Outdoor Cat Feeding Station (Love This!)

Perfect for Outdoor Cats and Feral Cats

Outside Cat Feeding Station

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had both inside AND outside cats. One (or, a few times, two) rule the grace the indoors while one or more grace the outdoors. My outside cats have always very much loved being outside cats while the same can be said of the inside cats. Some people seem to be of the mind that if your cats aren’t inside cats, you’re a failure as a cat parent.


It’s been my experience that as long as you give them safe, warm, and dry places to sleep (and hide, need be), they’re as happy as animal ever could be. I guess a lot of it has to do with where you live. We’re very much in a rustic area, so cars and neighborhood dogs are zero problem.

The only problems our outside cats really run into are their “friends” eating their food! Skunks, possums, raccoons, squirrels, and birds love to raid the cats’ dishes! Being an animal lover with every ounce of my being, I have no problem with these other animals eating. In fact, I leave food out for each. Squirrel corn, birdseed, popcorn.. all kinds of delicacies.

I’d just rather they didn’t eat the cat food, as it’s pretty expensive and I’m not convinced our cats are wild about the arrangement.

The adorable Feline Furniture Outdoor Feeding Station, pictured above, is a brilliant solution.  I can’t see a swarm of birds making off with the goods with this station in place.

They’d be forced to stick to their own seeds!

Another great thing about this station is that it can be placed in remote areas if, like me, you feed a family or two of feral cats.  There are always feral cats and kittens around  us. I have been lucky enough to turn a few into much loved pets, but a great number don’t allow me to get anywhere near them. At least with a feeding station, I’d know their food was dry and protected, ready for them when they were ready for it.

Product Features:

  • A cat feeding stations that keeps food dry
  • Two openings allow kitty to flee danger through either door
  • Place the food in middle of the feeding station to keep it high and dry
  • Allows cats to feed from either end
  • Made in the USA

See Feline Furniture Outdoor Feeding Station for more information.  An outdoor cat feeding station – Such a brilliant idea!

Cat Furniture with a Scratching Post

Great Looking AND Affordable? Sign Me Up!

Cat Furniture with Scratching Surface
The Trixie Cat Furniture with Scratching Surface (pictured above) is a heckuva lot of fun just waiting for a lucky cat to enjoy. Any good cat parent knows that keeping a cat entertained and engaged is good for her physically, mentally, and emotionally. Providing your cat with novel, new, and exciting opportunities keeps her on her toes… adorable toes, at that!

I love everything about this piece of cat furniture – its great looks, reasonable price, and the many opportunities for a cat to explore and enjoy. She can even hide out inside and plan her sneak attack.

I also love that it’s compact and close to the ground, meaning that even the clumsiest cat will be perfectly safe from harm.

One of my cats, Alexa, fits this description perfectly. Even she couldn’t cause a disaster with this cat furniture!


  • Wrapped in soft plush inside and out
  • Condo lined in plush fabric
  • Natural sisal scratching surface
  • Dangling plush toys inside

Product Description:

The Topi Cat Condo will provide endless opportunities for your cats to play, scratch, explore or just relax. This stylish piece of cat furniture combines the best of both worlds: a condo hideaway and a scratching surface. Felines can sharpen their claws on the large scratching surface wrapped in durable sisal instead of on your furniture or carpet. If a nap or a place to hide is in order, the cat can crawl inside the kitty condo which is covered in plush fabric both inside and out, making it the perfect retreat. Feeling a little spunky? Taunt the plush toys suspended inside, sure to peak your little hunter’s interest. Suitable for cats of all ages and activity levels. One year warranty. Color: chocolate brown. Dimensions (inches): 18 x 12 x 13; condo opening 6 x 6. Weight: 3 pounds.

This Cat Furniture with Scratching Surface is available on Amazon – click through for a closer look and more information.

