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Is Your Cat Bored?

Take a look around your home. Are there things that your cat can do, play with and watch?

Kitty boredom can lead to a variety of problems and destructive behaviors such as:

  • Urinating outside the litter box
  • Overeating
  • Aggression
  • Scratching

Preventing Cat Boredom

It is important to provide your cat with a stimulating environment. This means an environment with things to do. Windows to look out of, things to watch, places to climb and safe toys to play with are all great ways to prevent boredom.

Here are some tips to entertain your cat and prevent undesirable behavior:
Cat Boredom

  1. Catnip – Cats LOVE catnip. Offer your cat some catnip on occasion to roll around in and eat. You can also revive interest in an old cat toy by sprinkling it with catnip.
  2. Window Perches – Cats enjoy having a comfortable place to watch what is going on outside. Purchase a window bed for your cat or position a cat tree near a window to create an outside view.
  3. Create an Outside View – Position a bird or squirrel feeder within viewing distance of your cat’s window perch.
  4. Cat Toys – Make sure that you are stocked with plenty of cat toys. Hiding and then reintroducing toys that your cat enjoys is a great way to keep them interested.
  5. Scratching Post – Even a declawed cat will enjoy scratching post. It’s an instinctive behavior that cats never lose. The scratching post should be tall enough that your cat should be able to really stretch when using it.
  6. Your Time –Take at least 10 minutes out of your day to play with your cat or allow them to curl up with you.

Keep in mind that behavioral problems can be caused by many things. Be sure to take your cat for regular checkups and vaccinations. A healthy kitty is a happy kitty.

Top Autumn Pet Care Tips

With the changing weather, comes shedding, increased energy and more time spent indoors. Are you taking care of your pet with autumn in mind? Here are our top tips for autumn pet care:

  1. Be mindful of rodent poison. Rodents are likely to make their way into your home during this time of year. You may be tempted to leave poison out in the open, but your pets can get into them with fatal results. Make sure you place the poison in areas that your pets cannot get into, like cupboards and cabinets, or in rooms that stay closed off. Be sure to protect your pets at all costs because rodent poison is very seriously toxic to cats and dogs.
  2. Watch their food intake. During the summer, pets are more active outdoors and burn more energy which can cause them to eat a bit more. Fall and winter can become a pudgy season for both pets and humans, with less activity and increased decadent foods available. Be sure to watch your pet’s diet and ensure they are getting enough exercise during these cooler months. Consult a veterinarian before making changes to your pets’ diet, as every animal has different needs.
  3.  Beware chocolate. Chocolate consumption goes up during the cooler months with the celebration of many holidays. Be sure to keep your pet away from the chocolate, as it can make dogs very sick. Keep your trick-or-treat buckets out of reach from mischievous, hungry pets.
  4. Avoid bones. You may be tempted to give your pooch a turkey bone from your Thanksgiving feast. Most bones are actually a choking hazard to dogs. Toss your pet a piece of turkey meat and throw the bones away instead.
  5. Be mindful of decorations. Until your pet is familiar with the painted pumpkins, stuffed turkey decor, and fake snow in your home, she might accidentally knock them down or ingest them. Keep your decorations up high or out of pet’s reach for the safest bet.
  6. Clean up the anti-freeze. When you winterize your vehicle, make sure to clean up every bit of anti-freeze. It has a sweet smell that draws in pets. However, a very small amount can kill pets. Keep your pet away when you’re using anti-freeze and thoroughly clean any spills.

Pet Sitting Vs. Pet Boarding

This is a subject that we have addressed before, but it’s one that is important to reiterate. We’ll cover in more depth the pros and cons of both, as well as what to consider.

You’ll get useful information on whichever route you decide to take the next time you go out of town for a weekend, have a family vacation, or just work long hours and want your pet to receive some human interaction while you are gone.

Pet Boarding

CatDogSome of the advantages of boarding your pet for an extended stay is that they get the opportunity to interact with other animals. Now this works only if your pet is well socialized and the other pets they will interact with share that similar social trait.

A direction a lot of pet boarding locations have headed is the “doggie hotel” route. The rooms are plush and comfortable as opposed to traditional boarding, where the pet stays in a cold, concrete room with the barking from dogs they can’t see to add to their anxiety. These hotels also have daytime activities to keep your pet active and mentally stimulated.

Another advantage to pet boarding is that a lot of veterinarian clinics provide boarding options which is wonderful because if anything were to happen to your pet, care would be immediately available.

Related: The advantages of a pet sitter over boarding 

Pet Boarding Disadvantages

There are a few dissenting views from those who have worked in multi-faceted pet boarding/clinics, such as the clinic functions as a vet clinic first and a pet boarding facility second.

Dr. Ken Tudor, who has worked at 20 of these facilities said that it seemed like the pets boarded didn’t receive the full human interaction they crave and that the boarding area lacked the necessary time and human resources and came off as cold and sterile.

On top of that there is the risk of disease and infection spreading. As a lot of us can recall, during the spring there was an outbreak of dog flu that seemed to originate in a Chicago boarding facility and spread rapidly.

These are all things to consider when looking for boarding for your furry friend. Of course the more amenities and attention paid to your pet the higher the price.

Pet Sitting

petsitting, petboarding, puppy, kitten, dog, catThe most obvious benefit to having a pet sitter come to your home is just that, your best friend gets to remain in its home where he or she is most comfortable and their routine isn’t changed drastically.

Pet sitters come at specified times to let your dog out for walks, feed your pets and allow for body elimination. They also interact and exercise your pet. You can also have the pet sitter act as a house sitter as well. They can do things like bring in the mail to make your house look lived in and give you that peace of mind.

You also get the peace of mind knowing that your pet has a companion for the day. There are also plenty of pet sitters that will stay the night with your pet to help with any separation anxiety and help keep a consistent routine for your furry child. Dr. Ken Tudor also adds that in his 30 years of experience, he has yet to see a bloody stool from a pet being cared for in its own home as opposed to the stress related environment caused by boarding your pet in an unfamiliar place.

Pet Sitting Disadvantages

In home pet sitting is not 24/7, so if your pet has a medical condition that requires more frequent monitoring, pet sitting may not be the best method. Also, if your pet has elevated aggression issues towards strangers (especially those that will be entering your house while you are not there), pet sitting may also not be the best route towards care. However, this can generally be avoided if your pet is given ample time with the caregiver to ensure that they are comfortable being around them.

Things You Can Do To Prepare For Both

First and foremost, make sure whoever is taking care of your pet that they are aware of any medical conditions or special needs, whether that be diet or administering medicine. You will want to take an opportunity to go on a walk through or have the sitter visit your pet to help establish a relationship and get the pet more familiar with its temporary boarding situation.

Make sure you have enough food for the pet sitter as to make their job easier as well as providing enough servings for the boarding facility. Stress plus an inconsistent diet can lead to vomiting and the pet’s own food will provide a familiar touch. It is also recommended to have a pet sitter for younger dogs and older dogs as they both thrive on consistency and routine.

Do your research, be prepared ahead of time and don’t put this off until the last minute as you may put your pet in a very uncomfortable situation.

If you are interested in our pet sitting services, please call us at (630) 854-8841