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Breakfast With Bengals!

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
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“Good Morning” – Valentino

 

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“Where’s deh breakfazt?”

This is how my mornings start when I visit Valentino and his sister Akasha (Bengals). Their automatic feeder is typically empty by the time I stop by (usually because Akasha eats most of it… she’s currently on a diet) and so commences the meowling by Valentino who is extremely upset because it’s empty and he’s STARVING!

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Once breakfast has been served, you can usually find him on the balcony stairs sun bathing! He loves people watching on these steps which overlook the city and can literally sit here for hours… although I don’t have the luxury of hanging out for that long!

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Cat Body Language: Angry or Scared

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

Do you speak cat?

Although cats can’t communicate using words like we humans do they are in constant communication with us by means of their body language and vocalization. Their facial expressions and body postures can tell us exactly how they are feeling internally or towards us, other people or situations.

Knowing how to read a cat is extremely important especially when said cat is angry or scared. The last thing you want to do is handle a cat that is angry or scared and end up in a situation where you can potentially get yourself hurt.

Here are 5 red flags to look for in an angry or scared cat:

 

FLAT EARS 

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Ears back or flat against the skull are a sure sign that this kitty is terrified or very angry. Cats will typically flatten their ears to their skulls in order to provide protection for their ears in a fight because no one wants a chewed up or missing ear in a brawl, right?

DILATED EYES

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Large pupils are another facial expression of anger or fear in cats although enlarged pupils can also be interpreted as a playful expression depending on the situation. If you have a kitty that has enlarged pupils because he sees a toy that’s being tossed around than that would indicate a playful expression but if a stranger or a dog were to approach and you had the enlarged eyes in combination with the flat ears than this kitty is scared or upset.

GROWLING/HISSING/SPITTING 

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If the fact that your cat is growling very low, deep and for prolonged periods isn’t any indication that they are angry or scared then when they start hissing and spitting at you that is definitely a red flag! You should not be messing with a cat that is this upset because chances are they will attack you and you will probably need a trip to the ER for some serious antibiotics.

BRISTLING HAIR AND/OR TAIL 

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Cats that are angry or scared tend to bristle their hair and tails (in either the up or down position) in an attempt to appear larger to their opponent. The thought behind that is the bigger they are the more intimidating they seem. I see this particular body language a lot in young kittens. But do keep in mind that this behavior can also be used in play between other kittens/cats. So again it all depends on the situation they are in.

ARCHED BACK 

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This behavior goes hand in hand with the bristling of the hair and tail and has the same concept applied to it: the bigger you appear the more intimidating you seem to the opponent and the less likely you are of getting beat up… sort of.

(First rule of a cat fight: always be sure to size up the competition before getting into the cat fight!!!)

Understanding cats body language in general can be pretty tricky and it takes time to get to know your cat and fully comprehend what it is that they are communicating to you. You have to be sure to take into consideration the entire scenario: their facial expressions, body postures and their surroundings to get a good grasp as to what it is that may be setting your kitty off, but the more you study them, the more you’ll understand and the better your bond will be with them!

The Ridiculous Things We Do With Your Pets When You Aren’t There…

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

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Do you ever wonder what exactly happens when we stop by and walk your dog or when we’re pet sitting for you?

I mean, what really goes on behind closed doors when it’s just your pet and their sitter and not the watered down version we jot down in our notes or send you via text/email.

If I had a dog walker or a pet sitter I would definitely wonder about some of the things my fur balls and their sitter would be doing. For example, is my dog walker playing a little bit of fetch with Zoey before taking her out on her walk? She’s obsessed with tennis balls and usually plops them onto peoples laps so they can throw them for her.  Did she answer any and all of Oakley’s requests and questions (Oakley is our very talkative cat)? Did she give Michi his daily belly rub??? He loves those, he’s extremely needy that way! (that’s our other more robust cat).

Well if you’ve ever wondered what really happens when you aren’t around now is the time to find out!

1. Take selfies with your pet! 

You always get those cute little portrait pictures of your pet which typically let you know that your pet is still alive and kickin’ but what you don’t see are the 50 million selfies we take with your pet! Yea these pictures usually don’t see the light of day and they especially don’t make it onto our Facebook or Instagram but they’re there… don’t you worry

2. Have full on conversations 

We like to keep our fur balls engaged so it’s not uncommon for us to talk to your pet the entire time we’re there… uttering the words “I know, I know” so they know we’re paying attention to them.

3. Play fetch… in your living room

Especially if you have a rather LARGE living room we’ll throw around all kinds of toys for your dog to play with and hopefully bring back! We also do this technique in small living rooms too, we don’t discriminate 🙂

4. Run around the house so your dog can chase us

There’s nothing a dog loves more than chasing things and we aim to please!

5. Clean out eye boogers 

Yea this might be a little TMI but hey since we’re being honest and all, why not? Who likes gross looking eye boogers anyway?

6. Bring over a few feathers 

And watch your cat run around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to catch it! Now if that isn’t funny then I dont’ know what is.

7. Give your pets extra treats

And this is why your fur babies love us so much!!! We give them FREE COOKIES for no reason 🙂 well actually there is a reason, we give them extra cookies because they’re so darn cute especially when they know you have them and they sit pretty for you like this little guy 

8. Give your pets full  body massages

They love it! You can literally see them melting on our laps just 5 minutes in… so relaxing

9. Sing to your pets

Sometimes they’ll even get inspired and sing along with us or they’ll just stare at us and move their heads around like we’re crazy but deep down inside we know they love it… and they know they love it too 😉

So if you happen to have a camera installed somewhere in your house, please don’t judge us, we just love what we do and love the amazing fur balls we get to do it with 😀

Choosing a Dog Walker

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

 

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Whether you work late, travel frequently or just need an extra hand, choosing a dog walker is no easy feat!

Here are just a few questions you should be asking your potential dog walker:

 

1. Are you licensed, bonded and insured?

Being licensed, bonded and insured is important for your peace of mind. You want to be sure that the person or company that you are hiring is a legitimate business and isn’t someone who is doing this type of work just for fun. Although not many dog walkers carry bonding, an insurance that will cover items that are either stolen or damaged due to negligence, it may be something to keep in mind when searching for a dog walker. As for your dog walker carrying insurance this is also something to keep in mind as it will come in handy in the event that your pet is injured while under the care of your dog walker.

2. Do you have any references/experience?

Don’t be afraid to ask your potential dog walker if they have any references. And just as much as asking if they have any references don’t be afraid to call them! The last thing you want is to entrust your dog with someone who has little to no experience who winds up getting your dog hurt or worse.

3. How many dogs do you walk at one time? 

A dog walker may offer private walks where your dog is walked alone or they may offer pack walks where your dog is walked with more than 1 dog, usually in larger groups. Be sure to specify what type of walk you’d like “fluffy” to have as well as the duration of the walk.

4. Where do you walk dogs?

Some dog walkers like to walk their dogs around the neighborhood while others find it easier to take them to the dog park. It is up to you where you would like your dog walked so be sure to specify. Some dogs may not do well with other dogs and might be aggressive if taken to a dog park with multiple dogs running around.

5. What methods of training do you use?

Some dog walkers like to use positive reinforcement or obedience training when walking dogs. Which ever training method it is that they use be sure that it is consistent and above all humane.

 

Have you found your dogs BFF yet? 

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