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E-Books, Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial & Awards

 

Apartments and House for Rent in NH that are Pet friendly

 

Financial Help and More for Pet Owners

 

List of Animal Welfare Groups & Animal Welfare Articles

Adopt A Pet Series, Every Animal Has a Story – Let’s Give them a Happy Ending – Adopt Today

 

 NH Animal Laws, Free Pets Safety

 

Safety in Finding a Pet or Re-homing a Pet

 

Job Openings for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers

 

 

Our Very Own Newsletter

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Pet Sitting Information, Tips and Safety

 

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Cat Care

 

Dog Care

 

Dog Breed Spotlight

 

Other Pets

 

Pet Care

 

Wildlife

 

Disaster Planning

 

Book Reviews

 

Educational Info Graphics

 

Monthly Pet Tips

 

Holiday Articles

 

Product Recalls

 

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About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc January 2018 Newsletter

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Puppy Care is the service with the most fun!! We are lucky enough to start many as puppies and continue to care and love them throughout their lives!!

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Pet News

 

January 2018

Pet Newsletter

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In This Issue – 

 

Happy New Year!!

 

Easy DIY Cat Treats

 

Top 10 Influential Pets of 2017

 

New Years Resolutions

 

Cool Product Alert

 

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc Black Friday Deals

Black Friday,

Small Business Saturday 

and Cyber Monday Deals

From Professional Pet Sitting Etc

We have NEVER done any deals for
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Deals

These deals EXPIRE Monday Night at 1159pm, November 27, 2017

For New Clients as well as ANY CURRENT REGISTERED CLIENT

Who is this good for –
Any pet owner who works – Every pet deserves a break in the middle of the lonely day

New puppy owners – All puppies need a potty break, most need to go every two hours

Newly adopted dogs, as do all dogs – benefit from a mid day visit after being in a foster home or shelter surrounded by people all the time

Energetic dogs owners – We can help burn off some of that energy

Energetic kitten ownersWe can help burn off some of that energy

New energetic cat owners – We can help burn off some of that energy

For elderly pet owners  – older pets may not be able to wait to go to the bathroom, or if they stay laying down all day, they become stiff and sore, getting out and moving helps older pets alot

For Elderly Owners of Petswe help many elderly pet owners who may not be able to get their dogs out to go to the bathroom during the day.  We can help scoop litterboxes and put fresh food and water down for those owners who may not be able to reach down very well.

For Pets Owners with any disabilities – we help many disabled pet owners, also, who may not be able to get their dogs out to go to the bathroom during the day.  We can help scoop litterboxes and put fresh food and water down for those owners who may not be able to reach down very well.

Any Pet Owner – we help THOUSANDS of pets owners with their pet care every day.

We solve pet care problems, leaving owners guilt free since 1990!!

 

Here are the deals

1- Dog Walking and Mid Day Let Out while you work at home or away from home, for new service
Sign up for NEW service of Monday – Friday Dog Walking or Mid Day Let Out For 1 year or longer
Sign up for Dog Walking/Mid Day 30 – $50 off first week
Sign up for Dog Walking/Mid Day 60 – $75 off first week
Sign up for Dog Walking/Mid Day 90 – $100 off first week
Sign up for Dog Walking/Mid Day 120 – $125 off first week

2- Feline Fun Time  while you work at home or away from home, for new service
Sign up for NEW service of Monday – Friday Feline Fun Time For 1 year or longer
Sign up for Feline Fun Time  30 – $50 off first week
Sign up for Feline Fun Time  60 – $75 off first week
Sign up for Feline Fun Time  90 – $100 off first week
Sign up for Feline Fun Time  120 – $125 off first week

3- Pet Care for any Pet Owner who maybe need help with pet care basics due to disability, health or any other reason
Sign up for NEW service of every day service of 1-3 visits that includes basic care of giving fresh food, fresh water, potty breaks and exercise for dogs, scooping litter-boxes for kitties for 1 year or longer
Sign up for Pet Care 30 – $50 off first week
Sign up for Pet Care 60 – $75 off first week
Sign up for Pet Care 90 – $100 off first week
Sign up for Pet Care 120 – $125 off first week

FOR CURRENT CLIENTS WHO USE ANY OF THE ABOVE SERVICES
If you send us a referral and THEY sign up for any of the above services, YOU also get the same discount amount credited to YOUR  account for future services. Make sure YOUR referral follows the directions below for new client AND mentions your name.

Act Now
We Only have so many openings and when we are full, we are full.
We will have a waiting list for those who wish to be placed on it.

Restrictions do apply to all discounts and Cancellation fees will apply

 

If you are a new client

Go to our website www.profpetsit.com

Go to Login on the right side of the Home page

Click on New Client & Information

Fill in your full name, address, phone number, EMAIL address (we do everything by email), and let us know just your pets names and breed.

In the NOTE section, MAKE SURE TO MENTION THE DEAL YOU WANT & if a current client referred you

We will start you on our Getting to know us email series

And send your username and password so you can start your registration.

Then you will fill in all of your pet and home information, emergency people and once we know about payment and keys you are ready to go!

