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New York City pet sitters are scheduling holiday pet sitting visits

New York City pet sitter. Katie's Kitty NYC cat sitters and dog sitters care for pets in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Long Island.If you will be going out of town for the holidays, we encourage you to book your pet sitting or cat boarding as soon as possible. Here at Katie’s Kitty we have a number of host families in New York City who will care for your cat or dog in their own home, so your pet will not need to be left alone during your time away. We also have cat sitters and dog sitters who will come to your home and care for your pet if you would rather they stay in their own environment.

Regardless of the type of care you’d like for your pet during the holidays – staying with one of our pet sitters in his/her home or in your own home – please give us a call as soon as possible. We want you to have the pet sitter of your choice caring for your pets, and the way to ensure that is to book your pet care services as soon as possible.

If this is the first time you’ll be using our services, we offer a complimentary play date or meet and greet. During this meeting you, your pet sitter, and pet will spend time getting to know each other. You will also go over details of your pet’s care, complete necessary paperwork, and have a chance to ask about the pet sitter and Katie’s Kitty.

You’ll find a list of Frequently Asked Questions on our website to help you learn a little more about Katie’s Kitty and how our pet sitting and pet boarding services work.

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Prepare your pets & home for your pet sitter

Before going out of town and leaving your pet in your pet sitter’s care, you’ll want to do a few things around your home to make sure everything is in order. Here are a few suggestions from PetsitUSA on how to ready your home, and your pet, for your time away.

Preparations for your pet

  • Ensure that there will be enough food, treats, kitty litter, etc. for the time you will be away.
  • Let your pet sitter know where your dog’s leash is kept.
  • If you have a carrier for your pet, let your pet sitter know where it is kept.
  • If your pet is on medication, notify your pet sitter ahead of time. Leave detailed instructions on its use, even if you tell your pet sitter verbally how it’s administered.
  • Put ID tags on each of your pets.
  • Provide outdoor pets with plenty of water, shelter, and a secure enclosure.
  • Leave toys for your pet to play with while you’re away.

Preparations for your home

  • Inform your pet sitter of anything that may be out of the ordinary (sinks that don’t drain properly, toilet that overflows, etc.).
  • Show your pet sitter where the thermostat is and how to operate it. Be sure to leave it set at a comfortable temperature for your pets while you’re gone.
  • If anyone will be in your home during your absence, let your pet sitter know. Because of safety concerns, many pet sitters will not enter a house if they see someone there. Also, be aware that many pet sitting businesses will not accept jobs if they are requested to share pet care responsibilities with others, or if someone else will be in the home while they are caring for your pets.

You’ll find the full article, Prepare Your Home and Pet for Your Pet Sitter, on PetsitUSA.

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Feline’s Pride expands cat food recall

Feline’s Pride has extended an earlier recall of their Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella. Here’s the release that appears on the FDA website:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 15, 2010 – Buffalo, NY – Feline’s Pride is expanding its July 1, 2010 voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10 to include the product produced on 6/21/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. People handling raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or any surfaces exposed to the product.

When consumed by humans, Salmonella can cause an infection, salmonellosis. The symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, minimal diarrhea, fever, and headache. Certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly susceptible to acquiring salmonellosis from such pet food products and may experience more severe symptoms.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The product is packaged in uncoded plastic containers and sold frozen to private consumers nationwide. Once thawed, the pet food has a shelf life of about 1 week. The firm manufactures the pet food by an as-ordered basis. This expansion of the recall affects those orders placed and shipped from June 21 through June 26, 2010 (produced on 6/21/10).


Consumers with questions should contact the company at (716) 580-3096, Monday -Friday from 10 am – 4 pm EDT.

The complete recall can be found on the FDA website: Feline’s Pride Expands Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella Contamination.

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Cat sitting and cat boarding tips

NYC cat sitterHiring a cat sitter to care for your pets while you’re away means finding someone who will provide your cat with enough care and attention to keep her happy and satisfied, while minimizing stress. Since cats are quite particular, you’ll want to make sure everything is in order before leaving your cat in someone else’s care.

At Katie’s Kitty, we offer both cat sitting in your home and cat boarding in our host family homes. And, while we have the utmost confidence in our cat sitters, we encourage our clients to get to know their sitter and ask questions before leaving. I this way you will be confident your cat will be well cared for. Here are some of the things to consider when you hire a professional cat sitter to pet sit or board your favorite kitty.

Unless dictated by an unforeseen circumstance (such as a hospital stay), do not wait until the week before your vacation or business trip to make arrangements for boarding your pet.

