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Adventures in Catsitting

My friend has arrived back home after three weeks away and wants her cat back. So I am sad. I am going to miss that guy! He taught me something new about my relationship with cats, and I was surprised by that.

I have had a lifelong love affair with cats. I have been owned by one or more cats for most of my life. And now, I help Cats in Tow to help more cats find their forever homes. I love cats! I love their antics, their personalities, snuggle time, just having them in my home. However, I am not owned by any cats right now. I lost a very dear kitty a few years ago and these few years have meant a lot of changes in terms of living situation.

I have been contemplating warming my home with a furry presence for a while but was not sure my current space would really accommodate a cat – or two as my plan currently involves. I shared this contemplation last spring in a series of posts on this blog. If you would like to refresh your memory or are new, here is a link to the last of the series ‘Time for a New Addition’. So when my friend said she was going away for three weeks and needed a temporary home for her sweet guy, Aldi, I thought it was a great idea to have a house guest.

I have never met a cat I did not enjoy, but as I said Aldi surprised me. I will talk about the surprises and what I learned in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if anyone would like to share their stories of furry house guests, whether caring for a friend’s pet(s) or as a foster home, we would love to hear!

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Make yourself at home, Aldi!

 

Tricks and Treats

While cats have always been associated with Halloween, this can be a stressful and dangerous day for our feline and canine friends.

We may think our pets don’t want to be left out of the party, but they do! Your pet may be the very, very rare exception, but dogs and cats do not like loud noises, boisterousness, having to dodge strangers or disruption to their schedule at all.

Pets are often panicked by the noise, lights and general mayhem which many humans seem to enjoy on holidays. Too frequently, these pets are lost or get hurt.

If you don’t have a holiday pet plan, you need to think about one – the sooner the better.H

Here are some of the things you need to think about:

  • Keep your pet at home indoors leading up to and on Halloween.
  • Parties are, generally, not a fun place animals. Find a room that will not be used, keep it dark and as quiet as possible. A sign on the door asking people to not disturb is a good idea.
  • An escaped pet is not a treat! When the Trick-or-Treaters start, make sure your pet is secure – a closed room out of the way is best.
  • And as a back up plan only, your pet should be properly identified. Microchips with your current information and an ID tag with their name and your phone number are the best methods – and should be present all year but now is the time to make sure the information is up to date. A current photo is good to have in the event that you have to make signs.

Enjoying Halloween is easier when you know you have done all you can for your pet!

Calm, Cool and Furry

Many people get a grin on their face when they think of hot summer days. But we all know that too much of a good thing can be bad, especially for your pets. How do you keep the summer fun for your furry friends? Here are some tips:

  • Water, water everywhere. Some dogs and cats enjoy a few ice cubes to keep it cool and as a chew toy. Some animals do not like ice though, so have an non-iced version available to make sure they keep hydrated.
  • Frozen treats for your pets! Nothing like a frozen treat on a hot day, try this for the kitties: Catsicles.
  • Water Park? Do you have a kiddie pool or sprinkler that you can let your dog enjoy (supervised!) on those hot days?
  • Exercise that Thinking Muscle. Yes dogs need walks, but on very, very hot days, shorter walks are better. Try to find ways to exercise your dogs mind if it is too hot for a longer walk. There are lots of ideas for inexpensive toys across the web – just a little research will give you loads of ideas like a water bottle in an old sock, knots made out of old jeans, tennis balls hiding treats in drink carriers, crumpled up paper with a treat in the middle. Just remember to watch how your dog or cat to see what they like and to make sure that they don’t eat small plastic bits.
  • Walking Cool. Early morning and later evening walks are best in the heat. You may also want to look into doggie boots in your local pet supply store. Pavement can get dangerously hot and burn sensitive paws.
  • Sitting Cool. A pan of ice in front of a fan, a wet towel on cool flooring (such as tile), a spritz of water on the paws and stomach are a few ways to cool down a hot dog. Dogs cool from the bottom up, so the wet towel on the floor and cool paws is more effective than water on their back.
  • And Cool Cats! While cats are quite good at catering to their own comfort, they can use some help on those very hot days as well. First make sure they have a quiet, shady spot to relax. Younger or agitated cats may exhaust themselves running about on a hot day, so you can encourage them to relax with a safe, cool spot.
  • Brush if Off. Brushing out your kitties fur not only helps keep it clean, but keeps the air flowing through it to naturally keep them cool.
  • Damp it Down. If you are concerned about your cat getting too hot, you can use a damp towel to help them get cool. The areas that get the hottest are their bellies, paws, armpits, chins and the outside of their ears. Concentrate on those area as your cat allows.
  • A Bed of Cool. Another idea is to soak a small kitchen towel with water, then place it in the freezer. Let is get quite cool, then place it on the floor. Don’t force your cat to use it, but if she likes it as a bed, great. If it is too cold at first, it will warm up, so try leaving it out even if you get the brush off at first.

And absolutely never, ever, ever leave an animal in a car in the summer. Sadly, this is something that can never be said enough.

Have you made games or toys for your pets to keep them entertained on hot summer days? We would love to hear about them!

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Cats are good at finding cool spots on their own, but they might need some cooling help once in a while.

Holiday Planning

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The 4th of July is almost here. Do you have a holiday pet plan?

We may think our pets don’t want to be left out of the party, but they do! Your pet may be the very, very rare exception, but dogs and cats do not like loud noises, boisterousness, having to dodge strangers or disruption to their schedule at all.

In fact, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. They are often inundated by pets that were panicked by the noise, lights and general mayhem. Too frequently, these pets are lost or get hurt.

Of course us humans seem to crave these holiday disruptions, so we are not able to spare our pets the holiday altogether. But we can help them. If you don’t have a holiday pet plan, you need to think about one – the sooner the better.

Here are some of the things you need to think about:
  • Not everybody waits until July 4th to commence their celebrating – fireworks are available now and unfortunately, there are people out there who are not careful with them around people or animals. Put your plan into effect immediately.
  • Do not use insect repellent on your pet! If you need to control pests, use products designed for cats and dogs.
  • Keep your pet at home indoors. Again, waiting until the 4th to do this might be too late.
  • The above especially applies if your are going to a party or public celebration. Fireworks displays are no place for an animal. The least that will happen is stress for your pet. The worst is running away, injury or being lost.
  • And as a back up plan only, your pet should be properly identified. Microchips with your current information and an ID tag with their name and your phone number are the best methods – and should be present all year but now is the time to make sure the information is up to date. A current photo is good to have in the event that you have to make signs.
Enjoying your holiday is easier when you know you have done all you can for your pet!