Most people can get their registration completed in 30 – 60 minutes.

 

CURRENT CLIENTS not on any plans above but would like to start

Just send us a note before the deadline, let us know what you would like and when you want to start.

We will do the rest!!

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Everyone at Professional Pet Sitting Etc 

 

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Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc November 2017 Newsletter

Thanksgiving Kitty

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us at Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Pet News

November 2017

Pet Newsletter

 

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In This Issue –

A Time for Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving Fur Baby Memes

Thanksgiving Dog-Safe Foods

California Stands Up to puppy Mills

5 Must Read Books for Pet Lovers

Cool New Products

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc October 2017 Newsletter

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Happy Halloween from all of us at
Professional Pet Sitting Etc!!

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Pet News

October 2017

Pet Newsletter

 

Watch our Spooktacular Video (click to View)

 

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In This Issue – 

Autumn Pet Name Ideas

Hurricane Season and Disaster Guideline

Adopt a Black Cat

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Halloween Safety Tips

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Animal Bites, What To Do

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Warning!! Animal Bites hurt!

What To Do If You Are Bitten by an Animal?

  Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Animal bites range from minor scrapes, to life threatening puncture wounds. Animal bites usually occur on the legs, hands, face and arms. Bites from dogs are generally the most common type of injuries. Animal bites may happen for a number of different reasons, from puppies in teething stages nipping you, to attacks by strange/unknown dogs on the street to wildlife coming out of no where. A bite incident can be very traumatizing and can lead to serious health issues. When dealing with an animal bite, there are steps to take; however, what you do will depend on the particular circumstances and the severity of the injuries.

In this article, we are going to give you a general step by step guide on what you should do when dealing with an animal bite, but NEVER hesitate to go to the emergency room for medical care.

 

Step 1 –  Make Sure You are Safe, and Stay Calm

Before treating any bite wound, you should make sure that you or the injured person is safe from the attacking animal.  Get to a safe place. You should also try to remain calm.

 

Step 2 –  Assess Your Injuries

You need to assess the injuries from the attack so as to determine if you need immediate medical attention.

If you have not had a tetanus vaccine within 5-10 years, you should go to the hospital or your doctor now.  If the Animal is unidentified and rabies is unknown, you will need to go to the hospital now.

If you are bleeding heavily or the wound is deep or large, it is best to go to the hospital.  If you feel in anyway light headed or not your self, you should seek medical treatment.

If you believe it is a minor or superficial gash or scrape, clean the wound using running water. Carefully remove any debris present from bite, soak the entire area in a Betadyne solution. Unlike alcohol, it does not sting and is the best for killing bacteria. This is usually what the emergency room will have you do. Betadyne Solution can be purchased at any drugstore and is a good thing to have in your medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, this may leave an orange tint to your skin. If the bite is on a hand or foot, soak the entire area for about 15 minutes.  If it is in an area that this is not possible, use a cotton ball to flush the area as best you can.  Dry the area.  Do NOT cover or bandage the puncture.  Punctures must heal from the inside out, so you do not want this wound to scab over.  If it does, it could trap any bacteria inside, after a while the bacteria will multiply and form an abcess.  To prevent the wound from scabbing over, soak at least twice a day in Betadyne and gently scrub off any softened scab with a washcloth. This will allow the wound to drain and kill any bacteria underneath while soaking in the Betadyne.

 

Step 3 – Keep moving is the trick

If you sustained a bite wound that is near or in any muscle, the muscle’s first reaction to trauma is to tighten.  If you do not immediately and continue to use that traumatized muscle it will remain tight and be VERY painful.  Inhibiting use for a long time.

Here is what I learned from a sports medicine doctor.  A few decades ago, I was engaged to a Motocross Racer.  In this sport, it is inevitable that riders will get injured.  Every time there was any trauma to a muscled area these sports doctors would get them moving as soon as possible, to get that muscle to relax.  Making that muscle pain free and usable much faster.

During this time I was severely attacked by an Akita. I sustained 14 puncture wounds all over my left forearm and hand.  While My arm was soaking in Betadyne, I was encouraged to open and close my hand and move my wrist back and forth.  Did it hurt, yes it did.  But after a while the pain subsided and by the next day, I had little to no pain and was able to use my arm and hand.

I was amazed, since I remember getting one little puncture on my hand and it being unbearably painful.  I was told to baby it and I was not able to use my hand for weeks!

So, move, move, move! You will thank me.

 

Step 4 – If possible Identify the Animal

You should identify the animal that bit you.  Use your phone, take as many pictures as you can (as long as you are safe). If it was a dog, that was with its owner, make sure to get information of the owner or the person who had custody of the dog when he attacked you. This is a very important step because the dog’s owner will be responsible for the injuries sustained and you will need Rabies information. Obtain the names and the address from the dog owner, and also ask for the dog’s license information.

 

Step 5 – Talk to Witnesses and  ask for Photographs

If there were people around you when the incident happened, make sure you collect their information, including: phone numbers, names and addresses. The witnesses can help support any bite claim you might have. You should also ask if they took pictures of the situation; photos of the incident, the animal, and the injuries sustained. These photos can help you remember the series of events when the attack happened, and to help identify the animal.

