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Finding A New Home For You And Your Pet

Moving is always exciting and stressful. The joys of finding a new home can be overwhelmed by house-hunting, packing, and financial pressure. Even if you know your new place is much better, moving can create anxiety. 

That’s very true for your pet dog or cat. In fact, anxiety and stress can be worse since they do not understand what moving means. Read on for some tips on how to find a new home for you and your pet, including finding the right home.

What To Look For In Your New Home

When looking at new places, you have to look for more than just a good yard. Realtor.com explains why you need to find any rules and assess the layout.

  • Apartments limit what pets you have, but some condo and housing associations do this as well. Speak directly to whoever is in charge and ask about any restrictions, fees, and rules about owning cats or dogs.
  • Consider the space needed and how much of your new home will be open to your pet. Big, active dogs cannot live in a small space, and elderly cats might not do well with lots of stairs. dog-2606759_960_720

Peoplewithpets.com has an excellent resource for you. They list pet-friendly apartments and communities by state, but they also have links to hotels that accept pets (great for long-distance moves), groomers and trainers in your new community, and even restaurants that let your pet join you. All of this can help you find the right neighborhood for your new home. 

Dogs & Cats On Moving Day

You’ve picked out a neighborhood and home perfect for you and your pet. Before you can start putting boxes in a moving van, you need to prepare your cat or dog for the move.

To begin with, speak to your vet about paperwork. Get medical records, update prescriptions, and ask if your vet recommends anyone in your new community. Then create a “quiet room” at your old home so your pet can be kept from the chaos and stress of moving day.

Here are some pet-specific moving tips from Two Men And A Truck that can help your pet get through the move:

  • Both cats and dogs can be territorial, so give any moving helpers some treats to feed your pet. This can help your pet feel safer.
  • Although cats often dislike crates, it can help keep them from getting underfoot or worse. 
  • Dogs should be put in a crate or cage when traveling.

Making The New Place Their Home

Moving day can be hard on a pet dog or cat, but so can living in a new home. The smells, sounds, and layout have all changed, and this can stress out your pet. That’s why you need to explore the new home along with your pet.

To prevent getting overwhelmed, restrict your cat or dog to 1-2 rooms at first. Let them fully explore those spaces, then gradually introduce new rooms. Also, unpack their belongings first and try to place them in the same spots. If you kept a litter box in a bathroom at your old home, put it there in your new one.

If your pet is older, Redfin has a great article about helping elderly pets in your new home. Some of the tips include:

  • Put food and water on a raised platform in your new home so they don’t have to stretch to reach them. For cats, make sure the litter box is easy to get in and out.
  • Arthritis can affect pets, so consider ramps or shallow steps to allow your cat or dog to more easily reach beds, couches, and so on.
  • Orthopedic beds can help older pets, but don’t buy one until you’ve lived in the new home for two weeks. Then you can introduce a new place to sleep.

    Your Pet Will Thank YouPets & Carrier

    Moving is exciting, but it’s also stressful. That’s why you need to prepare ahead of time for moving your cat or dog. Start by making sure your new community is pet-friendly. Keep your pets in a quiet room on moving day, and when you get to your new home, help your pet get acclimated to the new space. This will help both of you enjoy your new home that much faster.

Pets Fight Mental Illness At Your Side

Pets are great therapists. Ask anyone who has been through heartbreak with a pet, and she will tell you that her dog or cat helped her pull through. And it’s not just that dogs and cats are non-judgmental. Pets help us heal in a myriad of other ways, some of which are just now being discovered.

It’s no wonder, then, that people with mental illness and recovering addicts place so much stock in their animal companions. If animals help with everyday sadness and despair, imagine how they help those who are mired in depression, obsession, or the craving for a fix.

Therapy animals

The role of therapy pets is expanding almost daily as science discovers the value of companion animals to recovery. A few years ago, you rarely saw a working dog not attached to a blind person.

Today, we see dogs attached to many different people. Emotional support dogs are trained to heal and help, just as seeing eye dogs are trained to guide and steer clear of danger. It may be that the sector of people who have most benefitted from emotional support dogs are veterans.

For people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), dogs provide constant comfort, protection, distraction, and an opportunity to take pride in caring for another creature. Just walking a dog provides numerous health benefits. It exercises the dog walker, gets him out of his head, and connects him to his neighborhood and the people in it.

These same dogs can help a wider range of people with emotional and personality disorders such as clinical depression, bipolar disorder, even severe psychosis. The mentally ill often feel isolated even from friends and family. Dogs and cats directly combat that sense of being all alone.

Even though science has proven the benefits of pet ownership for the mentally ill, few people have been prescribed pets. A recent article in BMC Psychiatry refers to pets as a form of “self-management” for those struggling with mental disorders. In other words, if you have been diagnosed with depression or another personality disorder, you might want to prescribe pet ownership for yourself. If you already have a pet, actively incorporate him or her into your recovery regime. 

Pets for Recovering Addicts

Pets provide wonderful therapy for people who are overcoming an addiction. The Los Angeles Times reports that pets raise the levels of serotonin in people who own them. Since serotonin is the natural chemical in our bloodstreams that makes us happy and helps us recover from stress and rejection, a serotonin boost is a particularly good thing for those in recovery.

