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Free Feeding Your Pet While You’re Away?

Free Feeding Your Pet While You’re Away?

You Want What’s Best

Is Free Feeding Your Pet a Good Idea?

So you’re going away for a few days. It can be tempting to simply leave a self feeder full of kibble out for your cat or dog, but it’s not always the best idea. Consider the following before you begin free feeding your pet while you’re out of town.

What is Free Feeding?

Free feeding, also known as grazing, is when you set out a large, unmeasured quantity of food for your pet. It’s different from meal feeding because your pet has the opportunity to eat throughout the day instead of at predictable intervals.

Unlike when you measure a portion of kibble that your pet can nibble until the next scheduled serving, free feeding doesn’t have any means of portion control. You would keep topping it off every time it gets low and rely on your pet to determine how much to consume.

What are the Advantages?

Of course, the biggest advantage to free feeding is the convenience. Once you set out the food, you wouldn’t have to do much monitoring other than keeping it full. Some animals benefit from free feeding, particularly elderly or sick pets who need help keeping their weight on. Pets who are prone to anxiety from food insecurity may have to be free fed as well.

What are the Disadvantages?

However, free feeding kibble throughout the day has serious health drawbacks. Especially when you’re out of town, some cats and dogs will begin grazing on their kibble out of boredom. Then, their overeating could lead to obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, and urinary tract disease. For cats, a free fed diet can also lead them to be more sedentary, because they are naturally more active before meal time.

Dogs in particular have a harder time knowing when to stop eating. Dogs’ wild ancestors, wolves, instinctively gorge themselves on large prey animals, and then go days without eating while they digest. Today’s dogs express that wild instinct by eating as much food as there is in front of them. Since the kibble expands in their stomachs, some dogs will eat to the point of becoming nauseated.

What Are Some Alternatives to Free Feeding?

If you’re only going to be gone for just one evening, you might want to invest in a timed feeder. Timed feeders come in a variety of configurations. Some have a reservoir on top and a mechanism on the bottom that turns to measure an amount of kibble. Others pop open to reveal a pre-measured amount of food, which is particularly useful for wet food.

However, if you’re going out of town for an extended period of time, the best thing you can do is hire a pet sitter. A pet sitter can monitor your cat or dog’s eating levels to make sure that they have a healthful appetite. Our professional pet sitters also have emergency plans in place, so you don’t have to worry about your pet ever missing a meal.

Questions About Free Feeding ?

If you have any questions about free feeding, or other questions about pet care, you can contact Kara Jenkins, Owner of TLC Pet Sitter. We are also available by email at info@tlcpetsitter.com.

What to Do When Your Cat is Shy for Strangers

What to Do When Your Cat is Shy for Strangers

Mittens is Typically Full of Personality

But My Cat is Shy for Strangers

You could have the sweetest cat in the world, but no one would ever know if kitty rushes to hide under the bed whenever there’s company! It’s fairly common for cats to be afraid of strangers, especially if they weren’t socialized as kittens or grew up on the streets. If your cat is shy, try the following tips to help your cat feel less shy around strangers.

Provide a Safe Space

Before your company arrives, designate a safe area for your cat. It could be in a back room or a quiet area of your house where your cat usually feels calm and likes to sleep. Then, let your company know about your cat’s safe space. Advise them not to disturb kitty when he or she goes back there to be alone. This will help ease feelings of anxiety in your cat. He or she will know that there’s always a safe escape if things get too exciting.

Avoid Loud Noises

Some cats are afraid of strangers because they associate them with scary noises. Instead of using the doorbell or buzzer, let your guests know ahead of time that they should call or text once they’ve arrived. Try to keep the noise level of your conversation low and laughters down to a quiet chuckle to keep from spooking your cat.

Let the Cat Come to You

It could take several visits before your cat comes out to say hello to your company, and that’s perfectly normal. Don’t force your cat to greet strangers by catching them and holding them once your guests arrive. Alternatively, you can give your visitors a handful of treats to put down if kitty ventures close to them. You can also leave a pile of treats halfway between the safe area and your guests’ area to encourage kitty to come a little closer.