 

 

Step 6 –  File a Dog Bite Report

After you have been treated, you may want to file a dog bite report with the appropriate city authorities. This establishes or adds to the legal records of the dog, which in turn helps future possible victims through enforcement. Without any paper trail, the authorities can’t enforce effectively.

Keep in mind that two bite reports for a single dog, may result in the homeowner unable to receive home insurance until the dog is euthanized.  If this is a vicious dog, this may be best for everyone’s safety, especially if the owner is unwilling or unable to train and contain this dog.  However, if this was an accident because this dog was scared or startled, you may want to think about making a report.

 

So, to recap – 

If you are bitten or attacked, Get safe.

Ascertain your wounds and treat.  Move those muscles.

Get information and pictures.  Try to Identify the Animal.

Hopefully, you did move alot and are now pain free!

 

 

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Orphan Kitten Care

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Baby Felice as an orphan kitten

How to Care for An Orphan Kitten

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Raising a young orphaned kitten can be very challenging, especially if you have never done it before. Well, the ideal solution is to find a nursing mother cat that’s willing to take on a new mouth to feed. If it is not possible, you will need to prepare for weeks of constant care so as to safely raise the young motherless kitten to a point of weaning.

In this article, were are going to give you a step by step guide on what to do if you have an orphan kitten.

Step 1 – Bring to a Veterinarian

If the Mom is just refusing to nurse the kitten, she may have something wrong.  Best to check her out.

If the kitten is orphaned, make sure that the baby is healthy.  They may have been orphaned because the Mom knows something is wrong or if you found this kitten outside, exposure may have put this baby in an unhealthy environment.  This baby may have parasites and a quick safe wormer may be in order.

 

Step 2 – Keep Warm

The first thing you need to is to make sure the orphaned kitten is kept warm in her nest (typically a box or crate). Young kittens that are less than 3 weeks old cannot regulate their body temperature, and can easily get chilled. You will need to improvise a safe warming center for a couple of weeks that’s kept in an isolated area of the house. You can prepare a nest that’s lined with towels, and then put a hot water bottle under the towels or a heating pad (on low, always have a towel between kitten and heat source). Make sure you leave it in a place where the kitten can easily crawl away if she gets too hot.

 

Step 3 – Kitten Formula

During the 1st 48 hours of life, kittens normally receive the vital antibodies from their mothers’ milk. This rather special milk (also known as colostrum), is secreted by the kitten’s mother for the 1st couple of days before it’s replaced by regular milk. A kitten that doesn’t receive the colostrum for the 1st few days usually has a fragile immune system. If the kitten was lucky enough to have nursed the first few days great but in many orphan cases we will never know.

In any case, it is recommend that you use powdered kitten milk replacement formula right from the start. The powdered kitten milk replacement formula is the cat’s equivalent of infant formula, and has the same composition as the milk from the kittens’ mother. KMR (kitten milk replacer) can be found in any pet store.  It can be found in powdered form (just add water) or ready to be fed as is.

NEVER feed cow’s milk because the lactose or sugar, will most likely upset the kitten’s stomach.

Before feeding the orphan kitten, remember to warm the formula up to body temperature just like you would a human baby.  You can test it on your wrist to make sure it is not too hot or cold.  Then feed via a syringe, a dropper, or baby nursing bottle. Make sure you keep the kitten in the upright position (on her stomach), so that the milk does not go into her lungs. Feed her slowly so she doesn’t choke. That said, it’s important to note that in the 1st week of life, a kitten should be fed every two to three hours. At 2 weeks, she can be fed every four to six hours. And after 3 weeks of age, she can be fed every six to eight hours.

 

Step 4 – Stimulate to go to the bathroom

Until the kitten is 4 weeks old, she will not able to go to the bathroom on her own. The Mother cat will help to keep the nest clean by gently washing the kittens genitals with her tongue and ingesting all elimination made by the kittens.

Since this is not something we will replicate exactly as mom would do, we will use a warm washcloth or cotton ball while on a paper towel.

After feeding, you would gently rub your kittens’ back to encourage a burp to help expel the air that was sucked in when she was feeding. Within 15 minutes after feeding, you can place the kitten on a few paper towels. Use a warm washcloth or moistened cotton pad or ball to gently massage her genitals and anal area.  Be gentle to prevent chafing. This will stimulate the elimination process, and the kitten will start to defecate or urinate. Keep massaging the area until she stops. Afterwards, gently pat the genital area dry so as to avoid infection and irritation.

The urine should be pale yellow, and the feces should be yellowish-brown in color. If you happen to notice green or white feces, or a dark urine which has a strong odor, the kitten might be dehydrated or needs immediate medical attention.

At around 3 weeks of age, you can offer a litterbox, use just a small amount of litter at first.  They may not use it right away but you will eventually see them start to use it.  Try using pellets, they are large enough to prevent lots of tracking and are made from paper or wheat and will not cause a blockage if eaten.  Unscented clay litter is also a possibility.  Try to avoid clumping or silica litters at this age which may cause a blockage if ingested.

