I am so pleased to announce that I have just passed Pet Sitters International's CPPS-Certified Professional Pet Sitter® Exam recognizing me as a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS). The 125-question, 3-hour exam includes such topics as: dog/cat/bird pet care; health, sanitation and safety; and business operations. I am delighted to have this acknowledgement of … Continue reading Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS)
Ok, so February is nearly over. But as we approach Easter, this has been more on my mind. Easter and spring make people think that bringing home a fluffy little bunny is a good idea. Then they find out that pet rabbits are expensive, high-maintenance pets. And then the depressing Kijiji ads to rehome bunnies … Continue reading February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
Little Bear Animalerie has nice, high end cat and dog supplies. It's a well-presented, clean store. I can't speak for the dog supplies, but the cat food, litter, and grooming supply variety is good. There are freezers for raw food in the back, and tables of toys and food bowls in the front. I like … Continue reading Little Bear Animalerie on Sainte-Catherine St. W.
Cats love to play with string, but I find string and ribbon get easily tangled and athletic cats will sometimes jump up and attack the hand holding the string. So the solution is to use a wand toy - string on a stick! They come with feathers, mice, bells, ribbons, etc.. I find that wand … Continue reading Wand toys – better than string!
I am deeply honoured and thrilled to have been featured on the Jan/Feb 2018 cover of Pet Sitters World, the magazine for my professional association, Pet Sitters International (PSI). Special thank you to Alex Tran, my excellent photographer, who kept telling me to look off into nowhere. Needless to say, I kept laughing and could … Continue reading Cover of Pet Sitters World
There are a lot of different options for keeping your cat hydrated. Pet stores sell tiny, cutely decorated cat food dishes and cat water dishes. They can come in matching sets with little stands and they have little fish and cats on them. But if you were shopping for a new water bowl for your … Continue reading Cat water – choosing cup, bowl, or fountain
I'd like to suggest a few combs and brushes for daily or weekly cat fur maintenance. When I sit down to groom a cat, these are the ones I pull out first. I'm not a grooming expert, but I've found these useful for me. If you plan on only have one grooming tool for your … Continue reading A few good combs for cats
While I am happily well enough to resume my regular pet sitting services, I will be unable to exhibit at this year's Salon national des animaux de compagnie this weekend as previously planned. I'm told it could take weeks or even months for me to fully recover, but I'm well enough to get back to … Continue reading Not exhibiting at SNAC this year
Due to personal health issues, I am taking medical leave from pet sitting for the rest of the month of October. I am still available for small caged animal boarding (hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.), as well as for consultation meetings for future pet sitting, however I will not be accepting cat visit reservations before … Continue reading Medical Leave through October & winter holiday pet sitting
I'm always learning, and even after just a year in business, I've picked up some great tips from my clients to solve some simple cat problems when they go away: Leave out extra water. One of my cats loves to paw her water, and sometimes she flips over the dish even right after I've filled … Continue reading Cat care tips I’ve learned from my clients