WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DISPOSE OF PET FECES? WHY SHOULD IT MATTER?

That’s a good question. I was surprised to read that you should NOT flush dog feces down your toilet. This is a common practice by dog owners when a “present” is left in the house. However, the treatment from the waste water plants does not kill hookworm and roundworm. That water is then sent back into a nearby river or creek where it will contaminate the river or creek beds (where you and your pet may play). Roundworm and hookworm are parasites that can be harmful to humans and infect other wildlife as well. A quick search on this topic will make you realize how bad infections from these microscopic eggs can be.  The best way to deal with dog feces is to put it in a dark plastic bag and send it to the landfill along with the rest of your garbage. The dark color absorbs the heat and speeds up decomposition killing the pathogens. Do not bury the waste in your yard or use in composting piles. This is backed up by Patricia Conrad, a University of California, Davis, parasitologist.   And for the kitties, their feces can carry Toxoplasma that can cause severe infections in wildlife and people. Many cat litters are clay-based silica which is achieved through strip mining, a very environmentally destructive process. Environmental Working Group, a public health advocacy organization, suggests that you use a sifting litter or even use more environmentally friendly material such as wheat, corn, or sawdust pellets. I had a client that bought the sawdust pellets used in horses’ pens in her litter box. There was absolutely NO odor...

Winter… or not? Pet Care Forecasting

It is now February in the Joplin area … and it is 61 degrees outside! This type of weather makes it particularly difficult to predict what to do with your pets in regards to leaving them in or outside. Take today for example:  I am pet sitting two schnauzers and the owner and I, at the free meet and greet, decided by forecast it is going to be nice outside, so in the morning I would put them outside and then let them in at night, do a little playtime and loving and then crate them for their sleeptime. However, it is to be 61 degrees, but at 7 a.m. it was 32 degrees! The schnauzers are extremely short-haired, so I was concerned that for at least a few hours, these little guys were going to be shivering their little docked tails off! I texted the client an idea that I could put one of their large crates outside facing the house with a blanket over all the other sides to keep the wind from blowing through. She texted back that would be a great idea! So, they are outside.  Tonight it is supposed to rain and we had that covered already with the help of a housekeeper in the a.m. and I would come in the afternoon to let them out for a potty break. So when you are considering what to do with your pets, just try to keep up-to-date with the weather forecast and remember that even though the high may be nice, the low is not so pleasant! You might even consider hiring a pet sitter that already knows...

Why should I clean my yard of pet waste regularly?

Let’s face it — it’s not the most favorite chore of the household. But here are six good reasons to have your yard picked up at least weekly if not more: 1.  Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT good for your yard. Cats and dogs are meat eaters and their waste does not fertilize your yard. 2.  It won’t get tracked in by you or your kids on your shoes into the house. 3.  It won’t get tracked by your pets on their paws or their fur into the house or onto you if they jump you. 4.  When your dog plays and rolls in the grass, they won’t have the potential of getting it on their fur (unbeknownst to you) and then you put them. 5.  It makes the yard a nice place for the kids or you to play or to hang out. 6.  It looks better and is healthier. Creature Comforts can pick up all the waste and dispose of it however you like. It would usually be on a contractual basis like once a week, etc. Call if you are interested in a quote – 417-529-6750 Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to print...

Why would my cats need daily visits while I’m gone?

While cats seem to be such independent creatures, if they are pets, they still like to know someone is around the house. When an owner goes away, this can distress the cat when there is no one there for over a 24 hour period of time let alone a 48-72 hour period of time. Also, cats like fresh water, fresh food, and a very clean litter box. Just like us, they like to have a clean place to go – how many times have you walked into a public bathroom stall and decided you would use a different one since that one was not clean?! Anything can happen while you are gone and it is nice to know that a professional can be there daily to check on your cat and your house. From personal experience, I have had two instances where if the cat were left alone, it would not have been a good situation for the cat or the owner. One was where a cat had jumped up on the stove and fell in between the wall and the stove. She was rather large and so she was stuck behind the stove on the floor. She could not get out or even turn around and the stove was built into the cabinets. Since I came twice daily to care for the cats, she had not been back there for more than 6 hours or so and I was able to have my husband come over and help me rescue the poor thing. The other was a cat that had been shut in one of the kids’ rooms...

Why does my cat rub the top of his head on things?

Dogs and cats: Cats like to rub the top of their heads on their friends. When a cat does this to a dog, the dog doesn’t understand and will take the opportunity to sniff the top of the cat’s head instead. From this sniff, he will be able to confirm that this is his kitty friend and be able to tell who has been stroking the cat and where he has been. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new...