 

Step 5 – Keep Kitten Clean

Once you have fed and helped the kitten eliminate, you will need to clean her. Take a warm, clean, damp cloth and stroke the orphaned kitten’s fur using short, gentle strokes. The strokes should emulate her mother’s tongue, just as she’d have cleaned her kitten. Doing this will give the kitten a pleasant feeling of well being, and also teaches her how to clean the fur as she gets older. Make sure you towel dry the kitten til she’s completely dry, before placing her back in the soft warm bedding.

 

Step 6 – Lots of handling

In order for the kitten to thrive, she’ll need a lot of affection from you, similar to the closeness she’d receive if she was living with her mother. Not only will this be a fun part of raising an orphaned kitten, but it’ll also bond her closely to you and turn her into an affectionate, cuddly cat. In addition to this, she will also need plenty of playtime as she grows. This time in a kittens life is a very formidable one.  This is where she will learn that humans are loving and caring.

 

Step 7 – Know when to go to the vet

Know when to take the motherless kitten to the veterinarian. As mentioned earlier, it is always a good idea to take the kitten to the veterinarian soonest possible to let them check for dehydration, parasites, and assess the kitten’s general health. That said, you need to know when to take the orphan kitten to the veterinarian for medical treatment. Babies can go down hill very fast, so do not hesitate.

You should take the kitten to the vet if you happen to notice;
-Vomiting
-A very low or high temperature
-Weight loss
-Lack of energy
-Breathing difficulties
-Discharge from the nose and eyes
-Lack of appetite
-Diarrhea
-Any kind of bleeding
-Coughing and sneezing
-Any kind of trauma, such as being stepped on, being hit by a car, among others.

 

Step 8 – Transitioning off formula

Around 3-4 weeks of age.  You can start adding use a small amount of pate canned cat food.  Just blend it very smooth so it can pass through the nipple of the bottle.

This will help the kitten feel fuller longer and will start transitioning the kitten to more solid foods.  As they do well with a little, you can add a bit.  After a few days, try mixing the pate canned food and formula in a bowl.  Make sure to put lots of paper towels or newspapers down, the kittens will make a mess until they figure out how to eat properly rather than sucking a bottle.  They will most definitely need a cleaning after feeding.  At 4 – 6 weeks, you can add more canned food with less formula until there is no formula at all.  Now you have successfully, weaned your kitten off formula and onto solid food.

 

Step 9 – Lots of play time

Ages 4 – 12 weeks.  This is the important time of play.  They learn how to wrestle, climb, jump and hunt.  Playing with siblings and with you helps them develop good social skills, mental and physical abilities.  This time is crucial in getting them socialized to become great housecats.

 

Step 10 – The Rest of Their Life

If you are fostering this kitten for a shelter, 8-12 weeks is about the time they will be going up for adoption.  You can safely let them go knowing YOU made a difference in this kitten’ life.

If you are trying to find this kitten a home on your own, do NOT let it go without doing all the work to make sure the potential home is a lifelong safe one.  This baby’s life depends on you and there are many people who seem nice but are not.  It is hard to find good homes and that is why most people will leave it up to the people who do it all the time, a shelter or animal rescue.  Here is some help but remember that YOU are responsible to find a safe home for this baby’s  – What to ask when you need to find a home for your pet.

If you have decided to keep this baby, then you have made a difference in not only the kitten’s life but also your own!! Congratulations !!

 

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc September 2017 Newsletter

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September 2017

Pet Newsletter

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In This Issue –

 

Welcome Autumn

Cat Ladies are Awesome!

Rescue Spotlight – ARL of NH

Top 6 Super Fruits for Dogs

Kennel Cough Season

Fall Trivia – 15 Fun & Amazing Pet Facts

 

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Cost of Owning a Pet

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How Much Does That Pet In The Window Cost

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Pet ownership is very rewarding. Owning a pet is usually associated with a healthy living and overall better enjoyment of life. Security and companionship are other benefits of pet ownership, along with teaching kids responsibility and empathy. That said, it’s important to note that getting a pet entails a serious commitment and it’s important to be well aware of the costs associated with pet ownership. In this article, we will look at some of the basic costs of dog ownership.

Costs of Pet Ownership

The cost of a pet is usually much higher during the first year than the years after because of various one time expenses. You should also note that puppies/kittens generally cost more to take care of during the first year than adults because they require much more veterinarian care. Below are some of the costs to consider.

 

Food

Food is usually the biggest expense associated with pets.  The cost of food will depend on your type of pet, size,  energy level, and quality of food you buy. Be aware that giving your pet special foods, such as freshly made or veterinary therapeutic diets, may cost even more a month. That said, on average, small to medium sized pets may cost between $600 to $1,400 during the 1st year because they eat less. Large breeds can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $2,500 during the 1st year because they eat more.

 

Veterinary Care

Veterinary care is another big expense that’s often underestimated or overlooked, when considering the cost of  ownership. Puppies/kittens need numerous sets of vaccinations and adult will need boosters. Puppies/kittens may also need regular and ongoing preventative treatment. Some of the basic veterinary costs can include vaccinations, worming, tick and flea prevention,heartworm prevention, office visit fees, among others. The overall veterinary costs can cost anywhere between $500 –  $700 annually. Medical problems can add to that.

