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choosing the right food for your cat

How to Choose the Right Food for Your Cat

choosing the right food for your cat

Is it important to learn how to choose the right food for your cat? The answer is a resounding yes! It is important for your cat’s health and overall well-being and happiness. So, how do you go about choosing the right food for your cat? There are a lot of factors to consider.

Consider the Needs of Your Cat When Choosing Food

#1 Age

How old is your cat? Depending on his age, his nutritional needs will be different.

Kittens are more active than adult or older cats and therefore need more calories in their diet. Also, they are developing and growing so they need a diet that is high in protein and fat so they can build healthy bones and teeth.

As cats grow into adults, their caloric needs will change since they aren’t as active and are no longer growing and developing. You will want to monitor the caloric intake so that your cat does not become overweight as an adult.

Older cats will need proteins that are easier to digest, and because they are more sedentary, their diet should be lower in fat as well.

#2 Nutritional Requirements

Cats are different from dogs in that they need much more protein than dogs do. Their food should be high in animal-based protein and low on plant-based ingredients. Cats do not tolerate grains as dogs do, so their diet needs to be grain free. Also, cats do best with a diet low in carbohydrates.

According to the catsite.com, a cat’s natural diet contains the following:

  • 72-78% moisture content
  • 63% protein
  • 23% fat
  • 2.8% carbohydrates

Different Types of Food Choices for Your Cat

There are many choices of food available for your cat and all of them have their pros and cons.

#1 Dry Food

Dry food is easy to use and typically costs less than all other forms of cat food. However, there are a lot of cons to using strictly dry food for your cat. Sometimes, the savings in food may translate into higher costs in health care for your cat later on in life.

Some of the cons of dry food are

  • It is highly processed and typically very high in carbohydrates
  • Dry food oftentimes has non-meat sources of protein which cats do not tolerate well
  • Kibble is very dehydrating for your cat because of the low moisture content

#2 Wet Food

Wet foods have a lot more moisture in them and this helps to keep cats from getting dehydrated. Cats often do not drink enough water and end up developing kidney and urinary tract issues. Therefore, having a food high in moisture content helps to alleviate that problem.

Canned foods also have a lower level of carbohydrates.

Some of the disadvantages of using canned food are

  • It is typically more expensive than dry food
  • It can go bad if left out for more than a few hours
  • Some cats do not enjoy the refrigerated leftovers

#3 Raw Frozen or Freeze Dried Food

Raw food is the closest to a species-appropriate diet for your cat and has many advantages. It is minimally processed and contains natural ingredients. Cats eat less and therefore maintain better weight control. It can also be cheaper than canned food, but, like canned food, it provides a high moisture content. It also contains less carbohydrates than both canned and dry food.

One of the disadvantages of raw food is that it has to be thawed before eating and it cannot be left out for long periods of time. However, with good planning and scheduled feedings, it can be easily adapted to the cat’s lifestyle (and yours!)

 

How to Choose the Right Food for Your Cat

The best way to choose the right food for your cat is to put all of the information above together.

  • Consider your cat’s age
  • Evaluate your cat’s nutritional needs based on his age and based on a ca’ts nutritional requirements
  • Weight the cost  – remember to consider both present costs (how much the actual food costs) but also future costs (costs you will incur caring for your cat’s health and well-being)

What do you feed your cat?

 

 

 


caring for an aging pet

Caring for an Aging Pet

caring for an aging pet

You may wonder, how exactly do I go about caring for an aging pet? Our pets bring us so much joy and love when they are young. As they begin to get older, though, it is time for us to repay all of the unconditional love and devotion they have given us throughout their life. It is important to give your aging pet the best possible care, so he can age with dignity, surrounded by love.

When Is a Pet Considered Older?

This can vary from pet to pet, but, typically, cats and smaller dogs are considered older when they reach the age of 7. Larger dogs, who tend to have a shorter lifespan, are considered older when they reach the age of 6. It is crucial to know this because we don’t typically think of a 7-year-old dog or cat as old. But this is the time to be on the lookout for health problems. Being prepared can help your pet age with dignity and continue to have a good quality of life well on to his later years.

