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Covid-19 Pet Community Resources in Asheville

 

Meow Cat Sitting COVID-19 Update.    

(Info updated 4/23/20)

Meow Cat Sitting is still here for you and prepared to continue helping pets and pet owners during this time. This includes providing Essential Care Pet Services to those who are still going into businesses deemed Critical AND to those who are not able to provide essential in home care or exercise for their pets.

Meow Cat Sitting follows the CDC’s guidance while at home and in our community, and adapts to stronger safety protocols as our national situation changes.

Please let me know if I can be a resource for you.  **Please note Meow Cat Sitting cannot provide in-home pet sitting if your household is quarantined.  I can provide no-contact assistance and no-contact dog walking. Pet Sitting is available for anyone who may be moved to a hospital or care facility, who may be stuck out of state, or anyone going out of town to aid family.

Contact Meow Cat Sitting at 828-216-0161 or by email at meowcatsitter@gmail.com

Resources In South Asheville, Arden

Please visit company websites and CALL FIRST to make appointments for all care-givers on this list.  Please adhere to each business’s individual safety protocols for the protection of your animals, yourself and the pet-care provider.  We are all in this together and all of us are responsible for protecting our selves, community resources and fellow pet owners.

Veterinarians

Veterinarians on this list are open fo essential patient care, providing curbside pet pick-up, and may have adjusted office hours. Please call ahead to make appointments. Respect and adhere to their guidelines.

Animal Hospital of North Asheville

828-253-3393, 1 Beaverdam Rd, Asheville 28804

Animal Hospital South

828-277-0600, 1304 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville 28803

Cedar Ridge Animal Hospital

828-575-2430, 184 Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, 28803

Pinnacle Animal Hospital

828-676-2332, 200 Julian Lane, Arden 28704

Specialty Veterinarians

Upstate Veterinary Associates

By Referral Only – Specialty Veterinary Services.
22 Fall Pippin Lane Suite 102, Asheville, NC 28803

828-210-8285

Emergency Veterinarians

REACH

828-665-4399, 677 Brevard Rd, Asheville, 28806

Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital

828-268-3693, 205 N Highland Lake Road, Flat Rock, NC

Mobile Veterinarians

Four Paws Farewell

At this time, accepting in-home euthanasia appointments only. Household must be clear of COVID-19. We do have a palliative care/hospice wait list, please email us at info@4pawsfarewell.com or call 828-707-4231.

CrossRoads Mobile Veterinary Clinic
828-490-0344, Mobile Veterinarian.  We Come to you.

Dog Behavior & Training

Mindful Mutz- Heather Polechio

Remote and Outdoor In-person appointments available.

828-230-6389

Pet Supplies

Patton Avenue Pet Company

FREE DELIVERY for orders $25 or more to the Asheville Area including Asheville, Leicester, Woodfin, Swannanoa, Fairview, Biltmore Forest, Arden and Candler.

828-575-9282,  582 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville 28803

Pet Wellness Resources

Animal Rehab Center

Curbside Pick Up for treatment services – by appointment only.

828-222-6838, 178 S Charlotte Street, Asheville 28801

Grooming

Fetch Mobile Grooming – by appointment only.  828-222-3422

Carolina K9s Mobile Pet Spaw – by appointment only.  828-458-9052. Current Clients Only.

Woof Gang Bakery –  Call for appointment.   828-650-9950

 

 

How to Carrier Train your Cat

It’s all about Helping Kitty Feel Comfortable

One of the most common excuses I hear from clients of why their cats haven’t been to the vet for necessary vaccinations or medical care is “I can’t get my cat in Her crate.  She hates it!”

Carrier Training your Cat

Well, I am happy to share good news with you…  Helping your cat to be comfortable with their carrier/crate is easier than you think.

Crate/carrier training a cat helps immensely with your kitty’s comfort for Vet visits, moving to a new home, travel, emergency evacuation, etc.

