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Happy Holiday from Taylor, Mango & Buddy

We at Cats n Dogs store in Port Charlotte want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the Best for 2019!

We want you to know how much we have appreciated your business and readership this past year! It means so much to us. We love serving you with good wholesome foods, snacks and toys and everything else we offer.

Our best wishes to all the pets in shelters and foster homes, that they might find their forever families soon! We wish them a warm bed, a full belly, and a loving scratch behind the ears. If you know a human in need of the love that a pet can offer, send them to one of our area shelters.

And, here are some juicy tidbits for the month.

Have you ever wondered…

…Whether or not you need pet health insurance?

Like human health insurance, pet insurance helps alleviate some of the costs of keeping you healthy. You can choose from different levels of coverage, with each plan costing a monthly or annual premium based on how much coverage your Human chooses.

Some plans cover basic stuff like accidents and injuries, some only cover accidents, and others include accidents, injuries and genetic/hereditary conditions. The more comprehensive the coverage, the higher you can expect the cost to be, of course.

Many plans have a deductible, a certain amount your Human must pay out of pocket before coverage kicks in. Depending on your policy, this could be anywhere from $0-$2,500 in a plan year. Typically, higher-deductible plans will give you a better percentage of your money back. Which leads us to the payment bit…

While individual costs will vary based on your breed, age, health and the tier you opt for, the average cost of pet insurance for dogs is around $22 per month, while pet insurance for cats costs around $16 per month.

So, is it worth it? While you may not get the most bang for your buck with a relatively healthy pet, there’s no way to predict what illnesses or injuries might occur, and for many Humans, knowing they have a safety net in place is value enough.

…Why cats n dogs most often go to the vet?

Skin conditions, stomach issues, ear & eye problems, pain, growths/lumps, urinary tract infections, allergies

Stomach issues, urinary tract infections, skin conditions, cancer, eye & ear problems, pain and growths/lumps

…How to recognize holiday stress before it gets out-of-paw?

If you are a shy dog or cat, or know you really don’t like parties, consider staying away in a room or your crate. Have your Human give you a long-lasting, safe chewie, put on some smooth jazz or classical music, and chill out until the party’s over.

Even us party animals can only take so much holiday cheer. So, don’t feel bad about leaving the partying to the humans. Here’s more to read

Bowtie chillin' in the pool

…How to decorate with a curious cat or dog in the house?

Cats N Dogs, Holiday HoursKittens especially might see a decorated Christmas tree as their very own, brand new play station. Your Humans might consider:

  • Soft/stuffed ornaments on the bottom or entire tree – or decorate above nose or paw level
  • Connect the tree to the wall so it cannot tip over.
  • We’ve heard that some cats like to pull off package ribbons and hide them. DON’T eat them.
  • Lights and garlands can be intriguing. Keep young’uns away from the tree when a Human cannot be present.

Have you ever wondered…
if we dogs and cats get the Holiday Blues?

Yes! We can definitely feel blue from holiday stress, especially if getting left alone more than usual or eating things that are “no, no, no”. Note to Humans: look for loss of appetite, lack of energy and interest, lip licking or yawning, becoming boisterous or whiny, ignoring your “come” calls, and other out of the ordinary behaviors.

  • Dog-friends, ask for a power walk with your Human. It’s great for relieving stress and getting away from annoying guests.
  • Cat-friends, play with your Humans for a few minutes a day, play a game you both always like.
  • Ask for some cuddle time each day. Remember, this is a great stress reliever for your Human; it will work for you too.

Does your Human like to read? Here are 2 of my favorites:

The Holidays can be stressful – but should also be fun! Remember to relax, enjoy the moments, try to be Good Dog and Good Kitty.

That’s it for this month – see you next year!

Meow Meow Meow M’ow-m’ow-m’ow Meow Meow
Ruff Ruff Ruff R’R’R’ Ruff Ruff
We Wish You a Merry Christmas – and a Happy New Year!

Mango, Buddy, Taylor, Nancy, Harry and Judi
Cats n Dogs store in Port Charlotte

Some Holiday fun I found on the Internet

“Have a Furry Christmas and a Barky New Year!”
“Meow bring us some figgy pudding.”
“Fleas Navidad!”

“Pet the cat and walk the doggie
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Don’t let either chew the holly
Fa la la la la, la la la la”

And some other holiday song titles:

“Deck the Paws”
“The Fur-st Noel”
“Pup on the Housetop”
“We Woof You a Merry Christmas”
“Dog Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

Buddy Laughing, Cats n Dogs Stuff

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