Top 10 Reasons Why Your Cat Is Thankful For Their Cat Sitter

Cats may sometimes seem aloof and even arrogant but they’re really quite thankful creatures.  Aside from the thankfulness they feel towards their human family members, cats are also quite thankful for their cat sitter.

  1. Petting.  Cats really do love to be pet on their own terms, of course. Their cat sitter knows just how little or how much to scratch under their chin without smothering them with neediness.
  2. Baby talk.  Cats sometimes seem like they don’t tolerate people much but the cat’s sitter knows that a little by talk can go such a long way.  A few loving words to the “widdle kittie” while scratching under the cat’s chin makes a very grateful cat turn to butter.
  3. Extra treats.  Extra treats are always welcome by the family cat and the cat sitter knows this.  Sometimes the way to a cat’s heart is really through his taste buds.  The cat sitter shows up and lo and behold the cat decides he’s not coming out of his hiding spot until he hears the bag of treats.  He has the cat sitter trained very well and he loves her for be such a trainable subject. He really is grateful that she fell right in line.
  4. Consistency.  Consistency is key to any lasting relationship, Even the family cat knows this.  That’s why he’s grateful that the cat sitter shows up as schedule, on time and always follows HIS routine.  No guessing games here and that’s just the way the cat likes it.
  5. Secrets.  Have you ever heard that phrase “Cat got your tongue?” Well, the cat sitter may be asked this questions a time or two because she never spills the beans, not even when the cat decides to sharpen my claws on Mom’s couch or her new drapes. Mums the word around here.  The cat and the sitter have an understanding.
  6. Bond.  The cat knows that having the sitter in cahoots with him and eating out of his hand really means something.  It’s not every day you can train a human to pledge allegiance to a house cat and for that it’s only natural for a bond to develop.
  7. Inside jokes.  The cat knows that sometimes he does really funny things like missing when he tries to jump from the counter to the couch.  Going back to secrets, the cat sitter keeps all of the cat’s funny escapades between the two of them, just the way she should.  The best cats can always laugh at themselves but only with the right people.
  8. Favorite games.  Seen as the cat sitter has been trained to do as she’s told, she submits to playing with the laser pointer for the whole time she’s around or any other game the cat chooses for that matter.
  9. Hygiene.  Cats don’t like to be dirty and they certainly don’t like messy litter boxes.  The cat sitter comes in and not only does she clean out the litter box but she also sweeps up the floor of all that litter that the cat kicks out of the box.
  10. Food and water.  The cat sitter always replaces the stagnant food and water dishes, providing the cat with only the freshest of ingredients.  She also lets the water faucet in the bathroom drip so a cool sip of water may always be had by the cat.

The house cat really appreciates how trainable the sitter is. He’s really grateful that she keeps coming back even if he doesn’t always show his gratitude.  The cat sitter is on to the cat though, she knows how grateful he really is.

10 Foods You Should Not Feed Your Dog On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about great food and family and friends. It’s important to note that some of the holiday treats you are so fond of can be dangerous to your dog and make them terribly ill.

These are the 10 foods to avoid giving your dog on Thanksgiving:

1. Bones

This may seem strange but bones no matter the size are bad for your dog and may lead to a trip to the vet for surgery or even cause death. Throw out bones when making your meals to ensure your dog doesn’t get to them.

2. Raw turkey

The risk of salmonella in raw turkey can lead to serious health complications for your dog.

3. Turkey skin

Fatty foods such as turkey skin make it very difficult for your dog to digest causing a condition known as pancreatitis where your dog’s pancreas becomes inflamed.

4. Beer

Beer tends to mess up with a dog’s stomach so avoid giving your dog beer at all costs. Some dogs love it but too much can lead to rapid heartbeat, seizures, fever, liver damage and even death.

5. Dough or cake batter

Dough and your dog’s body heat can actually make it rise in your dog’s stomach causing bloating, abdominal pain and vomiting. Additionally, the raw eggs in the dough or batter, poses a great risk of your dog catching salmonella. Clean up any scraps or droppings that fall on the floor immediately.

6. Mushrooms

Fungi is very bad for you dog as it leads to seizures, vomiting, coma and even death.

7. Macadamia Nuts

These nuts are particularly dangerous for a dog because they cause a condition called nut toxicosis whose symptoms vary from lethargy to vomiting and even to your dog being unable to stand up.

8. Onions and garlic

Onions and garlic are very dangerous to dogs because they contain sulfides which are toxic to them. This leads to the destruction of red blood cells causing anemia.

9. Nutmeg

Ensure that whatever food you give your dog does not contain nutmeg because the hallucinogenic properties found in it, however mild, can cause tremors, seizures and problems in the dog’s central nervous system.

10. Sage

Sage is commonly found in many Thanksgiving recipes but should be avoided at all costs by your dog due to its resins and oils which can easily upset your dog’s stomach.

Thanksgiving Treats You CAN Share With Your Dog:

  • Turkey breast

A small amount of turkey breast is safe to feed your dog as long as your dog does not have any food allergies. Ensure that the piece of string that wraps the turkey is out of reach to avoid accidental ingestion by your dog.

  • Bread

Properly baked bread can be given in small amounts to dogs safely as it provides a low-calorie snack for your dog.

  • Salmon and Cheese

A small amount of salmon and cheese serve as a healthy and tasty treat for your dog.

  • Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes, in moderation, and without spices, seasonings or butter are great to share with your dog.  Serve his potatoes as plain as possible to avoid allergies or illness.

  • Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple that your dog can enjoy in a very, very small amount.  The added sugar makes it only possible for your dog to have a little taste.

  • Green Beans

Green beans are great as a year round healthy, tasty treat.  Frozen or cooked many dogs will simply beg for more!

There are many Thanksgiving dishes that your dog should not be allowed to enjoy however, you can see there are a few things you can slip to him under the table without putting his health and well-being at risk.  Happy Thanksgiving!