April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month!

puppy with first aid kit, pet first aid, pet health

We are living in some crazy times right now. You have to plan for disaster in your job, your rent or mortgage, and potentially your family. But have you planned for taking care of your pets? Your pets are family and should be a part of that planning!

At this time many veterinarians are unable to perform routine care for your pets. Now is a great time to familiarize yourself with basic first aid and safety for your pet! You may still need to get your fur baby to a professional but you can manage minor injuries, assess and stabilize, and provide some routine care yourself.

How can you prepare?

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, 25 percent more pets would survive if one pet first aid technique had been applied prior to getting emergency vet care. Many pet owners do not know what constitutes an emergency or what to do in an actual emergency to help stabilize their pets. Here’s how you can change that:

  1. Attend a pet first aid and CPR class! There are many courses out there, both online and in-person, to teach pet owners basic first aid and CPR. The Red Cross and Pet Tech have well known programs. Links to both courses are at the bottom of this post.
  2. Always keep a pet first aid kit nearby! Every pet owner should have a first aid kit at home. If you often take your pets camping, hiking, or hunting you may also want to have a first aid kit in your car. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the ASPCA have good checklists for what should be included. Make sure you check your first aid kit at least once per year to switch out any medications or supplies that have expired. Set a reminder to do so in April during Pet First Aid Awareness!
  3. Pet proof your home, especially your kitchen. Make sure you know what foods your pet should not eat and keep them out of reach from your furry friend. Remove hazardous objects from your pet’s environment, especially if you have a puppy. Puppies tend to examine their world with their mouths and you do not want to have to rush your pup to the vet because he ate a sock or your child’s action figure.

What should you do?

  1. Know your vet and your pet. Regardless of whether you’ve just moved to the area or lived there your whole life, make sure that you (and consequently your pets) have a relationship with a local veterinary clinic. It is important for you to know where your vet is, how to contact them, and that they know your pet and his/her history. It is also important that you know your pet’s “normal” so that you can tell when something is wrong. Make sure you take a resting heart rate, respiration, and temperature so that you have a baseline. Know your pet’s typically eating and eliminating schedule so that you can tell when something is off.
  2. Check the scene and the pet. If you did not witness what happened make sure you look for any potential hazards to you or the pet or clues to what your pet ate or interacted with. Once it is safe to do so, observe your pet’s body, posture, and breathing to inform the vet of their status. If applicable check for a heart rate or pulse, temperature, and level of consciousness and perform necessary CPR or first aid to stabilize your pet. Watch your pet for signs of distress and fear and respect their body language.
  3. In the case of an actual emergency, always call your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic or poison control immediately. Relay the necessary information to your veterinarian clearly. If you have taken any first aid steps be sure to tell your vet. Prepare your pet for transport and ensure they are stabilized and safely supported during your trip to the vet. Be prepared for your pet to go into shock if it is a severe injury. Have a blanket or two to wrap around your pet to help maintain body temperature.
  4. Stay calm. Your pet can and will pick up on your stress which could exacerbate their emergency. Keep your voice and movements quiet and steady and do your best to stay in control. This is a scary event but if you can retain a sense of calm then you are already helping your pet.

Common household injuries

  • Abrasions/Hot spots: scrapes to your pet’s skin can be shallow and heal easily or larger and more serious. Hot spots are created by excessive licking or scratching in a certain area and can also vary in severity. Carefully clip the hair around the area so you can see and work on the wound. Wash the wound with warm water or a saline solution first to remove dirt, debris, or clumps of hair. Apply triple antibiotic ointment and try to keep your pet from licking/chewing on the area. You can put a clean sock or a clean gauze pad on the area to prevent licking. If the wound is large, deep, or doesn’t begin to heal in 3-4 days contact your veterinarian.

