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Cats Help People with Mental Health Issues

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Guest Post by Jessica Brody, with organization  Our Best Friends   

Cats Benefit People’s Mental Health

There are many reasons why someone would hesitate about getting their first cat. Perhaps cats not allowed in their lease. Their partner has allergies, or they simply don’t feel like they can handle the responsibility. Others, such as those with mental health problems, worry that they are not in the right state of mind to have a pet. When it sometimes feels difficult to take care of yourself, it can seem irresponsible to care for an animal.

However, cats can actually make great companions for people with conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. In a survey by the British Charity Cat’s Protection, 87 percent of cat owners said they felt their pets had a positive impact on their well-being.

Things to Consider

 Cats make supportive and loving pets and can be particularly useful for those suffering from a mental health condition. If you are thinking about getting a cat, you have to first make sure you are ready for the responsibility. You will need to feed them, clean their litter box, provide a comfy bed, stimulate through play.

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It may feel strange to take on more responsibility when you are struggling to do the basics for yourself, but it can actually be a great motivator. Pets give you a sense of purpose, and purpose is essential for good mental health. Cats offer a particularly good balance; they rely on you for their well-being but are independent enough that their needs don’t feel overwhelming.

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Research has shown that human-animal interaction has an extremely positive effect on mood, leading to long-term physical and mental health benefits. However, any cat owner could have told you that. Cats offer a soothing presence to people who are sad and anxious and can be a source of loving, non-judgmental comfort. Also, it’s time to retire the stereotype that cats are not as affectionate as dogs—felines are very loving pets, they just show it in different ways.

Cats Reduce Stress

According to Medical News Today, cat owners have been shown to be less at risk of heart attack and stroke than those without a cat. This is because cats are very calming pets—everything from their fur to their weight to the sound of their purring can be intensely relaxing. Dogs can also be wonderful for mental health, but they tend to be more excitable and demanding with their time. Pleasing a cat, on the other hand, involves a simple routine of feeding, grooming, and cuddling.

Pets Great For Mental Health

As a general rule, pets are great for mental health. Whether you choose a cat over a dog, rabbit, or hamster is up to your personal preferences. However, if you are the kind of person who lights up at the sight of a kitty, a cat is most definitely the way to go. Think about how happy you get seeing a cat on the street or at a friend’s house. Having your own cat would mean you can access that feeling whenever you need some comfort. As long as you commit to being a loving and responsible owner, you can make each other very happy.

Cats Need Daily Visits Home Alone


Many people prefer to leave their feline friends at home. Cats are independent beings. They interact with us on their own terms, but like independent older people, they need someone to check on them. Sometimes in order to save money, pet parents ask Pet Sitter come over only once every 2 to 3 days.

Why Cats Need Daily Visits

Cats Can Get Hurt or Hide Illness

Cats can find themselves in dangerous situations. We don’t know how he did it, but one of the cats we care forgot himself trapped underneath a hot tub bath. Because we were visiting every day, he was “rescued” quickly, but had no access to food/water or a litter box. Fortunately, he was fine but was definitely terrified and very happy to get out when we arrived.Pet Resource Overland Park Lenexa Blue Springs Pet Sitter

  1. Cats hide illness so not become prey. Consequently when they are sick enough to show it, often will decline quickly. As Professional Pet Sitters, we are familiar with kitty behavior. We notice when things are not quite right, alert our client, and know when to take them to the Vet.
  2. Some cats refuse to use a dirty litter box. Most feline homes need daily scooping, and multiple cat household may need twice a day cleaning! Automatic litter box cleaners scare many cats, so they avoid the litter box. When we care for kitties, we clean the boxes every day.                                                                Family Friends May Forget  Home Maintenance Security  TLC For Your Cats

  3. Pet Sitters love pets! Your kitties will receive TENDER LOVING CARE, they’ll enjoy being pampered, and get exercise during playtime.
  4. Family and friends sometimes forget, as Professional Pet Sitters, we confirm your request for visits before you leave and send updates. We also ensure that, if required, your cat receives medications in the right dosage and at the right times.
  5. Daily Pet Sitter visits ensure you know of any interruptions in heat, air conditioning, loss of electricity that can affect your cat. Our valued service includes bringing in mail, packages and newspapers, alternate lights and blinds. Household services will help provide security for your home.                                          Setting out food    Gone Longer Than Planned     Cleaning Messes         Social Interaction  Cuddles Playtime Treats
  6. Just setting out a few days’ of food. Often one cat eats all of the food and other cats get minimal or no food. When auto-feeders can malfunction, or the battery dies, and cats are left with no food. Likewise, bowls of water can get knocked over, spilled, and get dirty.
  7. Cats will gnaw on plants and strings.  Noteworthy experienced Pet Sitter will notice if cat exhibits signs of eating a poisonous plant or swallowing a string. Furthermore, Pet Sitter experienced and has specialized training with Pet First Aid. 
  8. What if you are delayed and the cat is left alone longer than you planned? Your travel plans change for any reason, we will continue caring for your pets as long as you need us. Hence there is no interruption in their routine.
  9. Cats like to control interaction with humans, but they do need interaction! Some become anxious when left on their own for long periods of time and feel better with a reassuring human’s visit.

     

  10. .Pet Sitters clean up messes. If your cat vomits near the food or water bowls, they often avoid the mess. So your cat may not eat or drink for the duration of your absence.
  11. But you’ll never even see my cat. Some pet parents tell us we’ll never see their cat, but we check on your cat and observe food and litter use noting any inconsistencies or changes in patterns. We search where they hide and make sure they are okay. Often we end up bonding with them. They realize we are ones providing theirTender Loving Care. My cat doesn’t like strangers. Even for short trips of day or two,  it’s good practice to have your Pet Sitter visit for a few short stints before a longer departure.  Likely your cat becomes familiar with the sitter and isn’t so stressed by your absence.  We also find that after a couple of visits, many cats who are usually shy actually come out and spend time with their Pet Sitter for cuddles, playtime, and treats.

Travel with Your Cat (The Ultimate Guide)

Many people travel with their cat, as can be seen by the YouTube videos that depict people taking their cats on hikes, boat trips or bike rides. While it can be fun, it requires a lot of careful planning and consideration of feline and human needs.  Also, people sometimes need to travel long distances with their cats, when they move into a new home. This guide will help you travel with your cat successfully.  The guide features several helpful checklists including special ones for traveling by car or plane. Also find valuable resources including how to find pet-friendly hotels, navigation lists, and suggested items to pack.

This ultimate cat travel guide also has suggested arrangements make prior to the trip, detailed tips what to do on the day of travel, and couple special videos help prepare your cat for travel.

We have traveled long distance with our cats, both by car and plane, to participate in Cat Shows. Found information provided in this blog ” How To Travel With Your Cat” (Ultimate Guide) easy to read, insightful, and useful. May wish to save all or parts of it for future reference. Encourage you to click the link below to read the entire blog. 


Click to view entire Meeow Cat’s Blog How to Travel With Your Cat ( Ultimate Guide)

 

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.

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    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.

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.

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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…]