Consider the tables below for an approximate estimate in human years of your pet’s age as it gets older:

what is my cat's age in human years

Common Signs of Disease in Older Pets

As pets age, diseases are more likely to increase, so it is important to keep a close eye on your pet’s overall health and well-being during this time in his life. Be on the lookout for things such as:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Decreased or no urination
  • Straining to urinate
  • Blood in urine
  • Poor health coat
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Decreased tolerance of exercise

If you see any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your vet.

caring for an older cat

Caring for an Aging Pet

So, how should you go about caring for your older pet? The first thing to do is remember that your pet needs you now more than ever! You are your pet’s voice; you are his ally. Your pet has given you a lifetime of joy and unconditional love. And now, he needs your help to get through a difficult time in his life with dignity and love.

Start healthy habits NOW!

Age is, in fact, not considered an illness. The care you give your pet now will determine, to a great extent, how well he ages. So don’t wait until your pet gets older. Start healthy habits now.

Schedule regular visits to the vet

Even if your pet appears healthy, you will want to do check-ups to ensure that there is nothing lurking unseen.

Feed your dog a high-quality diet

This is imperative throughout the dog’s life to maintain health. Now, as your pet ages, it is even more crucial. You may also need to decrease the portions but increase the number of times you feed your pet each day.

See more information on making your own dog food here.

For information on the advantages of a raw food diet for your dog, click here.

Keep your pet at his ideal weight

Do not allow your pet to become overweight because overweight dogs are more prone to developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and so on.

Continue to give your pet appropriate exercise

Even though our pets slow down as they age, this does not mean they do not need exercise anymore. Adjust the amount and intensity of the exercise to suit your pet’s age and health.

Provide toys to keep your senior pet engaged

Even though our pets are aging, they are still young at heart. Provide your pet with toys to stimulate his mind and keep his playful spirit alive.

Sunlight and fresh air

Pets also need sunlight and fresh air. While cats live longer when kept indoors, if you have a screened in porch where your cat can get some sunlight and fresh air, it is a good idea to let your cat go out there each day. Also, many people put a window seat for their cats and these can quickly become your kitty’s favorite spot.  Sunlight and fresh air for dogs can easily be supplied by providing walks each day. Make sure you keep your dog on a leash to avoid any problems!

Ensure your pet has any special accommodations he needs

You may need to provide ramps, special bedding, foot pads or booties to keep your pet from slipping on hard flooring, and so on.

What special things have you done to care for your older pet?


turdlebag poop bag holder

Review of Turdlebag

review of turdlebag

 

As dog walkers, we deal with poop on a daily basis. Actually, forget daily, we deal with it on an hourly basis. Or even every 20 to 30 minutes. While walking dogs is tons of fun, handling their poop bags… not so much. I remember walking a couple of large dogs, having hands full with leashes and poop bags and thinking, there has to be a better way. Heaven forbid they poop more than once and I am left holding 3 or 4 bags in addition to the dogs and their leashes. So, I did a little research and found a product that I absolutely love: the Turdlebag! Here is my review of Turdlebag.

turdlebag poop bag holderWhat is the Turdlebag?

The Turdlebag is a combination of poop bag dispenser and a convenient dog poop bag container. It allows you to carry multiple poop-filled bags so that your hands can be used for a more noble purpose, such as holding the leash or swinging freely at your side.

turdlebag attached to leashHow does it work?

The Turdlebag attaches easily to your dog’s leash, harness, a backpack, a bag, etc. I actually attach mine to the fanny pack I use while working. You can roll it shut while it is empty and when you have added poop bags to it. This keeps the odor level down while you are walking those poops around.

Find out more about how it works here. 

Pros of the Turdlebag

Strong and Sturdy

I love everything about the Turdlebag. I have been using my Turdlebag for a year and a half now and it gets a lot of use almost every day. It is strong and sturdy. It is big enough to hold quite a few poop-filled bags, but, at the same time, does not get in my way.

It Also Holds Poop Bag Rolls

The Turdlebag also holds two rolls of poop bags and has a handy dispenser through which to feed the bags.

