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How Do I Figure Out Which Pet to Adopt?

 

If you are looking for a new pet, figuring out the right one to adopt can be a hard choice. Here I walk you through the questions you need to consider in order to make the right decision for you!

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Pet

  • What is your lifestyle like?
  • Do you have allergies to fur/dander?
  • Do you travel often?
  • Are you looking for a low maintenance or high maintenance pet?
  • What is your personality like?
  • How small/big of a pet would you like?
  • What can you realistically afford in terms of animal care?

We discuss details on each aspect and what to consider in the video. Once you have had time to think about all of these questions you will have a much better idea of what type of pet is a good fit for your household!

 

More Ideas When Adding a New Pet

Why You Should Adopt 2 Kittens

Getting a Dog – Complete Checklist for New Dog Owners

Getting a Cat – Complete Checklist for New Cat Owners

Commonly Asked Questions About Pet Insurance

 

Our video on pet insurance is one of our most viewed and we get a lot of questions so in this video I go back and answer the most frequently asked questions about pet insurance. If you did not watch our first video, go watch it first.

Here are the most commonly asked questions:

Do they cover preexisting conditions?

No. If a health issue has already been diagnosed with your dog or cat, they will not cover it. Usually, after your first claim, they will request all past veterinary records and base their decision on what is covered from those records.

Is there a wait time?

Yes. There is a wait time before coverage starts, generally 30 days. Some companies offer gap coverage which covers any health problems that arise from the time you get your pet until your normal policy begins. If you are offered this, take it!

Which is the best company?

Each company has a slightly different policy that appeals to different people. Research them to find the one that is best for you.

Do they cover 100% of costs?

Generally no. Most pet insurance policies cover 90% or less of the cost of your veterinary expenses. There are policies that offer less coverage for a lower cost, which is more affordable for some people.

Do they cover preventative care?

Generally no. Normal preventative care, including dental care, is not covered under most policies.

Do costs increase over time?

Yes. Generally, the premium for a policy will increase each year as your pet ages.

How do the veterinary bills get paid?

Unlike human policies, veterinarians do not submit bills to insurance. You pay the veterinarian and then you submit the invoice to the insurance company for reimbursement. If you do not have the money upfront, some programs like Care Credit can help bridge the gap until you get reimbursed.

 

Overall I highly recommend pet insurance for any people who do not have the disposable income to be able to pay out of pocket for large veterinary expenses. It is a terrible thing to have to decide between your pet’s care and our finances. Avoid that situation if possible!

Houseplants That Are Toxic to Pets

 

Do you have houseplants, or are thinking of adding some to your home? Then check out these tips!

Many common houseplants are toxic to pets. We have them around anyway and most of the time our pets are fine with them, but there are times when we should be more concerned.

Times when you need to worry about pets and plants:

  1. When you get a new plant
  2. When you have a new pet or have a pet visiting your home
  3. When you move a plant around in your home

 

How to keep your pets safe:

  • Know which of your plants are toxic
  • Keep an eye on them for any evidence your pets are messing with them
  • Put them out of reach if possible
  • Call poison control if your pet eats one

New Years Resolutions to Bond With Your Pet Podcast

 

 

 

The New Year is here and we are all setting resolutions! So why not set some resolutions that include your pets? It will be good for you, good for your pets, and good for your relationship. Plus they can be a lot of fun!

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Tuna Yum Yums – Homemade Cat Treat Recipe

Cats love their treats and it is nice to give them something fresh, homemade, and healthy. These are especially good around the holidays when we are all getting yummy food and do not want to leave out our feline friends!

Tuna Yum Yums

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of non-fat milk
  • 1/2 can of tuna
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or fish oil
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Optional: a teaspoon of catnip, mint, or parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  2. Mash or cut the tuna into small pieces, mix in the flour and milk
  3. Pour in water and vegetable oil, then mix well
  4. In a separate dish, beat the egg
  5. Mix the beaten egg into the tuna mix
  6. Mix well, until the mix becomes dough-like
  7. Shape the dough into small balls, about the size of blueberries, and place on the baking sheet
  8. Cook the dough for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Stick a toothpick in to check that the treat is fully cooked
  9. Cool for an hour before feeding to your kitty and make sure not to overindulge them

 

What is a TNR program?

Today is Feral Cat Day! In honor of our feral feline friends, we wanted to highlight some of our local TNR programs.

TNR stands for Trap-Neuter-Release or Trap-Neuter-Return. Sometimes, feral cats cannot be homed. TNR programs provide a humane and effective approach to helping to control the feral cat population. There also are Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) programs that administer rabies and FVRCP vaccines. TNR programs provide more than just a way to stabilize a cat colony. They also help take off the added stress of mating & pregnancy, improve physical health and reduce mating behaviors that humans find disruptive (yowling, spraying).