Caring for Cats and Dogs in Winter

Our Pets Have Special Needs This Time of Year

Winter Pets
Winter months present special concerns for our beloved cats and dogs.  While obvious needs, such as extra warmth for outdoor pets, are on all pet lovers’ minds, there are other needs that we need to take into consideration as well.

Below is a great guest article addressing these very needs.

Overcoming Pet Winter Woes

by Paul Mann

Like humans, pets can experience winder doldrums. Even those living in warmer weather regions are still affected by seasonal changes, which can be especially tough on dogs and cats–particularly those that are used to spending time outdoors.

Beyond the obvious challenge of pets getting less exercise during the winter months, dogs and cats often experience less emotional stimulation during this period and can suffer a variety of adversities, including excessive weight gain, irritability, anxiety and even clinical depression. This can lead to a variety of unsavory behaviors and dissatisfaction for all involved. The more outdoor-oriented the pet, the higher probability that these and other problems will present and persist through the season.

Fortunately, there are a few simple things pet owners can do to physically engage and psychologically stimulate their pets and make everyone happier during the long, cold winter months:

Indoor/Outdoor Fitness
Most dog breeds need to go outside 2-3 times a day, not only to relieve themselves, but also to get some form of exercise and sensory stimulation. Dogs are more likely to go outside in nearly any kind of weather and often love a romp in the snow. Taking your dog outdoors will trigger its natural play instincts. Running, jumping and chasing are natural ways to energize your pet, burn calories and boost metabolism. If you’re not up to the task amid Mother Nature, consider hiring a professional dog walker to happily take on the duty. Indoors, tried-and-true games like fetch, tug-of-war and wrestling can also serve as a great workout that also stimulates a pet’s appetite.

Cats also love to pounce and play, and if they’re stuck in the house you can easily brighten their day with 10-15 minutes of play each day. String, laser pointers, objects on strings and other enticing toys dragged around get your cat into chase mode, keep her busy and burning energy. Find or install a perch by a window where your cat can watch the birds. For those cats that pine to be outdoors, the marketplace has an abundance of outdoor enclosures that also allows cats to run, roam and prance freely in the invigorating fresh air. Of course, moderate the time spent in these enclosures based on the winter weather conditions.

For both dogs and cats, keep a set of toys and laser pointer handy for an energized and sustained play session, either indoors or out, at least once daily. When outdoor play just isn’t an option, there are a number of motorized animal treadmills on the market today that are entirely enjoyable and effective for exercising both Fido and Felix.

Counting Calories
If your dog or cat doesn’t get outdoors as much in the winter as they normally do, it likely doesn’t need to eat as much food. Reducing food and calorie intake generally means less weight gain and more energy. If you often give your pets treats, consider hiding them inside toys, such as freezing kibble inside a “Kong,” to give them prolonged busy work.

As with humans, weight maintenance is all about portion control. Feed your pet using a designated measuring cup so that you know exactly how much food they’re consuming each day. If you still aren’t getting the desired results, call the pet food company for dietary recommendations to ensure you aren’t over-feeding—especially as seasonal dietary requirements change when a pet becomes less active. Automated pet feeding systems are also helpful. These tech tools utilize a wireless tag attached to a pet’s collar to regulate and monitor one or more pet’s food intake to ensure the pet isn’t eating too much or too little at once or throughout the day—also keeping multiple pets away from each other’s food.

Let There Be Light
Pets react to illumination just like humans do. Their energy level increases when the light is brighter. According to Animal Behavior College, “The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals found that approximately 40 percent of dog owners saw a considerable downturn in their pet’s moods during the winter months” and that related symptoms in pets “typically manifest as behavioral changes such as inappropriate soiling, aggression, lethargy and separation anxiety.” The report notes that “Light is intimately tied to the functioning of the pituitary and endocrine glands, and can stimulate the body to release hormones that have an uplifting effect on mood.” If it’s too cold to go out, simply open the drapes and let the natural light in, turn up your indoor lights, and consider replacing bulbs with the full spectrum or daylight variety to better simulate a daytime environment. A company called Pawsitive Lighting, has even developed a light box to help conquer those wintertime blues.

