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Getting a Cat? Our Complete Checklist for New Cat Owners

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Few things are as exciting as getting a new pet – especially when that pet is of the whiskered and willy variety. But adding a new cat to your family requires a bit of planning and preparation so that you’ll be ready to make your new pet feel at home. This article will give you our complete checklist for new cat owners.

Minimally, you’ll want to follow the following six steps to set yourself up for success:

1. Establish a relationship with a veterinarian.

Even if you adopt the world’s healthiest cat, he’ll need preventative care and regular examinations. Accordingly, you’ll want to go ahead and establish a relationship with a convenient, competent and compassionate vet before you even welcome your furry friend into your family. Always be sure to visit your vet within about 48 hours of taking ownership or a new pet; in a best-case scenario, you’d drop by the vet for a preliminary visit on the way home from the shelter or store.

2. Select a high-quality food.

Like all other pets, cats require a nutritious diet to remain healthy and enjoy a high quality of life. There are a variety of good resources available to help you make your choice. Just be sure to consult at least two or three different independent sources before making a selection, and take care to avoid third-party, affiliate-style websites, which profit from their recommendations.

3. Provide your cat with a collar and ID tag.

Although some owners would argue that indoor cats do not require a collar and ID tag, any who’ve had a beloved pet escape would probably encourage their use. A collar and ID tag help people distinguish an escaped pet from a feral cat, and they provide the means to reunite the animal with their owner. It is also a good idea to discuss microchip implants, which can help veterinarians (and some shelters) identify a cat’s owner.

4. Give your cat plenty of things to climb, scratch, chase, and attack.

Cats may sleep for 16 hours a day or more, but most like to exercise their predatory instincts during their waking hours. To help your cat scratch these itches (and help protect your furniture and general domestic harmony), give him plenty of toys and designated destruction-resistant devices, like scratching posts. If you are creative and have some time, you can also consider making your own cat toys. Elevated perches are also a great idea, especially if you already have a pooch for a pet.

5. Figure out your litter-box approach.

Unlike dogs, who typically have to undergo an extensive house-breaking process, most cats will readily use a litter box. But there are several different options available to cat owners, from simple plastic boxes to complicated and automated poop-scooping containers. You’ll need an assortment of tools and supplies for this task, minimally including some type of litter box or pan, the litter of your choice and some type of sifter, to separate waste from clean litter.

6. Plan for those times when you are at work or out of town.

Even the most homebound owners find it necessary to be away from the home from time to time. When this happens, you’ll need to have someone to help care for your pet.

If you’re lucky, you’ll have a close neighbor or family member who won’t mind pitching-in in a pinch. But unfortunately, things rarely work out so conveniently. And while your nephew will gladly come over the first two times you need him to help, he may be surprisingly difficult to contact when you call to request help a third time.

At times like this, it can be very helpful to have a familiar pet-care professional at the ready. Sure, it’ll cost you a few bucks to have a professional come by and give your cat the kind of attention and affection he deserves, but most pet parents love the peace of mind provided by these types of services.

If you are in the Orlando area, give your friends at Pawsitive Strides a call (407-970-0903) or drop us an email. We’ll talk over your pet-care options for those times when you need a little help.

Despite the fact that cats often appear rather self-sufficient creatures, they actually need plenty of love and care from their pet parents. Just satisfy the basic checklist above to ensure your cat gets everything he needs and leads a happy life.

We’d love to hear the thoughts of long-term cat owners. What would you recommend new pet parents do to prepare for their new family member? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

 

 

 

 


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Do You Really Need a Shampoo Designed for Dogs?

shampoo-designed-for-dogsWhether it is because they’d rather avoid paying a groomer or because they just enjoy the activity, many owners choose to bathe their own dog. Many use shampoo designed for dogs while others do not. And while some dogs can put up quite a fight at bath time, it is usually a pretty simple task – just be sure to prepare for the zoomies following the towel-dry portion of the bath.

