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Pet Sitting

Caring for Cats

Pet sitting for cats

As we all know (especially cat owners!), cats are different than dogs. Cats have their own special needs when their owners have to be away. At BellyRub we understand the unique requirements of cats. pet sitting

First of all, BellyRub has a policy requiring every day visits for cats. Sometimes clients will request every other day service for their cats, but we insist on visiting a minimum of once daily, because anything can happen while you are gone. Your precious cat could become sick, get injured, or damage something in the house. Not checking in daily can have disastrous consequences for your cat and for you.

Our pet sitting services for cats include at least these four components: feeding, playing, grooming, and litter box maintenance.

  • Feeding – Food and medication are given according to the client’s instructions
  • Grooming – Regular grooming is important to keep cats looking and feeling good. Brushing stimulates and conditions a cat’s skin, it helps prevent mats and hairballs, and it gives us an opportunity to bond with your kitty.
  • Playtime – Cats are naturally active and inquisitive, and playtime gives them the mental and physical stimulation they need. We will find out what kind of play your cat likes , and we will entertain them according to their age, health and physical abilities.
  • Litter box maintenance – Besides scooping the litter box, we clean up around it. We also note if the cat has used the box, and we like to know how much is normal for each cat in our care, so we can tell when a cat is ill.

Pet sitting for cats is one of our specialties. Let us know what special accommodations your cat needs, and we will customize our cat sitting service to fit your cat. We know the rewards of caring for cats – there is nothing quite like the feeling of having a cat warm up to you, and accept your offer of play, brushing or cuddling.

Choosing a Pet

Choosing a pet for your child

At some point, most children will ask for a pet of their own. Having a pet is a family decision, as is which pet to choose. Choosing the right pet is important because a child’s first experience as a pet owner will build the foundation for the child’s future as a pet owner. As a family you will need to find the balance between the child’s desire to have a positive pet ownership experience and the reality of the parents’ time, energy and money limitations. After all, as the parent, you will always be the one who is ultimately responsible for the pet. pet sitting

The factors to consider when choosing a pet include the family’s lifestyle, expectations, housing, finances, level of experience with pets, ages of the children, and history of allergies in the family. The safety of both the children and the pet should be discussed before deciding on a pet, and also periodically throughout the pet ownership years. Children can forget to be calm and gentle with animals, and animals, no matter what the breed, have their own personalities. Remember to choose a pet based not on your child’s age so much as their maturity and responsibility level.

Sharing childhood with a beloved pet is an adventure that has no equal. When you choose your pet wisely it can be a peak experience for the whole family. At BellyRub Pet Services, we understand that your pet is an important member of your family, and we want to support you when you have pet sitting needs.

In Home Overnight Pet Care in Portland OR for Puppies

In home overnight pet care in Portland OR is a great solution when you are housebreaking a puppy

At Bellyrub we offer you the option of in home overnight pet care in Portland OR. This is an ideal solution when you have a puppy. We can stay overnight in your home with your puppy to give comfort, familiarity and maintain his regular schedule. in home overnight pet care in Portland OR

Housebreaking a puppy is a task that requires consistency and persistence. Diet and scheduling are two of the main factors of your success with potty training. What you feed your puppy and when you feed him need to be as regular and consistent as possible. Because your puppy’s digestive system is very sensitive, it is important to feed him the same food at the same times every day while you are housebreaking him. About 20 minutes after a meal take puppy out to his spot and stay with him, encouraging him in a positive voice with the phrase you have chosen, such as “Do your business” or “Go potty”. Soon puppy will learn to associate this phrase with relieving himself. When he’s finished, reward him with lavish praise, and then go right into the house.

During the first few weeks of training take the puppy out at regular intervals. Generally the best times to take him out are these:

  • After he wakes in the morning
  • After meals or drinking
  • After a nap
  • After playing
  • When someone returns home if puppy has been alone
  • Before bedtime

Housebreaking is a process, and done with consistency and patience, it can accomplished with ease. Don’t set expectations too high, it’s hard to predict how long it will take. And if you have to leave your puppy, call us at BellyRub Pet Services. We can help.