If you ever see a cat with a tipped ear they most likely have been part of a TNR program. What are some rescues in our area that are participating in TNR programs?

  1. Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals
  2. Animal Friends Alliance
  3. Duncan’s Place

For more information on TNR programs visit alleycat.org to learn how TNR programs are beneficial to a community and how TNVR programs work.

How to Stop a Cat From Interrupting Your Work

 

If you work from home, are a student, or just like to occasionally get things done around your house, cats can be a nuisance! Working as pet sitters, we love cats and when we go for visits, all we are there to do is pay attention to them, but we understand the difficulties of trying to get work done at home. Really you just have to figure out what your cats wants and how to provide it in a way that works for you AND your cat.
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What You Need to Know About Cat Body Language

 

Cats can seem pretty baffling to people, even those who live with them. As pet sitters in Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley, Colorado, we work with a lot of cats and have to know how to be safe and read their body language. Today we try to demystify cats and give you a few clear signals to watch out for, so you can get along better with all of the cats in your life.
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What Pet Sitting Visits Do I Need For My Cat?

Are you going out of town but are worried about your cat? Those of us sharing our lives with cats know that they like to stay in their own space and to feel safe and secure. Cats also love routines! Their favorite sleeping spots, times that they eat, when they get attention. Cats like their lives to go just the way they like it and that helps them stay happy and stress-free! You want your cat to be happy so she does not get sick or act out in unpleasant ways. We, as pet sitters, want to make sure your cat gets the care and attention she needs to be happy and healthy. All cats are different! Some cats are happy as long as their food is fresh and litter boxes are clean. Other cats need a person cuddle with during the day and overnight. You need a schedule that match your cat’s preferences and daily schedule!

*If you have a shy cat, take a look at our specialized recommendations for shy cats.

 

Cat Option #1

This is an ideal schedule for cats who are used sleeping in the bed with a person.

 

30 Minute Dinner Visit 

Your sitter will use this visit for dinner, litter box cleaning and playtime and/or cuddles. This visit should come at a time when your cat normally is fed to keep up the regular routine. If your cat likes to be brushed or just get lots of attention, this visit is perfect. Your sitter can also bring in the mail, turn on the lights so it looks like someone is home for the evening, and take care of other small tasks.

9-10 Hour Overnight Stay 

Your sitter will arrive in the evening (around 9 pm) and settle your cat in for the night. Some cats have an evening routine or just really like to play now that it is dark outside. When your cat is ready, you sitter will settle down for the night wherever you (and your cat) think is best. If your cat sleeps with a specific member of the family, then she would probably prefer to have someone in that bed to keep the routine the same. In the morning your sitter will go through the regular schedule of feeding, litter box cleaning, cleaning out water bowls and generally setting your cat up for the day.

 

Cat Option #2

This is a good schedule for cats who like to get some extra attention.

 

30 Minute Breakfast Visit

Your sitter arrives in the morning for breakfast and playtime! Or maybe your cat prefers a warm lap to cuddle with for awhile. Your sitter will take care of breakfast, cleaning the litter box, giving your car fresh water and then will settle in for whatever type of attention your cat prefers. Does she have the morning zoomies? Then a good play session with your cat’s favorite toys is in order! Your sitter will send you a picture with an update so you can rest easy knowing your cat has company. Before leaving, your sitter settles your cat in for the day and makes sure she is comfortable.

30 Minute Dinner Visit

Your sitter will arrive around dinner time. Some cats are more active in the evening (or vice versa) so your sitter can adapt the visit based on your cat’s normal routine. If she prefers cuddles in the morning and playtime in the afternoon, we can do that. This is also a great visit for your sitter to bring in the mail, put out trash for the morning pickup, and any other small tasks that need to be done. At the end of the visit your sitter will make sure your kitty is comfortable for the evening. Some cats like their beds arranged a certain way or a heating blanket turned on for them.

 

Cat Option #3

This is a good schedule for cats who really just want to be fed.

 

15 Minute Breakfast Visit

Your sitter will arrive in the morning and will check on your cat. Then comes feeding, water and cleaning the litter box. These short visits are designed for cats that really do not feel the need for attention and are content to do their own thing. If you have a shy cat, take a look at our special shy cat recommendations.

15 Minute Dinner Visit

Your sitter will finish out the day with a check in, feeding, water and litter box. There may be a few moments for bringing in the mail and turning on some lights. Your sitter can send you an update and let you know how the visits went with a cute picture!

 

Our Considerations for Cats

For cats, there are some very specific steps we take to keep them as safe and relaxed as possible.