Here are some tried an true methods to acclimate kitty to her crate

  1. Leave your cat’s carrier out at home. Make it available to be their “safe zone”.
  2. Don’t force your cat inside the carrier. Let her enter on her own terms. It may take a week – or even a year.
  3. House Rule – especially with children in the home – No Touching Kitty when She’s in her Crate. Make this her safe zone, her kitty “getaway”.  If your cat feels safe in her carrier, encouraging her to go into it will be easy-peasy.
  4. Line the bottom with soft, comfortable, familiar bedding.
  5. Place toys, treats, familiar objects inside to encourage kitty to enter.
  6. spray the inside with Feliway, catnip or other calming spray
  7. Drape a blanket or towel over the crate – leaving the door accessible. This makes it like a kitty “cave”.
  8. Reward your cat for going in / using the crate. Leave little treats in there and offer a treat to your cat while they are in the crate.
  9. New Cat ? Clean the carrier thoroughly before giving it to your cat. It’s best to use an enzymatic cleaner, or diluted hydrogen peroxide – so all traces of former kitties is eliminated.

Remember, give Kitty time and let her explore and settle into her crate at her own pace.  Establishs it as a safe space – and remind all family members of the “No touch” rule while kitty is in her carrier.

Not sure which carrier to purchase for your cat? Check out these options at Hauspanther.com. 

The best features for your kitty’s carrier should include: 

– Zipper access from above and the end. 

– Soft sides, with A stable frame, so the carrier does not flatten or sag on top of your cat. 

– A solid bottom. No mesh or fabric bottom carriers.  Cats feel safer when they are being carried around if they are on a stable base. 

– Quiet.  The louder the crate, the less comfortable it is for Kitty.  No wheels, rattling metal cage doors or metal sides.

 

Click Here to learn more about cat care services from Meow Cat Sitting.  Pet Sitting Just for Cats in South Asheville and Arden.  828-216-0161

What to expect during your New Client Intake

Meow Cat Sitting - Pet Sitter Asheville and Arden NCLet’s Meet! 

Selecting the right pet care professional for your pets is very important. I want to ensure the best relationship with your cats and you, so a New Client Intake is required prior to your first Pet Sitting.

Please note: First-Time Cat Sitting assignments are not confirmed until we have conducted the New Client Intake.

What to Expect….

Don’t worry…I’m not ignoring your cats… 

For the first few minutes of our visit I will probably not engage with your cats very much, unless they approach and give me clues they are okay with the introduction. I like to give your cats a few minutes to adjust to a newcomer in the house. To give them time to see me, smell me and hear my voice.

Please do not corral, cage or confine your kitties for our visit. If your cats hide, that is okay as long as we can find them. Please do not force them to come out. We can still “meet” each other through smell, sight and sound. They don’t have to come out from under the bed.

Tell me all about your Cats!  I will meet with you and your cats, and spend some time visiting – at your cat’s pleasure. We discuss your cat’s care needs and I’ll gather all the information I need to provide the best care possible. Details are important, so I love hearing all about your kitties. Don’t be shy.  We’re all crazy cat people, here. [Read more…]

How to Build Your Own Cat-Friendly First Aid Kit

Do you have a First Aid Kit for your cats?Cat Friendly First Aid Kit

Cats may have nine lives, but they do get themselves into Sticky situations now and again. There are times when your cat may end up in an emergency situation and you’ll need to administer some first aid care.

We suggest building your own cat-friendly pet first aid kit. [Read more…]

Winter Weather Pet Safety – Keeping your pets safe this winter.

 

It’s getting cold out there.  Here are some tips on how to keep your pets safe from winter dangers.

Brrr! It’s getting chilly out there! Are your pets ready for winter?

We love our furry kids, and want to keep them safe from harm.  Dogs, cats and other furry family members require a little extra care and attention during the winter months.

How to Keep pets Safe in winter months

We love our pets and want to keep them safe when the weather turns harsh.

While snuggling up and providing extra warm bedding for our pets are comforts that make them feel loved, Winter can be harsh for our fur-kids. Especially so for small animals and smooth-coated dog and cat breeds. A few special considerations can go a long way to preventing our pets from experiencing most winter-time pet injuries.

At Meow Cat Sitting we urge pet parents to consider the following preventative care to maximize the health and safety of their pets this winter:

Keep your pets indoors and/or limit their exposure on really cold days. Younger and older pets and short-hair breeds are more vulnerable to cold weather and should not be left outside for long periods of time.