It is Machine-Washable

The Turdlebag can also be put in the washing machine (just be sure to air dry it!) to keep it clean and fresh.

turdlebag
Additional Small Pocket

The new version of the Turdlebag also has a small pocket where you can put money, ID, or keys. Since I use a fanny pack, I don’t use that small pocket. The pocket is not large enough for a cell phone and can’t hold too much.

Cons of the Turdlebag

The only con that I can think of for the Turdlebag is that you can sometimes still smell a bit of the poop. However, when I keep it closed, I do not typically smell the poop. It is not 100% odor free, but then again, it would be much worse if you were carrying the bag in your hand. Besides, if you are carrying poop, it kind of comes with the territory.

The Turdlebag is currently 80% odor free and they are working on making it 100% odor free.

Who Should Use the Turdlebag?

If you have a dog (or especially if you have more than one dog), and you take your dog for long walks, you will love the Turdlebag! It allows you to keep your hands free for more important things. I highly recommend it!

Have you used the Turdlebag before? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below.


outdoor exercise for your cat

How to Get Your Cat to Exercise

how to get your cat to exercise

When people have dogs, they will typically walk them every day or have them engage in play time in order to keep them healthy. However, when it comes to cats, because many are indoor-only, they end up leading a sedentary life, which can lead to a cat becoming overweight and even getting sick. So, you may be wondering how you can get your cat to exercise. First, let us consider some of the benefits of exercise for your cat.

Benefits of Exercise for Your Cat

Exercise helps your cat to keep physically fit. Just as with humans, cats need proper exercise to maintain optimum physical health.

It releases anxiety. Excercise helps to release anxiety and tension. If a cat has no way to release stress and anxiety, it can build up and cause damage to the cat’s health and well-being.

Exercise alleviates boredom. Cats are hunters by nature. They are also very curious creatures. Exercise helps to fulfill a cat’s hunting desire and keeps the cat stimulated mentally. Mental stimulation and well-being, in turn, translate into a healthy and happy cat.

It makes your cat feel good. Who doesn’t like to play? Cats are no different. They enjoy playtime because it’s a break from the ordinary and make them feel good.

It promotes bonding time. Playing promotes bonding between cat and human. This builds up a strong and loving relationship.

How Can I Get My Cat to Exercise?

Getting Your Cat to Exercise Indoors

Getting a cat to exercise may involve patience and creativity, but it is well worth the effort.

Cat toys. For inside playtime, you can use cat toys that you purchase or those you make yourselfBe sure to supervise your cat during play and be careful of which toys you decide to use for your cat.

Lasers. You can also use lasers to play with your cat, but be sure to follow it up with a real, tangible toy. If you use only the cat laser, your cat can develop frustration and fixation because he is unable to physically catch or touch the laser. The advantage of the laser is that you can have your cat running quite a bit trying to catch it.

Cat trees or window perches. Cats love being high up and this gets them moving. Give them plenty of perching options throughout the house.

Catnip. You can also use catnip to provide enrichment and stimulation for an indoor cat. Make your own catnip toy by adding some catnip to an old sock and knotting it. Or, you can add some catnip to a paper bag and crush it into a ball. Another option is to rub it on your cat’s scratching post.

outdoor exercise for your cat

Getting Your Cat to Exercise Outdoors

It may be a little trickier to get your cat to exercise outdoors, but here are some suggestions:

Let your cat out on the porch. If you have a covered porch, this is a great option for your cat because it provides options for exercise as well as allowing your cat to get some fresh air and sunshine, which are also crucial to his good health. Your cat will get exercise chasing lizards and bugs. He will also get stimulation observing the birds, squirrels, and other animals that may be out and about.

Use a harness and leash. This is the one that may be a bit tricky. It will take quite a bit of patience to get your cat used to using a leash but they payoff of doing so is great. Your cat will have the opportunity of exploring the outdoors, which is something cats love to do, but at the same time, he can remain safe.

What is your cat’s favorite form of exercise?

 


how do I know I can trust your sitters

How Do I Know I Can Trust Your Sitters?

how do I know I can trust your sitters

A fair question to ask of any pet sitting service is, How do I know I can trust your sitters?