Information for Dog Sitting in Portland OR

Leave special instructions for dog sitting in Portland OR

When you hire a pet sitter to care for your dog in your home, the more information you can give her about your pets, the better! Your dog sitter will visit you at your home to meet your dog(s), get familiar with your home, and learn about your pet’s routines. Before beginning dog sitting in Portland OR your sitter will have you go over a contract that will spell out the terms of the service she is providing and the cost of the service. You will have the opportunity to share as much information as you can about your dog(s) and their needs. There may be some details that you haven’t thought of, so here are some suggestions for important things you may want to explain to your dog sitter. dog sitting in Portland OR

It can be helpful to leave notes for your sitter about anything that might help her know how to handle special circumstances. Besides the usual instructions about food, medications, schedules and so on, consider leaving tips about specifics like the following items;

  • If you have a special way of doing things, for example, you warm up the dog food before you give it to your dog,
  • If your dog has a specific place she hides where a sitter may not think to look,
  • If your dog has any fears or phobias, such as the loud noises produced by storms or fireworks,
  • If your dog has any allergies at all, make note of it in case your dog needs to make a visit to the vet,
  • If your dog has a habit of accidents in the house, describe where she does it,
  • If there are alternate ways into your house, describe them

As pet sitters, we understand that your pets are family, and we excel at catering to the unique needs of your individual dog. For outstanding dog sitting in Portland OR good communication with our clients is the key to a successful relationship.


Pet Safety Tips for In Home Pet Sitting in Portland OR

Keep your pets safe from holiday hazards with in home pet sitting in Portland OR

The winter holidays can pose some seasonal hazards for your pets. You can avoid these hazards with some awareness and planning. At BellyRub In Home Pet Sitting in Portland OR, we know how to check your home for the dangers that may occur during the holidays. in home pet sitting in Portland OR

The decorating that we traditionally do around the holidays involves strings of lights and ornaments. Some dogs and cats are attracted to shiny things, and like to chew on new things in the environment. If your pet chews on the electrical cords it can cause electrical shock and burns. You can prevent chewing on cords by using cord covers or organizers to keep the wires under wraps. You can also keep cords unplugged when you are not in the room.

During the holiday season we all like to decorate with tinsel and ribbon, but it can pose a risk for cats and dogs as well. Cats and some dogs like to chew and swallow long stringy things. When swallowed, tinsel and ribbon can’t be digested, so it can bunch up in the animal’s intestines, causing an intestinal blockage. Most cats and dogs with an intestinal blockage will require surgery to remove the blockage. The best way to prevent the risk of tinsel or ribbon swallowing, is to refrain from using tinsel or ribbon if you have pets in the house. If you suspect that your cat or dog has eaten ribbon or tinsel, they need to be examined by your veterinarian.

Another holiday hazard that it is important to keep away from pets is candy, and chocolate in particular. Chocolate, besides causing an upset stomach, contains caffeine and a toxin called theobromine. If your pet does get into some chocolate, it is recommended that they be examined by your vet. It is best to keep chocolate and other sweet treats well out of reach of your dogs and cats.

These are just a few of the hazards that are unique to the holiday season. By being aware and following some simple guidelines, you can keep your pets safe from these risky situations during the holidays.


Airport Pet Transportation in Portland OR

Safe, reliable airport pet transportation in Portland OR

Finding dependable, trustworthy pet transportation in Portland OR can cause you concern and worry. You want to know that your dear pet is going to be handled with care and caution as he moves from home to the airport, from the airport to home or from a breeder to his new home.

There are some things for you to consider when you hire us to transport your pet. These are things you can do that will make your pet’s move go as smoothly as possible. pet transportation in Portland OR

First of all, we transport pets in crates because it is the safest method for everyone involved. If your pet is not accustomed to traveling in a crate, spend some time acclimating him or her to being in the crate. This is for the well-being of your pet. It keeps pets from jumping out of the car when you open a door. It also keeps them from moving (or flying) around inside the vehicle when it is moving. Another important guideline is that dogs must be leash trained, so they can be removed from the vehicle safely and walked from the car to the building without incident.

Another important detail to attend to is a properly fitting collar or harness. We want to avoid having a pet pull out of a collar that is too loose. The collar should have ID tags with current contact information on them. You should also provide us with your pet’s health certificates that document his or her current immunization status.

Rest assured, your beloved pets will arrive at their destination happy and healthy with our transportation services. You provide us with a working understanding of your pet’s personality, needs, and medical history, and we will deliver the safest, most attentive pet transporation in Portland OR.


Pet Sitting in Portland OR Gives Us Pet Naming Insider Information

Pet sitting in Portland OR Is Our Business… Choosing a name for your pet is yours!