  • Allergies/Allergic reactions: The most common causes of allergic reactions are insect bites or stings or skin allergies. If your pet has been stung, make sure the stinger isn’t still present (it would usually be small and black). Do not pick it out as that can release toxins. Use a hard surface like your nail or a credit card to scrape it off. You can apply a cold compress or ice pack to reduce any swelling. You may be able to administer an antihistamine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) but only with approval from your veterinarian. Be sure that the product only contains diphenhydramine as other allergy medicines can contain toxic ingredients and only give the dose recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Diarrhea: We’ve all experienced this with our pets at one point or another. Diarrhea can be caused by many things, both serious and not. If your pet’s diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours, your pet is very old or young, or if there is blood in the diarrhea they should be checked out by a veterinarian. Take away any potential culprit (new food, new treat, new toy) that could be the cause. Put your pet on a bland high-fiber low-fat diet, such as boiled meat with cooked white rice in a 1 part meat to 3 part grain ratio, for 2-3 days before slowly reintroducing the normal diet. As long as there is no vomiting you can give your pet as much water as they’d like but make sure they do not gulp down too much at a time. You can add an electrolyte solution to their water to help replace lost nutrients. Ask your doctor about medications such as Kaolin/pectin or Pepto Bismol.
  • Dehydration: Dehydration can occur anytime but is most common during the summer months if your pet does not get enough water or has too much heat exposure. Dehydration can be serious and should always be discussed with your veterinarian. Chances are your vet will want to examine your pet to determine how severe it is. If your pet is not vomiting you can give him/her an electrolyte replacement drink like Pedialyte. If you suspect heat exhaustion/exposure, try to keep your pet cool and place cold damp clothes around your pet’s neck and on the pads of the feet.
  • Nails/Pad wounds:If your pet gets a broken nail or if you clip a toenail too short apply styptic powder (or cornstarch) to the area. You can also apply direct pressure to the nail with clean gauze or cloth for 5 minutes to stop bleeding. If you successfully stop the bleeding wait 1 day (to ensure you do not disturb the clot) and then soak the paw in warm water and a saline solution to help healing. Monitor the site for infection, swelling, worsening of pain or continued bleeding. If your pet presents any of those signs take him/her to the veterinarian. For pad wounds be sure to remove any foreign objects and wash the area with a saline solution. Dry and bandage the foot. Pads have many blood vessels so all pad wounds will likely bleed a lot and will require at least a call to your veterinarian.

  • Urinary accidents: I’m not talking about your puppy having an accident during potty training (unless they are frequent and excessive). Accidents from dogs who have been potty trained or frequent urination could indicate a urinary tract infection or a weak bladder. Contact your veterinarian to determine the cause and prescribe medication. If your pet is straining to urinate or crying when urinating, if you see blood in the urine, or if your pet is frequently squatting to urinate with only nothing or small drops present take your pet to the vet immediately as this could be a life threatening urinary blockage!
  • Vomiting: Many of us pet owners have had to clean up vomit at one point or another. While it is not normal, most of the time vomiting is a temporary condition and your pet will be fine. Withhold food and water for 8-12 hours (do not do this for young, old, or otherwise ill animals). If vomiting has stopped while not eating or drinking you can offer small quantities of ice chips every few hours as long as vomiting doesn’t recur. Slowly reintroduce water and an electrolyte replacement to prevent dehydration. If vomiting still doesn’t occur add a bland diet in small increments over the next 12 hours. Then slowly reintroduce a larger amount of food and decreased frequency over 48 hours before transitioning your pet back to their normal diet. If vomiting continues after you have withheld food for more than 12-24 hours contact your veterinarian immediately.

Always wash your hands and wear non latex disposable gloves when coming into contact with your pet’s wound or bodily fluids.

Don’t forget about your pocket pets.

Many people in the world also own pocket pets, including guinea pigs, mice, gerbils, hamsters, or rats. When it comes to first aid for these little friends, make sure you know what is normal. If you know what their normal respiration and heart rate are, how much they should weigh, and what is the ideal body temperature, then you can more easily see any abnormalities as they arise. However, although they may be easy to diagnose, pocket pets are often difficult to treat so it is always a good idea to contact your veterinarian. According to Denise Fleck, The Pet Safety Crusader, often unless there is an external physical injury the first sign of any issue is a lack of eating or pooping. Keep your pet warm and supported with a warm towel wrap and contact your veterinarian. Make sure you bring a stool sample to your appointment to test for parasites or other causes. Visible external injuries, such as a limp leg, weakness or paralysis, head tilt, visible bleeding, or  inflammation, also require a trip to a species specific vet. For small cuts and scrapes apply pressure with a clean gauze pad. Once bleeding has stopped wash the area with betadine or hydrogen peroxide and dab on some triple antibiotic ointment.

If you are ever unsure or worried, please contact your veterinarian immediately!

For ASPCA’s poison control hotline click here or call 888-426-4435.

