Category: Cats

Pet-ternity leave? Company offering a paid day off a year for employees to spend with their pets

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Company policy gives pet owners a chance to spoil their pets with a romp in the park or spend the day with their pet any other way they choose through paid day off “Paw-ternity” leave policy.

Recently we posted about a Nationwide and Human Animal Bond Research Institute Study that showed the benefits of pet friendly workplaces.

Hot on the heels of that news,

Product Review: SmartyKat Catnip Mist Spray

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Bottle of Catnip mist spray

We found this small bottle of SmartyKat Catnip Mist Spray for .99 cents at Walmart in Greenville, North Carolina, so we figured that seemed like a bargain and thought we’d love to try it out on our cat Motor.


Motor has had some catnip in the past, but she hasn’t really gone all that crazy for it. Her true love is Temptations Cat Treats, which she begs for all day long.

Half or more felines actually don’t respond to catnip, so we wondered if maybe Motor was in that group.

Still, the spray seemed fun, so we figured, what the heck?

Study shows pets in the workplace have a lot of positive benefits

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More than three times as many employees at pet friendly workplaces report a positive working relationship with their boss and co-workers.

BREA, California (PRNewswire) — A recent study conducted by Nationwide, in partnership with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), reveals that 90 percent of employees in pet friendly workplaces feel highly connected to their company’s mission and fully engaged with their work as well as willing to recommend their employer to others.

In contrast, less than 65 percent of employees in non-pet friendly workplaces made the same claims.

The study defined a pet friendly workplace as one that allows pets (regularly or occasionally) and/or offers a pet friendly employee benefit, such as pet health insurance.

More than three times as many employees at pet friendly workplaces report a positive working relationship with their boss and co-workers, significantly more than those in non-pet friendly environments. Moreover, these employees are more likely to stay with a company long term. The findings held true even among non-pet owners in both pet friendly and non-pet friendly workplaces.

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Club Cat Lobby

Where do the real house cats of Orange County stay?

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Club Cat Suites

IRVINE, California (PRNewswire) — Orange County’s first luxury hotel exclusively for cats will be opening in Irvine this winter.

Fashioned after luxury hotels and resorts, Club Cat’s unique accommodations are a departure from conventional boarding options for cats. Designed especially for felines, who are vertically inclined creatures, the suites are eight-feet tall and at least three and a half feet wide with enclosed balconies.

Company offers ‘If my cat could talk,’ a personalized book that lets you create a main character cat to closely resemble your own cat

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If My Cat Could Talk Personalized Storybook cover
If My Cat Could Talk Personalized Storybook by I See Me!

MINNEAPOLIS (PRNewswire) — Cat lovers can create a purr-sonal gift by customizing the illustrated cat in the book, If My Cat Could Talk, to closely resemble their own pet, choosing from numerous cat styles and colors.

The cat’s name and the names of up to four family members are also included throughout the story and illustrations. A special message for the dedication page and two photos can be added as well.

Survey finds that emotional support animals causing chaos on some flights

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“Passengers who attempt to evade air transport pet policies by falsely claiming their pet is an emotional support animal cause safety, health and security issues onboard,” Nelson said. “The widespread abuse has led many passengers to believe all service animals onboard are fake, which creates poor treatment by other passengers toward those with legitimate need. The DOT needs to take action.”

WASHINGTON, (PRNewswire) — A new national survey of flight attendants released by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) found that over 98 percent of all respondents had worked a flight with at least one emotional support animal onboard in the last 24 months.

Eighty-two percent of all responding flight attendants strongly believe a consistent policy throughout the airline industry is needed to define requirements while supporting passengers with disabilities and veterans.

Business donates time and skills to help keep cats safe

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Mr Electric crew worked with The Goathouse Refuge to provide all new electric work for this deserving charity. (PRNewsfoto/Mr. Electric Durham)

DURHAM, North Carolina, (PRNewswire)– There aren’t many places in today’s world that offer ongoing, unconditional care to animals in need, but that’s exactly what the Goathouse Refuge does.

According to their website, Goathouse Refuge is a “nonprofit, no-kill animal sanctuary dedicated to providing cage-free care for cats regardless of age, medical issues or disposition until a permanent loving adoptive home can be found.”

Mr. Electric made the decision to donate both labor and material to make the shelter safe after visiting the facility for a normal estimate to upgrade some of the wiring. It was apparent that there was a lot of work to be done to make the wiring usable and safe for the animals and volunteers.

Pet-friendly rehab

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Dog on beach with ownerSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California (PRNewswire) — Solutions 4 Recovery now offers a pet-friendly policy for its Southern California addiction and dual diagnosis rehabilitation programming.

Allowing clients to bring their beloved pet to rehab can enhance the treatment experience as well as reduce anxiety that often accompanies entering a program.

According to Jacqueline Malani, Director of Detox for Solutions 4 Recovery, “Working with therapy animals has been shown in many studies to ease stress related to mental illness. Simply petting an animal has been shown to lower blood pressure and slow heart rate, which can help people struggling with chronic illness as well as stress.”

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Who is responsible for damage done by a dog or other pet at a pet sitter?

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It seems simple enough. You drop your dog or cat (or other pet) off at a pet sitter and take off for your vacation or work trip. The pet sitter seemed to love animals, your fur baby will get a lot of attention while you are gone, and you are paying a reasonable fee that you agreed on with the sitter.

What could possibly go wrong?

A lot. The internet is crawling with stories from both those who watch pets and those who have left pets with sitters regarding situations where things went awry. Some examples:

First-ever Wellness CATalog gives cat parents a digital resource to help decode their cat’s strangest behaviors and find the perfect palate-pleasing dinner

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TEWKSBURY, Mass. (PRNewswire) — Despite their cute faces and sometimes cuddly natures, cats can be confusing!

To help pet parents decode behaviors at mealtime, Wellness® Natural Pet Food created the Wellness CATalog – a digital resource for cat parents. Including expertise from Wellness veterinarian Dr. Danielle Bernal, the CATalog helps shed light on the personality traits that have puzzled cat parents for decades and helps cat parents find the perfect food pairings for their furry friends.

“Cats are not as easy to read as dogs and they often exhibit behaviors that we just can’t figure out,” said Bernal. “Many cat parents don’t realize that there are actually scientific explanations behind many of these quirks.”