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All Creatures Great and Small, Pet Sitters Care for Them All

It seems cats and dogs dominate the pet stores, don’t they? You walk in and see so much for sale for canines and felines. Sometimes you have to ask where to find the hamster toys or the betta fish food.

What’s also not as obvious as where to find these pet peripherals is that professional pet sitters can look after more than just cats and dogs.

Fur Star Pet Care would love to care for all your pets!

What we care for:

  • Reptiles
  • Rodents: Hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, etc.
  • Pigs
  • Ferrets
  • Hedgehogs
  • Horses

That’s right! Along with our standard services we offer specialized and customized care for your pets who neither bark nor purr.

Fur Star Pet Care networks with local and national professional pet sitters so we always have access to caretakers with niche animal experience and expertise.

If you have any of the above-listed animals, contact us today and get a quote!

Meet Our New Family Members!

Announced on our Facebook page  today, we have now adopted sibling sphynxes! One is male and the other is female. We made a trip to Blackwood, NJ to pick them up. They are very affectionate cats who bond strongly with humans. We’re so excited to add them to our family!

Animal Fun Facts

Since we love animals of all kinds, we’d like to share some interesting trivia!

Reptiles

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  1. Ball pythons can live up to 40 years. (Long enough to meet several pet sitters!)
  2. While most snakes in the world are non-venomous, the opposite is true for Australia. The venomous snakes outnumber those who aren’t.
  3. Armadillo Dragons roll up into a ball. While this animal can close up, it’s no introvert. This special reptile thrives among others as it is a social creature.

Rodents

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  1. Guinea pig babies can run when they are only a few hours old and can live a long life of 15 years!
  2. Chinchillas have dense hair for protection in cold climates. A chinchilla hair follicle will hold between 60-90 hairs.
  3. Teddy Bear Hamster coloration comes in a variety of over 40 colors.

Pigs

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  1. Teacup pigs are actually pot-bellied pigs and can grow large up to 200 pounds. This is why many cities will classify them as livestock rather than pets, per ordinances. They are the 3rd most intelligent mammal. If they get lost exploring, they will remember their way back!
  2. Wild pigs help the ecosystem! When they root in the ground the soil movement makes way for new plants to colonize. They also help spread fruit plants by distributing seeds.
  3. In Denmark, the pig population is so great it outnumbers humans!

Ferrets

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  1. Weasels in name but also in behavior, ferrets are known for stealing things and hiding them.
  2. Queen Elizabeth had an albino ferret as a pet. This pet has been locked into history as it was included in a portrait made of Her Majesty.
  3. Though they look kind of like oversized rodents, they are actually more similar to dogs and cats. They are good at catching mice and rats.

Hedgehogs

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  1. Known for being covered in quills, these can number between 5,000 and 7,000!
  2. McGillicuddy Serious Party once nominated a hedgehog to parliament. He lost.
  3. It’s against the law to have pet hedgehogs in Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and New York City and Washington, D.C. So Columbus, Ohio area pet sitters can look forward to making house calls on these little cuties.

 

 

 

Christmas Presents for Pets: 10 Pet-Lover Approved Gifts for Under $20

They’ve been working hard this year! Our puppers and doggos protect the home with mighty barks. Our kitties bring us special “presents.” But most importantly they make us smile, laugh, and they fill us with love all year long.

Let’s not forget to pick up a little something special from “Santa” for our four-legged friends this holiday!

Who knows better than pet people on what are the best gifts and treats? Below are 10 reasonably priced, pet-lover endorsed presents for your cherished animals.

1.) SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Electronic Concealed Motion Cat Toy

Fur Star Pet Care’s own Jeanette Hale recommends this awesome cat toy! The kitties just love this!

A toy attaches to a small motor below the fabric circle. The toy moves under the fabric but then peeks out as it moves along. This really keeps the cats interested. The blinking lights feature also adds to the entertainment.

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Penelope playing with a SmartyKat Hot Pursuit toy!

The toy shuts off after a while to save on power and limit stimulation. Jeanette says, “Our cats love it so much, they sleep on it! Sometimes even when it’s off!”

For just $14 at Target, you can get one for your own feline.

2.) Cat Dancer 101: Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy

Is your cat relentlessly attacking the Christmas tree? This Cat Dancer toy may be just the diversion you need to give that tree a break!

The Cat Dancer is a very simple toy that makes for hours of fun. It’s a piece of curved wire with cardboard at either end.

One user says, “This is the cheapest, most amazing cat toy ever. Never met a cat that wouldn’t play with it for hours.”

This fun toy is only $2.09 at PetCo. It’s so cheap that Amazon offers it as an add-on item for other purchases for under $2!

3.) Colorful Springs Cat Toys

If you were a kid in the days before tablets and smartphones, you probably played with a Slinky or the spring stopper behind the door. Well turns out cats can pass the time playing with springy toys as well.