 

Spay/Neuter

Unless you’re planning to breed your dog (and that is a whole other article), it is best to spay/neuter all pets. This is a one time procedure that can cost anywhere between $200 and $600 depending on the breed and size, and whether there is any health conditions which can complicate the surgery.

 

Dental Care

Pets can suffer from the same dental issues as people and therefore should have their teeth checked regularly. Dental problems can lead to loss of teeth, infections and sometimes even organ damage. Regular dental check ups are very important for keeping your pet’s teeth in good shape, preventing infections and keeping the breath fresh. Annual dental care costs can range anywhere between $150 and $500; depending on current dental health.

 

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance isn’t cheap, but it may give you the much needed peace of mind and will help cover the large unexpected medical bills which can arise over your pet’s lifetime. Before getting insurance, it’s advised to do some research before settling on a particular insurance plan. You can go to each insurance company and then carefully read their policy and compare; make sure you read the fine print and fully understand the applicable spending caps, coverage limitations and deductibles. According to CNBC, the estimated monthly cost for dog insurance is between $10 and $35, depending on the the type of coverage purchased.

 

Grooming

Your pet’s grooming needs will largely depend on the type of coat they have. Short haired pets generally require less maintenance and fewer grooming expenses as compared to pets with longer coats. The overall cost of grooming (including grooming tools and visits to a groomer), can range anywhere between $30 and 500 a year.

 

Supplies

The supplies you will need may include, but not limited to; water and food bowls, leash, harness, collar, pet stain cleaner, odor neutralizer, toys, bed, a travel crate, a car restraint, bedding, poop bags, litterbox, litter scoop, and more.

 

Extras

In addition to the above basic costs, you should also be prepared for other unexpected costs. The best way is to always stay prepared by setting aside some extra money in savings.

Have an extra credit card with a zero balance for just in case things that may happen with your pet.

Open a checking account that is only for pet expenses.  Try to transfer $25 – 50 per week to the pet account.  If you can put more great.  You never know when a medical emergency will happen.

 

Ways To Save For Medical

-Shop around for various prices on vaccinations. Look for Clinics.  In NH we have Low Cost Clinics. 

-Keep your pet in good shape with a healthy diet and regular exercise; this will stave off the common health problems like joint and bone disease, diabetes and other costly health problems. Check out Pet Sitting Services with Professional Pet Sitting Etc for Daily Dog Walking/Mid Day let Out and Feline Fun Time.  They will come into your home while you are at work and exercise your pets.

-Keep vaccines up to date and get routine physicals for all pets

-Save money on emergency trips to the vet by pet proofing your home.

-Save money on medications by asking for a prescription from your veterinarian.  Many medications can now be purchased for less at Walmart or online.

 

Thank you for reading our article, we hope that you found this informative and helpful.

 

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Lost Cat

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I am scared. Please be patient with me.

What To Do Before, During and After

Your Inside Cat Gets Outside

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

If you own an indoor cat, one of your greatest fears is that the cat will get out. Cats are not like dogs when they get out.  Most cats will hide and they are very good at it.  Cats know they are considered prey for many animals even though they are hunters.  Most cats also hide because of fear.  They are in unfamiliar territory, so they want to observe from a very safe, enclosed space.  Many times, your cat may be a few feet from you but because your cat is very scared, they may not even move from that safe spot for days.  Almost frozen in fear.  So, what can you do.

 

Prevention is First

Step 1 –  Collar Your Cat

Get a collar that’s comfortable, and one that your cat can not remove easily. Collars for cats are going to be different then dogs.  Cat collars must be able to slip off their head or breakaway if a cat climbs on something and the collar becomes stuck.  You do not want the collar to harm your pet, so it must come off.  Collars do help, but you do not want to rely on just a collar to get your cat back.

 

Identification Tag

Your cat should always wear some kind of identification.  This will make it easy for anyone to notify you if they found your cat. Collar/tag should have your cat’s name (some people leave the name off), your name, your street address, and your phone number. Some tags are just fine with two phone numbers.  The second phone number can be a friend or relative.

We suggest an engraved tag that slips onto the collar, rather than a tag that attached via a metal ring.  Metal ring tags can get caught and fall off.

In case tags fall off, you can write some information on the collar using a permanent marker. Collars can also be embroidered with information as well but since cat collars are so small, you may just be able to get a phone number.

 

GPS tags

There are some GPS tags out there that people like.  These tags will let you know if your cat has left a certain area.  They can get you pretty close to where you cat is using an app on your phone.

 

Step 2 –  Microchip Your Cat

In today’s highly technological world, tracking your lost cat has never been easier. Thanks to microchip technology, many people have been reunited with their lost pets because of microchips. A microchip is a tiny implant between a cat’s shoulder blades, and it contains identifying information which an animal shelter or veterinarian can scan and find whom the cat belongs to. Some pets that have been missing for a very long time have found their way back to loving owner’s.  Another good thing about a microchip is once it is registered in your name, if there was ever a dispute that you owned your cat, a microchip could be used as proof of ownership.