If you’d like more details check out

  • The Red Cross Pet First Aid courses
  • Pet Tech’s Pet First Aid class
  • The Pet Safety Crusader’s courses

May 10, 2020 Update:

We are still under a Shelter in Place order, but as the state prepares to resume operations we would like to remind everyone that we are still open. We are continuing to follow CDC and WHO guidelines for safe interactions both for pets and humans. Those precautions are listed below but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We request that if you or someone you have come into contact with has symptoms of, a diagnosis of, or a high risk of contracting COVID-19 please let us know so that we can adjust accordingly. As we slowly begin to resume normal activities we must continue to take care or ourselves and each other.

We are open!

Kitten in doorway looking at person with head tilted

The health and wellbeing of your pets continues to be our top priority. As news of COVID-19 develops we are monitoring the situation closely. At this time our business remains open and we will continue to provide top notch pet care services. We are still here to help, but if you do have any changes in your plans, we are waiving all cancellation fees for changes due to COVID-19. Currently we are providing services to those essential employees who must remain working during this crisis, including healthcare workers, law enforcement, and any others deemed necessary, as well as anyone who is unable to personally care for their pet. For those of you who are unable to get or stay home, we are here for you and your pets! For those of you who can stay home, please do so and stay healthy.


The CDC and WHO still maintain that dogs, cats, and other small pets are not considered at risk for contracting the virus. However, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our staff and human clients. In order to do so we request that you notify us if you or anyone you are in contact with is ill or has shown symptoms of the virus.


Our sitters are washing their hands frequently, utilizing gloves or their own supplies as necessary, and maintaining the required 6 feet of social distancing when interacting with clients. We are requesting that all clients who are home during their pet sits or dog walks attempt to maintain that distance as well.

Our small business has been built over the years in great part due to our wonderful community. Thank you for all that you have done to help us grow and survive. We are all in this together and we will get through this.

For any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to continuing to care for your pets when schedules normalize.


Dog in woods getting walking - benefits of dog walking

If you’re not walking your dog regularly, there’s a chance you could shorten its life by a year or more. Did you know that according to dog trainer Veronica Stilwell, a recent survey states that only half of dog owners walk their dog at least once per day?

Do you question the benefits of dog-walking?

  • You may think that it doesn’t really matter because your dog doesn’t seem to enjoy walking, especially when it’s not 70 degrees and sunny outside.
  • You might think it’s more trouble than it’s worth.
  • You might think putting them in the backyard provides enough exercise.

Here are 6 Scientific reasons why walking your dog has been proven important to their health and wellbeing.

1. According PetBacker.com 93% of dog-owners said that walking their dog help their dog feel less stressed.

The other day after a long walk with both of my pups I stopped to grab some lunch. My younger dog, who normally worries constantly when out in public, settled right down under the table on the restaurant’s patio and peacefully watched the world pass her by. She did not fuss when other dogs, strollers, or bicycles went past. She was relaxed and content to remain lying down near me. The physical exertion of the walk helped her to decrease her stress levels.

2. BetterHealth.com states that pups who do not get exercised can quickly become obese, which can ultimately lead to cardiovascular and liver disease, osteoarthritis, and insulin resistance.

Several of our clients have noticed that their dogs have lost weight on a regular walking schedule. One client with an older Labrador retriever who needed to lose 10 pounds even got a compliment from her veterinarian about the dog’s weight loss. The pup was also able to move more easily even in his old age, due both to the weight loss and to the improved joint mobility from more consistent activity.

3. Consistent walks can also improve digestive and urinary health according to VCA Hospitals.

Dogs love their schedules and routines. Often dogs prefer to “go” on a schedule and providing your pet with the opportunity to relieve itself consistently can help prevent constipation since walking promotes digestion. Bladder retention can also lead to urinary tract infections so allowing your dog to regularly empty it’s bladder will keep him/her both happy and healthy.

4. The Animal Foundation notes lack of exercise and walking can affect dogs’ mental health as well. If your pet is not given the opportunity to explore new sights and smells he or she can become bored, and as any puppy owner knows, boredom leads to destruction. Lack of exercise and interaction can also lead to fear or stress.

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with two young dogs as a pet sitter. Both boys were highly intelligent but were destroying their homes, furniture, and owner’s possessions. Once we got them both on regular walks they settled down immensely. Now, they get their physical and mental stimulation from sniffing along for an hour outside rather than chewing up the drywall or eating every dvd out of the cabinet!