Use the formal feline greeting

Once your kitty feels comfortable approaching your guests, coach them to extend one finger and wait for the cat’s response. Your cat will either brush his or her cheeks on the finger, which means he or she feels comfortable enough to be petted, or simply walk away if not. Once your cat indicates it’s okay to be petted, remind your guests not to overdo it. One gentle chin rub should be enough.

When it comes to cat sitting, it can take a little time for kitties warm up to their sitters, too. Let us know if your cat tends to be shy, and we’ll do everything possible to make him or her feel comfortable and secure during our visits.

Questions About Why Your Cat is Shy?

If you have any questions about why your cat is shy, or other questions about pet care, you can contact Kara Jenkins, Owner of TLC Pet Sitter. We are also available by email at info@tlcpetsitter.com.


Fun Things to Do With Your Dog

Sports, Games and Just Plain Fun

Looking for some fun things to do with your dog?  Think you’ve tried it all?  We’ve compiled a list of activities that should keep you both pretty busy! This list will help with training, exercise, and overall fun for you and your dog.

  • Agility– in, out, over and through this sport is all about working as a team
  • Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy– the warm head of a friendly pet can soothe a lonely heart
  • Bikejoring– some dogs love to run. Adding the responsibility of teamwork adds to the fun.
  • Canicross– dog powered running for those who want to share their running goals with their best friend
  • Carting– channel the desire to pull into harness work that lets the dog feel useful and skilled
  • Coursing and racing– root instinct drives the joy of running with purpose in coursing and racing
  • Day trips and vacations– the dogs need not be left behind, bring them along for even more fun
  • Disc Dog or Flying Disc– if there was ever meaning to jump for joy this is it, jumping with achievement
  • Dock Jumping or Dock Diving– dogs who excel in this sport are love to show they can do it further and better
  • Dog Camps – Activity Sampler– too many choices? take a vacation with your dog and sample a variety
  • Dog Parks and Dog Walks: Socialization and Off-leash Play– a joy for the social dog, think tot lot
  • Dog Scootering– some dogs love to run. Adding the responsibility of teamwork adds to the fun.
  • Earthdog Trials– instinct, drive, and flying dirt – what more could an earthdog want
  • Flyball– excitement, speed, and focus, a sport for dogs driven to do it faster
  • Flygility– racing and teamwork to build confidence and a sense of belonging
  • Games– the most basic of interactions, fun ways of practicing skills of hunting, fetching, working together
  • Herding– it’s all about the dog’s instinct and desire to control and direct movement for the pack leader
  • Hiking, Backpacking and Dog Walks– sharing our quiet moments, our contemplations is the essence of being a pack
  • Hunt and Field Trials– working as a team is what drives these dogs
  • Kids and Dogs– dogs and kids can be a wonderful pairing with a little learning to keep it safe and fun
  • Mushing– for dogs who love to pull and people who want to let them
  • Musical Freestyle– the ultimate in teamwork is working with rhythm and coordination
  • Obedience– precision, focus and a great activity for perfectionist dogs, those who love to get it exactly right
  • Performance Art (Tricks)– curiosity and a willingness to try new things makes this fun
  • Pet Facilitated Therapy– for the dog who loves attention what better way to get it than visiting people in need
  • Precision Drill Teams– the excitement of success, of meeting a challenge and being a part of the team
  • Pulling– great for dogs who love to pull, and people who want to let them
  • Racing– for the dogs who love not just running but being faster than the next one
  • Rally Obedience– more focus on teamwork, less focus on precision, fun and relaxed for human and dog
  • Ring Sport– a sport that says “I can be a contributing member of the family” Some dogs thrive on responsibility
  • Rollerblade– a fun way for dogs and humans to share exercise and fresh air
  • Schutzhund– tracking, obedience, protection, schutzhund is all about what a well rounded dog is all about
  • Search and Rescue– for some making a difference is important, that includes dogs, they know it matters
  • Skijoring– dogs love to pull, people love to ski. Put the two together and you have skijoring.
  • Sledding
  • Sniffer Dog
  • Stock Dog Trials
  • Tracking
  • Treibball– herding balls instead of sheep
  • Visiting Pets
  • Water Work
  • Weight Pulling