Utilize appropriately designed and fitted sweaters and/or coats for pets that need them. Short-hair breeds and fine-hair breeds like Boxer, Dachshund, Doberman, whippet, greyhound, Italian greyhound, Jack Russell Terrier, Yorkies, Chihuahua, and toy breed dogs are especially vulnerable to the cold.

Dogs like Rees with short, fine fur need a little help to keep warm.

Check out our favorite pet sweaters and jackets for dogs. Gold Paw stretch fleece sweaters and Gooby Trekking Jackets are well-made quality pet outdoor gear. Layer them up for extra warmth on really cold days!

Provide weather-proof shelter for any pets that are left outside. All pets, including small caged pets, need a warm place to sleep and shelter from wind and drafts. Add a thick layer of straw to pet shelters for additional insulation from the cold and provide a snug, warm bed that does not sit directly on the ground. Reinforce dog shelters and dog houses and make them wind-proof. Assemble a few shelters for your outdoor cats. They are cheap and easy to make.

Here’s a helpful video on how to make a cat shelter: DIY Cat Shelter

Pets who spend time outdoors will require more calories to keep warm.  Leave out extra food and water for them.  Plastic food and water bowls are best for outdoor feeding in the wintertime.

Look out for the signs and symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia: Uncontrollable shivering, Decreased heart & breathing rate, Lethargy or uncoordinated movements, bluish gums and tongue, localized cold burns on paws, ears, and other exposed skin. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet is suffering from any of these conditions.

Trim the long hair on the bottom of your dog’s feet. This will prevent the build-up of ice balls, which can be painful and difficult to remove.

Winter dog walk safety

Trim your pet’s nails regularly. Pets may have a difficult time trying to maintain traction in icy conditions with long nails. Slips and falls on ice can result in injury to knee, hip and shoulder joints.

Rinse your pet’s paws in warm water when they come indoors. Ice-melt chemicals – even pet-friendly varieties – and salt can irritate and burn paw pads. These chemicals are also toxic if ingested when a pet licks their paws. Use a mug or cup full of warm water to dunk and rinse each paw as your pets come indoors. Thoroughly wipe off and dry your pet’s paws after dunking.

Antifreeze and household chemicals containing ethylene glycol are extremely toxic to pets. Antifreeze poisoning can kill a dog or cat within 24 hours.   Use products that contain propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol, and utilize proper storage and handling of these products. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact pet poison control and transport your pet to Emergency Veterinarian immediately.

Cat Safety in WinterBefore starting up the car on cold mornings, bang on your car hood. Outdoor and feral cats seek shelter and warmth on car engines in cold months. Banging on the car hood will alert them and can prevent injuries or death.

Seek training in Pet First Aid & CPR skills. Be prepared for emergencies when your pets need you most. We recommend PetTech Pet First Aid & CPR Trainings. Visit pettech.net to find a class or instructor near you.

We hope you enjoy a safe, warm and cozy winter with your pets.

For more information on Meow Cat Sitting services click here or call
828-216-0161

Pet Friendly Hotels in Asheville

 

Here’s our list of Pet Friendly Hotels in South Asheville and Arden NC.

 

We’re thrilled you are bringing your family pets along for your trip to Asheville.

Asheville is one pet-friendly town! Cat Sitting Service Asheville NC

With so many great adventures, restaurants, breweries, and places to bring your dog along in Asheville, it’s easy to travel here with your family pets.

We’ve put together a quick-list of all the best Pet-Friendly lodging spots in the South Asheville area. 

Please be aware that most of these hotels do not allow pets to be left alone in the rooms.

Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park

43 Town Square Boulevard

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 209-2700

 

Dog Friendly Hotels Asheville

Residence Inn Asheville Biltmore

701 Biltmore Avenue

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 281-3361

 

Grand Bohemian Hotel

11 Boston Way

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 505-2949

 

Barkwell’s

www.barkwells.com

828-891-8288 

Dog-centric Luxury Vacation cabins.  You and your dogs will never want to leave. 

Doggie Doors in all the cabins, Fenced in yards, Dog Beds, dog bowls and a total dog-friendly vacation spot for you and your pets.

 

Do you need a cat sitter while you’re in town? Contact me about cat sitting for your purr-kids.  828-216-0161