These colorful springs come in packs of 10. One cat mom in Alberta, Canada says that her kitty loves to play with these colorful coils.

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Colorful coils for cats!

These thrills are cheap at just $4.57 from Amazon!

4.) KONG Naturals Cat Scratcher

Is it time for a new scratching post? Perhaps you’d want to try an inclined scratching product for your cat? The KONG Naturals Cat Scratcher is cheap and has received great reviews!

It has a no-mess design and is made with quality materials.

Chewy offers this great product for just $6.39!

5.) Temptations Treats for Cats

Guess which product is the number one selling cat treat product on Amazon? It is the chicken flavored Temptations treats!

Amazon users warn that this product is highly addictive. Your cats probably won’t want anything else, including their supper! Buyer beware.

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A 30-ounce container of Temptations runs about $15 from Amazon.

6.) Keeping Busy with Pawzzles

Whoever decided to make getting treats a challenge has got to be a genius. When pulling yummies out of a Kong isn’t quite challenging enough for your pooch, there are pawzzles!

See how smart your dog is by watching them work at these puzzles to earn their tasty reward.

These cool contraptions start at about $8 on Amazon

7.) Kong Toy Jumbler Disc

Another toy that will keep a dog busy because of its puzzling nature is the Saturn-shaped KONG Jumbler Disc toy!

In the center of the disc is a spherical compartment that can house other toys, like their favorite ball. The pup can spend hours trying to get at the insides!

One California dog mom says, “they cannot destroy it and have so much fun chasing it. So durable.”

You can order one of these from Pets Warehouse for only $9.97!

8.) BarkShop Best Bets

Amongst all the rough and tumble dog toys are the softer and cuter dog toys. One website offers really cute plushies for your pooch to play with!

A Missouri-based dog mom doted over the Murphy’s Mochi toy from Bark Shop! Unfortunately, this was a seasonal offering, and that season has passed. But there are brand new products to pick from that are just as cute!

Heli-yum Balloons is a close match to the Mochi. You can order one now for $11.90.

Order soon, because some Bark Shop designs are seasonal and limited edition!

9.) Chuckit! Ultra Grip Dog Ball Launcher

Fetch! It’s what dogs live to do. What better way to get some post-Christmas dinner exercise than to toss the ball around in the yard and try out your dog’s new toy!

One Ontario, Canada dog mom says that the ChuckIt! ball his her good boy’s, “Most prized possession.”

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Bear loves his ChuckIt ball!

$11.95 will set you up with a launcher and a ball on Amazon! You can, of course, buy extra balls in various sizes. You can add some fun with balls that glow in the dark or whistle. All the balls are reasonably priced.

10.) Bully Sticks: Treats for Dogs

Another product recommended by this dog mom are Bully Sticks. Like herself, other buyers prefer the odorless version of these treats!

They look just like a cinnamon stick!

They last a while and dogs love them! Try out a new treat this holiday! Orders start at around $13 from the Bully Sticks website.

BONUS TOY: Good Boys Go Ballistic over the BazooK-9

This toy is more than $20, but shoot, we love it. For dogs who love to run and who love tennis balls even more, there is the BazooK-9 which will effortlessly launch those balls in a totally fun game of fetch.

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The BazooK-9, Loads of fun!

You can take this to the park for around $25 when your order through Doggy Market.

 

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Your furry friends have been good all year for Santa. Don’t forget to put something under the tree for them this holiday!

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Leave it to the Purrfessionals: All the Reasons Why You Should Hire a Pet Sitting Business

It’s the holiday season! For many of us, that means we will travel to go see loved ones, or take a vacation to get away from the ice and snow.

Among the list of travel prep, you will need to find someone to watch your pets. There are boarding houses, dog sitting services, neighbors, or other family members you may approach to keep your animals for your time away.

Some people love animals so much that they go into the business of taking care of them full time. Because caring for animals is their passion, they put a lot of thought and consideration into what you and your pets will need. So for some families, having a professional to watch your animals while you are away is the best option among the alternatives.

Motivation: Passion and Purpose

To find reasons why to use a professional pet sitter, we start at the roots. Someone who has made it their mission to care for pets and get referrals is going to be well-motivated to provide the best care they can.

Number one motivation is because they genuinely love animals. They have chosen a line of work that allows them the perk of spending their days with cuddly creatures. They find fulfillment in nurturing and providing loving care for animals.

Competition is another motivator. With services like Rover and boarding houses out there, they need to have a level of quality that is on par with or exceeds that of their competitors.

Asking just anyone to come to look in on your pets and feed them is leaving much to chance. While the friend or family member you would think to ask may be completely trustworthy and do an adequate job, an absence of incentive to do a good job may lead to an inconsistency in care.

