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Indoor Cat(s) Litter Box Placement Advice Courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

I recently came across an interesting blog discussing where is the best place to put a cat(s) litter box. A realtor was trying to sell a home, where the owner’s kept the litter box in the master bedroom closet!!!

You can pretty much imagine, that most people’s comments agreed that this was a bad idea. Cat box odors will permeate clothes, towels or any other fabrics, so placing it in ANY closet  is a big NO! NO!

Most individuals who live up north have the luxury of having a basement, which is an optimum place to keep a litter box, food and water for those furry friends we keep as pets.

Those of us in the south, specifically Florida, don’t have basements. Therefore, this is not a viable option.

cat litter box in laundry roomA large laundry room is a suitable location to keep a litter box in the sunshine state, while keeping food and water for your cat(s) in the breakfast nook.cat eating

Keeping the litter box, food and water in the garage is another good option. A cat door placed in an interior garage door will allow the cat(s) to go to and from the garage to eat, drink and relieve themselves.

Owner’s who elect to have the cat(s) use the garage have to be aware of their pets whereabouts when entering or exiting this area. (Some people elect to put a cat door in a door leading to a screened-in lanai. The problem with this, is that because it isn’t fully enclosed, food and water may attract pests, which may then find their way into your home.)

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The most important thing is to keep the box clean, no matter where it is located, and remember to freshen your pet’s food and water daily. (Important Tip: take up any left over food after your pet(s) have finished eating, if they dine in the garage. You don’t want to attract or feed any other critters, such as ants or roaches!)

litter box cabinet and food and water cabinet comboDon’t forget there are quite a few hideaway pieces of furniture that can be found that disguise the litter box or the cat(s) food and water bowls. Check out Wayfair.comPetco.com or flycatcher.squiddo.com to see some cat cabinets that will hide the unmentionables.

And if you are showing your home to perspective buyers, clean the box and the area where the food and water are kept (and hide them away, once clean, in the above mentioned disguise-type pieces of furniture) and take your pet(s) — in a carrier — out with you when you leave. This way perspective buyers are free to look about without worrying about accidentally letting the cat(s) out.

If I can help you get your house ready for sale, contact me Lisa Burns, Broker Pensacola Real Estate Professionals here, or directly at 850-393-7106. And let me know where you think the best place is to keep a litter box.

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Pensacola Real Estate Professionals Reminds You to Take Extra Care of Your Pets in Cold Weather

pets cold 1Winter is upon us, so don’t forget Man’s Best Friend (Lassie, Rin-Tin-Tin or Fido) can also be affected by the cold days and nights ahead.

The Human Society of the United States (HSUS), the world’s largest animal protection organization, is urging pet owners to take a few common sense precautions to safe guard their pets from the bitter cold.

Despite their fur coats, domesticated animals like cats and dogs depend on humans for protection from elements such as freezing temperatures. The HSUS is offering the following suggestions to  help keep all pets safe through the cold winter months:pets cold 3

Don’t leave pets outdoors when the temperatures drop below freezing. Dogs need outdoor exercise but take care not to keep them out for lengthy periods during very cold weather. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks. Never let your dog off of the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can loose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags. Dogs and cats are safer indoors in all sorts of weather. Animals should never be left outdoors unattended as they risk being stolen or otherwise being harmed. Cats who are allowed to roam/stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies from other cats, dogs and wildlife.

pets cold 4Wind chill can threaten a pet’s life, no matter what the temperature. Outdoor dogs must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to allow the dog to sit or lie down comfortably, but small enough to retain his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered  with cedar shavings or straw. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.

Pets spending a lot of times outdoors need more food in the winter. Keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and not frozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

Warm car engines are dangerous for cats and small wildlife. Parked cars attract small animals that may crawl up under the hood looking for warmth. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.pets cold 2

De-icing chemicals are hazardous. The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pad’s of your pet’s feet. Wipe the feet with a damp cloth every time after coming in from outside even if you don’t see salt on your sidewalks.

Antifreeze is a deadly poison. It has a sweet taste that attracts animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach. Better yet, use antifreeze-coolant made with propylene glycol; if swallowed in small amounts, it will not hurt pets, wildlife or people.

Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder pets cold 5months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk.

Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing animals to freeze to death.

Just remember, if it is cold and uncomfortable for you, than it is also too cold and uncomfortable for your pet.

Your pet will thank you many times over for providing this extra care during the bitter, cold winter months.

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