Animal-Rousing Aromas
Scented toys can really engage an animal’s interests and natural stalking instincts, also keeping them occupied and mentally focused as they try to find the source of the smell. Luckily dogs respond to a variety of smells and there are seemingly infinite availability of toys that engage canine olfaction—alone and in combination with other senses that can be concurrently engaged. A game of hide and seek can go a log way with your pooch!

For cats that respond well to catnip, there are catnip and other “play sprays” that can be squirted onto indoor climbing structures, cardboard boxes, and scratching posts. A multi-story cat climber or “tree” with strategically placed low-cal treats or scented play toys can readily get kitty jumping from level to level and its heart pumping in kind.

With just a little planning, you can help ensure your pet’s winter season remains happy and healthy, with a great quality of life for everyone in the household.

Paul Mann is the Founder and CEO of Fetch! Pet Care—the nation’s largest and most trusted franchisor for professional pet sitting, dog walking, and pet fitness/exercise services—serving thousands of pets and pet parents throughout the United States from coast to coast. He may be reached online at: www.FetchPetCare.com.

Source: http://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/blog/does-wintertime-blues-effect-your-pet/

Stuffed Grumpy Cat…. Yes, Please!

What Cat Lover Wouldn't Love Their Own Grumpy Cat?

Stuffed Grumpy Cat

Too cute! I’ve been a huge fan of Grumpy Cat since I first saw her adorable little face over a year ago. Talk about taking the internet by storm… she did it. And she continues to do it.

When you’re this precious, you’ll never go out of style.

For a long time, I’ve wished they made a stuffed grumpy cat and..now… voila… here she is in all her glory and she’s almost as cute as the original. The Stuffed Grumpy Cat is available on Amazon with the priceless little grouchy expression in place.

She’s surface washable for easy cleaning and is from Gund, so you know she’s made to last. She’s also very, very reasonably priced. In fact, she’s so cheap, you could get a Grumpy Cat Mug to give as a gift along with her.

That… or keep them both for yourself.

Oh, come on, surely I’m not the only one that does things like that?!?!

You can find this adorable little gal and a lot more cat lovers’ gift ideas on Amazon.com. If you’re Christmas shopping, you can rest assured that Amazon is the best way to get your gifts in time. They offer FAST delivery options that even Santa can’t compete with.

Find more Grumpy Cat mugs, stuffed animals, and even 2015 Calendars in the slideshow below. If you can’t see the slideshow on your device, just click here!

Cat Shelf: Cutest Cat Furniture I’ve Seen in a Long Time

Available in Just About Any Color Imaginable

The adorable Feline Perch Silhouette Cat Shelf, shown here, is sweet fun just waiting to  happen for your cat.  Cats love few things more than sitting up high, looking down on the rest of us (in more ways than one, probably!).  Cats with dogs, other cats, or kids in the family ESPECIALLY love getting up high and this shelf would give her the perfect opportunity to do so.

You could put the shelf as high or as low as she needs it to be.  The platform even has a comfortable plush pad, so she’s liable to have a new favorite spot for napping. The shelf holds up to 50 pounds, so even the chubbiest of cats should be safe.

Seriously, could a 50 pound cat even jump?  If I had a baby that chubby, I’d probably set this shelf right on the ground!

The shelf comes in the colors shown above. Click through for more information.

The more I look at this adorable shelf, the more I think how cute it’d be with framed pictures of my cats sitting on it. I think part of me would kind of hope my cats didn’t want anything to do with it!  But, as nosy as they are, I’m sure that wouldn’t happen.

Also See: Keep Your Cat Busy – Get 40% Off Cat Furniture at Petco.com!

Review of a Book I’m In LOVE With – Furry Logic: A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges

Grab Copies for Christmas Gifts!