Check your information with the microchip company at least once a year (especially if you move or change phone numbers). If you have made a birth date, do it every year on your pet’s birthday.  You can make one even if you do not know the exact date.  Take the estimated age at time of your pet’s adoption, that will give you a year.  Choose a month and day. Now your pet has a birthday!!

 

Step 3 –  Harness/Leash Train Your Cat

Your cat would love some outside time but you never want to let your cat roam free.  It is our responsibility as pet owners to keep our pets safe at all times. Cats that roam freely unsupervised are never safe from cars, wildlife, people, dogs, and other cats!  Their possible loss of life and safety are not worth it.

However, cats can easily be trained to go outside with you on harness and leash.  Always take them out through a door that you do not use for going to work.  For example if you use your front door or garage door to go to work every day, do NOT use those doors.  Use the door you go out to your back yard.  Why?  You want to train your cat that going out is only through that one door.  This way your cat will not try to go to work with you every day! In fact you want to discourage your cat from using those doors.

You want a harness that fits snuggly and prevents your cat from  slipping out or backing out of it.  A vest harness is best and fits snuggly around your cats body.  They come in all decorator colors now.

Never tie your cat outside and never leave your cat outside without you.  Cats can jump down or up on things and end up getting themselves in very harmful situations.

Why is this a good thing to teach your cat to be on harness and leash and go outside with you?  Well, it is nice for them to get some fresh air and sunshine, but also to get used to the sights and sounds when outside with you safely.  That way, if they ever do get outside by themselves, it will not be so traumatizing.  They will be calmer and most will run out and then stop waiting for you to come get them rather than running out , getting scared and taking off to hide.

I have trained my cats to be outside in my fenced in area.

Feel free to read the Two Ways To Keep Your Cats Outside Safely.

 

 

Step 5 – Train, Train, Train

Yes, all cats can be trained. Just like dogs, use repetition.  Every time you feed your cat, use your cat’s name and come or come here or supper time.  It really does not matter what you say, as long as you say the SAME thing for the same action.  This is because you want your cat to come when called.  That way if he does get outside, you can use the words they know and understand.

The best thing that can ever be trained is the recall.

 

Step 6 – Spay/Neuter your pets

All pets should be spayed/neutered.  Unneutered pets are going to escape to do what their hormones are telling them to do.  These pets can become lost in their quest. They will roam long distances to find a mate.  Spaying/neutering not only makes a happier pet but healthier as well as keeping down over population.

 

Step 7 –  Take Pictures of Your Cat

Today it is very easy to keep our pet photos up to date.  Take full body shots, head close ups, and any special markings.  Make sure the pictures are clear and crisp for identification. In case your cat goes missing, you will need these pictures to create posters and flyers. Include distinct identifying traits in the pictures so as to distinguish your cat from similar cats. Once you have taken the pictures, consider sharing them with family and friends, in case your computer crashes or phone is stolen. Facebook and icloud also make a good place to store photos.

 

Step 8 – Treat Training

Buy a can of treats or use a plastic Tupperware container filled with very small treats.  Find a container that makes some good noise when the treats are shaken in it.  Then every time you give your cat a treat, shake the container and say treat time (or whatever you choose, just use the same words).  This will train your cat to come for a treat when he hears the shaking treat container and also your words – treat time!!  This can be used outside as well.

Try to do this at various times, so it is never a routine time that you give treats.  Why? Because pets get very used to routines and when they get out, it is never at the time we want.  So, create a treat time whenever.  We want them hungry for treats so they come fast.

 

Step 9 – Make a Plan BEFORE to Act Fast

You have a better chance of finding your cat if you have a solid plan AND to have a solid plan when you are not upset and in crisis because your pet is lost.

Create a plan BEFORE something happens.  Know who to call and where to go.  Make a list of the town you live in and all border towns.  The Humane Society of the US recommends notifying everyone within a 60 miles radius.

Know every animal control officer and police station, list phone numbers.  Find out all Animal Hospitals, Animal Shelters and rescues in the above towns, with their contact information.

Make a complete description of your pet in writing, even create a lost poster. Take your time, research what is beneficial to place on posters.  Create this poster to have on hand to print and go.  You probably have a photo app that you can create and keep on hand, just changing the photo every now and then.  Create your poster to stand out.  Include your cat’s picture, breed (if purebred, if not choose DSH or DLH – domestic long/short hair), color, sex, age, weight, special markings and such other specifications. You can also include contact information like your name, phone number and email.  Have an area on the poster to fill in a few things last minute, such as – Date your cat went missing, Street and city where cat was last seen, description of collar, is your cat dragging a leash or has a harness on.  If your cat is very shy or has any behavior issues.

We suggest not putting your cat’s name on the posters and you may want to include – Do not chase, please contact owner. Why?  Some people may want your cat, so let’s not have your cat go to them by name and if your cat is frightened, having people chase after him will make them more frightened.  It is better to have people contact you with a sighting so you can go and calmly find your cat.

