Right New Pet for You – Ways To Determine

Tips and Advice for First-time Pet Owners

Guest Post by Jessica Brody, with organization  Our Best Friends   

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Meeting Pet First Time

To alleviate new pet’s nervousness, the family should meet their new pet outside, one at a time. Avoid looking the animal directly in the eyes. Also, avoid over-petting, or playing roughly, as this may cause your new pet to react negatively.

Pet Fits Your Lifestyle

People have different types of personalities that refer to their unique nature. Like humans, pets are also diverse in temperament, social skills and the ability to exude feelings like happiness and sadness.

When people seek out a new addition to the family, it’s understandable they want the cuddliest or most attractive pet. However, it’s also important to consider your lifestyle and how welcoming a new animal into your home will also affect him or her. Whether you’re a cat or dog lover, here are some tips to determine what breed or type of pet best suits you. Here’s some advice for making some basic adjustments that can help you acclimate your new friend into your home.

Welcoming Your Pet HomeNew home for pets Couple sitting with their dog

Dogs are the most popular pet, and with good reason, as they are devoted, affectionate and proven to make humans healthier. According to the Insurance Information Institute, approximately 60.2 million dogs are currently housed within the U.S.

You don’t have to have a dog in order to make your life more pleasurable. The size of your home should correlate to the size of your pet. Small dogs such as Chihuahuas, dachshunds, and pugs are all great for apartment living. Meanwhile medium and large dogs, like golden retrievers, do better with ample space and lots of room to play and roam.

Pet Proofing Home

Once you’ve chosen your new pet, prepare your home in a way that’s comforting yet regimented to reduce anxiety. Begin pet-proofing your home by hiding all cords and moving plants to a more secure space. Also, make sure you have all the necessary tools to clean up after your pet. A high-quality vacuum will be very helpful in removing pet dander and hair. Make sure to check out some online reviews so you choose the best model.

 Pets and PersonalityMale Pet Sitter in Warrensburg on a bed loving up grey cat.

Your new pet says more about you than you may think. A study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, based personality traits such as openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion and neuroticism, those who expressed the most love for their animal were found to be the most neurotic.

This isn’t necessarily a bad trait to have. In fact, it’s actually good for your pet, because the more love you give them. The more likely you are to notice when something is off, such as an illness, change in personality, or needs that aren’t being met. This trait will also become handy if you choose to take in a rescue dog, who may show signs of nervousness, or an elderly dog, who may need more care.

Additionally, all animals display independence to an extent. While some are more independent than others, there are breeds that thrive on being able to express their innate undomesticated nature, such as retrievers or hounds who display a tremendous amount of stamina.

Pets Best Suited Be Indoors

Indoor pets are best suited for cuddles, acting as indoor alert systems and for picking up fallen objects around the home. This is why indoor cats, as well as small dogs, are ideal if you’re not considered active or if you just want a companion to talk to. Other animals, such as mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, and birds, are also great companions. However, if loyalty is a big factor for you, remember that while some animals show affection more generously, others may not be as affectionate.

Pets And Routines

Furthermore, create a schedule that gets your pet used to any routines, such as playtime, mealtime, naptime, and grooming. While you won’t have to bathe your pet every day, it’s important to implement an oral hygiene care plan into your furry friend’s daily life.

Pet Dental HealthPet Dental Health Orange Tabby cat holding tooth brush with Dog

This is especially true for dogs. Just like with people, pups that don’t receive regular dental care are at risk for plaque and tartar buildup, gum disease, and tooth loss. Also, potentially even more harmful conditions like heart and liver disease. To keep your pet healthy and get them comfortable with an oral care routine, aim to start brushing their teeth at least a couple of times a week. Implement to their diet raw veggies (like carrots and squash) given as snacks.  Chew toys, and breath-freshening specialty chews can also keep your dog’s mouth healthy, and you can introduce these right away.

Pets And Emergency PlansPet Emergency Banner

This is also a good time to put together an emergency plan that takes your pet into consideration. This should include an emergency kit (food, litter box, toys, etc.) and an emergency contact in the event something happens at your home. Having a list of hotels that are pet-friendly will also give you peace of mind and prevent any additional stress you’ll likely feel in the moment.








