Monday, April 17, 2017

Pet-Friendly Hotels

Whether you want to go on vacation with your pet or plan for an emergency or disaster, you need to know what and where the pet-friendly hotels are.  I was making a list and was up to about 60 hotels all over the US and then I found the below link which provides not only the hotels but also the hotels by state and if you do not want go looking for them on the web, they also have a phone # 866-966-3046.

To prepare for an emergency make sure you pack an emergency kit for your pets and a good pet carrier.  The kit should contain a minimum of water, food, medications, proof of recent vaccinations, emergency help list, leashes, and pet carriers, microchip them or at a minimum put an id tag on them, first aid kit and of course creature comforts.  Don’t forget to put a “Pets Inside” sticker on your front door or window in case of emergency.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tips for Choosing a Pet Carrier for Airline Travel

Contact your airline for their requirements, not all airline requirements are the same. Some of the requirements will include the size of pet carriers both onboard and in cargo, a pet health certificate and proof of certain vaccines, subject to where you are flying to. There are mainly two types of carriers, a hard carrier or crate and a soft carrier.  Traveling with your pet isn’t always easy, this will help you prepare.

1)    How do I choose the size for my pet?
a.    Your pet must be able to lay down, stand up, and turn around without touching the top or sides.  If they touch the carrier is too small.  If the carrier is too large, your pet will not feel secure and may bounce around.

2)    How do I choose an airline approved carrier?
a.    The carrier has to have good air circulation as well as be secure enough to keep your pet from getting out. The carrier should be able to hold your pet be comfortable for the whole flight.  Recommend the carrier have a pocket to hold treats for airline paperwork.
b.    I would recommend the airline approved soft carriers for onboard travel because most airlines require you to put the carrier under the seat. As long as your pet(s) are small and do not disturb other passengers, they are normally allowed to travel with their owners. If your pet is an escape artist, use zip ties on the closures, do not use Velcro closures.
c.    I would recommend the airline approved hard carriers for cargo travel, it provides your pet some extra protection in case something gets loose in the cargo hold. These are normally for larger pets. If your pet is an escape artist, use zip ties on the closures, do not use Velcro closures.

d.    Once you have chosen a carrier call the airline to make very sure that they allow the specific carrier, crate or kennel.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cat Boarding Tips

You need to make a trip for pleasure or work but you have cats.  You have three options, 1) Hire a pet sitter, 2) Take your cat(s) with you, or 3) Board your cats.  You decide to board your cat(s). 

Check around for boarding centers.  Visit the place you want to board your cat.  There are many boarding options available.

I have seen some cat boarding areas that are near the front door and in wire cages.  I do not suggest you board there.  The cats need a place a place of their own and not in with the dog boarding. 

Is the space clean, quiet and ventilated?

Do not be afraid to ask questions.

What shots are needed to board?  Most require rabies and distemper, but always ask.

What kind of food to they provide?  Can you provide your own food?

What kind of bedding do they get?

If you have multiple cats, is there an opening between kennels so they can still be together if they want to.

How often do they clean the kennels/litter?

Are they occasionally checked on?

Is there 8/16/24 hour service.

What times can you drop them off and pick them up.

Are there windows for natural light?

Do they provide specialized care?  Your cat may need daily medicine.  I have a cat that needs medicine every eight hours.

Some places have different sized kennels or Condos with different options.
Some places may provide play time.  
Some have discount rates on a second or third cat.

Can you call in and check on your cat(s).

I hope these tips help you and your cat.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cat Grooming Tips

If you need cat grooming tips and help then this page should be beneficial.

Before we start there are a few things to clarify. When brushing a cat you should always try to brush in the direction of the hair, continuous brushing against the grain will cause discomfort and won’t encourage your cat to stick around long.

It is important to brush your cats entire body, this is not always easy and especially in those tricky spots under the back legs and behind the arms. You may therefore need to be opportunistic. If your cat is asleep on their back it may be your time to pounce!

With difficult cats that don't like to be brushed you should split brushing up into different sections. This way you can brush each section once a day. This can take longer but may be easier for your cat and will ultimately give you the same result.

A cat accustomed to being brushed from a young age will learn to accept it throughout adulthood.
Try getting a variety of combs and brushes. Normally the brush your cat hates the most is the one that’s doing the best job. Sometimes you will need to approach your cat with a softer brush to start with and work your way up to a more effective comb. 

A soft brush is not going to be that effective but it will be a good start and also help build up your cats trust. Once you have their confidence you can move on to a more effective instrument. A wide set metal comb is generally best for long haired cats.