It’s a big decision. What will you name your new pet? Many of us give it just as much consideration as we would for a child. If you need a little guidance, here are statistics on how people name their pets, and also some suggestions to help with your decision. pet sitting in Portland OR

In a recent poll conducted by Pet Sitters International, pet owners were asked how they decided on a name for their pet. Here are the ways in which people chose names. Forty-seven percent of pet owners chose human names like Max, Sam and Molly. About 33 percent gave their pet a name that described an action or personality such as Cruiser, Sweetie or Cuddles. Twenty three percent of pet owners gave their pets names that described their appearance such as Brownie or Fluffy. And 18 percent gave their pets the name of a famous person, such as a rock star or an athlete.

Here are some other things to consider when choosing a pet name. Select a name that is easy for the animal to recognize, and not one that sounds like the name of someone else in the family. It has been shown that animals respond best to one or two syllable names. Think of names that are easy to call out, and names that don’t sound like common commands such as sit, stay or fetch. Also, you’ll want to choose a name that will fit your pet throughout it’s life, not just as a kitten or puppy.

Another good source of pet names is a baby name book. They include the meanings of names, which can help you find a name that fits your pet perfectly.

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Products Relating to Pet Sitting in Portland OR

New dog products for pet sitting in Portland OR

There are always lots of new pet products on the market. We thought we would bring you some of the new fun and useful dog products we found. At BellyRub Pet Sitting in Portland OR we are always looking for innovative ways to make your pet’s life easier and more enjoyable.

First, we found a toy that we know a lot of dogs will adore. It’s the Big Bite Skinneeez Water Bottle toy. It’s a plush toy that looks like a stuffed animal without the stuffing. It has a velcro opening so you can slip an empty plastic water bottle inside. It then makes a very satisfying crunching and crackling sound when your dog plays with it. It comes in Coyote, Jackal, or Wolf. pet sitting in Portland OR

The next great product is the Kibble Nibble dog toy which is an egg-shaped toy that randomly dispenses dog food as your dog plays with it. It’s a mentally and physically stimulating toy that makes your dog look forward to mealtime. It is perfect for dogs who tend to eat too fast, because it dispenses the food gradually, so they can’t gobble it all at once.

Finally, there’s a product that makes it easy to get your dog to take his medicine. It’s called Pill Pockets and it’s made by Greenies. It’s a small treat with a hollow center, so you slip the pill inside and pinch the end shut, and your dog doesn’t even suspect he’s taking medicine. They make a cat variety too.

When it comes to taking good care of your pets, you can count on BellyRub Pet Services to keep them safe and entertained while you are away. You can Request a Consultation today.

Getting Prepared for Pet Sitting in Portland OR

Preparation is important for great pet sitting in Portland OR

You can help your pet sitter give your pets the best of care while you are gone. Just follow these recommendations for pet sitting in Portland OR.

First of all, make your pet sitting reservation far in advance of when you will be needing her, and remember, if your plans change at all, let her know as soon as possible.

Have everything your pet sitter will need all together in a convenient and visible place. Food, treats, medications, toys, cat litter, collar and tags, and the leash are the obvious things to have ready. But don’t forget the additional supplies that may become necessary, such as a can opener, brushes, paper towels, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, etc.  And be sure to leave extra food and medicine just in case you are not able to return as planned. pet sitting in Portland OR

You will also want to leave plenty of plastic bags for waste pick-up or litter disposal.

Set your thermostat to automatically control the temperature while you are away, and let your pet sitter know what range to keep it in.

Let your pet sitter know what areas of the house are off limits to your pets. Make sure to close off access to these areas before you leave. Also, tell your sitter about any problem behaviors your pets may have, so she can make every effort to prevent them in your absence.

Just to avoid confusion, if there will be other people coming into your home while you’re gone, be sure to let your pet sitter know who they are and what they will be responsible for.

Finally, you may want to notify your veterinarian that a pet sitter will be taking care of your pet for a certain length of time. And give the vet the proper permission to provide any necessary medical care.

The key to a successful pet sitting experience is preparation, and a huge part of that is choosing the right pet sitter!


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Pet Sitting

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Attentive walks and/or runs offered 7 days a week; 7am to 7pm.

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Overnight "in our home" care for those... well..special needs pets.

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Special home tasks while pet sitting or separate service available without pets.