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Pet-Sitting ROCKS!

We recently went on a road trip for 12 days and decided to give pet-sitting services a try for the first time. Best. Decision. Ever.

I’ve noticed for some time now that pet-sitting has become more and more popular but I had never really considered it. We generally only go away from home for 3 or fewer days and for that amount of time we can easily leave out extra food and water and the cats are fine. Lonely maybe, but generally ok to be alone for a few days (compared to dogs.)

Twelve days was far too long to consider leaving them alone and we don’t live close enough to family to ask them to swing by. We considered asking the neighbors. We have quite a few friendly neighbors who might have been willing and able to help but in the end we thought it might be easier to pay for a guaranteed service.

I can’t tell you what a relief it was to know that someone would be stopping by on the exact days we had agreed to!  No worrying about whether the person you’ve asked as a favor might have something else more important come up, an emergency of their own, or whatnot that might prevent them from following through. If the sitter has an emergency, the service sends a back up sitter. End of story.

Lucky for me, I have a number of pet loving co-workers and I was given a referral for a local service, Leash4Lease, instead of just picking a name at random. Leash4Lease was professional, friendly, and so easy to work with. My sitter even frequently sent me text message updates and pictures to let me know the boys were doing just fine. It was such a treat to hear from her and such a blessing to not have to worry about the house or the cats. And, as an added bonus, the cats didn’t puke at all while we were gone! They usually do when we leave for short periods and leave them alone. I suspect Olli overeats and makes himself sick. I don’t know if the simple act of having someone come to the house every other day for a few minutes reduced their anxiety over being alone or if the stars simply aligned in our favor. Regardless, we were over the moon pleased with our first pet-sitting experience. A big thank you to our sitter Amanda for her kind and caring treatment of our fur babies!

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If you’re looking for a pet-sitting service in the Kitsap County or nearby areas, I highly recommend Leash4Lease. They offer a full range of professional pet services including pet-sitting, dog walking, house-sitting, doggy sleepovers, and more! Check ‘em out. 🙂

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life – music and cats.
~ Albert Schweitzer

Catio Update

I am pleased to report that the catio has been a raging success! The boys love coming and going on their own and I LOVE not having to open doors all the time or shoo incessantly meowing kitties from the room.

We still have room to grow but for now, we went the easy route and outfitted the catio with a modest cat tower. Using some leftover wood from other projects, we added an upper tier shelf to the left that allows them to get to the top of the tower and a lower shelf over the cat door.

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As you can see, they have been making good use of everything. 🙂

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.
~ James Herriot, James Herriot’s Cat Stories

Adventures In Cat-sitting

The boys are getting along great with the in-laws. They got their first look at a gas fireplace this week.

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Milo inspected while Olli lounged. Glad to hear they liked it – we’ll have one in the new house too!

Olli also warmed up to the cozy cat beds Jean bought. I knew he would eventually. He spills out a bit but he managed to wedge himself in there.

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Milo, of course, pulled a Houdini out the back while the folks were grilling salmon for dinner – and they didn’t even know! LOL But true to form, he didn’t go far and they rounded him up once they realized he was missing. The little stinker.

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Can I go in the garage instead?

I love all the updates Jean! Thanks for taking such good care of my fur-babies. They clearly aren’t wanting for attention and love. 🙂

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Olli even snuggles up to the old guy. Awww…

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
Anatole France

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Caught In the Act

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Busted! (Licking the plastic frantically.)

Milo has a knack for avoiding the camera but I caught him in the act the other day. He was going to town, licking the bags. (I even got some video of it.) I don’t know what he gets from it but he’s always had a strange fascination with plastic.

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Olli on the other hand has developed a bad habit of drinking from the toilet. Um, what?

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Apparently the filtered water in the moving water fountain that I’ve been providing for the past 6 years just isn’t cutting it anymore. I can’t imagine what nutrients he could be getting from toilet water; or what flavors he’s attracted to. Ewww!

If a cat spoke, it would say things like, ‘Hey, I don’t see the problem here’.
~ Roy Blount,Jr.

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Uneasy Treaty

Rarely do I see the boys, both at ease, this close to one another. Milo must have been feeling particularly needy or lonely when I caught this uneasy treaty earlier this week.

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Although, I don’t know that I should necessarily call him “at ease” here.

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He’s still quite alert and annoyed at my photography.

Olli on the other hand, could care less. King of the pillow.

Interestingly, I found Milo bogarting the pillow today!

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Touché Milo. Touché.

Cats are mysterious folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.
~ Sir Walter Scott