Furry Logic A Guide to Life's Little Challenges

The book shown here, Furry Logic, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges, is honestly too adorable… to clever.. to witty.. to perfect… to do justice to with a book review, but I’m going to try.

First of all, are you at all familiar with Jane Seabrook’s work? Allow me to just say, right up front, she’s a genius. A creative, talented, animal-loving genius.

My favorite kind of genius!

The Furry Logic books are filled with the most adorable paintings of animals you’ve ever seen.  Each time I flipped the page, I thought “I want a larger version of this to hang on the wall…”  By the time I reached the end of the book, I’d made plans for every room in the house.

I haven’t looked yet, but I can only hope these adorable paintings are available on coffee mugs, calendars, art work, etc.

I’ll spend a fortune, but my home will be one smile waiting to happen after the next.

The pictures, themselves, would be enough to make this adorable little book a MUST HAVE for cat lovers and animal lovers, but it’s also filled with wonderful humor. Each “character” (and they really are characters!) comes with a wonderful quote or quip. Some make you think, some make you laugh, and all make you fall just a little bit further in love with the book.

The thing that really impresses me is how the artist (you know, the animal-loving genius) manages to capture the emotions of each quote with a painting. Somehow she manages to create furry (or feathered) characters that perfectly convey the emotions – and it’s all in the eyes.  Any cat “parent” can tell you that animals most definitely have expressions and Jane Seabrook captures them perfectly.

About the Furry Logic Series:

The adorable and high-profile Furry Logic series celebrates its 10th anniversary with a menagerie of illustrated animals and hilarious sayings about life, love, and everything in between.
No one understands the ups and downs of life’s little challenges better than the frisky critters of Furry Logic. The inspirational and tongue-in-cheek advice from series creator Jane Seabrook and her plucky animal characters will tickle the fancy and the funnybone of readers everywhere. Each intricately illustrated spread features a member of the animal kingdom with a unique take on life, from the adorably grumpy owl who advises “Smile first thing in the morning. Get it over with” to the fluffy hawk who admonishes, “If at first you do succeed, try not to look too astonished.” So join the original flock of penguins, bears, frogs, and more in celebrating a decade of wit and wisdom with ten new illustrated spreads for fans looking for fresh inspiration.

About the Creative Animal-Loving Genius:

JANE SEABROOK is the creator and artist of the Furry Logic series. Known for her paintings of wildlife, Jane cares for her own furry menagerie of two cats and a dog with help from her husband and two children.

There are other Furry Logic books available on Amazon as well – I highly recommend all of them. There’s just something incredibly relaxing and enjoyable about curling up with these books. I’ve shared them with and recommended them to everyone I know.   While the Furry Logic books ARE available for Kindle, I’d definitely suggest getting a physical copy.

This is a “hands on” kind of book!

You’ll definitely want to go check out Furry Logic, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges on Amazon.  This book is less than $10 and would make a PERFECT gift for any animal lover on your list. It’s one of those rare gift ideas that’d be ideal for just about any age. From teenagers to senior citizens, everyone loves to smile and everyone’s looking for their next laugh.

Just be sure to grab a copy for yourself – why should you miss out on the fun, right?!

Furry Logic: A Guide to Life's Little Challenges

You’ll always be my best friend…. you know too much.


Note: I received this book from theBlogging for Books program in exchange for this review. The opinions are entirely my own.

Purrfect for Cat Lovers:

Purry Logic
An all-new, all-feline collection of adorable illustrations, humorous sayings, and unadulterated cattitude from the creator of FURRY LOGIC.