When selecting a pet sitting or dog walking company, it is vital to feel comfortable and confident in that company’s hiring process. After all, those sitters will be the ones interacting with your pet each time you go out of town on vacation.

Why We Have a Team of Pet Sitters in Windermere and Orlando Working for You

At PAWSitive Strides, we are a team of pet sitters. If you depend on just one person to pet sit for you when you are out of town, the chances are that, sometimes, you will be left having to make other arrangments. It is unrealistic to expect that one person will be available 24/7/365. That is just not feasible. Things come up, and people have emergencies.

So, at PAWSitive Strides, we provide a team of sitters for your peace of mind. We are typically able to cover emergencies and last-minute visits because we are a team of sitters.

checklist for hiring a pet sitterHow We Hire Our Team of Pet Sitters in Windermere and Orlando

How do we go about hiring our team of sitters? We do all of the research and legwork for you, so you don’t have to. Once again, if you depend on just one person, you will often have to interview someone else when that person has an emergency. The process can be daunting but, at PAWSitive Strides, we take care of the process for you.

Interview Process

First off, we have a rigorous interview process. It begins with a screening interview and survey with our office manager. Those who pass the screening will attend a second interview with me. And, those who make it past the second interview will get a final interview with both business partners.

During this interview process, we look not only for people who love pets (a must!). We also check for qualities like dependability, integrity, honesty, and a positive attitude (after all, we are PAWSitive Strides!).

Having people go through such an extensive interview process also helps to weed out those who do not have a strong work ethic.

Background and Reference Check

The few who make it through the full interview process go through a thorough background check, and we will also check their references. As a pet parent, you may not have thought of doing a background check on a potential sitter, but we do it on all of our sitters. This is a vital portion of the hiring process and not one to be skipped!

Orientation and Training

Once a pet sitter comes on board, we have an orientation session (followed by a quiz) that goes over all of our policies and procedures. Sitters also agree to adhere to the PAWSitive Strides Code of Ethics.

After completing the orientation and passing the quiz, we train the sitter at different visits. The sitter will shadow another sitter and learn how to do things and how to follow proper protocol at each visit.

Client Feedback and Quality Control

Once we feel the sitter is ready to do visits on his/her own, we still make sure we follow up with clients using surveys sent out every time a client checks in from a vacation. We rely on customer feedback to ensure that our sitters are doing good work.

We also do quality control visits periodically. These are unannounced drive-bys to check on sitters while the job is in progress, or unannounced visits done once the sitter has completed a job. We go in and check to ensure that the sitter completed everything according to our standards. Sitters don’t know when these visits occur, so we can check on the work they are doing.

Doing the Work for Your Peace of Mind

Why do we do all of this work? For your peace of mind and ours. It is important to be able to trust the people coming into your home. If you choose to hire a pet sitter on your own, be sure to follow the procedure outlined above for the best results. Having a rigorous hiring process is vital to finding the right pet sitter for you.

Interested in hiring PAWSitive Strides for your pet sitting or dog walking needs? Contact us today!

 


dog groomers in windermere

Dog Groomers in Windermere

dog groomers in windermere

Trying to find out who are the best dog groomers in Windermere? Finding the right groomer for your pet is important because you want your pet to be happy and you also want it to fit your needs.

This to Consider When Choosing a Dog Groomer in Windermere

You will want to take several things into account when deciding on a groomer for your pet.

Find Out How Experienced the Dog Groomer Is

How much experience does the groomer have? You will want to find someone with the experience level with which you are comfortable. Find out if the groomer has gone to grooming school or apprenticed with another groomer. In addition, you will want to learn if the groomer has experience grooming your particular breed (or even size) of dog.

Check Out the Reviews of Dog Groomers in Windermere

What do others have to say about the groomer, either online or in person? Often, a good way to find a great dog groomer is to ask others who have pets to find out who they use to groom their pets. If you don’t know anyone who has a pet and uses a groomer, the next best thing to do is to go online and do some research. Do a search for reviews of dog groomers in Windermere and see what you can find. Read the reviews, but always remember to take negative reviews with a grain of salt if they are few and far-between.