Be sure that you have a “good feeling” about the sitter before leaving your pet with him/her. Get to know your cat sitter!

Don’t assume you know exactly how your cat will be cared for by your pet sitter. Just because you had someone care for your cat in the past, it doesn’t mean your new pet sitter will do things the same way. Ask specific questions about the pet sitter’s routine and their home (if your cat will be staying in their home while you’re away).

Ask for references. Questions you might want to ask are (1) How many times have you used this particular service or sitter? (2) For how long was your animal boarded? (3) When was the last time you used this sitter (or the sitter’s agency)? (4) Would you use this sitter or service again? and (5) Did your pet seem perfectly okay in every way when s/he was returned to you?

Give your cat sitter good contact numbers – for you, your veterinarian, and emergency clinic. If your cat is being cared for in your home, be sure to let your cat sitter know where you keep your cat’s crate, and other emergency supplies.

For more information on what to look for when hiring a cat sitter, please see our full article, Points to Consider Before Boarding Your Pet.

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New York veterinarian sues Mariah Carey for unpaid vet bills

New York veterinarian, Dr. Cindy Bressler, is suing Mariah Carey for veterinary bills she says have not been paid.

Mariah Carey is no different when it comes to having trouble paying bills, it seems. Even the rich don’t pay their bills. At least that’s what veterinarian Cindy Bressler is accusing Mariah Carey of when she sued her in a New York state court.

According to Bressler, Mariah Carey racked up a bill of over $30,000 for treatment of three of her Jack Russell terriers, Cha-Cha, Dolomite and JJ, from last year. The vet, who performed “extraordinary services,” is claiming Mariah Carey has only paid $8,200 of her outstanding bill.

The Daily Star has quoted Carey’s attorney, Orin Snyder, “This abusive lawsuit appears to be a crass publicity stunt.” Snyder said, “As a matter of principle, Mariah intends to fight this baseless case and is confident that it will be dismissed.”

On the other hand, Bressler’s lawyer, Michael Posner, declared in The Daily News, “Just pay the woman already. This has been going on six months.”

See SheKnows Entertainment for the rest of Mariah Carey Costly Vet Bills.

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Hot weather can be deadly for your pets

It’s important to keep your pets’ health in mind during the hot summer months. When we get hot, we can get some water, go indoors, or crank the air conditioning a little cooler.  Our dogs and cats aren’t able to do those things for themselves, so it’s up to us to be sure they don’t overheat.

With the dog days of summer before us, pet owners should beware of the dangers of heatstroke in pets.

Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that results when pets cannot adequately rid themselves of excess body heat. Pets rely on panting to cool down. Although panting is a very efficient way to control body heat, it is severely limited in areas with high humidity or low ventilation. The intake of cool, fresh water improves the cooling effects of panting.

Dogs with pug noses are more likely to develop heatstroke because their small nasal passages make it difficult to circulate sufficient air for cooling. Overweight dogs, whose extra layers of fat act as insulation, are also prone to overheating. Age can also be a factor in an animal’s tendency to overheat. Very young pets and elderly pets are likely to develop heatstroke.

Read more about keeping your pets healthy in the summer heat  from the Sonoran News.

For information on the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars, or in other potentially situations, see

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Kitty catios keep NYC kitties safe

New York City cats

Many cats in New York City don’t get out much. With outdoor space being at a minimum for most New Yorkers, it just isn’t an option. Kitty catios, though, are a way for pet owners to let their cats get some fresh air, and keep them safe at the same time.

WHEN it comes to their homes, there are few things New Yorkers prize as much as a little outdoor space — a terrace, perhaps, or a small deck in the backyard.

Their cats feel the same way.

So some cat owners who would never dream of letting their pets roam free outside have come up with a creative compromise: an enclosed space — usually in the form of a screened-in porch or deck — that allows them to share the great outdoors.

Please don’t call it a cage. They prefer the term “catio.”

“The cats, they like to sit out there,” said Stefanie L. Russell, 44, referring to the balcony of her 12th-floor Greenwich Village apartment, where a homemade enclosure keeps her three Burmese cats safe. “Before, we basically didn’t use the balcony at all, because we were afraid that the cats would fall or jump.”

Two years ago, she and her husband, Robert Davidson, who are on the faculty of the N.Y.U. College of Dentistry, fenced off half the balcony, which runs the length of the apartment. They used industrial-grade PVC pipe and heavy black netting, creating a fully enclosed space that they decorated with furniture, plants and carpeting.