These suggestions are thanks to http://www.dogplay.com/

Six Tips on Dog Walking for Pet Owners

Six Tips on Dog Walking for Pet Owners

6 Tips for Dog Walking

Even if you do not like it, your dog definitely likes to take a stroll. You may be surprised by these tips for dog walking. After all, dog walking seems pretty easy.  Dog walking is essential for maintaining your pet’s health and keeping them happy and active. Therefore, if you do not have the habit of taking your dog out every morning or evening, you should get started with at least twice a week and let the habit build. Dog owners will enjoy these tips for dog walking. They will help you master the art of dog walking sooner than you think.

1.      Lead your dog

Always walk in front of your dog or by its side. If your dog is ahead of you, it will keep dragging you along with it and you will never know who is walking whom. Dogs are naturally programmed function in packs so they will only find it natural if you lead them. Make sure you are the first one to step outside your house every morning and the first one to step in when coming back from the walk.

2.      Switch to shorter dog leash

Many believe that having longer leashes would allow your dog to walk freely, but longer leashes mean less control and increased chances of your dog running in the middle of the road with you running after. Shorter leashes allow you greater control on your dog and you can easily direct and train them. However, when buying the leash, make sure it is not hard on the skin and not hazardous in any way.

3.      Set aside fixed hour each morning

Dogs are diurnal and they like morning walks, so set aside an hour every morning for the walk. However, the need may vary from breed to breed, so have your dog’s vet tell you how much time a day would be suitable for your dog’s health.

4.      Let your dog sniff around

Dogs like to sniff around. It is their playtime activity and they enjoy it more than anything else. This is how they gather all the information about what is going around them. You as a dog owner should know how important this walk is for their health and mental stimulation. If you do not want to stop at every step while your dog sniffs every next thing, you can loosen the leash for a bit after a while so you can walk without constantly running after your dog.

5.      Do not forget to treat your dog!

Dogs are famous for learning through reinforcement method – treat them when they behave good to promote that behavior and turn it into habit Every time you complete a run or a walk with your dog, treat them with their favorite meal and give them plenty of water to replenish from the walking and sniffing. By doing this, you will be conditioning your dog in a way through which they will look forward to daily walks.

6.      Clean what he leaves behind

A good dog walker is also a good citizen. Clean up dog poop if they leave any on the walk and properly dispose it off. It won’t be a pleasant thing to do, especially when you are out on a good sunny day but it only makes you a good dog owner and a responsible neighbor.

Responsible Pet Ownership

Responsible Pet Ownership

Responsible Pet Ownership

Responsible pet ownership is nothing less than caring for a child. Luckily, most pet owners do consider their pets a part of their family. However, loving is not enough when it comes to being a good and responsible pet owner. Just like you work on raising your child, work on his education, make sure he is eating a well-balanced diet, his hygiene is maintained; you do the same with your pet as well. If you are wondering what should you do to become a responsible pet owner and how it is more than just loving your pet, continue reading the post.

Caring for Your Pet’s Physical Health

Taking care of your pet’s healthIt does not matter if you have gotten your pet vaccinated or not, regular checkups are must. With us humans, we can easily tell if something is not okay or not feeling well, but since we don’t speak the language of our pets, we don’t really know what might be going inside their body and how they are feeling. This is why it is important that you get their monthly physical check-up scheduled. Your pet’s health includes making sure they are free from fleas and parasites which can be sucking onto them and eventually weakening your pet. Also, get your pet’s teeth brushed twice a day as well.

Caring for Your Pet’s Diet

Healthy and balanced diet – Like every living being, your pet also needs a complete diet that’s a combination of fats, carbs and proteins to maintain a healthy gut system. Homemade pet food is the best option for pet food. However, even if you are buying instant pet food, make sure it contains the daily nutritional requirement of your pet. Also, do not feed your pet too much. Diabetes and obesity does not only exist in humans. It can also affect your pet and make them sick and lethargic.   