  • Your sitter will want to know where your kitty likes to hide and rest. If your cat does not come out to greet us, we want to be sure we know where to look for her so we can make sure she is healthy.
  • Cats that are stressed can stop eating, drinking and using the litter box. We make sure to monitor food, water and litter extra closely to make sure they are being used. If we see any signs of concern we investigate further.
  • We like to get to know details of your cat’s normal behavior. When cats are not feeling well, sometimes the only sign you get is a slight change in behavior. If we know what to look out for then we are much more likely to catch any problems in the early stages.
  • Each cat has a very specific play style. If your cat prefers different toys, we would love to hear that! Does she love toys that fly through the air or ones that creep around corners? If we know what your cat prefers then we can make friends with her faster.
  • If your cat receives medications, we are happy to give them to her. If is is a pill or other mediation that needs to be given directly to your cat (not in food) then we will want to come do a trial visit to make sure she will be accepting of us. If you want to discuss trial visits with us, please Contact Us!
  • If your cat is diabetic, please read up on our recommendations for Diabetic Cats.

 

Time to Customize!

We want to work with you to set up the best possible schedule for your cat, so you are all happy during your trip. We also know that each home is different, and a lot of people have more than just one cat!

After you have the basic idea of your schedule we sit down to figure out the nitty-gritty:

  • Are there any other pets in the home that need feeding, medication, etc? We make sure your visit has enough time to get everything done.
  • We like to allow enough time for feeding, changing water, cleaning the litter box and some cuddles (if your cat is so inclined).
  • There needs to be enough time to clean out food and water bowls, clean up any messes, toys, etc.
  • Many people who love animals, also love plants! Normal visits have time for a small bit of plant watering. If you have beautiful summer gardens, then we need to see how long they take to the water and add that on to your normal visits.
  • On your normal schedule, we can complete household tasks like bringing in the newspaper, collecting the mail, turning lights off and on and taking out the trash.
  • Do you want updates every visit? Many clients do, just keep in mind that your sitter will take 5+ minutes to send an update and that is time during your visit not focused on your pets.
  • It will take a sitter a bit longer to get the work done then it takes you, especially if you have extensive routines for your pets and home. You have had years to perfect your system! We always try to make sure your pet sitter will have enough time for everything so she will not feel stressed and your pets will receive the focus they deserve.

Let us Work Together to Keep Your Cat Happy While You are Gone!

Best Dog and Cat Quotes

 


“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger Caras

 

 

“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts

 

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”– Orhan Pamuk

 

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull

 

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

 

“Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” – Elizabeth Taylor

 

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” – Charles De Gaulle

 

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” – Winston Churchill

 

“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger A. Caras

 

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain

 

“Reason No. 106 why dogs are smarter than humans: Once you leave the litter, you sever contact with your mothers.” – Jodi Picoult

 

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight D Eisenhower

 

“My father… was a man who understood all dogs thoroughly and treated them like human beings.” – Flann O’Brien

 

“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” – Josh Billings

 

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

 

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” – Edgar Allen Poe

 

“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.” – Pam Brown

 

“The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.” – Michel Houellebecq

 

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

 

“Who ever said that Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, never owned a dog.”

 

“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman

 

“As wonderful as dogs can be, they are famous for missing the point.” – Jean Ferris

 

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles Shultz

 

“Did you know that there are over 300 words for love in canine?” – Gabriel Zevin

 

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers

 

“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.” – W. Bruce Cameron

 

“I don’t understand people who don’t touch their pets. Their cat or dog is called a pet for a reason.” – Jarod Kintz

 

“When an 85-pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.” – Kristan Higgins

 

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner

 

“The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.” – James Thurber

 

“The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.” – Stanley Coren

 

 

“Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.” – Agatha Cristie

 

“My dog is half pit-bull, half poodle. Not much of a watchdog, but a vicious gossip.” – Craig Shoemaker

 

“Every dog must have his day.” – Jonathan Swift

 

“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.” – Franklin P. Jones

 

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.” – Mark Twain

 

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” ~ Andy Rooney

 

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud

 

“Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.” – EE Cummings

 

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

 

“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” – Aldous Huxley

 

“Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it.” ~ Mason Cooley

 

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” ~ Hippolyte Taine

 

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer

 

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” – Jules Verne

 

“It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.” – Deng Xiaoping

 

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Unknown

 

“Dogs leave paw prints on our hearts” – Author Unknown

 

“I love my cats more than I love most people. Probably more than is healthy.” – Amy Lee

 

“Dogs are how people would be if the important stuff is all that mattered to us.’’ – Ashly Lorenzana