1. Put the harness on. Do not use a collar to walk the cat
on a leash.
2. Your cat might just lie down until he becomes accustomed
to the harness. Slip one finger between the harness and
3. Reward your cat with affection and treats while doing the training
section to give him positive feelings.
4. Continue to put the harness on the cat every day until he
5. Have the cat wear the harness for about 1-2 hrs.--
never leave the cat unattended. Let the cat walk around
while wearing it.
6. Add the leash when the cat is comfortable with the harness.
Let the cat walk around the house with the leash dragging for
as long as it takes for the cat to get used to it. Watch him
7. Practice walking around the house for a few days until the
cat is comfortable walking on the leash.
8. You can take the cat outside when he is used to the leash,
he may require one walk every day. Let him lead you.
Be sure it is quiet outside and no other are animals around you.
You don't want to spook the cat.
9. Bring treats and be very patient teaching a cat to walk
on a leash takes time.
Dogs and cats overgrown nails will drag on the ground and make walking or running uncomfortable. If the nails are not trimmed regularly, they can curve back into the skin, which is very painful, and cause infection. Dogs need their nails clipped every week or two; cats need their nails clipped once a month. Use only a nail trimmer designed for dogs and cats, do not use scissors!
Reward the pet with treat and praise. Cats retract their claws--you'll need to gently press the paw between your finger and thumb to expose the nail. Trim only where the nail begins to curve downward. Trim only small amount at a time.
Always cut below the pink line; dark nails only trim the curved part. Cutting the quick is painful and if bleeding occurs, sprinkle cornstarch or hold a gauze pad and press until the nail bleeding stops.
You can watch a YouTube video, where a veterinarian trims dog and cat nails. If you're not comfortable trimming your dog or cat nails, have the groomer or veterinarian trim them.
Why is brushing pets teeth so important?
Untreated, oral diseases in pets can lead to
further health problems. Plaque on pets teeth, and
if tarter is not removed from the teeth, can
cause the gums to separate from the teeth.
Dry food can only do so much to help reduce plaque
Signs to look for:
pain when eating
red inflamed gums
yellow and brown teeth
If the teeth and gums are left untreated, they can
become infected, creating bacteria which can spread
into the blood stream and infect other parts of the
body. Use toothpaste formulated for pets.
Keep the surfaces of the teeth clean by brushing
daily and the gums will stay healthy.
Get the latest information regarding airline pet policies.
Check with your vet to be sure your pet is healthy for travel.
Some pets do not fly well because they have difficulty breathing.
Seven days before departure, have the veterinary Health Certificate
for the Airline. Do not use a tranquilizer for your pet without asking
the vet. Check with the Airline for proper pet crates or carriers.
Be sure you meet all requirements. Let the pet get used to going in the carrier.
Leave it open in the house and add pet pads.
Pet quarantine internationally
Pet immigration rules in each country
Nonstop flights are the best for the pets--it minimizes their anxiety.
The pet is a great companion for an elderly person.
A pet can improve a person's health by decreasing
blood pressure, preventing depression and loneliness.
If the elderly person is not able to a clean litter box or walk
the dog and administer medication, a pet sitter can provide
those services to make sure the pet has food and water and also check
on the owner and drive sick animals to the vet for a housebound owner.
Sometimes pets are the only relationships they have left because the family
and friends are all gone.
People are happier and live longer when they are around animals.
Seniors can get assistance with food and litter at the Humane Society.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area