Walks can also help teach your dogs how to adapt to its environment more effectively. Many dogs hate the cold, the heat, the rain or the snow (or all of the above!). Adding the positive association of walks and sniffing and special bonding time to these often upsetting weather conditions can recondition your pooch to appreciate rather than fear the weather. Be sure to keep your pup safe during extreme conditions, go at their pace and don’t force them, and bring lots of treats to help them adjust! YourDogAdvisor.com has some great tips for getting your pup excited about walking in the rain!

5. According to Positively.com consistent walks with your dog can strengthen your bond and decrease their loneliness.

Sitting home all day can get pretty lonely for your pup. Not only can walking with you (or a dog walker!) help to alleviate some of that loneliness, walking can help to build trust with your pet and improve their behavioral development. Our pet sitters have commented that walking dogs, particularly shy ones, is one of the best ways to get them to interact directly and form positive associations with the sitter. Not only does walking help build your pet’s trust in you, but it helps build their confidence in interacting with the world around them.

6. PetMD notes that dog walking can boost emotional health and mitigate unwanted behaviors.

Ever have one of those dogs that sits in front of you staring soulfully into your eyes and then promptly smacks you with her paw and lets out an ear piercing bark? I have and it’s not a joyful occasion. Constant attention seeking through unwanted behaviors like pawing, jumping, whining, and barking is annoying to us and harmful to your dog’s ability to interact with society. Regular walks help your pup get out excess energy and allow your pet to spend time with you in a positive manner.

This last one is for all of the cat owners out there:

Bonus 7. Regular walks can also provide physical and mental health advantages for your cat says Jackson Galaxy.

Many people think that leash-training a cat is insane. However there are many cats that benefit from outdoor access in a controlled manner. Cats who have been leash trained are more easily able to maintain a normal weight and have an interesting outlet to relieve their stress and stave off boredom, as well as improve their bond with you. After a walk, cats can come home relaxed and more able to handle changes in their daily routine. But please be sure that your cat wants to go outside and take a walk. After all, this is all about improving their health, not increasing their stress!


So if you were skeptical of the benefits of dog-walking before this post – you no longer have an excuse! Get out there and enjoy the world with your four-legged best friend!



Whiskers To Tails Petsitting is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA) for 2019. This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List during the 2019 calendar year.

“The service professionals who receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “They have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award’s 2019 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

This is the 7th time Whiskers To Tails Petsitting has won an Angie’s List Super Service Award since 2011.

Whiskers To Tails Petsitting’s former owner, Linda Deml-Drahota, is proud of her company’s excellent service through the years and gives full credit for that to her staff of pet sitters. “Our pet sitters are committed to providing top notch care to all of the pets and our clients often remark about the quality of that care and the attention to detail our sitters provide,” said Deml-Drahota. Whiskers to Tails’ new owner, Claire Newcom, states that she is “looking forward to building on such a formidable reputation to continue to promote excellence in all aspects of our pet sitting services.”

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Whiskers To Tails Petsitting has served the Twin Cities metro and surrounding suburbs since 2010 coming to client homes to care for their pets while they are traveling or working long hours. Services they offer include pet sitting, dog walking, and overnight sitting. Whiskers To Tails Petsitting is bonded and insured. Go to http://www.whiskerstotailspetting.com to learn more or reserve a pet sitting service.

Whiskers To Tails Petsitting is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA) for 2018. This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List during the 2018 calendar year.

“The service professionals who receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “They have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award’s 2018 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

This is the 6th time Whiskers To Tails Petsitting has won an Angie’s List Super Service Award since 2011.

Whiskers To Tails Petsitting owner, Linda Deml-Drahota, is proud of her company’s great service year after year and gives full credit for that to her staff of pet sitters. “Our sitters bring a wealth of experience to their jobs and our clients often remark about the quality of care and attention to detail our sitters provide when caring for their pets,” said Deml-Drahota.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Whiskers To Tails Petsitting has served the Twin Cities metro and surrounding suburbs since 2010 coming to client homes to care for their pets while they are traveling or working long hours. Services they offer include pet sitting, dog walking, and overnight sitting. Whiskers To Tails Petsitting is bonded and insured. Go to http://www.whiskerstotailspetting.com to learn more or reserve a pet sitting service.