But many owners wonder whether the often-pricey shampoos that fill pet store shelves and pet-oriented websites are really necessary. Do you really need a shampoo designed for dogs? How different can dog shampoo possibly be?

Canine Chemistry

As it turns out, dog shampoo is rather different from the shampoo you and your two-legged family members use.

Your dog’s body is coated with a very thin layer of oils. These oils form a protective barrier for the skin, shielding it from the elements, biting insects and the basic indignities of daily life. This layer is continually replaced, and it will regenerate if removed, but your dog will feel and look her best if this oil layer remains intact.

This is where the rub lies: The pH of your skin – and therefore the shampoo you use – is much lower than that of your dog’s. This means that human shampoos will cut right through the oils on your pooch’s coat and wash them away.

This can leave your pup’s fur and skin dry, and it will cause irritation for those with sensitive skin. The severity of the reaction will vary from one individual to the next, but it is almost always stressful for the dog and an unnecessary eventuality.

Accordingly, it is wiser to use a shampoo specifically formulated for your pet.

Emergency Exceptions

It is always best to use a shampoo designed for your pet, but if you are faced with a hygiene-emergency, you can use a bit of your own soap or shampoo to clean off your canine. Don’t feel like you have to drop everything and run to the store after catching your pet rolling around on something dead, foul or slimy – just clean her off as best you can and worry about her coat health later.

You’ll want to use the gentlest soap available, like the “no tears” versions formulated for toddlers, to mitigate the damage done. If you can, try to use a soap with the highest pH you have. This type of information is rarely printed on shampoo bottles, but a little Googling may uncover answers.

Shampoo Selection and Other Bathing Tips

When you start shopping for your new dog shampoo, be sure to keep a few things in mind:

  • Dogs with sensitive skin may benefit from shampoos that include coconut oil and other skin-protecting lipids. These types of ingredients are fairly common among high-end shampoos, but be sure to glance at the ingredient list first when selecting products at the affordable end of the price spectrum.
  • Use caution when purchasing shampoos or soaps that contain fragrances. Some fragrances can cause skin irritation, and your dog may not enjoy smelling like lavender or lilacs.
  • Consider a soapfree shampoo if you bathe your pup frequently. Soap-free shampoos are a great option for dogs who must endure frequent baths. They are gentler than typical shampoos on your dog’s skin and coat. There are also waterless shampoos which are designed to keep your dog looking and smelling clean between baths, which you may also want to consider.
  • Always be sure to rinse your dog thoroughly after lathering her up. If you leave a soap film on your dog’s skin and fur, she won’t look as shiny as normal and her fur will feel rather coarse.
  • Most owners use too much shampoo when bathing their pet. This won’t cause any serious problems, but it will force you to spend more time rinsing your pet, and it is a waste of money. You don’t have to turn your dog into a ball of suds when you bathe her; just use enough shampoo to break the water tension to help remove the dirt and gunk on her.

best type of dog shampooSo, there you have it. Your dog won’t spontaneously combust if you bathe her with human shampoo. However, it can make a mess of her coat and skin. Because of this, you’re always better off using a shampoo specifically designed for dogs.

Do you have a particular pet shampoo you like to use for your dog? We’d love to hear all about it. Let us know the product’s name and what you like most about it in the comments below.


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The Dog-Bathing Dilemma: How Often Should I Bathe my Dog?

how-often-should-I-bathe-my-dogPeople often ask themselves, “How often should I bathe my dog?” Whether you have your dog bathed by a professional groomer or you undertake the task yourself, it is important to bathe your dog on a sensible schedule to avoid causing problems. Usually, this means bathing your dog about once a month or so, but there are a number of factors you’ll need to consider when deciding on the best bathing schedule for your dog.

We’ll discuss some of the things you’ll need to think about when making these decisions, but we’ll start by examining the problems that can occur with improper bathing schedules.

