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Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter – Richardson Tx

Hiring A Professional Pet Sitter

There are many schools of thought on what to look for before you hire a pet sitter. Does your pet sitter have a backup person when they become ill?  Does your pet sitter have an Inclement Weather clause?   How will your pets be cared for? Does the pet sitter have experience? Or, is the person a ‘Hobby Sitter’?   Below is a list written  by a PSI member on what to look for before you hire a pet care provider. read more

Did You Loose Your Cat Today? – Richardson Pet Sitter – Why We Won’t Visit Your Cat Every Other Day

Vital Visits Cares

 A new client asked me today “Why won’t you just visit my cat every other day?”

Great question, Right!  It can make perfect sense to visit your cat every 2 or 3 days.  You know, you’re going out of town for that much needed trip away, and you’d think this may be a good idea, but being aware of hazards that can happen is our business, so….. read more

Diabetes And Your Cat -The Basics

Does your cat drink lots of water?  He may have a problem that stems far beyond his drinking problem.  Excessive thirst may signal an underlying medical condition, Feline Diabetes. 

Diabetes And Your Cat

Drinking too much water is only one symptom of Feline Diabetes! Contact your veterinary hospital if your cat displays the following symptoms:

  • Excessive eating
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Rough hair
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Low energy/stops socializing
  • Dandruff
  • Funny gait (as a result of nerve damage due to delay in treatment)

Feline diabetes is easy to diagnose via a variety of laboratory tests and a physical exam.  High glucose (more commonly known as high sugar) is a clear indication that your cat will need to be treated for diabetes. Diabetes results when the body becomes less sensitive to insulin or completely stops producing it.   Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood sugar.   If insulin is not doing its job in your cat’s body then sugar is eliminate through his urine (hence the excessive urinating).

Prompt diagnosis and treatment lead to the best prognosis for your cat.

Upon diagnosis, your cat will begin treatment right away.  Diabetes is managed through insulin injections, oral medication and dietary changes.  In the beginning, your veterinarian will discuss all treatment options including dosing and administering of insulin injections.  Most people are concerned about the syringe and successfully completing this task! Here’s what it looks like!  It’s not as scary as it seems and no blood is shed!

Insulin must always be stored in the refrigerator.  When you’re ready to give your cat his dose, remove the insulin from the refrigerator and mix it.  Do not shake it!  It is suggested that you either turn the vial up and down or simply roll it between your palms.  Then prepare your cat’s meal so that as you get ready to administer the injection, he’s distracted by his food.  Don’t worry, the needle is very small and your cat won’t even notice you poking him.  Remember, your cat must always have a meal with his insulin.  It will level out his blood sugar.  

Next you will remove both caps, first the base cap and then the one covering the needle.  Pierce the top of the insulin bottle and draw out the amount prescribed by the hospital (dosage), recap the needle and place your cat’s food in front of him.  Research indicates the best place to insert the needle is over his ribcage but you may also administer it between his shoulder blades or at his hips.  To complete the task, pinch up his skin away from the area you are going to insert the needle, insert the needle, and inject the insulin.  Many cats are too busy purring over the food bowl in front of them to even flinch.   Your vet will even coach you through these steps right in his office so you’ll have practice before you ever have to try it alone!

As mentioned above, prompt diagnosis will lead to the best prognosis for your cat.   Along with

Overnight Cat Sitting -Richardson, TX

Overnight pet sitting is not just for our canine companions!

We also provide overnight pet sitting for Cats! For the circumstances when you have to leave town for a few days at a time or more, and it is a difficulty because your cat has ‘special needs’!

Try Overnight Cat Sitting                                      Overnight Cat Sitting

Not every pet can be left alone overnight.  Kitty’s have anxiety too! We’d like you to know that we are available to stay with your feline friends overnight to provide the same love and attention you would if you were home with them. Call us. We will be glad to discuss your needs.  For now, we hope you enjoy the video of overnight cat sitting with Bitty. read more

What Happens At A Pet Visit? Plano,TX Pet Sitting

Pet Sitting Plano, TXWhat Happens At A Pet Visit In Plano,Tx?