Check Out the Facility

You will want to check out the facility to make sure that it is clean and that the animals are treated properly. Some things you will want to check for are

  • Does everything smell clean?
  • Do they sweep up and clean up frequently?
  • How are the staff handling the pets?
  • Do the pets seem relaxed?
  • Are the groomers giving the pets their full attention?
  • Is there a lot of barking and stress?
  • How do they handle more difficult dogs?
  • Does the groomer ask you questions about your dog?

What Does Dog Grooming Include?

Grooming may include some (or all) of the following:

  • Brushing
  • Clipping
  • Bathing
  • Drying
  • Nail clipping/grinding
  • Sanitary clip
  • Feet and pad trimming
  • Ear cleaning
  • Face and eye trim
  • Anal gland expressing
  • Tick removal
  • Dematting

Dog Groomers in Windermere

Looking for a dog groomer in the Windermere area? Here are some of the groomers we found on Google. Please note that we haven’t tried these groomers ourselves, so use the tips above to choose the perfect groomer for you and your pup.

Windermere Mobile Pet Grooming

Aussie Pet Mobile Windermere

The Spaw Groom

Which dog groomer do you use in the Windermere area?

 


cost of dog walking in windermere

Cost of Dog Walking in Windermere

cost of dog walking in windermere

You may be wondering what is the cost of dog walking in Windermere. The answer to that questions is going to depend on whom you choose to walk your dog.

Options for Dog Walking in Windermere

There are many options for dog walking, ranging from using the kid next door to using a professional dog walking service. The cost, too, will vary depending on the option you select. What are some of the factors that will affect the cost of dog walking?

Insurance

One of the biggest factors that affects the cost of dog walking options is insurance (or lack thereof). When using the kid next door, a friend, or relative to walk your dog, typically, that person will not have insurance. Therefore, he or she can afford to charge much less for walking the dog.

There can be a difference even among professional dog walking companies in the type and amount of insurance offered. For instance, some companies use independent contractors, while others, like PAWSitive Strides, use employees. This means that, at PAWSitive Strides, we have worker’s compensation insurance, in addition to our liability and bonding.

Therefore, when deciding which option to use for walking your dog, be sure to consider things carefully. You can read more about the importance of insurance and bonding here.

Flexibility and Availability

When using a neighbor, friend, or relative, you may not get as much flexibility as you would like, since you depend on just the one person to walk your dog. That person has to work around an existing schedule of school, another job, and so on. Therefore, he may be limited in the flexibility and availability he can offer.

On the other hand, if you decide to hire a professional dog walking service, you have more options regarding flexibility and availability. Typically, when a dog walking service has a team of dog walkers, flexibility is great, and they can typically accommodate even last-minute visit requests. Also, availability is also greater, as you do not depend on just one person with a set schedule.

Cost of Dog Walking in Windermere

The total cost of a dog walking visit with PAWSitive Strides will depend on factors such as how many dogs you will want us to walk and the length of time of the walk. Most clients choose a 25-3o minute visit for their dog walking, and that starts at $23. We do offer longer visits and shorter ones as well.

And, for that rate, you are getting much more than just a dog walk. Read more about that here.

What to get a quote tailored specifically to your needs and those of your dog? Contact us here or fill out or Request a Quote form. We look forward to hearing from you!

 


things to consider when adopting a cat

Things to Consider When Adopting a Cat

things to consider when adopting a cat

Thinking of adding a cat to your life? Here are some things to consider when adopting a cat.

Is Owning a Cat a Big Commitment?

Having a pet is a big commitment of time, expense, and energy. It is not something that a person should get on impulse. It is vital to consider if you are able to commit to this pet for the rest of his life.

How Much Time Does Owning a Cat Require?

Consider: do I have enough time to take care of a cat? How much time is involved in caring for a cat?

Many people think that a cat is a low-maintenance pet. That may be true to a small extent, but no pet is truly low-maintenance unless you get a pet rock.

#1 Cats Need Attention

Cats need attention and exercise just as much as dogs do. Even though they express themselves differently in terms of their need for affection, they enjoy having human companionship and interaction. Will you have the necessary time day in and day out to devote to your cat?