Spay and Neuter Your Pets

Be sure your pet is spayed or neuteredSome might think this practice is unethical, but pet overpopulation has become a serious problem because not everyone is a pet lover nor there is enough space in pet shelters. Which is why getting your pet neutered is important to control the pet overpopulation. It also reduces the risk of your pet getting testicular cancer and other health risks.

Being Prepared

Be prepared for pet emergencies – Just as you always make sure to keep a baby bag prepared with all the baby essentials in it, you have to do that for your pet too. Keep all the emergency supplies ready in a kit including eye ointments, vet wraps, gauze, hydrogen peroxide, anti-septic, and tweezers. Also, keep a pet first aid book at hand, especially when travelling with your pet in a car.

Basic Training

Timely training – We are not just talking about professional training here; basic training is equally important for your pet. It stimulates their mind and keeps them active and happy. Reward based training is known to help in promoting good mental health in your pet and enhance the relation between the pet and owner. Training also conditions and eliminates violent habits from your pet’s behavior, making them friendly and calm.

Choosing a Pet Sitter That Your Dog Will Love

Choosing a Pet Sitter That Your Dog Will Love

Choosing a Pet Sitter

That Your Dog will Love

In today’s busy world, it often becomes difficult to care for your pet the way you’d want to. So enters a positive alternative; a doting pet sitter. Choosing a pet sitter that your dog will love may seem daunting. With the right tools, you’ll be all set to make a choice that your furry friend will love. Read on for what to consider when looking for a pet sitter.

You are looking for someone to take care of your pet in your absence, and you have to make sure you leave this responsibility to someone who is responsible enough to treat your pet as their own. Before hiring a pet sitter, ask around about the sitters offering their services in the vicinity. If they have an online page, look for testimonials and reviews by their previous clients. Moreover, make sure you meet them once or twice in person before you finally hand them the responsibility to take care of your pet. Do not hire a sitter who has no prior experience with animals because even a minor careless act from their side can be dangerous for your pet.

2.      See How Resourceful They Are

See how knowledgeable your pet sitter is and we’re not talking about the general knowledge here only. A good pet sitter must have thorough knowledge about animal care, with a good understanding of ergonomics. Ask your pet sitter if they know the safety measures to be taken in emergency or if they know where to take the pet if something goes wrong with it. Check if they have a sound understanding of animal psychology to respond to your pet’s separation anxiety or changes in its moods. If you feel like the sitter has enough knowledge to be trusted, hire them.

3.      Do They Have a Pet Friendly Home

Leaving your pet in someone’s care is not an easy thing for a pet owner. Not being sure if your pet would be safe while you are away can add extra mental burden. A pet friendly home lessens that burden by assuring you pet security. Make sure the sitter’s house is equipped with all essential safety measures for the pet. If there is a yard, make sure it is pet-protected with high fences and no loose wires hanging here and there. As for interior, it would be better if there is paw-friendly flooring and small carved out spaces for pets to hide in, otherwise chances are they will end up stuck behind the washing machines, sofas and what not.

4.      They Should Genuinely Love Animals

Dogs have a strong sense of judgment and they would know who is friendly enough to take care of them. Dogs can sense it on people if they have pet aversion and they will act distant around them. When choosing a pet sitter, make sure they genuinely love pets, especially cats and dog. Also, make sure is the sitter is patient with the animals. You do not want someone to scare off your pet while you are away.

5 Tips for Pet Care While You’re Away on Vacation

5 Tips for Pet Care While You’re Away on Vacation

5 Tips for Vacation Pet Care

Going away on vacation is a fun time for you and your family. Feeling comfortable with your vacation pet care can make things a little more difficult. However, you can rest easy when you know that your furry family members are well taken care of during the time you’re away. We’ve put together a few tips that will help.

Detailed Instructions

Make sure that whomever is watching your pets has detailed instructions. You may have someone coming over to take care of the pets, or have them boarded. Either way, you’ll have to leave detailed and clear instructions on their care. Vacation pet care instruction helps eliminate confusion or guesswork of any sort. These instructions should include exactly how much food your pet should be given for each meal, how many treats they get, what medication (if any) they’re on and how much of that they need to take, and any other vital information. If you’re going to have a pet-sitter, it’s a good idea to have them come over in advance so you can show them where everything is and walk them through the routine, as well as introduce them to your pet.