Pets also help recovering addicts overcome and avoid negative thought patterns. And pets need a routine and a lot of care, so they help those in recovery to develop accountability and a routine of their own.

Sixty to seventy percent of recovering addicts report that their pets help them stay on the right track. After all, you can’t self-destruct if you have an animal to take care of, right? An animal becomes an unassailable reason to stay clean and sober, in and of itself, according to a recent survey of pet-owning former addicts.

The value of pets in recovery has even motivated many rehabilitation facilities to allow pets to be admitted along with their humans. People who staff rehab clinics say that pets can make an important difference in whether an addict truly commits to recovery for the long term.

Until medical professionals on the front line of treatment catch up with science, those recovering from mental illness and addiction need to recognize the value of companion animals. If you need a cat or a dog, visit your local animal shelter or humane society and see about adopting one.

Pets Fight Mental Illness At Your Side

Cats Need Plenty Of Water

Most of us know that cats need plenty of  fresh drinking water every day for optimum health. Water is essential for helping the kidneys flush out toxins from the blood.
Water also helps keep other organ tissues hydrated and healthy. Dehydration in cats is dangerous, and if not treated, can lead to death.

Drinking a good amount of water is vital to a cat’s health. Most people don’t think of water as a nutrient. But considering that water accounts for about two-thirds of a cat’s body weight and serves as the hub of all chemical processes in the body, it’s actually the king of all nutrients. 

Water serves many physiological functions: it transports nutrients and oxygen through the blood stream and into the cells, moisturizes the air in the lungs, regulates body temperature, protects and moisturizes the joints and internal organs, and helps eliminate waste products of metabolism through the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract.  [Read more…]

Signs Of Cat Love

10 Signs Of Cat Love

1. Head Butting-(‘bunting’), is when a cat is rubbing his scent on you and saying ‘you’re mine.’

2. Power Purring: when a cat’s purr is loud, vibrating, and powerful, you know your cat is feeling loved.

3. Kneading when a cat is kneading your lap, especially if drooling at  the same time, it’s a sure sign of love.

4. Licking You when a cat licks and grooms you (often your hair or ears), he is welcoming you as a member of the family and showing his love. 

5. Belly Upwhen a cat is asking for a belly rub, is a sign of supreme trust, and a subtle request for love and attention.                  

 6Tail Twitchinga tail action is a clear indicator of their mood. A cat who holds their tail in the air with the end tip twitching is feeling extremely happy. 

7. Sleeping on You Cats like to feel safe and secure when they are sleeping. If a cat decides to sleep on your lap or right along side you, that’s a huge compliment and you know you’re well-loved and trusted.

 8. Slow Blinking – a cat stares at you, then blinks, then open his eyes wide and blinks again. He’s saying “I love you.”     

9. Love Bites Not all cats will engage in love bites, but when they do, you’ll know that they think you are really special.                 10.Giving Gifts  sharing their prey prize with you is the ultimate sign of friendship and love.

Read entire Pawsome Cats Post 

Hide Litter Boxes In Your Home

Getting litter boxes out of  sight, out of the way.  Cat Sitters

Smelly messy litter boxes in a poor location can be quite a problem, and they may cause added stress due to the cats tracking litter all over the home.

Pictured here just few ways hide your litter boxes. diy-litter-box-furniture-cabinet-cat-food-700Put cat boxes into cabinets, furniture, camp box, or even n indoor planter.

 
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For many more useful  ideas on ways to hide litter boxes in the home, click the link below.

17 Plants Toxic To Cats

Cat & Toxic Plants

Cats will chew on plants. And, because they love to climb and explore, it is difficult to keep plants out of their reach. Therefore, if you are going to have plants in your house, or if you let your cat out in your yard, you need to be able to accurately identify the plants to which your cat will be exposed. When in doubt, however, it is best to remove the plant from your home. Click the link below to read PETMD’s article about poisonous plants for cats.

Article List 17 Poisonous Plants

Cleaning Cats’ Ears

Cats EarsAlthough cats can generally clean themselves up without help from us, there are a few places that cats cannot clean. One of those places is in the ear canal. This is becoming even more important as the spring coming upon us quickly.  With a change in climate it is common for cats to get ear mites. [Read more…]

Why Cats Purr

Do cats purr because they’re happy? That’s not always the case.

Paisley HoweFranny Spiefy, a cat expert on About.com, answers these and other questions in her post “The Remarkable Purr of a Cat”

“Do cats purr when they are alone?” What a great question! Truthfully, I don’t know if cats purr when they are alone. It seems likely that they do, if one understands a little about why cats purr.

Most experienced “cat wranglers” now know that cats don’t purr only when they are content and happy. They also purr during tense or traumatic moments. When suddenly and violently injured, even at moments near death, a cat will often purr. I’ve often likened this to saying, “Please don’t hurt me any more. I’ll  be good,” but studies have put a more scientific spin on this seeming anomaly.  [Read more…]

Litter Box Issues

Cat Litter Tub

 

Having problems getting your cats to go in their litter boxes? Are you puzzled about what to do? FIRST check with your vet clinic to make sure not a medical problem.

If it’s not a medical problem, it’s likely behavioral. It could also be the type of litter pan you’re using, or it’s too high for your older cats, or where it’s placed (if it’s not easily accessible), and it could even be the litter itself. Click the link below (Home) for information on special types of litter that may attract your cat back to their litter box.

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