Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What To Look For In A Great Pet Sitter Or Dog Walker

For many families in the United States, a pet – be it a dog, cat, rabbit, reptile, fish or ferret – is an adored part of the family. As such, many families work hard to find a reliable and caring person to care for their pets when the family is away. This can be a daunting task, but can be made much easier if you know what to look for.

Here are some traits and requirements that any professional pet sitter should possess:

Genuine Animal Lover: This is the most basic trait you should look for in a quality pet sitter or dog walker. Have a potential sitter meet with you and your pets, ensure that the sitter gets along with your pets, and that your pets reciprocate in kind.

Professionalism: Any service provider should present and represent themselves in a professional manner, all that much more when they’re being considered for taking care of a member of your family.

Licensed, Bonded and Insured: Any worthwhile individual doing pet sitting should at a minimum be properly trained on how to care for pets. They should also be bonded and insured, this will give you peace of mind where your home and personal belongings are concerned.

Reliability: A proven and traceable track record for reliability is a must. When you’re leaving your pet in somebody else’s care, you want to know for certain that they will show up on time to get the job done. A network of reliable backup sitters should also be available in the event your selected sitter cannot perform their duties.

Communicative: A great pet sitter will have a means of keeping in touch with you while you’re away, and will find pleasure in providing you with updates on how your pet is doing. They should also provide you with details as to how they will be caring for your pet, and ask you lots of questions concerning your pet, such as needs, behavior, likes, dislikes, quirks, etc. They should also provide you with a final report on how the care went while you were away.

By following these guidelines, you and your pet will likely have a great experience. For more information about our top rated professional pet sitting and dog walking services, visit us on the web at www.fetchpetcare.com.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Process And Importance Of Proper Litter Box Cleaning

Whether you’ve owned cats all your life, or are bringing a kitty into your home for the first time, you’re likely aware of an interesting cat quirk; they prefer to be clean.

Cats and their penchant for cleanliness isn’t a phenomenon associated with domestication. It’s an instinctual trait, something that has been passed down through the millennia. Cats keep themselves clean, not to look adorable while trying to get to those “hard to reach” spots, but to remove unwanted scents associated with food, companions, and surroundings. It’s an instinct associated with keeping a low profile where potential predators are involved.

Fortunately for cat owners, this instinct means that cats prefer to leave waste in an environment where it can be covered and hidden. Enter the litter box. Yes, I know what you may be thinking: cleaning the litter box can be a real pain. But when you consider kitty’s desire to be clean and their sense of security, you can begin to appreciate the importance of cleaning the litter box often, and cleaning it well.

Litter boxes should be cleaned at least twice daily if you own 1-2 cats, preferably immediately after use, as far as kitty is concerned. More cats means cleaning the box more often, or having multiple boxes and cleaning all of those just as often. With cleaning frequency in mind, it’s important that you make arrangements while you’re away, such as hiring a pet sitter to visit kitty on a regular basis, and ensure the litter box is cleaned properly and with regularity.

Speaking of proper cleaning, here are some essential tips that you should always practice, and also share with anyone providing pet sitting and cat care while you are away:

· Cats will dig a space in which to leave their waste, and then cover that space with surrounding litter, so scraping the surface won’t do. Digging out the poop and clumps and sifting is essential.

· Tilting the litter box from side to side is a great way to move un-clumped litter, and can make finding missed clumps a whole lot easier

· Cleaning frequently, especially immediately after kitty uses the litter box, reduces smell, waste of litter, and greatly reduces the risk of kitty looking elsewhere for a clean spot to go.

· Waste retrieved from the litter box should immediately be disposed of, preferably outside of the home.

· Depending on the number of cats using any one litter box, frequent dumping of unused litter and disinfection of the box itself should be common practice. Removing the waste is a daily job, keeping the box smelling clean and free of bacteria should be done on a weekly basis when 1-2 cats use the box, more frequently if you have more cats than that.

· Keep the litter box in an inconspicuous space. This is just a courtesy for kitty, as they like their privacy just as much as we do.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Fetch! Pet Care featured in Memphis Business Journal

Fetch! Pet Care was recently featured in the Memphis Business Journal in an article titled, "Fetch! Pet Care looking for Memphis site." In the article, Paul Mann discusses the future development plans for Fetch! Pet Care in Memphis, and how the brand will expand throughout the territory and state. He explains the Fetch! Pet Care opportunities for the area, and why the pet care industry has continuously grown and has been so successful even in today’s tough economic times, allowing their brand to become a top leader in the industry.  Click here for the entire article or begin below.

By: Alan Howell

Paul Mann has Memphis in his cross hairs and he’s ready to pull the trigger on establishing his Dayton, Ohio-based pet care franchise in the heart of the Mid-South.

“We’ve had great success in Nashville for the last four or five years and in neighboring markets, as well,” Mann says. “We’re excited to come to Memphis.”

Mann plans to have at least one Fetch! Pet Care location in the Bluff City by mid-2013 and says the local market should support another two or three. He is looking at Bartlett, Germantown, West Memphis and Downtown.

Friday, March 1, 2013

While You Were Out

It's sad to think the pets that bring us so much happiness could ever feel blue. However, Veterinarian clinics report that approximately 14% of dogs seen are suspected to suffer from separation anxiety. Since canines are naturally social animals, it's no surprise that many develop increased attachment behavior to their human family members.The onset of these problems often coincide when there is a dramatic change in the amount of time the owner spends with a pet. Symptoms of separation anxiety can include increased activities like restlessness, pacing, and whining when the owner is not present. Depression and physiological changes such as panting or even vomiting can occur. But short of never leaving your pet's side, how can you avoid increased anxieties in your furry friend?

Professionals report that medications should only be used in extreme cases, and there are many things owners can do to avoid serious situations. Ignoring attention seeking behaviors such as whining and nudging during training is important. Certain departure cues such as picking up keys and purses, or putting on coats and shoes should also be kept as low key as possible or even done in a different room until a pet is desensitized to these cues. Creating a big to-do when leaving a dog at home is common in humans, but this can increase the likeliness of anxieties in pets. 

Upon returning, you of course want to play with your dog immediately, but it can be very helpful to wait until your pet has calmed down a bit to begin playtime

Leaving your pets behind isn't easy for anyone whether it be an hour or a day, but creating and maintaining a normal and low-key routine can make it easier on everyone. That's why Fetch! Pet Care focuses on maintaining an animal's routine through scheduled walks and in-home sitting instead of boarding an animal while the owner is away. Keeping a pet in its home environment under supervision is much more beneficial in avoiding separation anxiety. So the next time you take a trip, consider Fetch! pet sitting as a benefit to your emotional animals