Last updated 1 month ago
When it comes to raising a kitty, one of the more frustrating challenges that you will likely deal with as a pet owner is teaching your cat not to scratch household items. Since declawing is a painful and potentially damaging surgery for your feline friend, it’s important to look for gentler strategies for keeping his paws away from your belongings. Here is a helpful guide to preventing your cat from scratching:
Invest in Several Scratching Posts
As caring pet professionals know, it’s in a cat’s nature to want to scratch something in order to discard their worn out claws. That’s why it’s a great idea for you to purchase several scratching posts that can serve as designated places for your four-legged friend to stretch, play, and make way for his newer, sharper claws. Popular scratching materials include cardboard, carpeting, and wood.
Make Furniture and Other Appealing Items Unavailable
Even after you’ve installed several scratching posts throughout the home, you may still find your cat fixating on a certain chair or carpet. To prevent him from scratching these items, place double-sided tape or sandpaper along the areas that he can easily access. Your cat won’t find relief from scratching these materials and will quickly make the switch to using the scratching posts on a regular basis.
Keep Your Cat’s Nails Trimmed
Since your pet’s wellbeing and quality of life is of the utmost importance, we encourage you to help your cat maintain his paws by trimming them regularly. Every ten days, comfort your cat and allow him to relax a little before cutting the white part of the nail, being careful to avoid the pink area known as the “quick”.
Here at Paws, Whiskers and Wags of Atlanta, we’re committed to helping you enjoy your pet during his lifetime and honoring him for years after he’s passed. Our considerate team will assist you in saying goodbye in a meaningful way. To learn more about our pet cremation services, call (404) 370-6000 or visit our website.
Last updated 2 months ago
Are you and your dog interested in being runners in the 2013 Atlanta Dog Jog? We are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring 10 runners this year for the race! Become a Fan of ours on Facebook AND comment on our “Caption This Photo” picture we post this afternoon for your chance to be a sponsored runner! We will announce the winners on Monday, April 1. The winners will need to stop by our Decatur office April 3, 6-7 p.m. or April 9, 3-5 p.m. to sign up and receive your shirt and your dog’s bandana. Check out Atlanta Dog Jog’s website for additional information about the race. Good Luck!
Last updated 2 months ago
Your pet is part of your family, and taking care of his or her health will help your pet live a long, healthy life. When it’s time to say goodbye to your pet, you can honor his or her memory with a memorial and cremation from Paws, Whiskers & Wags. Call our Atlanta facility at (404) 370-6000. In the meantime, learn more about keeping your pet happy and healthy with the resources below.
The Cesar Milan Foundation offers tips for dog owners trying to find the right doggie day care facility.
Keep your cat energized with different types of cat toys. Learn more about the best toys for cats with this link to the ASPCA.
Read more about playtime for cats, including some homemade toys, with this article by The Humane Society.
The American Kennel Club discusses why it’s so important to socialize your dog and offers advice on getting started.
PetSafe discusses the questions you should ask a doggie day care center before signing your pet up for it.
Last updated 2 months ago
Signing your pet up for a doggie day care service allows him or her to socialize with other animals and people. It also prevents your pet from becoming bored or lonely while you’re away at work or school. However, not all doggie day care centers are the same; make sure you research all of the options in your area to pick the best one for your pet:
Ask About Policies
Ask the staff at the day care center what their policies and procedures are. For example, is someone available to supervise the dogs while they play, or are the dogs allowed to play by themselves? Pets should always be supervised at a day care center while they play with other pets. Also, ask if there are different playgroups for different sizes of dogs, and what their disciplinary procedures are. Always choose a facility that uses positive reinforcement, not physical punishments.
Take a Tour
Ask the pet care workers if you can take a tour of the facilities. If the staff members are reluctant to show you around or they deny your request outright, look for another facility. During your tour, evaluate the overall cleanliness of the facilities, particularly the play areas and kennels. Check to see if the playgroups are supervised, and whether the dogs have plenty of water. The play areas should also offer partial shade.
Evaluate Your Dog’s Adjustment
If you feel that a pet care facility is right for your dog, bring your pet to check it out. Evaluate whether he or she feels comfortable at the facility, including in the play areas and kennels. Assess how well your pet gets along with the other dogs. If your dog has difficulty adjusting to the day care center, consider looking for another facility.
When your faithful companion has passed away, you can honor him or her with a memorial from Paws, Whiskers & Wags. We offer a comfortable, compassionate environment for you to say goodbye to your pet. Our Atlanta location is available 24 hours a day by telephone at (404) 370-6000.