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Pets Benefit From Essential Oils

Woman touching white dog wearing brown jacket nose on beachHello, my name is Jeanie. I was invited to share with you about Essential Oils and how you can incorporate them into the life of your pet. May have noticed controversies over using Essential Oils for and around your pets. I hope through this, I can help you learn a little more about that.

First and foremost it’s important to know the difference in Essential Oils:.Dog & Cat with displayed Essential Oils brand Animal Scents

There are 4 types of oils on the market today. Most ones labeled “pure essential oils” or even “therapeutic grade” fall into the manipulated/augmented category because it is very common practice to remove heavier or “earthier” smelling molecules for a more pleasing aroma.

Authentic essential oils are 100% pure throughout the bottle. There are no added synthetics or other species of oils. They make up the small minority of all essential oils on the market.

You will often see an essential oil labeled as “pure” when they are not. There is a percentage of pure essential oil and a percentage of synthetic to enhance the final aroma. These types of oils often cause headaches and do not have any therapeutic action.

These “essential oils” are not essential oils at all. Because there are no labeling regulations on the term “essential oil,” full synthetic oils are able to be labeled as pure and sold to unsuspecting customers to increase profit. These often smell nothing like the original plant, but they can be very close, and that is why a consumer may not know they are synthetic and have possible severe negative reactions.

Manipulated Or Augmented
Perfumers are often hired by essential oil companies to help make the final product smell more pleasing and less earthy. They will take away some of the heavier molecules or add small amounts of another species to enhance the aroma.

Pets & Animals Cat Bird Dog Essential Oil Bottle Green Label
Are essential oils safe for my pets? Generally speaking, yes. However, animals are more sensitive to essential oils and some cats do not carry enzymes in their liver to process essential oils high in phenols, found in oils such as Clove. Treat animals much like you would a baby. Go low and slow. Pay close attention to their reaction. They will have a more physical and guttural response. Their sense of smell is more sensitive than ours, so a great way to introduce oils to your pet is to wear them on yourself and then approach them to see how they respond. They will let you know right away if they like it or not.

Always use a carrier oil, such as Grapeseed or Fractionated Coconut Oil when placing oils on your animal. Also, always have a carrier oil close at hand, should your pet respond in a negative way so as to dilute the essential oil more. One of the key factors in using essential oils on pets (and humans for that matter) is that you find a brand that is pure throughout the bottle.

Common ways to use essential oils on your pets is to dilute them in a spray bottle with distilled water to spray on their coat or use them with a carrier oil to rub on their paws. Some pet owners have found great success for stress management through the use of a cold water diffuser and 4-6 drops of calming essential oils mixed in the water.

TOPICAL DILUTION RATIOS FOR ANIMALSBrown White Chest Dog , White Cat, Green Yellow Bird Dilution Ratios Chart

For topical application, use only 1 drop with 5 drops carrier oil.
Rub on their paws, down the spine, on flanks, or on a specific location.

Small Dogs
For topical application, for every drop of essential oil, use 4-5 drops of carrier oil.
Rub on their paws, down the spine, on flanks, or on a specific location.

Medium Dogs
For topical application, use a 1 to 1 ratio. 1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil.
Rub on their paws, down the spine, on flanks, or on a specific location.

Large Dogs
For topical application, use 3-5 drops as directed on the label. Dilution is unnecessary unless directed to do so on the label.
Rub on their paws, down the spine, on flanks, or on a specific location.

Horses and Large Animals
For topical application, use 10 drops to start and as directed on the label. Dilution is unnecessary unless directed to do so on the label.
Rub on their paws, down the spine, on flanks, or on a specific location.

Only use this method on larger animals. For Dogs, you may place one drop and mix into their food. For large cattle or horses, you may place a diluted drop (1 to 1 ratio) on the inside of their bottom lip.

Young Living Animal Scent

Young Living Essential Oils has created a line of products specifically designed for your pets! White Cat Yellow Green Bird Brown White Dog Tan Horse Essential Oil Bottle Green Label Digestive Support

Caring for your pets naturally is just a little bit easier thanks to Young Living’s conscious development of their Animal Scents Oil Collection. This collection contains 6 specially formulated oil blends to support animals on a wise spectrum according to their common animal needs.