Mention Important Personal Details

If your animal has any quirks, do the babysitter a favor and mention them so that they know what to expect and are prepared to keep the pet safe. For example, does your dog tend to get into fights with the mailman? Will Fluffy socialize well with other animals? Does your pet behave well when on the leash? Does he bolt after squirrels or cats? Point out these behaviors to the sitter so they aren’t taken by surprise.

Update Pet ID Tags

While not common, animals in strange surroundings or with strange people may get nervous and make a run for it. If so, you’ll want to ensure that their pet ID tags are updated and that they’re wearing the phone number you’re using on vacation so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

Leave a Few Little Comforts for Your Pet

You’re not going to miss your pet all on your lonesome; it’s going to miss you quite a bit as well. Take some steps to keep it as comforted and content as possible. This becomes crucial when a sitter is doing the job. Leave an old shirt in its bed or sleeping place to comfort it with your scent, or a treat leaving toy so it’s occupied. Let the sitter know what its exact routine is, so everything is as familiar as it can be.

Say Goodbye Normally

The more dramatic and long drawn the goodbye, the greater the chance that your pet is going to start feeling anxious. Leave the pet like you normally would when you go outside. The swifter your departure, the more relaxed your pet will feel. It may be hard for you to remain so calm and composed when you’re going to leave your beloved pet for a stretch of time, but it’ll only make the reunion all the more worth it.

Emergency First Aid Tips for Pet Owners

Emergency First Aid Tips for Pet Owners

Emergency First Aid Tips for Pet Owners

Since emergencies don’t come with prior notice, the only way to handle them is to be prepared. One might think pets would require the same emergency care as humans. However, since animals are biologically different from us humans, there are different guidelines for emergency care. Here are some first aid tips for pet owners so that you’re prepared to properly handled emergencies at home before heading to the doctor.

Give Your Pets Space

If your pet is in distress, hurt or in pain, be sure to maintain a safe distance from them. Even the friendliest of animals tend to become aggressive when in pain and may bite anyone in close proximity. Keep a muzzle at home for such situations to minimize further injuries. If you do not have one, you can make one at home using a belt strap and tying it around your pet’s mouth.

Be Quick

Do not waste time deciding if you can treat the pet on your own. If you have even a slightest doubt about knowing what is wrong with your pet, call the doctor immediately. Quick thinking can be your biggest asset in such situations.  Put vet’s number on speed dial.

What to Do If They are Vomiting or Experiencing Diarrhea

If your pet has been vomiting or has diarrhea, do not feed him for 24 hours except water. After 24 hours, start feeding them with light meals and see if their condition gets any better. If not, contact the doctor.

Do Not Self-Medicate

Often, people are tempted to treat their pet on their own by giving them medicines that they think are suitable or suggested by another pet owner. However, you never know which medicine might be toxic for your pet since every animal is different. Not every medicine will work. Some may cause harm.

Heat Stroke

Symptoms of heat stroke in animals may include bloody diarrhea, feebleness, excessive panting, vomiting, or excessive salvation. These can also be a sign of abnormally high body temperature. In extreme heat summer days, measure your pet’s temperature. If it is above 104oF take immediate precautionary measures. Do not put your pet in an ice bath in such condition; it will slow down the cooling process. Keep your pet in shady areas, where it is cool and they have access to water all the time. Contact your veterinarian.

Pet Wounds

If your pet is bitten or wounded, take them to a vet immediately to prevent infection. Have them checked for internal wounds. If your pet gets involved in a fight with another animal, never come in between them. Chances are you may be bitten too.

First Aid Emergency Kit

You should always keep an emergency first aid kit with you, especially if you are traveling. It should have gauze, plastic wraps, anti-septic, eye ointment, thermometer, tweezers and bandages. You never know what minor injury may happen.