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If you’re a cat lover like we are at Whiskers to Tails Petsitting, you’ve probably been known to throw around a few cat puns here and there – or whenever you possibly can. We thought we’d have a little fun with this and develop a comprehensive list of the most purr-fect cat words.


If you’re ever in desperate need of a list of cat puns, words or names for your furry friend, just re-fur to this list!

Cat Puns

Try working these cat puns into your everyday conversations for good laugh. After all, everyone loves a good cat pun!

Claw-ful = Awful


  1. Very bad or unpleasant; especially when pertaining to litter boxes.
  2. “The litter box smelled claw-ful after not changing it for two weeks.”

Cathletic = Athletic


  1. Physically strong, fit, and active.
  2. “After the cat jumped the fence and ran away, it was apparent that he was much more cathletic than my dog, who tried digging a hole underneath it.”

Fur-midable = Formidable


  1. Inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable.
  2. “The human was a fur-midable opponent in the famous cuddle battle of last night. I Mittens, however, declare myself the victor.”

Fur real = For Real


  1. Used to assert that a cat is genuine or is actually the case.
  2. “I’m not playing games with you, mouse – this is fur real!”

Purr-fect = Perfect


  1. Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as a cat can possibly to be.
  2. “My cat strove to be the purr-fect snuggle buddy.”

Fur-tunate = Fortunate


  1. Favored by or involving good luck or fortune for cats.
  2. “The cat was fur-tunate to land on its feet after falling out of that tree.”

Feline = Feeling


  1. An emotional state or reaction a cat instills in its owner.
  2. “The way this kitty snuggles is giving me a loving feline!”

Claw-ver = Clever


  1. Quick to understand, learn, and devise or apply ideas like a cat can; intelligent.
  2. “My cat just taught himself how to flush the toilet. Claw-ver little devil.”

Tail = Tale


  1. A fictitious or true narrative or story that involves famous felines, especially one that is imaginatively recounted.
  2. “Gather ‘round, children, as I tell you the tail of the incorrigible Cat that wore the Hat.”

Purr-haps = Perhaps


  1. Used to express uncertainty or possibility when a cat is around.
  2. “…Did your cat just eat my tuna sandwich? Purr-haps.”

Paw-sibility = Possibility


  1. A thing that may happen or be the case when a cat is around
  2. “…Did your cat just eat my tuna sandwhich? It’s a paw-sibility.”

Fur-end = Friend


  1. a cat whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection.
  2. “My cat is definitely my best fur-end in the whole wide world.”

Purr-ty = Pretty


  1. An attractive cat; beautiful or handsome.
  2. “I have a purr-ty little kitty with bright white spots and razor-sharp claws.”

Cat-ch = Catch


  1. Intercept and hold (an animal or toy that is flying through the air).
  2. “To cat-ch the bird, the cat crawled up to the roof, sprung off, snagged it straight from the sky and landed safely on the ground.”

Litter-ate = Literate


  1. (of a cat) able to read and write.
  2. “Although my cat Mittens isn’t litter-ate in the traditional sense, I’m pretty sure he can read my mind like a book.”

Un-fur-tunate = Unfortunate


  1. Having or marked by bad fortune; unlucky.
  2. “The un-fur-tunate cat developed a skin condition in which it’s coat started shedding profusely.”

Cat-atonic = Catatonic


  1. Abnormality of movement and behavior arising from a stimulated mental state. It may involve repetitive activity.
  2. “The kitten entered a cat-atonic state almost immediately after eating the cat nip. He’s been sleeping for hours.”

Hiss-terical = Hysterical


  1. Deriving from or affected by a cat with uncontrolled extreme emotion.
  2. “As soon as the cat entered the car to go to the vet, he became hiss-terical.”

Meow = Now


  1. At the present time or moment; made popular by the 2001 cult-film classic, Super Troopers.
  2. “Go refill the food bowl – right meow!”

Litter-ally = Literally


  1. In an exact manner or sense; exactly.
  2. “The cat litter-ally flung all of it’s feces around the basement.”

Hiss-tory = History


  1. The study of past major events, particularly in feline affairs.
  2. “The hiss-tory of Ancient Egypt is littered with instances of cats being held in the highest esteem.”

Paws = Pause


  1. Interrupt action or speech briefly, normally with a loud screech or hissing sound.
  2. “The whole party took paws when the cat started to inexplicably screech, perched on the fireplace mantle.”