Having the passion to care for animals and the motivation to make their human clients happy with excellent service means that your pet will be treated as though it was the service professional’s very own.

Keeping Up Appearances While You’re Away

Burglaries happen while people are away and thieves know that the holiday season means that people are making more purchases and that many will not be at home. The holidays are a prime time for a burglar to come in and take brand new valuables. A house that appears to be occupied is less likely to be broken into.

If you are thinking about boarding your animals rather than using a professional pet sitter, consider that opting for in-home pet care could be a theft deterrent.

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Professional pet sitters will collect mail or packages while you’re away.

 

Finding a pet sitter with great service means that they will create a presence that makes it appear that someone is home. If you keep your animals in a boarding facility, no one will be stopping by your house to take in the newspapers and mail, turn on different lights, etc. Your house will just look unattended. If you’re off to a warmer climate to escape the snow, it would be great to have someone back home shoveling that winter white. Having this extra help will maintain an appearance that your home is being looked after.

Home burglary prevention is another reason why you should hire a pet sitter over a putting your pet up in a boarding home.

Accountable & Dependable Service

Using an insured and bonded service offers protection when things don’t go as planned. Services like Rover will allow you to purchase additional insurance, but this will have a $250 deductible that you are responsible for. This won’t cover issues concerning inadequate service.

With an independently owned insured and bonded pet sitting service you have the added peace of mind with having recourse in the event of property damage, vet bills, incomplete work, etc.

A business that has taken the steps to be insured, bonded and registered sets itself apart from a petcare hobbyist in that they are more invested in their services. This usually means a more serious commitment to service and quality assurance.

Our Columbus, Ohio area pet sitting service is locally-owned and offers GPS tracking and reports that provide daily documentation on your pet’s care.

Hiring a full-time pet sitter also means better availability. What if you ask your neighbor to help out with the pets and they decide at the last minute to take a trip out of town simultaneously? With a service dedicated to pet sitting, you will have a solid commitment to care for the time you have scheduled for service.

Locally owned petsitting services anticipate the busy times and will be staffed in order to meet the demands. Choosing a bonded and insured pet care service offers peace of mind. All of this means flexible and dependable service for your family’s needs that you can rely on when you need it most.

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Keep in touch with your pet’s care while you’re away!

Training & Continuing Education

Having a fully competent person to care for your animals is so important for the cat or dog’s well being. Being a professional means that the pet sitter will know what to look for in terms of illness symptoms and keeping track of everyday poop and pee patterns.

Professionals are focused on the needs of the animal

so they will do more than just fill a bowl with food or water, they will pay close attention to the animal’s needs and give your animals loving attention.

Fur Star Pet Care uses FetchFind to develop pet sitters’ skills and knowledge on the proper and attentive care of pets. Sitters will also be educated about fear-free strategies to maintain a peaceful home environment for pets.

Owner Jeanette Hale attends pet sitting conferences and makes sure that the staff is up to date on CPR training and other issues pertinent to pet care.

Hiring a professional pet care service like Fur Star Pet Care means that you will have someone with current training looking after your cherished animals.

Why Not Ask Your Neighbor Instead?

Sometimes we will feel like we are asking too much of our friends and family or that it’s uncertain that they can provide the level of care that our pets are used to. Hiring a professional pet sitter means that someone who wants to care for your pet, and who will be following a procedure, will provide care in keeping with your lifestyle.

Is the person you asked to watch your pet trained on how to care for a pet that is choking or ill? Will they do the bare minimum and leave you to wonder if the dog has been let out to potty enough, walked, and played with? Will they honor your requests and follow a protocol to make sure every task is completed? Are they trained on how to deal with issues such as separation anxiety or administering medication? If you have someone in your life who can do all of this, then you are truly blessed. For the rest of us, hiring a professional pet sitter instead can mean a big difference in how our pets will be cared for.

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Your cat will be waiting for you to return. Meanwhile, kitty makes a new friend – his pet sitter!

If plans fall through with your friend or neighbor, who will be the one to step in? A pet sitting service will have a contingency plan, and may even end up being your contingency plan if plans fall through with the alternative. Usually, they will take care of other housesitting issues as well, so why not hire a Columbus, Ohio area professional pet sitter in the first place?

Professional Pet Sitters: The Purrfect Choice!

Circumstances such as being in the hospital or planning a trip out of town can be very stressful. You’ll like likely have a list of things you need to do before you leave your pets behind. Rather than make a list for someone to follow, you can hire someone who already has their own comprehensive checklist. Hire someone who has thought of everything so that you don’t have to! Hire a Columbus, Ohio area pet sitting service to give you peace of mind while you are away. Book with Fur Star Pet Care now and leave it to the purrfessionals!