Are you going on vacation and need to leave your pet with a sitter or boarding facility? As a beloved member of your family, your pet doesn’t deserve just any boarding facility. But how do you compare different kennels, sitters, and boarders? Find out today as we tell you the most important questions to ask when choosing a pet sitter for your dog or cat.
Wearables aren’t just for humans any more. Today, pet owners are buying all sorts of high tech toys for their furry companions. Here are some of the things you may want to consider buying your cat or dog this Christmas season:
Ah, the annual marquee fireworks in Darling Harbour for New Year’s Eve. There is just something magical about the New Year’s fireworks in Sydney; every year we Ooh and Aah as spectacular colours, lights and sounds light up the Sydney Harbour sky. At least we humans do, but as pet owners would know quite well, our furry (or scaly!) companions may not necessarily share our joy. There is not much we can do to share our enjoyment with our pets, but we can at least help them be a bit more comfortable!
You've heard of car insurance, health insurance, house insurance, the list goes on and on. Not to mention those boring insurance ads on TV! In all seriousness though, insurance is a sound investment for many people in many situations because it covers you financially when serious trouble strikes in your life. What you many not realise is that this can also apply to owning pets. Pet insurance is definitely not for everyone however, here are some things you may need to know before you make the decision.
Okay so we know that dogs can respond to particular commands, but the question “does my dog understand me” becomes a little bit more relevant when we try to figure out how much pets actually comprehend when we talk to them. When you talk to your dog, a tail wag, bark or arching of their back can signify some degree of understanding. You might not be too far off the mark if you feel like talking to your pet is engaging in some degree of meaningful conversation.
Getting a great dog or cat sitter can be a fairly stressful experience. Distilling all the quirks that your pet has, their way of doing things and routines for your sitter can ensure that your trip goes off with minimal stress for yourself and your pet. Ensure that you set up an initial meet and greet with your sitter so that they can get an idea about your pets and get a complete brief on what it will be like looking after the house and its inhabitants. Make sure to let them know where you keep food medicine, toys and anything else that would be relevant for the pet sitter to know.
Cats shed fur. If you own a cat - or several - then you are constantly reminded of this every day as you wade through the abundance of fur your beloved fluffy companion has shed. You love your fluffy kitty, but even the most dedicated and loving owner may start losing their cool upon finding their favourite sweater (or their entire collection of sweaters) covered in cat fur. Luckily, there are several effective courses of action to take in order to minimise the extent of this problem.
As adorable and innocent-looking as kittens are, they require a lot of patience and nurturing to ensure they don't bite or scratch you while playing. This is inevitable because many pet owners must still learn their cat's temperament and when they have had enough play. They will also be teething, which can become irritating and putting something in their mouth is the only way to scratch that itch. Training a cat to stop these behaviours is important at an early age, and with the following tips you can ensure your kitten grows up to be a good-natured cat:
These tips combined will help your cat become more well-mannered and docile. Kittens must learn from an early age that these behaviours are not acceptable and that they can be dangerous to both people and other cats.
Any pet owner would understand the feeling one has when their beloved pet dies. The inexplicable grief, the overwhelming sadness, the emptiness within and maybe even regret that they could not save them. Researchers have associated the reaction and feelings a person experiences similar to when a human family member dies. The sense of loss could even be more pronounced for people who live alone and rely on their pet for companionship. As more and more people adopt pets, the argument over whether owners should be given compassionate/bereavement leave if their pet dies has steadily gained strength.