Kitten me = Kidding me


  1. Used when a cat does something surprising or that seems as if it can’t be serious or true.
  2. “Your cat just leaped from the second story window and ran away. Are you kitten me?”

Paw-don me = Pardon me

phrase of pardon

  1. Express polite apology, without necessarily caring about human’s feelings.
  2. “Paw-don me, were you trying sweep the floor? Let me just scratch the broom to death instead, sir.”

Fur-miliar = Familiar


  1. Well known from long or close association; cat-pals.
  2. “As our relationship grows, my cat has become fur-miliar with the fact that if he rubs up against my leg, he’s getting a treat.”

Paw-some = Awesome


  1. Extremely impressive; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear, especially after eating catnip.
  2. “Dude… this catnip is paw-some. I’m going to crash for, like, ten hours.”

Paw-er = Power


  1. The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of other cats or the course of events.
  2. “The idea that men should have paw-er over cats is preposterous. Come feed me, human.”

Fur-get = Forget


  1. Fail to remember, unlike a cat.
  2. “I petted my cat too aggressively back in 2004, now he doesn’t like to be touched. He will never fur-get.”

Cat-titude = Attitude


  1. A settled way of thinking or feeling a cat has, typically one that is reflected in its behavior.
  2. “The cat-titude of Mittens was that of defeat after the neutering operation.”

Fur-ever = Forever


  1. For all nine lives; for always.
  2. “The cat will like you always and love you fur-ever.”

A-paw-ling = Appalling


  1. Causing shock or dismay for a cat; horrific.
  2. “The cat smelled a-paw-ling after running around the alleyways all night long.”

Cat-astrophe = Catastrophe


  1. An event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering to the feline world; a disaster.
  2. “It was a cat-astrophe for the entire feline civilization when they stopped printing new Garfield comic strips in the Sunday times.”

Radi-claw = Radical


  1. (Especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.
  2. “Did you just see Mittens completely flatten himself and slide through a seam in your wall? Yeah, he’s stuck in the wall now. Radi-claw.”

Mew-sic = Music


  1. Meowing and hissing sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
  2. “The single female cat howling in the alleyway was like mew-sic to the ears of all the single male cats in the area.”

In-fur-ior = Inferior


  1. Lower in rank, status, or quality, especially when comparing cats to dogs.
  2. “Those slobbery, drooling dogs are so much more in-fur-ior to our supreme cat bloodline.”

Mew = You


  1. Used to refer to the owner that the cat is addressing.
  2. “I’m going to break through jump out of the window, hunt around the neighborhood and bring back a dead bird. Mew dig?”

Meta-fur-kitty = Metaphorically


  1. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.; figuratively.
  2. “Speaking meta-fur-kitty, my cat fell through a trap door of depression after I took him to the vet.”

Mew-nimum = Minimum


  1. The least or smallest amount or quantity of cat food possible, attainable, or required.
  2. “I require at least three bowls of food per day. Mew-nimum. Otherwise, I will get hangry. You don’t want to see me when I’m hangry.”

Hiss-self = Himself


  1. Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a male cat previously mentioned as the subject of the clause.
  2. “Did you see Mittens came down with a bad bout of mange? Yeah, he needs to take care of hiss-self.”

Mew-sery = Misery


  1. A state or feeling of great distress or discomfort of mind or body.
  2. “My cat’s favorite past time is capturing mice, playing with them and them putting them out of their mew-sery.”

Fur-ward = Forward


  1. Toward the front; in the direction that a cat is facing or traveling.
  2. “He started up the engine and the sleepy cat moved fur-ward off the tire and out from the wheel hub and wandered down the road to the next parked car.”

Pur-ceive = Perceive


  1. Become aware or conscious of (something) as a cat; come to realize or understand human behavior.
  2. “As the cat perceived, the tuna sandwich was now in fact his.”

Furry = Very


  1. Used for emphasis, when a kitty is being particularly good.
  2. “Who’s a furry good kitty? Is it you? Yeah, I think it’s you!”


Cat Names

Trying to think of an awesome name for your new kitten or a nickname for your cat? Use some of these ideas for inspiration! If you choose one of these, we guarantee everyone will think your cat’s name is paw-some.