What Happens If You Don’t Bathe your Dog Frequently Enough?

Failing to wash your dog frequently enough will rarely cause serious health problems, as dogs have a number of behaviors and biological adaptations that help them stay clean. They have oils on their skin which help prevent dirt from sticking to their skin and they spend the better part of the day licking themselves clean.

But, because they tend to roll around on the floor (or in gross things they find outside), dogs can get quite stinky over time. And this is the primary downside to washing your pet too infrequently – he or she will smell terrible.

What Happens If You Bathe Your Dog Too Frequently?

While infrequent bathing may only cause problems for your nose, bathing your pooch too frequently can cause skin and coat problems, as it may wash away your dog’s protective skin oils. Using a shampoo or soap designed for dogs will help reduce the chances of this happening, but it is still wise to maintain a reasonable bathing schedule and avoid overdoing things.

Canine Cleanliness Considerations

While a once-a-month bathing schedule is a good starting point, you’ll want to ask yourself a few key questions before settling on the best one for your dog.

  • Does your dog spend all of his time indoors or does he play outside and roll around in the dirt constantly? The more dirt and debris your dog coats himself in, the more frequently you’ll need to bathe him.
  • Does your dog shed heavily? Bathing your dog can help knock much of the shed hair off his body, which can keep it from coating your floors and furniture.
  • What type of coat does your dog have? While some dogs have coats that won’t be harmed by frequent baths, many can develop matting problems or develop skin rashes if bathed too often.
  • Can you bathe your pet indoors? If you can’t or won’t bathe your dog in your bathtub, you’ll likely have to refrain from bathing him during the cold winter months.

Just be sure to think about these considerations when trying to decide on a bathing schedule for your dog and you probably won’t experience any problems. It is also a good idea to discuss the issue with your vet, who may recommend bathing him more or less often than is typical.

bathing dogTell us about your dog-bathing schedule. Do you prefer to wash your little tail-wagger more or less often than the once-per-month guideline? Let us know all about your dog-bathing habits in the comments below.


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Eliminating Pet Stains with Simple Kitchen Supplies

eliminating pet stainsThough we love them so, our pets often drive us crazy by tinkling on the carpet. And they never decide to go in a discrete location – they seem to prefer going right in the middle of the fanciest room in your home.

But don’t worry: We’ll explain everything you need and what you’ll need to do to take care of that stain and keep your carpet looking fantastic (well, as fantastic as it did beforehand – this won’t help you get out the bubblegum your 6-year-old smeared into the carpet).

It won’t take you long and you’ll only need a handful of items that you probably already have in your kitchen.

What You’ll Need:

  • Shop vac or a wet-dry vacuum
  • Paper towels or cotton cloth
  • Spray bottle
  • Scrub brush
  • Liquid dish-washing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Baking Soda

What You’ll Do:

  1. Remove any fluid you can by using the shop vac.
  2. Blot the stain with paper towels or a cotton cloth to remove as much remaining moisture as possible.
  3. Mix about a teaspoon of dish detergent in a spray bottle filled with a 50:50 mix of white vinegar.
  4. Spray the affected area liberally with the vinegar solution.
  5. Work the solution into the carpet using the scrub brush.
  6. Use the shop vac to remove as much of the solution as you can.
  7. Blot the area once more to remove as much moisture as possible.

Obviously, you’ll have the best results if you treat stains promptly, so it is a good idea to have these items at the ready. This way, you won’t have to run around your kitchen, frantically trying to mix up a stain-fighting solution when you discover your pee-peeing Pomeranian sprinkling on the new carpet.

You may have to lather, rinse and repeat the process a few times to completely eliminate the stain, but this is effort well-spent. If you don’t eliminate the odors associated with the stain – and by this, we mean eliminate odors your dog’s sensitive nose can detect – your pooch may feel inclined to revisit the scene of the crime and reassert his claim to the carpet.