#2 Cats Need Feeding and Grooming

Cats require feeding and possibly daily grooming, depending on the fur. You can make feeding easier and quicker by using automatic feeders on timers. However, it is still important to do research when deciding the best diet to feed your cat to ensure optimum health.

Cats with long fur will need consistent brushing to prevent matting of the hair. Cats do not enjoy having mats in their fur.

#3 Cats Like Clean Litter Boxes

You will also need to budget time for cleaning litter boxes. Cats love to use a clean litter box, so it is important to clean the litter box often, at least once or twice per day. An option that will save time for this is to use a self-cleaning litter box. Do your research, though. Not all self-cleaning litter boxes are created equal! As a pet sitter, I have seen a lot of self-cleaning litter boxes, and some can be a huge hassle to maintain and sometimes clog easily.

#4 Cats Need Daily Exercise

You will want to exercise your cat daily as well. Cats need exercise, even if they are indoors only, in order to maintain good health. In addition, exercise can alleviate boredom and stress for your cat.

how to choose the right cat for you

Is It Expensive to Own a Cat?

It is important to also consider the expense of owning a cat. You must be willing to foot the expense of the cat for his entire lifetime. It is not simply a matter of having fun with a kitten and then abandoning him once he grows old. A person wanting to get a cat must consider if he/she is willing to commit to the expenses that will occur as the cat ages.

#1 Vet Bills

Usually, when pets are younger, the vet bills are lower because they are generally healthier and only need their routine vet check-ups. However, as pets age, they may develop different health problems and, addressing these problems will involve an added expense. It is the saddest thing to see pets abandoned by their owners when they need them most, as they get older.

#2 Travel Arrangements

An added expense that you need to consider is what you will do with your cat if you need to travel. Sometimes people feel that cats are self-sufficient and can stay for long periods of time while their owners travel. But, even if the cat has food and water, he still needs companionship and interaction. You will want someone to check in on your cat daily to make sure that all is well. It is a good idea to set up a pet sitting service once you get your cat. You will want to have someone you trust to take care of your cat when you travel.

What Kind of Cat Should I Adopt?

Another thing you will want to consider is what kind of cat to adopt. How can you go about deciding?

#1 Analyze your lifestyle

You will want to analyze your lifestyle to decide whether you want to go with a kitten, an adult cat, or a senior cat.

For instance, a kitten is going to require much more attention and playtime than an adult or senior cat will. A kitten will also need a lot more exercise and playtime. Kittens are fun, adorable, and a source of lots of laughs, but do you have the necessary time to keep your kitten happy and healthy so that he can grow into a stable adult?

A senior cat will need less time than a kitten but the expense may be greater depending on health issues. Senior cats are less likely to be adopted, so if you don’t have enough time for a kitten but have weighed the expenses carefully and can make room for a senior cat in your life, he will be forever grateful to you.

On the other hand, an adult cat may just strike the balance you need at the moment between time and finances. There are many wonderful adult cats that need good homes.

#2 Analyze your personality

You will want to find a cat that works with your personality. You and your cat should complement each other. For instance, if you are a quiet and lower energy person, you will most likely not be too thrilled with a cat that is bouncing off of the walls and demanding a lot of attention. You may enjoy it for a while, but it could get old. Also, you may not be inclined to provide the cat with the attention and exercise he needs to be happy.

On the other hand, if you want to spend a lot of time playing with your cat, you will want to look for a very playful and active cat.

What tips do you have for someone who wants to adopt a cat?


Do You Do Time-Specific Pet Sitting Visits?

time specific pet sitting visits in Windermere

At PAWSitive Strides, we love to offer our clients flexibility while at the same time keeping up with their pet’s routines. Pets love to be in the comfort of home and they enjoy very much getting visits for playtime and walks when their owners are away. Sometimes clients ask us if we can do a visit at a specific time each day. Rather than working with time-specific pet sitting visits, we work with time windows. In other words, when clients schedule visits with us, they select from a variety of time windows that we have available.

Why We Work with Time Windows Rather than Time-Specific Pet Sitting Visits 

We are in the business of taking care of people’s pets and, most people who own a pet know that, sometimes, they can be unpredictable.

