Cats are mysterious creatures. Does your cat do strange things? Want to get to the bottom of their odd behavior? Kitty behaviorist? WHAT?
Ok. So you feel like cats are self sufficient and don’t need much attention (other than when they want it of course). It’s time to shift your idea of cats and what they really need.
I’ve recently met with a cat behavior consultant and she has blown my mind with the similarities in training cats and dogs. Jane Ehrlich, with Cattitude Feline Behavior, is amazing. Just in following her Facebook page I’ve learned that cat marking is similar to dog marking. They are telling a story through their urine, so if you have a multi cat household and one cat is “marking” it’s likely others with follow suite so their “story” is on top. Also, cleaning a urine spot with an enzymatic cleanser won’t STOP the problem, it may just MOVE the problem to another area. Food also plays a big part in how a cat behaves…much like dogs.
WOW! Cats aren’t as easy as we all think they are. Even if you don’t currently have cats, her Facebook page is very informative and offers a small peek into the psyche of the ever elusive kitty.
Have questions about your cats behavior? Jane can help with aggression, soiling, clawing and spraying. It’s time to help our feline friends live a more relaxed life rather than assume it’s just their personality.
What do we mean when we say, “Pet sitters who love your pets like family?”
Play Time Pet Care uses this quote in all of our marketing. Why? What does this mean?
When we say we love your pets like family, we mean, we treat them as if they were our own. We treat them like they are our children. When one of our clients isn’t feeling good, or is nervous because mom and dad are gone we take the time to comfort them. We play games to take their mind off the fact that mom and dad are away. We do everything in our power to make your pet feel better. For example:
Scary, Loud Noises
During July 4th celebrations we experience residential fireworks. Many parents know their pets are very nervous when it comes to loud noises like fireworks or thunder, so they hire our sitters to spend the night with their pets. Once our overnight service is booked, we can only offer dinner and tuck in visits in the evening. We reserve one or two sitters to provide dinner and tuck in services during this time so we aren’t taking away from the client’s who purchased our overnight service. There is only so much we can do during the dinner and tuck in visit since we typically have several clients to visit. In 2014, we KNEW we had 1 doggy client that was not going to fare well during the active celebrations. So, the sitter arrived as close to sun down as possible and stayed as late as possible. Here is an example of how the sitter kept the pet calm during this time:
Working with Illness
Sometimes we are contracted to sit for ill pets. We have had several occasions where the parents are providing hospice type services at home. They are called out of state for work and are unable to stay home. Our sitters come in and care for these pets as if they were their own. They lay with them, cuddle with them, pet them, tell them they are the best pets ever and sometimes shed tears, knowing the soon to come fate of the pet.
Hahaha…everyone thinks their pet is high maintenance 🙂 What I mean is…a pet that requires a lot of attention. Whether they require it because they medically need it or just crave the attention of people. This is the very reason our visits are not timed. We will spend up to an hour per visit with pets that NEED it unless hourly pet sitting has been purchased which would be a minimum of 2 hours with your pets. We don’t want to ever leave a pet “wanting more”. We do our best to exhaust our welcome :). If your pet is used to having someone home all day and night, we do recommend our overnight or live in service so we can provide as much attention as they are used to.