Carpet Caution

While this procedure will work for most carpets, you should always follow the manufacturer’s care instructions when trying to treat a stain, so that you don’t void the warranty or inadvertently damage it. Additionally, it is wise to test any cleaning solution – including the vinegar and dish detergent solution recommended above – on an inconspicuous area of your carpet first to verify that it is safe.

removing pet stains naturallyJust remember, you may not have to deal with pet stains if you enlist the help of a good dog-walking service. This way, your precious pooch will get plenty of chances to go outside to relieve himself. He won’t have to hold it all day long and your carpet will thank you.

What’s that? You don’t already have someone you trust to walk your four-footed bestie? Don’t worry – that’s an easy fix. Just give us a little info about the four-legged members of your family and we’ll handle the rest.


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Keep Your Kitchen Clean: 5 Tips for Tidying Up Your Pet’s Feeding Area

keep-your-kitchen-cleanAs most pet owners are already painfully aware, dogs and cats can make a mess of your kitchen at chow time. And whether they are scattering kibble to dripping water, most leave evidence of their feeding activities after every meal.

But don’t worry – we’ll show you how to keep your kitchen clean by sharing five great tips for mitigating these messes.

Feeding Messes Are Gross and They May Even Be Dangerous

The food, water, and slobber left behind after your pet eats not only makes your kitchen look terrible, it actually presents a few hygiene concerns too. These types of things are often covered in bacteria, and the food particles themselves serve as food on which these germs can subsist.

When your child then crawls across the floor later, he or she can become sick. Accordingly, it is important to clean up these types of messes quickly and spray down the area with some disinfectant (a weak bleach solution is perfect) to kill any germs present.

Or better yet, just embrace the tips below, so you can prevent messes from happening in the first place.

Five Great Mess-Eliminating Tips

The following five tips should help you keep your kitchen cleaner. Although you don’t have to utilize each strategy, it will behoove you to use as many of these tips as possible.

1. Provide each pet with his or her own food bowl.

Forcing your pets to share food bowls can lead to tension, aggression and general chaos. This will usually cause your pets to begin wolfing down their food as quickly as possible, which will cause food debris and saliva to spray in all directions. But by feeding them in separate dishes, you can eliminate these mess-causing behaviors and keep your kitchen cleaner.

2. Use extra-large food bowls.

Instead of using a food bowl that will barely contain the amount of food your pet needs, try to use food bowls that are a size or two larger. This will help keep the flying particles to a minimum and keep the mess inside your pet’s bowl.

3. Place a silicone feeding mat under your pet’s dishes.

Silicone feeding mats are essentially placemats for your pets. They are easy to use and clean – just slide them under your pet’s bowl before chow time and then rinse them off after your pet finishes. These types of mats often cost about $10 or so, but the labor-saving benefits they provide make them well worth the cost.

4. Feed your pets at specific times, rather than allowing them to eat as they wish.

While some owners like utilizing a free-choice feeding paradigm, you’ll have a much better chance of keeping your kitchen clean if you feed your animals at specific times. Feeding at specific times will help discourage pets from playing with their food, and it will make it easier to clean up any messes created quickly, which will prevent them from staining floors and walls.

5. Avoid foods with artificial colors or dyes.

It is a good idea to avoid foods with artificial colors or dyes for your pet’s health (they’re unnecessary and some owners believe they can trigger food allergies), but it will also help prevent your pet’s food from staining the area around their food bowl.

keeping pet's feeding area cleanDo you have any mess-prevention tips of your own? We’d love to hear about them! Share your best tips and tricks in the comments below.


Keeping Your Floors Clean When You Own a Pet

Keeping your home clean when you own a pet can be quite a challenge. Pets provide us with so much love and joy, though, that the extra work it takes to keep your home clean is worth it. This article will share some tips to help keep your floors clean despite the fur and the slobber.

