National Cat Day & Cat-Sitting

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This past Saturday was National Cat Day.  I was in charge of feeding the four cats of a friend who said to me, “Tell them I love them!” Well, that was mostly impossible because 2 of the 4 rarely came out of hiding while I was there. Pet sitting can be stressful for both those taking care of the pets and for the pets themselves. They’re already concerned because Mom and Dad aren’t home and then a stranger comes in!   Feeding and caring for someone else’s cats means trying your best to care for pets exactly as their parents would.

Clockwise from left: Meet Macy (Gray), Ember and Bogey, and finally, Jasper who is as much of a scaredy cat as he looks in this picture. My friends feed their cats a mix of wet and dry food, which is smart. Wet food is necessary for many cats because they don’t drink enough water and can be prone to bladder issues.

In this household Bogey, the tabby, is the most social and vocal of the group. He met me at the door each time, led me to the kitchen and proceeded to “Meow-splain” to me how to do everything.  Then, when I went to check the litter boxes (always a good idea to have multiple litter boxes for multiple cats) he would try to eat everyone else’s food!

Almost no one would come out to visit while I was there.  If they WERE out, then as soon as I showed up they ran to hide. In any case, they all survived until Mom and Dad got home, and so did I.  Cats are such funny creatures and they all definitely have their own personalities. Before pet sitting or deciding to adopt a shelter cat, know what you’re getting into and what type of pet you’re after!

 

Pet Product News: Feline-Friendly Living Spaces

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Pet Product news has a great article out on Feline-Friendly Living Spaces:

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Pet owners love to pamper their cats. They want to keep their pets cozy, so it is important to offer comfortable beds and furniture that cat owners can enjoy viewing in their living spaces.

Mark Strayer, principal designer at Sauder Woodworking Co. in Archbold, Ohio, said that industry trends show pet owners are looking for the best, highest-quality products. The company’s consumer research shows that nearly 80 percent of millennial pet owners regard their pets as family members, and 76 percent would buy certain items for their pets before buying something for themselves, Strayer said.

“Today’s pet owners believe their pets should be pampered, resulting in owners buying products that demonstrate a sense of sophistication and style,” he said. “Owners prefer products that fit their lifestyle and have clean lines, modern designs and soft fabrics.”

To read more, click here.

Protect your furniture from the cat

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Cat clawing at the furniture again? Try deterring them with herbal
sprays or sticky strips. Products like this are available at J&M
Aquatics and Pet Center. They are barely noticeable to humans, but will
keep your cat away from the edges of your nicely upholstered chairs and
couches.


If your cat doesn’t have a designated place to scratch,
create one. There are a variety of cat scratchers out there from cedar
posts to carpeted cat trees or Sisal cat scratchers.

Finally,
you can carefully trim your cat’s nails to reduce the damage caused by
repeated scratching. Make sure to use high-quality animal-appropriate
clippers.