The first three blends PuriClean, Infect Away and Mendwell were designed to work together to compliment each other on your animals.

Let’s take a look at each blend separately:

PuriClean is a 12 blend combination featuring Cistus, Citronella, Lavendin, Lavender, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Mountain Savory, Myrtle, Palo Santo, Patchouli, and Rosemary. This combination helps to cleanse and purify such as in minor skin irritations. This can be applied on location with the roller ball on top of an oil bottle of oil or added to spray bottle with distilled water for spritzing application.

InfectAway is a combination of Myrrh, Patchouli, Dorado Azul, and Palo Santo. Used to support skin and support the immune system of your animal. Add 2-4 drops to the animals coat or 8-10 drops to a spray bottle.

Mindwell is a 6 combination of Geranium, Lavender, Hyssop, Myrrh, Frankincense, and the exotic Hinoki. For support of the immune system and is also skin supporting. Apply 1-2 drops on location.

T-Away is an oil blend containing 27 oils, WOW! This one has Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Frankincense, Valerian, Black Spruce, Davana, Lavender, Geranium, Helichrysum, Citrus, Hystrix, Rose, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang, Orange, Angelica, Hyssop, Spanish Sage, Coriander, Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmine, Absolute, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Blue Tansy, Ruta, and German Chamomile. This blend can be applied for calming and occasional nervousness. Behind the Ears is a good place for application

ParaGize oil blend contains Anise, Cumin, Fennel, Ginger, Juniper, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, and Tarragon. This blend is specially formulated for digestive support on your pets. It can be applied over abdomen with a warm compress to push oils in faster.

RepelAroma oil blend contains Citronella, Idaho Tansy, Palo Santo, and Tea Tree oils. This one is invigorating and your pets will enjoy being outside when wearing. Can be applied to your hands and then to the Animal by stroking their back.

You will often see an essential oil labeled as “pure” when they are not. There is a percentage of pure essential oil and a percentage of synthetic to enhance the final aroma. These types of oils often cause headaches and do not have any therapeutic action.
Nervous about putting essential oils on your pets, then if you are feeling unsure, encourage you to ask your Vet. However, essential oil use on pets can be a wonderful experience in helping to enhance the health and wellness of your furry family.

Animal Scents OintmentAnimal Scent Essential Oil. Ointment jar with Green White Label

As you can see, this collection could be quite beneficial for supporting your large and small pets. Take caution with smaller animals and dilute appropriately. Check with your holistic Veterinarian if you have any questions.

Young Living now has a Veterinarian Council in place:

German Sheppard Dog at Veterinary Clinic

Dog licking a vet, isolated on white

The Young Living Essential Oils Veterinary Advisory Council provides valuable insight into the development of our pioneering essential oils and oil-infused products. This professional organization comprises prominent scientific professionals from around the globe, uniting years of experience in natural products. The council’s unmatched leadership, expertise, and passion for essential oil innovation are redefining the way the world thinks about wellness.

Animals and oils: What you need to know

Note: Jeanie Anstine is an Independent Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. Pampered Pet Sitting does not endorse Young Living Essential Oil products or the claims made by the author regarding benefits usage of Young Living Essential Oil products. For more information or order Young Living Essential Oil products email Jeanie: jeanieanstine@yahoo.com

Pets Good For People’s Mental Health

New Home PetsDogs and cats are great therapists. Ask anyone who has been through heartbreak with a pet, and she will tell you that her dog or cat helped her pull through. And it’s not just that dogs and cats are non-judgmental. Pets help us heal in a myriad of other ways, some of which are just now being discovered. It’s no wonder, then, that people with mental illness and recovering addicts place so much stock in their animal companions. If animals help with everyday sadness and despair, imagine how they help those who are mired in depression, obsession, or the craving for a fix.  [Read more…]

Signs Your Cat Loves You

                              10 Signs Of Cat Love

1. Head Butting-(‘bunting’), cat is rubbing his scent on you and saying ‘you’re mine’.

2. Power Purring: purr is loud, vibrating, powerful, know your                                                                                                 cat is feeling loved.