Filled with wry witticisms to perk up even the most finicky cat lovers, PURRY LOGIC puts a distinctly feline twist on Jane Seabrook’s popular FURRY LOGIC books. This delightful collection presents cuddly cats offering purr-worthy pick-me-ups like, “My only purpose in this life is to rest and recover from my previous lives,” “If you didn’t make the rules, just ignore them,” and “When fat, arrange yourself in slim poses.” Watercolor-painted in loving detail, Seabrook’s sleek and sassy kitties remind us that the best things in life are furry. – Louisville Courier Journal

Other Furry Logic Books:

Furry Logic Laugh at Life

Furry Logic Parenthood

Furry Logic: Don’t Worry!

Furry Logic Love

Furry Logic Wild Wisdom

Furry Logic: A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges

Furry Logic Back Cover

Safety Travel Tips When Tagging Along Pet Cats

How to Travel with your Cat Without Either One of You Losing Your Mind!


In the picture above, Svenn seems to be saying, “You want me to get into that death trap and go where???” That’s pretty much every cat, everywhere’s attitude toward travel. The article below gives great (as in sanity-preserving) advice on traveling with cats.

Jordan contributes to this blog as well as Coops and Cages. He has taken his own cats and dogs to trips himself and would love to share his insights on pet care to fellow pet lovers. He desires to educate them on safety travel tips when bringing along cats during trips through this article.

It’s time of the year that your cat is looking forward to – the time when you take him out of the house and with you to new places. Cats like to travel as well. They like seeing the countryside. They are not satisfied with just staying home.

The problem is some cats hate cars. They are not as behaved as most dogs when you get them into the car. You have to train them on how to behave when you are traveling with them. Teach them not to scratch the car seat and better yet, not to pee. But as a cat owner, you also have to remember that a the first cat car trip aren’t always that pleasant, simply because, cats as much as they like venturing into new places, the getting there is not that exciting for them.

Here are tips on traveling safely with your cats.

Take the time to train your cat in the carrier
Since you will be traveling for long hours, train your cat to stay in his cat carrier for long periods. Condition your cat to become comfortable as well as teach him how to go in and out. Do some practice runs of driving around your area and having the cat in the carrier. This should be a gradual process. Some cats get upset when you turn the car engine on, especially those who haven’t traveled.

Familiarize your cat in the new environment
Cats are sensitive to the environment as well as their territory. Place a blanket or towel with the scent of your cat on the car seat. In that way the car would not be a totally foreign area for him. Allow your cat to explore your car and rub and spread its scent on it. Do this a couple of times for the next few days.

Air Travel for Cats
Most major airlines accept cats as passengers. Cats that are under 15 lbs travel in the cabin. If they are heavier, they must be booked in cargo or they should be in cat carriers. There are some seasonal restrictions so it is better to check with the airline what these are. When booking your flight, inform the representative that you have a feline with you. Get a locator number associated with the seat for your cat. This is a necessary security precaution. If this is your cat’s first  time to fly, it is better that it is a short distance. Observe how he acts and behaves during the ride. You will be asked if your cat has its rabies and other pertinent inoculation. Various requirements exist for each airline and just accommodate to them as best as you can.

Feed the cat at the right time
Once the cat is calm in the car, give him his meals. Offer high value treats for cats that he doesn’t normally get at home. In that way, he is more motivated to behave. You can also give him cat nip and also indulge with his favorites during the car traveling times. He should also know you are there beside him so he shouldn’t be scared.

Don’t forget your pet identification
This is a necessity especially when it is your first time to travel to new places. Tags and collars are an excellent for quick identification. A microchip is something you can also order and it provides the essential information needed once the tags or collars are lost. Keep the microchip registered and updated.

Check with hotels if they allow cats
When you book for your trips, check if they have the “pets accepted” symbol on their homepages and if they allow cats in hotels. When checking, be sure to inform the front desk that your cat is traveling with you. Many hotels also provide snacks and bowls for your cats. They also have sitting services. Some hotels have “pet in room” door tag which let the maids know that they should leave the door open so the pet cannot wander out. You can keep cats secure and safe by having them in a safe and sturdy cat crate. They should just be the right size because you wouldn’t want your cat wiggling out of the cage. Make sure that the room for the food and the litter box are separate. Get the crate with the sides so that the litter cannot be kicked out.