Keeping Your Floors Clean When You Own a Pet

Keeping floors clean may be one of biggest challenges you face when you own a dog or a cat. There’s the fur. Dirt can get tracked in from outside. And then there’s the problem of kitty litter getting scattered throughout the house. Let’s consider some things that will help keep your floors clean.

Vacuum

If you have carpet, getting a good vacuum is a must. Look for a vacuum made for specifically for homes with pets. An example is the Dyson Ball Animal 2. It contains a HEPA filtration system to trap allergens inside the machine rather than expelling them back into the home. In addition, it has a tangle-free turbine tool to remove pet hair from upholstery and carpets without tangling. I haven’t used the vacuum myself (although I’m putting it on my wish list after doing research for this article), but the reviews are very good overall.

Sweeping with Statically Charged Sweeper

If you have flooring rather than carpeting, using a statically charged sweeper (like the Swiffer) may be a good idea. These type of sweepers trap the hair rather than blowing it around. You can keep your high-traffic areas clean of pet hair by using the sweeper for a few minutes each day. This will keep the fur and dirt from building up.

Keeping Dirt Out in the First Place

Dogs usually go outside to do their business and to play. It is important to keep them from bringing dirt into the home. You will want to put a mat that traps dirt and mud in your entryway or wherever your dog comes into your home from outside. One example of a dirt-trapping mat is the Dog Gone Smart Dirty Dog Doormat which soaks up water, mud, and dirt and holds seven times its weight (going on my wishlist too!). It also has very good reviews.

In addition to getting a mat that will trap the dirt and keep it from coming into your home, you can keep a container or bin with rags by the door to wipe your dog’s paws before he comes in. If you make this a regular routine, your dog will know it well. He will not expect to come in until all four paws have been thoroughly wiped.

Keeping the Litter Box Area Clean

Another way to keep your floors clean is to keep the litter box area clean. Maintaining the area around the litter box clean of litter will avoid litter spreading to the rest of the house. Scoop the litter box at least once per day. In addition, sweep or vacuum the area surrounding the litter box several times per day, if possible.

Another option is to keep the litter box in a bathtub or shower stall, in order to contain the scattered litter. If this is not possible, placing a large tray underneath the litter box can help to contain the litter and keep it from finding its way around the home.

In addition, it is a good idea to use a rubber mat or a rug that your cat will step on when exiting the litter box in order to trap more of the litter. One mat that has good reviews is the Petlinks Purrfect Paws Cat Litter Mat. This mat features a design that helps to spread a cat’s paw pads apart to force the stray litter off. The litter that falls off of the cat’s paws is collected in deep hollows in the pad, keeping it from scattering throughout the rest of the house.

Owning a pet brings so much joy and they bring with them unconditional love and loads of affection. Following the tips above, you will be able to enjoy their love while at the same time keeping your floors clean.

What things do you do to keep your floors clean in your home?


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Pet Friendly Apartments in Orlando

dog friendly apartments in OrlandoHow Pet Friendly is Your Future Apartment? Read this article to find out how to choose the best pet friendly apartments in Orlando for you and your pet.

Pet ownership has become increasingly popular over the last decade, and our social media feeds are filled with photos of our friends’ furry family members. Apartments in Orlando certainly understand this trend, and over the last 10 years many apartment communities have added pet friendly policies and amenities that are specifically catered to pet owners. Would you believe me if I told you that some apartments are actually more pet friendly than others? If you’re wondering just how pet friendly your future apartment home will be, try asking these 4 questions before you sign your lease:

  1. Are there any size or breed restrictions?

    If you currently have a large (60+ lbs.) dog or plan to adopt while renting, you’ll want to ask if there are any restrictions on the size or type of pet in your apartment. These restrictions can widely vary from apartment to apartment, so the best way to make sure you are in the clear is to just ask! There are apartments out there with no size or breed restrictions, so rest easy – your pet will be accepted somewhere, you just have to find the right apartment.