If this cat was adopted – contact the shelter you adopted from.  Many shelters do adopt with microchips and they may be contacted if the cat is found.

 

 

Your Cat Has Disappeared Outside, now what

In case your inside cat has gone missing, there are steps you can take to ensure a safe return of your beloved pet. In this article, we will highlight the steps you need to take to in order to find your lost indoor cat.

 

Step 1 – Check entire house, inside and out

Once you have established that your inside cat is missing, it’s natural to feel upset, but getting into a panic mode will not help you find your cat. However, taking immediate action can mitigate your anxiety. If you conduct a thorough search immediately, there is a good chance you will find your cat close to the area where it was lost. If more time passes, the cat will have a higher opportunity to roam further from your home.

Flashlight – bring a flashlight with you.  Why?  This is your secret weapon because you can shine it is dark places and the cats eye will shine back at you!! This works great in dark closets or anywhere at night. Just remember that other animal’s eyes will shine back at you as well, so make sure it is your cat!!

 

Step 2 – Check even the smallest places

Cats are very brilliant at keeping quiet, and many missing cats have been found in very unusual indoor hiding places. Make sure everyone has a flashlight as mentioned above. Cats can get into very tiny spaces, and can find extraordinary places to hide, which makes it rather tricky to find them. Before you head out, make sure you carefully check every cupboard in the house, including those you rarely use. Also check the inside of the washing machine and cozy places like in wardrobes and under the beds.

 

Step 3 – Try to See things from your cat’s point of view

Cats (even the neutered ones) are very territorial, and the cat’s territory was the inside the house. The moment your inside cat finds herself in unfamiliar outside world, she will get frightened and her immediate response is to look for shelter and hide in silence.

Remember, cats are prey as well as predator, so hiding is instinct for safety.

A cat is likely to find shelter within a few meters near the escape point, like under a porch, in the garage, inside the shed, in crawlspaces, or in a bush. The cat may also head upwards, onto the roofs or tree branches. You should let your neighbors know about the cat’s absence, and ask permission to look in their sheds, gardens and garages. If your neighbors have windows which face your home, you can ask them to keep an eye out for your cat.

 

Step 4 – Take your time looking and try to stay calm

When looking for your cat, take your time and call out your cat’s name, circling the area the cat was last seen. That said, do not assume the cat will respond to your voice as it normally does. Most lost cats are usually terrified, and might not want to leave their hiding spots even for you. Call quietly for the cat, using a gentle voice. Do not be too loud, as you run the risk of startling and frightening your cat even more. Many cats are so scared, they go into survival panic mode and freeze in a safe small space.

Here is where the treat can comes in handy.  If you have worked with your cat to come for treats, this just may break the trauma mode and your cat will come out. If not do not give up on the treat can.  Try the treat can every few hours or so.  If your cat keeps hearing it, they may feel comfortable enough to come out.

You can also bring along the cat’s favorite toy. If the cat has a beloved toy on a wand or string (like a stuffed mouse), you can take it with you when doing the search. Make the toy very visible, like you want your cat to play with you; doing this may help allay fears, and can bring your cat out of hiding. This helps if you know your cat is way under a porch but you can not get to them.  Sit quietly and keep playing with the toy, sometimes after a while your cat will focus on the toy instead of the fear and come out. If it is dark enough, don’t forget the laser light.  That light cat shine far and may get your cat to forget they are scared and come out.

As you walk around, remember to stop and listen regularly. A cat that’s trapped, hungry or hurt may meow. Whether you are searching with a group or by yourself, take a couple of minutes in every location you search to carefully listen for your cat’s meow. Pay close attention to sheds and garages where she might have been locked in or got stuck.

 

Step 5 – Hear is where your planning comes in handy

Call your local veterinary offices and the animal rescue centers with a clear description of your cat. Make sure the details you give them are up to date, and ask them if they would mind putting up a poster, or posting something on their social media profiles or website to help to find your missing cat. You should also consider checking the local animal shelters in person, at least once a week because even though you have given a description, many times your description and someone else’s may not be the same.  Best to see in person.

 

Step 6 – Print out and hang those posters

Print the posters and flyers that you made while you were preparing a while ago. Make sure all information is up to date. Distribute and post flyers wherever your missing cat was last seen, and throughout your neighborhood. You can also drop in places like post offices, shops, gyms, pubs and the local store, and ask them if they would mind displaying your flyer to help you find the missing cat.

 

Step 7 – Use Social Media & Document Sightings

Use various social media platforms to tell people you know that your cat is missing. You can add a post to the “Pets” and “Lost & Found” section on Craigslist; this has actually led to lots of reunions between missing cats and their owners. You can also use other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; this gives your neighbors and friends a visual reminder of the kind of cat to look out for.

Keep careful documentation of all sightings. Set out to put flyers in areas of each sighting. All animals will cross roads, highways, ponds, rivers, etc to get to wherever they think they are going or away from whatever may be chasing them.

 

Step 8 – Familiar Smell & Video

Most cats are generally still close to home and cats have a very good sense of smell.  Let’s use that and make your home outside familiar with their litterbox, cat bed, etc.