  • Cat Stevens
  • F. Scott Fitzferal
  • Paw McCartney
  • Margaret Scratcher
  • Henry Hissinger
  • Paw Revere
  • Cat Benatar
  • The Great Catsby
  • Fleas Witherspoon
  • Fuzz Aldrin
  • Luke Skywhisker
  • Shakespurr or William Shakespaw
  • Cat Man
  • Catrick Swayze
  • Charles Lickens
  • JK Meowling
  • Demi Meower
  • Purrnest Hemmingway
  • Furgie
  • Catsy Cline
  • Meowly Cyrus
  • Cat Damon
  • Santa Claws
  • Bing Clawsby
  • Kitty Purry
  • Cleo-cat-ra
  • Catperniucus
  • Notorious C.A.T.
  • Oedipuss


Cat Words: Try Making Your Own Pun with These

Now it’s time to give it a try. Pick out any of the cat-associated terms below and put together a pun of your own. We know that you’ll do claw-some!

  • Meow
  • Kitten
  • Paw
  • Litter
  • Mew
  • Stroke
  • Hiss
  • Tail
  • Feline
  • Cat
  • Purr
  • Claw
  • Fur


Enjoy Your Fun with Radi-claw Cat Puns!

So, if you and your kitty ever want a good laugh, keep this article bookmarked and put the paw-er of cat puns at your fingertips!

We hope you enjoyed this comprehensive list of cat vocabulary. If you love cats as much as we do, have some fun by speaking completely in cat puns!

If you’re looking for more resources about cats, dogs and pets in general, we have everything you need – just visit the Whiskers to Tails blog today!

When hiring a cat sitter, you want your feline friend to stay safe while you’re away – although we’re sure you already knew that! While there’s usually a million things to plan for an upcoming vacation or business trip, from hotel reservations, plane tickets and more, making sure your cat is cared for is probably at the top of your list.  

So, are you worried about finding a cat sitter that’s compatible? Whiskers to Tails Petsitting is here to help you with what you need to know before hiring a cat sitter.

1) Know Your Cat’s Special Needs

Most cats thrive in quiet environments where they can be independent. A boarding facility can put stress on your cat and expose him to contagious diseases. Consider your cat’s personality; do you think that he’d be better off in his own home, where he’s comfortable and with a person that he’s familiar with? If so, forego the boarding facility and reach out to a professional pet sitting company.

Does your cat have any medical conditions or anxiety issues? A cat sitter is better suited to provide the one-on-one attention your cat may require to stay healthy. It’s also much easier to check in with a cat sitter to see how your cat is doing. You may even be able to get text or email updates throughout the day with photos and video.

2) Know Who Your Applicant Is

It’s imperative that you find a sitter who both you and your cat are comfortable with. This person will be entering and staying in your home, feeding and possibly providing medication to your cat, and dealing with any emergencies while you’re gone. Because of this, it’s good to start your hiring process at least a month before you officially leave town. That way, you can meet multiple sitters if needed and give deeper consideration to each of your candidates.

Look around for reviews online and ask for personal references. Additionally, have them visit your home and interact with your cat to ensure compatibility. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have to ensure the applicant is the right person for the job.

3) Know which Questions to Ask Your Applicant

When you’re meeting with an applicant, it’s important to know which questions to ask so you can determine if they’re qualified to watch your cat. Here are some questions that you should ask any potential candidate:

  • What do your rates include? For example, are dog walks included, or is that extra? Is there an extra charge for giving the pets medications?
  • Are you licensed, insured and bonded to protect my pet and home from any accidents?
  • Are you available to care for the pet full-time or do you only offer “visits”? For example, a cat sitter might have certain hours where they check in on the cat, but don’t provide 24/7 care.
  • Will you be the only person who will be visiting my home and interacting with my cat?

4) Know the Power of Insurance

It’s good practice for a professional cat sitter to carry pet sitting insurance. Pet sitting insurance covers things like property damage caused by the pet sitter, injuries to your pet or vandalism/theft of your property. While these occurrences are rare, it’s good to have that peace of mind when you’re out of town.

Another great credential for a cat sitter to carry is a pet sitting license. This license means that the sitter has paid the city or county to be registered as a local business, showing that they’re reputable.

5) Know Your Budget

It’s important to discuss your budget and fees with your cat sitter so both parties know what to expect. Will your sitter visit twice a day or stay at your house full-time? Will the sitter provide grooming or walking services? Will she clean up accidents, water the plants or take out the garbage? Are you financially able to pay for a veterinary bill should an emergency happen?