    Size restrictions are traditionally set by weight, and the apartment community will ask for a copy of your pet’s most recent veterinary records to file with your apartment lease. They will be checking this paperwork to be sure that your animal’s shots are up to date verify that the pet fits within the size or breed restrictions. It is important to note that these restrictions are not the opinion of the apartment staff, they are often put in place by the apartment community’s insurance policy and are non-negotiable.

  2. Are there any pet fees or a monthly pet rent?

    First up, let’s chat about the difference between pet fees and deposits. A fee is a one-time payment that will not be returned at the end of your lease. A pet deposit will typically be held in an escrow account for the duration of your lease, and will be refunded upon confirmation that there is no damage to the apartment caused by your pet (think: stained carpet or chewed door frames).

Pet rent is very common, and is a monthly addition to your apartment rent. Pet rent can range, but should be $25 to $50 per month, per pet. When you budget for your future apartment be sure to include a line item for pet rent, and call around to see who has the best deal once you take the pet rent into account.

  1. How many pets can I have in my apartment?

    Did you know that apartments limit the number of pets you can house inside of your apartment? “Pets,” can be dogs, cats, birds, and even reptiles. If you have 2 or more animals, we suggest asking this question first to be sure that you are not over the limit. The pet limit applies for the entire duration of your lease, not just on move-in day! Please keep this in mind if you are already a pet owner and plan to adopt an additional animal while you are living in your future apartment.

  2. What pet friendly amenities are available?

Apartments in Orlando are offering some really cool pet friendly amenities, especially at the brand new communities that have been built over the last 5 years. Our favorite pet friendly amenity is a dog park, a fenced-in area where you can let Fido off the leash to meet the neighbor’s dog and run free. Some apartments even offer pet washing stations near the dog park where you can give your pet a bath after playing at the park.

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You’ll also want to check to be sure that the apartment community offers pet cleanup stations at frequent locations along the walking paths. Make sure the cleanup stations appear to be well stocked with doggie bags and that the receptacles look like they are well-maintained and emptied often. Some apartments even offer doggie DNA services that keep a record of each dog’s DNA, so that they can play Sherlock and identify owners who do not clean up after their pets. This service is highly beneficial, because you can rest easy knowing that as you walk around your future community you won’t have to worry about stepping in… pet waste!

 

This is a guest blog post from Sydney, a Local Apartment Expert and Dog-Mom at 407apartments, a local Orlando apartment guide that helps connect renters with apartments that meet their lifestyle and budget. If you’re looking to start your apartment search right away, check out this page for pet friendly apartments in Orlando.

 


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Pet-Friendly Hotels in Orlando

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If you are traveling to the Orlando area and bringing your fur baby along with you, you will want to find a good pet-friendly hotel. This article will give you a list of some of the pet-friendly hotels in Orlando, as well as some things to consider when choosing a hotel for you and your fur kiddo.

This to Consider When Choosing a Pet-Friendly Hotel

#1 Check out the hotel’s pet policies

You will want to make sure you properly understand the hotel’s pet policies. Some hotels allow pets to stay as long as the pet is crated or not left alone in the room at any time. Other hotels will allow you to leave the pets alone in the room provided they are well-behaved.

You will also want to check if the hotel has a limit on size or weight of pet as a part of their policy.

In addition, if you have more than one pet, you will want to consider if the hotel has a limit on the number of pets they will accept.

#2 Pet fees or deposits

Some hotels will charge a pet fee. Some fees are actually deposits and are refundable if nothing is damaged by the pet staying in the room. You will want to consider how much (if anything) you will have to pay to have your pet in the room with you.

#3 Check out the hotel’s ratings and reviews

You will also want to make sure you do your homework and research the hotel’s rating and reviews. You want to check that the hotel is clean, pleasant, and located in a safe area. It is not enough to know that the hotel accepts pets. It is just as important to make sure that both you and your pets will be happy and safe.

