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What is your Pet Evacuation Plan?

Residents of Hawaii woke up to a nightmare on January 13th; a notification informing them that an emergency was about to take place.  Fortunately, this was a false alarm, and after an hour of scrambling everyone was told it was a mistake and to go about their day.  This was a wake-up call, though, since many people had no idea what to do in case of an emergency.

This made many people wonder; given such a short time, what should they do in an emergency and would they be able to react appropriately?  In some case, emergencies leave less than an hour to respond, and some happen when people are out of their house.  If an emergency were to happen, what should residents of Midland do, especially those with pets?

Here are some tips and preparations for your pet to keep in mind should a similar text come to your phone:

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Fearful or Defensive Aggression in Cats

Is your cat fearful when it feels threatened by a new person in their environment?  A good way to know if this is the case is by body posture – crouching, flattening of the ears, hissing, spitting or hair standing up on backbone.  Most likely this cat will not attack unless approached.  Here are some tips to help your fearful kitty get used to a new Pet Sitter.

When your Pet Care Providers arrive for the Meet and Greet let them know that you have a very fearful cat.  They will know to avoid interacting with your cat right away.  This may take several visits, but it can be accomplished during the course of care of your pet. Your Pet Sitter will not approach your cat or attempt to pick it up to comfort it, but allow your pet to approach in it’s own time. [Read more…]

Supporting the Emotional Needs of Cats

There have been many changes to our services over the past three years. Previously, our most popular service for cat owners was our fifteen minute housekeeping checkup, which provided basic necessities for our low maintenance fuzzy friends but little morale support. Cats frequently get a bad rap as being antisocial and grumpy, but our feline friendly clients know they are hosts to surprisingly small packages of loving personality.  However, we have discovered that these types of pets are also very curious about the new person coming into their environment.  They need time to decide if we are friend or foe.  New cat owners know that the best way to  integrate their new furry friend into the family is to let them do it on their own time.  [Read more…]