Summer News : 5 Steps for Battling Fleas

Warm sun. A nice breeze blowing. Ah the sites and smells of summer! Unfortunately summer is flea season (yikes!) even for indoor kitties, which is why we've compiled a list of 5 Steps for Battling Fleas.

Specials for July:

We have partnered with Elanco to bring you a discount on Cheristin,  our favorite flea control! Buy a 6 pack, and get 2 free tubes free! 

"A cat can purr its way out of anything."      - Donna McCrohan

1. Indoor Cats Get Fleas Too!

This year we've noticed a lot of our beloved indoor cats getting fleas! Fleas are sneaky little buggers, and they are tiny enough to fit through screens and cracks in your apartment. Also, fleas sometimes hitch a ride on our clothing to sneak inside. So if you haven't already, now is the time to start your kitty on a monthly preventative.

2. Beware of Generic Flea Medications

Many of the generic flea medications at Costco, WalMart etc... use older techniques for flea control. Unfortunately, many flea populations have developed resistance to these once powerful products. Others use pesticides that aren't the safest for cats. We have used Revolution and Cheristan for years, and found the safe and effective on our own cats.

3. Fleas Reproduce and Spread Like Crazy!

It's important to handle a flea problem the second you notice it! Fleas multiply at an alarming rate, and the fleas you see on your cat represent only about 5-10% of the fleas in the environment. Best way to tackle the problem? We'll help with the kitty, you handle the house! Drop off your kitty in the morning for a Premium Flea Treatment, then spend the day cleaning the house (what fun!) 1. Run the bedding/curtains/towels through a wash and dryer cycle 2. Vacuum carpets and couches - a cheap flea collar can be placed in the vacuum cleaner's bag / container to take care of any eggs that might be sucked up! 3. Mop down wood floors.  We also recommend purchasing a treatment or premise spray to get all the nooks and crannies.

4. Flea Cause More Than Discomfort

Flea can also cause skin allergies, tapeworms (intestinal parasites passed to your kitty through flea larvae) and anemia (because fleas feed off your cat's blood supply it's possible, if the flea infestation is severe enough, for your cat to become anemic).

5. Become a Flea Detective.

Is your kitty scratching? Scratching is the most obvious sign your kitty may have fleas, but you can also look for flea dirt, which is actually dried blood discarded from the flea - flea poop essentially (yeah we went there). It usually looks like black pepper and can be found in your kitty's coat or on a couch or blanket. Another tool, used by the most advanced flea detectives, is a flea comb, which is much finer than a regular brush. Even the most inconspicuous flea won't stand a chance.  

* Our 3 Step Premium Flea Treatment includes a Capstar to kill live fleas, an All-Natural Oatmeal Bath to clean up, and a Cheristan application (a month long preventative)

Valentine's Day Cards for Cat Lovers!

Fall in love this Valentine's Day with these paw-dorable cards from Etsy. Trying to woo a crazy cat lady or lad? Tell the special cat lovers in your life how much you love them with one of these cards. They'll simply puuurrrr with appreciation.

I love you this much by CharmArtStudio





I <3 you by MishkaMarie


Boop by Wonderflies



Products We Love! PetCube

One of our clients showed us her new Petcube. It's a great way to give your kitty exercise even while you’re away from home! Petcube is a remote wireless camera you can view and control from your mobile phone. Using the phone app you can move a laser pointer and communicate with your cat. Friends and family can also log in and visit and play with your kitty.

Products We Love! Pet Cams

Heading out of town for the holidays?

The holidays are here, which means trips to see friends and family out of town. We’re excited for all the kitties staying with us (The Nob Hill Cat Inn is completely booked!) but if your kitty is keeping cozy at home with a cat sitter or neighbor there is a way to check in on that ridiculously adorable face. Introducing the pet cam! Being the most technology driven city in the country if anywhere is going to have pet cams it’s going to be us!

Modern pet cams allow you to stream live footage of your kitty to your computer, tablet or cell phone. Not only will it be a great thing to have this holiday while you’re out of town, but it will be useful year round – while you’re at work, waiting for your Uber, out with friends or family. Just think of the possibilities! Instead of whipping out your phone to show a cute photo of your cat you can whip out your phone and show them what your cat is doing at that exact moment!

So which cat cam should you get?

Below are our two favorites
 

VueZone
Cost: One camera set up is $129.99

Pros:
Streams right to your smart phone
Automatically records when motion is detected
No wires or software necessary
 

Dropcam
Cost: One camera set up for $199

Pros:
130 degrees field of view so you can capture an entire room
You can get emails or push notifications when the camera detects motion
Has zoom ability