Abnormal Behavior

If you notice your pet is not sleeping, eating or playing as it usually does get him checked to identify any underlying illness. Also, be aware if your animal is using the bathroom as they would normally. This too, can be a sign of abnormal behavior.

Short of your animal learning to speak, they cannot effectively communicate their problem. it is our responsibility as pet owners to remain attentive to any unusual behavior in our pets.  Our watchful eye allows them to receive the care they need in a timely manner.

For More Information

If you have questions about raising a puppy or general questions about pet care, you can contact Kara Jenkins, Owner of TLC Pet Sitter. We are also available by email at info@tlcpetsitter.com.

Halloween Safety for Pets

Halloween Safety for Pets

Halloween Safety for Pets

Halloween is a time of fun for us.  However, we often forget to consider our furry little friends during our party-prep. Halloween safety for pets is often last on the list of to-do items. Pet owners tend to ignore how a simple night where everyone just seem to have fun, can affect their pets. Animals are sensitive and very receptive to vibes; they are easily stimulated and can get startled within an instant. Given the nature of Halloween, there is often too much going on for your pets to take in and still remain calm. As such, we’d like to offer some tips for Halloween safety for pets. We’d like to help you keep your pet happy and out of danger.

Candy Can Be Poison to Animals

Do not feed your dog or your cat any candy. It might seem like nothing but it can be poison for your pet. Feeding chocolate to your pet can give them diarrhea, disrupt their breathing, cause a seizure and in extreme cases, even cause death. Make sure you do not feed the treats to your pet, and let your friends and family know they should refrain from doing so. Make a tag with ‘no pet feeding’ written over it put it outside your door so the kids around the block would refrain from doing so.

Let’s Not Put a Tutu on Your Pet

We understand how you cannot wait to put on your Halloween costume on, but putting one on your pet should be reconsidered. Animals do not feel the same way about clothes as we do. They are more relaxed when they are how they naturally are, in their own skin. If you must dress them up, make sure the costume is loose, airy and breathable for your pet. Also, make sure the fabric is not irritating for their skin otherwise they would simply chew off the costume.

Do Not Let the Dog Out!

With all the noise and hoo-hah going on outside, it is very likely that your pet can get startled and spooked in between all that. Cats and dogs can go into shock if they see something uncomfortable. Moreover, there are always kids in your neighborhood who cannot seem to leave your pet alone. Keep your pet inside so the chances of your pet getting in their hands are reduced to none.

Keep the Lights Away from Your Pets

Keep the wires and decorative objects away from your pet’s reach or it is possible they can get tangled up in them, chew them off, or get electrocuted.

Make Sure Your Pet Can Return Home

No matter how careful you are, there are always chances of your pet getting loose or getting lost. Which is why having a pet i.d. along with your address around their neck is important. This way, even if such thing happens, they can always be returned home. You can also put a tracking chip inside the i.d.  so they always remain on your watch.

How to Care for a Pet while Pet Sitting

How to Care for a Pet while Pet Sitting

How to Care for a Pet While Pet Sitting

So you’ve bagged yourself a pet-sitting job and are wondering about the basics of the job. Well, this article is a short guide that should help you understand what your work entails. Let’s have a look at how you are supposed to care of the animal.

1)   Follow Instructions

The pet owner will have likely left you with a list of instructions to care for your pet. Follow these instructions to a tee, as well as any schedule they’ve provided. Make sure to feed the pet at the appointed time, and to give them the right quantity of food. Some cat owners allow their pets to have free access to dry food at every point of the day, so make sure to keep bowls filled if this is the case. Clean water is a must as well. Ask the owner before you bring in any treats or food from outside, since the pet may be on a specific diet which variations might upset.

You will also have been instructed on any meds the pet is taking. Be careful to not deviate from the regular dosage and schedule, and never neglect or forget this. Plus, ensure that the litter boxes are cleaned regularly. The bottom line’s pretty straightforward: follow the instructions and you should be fine.