Now the couple and their 9-year-old daughter, Sophie, leave the terrace door open for Oliver, Lily and Jackson, who are, as Ms. Russell put it, “the type of cats that love to run out in the hallway.”

The cats seem happier, she said, and there has been an unexpected bonus: “Before, we used to have pigeons nesting on the balcony, and it was just a mess.” These days, the birds keep their distance.

See The New York Times for the rest of ‘Catios’ Bring Cats Outdoors.

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New York dog diagnosed with H1N1

A dog in New York has tested positive for the H1N1 flu.

Bedford Hills, NY – A dog in Bedford Hills, NY is believed to be the first reported case of a dog infected with the H1N1 influenza virus in the United States.

Dr. Ann Hohenhaus of New York City’s Animal Medical Center, New York’s largest veterinary hospital, can comment on how to keep your dog and family safe and what to do if your pet appears to be ill.


  • The signs of 2009 H1N1 infection in companion animals mimic many respiratory illnesses: lethargy, fever, anorexia, difficulty breathing, coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge.
  • Tamiflu can not be given to companion animals to protect them against influenza infection, since efficacy of the drug in animals has not been demonstrated.
  • Pet owners with symptoms of a flu-like illness should minimize contact with their pets.  Covering coughs and sneezes plus handwashing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer around pets is critical to prevent the spread of influenza to all members of the family.
  • Companion animals are catching H1N1 from people, not the other way around.  Currently, there is no evidence pets can transmit influenza to their owners.

Read the rest of Dog In Bedford Hills Tests Positive For H1N1.

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Keep pets safe during the holidays

0121509petspNew York loves a party! And this time of the year seems to be a constant party in some ways – with all of the holiday decorations, the food, and constant coming & going of friends and family. In the midst of it all though, as pet owners, it’s our responsibility to keep our pets safe.

According to Holiday Dangers to Pets, an article provided by Pawprints and Purrs Inc., each year, thousands of pets are seriously injured and/or become ill during the holiday season.

Animals are drawn to music, twinkling lights, decorations and food, which may be hazardous to their health.

“We tend to enjoy lots of rich, fatty foods during the holidays,” said Army Capt. Marion A. Alston, officer in charge, Camp Pendleton Veterinary Treatment Facility.

Avoid feeding pets human food. There are many holiday goodies that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis, he said.

“Food with bone fragments is especially dangerous,” Alston said. “Bones that have sharp points can perforate the animal’s stomach or intestines and cause potentially fatal illness.  Even without sharp edges, bones can become lodged in the digestive tract and require surgical removal”

Along with keeping holidays treats out of reach of the furry family member, pet owners should heed caution to several holiday plants that can also be harmful to animals if nibbled or eaten.

Some of these plants include holly, mistletoe, lilies and pine, said Alston.

While decking the halls with boughs of holly and other holiday décor, there are some things to keep in mind that could help create a safe environment for the family companion.

Some simple guidelines as outlines by include placing candles on high shelves, putting tinsel, ribbon and garland out of reach and anchoring Christmas Trees to the ceiling with a string to prevent it from falling over.

Read the rest of Keeping pets safe for the holidays.

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Does your pet have health insurance?


Health insurance for pets is becoming more mainstream. As this article in the Wall Street Journal reports, people are spending more money to keep their cats, dogs, and other pets healthy. Investing in pet health insurance can help offset the cost of illnesses as well as routine pet care.

The cost of medical care for pets is rising as fast as it is for humans, and that’s helping to spur sales of pet insurance.

Pet owners are able to choose from a rapidly growing array of policies, featuring everything from high-deductible designs to coverage of alternative-medicine treatments like acupuncture. Some pet policies focus on accidents and illness, while others include wellness checkups and shots. And some things that traditionally weren’t included in pet insurance, such as hereditary conditions, are now paid for under many plans.

Consumers need to be careful, since many pet policies can be as confusing as coverage you buy for yourself. Pet insurance often places strict limits on how much it will pay for particular procedures. And policies can have tricky designs that can leave consumers with big out-of-pocket bills for their animals. Premiums vary from around $10 a month to $75 a month, depending on factors including the richness of the plan, your location and your animal’s breed and age.

This year, pet owners are expected to spend around $12.2 billion for veterinary care, up from $11.1 billion last year and $8.2 billion five years ago, according to the American Pet Products Association. Complex procedures widely used for people, including chemotherapy and dialysis, are now available for pets, and the potential cost of treating certain illnesses has spiked as a result.

Read the rest of Polly Want an Insurance Policy? from the Wall Street Journal.

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