If you can open the door a little on the porch or garage, put all of these things in there to make it safe.  Buy an outside video camera or trail camera(at Walmart) and set it up to see if your cat is coming in.  Seeing your cat will go a long way for your peace of mind.  You can also set up the trail camera in places that your cat may be sighted.

 

Step 9 – You see your cat

Once you see your cat, do everything to get him to come to you.  Do not chase him, he may panic and run into traffic or farther away.  Shake the treat can.  Sit on the ground and toss treats out, use toys.  Try to stay there until your cat feels safe to come to you.  This may take a while, hours even, so be patient.  Try to not invade your cat’s space too much which may make them move.  They are much quicker then we are and you do not want to lose sight of them again.

You can rent a Hav-a-hart trap from the Concord SPCA.  They will give you instructions.  If you do this, you must check traps every few hours from far away.  If an animal is trapped inside, it is vulnerable to all kinds of harm and they can be more traumatized and scared.  Use binoculars to check the trap from a far distance.  Sometimes animals will wait to see that the trap is safe and not disturbed for hours before they get close enough to that yummy smelly food inside.  So you do not want to be seen anywhere near it but do want to see if anything is inside.  Hopefully not something you are not trapping!

Do not give up hope.  Cats have been returned to owners years later.  Especially if they have a microchip.

 

What To Do After Your Pet is Home

 

Step 1 – Take to the vet

After you have brought your lost cat home.  Check them all over for any wounds.  Make sure they look good.  If they look like their normal self.  Give them some water and half of a normal meal.  If they have been away for a few days or longer, they may have not eaten very much and may eat too fast and throw it up.  Then call your vet and get them in the next day.  Your veterinarian may see or find things that you may not see.  A hidden wound, will turn into an abcess.  I would also suggest bloodwork, just to make sure everything is okay.  They may have gotten into something or eaten something that was not good.  Best to check everything out now and be on the safe side.

 

Step 2 –  Eliminate Opportunities of escape

One of the most common ways a cat gets lost is bolting out doors. Teach your cat to stay away from all doors, especially front doors and doors to your garage.  Use a squirt bottle of water if they run to the door when someone comes.  Keep an eye on them as you open the door.  If you do not have a screen/storm door, install one.  This way you can talk to someone through that door without opening it.

Teach cats when people come, that after you let them in, go to the kitchen and shake the treat can.  That way if they do get out, they know that treats are coming and may hopefully run back in for treats.

Never take your cat out those doors without being in a carrier.  When going to the vet and they are in a carrier, Always make sure that carriers are secure.  Sometimes, people obtain a small carrier when cats ar kittens, then they grow and weigh more and the carrier is too small and flimsy for an adult cat.  Always make sure the fasteners are secure.  You can make them more secure using metal screws and bolts or zip ties with the fasteners (not just zip ties which can crack and break over time).

 

Step 3 – Fence your yard and use a cat Invisible Fence

If you can afford it, get your yard fenced and put in a cat invisible fence.  Invisible Fence is great but It does not PROTECT you or your cat.  So, fence your yard with a 6 foot fence or higher.  If you place that fence around the invisible fence, you can prevent your cat from going near the fence and climbing over or under. Using both fences will help keep your cat much safer.  Also, you will be safer because most wildlife and dogs can not come in.  Of course, never leave your cat outside unsupervised by you.  Your cat will have a ton of fun running around, exploring.  It is the best way to let your cat outside because they are safe.

You can also create catios.  These are another way for cats  to go outside safely.  Just google catios.  There are lots of them.

 

Step 4 –  Make Your Home Welcoming and Comfortable

You should make your home a place your cat likes to be. You can make your home a fun and happy place by creating cat areas in your home.  Lots of scratching posts in various shapes and sizes.  Cat beds and lots of toys.  Do not forget the catnip!  There is also puzzle feeders for cats.

Create Kitty TV – put bird feeders outside a window.  This way your cat can watch them coming and going.  Just be careful if you have bears in your area.  Otherwise the bears will rip them down.  Birdseed is like bear candy.

Exercise – giving your cat as much exercise as possible helps to wear off that energy.  Give them at least 30 minutes of fun exercise a day.  Giving your cat regular exercise helps curb boredom and those who think about escaping.

What if I do not have the time?  We all lead busy lives.  Have you thought of hiring a pet sitter?  Professional Pet Sitting Etc can come to your home every day while you are at work. We can play with your kitty and break up the long boring days.  We have lots of different lengths of time to fit most budgets.

 

Step 5 –  Train Your Cat

If you did not have time to train your cat before they got out, now is the time to start training. Train them to stay away from doors, on harness & leash, to come for treats.  It takes most cats 2 – 4 weeks to train, if you are consistent, use the same gestures and words. Cats must have patience When you train.  They take a bit longer then dogs only because they have to feel it is their idea.  They are cats after all!!

Training gives both your cat and the owner more things to do together.

Simply said, training your cat gives you both a platform of communication.  It gives boundaries and your cat will respect those boundaries when they understand them. It also increases the quality of the relationship when you both understand one another.

 

We hope that this article was informative and helpful to you.  We want all pets to stay safe and happy.

 

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