2)   Be Attentive to the Pet’s Needs

A pet sitter’s role exceeds simply providing the pet with the necessities of life. You’re also expected to keep the pet feeling comfortable and safe while their owners are away. Pets tend to become nervous or timid when their owners aren’t around (or even aggressive). That’s why it’s so important the pet sitter show them attention and affection every day. Play with the pet with their favorite toys until they get tired and sleepy. Stroke and cuddle them, and give them the human interaction they desire.

3)   Do Some Extra Work

No, this isn’t part of your job description, but performing extra tasks can display your dedication to the owner and help differentiate you from other sitters. Try to do some basic upkeep. You could keep the home clean, water the plants or collect the mail. However, take care to not disturb the organization of the house in your zeal to be efficient. So if you wash dishes, don’t put them back. Leave them be so the owner can arrange them as they prefer.

For More Information

If you have questions about nail clipping for dogs or general questions about pet care, you can contact Kara Jenkins, Owner of TLC Pet Sitter. We are also available by email at info@tlcpetsitter.com.

Why hire a pet sitter in Arizona?

So you’re going away?

….And your pets know it.

  Max sits and stares at you with sad, soulful eyes. Mittens jumps into your suitcase, clambering back every time you remove her so you can pack. Whether you’re leaving for a week or weekend (or longer) leaving your pets is a primary concern; for them as well as you. You could ask your neighbors to freshen their food and water, but that’s an imposition for them, and obligates you to future favor as it does with adult family members. Here’s why you need a pet sitter instead:
  1. Pet sitters are qualified and professional. You won’t have to worry about a meal accidentally missed – sitters care deeply about the animals in their care, and make sure all the needs are attended to per your request..
  2. Pet sitters are qualified and professional. You won’t have to worry about a meal accidentally missed – sitters care deeply about the animals in their care, and make sure all the needs are attended to per your request.
  3. Your pets have companionship. Your fuzzy friends will be walked and played with according to their own established schedule, and to your instructions. Walks will always be on time, and your pets’ unique favorite things will be there for them. Does Max have a favorite squeaky toy? Does Mittens go nuts for the elusive red dot? No problem.
  4. Familiarity breeds no stress. Surrounded by familiar smells, sights, and sounds, your pets will have their normal meals at the normal times, and sleep in their very own comfortable beds, stress-free and happy.
  5. Home care is safest. By staying at home, your pets won’t come into contact with other s– possibly unvaccinated – animals, as they might at a boarding kennel. They stay on their own routine and diet. Pet sitters are carefully trained in health issues and animal first aid, including pet CPR. They’ll immediately update you with any concerns, and follow your instructions.
  6. Home security. It’s an added benefit: your home is less likely to come to the attention of unsavory types if there’s ongoing activity and someone’s clearly there. Blinds can be closed at night, lights turned on and off … bad guys will never know you’re gone.
  Your pets are part of your family. They unfailingly provide companionship and unconditional love, so separation is hard on both of you. It’s a pet sitter’s job to keep your furry friends safe and happy, and your home secure, while you’re away.  

Find a good one. They often cost far less than a boarding kennel … and they’re well worth the price!

Sitters Care for Sensitive Pets While Owners Travel

Sitters Care for Sensitive Pets While Owners Travel

Sitters Care for Sensitive Pets While Owners Travel

Scottsdale Republic June 13, 2005

NORTHEAST VALLEY – Let’s face it, some of us are just homebodies. The same can be said for our pets.

So although some folks – and some pets, for that matter – may look forward to getting away from it all and hitting the road, others want nothing more than to be able to stick to familiar routines. Call them creatures of habit.

So if your plans have you away from home, but the last time you boarded your cat it lost all of its hair from worry, don’t sweat it. There are people happy to help you.

A visit to www.petsit.com can give you information about what to look for and point you toward quality pet sitters in your area.

To help get you started, here are a few places serving the Northeast Valley.
TLC House and Pet Sitting Service: (480) 588-1DOG (1364).

Kara has been caring for animals for most of her life. Her company offers both day and overnight visits, and she said it’s very important to know whom you’re dealing with.

“Make sure they’re bonded and insured,” Kara said. “Look for

pet sitter newssomeone who’s been in business for awhile.”  TLC’s rates vary according to the type of pet involved and the number and types of visits needed.