7 Signs Your Cat May be Stressed

7 Signs Your Cat May Be Stressed

Cats are quite reserved creatures and rarely let on exactly how they might be feeling, so it would be hard to recognise whether your feline friend is suffering from stress and anxiety.

We spoke with our friend and experienced animal behaviourist, Dr Jo Rhigetti from Pet Problems Solved, about the signs that we should be looking for to tell if our cat needs some help.

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Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Dog separation Anxiety

Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Our canine friends can sometimes experience separation anxiety when they’re away from us. It’s a common problem and one that can be addressed from a young pup age. Thanks to our friend Katrina from Kat’s 4 Dogs, we now have a few tips to help us condition our dog pals able to cope with being  left on their own.

Create Distance:

Use a play pen and a crate to create distance for your puppy at home. Although we want to shower our new pup with affection – almost always! – resist the temptation to overindulge and use the play pen to contain your pup and prevent over bonding. If your pup cries when you leave the room, resist the urge to go running back, because that will show them that crying isn’t a signal for you to be together.

Set Your Authority:

We often feel guilty about leaving our dog when we have to go out for a while or go to work. When the guilt gets us down, we tend to overcompensate by giving our pets extra attention, and rewareds even if they have been naughty in the house or yard. Sometimes just putting your dog in the backyard and not allowing her to follow you around the house will help. Continue reading “Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Dogs”

Doggy Cake for Your Best Friend

Our dogs are more than companions, they are our fitness motivators, our stress relievers, our confidants and our best friends.

For many of us, our dogs have a special place in our hearts and what better way to celebrate this bond and friendship than with a cake!

Whether it’s your dog’s birthday, adoption day or just because, setting aside some time to celebrate the bond we share with our pets is a great way to show you care. Continue reading “Doggy Cake for Your Best Friend”

4 Tips to Guarantee A House and Pet Sitting Call Back

Many of the home owners that we speak with comment about how impressed they are with the house and pet sitters who come to stay in their homes. The personalised care for their pets, the upkeep of their homes and the little touches they find when they return, all leave lasting memories of the house and pet sitter and are the difference between a one-time sit and the start of a long-term friendship.

Here are some of the ways that house and pet sitters are making their mark to secure call backs and word-of-mouth referrals. Continue reading “4 Tips to Guarantee A House and Pet Sitting Call Back”

Enjoy Your Independence as a House and Pet Sitter

Housing affordability in Australia continues to be a hot topic, especially for young Aussies looking to live independently of family.

Moving out of home is a rite of passage for every young person. There comes a time when you want to make your own choices, live life the way you want and, most importantly, have your own space.

But what if you wanted to live in or close to the bustling, cosmopolitan centres of one of Australia’s metropolitan cites? What if the savings you built up from part-time work doesn’t quite set you up to dive into the world of home ownership? What if you don’t want to settle down in a place until you’re sure that it’s right for you? Continue reading “Enjoy Your Independence as a House and Pet Sitter”

4 Things That Will Test Your Comfort Zone This Winter

Australians have a remarkable sense of curiosity that attracts us to new life experiences or opportunities to live life in someone else’s shoes.

So many Australians are drawn to the house and pet sitting lifestyle every year – whether for a short break away or for extended periods – all because it offers great opportunity to get off the usual tourist trail to discover more about the places you visit. Continue reading “4 Things That Will Test Your Comfort Zone This Winter”

Travel the Country – and the World! – as a House and Pet Sitter

Travelling as a house and pet sitter presents many opportunities to save money, see more and live in places you wouldn’t often get the chance to experience.

For one house and pet sitting couple, Brittnay and Jay, the lifestyle has allowed them to not only explore parts of Australia, but travel the world to have some truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences, one of which was having the famous Bono as their neighbour! Continue reading “Travel the Country – and the World! – as a House and Pet Sitter”

5 Cool Ways to Spoil Your Pet

We all love to be spoiled now and again and our pets are no different. They give us so much love and affection that sometimes we may not always truly show how much we care.

But, there are really cool things you can do to spoil your pet that will truly make their day. So whether you’re celebrating your fur-friend’s birthday, their adoption day, or just because… we’ve got some simple ideas for paw-some fun – and they don’t have to cost a fortune. Continue reading “5 Cool Ways to Spoil Your Pet”

Fur-Ever Friends Forever

Australians spend around $1.2 billion on pet services, including boarding, every year.

Your pet is worth every cent. Yes. You would do anything to give your pet the best care. We agree.

But ‘luxury’ care, doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. In fact, it can be free.

We all want the best quality care for our pet and animal loving carers who are going to be there when our fur-kids are missing the pet-parent bond.

How can we ease our pet’s separation anxiety by offering a temporary fill-in pet-parent?

Call in the house and pet sitter.. Not only do house and pet sitters fill the role of pet-parent, they also bring their own unique, animal friendly qualities to ensure pets are at ease while their owners are away.

Veronica is a Mindahome house and pet sitter that goes above and beyond for the pets she cares for, as well as their owners. Continue reading “Fur-Ever Friends Forever”