These are all things you should consider when talking about the budget with your sitter.

Good Luck with Hiring Your Cat Sitter!

If you’re worried about finding a sitter that will provide the attention your cat deserves, make sure you keep this list handy as you’re going through the process.
From traveling to accommodations, you have enough to worry about with your upcoming trip. Hire a professional cat sitting company and get the peace of mind that you’re searching for while you’re away. Safe travels!

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Angie's List - Super Service Award in MinnesotaWhiskers To Tails Petsitting has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

“We are very proud of earning this award again. It is the third time in the last four years we have done so and I credit the hard work of our pet sitting team for this accomplishment,” said Linda Deml-Drahota, company owner. “We are also grateful to our clients for trusting us with caring for their valuable pets and rating our service so highly, she said adding, “We do several thousand pet sits every year, and we treat each visit with equal importance.”

“Only about 5 percent of the pet sitting companies in Minneapolis/St. Paul have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

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There is no clear answer to who loves you more as the science that measures the love emotion in dogs and cats isn’t conclusive. There is some unpublished research conducted by neuroeconomist Dr. Paul Zak as part of a new series on BBC2 titled “Cats v Dogs,” which found that dogs produce more of the “love hormone” oxytocin after playing with owners compared with their feline counterparts.

On average dogs were found to produce almost five times as much oxytocin as cats after interacting with their human companions. Only half the cats actually showed raised levels of oxytocin.

The study above was conducted in a lab environment, which may not bring out the love emotions in some pets, especially more reclusive cats. Plus there are other findings that cats are just as fond of their owners as dogs. Their feelings, however, are more subtle and their adoration more muted.

In general cats are more solitary than dogs and evolved in the wild to have different social structures and different hunting strategies. Wolves, from which dogs originate, are highly social animals that live and hunt in packs. Cats, however, go it alone. They form loose colonies based around related cats. Dogs, like their wolf ancestors, are generally pack animals living in a ranked community where there is a single leader. Together they hunt and kill larger prey. Cats are capable hunters in their own right and don’t have a pressing need to be part of a group.

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According to Anthrozoologist John Bradshaw, cats are just as loving as dogs – you just need to know what to look for. Dogs are very obvious in their love: they wag their tails and slobber kisses all over you.

“The upright tail is probably the clearest way cats show their affection for us,” says Bradshaw. Rubbing their owners’ legs or nearby objects also indicates fondness, as do petting invitations. When a cat jumps in your lap or rolls on their back, they’re inviting you to touch them.

With proper care and attention, both dogs and cats will be faithful, loving pets. That love, whether it’s subtle or obvious, is what makes owning a dog or cat one of life’s best experiences.

Pet Sitting Job Prospects Look Bright for 2016

As an industry, pet sitting continues to flourish. Attitudes about pets have changed in the past decades. MN family pets are now recognized as an important part of the tribe and this feeling among pet owners Woman walking dogs in Minneapoliscontinues to grow. It’s only natural that more and more dog and cat owners are looking to pet sitters to care for their furry friends when work or travel take them away from home.

According to statistics gathered by Pet Sitters International, there are more than 82.5 million pet-owning households in the United States. An increasing number of these pet owners are recognizing the important role a pet sitter can play in a pet’s health and well-being. As long as pet sitters provide the high-quality care that pet owners are demanding, the growth in our industry will continue.

Is this the right opportunity for you?

Our pet sitting opportunities aren’t for everyone. We are looking for people who see pet sitting as a profession. Yes, we have part-time as well as full-time pet sitting jobs. And yes, people come and go as their lives take twists and turns. But they leave an impression with our clients that their pets are the most important thing in their world. That feeling translates into customer loyalty and repeat business.

A professional pet sitter instills trust. Our clients want to know their pets are in good hands and that their home and property are safe and secure while they’re away. Our pet sitters are doing this every day. You can see that in the testimonials on our website. You can also be assured by the Angie’s List awards we’ve won three out of the last four years for our customer service.

Good people are what make our business prosper. We are always looking for just the right people to add as pet sitters and dog walkers to our growing business. Besides giving you the opportunity to do something you love, it can become a satisfying and rewarding career.

Please go to our hiring page for information on how to apply.

We are currently looking for pet sitters in the following Minnesota Cities: Minneapolis, Downtown Minneapolis, Uptown, Edina, Hopkins, along with the Northern and Western Suburbs.