Pack a travel bag for your cat
The bag should also contain medication (if your cat is currently on), plastic bags (for soiled litter), litter scoop, grooming supplies, treats, pet wipes, toys, towels, as well as the cat’s food and water bowls. Treat it as something like a baby would have. Your cat is your baby and he too needs a travel bag.

Positive Reinforcement helps
The minute that your cat is calm in the car, start giving him catnips. If that motivates him, let the cat indulge for a while in the car. By positively reinforcing your cat that he is doing a good job, he will enjoy traveling more and more.

Don’t forget to make the cat go potty
The cats’ trip begins and ends in the bathroom. Before leaving your house, make sure that your cat has gone to the bathroom. The first thing you also do after you alight is to let your cat out for a few minutes. With your guidance, he should poop or pee before you even check in the hotel. If your crate is the one that has the litter, clear the poop and pee. Potty breaks are also included. If it is a drive, stop at restaurants or gas stops and bring your cat with you. Take him out and see if he has to go or not.

Feed your cat four hours before leaving
The cat has to have eaten a light meal before you put him in the carrier. If your trip would take long, feed him just the right amount. You wouldn’t want him pooping and peeing a lot. This wouldn’t be sanitary inside the car, worse, on the plane.

Whether it’s including your cat while running errands around town or visiting relatives in another side of the country, you can make him happy by bringing them with you. Train your cat on how to become more comfortable when traveling in the car with you. It will take some time and a lot of patience but it will be totally worth it.

Author Bio:

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched byhis love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages.
Author Bio:

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched byhis love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages.

Bert’s Bath: Stinkin’ Cute Art Print for Cat Lovers

Cat in a Bath.. And Not Very Happy About It!

Bert's Bath
Bert’s Bath
James Flad
Buy This at Allposters.com

My favorite cat posters and art prints are ones that capture the essence of what makes a cat a cat – with the one of a kind, lovable personality of cats on full display.  The art print above, Bert’s Bath, is a perfect example. You can just tell how unhappy Bert is.

Poor little guy!

Click through for a closer look.

Disaster Prep for Pets

Keeping Your Pets Safe in the Event of Natural Disasters

Alexa After the Boom

The picture of Alexa (above) was taken after a huge clap of thunder! It took about ten minutes (and about 7 cat treats) to coax her out from behind the couch. The article below is all about keeping our pets safe in the event of a natural disaster – as in something more serious than a huge clap of thunder.

Baseline pet emergency preparedness how-to’s

When a natural disaster threatens, or actually occurs, the ensuing chaos and confusion can make it difficult to ensure pets are aptly safeguarded for the event both physically and emotionally, and that a pet owner’s home duly equipped for the crisis at hand. In fact, when pets are involved, the gamut of related crisis management concerns can aggravate an already worrisome situation.

While pet owners want to ensure their pets do not experience any bodily harm when a natural disaster presents, it’s also important to remember that many domestic pets are very much in tune with the environment and their immediate surroundings and can become unusually stressed under circumstances surrounding a natural disaster. As such, it’s imperative that pet owners are prepared to mitigate physical danger to a pet as well as psychological distress like nervousness, fear, and anxiety—and how these emotions may be outwardly expressed (even when contrary to a pet’s normal personality and behavior), which may include hiding, scratching, biting, noise-making, attempts to flee and disregarding commands.

To help keep pets safe, and their homes duly supplied, for an impending—or in the actual event of a—natural disaster, Paul Mann, Founder and CEO of FETCH! Pet Care, spotlights these fundamental yet crucial pet emergency preparedness tips offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

1. Get a kit of pet emergency supplies. Just as you do with your family’s emergency supply kit, think first about the basics for survival, particularly food and water.

