
Find out more about them below. Continue Reading…
Cleaning the litter box is a reality of everyday life for pet parents. It’s not pleasant or fun, but it has to be done.
The hope is that your pet cat makes things easier for you by consistently using his/her box. Unfortunately, cats don’t always hold up their end of the bargain and leave you a mess to clean up.
All hope is not lost! You can do to encourage your pet to use his/her litter box more often.
Purchase the Right One
One reasons Fluffy isn’t eliminating waste within the confines of her litter box is because she doesn’t like it. If she dislikes the size of the box or the access point, you can bet that she will continue to ignore it.
Choose the Right Litter to Use
Now that you have the right box for your pet cat, you can turn your attention to the litter.
Citing the Humane Society, this article from Pet MD notes that most cats prefer fine-grained litter. Start with that but don’t be surprised if Fluffy disagrees with your choice since she has her own preferences.
Finding the right litter to use may be a long process because it involves trial and error, but it’s worth going through for the sake of your pet and your home.
Find the Right Spot for Litter Box
With the box chosen and litter bought, all you have to do is find the perfect spot for your new purchases.
The Humane Society recommends placing it in a spot that your pet has often used for eliminating. You can also try to set up different litter boxes for each level of your home until your pet finds one that he/she likes.
Once your cat has developed the habit of going inside the box, your waste management troubles will be minimized or perhaps even eliminated altogether. Maintaining a clean home remains a possibility even while living with a cat as long you get him/her to like using a litter box.
We at TAILored CAT Services can keep watch over your pet as he/she is undergoing litter box training. Learn more about the services we provide by calling 425-923-7791 or by heading over to our website.
Many of us are often left wondering which vaccines keep our pets healthy.
Questions such as are they (1) eating right, (2) urinating/pooping normally, getting enough exercise can arise.
Answering “yes” to those questions should let you know that you’re on the right track. On the other hand, additional things can help preserve the long-term health of your pet cat. For instance, vaccinations can help your pet avoid diseases that cause numerous health problems and possibly death.
In an earlier article posted on January 24, we discussed the core vaccinations that every pet cat must have. Now, let’s focus on the non-core vaccinations that are optional but may still be helpful depending on specific factors. Continue Reading…
Vaccinations have done wonders for people. Diseases that once led to the early deaths of many children can be eliminated with the help of vaccinations.
Pet parents can also make use of available vaccinations to better preserve the health and well-being of their cats. Upon consulting with your veterinarian about cat vaccinations, you’ll quickly learn numerous shots can be provided.
So, which ones should you prioritize in an effort to ensure that your kitten stays as healthy as possible? Those shots are also known as the core vaccinations and it’s worth taking the time to learn more about them so that your worries can be eased the next time you’re at the vet’s office. Continue Reading…
We tend to take for granted just how smart our pets are while trying to stay safe. Now that they’ve been at home for a while, they understand that certain items/areas are off-limits, and that there are designated spots for eating, going potty, and etc.
You begin to appreciate how smart your pet cat or dog has become even more when you bring a new animal home such as a kitten. Unlike your older pets, kittens are not keenly aware of their surroundings just yet and they have higher odds of getting into trouble.
As their new owner, it’s your duty to keep them safe. The tips highlighted in this article should help you create a kitten-proof home environment that will ensure that your new furry friend grows up healthy and well.
Don’t Leave Anything Hanging
Cat owners know a fundamental truth about their pets, and that is the fact that they just cannot resist something hanging precariously. It doesn’t matter if it’s an old charging cable, the drawstring on your curtain, or even just a loose piece of thread, cats will be all over it.
Kittens are even more susceptible to those dangling items.
Don’t worry about dangling threads on clothes too much, but make sure that you get rid of any dangling plugged-in electronic cables as they aren’t safe.
Remove Consumable Items That Aren’t Food
Curious kittens don’t know what’s food from what isn’t at their young age and unfortunately for you, they like to let their mouth be the judge.
That’s why The Spruce Pets recommends putting away everything you can. Items such as rubber bands and thick pieces of cut cloth can be choking hazards and they must be kept away from your kitten.
Avoid Potential Toxins
It goes without saying that you should avoid using pesticides and other consumable forms of poison that you may be using to get rid of pests with a kitten around. The chances of your kitten finding and subsequently eating them are just too high.
However, you should take note of what plants you have at home too.
The ASPCA has put together a detailed list of plants that are toxic to cats. Keep them away from home until your kitten knows not to mess with them or just keep them out for good.
Kittens make for wonderful pets, but caring for them can be stressful. By kitten-proofing your home, that challenge becomes significantly easier to manage.
Do you need someone to watch over your kitten as you handle other matters? Reach out to us at TAILored Cat Services and we will send over a sitter to care for your young pet. You can reach us by calling 425-923-7791 or by sending an email through our website.
Adding a new pet to your home is always a momentous occasion. When you bring your kitten home, the introduction will be the first of many wonderful moments you two will share.
While the people in your home will be more than happy to welcome their newest family member with open arms, that’s not always the case with your other pets. You can never predict how they will react to seeing another cat or a different animal in the home they have known for many years.
There’s a non-zero chance things could turn out badly. Continue Reading…
After spending plenty of time bonding with your kitten, you will inevitably end up asking yourself an important question – “does my kitten trust me?”
Unfortunately, you can’t just go up to your pet and ask that question – though it would be awesome if you could. In lieu of engineering a way to translate your cat’s meows, you can instead look out for some signs.
Kittens will let you know in their own way if you’ve earned their trust and affection. Included in this article are the telltale signs you need to watch out for.
Let’s get to know those signs now! Continue Reading…
Becoming a pet owner for the first time can be scary. You now have this new animal in your home that you can’t communicate with easily and you’re wondering when the two of you will start bonding.
Opting to adopt a young kitten is a good start, but how can you ensure that you two will stay close when he/she grows up to be an adult cat?
It’s not as difficult as you might think. To make the process even easier for you, please check out the top tips for bonding with your kitten listed below. Continue Reading…