#4 Other things to check out

Does the hotel have a nice area for dogs to walked? Is the dog walking area quiet and safe? Or is it near a busy highway? Will your dog have access to grass or just concrete?

You will also want to find out where is the closest emergency vet clinic to the hotel. You will most likely not need to use it, but it is crucial to be prepared, just in case.

Depending on how long you plan on leaving your dog in the room each day, you will also want to find a dog walking service and set up visits before you arrive. This way, you have everything booked and aren’t left scrambling to find someone at the last minute. Or, worse yet, having to leave the parks to come and let your dog out for a potty break.

dog-friendly hotels in OrlandoSome Pet-Friendly Hotels in Orlando

The hotels below are rated 3 to 5 stars by hotelguides.com and are considered to be pet-friendly. However, remember to do your own research and check out the hotel’s policies, fees, and reviews before choosing the best pet-friendly hotel for your and your pooch. Also, don’t forget to contact the hotel you are thinking of choosing and ask them about their dog walking area. In addition, do a Google search to find the closest Emergency Vet Clinic in the area. And, last but not least, enjoy your trip with your favorite fur companion!

Dog-Friendly Hotels in Orlando with 5-Star Ratings

Villas of Grand Cypress Lake Buena Vista

1 North Jacaranda, Orlando, FL 32836

Drury Inn & Suites

7301 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort

9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Hard Rock Hotel Universal

5800 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Four Seasons Resort Walt Disney World

10100 Dream Tree Blvd, Orlando, FL 32836

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort Lake Buena Vista

1 Grand Cypress Blvd, Orlando, FL 32836

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Universal

5601 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Hyatt Place Hotel

8688 Palm Parkway, Orlando, FL 32836

4874 Cayview Avenue, Orlando, FL 32819

Dog-Friendly Hotels in Orlando with 4-Star Ratings


9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

La Quinta Inn International Drive North

5825 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Best Western Orlando Gateway Inn

7299 Universal Blvd, I-4 East – Exit 75A, Orlando, FL 32819

Residence Inn North Lake Buena Vista

11450 Marbella Palms Court, Orlando, FL 32836

Rosen Centre Hotel

9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Westgate Palace Hotel

6145 Carrier Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Castle Hotel

8629 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Extended Stay America Hotel Convention Center

8750 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Universal Studios

5905 South Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32819

La Quinta Inn & Suites Convention Center

8504 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Residence Inn Convention Center Hotel

8800 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Loews Royal Pacific Resort Universal

6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL 32819

Rosen Inn at Pointe

9000 International Drive, I-4, Exit 74A, Orlando, FL 32819

Dog-Friendly Hotels in Orlando with 3-Star Rating

5621 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Extended Stay America Hotel Universal Studios

5620 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Extended Stay America Hotel Palm Parkway

8100 Palm Parkway, Orlando, FL 32836

Rosen Inn

6327 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Red Roof Inn Convention Center

9922 Hawaiian Court, Orlando, FL 32819

Extended Stay America Hotel Vineland Road

5610 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32819

Wyndham Orlando Resort

8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort

12205 South Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32836

Extended Stay America Hotel Commodity Circle

8687 Commodity Circle, Orlando, FL 32819

Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista

8442 Palm Parkway, I-4, Exit 68, Orlando, FL 32836

Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham

7975 Canada Avenue, Orlando, FL 32819

Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa

10000 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819

Quality Inn & Suites Universal Studios

7400 Canada Avenue, Orlando, FL 32819

International Palms Resort

6515 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

 

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Don’t forget to contact us if you need someone to walk your pooch while you are out enjoying the sights and sounds of Orlando! Your pooch will also enjoy the opportunity to see the sights and smell the smells outside of the hotel room.

What’s your favorite pet-friendly hotel in Orlando? 


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How to Choose the Right Food for Your Cat

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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?