  • Food: Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.
  • Water: Store at least three days of water, specifically for your pets, in addition to water you need for yourself and your family.
  • Medicines and medical records: Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.
  • First aid kit: Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.
  • Collar with ID tag, harness or leash: Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit.
  • Important documents: Place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit.
  • Crate or other pet carrier: If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you, provided that it is practical to do so.
  • Sanitation: Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 8 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water, stir well and let it stand for 30 minutes before use. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches or those with added cleaners.
  • A picture of you and your pet together: If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
  • Familiar items: Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.

Consider two kits. In one, put everything your pets will need to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you and your pets have to get away.

2. Make a plan for what you will do in an emergency. Plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation. Use common sense and whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and ensure your pet’s safety during an emergency.

  • Evacuate. Plan how you will assemble your pets and anticipate where you will go. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you, if practical. If you go to a public shelter, keep in mind your pets may not be allowed inside.
  • Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep your pet’s emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations, one in your immediate neighborhood and other farther away, where you will meet in an emergency.
  • Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about emergency planning. Discuss the types of things you should include in your pet’s emergency first aid kit. Get the names of vets or veterinary hospitals in other cities where you might need to seek temporary shelter. Also talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. If you and your pet are separated, this permanent implant for your pet and corresponding enrollment in a recovery database can help a veterinarian or shelter identify your animal. If your pet is microchipped, keeping your emergency contact information up to date and listed with a reliable recovery database is essential to you and your pet being reunited.
  • Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment. Make a list of contact information and addresses of area animal control agencies including the Humane Society or ASPCA and emergency veterinary hospitals. Keep one copy of these phone numbers with you, and one in your pet’s emergency supply kit. Obtain “Pets Inside” stickers and place them on your doors or windows, including information on the number and types of pets in your home to alert firefighters and rescue workers. Consider putting a phone number on the sticker where you could be reached in an emergency. And, if time permits, remember to write the words “Evacuated with Pets” across the stickers, should you evacuate your home with your pets.

3. Be prepared for what might happen. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit for yourself, your family and your pets, is the same regardless of the type of emergency. However, it’s important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region. Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected. Those who take the time to prepare themselves and their pets will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry. Take the time now to get yourself and your pet ready.

“Sometimes assistance is needed to care for a pet when emergencies present, like during an evacuation when a shelter or lodging facility does not allow pets. In such instances, it’s prudent to have a backup plan in place to ensure you can secure proper care for your pet. As FEMA notes, one option is to ‘consider family or friends outside your immediate area who would be willing to take in you and your pets in an emergency.’ However, when you don’t want to burden or impose on family members or friends, or subject a beloved pet to kennel boarding to avoid what can be serious health concerns, highly trained and reliable professional pet sitters to visit or board a pet can be pre-arranged or are available on-call to ensure a pet receives protection as well as love, attention and skilled treatment while apart from the family. That kind of peace of mind is priceless.”

Paul Mann is the Founder and CEO of Fetch! Pet Care—the nation’s largest and most trusted franchisor for professional pet sitting, dog walking, and pet fitness/exercise services—serving thousands of pets and pet parents throughout the United States from coast to coast. He may be reached online at: www.FetchPetCare.com.




5 Washable Cat Beds (Some with Glamorous Animal Patterns!)

Pampered Cats will Love these Affordable Pet Beds

Leopard Print Cat Bed


Leopard Print Cat Bed

The Precious Tails Washable Pet Bed (Giraffe/Olive/Tan, 21x16x7) is available in some of the best looking colors/patterns of any cat beds I’ve ever seen.

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Giraffe Print Cat Bed

Giraffe Print Cat Bed

These beautiful pet beds will impress even the most pampered and spoiled cat in the world!

Gray and Red Pet Bed


Gray and Red Paw Print Print Cat Bed

Zebra Print Cat Bed


Zebra Print Cat Bed


Blue Cat Bed


Blue Paw Print Cat Bed

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