3. Kneading– cat is kneading your lap, especially if drooling at  the same time,                                                                      sure sign of love.

4. Licking You licks and grooms you, (often your hair or ears) he is welcoming                                                                    you as a member of the family and showing his love.

5. Belly Up  asking for a belly rub is a sign of supreme trust, and a subtle                                                                          request for love and attention.

6Tail Twitching tail action is a clear indicator of their mood.                                                                                               Cat holds their tail in the air with the end tip twitching is feeling extremely happy.

7. Sleeping on You Cats like to feel safe and secure when they are sleeping,                                                                           cat decides to sleep on your lap or right along side you, a huge compliment                                                                              and you know you’re well-loved and trusted.

8. Slow Blinking cat stares at you, then blinks, then open his eyes wide                                                                                 and blinks again he’s saying “I love you.

 9. Love Bites Not all cats will engage in love bites, but when they do,                                                                                  you’ll know that they think you are really special.

10. Giving Gifts  sharing their prey prize with you is the                                                                                                      ultimate sign of friendship and love.

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Hide Litter Boxes In Home

Getting litter boxes out of  sight, out of the way.  Cat Sitters

Smelly messy litter boxes in a poor location can be quite a problem. Also there could be added stress of having cats track litter all over the home.

Just few ways hide your litter boxes. Cabinet Wheels hide litter boxbookshelf_bottom hide litter boxdiy-litter-box-furniture-cabinet-cat-food-700Put cat door into cabinets, furniture, shelves , or even indoor planter.


Dog Exercising Tips In Winter


Lady dog gym exerciseEven though it gets cold outside, your dog needs exercise to stay healthy and strong. Here are some great pet exercising tips for this winter season:

  1. dog on treadmillBelieve it or not, you can teach your dog to use your treadmill.  There are also doggie treadmills available. See Cesar’s link below for more details!
  2. Get outdoors! A 30 minute work-out in the snow will leave your dog exhausted.
  3. Have a play date. Set up a play date with a dog that your pup is friends with. Just make sure to hide the breakables!
  4. Being indoors gives you a great opportunity to practice targeting with your dog. Teach her to touch her nose to the back of your hand on command; this will make her focus on a target. It’s a great exercise because it gives you an activity you can do together. And once your pup has learned how to do this, you can use it whenever you want her to stop what she’s doing and focus. For example, if you’re out walking and she becomes excited when she sees another dog, you can use targeting to redirect her attention. Plus, your dog can’t bark when she’s touching her nose to your hand!
  5. Challenge your dog’s nose.Dogs have incredibly powerful scenting abilities, so exercises that require your pal to use her nose are especially stimulating. Make her work for her dinner by creating an obstacle course she has to get through to find her food. Hide her meal in a box, or, better yet, put it in a Kong Wobbler or a Buster Ball.For more information, visit the following links:

    Cesar’s Way: 6 Winter Exercise Tips for Your Dog

    Dogster: 10 Ways to Engage Your Dog Indoors

Playful Cats

Why We Play With Cats

Interactive playing (you playing with your cat) lets your cat hone his hunting skills: seeking the enemy target, making the stealthy approach, pouncing with conviction, relishing the victory.     Cat playing

Interactive playing with cats is not only fun, but it provides valuable exercise for cats of all ages; just as important, it strengthens the feline-human bond, which is all-important to genuine cat lovers.

See link below read Gary Loewenthal cat expert with About.com, “How Play With Your Cat”


Why Do Cats Purr?

Cats purr because happy? Not always the case.

 Franny Spiefy, Cat Expert,  About.com, answer these and other questions in her post “The Remarkable Purr of a Cat”

“Do cats purr when they are alone?” What a great question! Truthfully, I don’t know if cats purr when they are alone. It seems likely that they do, if one understands a little about why cats purr.    [Read more…]

65% USA Homes Have Pets

Amazing it may sound almost 2 out of 3 American Households have at least one pet. The American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners 2015 survey indicates 65% U.S. Households have pets. Just 4 years ago in 2011 56% U.S. households had pets. Links below – Resources  US Population Survey Data

2015 APPA National US Pet Ownership Survey

Pets by the Numbers- Human Society of United States

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