For example, sometimes you can just tell that a dog really needs to go to the bathroom, but he just can’t quite seem to find the right spot. In a case like this, we may spend a few extra minutes to see if we can get the dog to find the perfect spot, so he does not have to hold it until the next visit, or until his owner gets home. Rather than saying, “Oh well, time’s up,” we will go the extra mile for the pet’s well-being.

Pet sitting and dog walking are not an exact science since we are dealing with living beings. Sometimes a kitty may be feeling lonely and need a little extra loving. Or, occasionally, a pet has an accident in the home and we need to clean up. There have been instances when a pet has not felt well and had explosive diarrhea all over the crate. A visit like that is going to take a bit longer than anticipated.

Our clients appreciate that we go above and beyond in our service by handling these unexpected scenarios.

In addition to the pet unpredictability, we deal with other factors we cannot control, such as bad traffic or very long lines to get into gated neighborhoods.

Our time windows also allow us to accommodate some of these unpredictable factors and it also allows us to help clients out as much as possible if they have an emergency and need a last-minute visit scheduled.

What Are Our Time Windows?

Our typical starting time windows are as follows:

Morning – 7 AM to 9 AM

Late morning – 9 AM to 11 AM

Midday – 11 AM to 1 PM

Late midday – 1 PM to 3 PM

Afternoon – 3 PM to 5 PM

Early evening – 4 PM to 6 PM

Evening – 6 PM to 7: 45 PM

We also offer an early-morning time window between 6 AM and 6:45 AM and a late-night time window between 8 PM and 9 PM. Both time windows have an additional surcharge.

Special Circumstances

We do accommodate a one-hour time window with clients who have one of the following special circumstances: an older dog with incontinence, pets who need insulin administration, or very young puppies who are being potty trained.

Clients who do not have these special circumstances can always let us know what their preference is within the above time windows and we always do our very best to accommodate them as well.

 Interested in learning more about our pet sitting or dog walking services? Contact us today!


Will I Have the Same Pet Sitter or Dog Walker Each Time?

same pet sitter or dog walker each time

Sometimes people wonder if they will get the same pet sitter or dog walker each time they go out of town, or the same dog walker every time they need their dog walked.

At PAWSitive Strides, we strive to keep all of our sitters working as a team. This means that every sitter is trained and familiar with the policies and procedures of our company. Every sitter is able to do the job with the same level of care and attention to detail.

Why We Use More than One Sitter

Imagine if your boss said to you that, from now on, you have to work 7 days per week. Not only that, you have to work morning, noon, and night, and that sometimes you will have to spend the night at work as well. How would you feel about doing that job? Would it be something you would look forward to doing? In addition, as you went on working without much of a break, what would happen to the quality of your work?

Even though we work with pets, the same reasoning applies to pet sitters and dog walkers. They need consistent days off and they need to be able to spend time with friends and family each day. They need time to do all of the things you like to do when you are off from work.

For our pet sitters to have days off, we must use more than one pet sitter per client.

Thus, even though it is not the standard of the industry, we have our sitters enjoy consistent days off each week. We also work our sitters in two shifts so that they have part of their time each working day to eat with their families, run errands, or just unwind.

We have seen that this keeps the quality and level of service high since sitters have the appropriate time needed to rest and recharge.

Why Our Clients Love that We Work as a Team

This is something that our clients have come to love because they know they will receive the same level of care no matter which sitter or walker takes care of their pet.

In addition, our clients rest easy knowing they can count on us when they need care for their pet. They are not depending on just one person, but they have a team of highly qualified and dedicated sitters at their service. They are not left in a bind if there is an emergency with a sitter, if someone gets sick, or must take a vacation. There is always someone else to take care of the pet.

One of our clients, Marysa Sobral, in Windermere, had the following to say about our team of sitters: “All of the sitters we’ve used from Pawsitive Strides have been wonderful! Our kitties are very well taken care of and our house is in perfect order when we return home.”

Another client, Kris Dhanani, in Orlando, said, “Your service is a Godsend for us! We know that our dogs are in good hands when we are away. We would never leave them before we found you. No improvements needed! All of your sitters have been awesome!”

Interested in getting our team of sitters to work for you? Contact us today!