This is one of the first questions we are asked.  Of course, it depends on what type of pet visit  being performed, but most clients are surprised to know that they choose what happens, NOT us.  We will follow your instructions during our visits to the T. It is your pet sitters job to care for your pet (s) the way that you would if you were home! read more

Pets Equal Pocket Money?

 

If you are used to using a professional pet sitting service, then I am sure you don’t like the sound of that title! PETS EQUAL POCKET MONEY!?

pets = equal pocket money?How could anyone?  But, what am I talking about?   I’ll tell you, and please remember that this is just my opinion, and the opinion of many other pet sitting business owners in the country.

I’m talking about dogvacay and rover.com where pets equal pocket money

When looking on their sites which are wonderful I might add, it seems that they are full of caring loving pet sitters.  Of this I’m not so sure, but I understand why these sites exist.  They exist to find ANYONE to signup with their service and offer pet sitting, dog walking, or boarding.

 Of course, these workers do work hard and Give some of their income to the company they work for.  All for the privilege of finding them people that want to pay less for pet sitting or dog walking.   So, they find the people that need the service, and send info to workers signed up with them.  Doesn’t sound bad, right!?  Wrong.   Until you start to realize that many of the people working for these type of sites are not trained in handling pets, or know Pet First Aid, or CPR, & get their liability insurance (which is limited) through the site they work for.

Now, let’s talk about bonding.   Bonding someone is not as easy as you may think, and  some of these people are not bonded.  The background checks these sites do is minuscule and hardly constitutes a background check at all.  If you give someone $9.00 – $25.00 to perform a background check you’d think that something is being checked!   Actually, who is to tell….. when the check comes back with, or without information, because don’t you wonder JUST WHO IS

Does Your Cat Drink From The Faucet?

If you’re like most pet parents, you keep  water bowls and food bowls clean.  Why do you do this?  Well, to say the least, I know that we are concerned with what our pets eat, or at the very least we make sure the bowls are spiffy clean. Does Your Cat Drink From The Faucet?

Have you wondered why your cat drinks from the faucet…  maybe in the bathroom, or the kitchen?  Or, have you noticed that your cat likes to play in the water…..least we say in the toilet bowl?! read more

So, you’re thinking of bringing home a new kitty!? – Cat Sitting- Richardson, TX

I know!  They are soft, fun, and fluffy, but there are some things for you to think about before before bringing home kitty!Cat Sitting Richardson, TX

Choosing a new kitten

Are you thinking about adding a new kitten to the family?  If you have had cats in the past then you know that this isn’t a decision to make lightly!   If you are new to having a cat then there are things you should consider first!   Here I have made a list of topics and ideas for you to consider. read more

Do You Trust Someone You Don’t Recognize To Pet Sit For You? – Pet Sitting – Richardson, TX

Pet Sitting Richardson, TXI had a called from a  long time client  who asked me to return her house keys as soon as possible.  She was going to move back home to Colorado in what was an emergency as her mother  had just passed and needed her house keys asap!  Truth be told, it is none of my business why she asked for her keys back, but seeing that she was a wonderful client, and her message was garbled and I could barely make it out, I decided that I’d return her keys in person. read more

Best Cat Litter? We Answer You – Cat Sitter – Plano, TX

Cat Sitter Plano, TXWorking in pet sitting for 12+ years has led me to have an opinion or two on the best litter for your kitty!  You can imagine can’t you?     We’ve taken care of a large number of cats!  One of the jobs we do is to make sure the kitty litter is sifted and to clean the box.  It is a yucky job that is for sure!   There are times that litter only does a half a—-ed job if you know what I mean!   Seriously, here is a list of some of the litters we have used and the pros and the cons of each.  Of course, this is from the view point of pet sitting. read more