Cat Quirks and Behaviour

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cat Quirks and Behaviour - Houseguard Housesitters - Pet Sitting Winnipeg, ManitobaBecause cats are the most independent of domestic house pet, they often are not of the most social nature and possess personalities and attitudes that, to say the least, are individual, if not at times peculiar.

While you as the owner have probably gotten familiar (more or less) with your cat's behavior and idiosyncrasies, it is important that you share this information with your sitter before leaving your cat in someone's care.

Feeding schedules should be maintained. While cats are prone to nibble throughout the day, as creatures of habit they also expect to have their food and water replenished at specific times. Since cats are basically fastidious, it is essential that their litter boxes are kept clean otherwise you're likely to come across an unwelcome mess. It is also important for the cat sitter to be informed whether your feline is an indoor or outdoor pet.  Houseguard has a policy of not letting cats out while they are under our care. We cannot be confident that a cat will return when called back into the house. Our visits are approximately one half hour and most outdoor cats are not ready or willing to return to the house during that time. It is generally very difficult or impossible to catch the cat to bring him back into the house. If a cat has not been exposed to the outdoor environment, that should not be a problem as cats of that nature, while curious, are generally fearful of venturing into unknown territory. An outdoor cat, on the other hand, is an adventurer and will certainly let you know when he's ready to be let outside - or will attempt to escape to get outside. However, cats are now required by the city to be licensed and we ensure that your pet stays indoors during our visit.

A cat is always more comfortable and has less stress when cared for in his own home, with their own toys, their favorite place to nap and their favorite window to look out to watch the birds and other animals. Because of our love for pets and the affection we give them we make it our priority to become the cat's favourite human during the time we share with them. In addition, some cats are particular about the person they favor. Would a male or female sitter be the better preference? As cats do tend to be suspicious, it is important to know whether he might also become fearful or aggressive with strangers and would that attitude be directed more towards men or women.

These are the questions and concerns that we at Houseguard address. Our cat sitters are pet lovers, knowledgeable and conscientious of their responsibilities when it comes to providing the proper care for your pet. They understand the finicky nature of cats and will accommodate to the specific needs of your animal, be it through your cat's recreation or feeding preferences.  

What To Look For In A Cat Sitter

Friday, June 12, 2015

Cat Sitting - Houseguard Housesitters - Pet Sitting- Winnipeg - ManitobaCats have their own distinct personalities that can range from craving affection to being somewhat aloof, oftentimes a combination of both, depending on the cat's fickle mood. Each cat is individual and unique. In fact, it has been said that one does not own a cat, the cat owns you. Although cats are generally more independent and less demanding than dogs, our furry feline friends still require special care and this is especially true when their owners plan to be away on vacation or some other trip that will necessitate a lengthy absence from home. It is not unusual for a cat to alter his behavior accordingly when he senses his owner will soon be going away for longer than just a typical day at work. Besides the separation that instills anxiety in your pet, it is also the fear the cat senses that he might be taken from the comfort of his home to a boarding cattery. Despite their independence, cats are territorial and become attached to their home environment: their familiar eating area and those special places where they like to curl up for a nap. If cats are suddenly removed from their environment and separated for lengthy periods from their owners, they may exhibit symptoms of stress also known as "cat trauma", which can include loss of appetite, spraying and scratching.

While temporary partings from their owners cannot always be avoided, you can still see to it that your kitty companion is made to feel comfortable by arranging to have him stay in his familiar surroundings and with no disruption to normal routines. This is where the services of a pet sitter can ease your care concerns and assist with the ongoing welfare of your cat.

At Houseguard our pet care provider professionals are mature, responsible and reliable. Above all, they are true animal lovers who understand your pet's needs during your time of absence. Our cat sitters take care of your pet in your own home so that the cat's routine remains consistent and your pet can continue to enjoy human contact while his owner is away. Besides ensuring the cat is kept supplied with food and clean drinking water (and that the litter box remains well-maintained), Houseguard pet sitters also spend necessary quality time with the animal to ensure that your pet remains happy and healthy, and, if necessary, are able to discern whether your cat might require veterinary attention.

Houseguard also ensures that visits to your cat follow a consistent schedule. If a sitter is visiting in the morning, all visits will follow during the morning so that the established routine is maintained, which is important in helping your cat to adjust to a new presence in his guarded environment.

Cat sitters also provide peace of mind to the animal owner, who can enjoy their travel confident in the knowledge that their cherished pet is being well looked after by a caring and knowledgeable person informed of your cat's routine, habits and even peculiarities.

Houseguard is dedicated to taking care of your cat's needs and committed to ensuring that your pet is loved and made comfortable until you come walking back through the front door.