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How To Walk Your Cat On A Leash

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This may seem like an odd blog post, but CLAWGUARD sells protective tape products to shield window sills and furniture from cat claw damage AND because we saw a cat walking on a leash we wondered how to walk your cat on a leash was accomplished!

We talked with someone who walks her cat on leashes to find out why and how she made it happen.

First the why you’d walk your cat on a leash

We found out some cats, definitely not all, are curious about the outdoors and may eventually take to a leash. Their curiosity may win out and they will allow you to put them in a harness and on a leash.

Spending time out of doors, in the grass and chasing bugs and simply being a cat is beneficial (again, for the cat who enjoys it) If your cat is scared of the out-of-doors, don’t force it.

You don’t need to actually “walk” the cat on the leash the same way you’d walk a dog. Fido enjoys long walks through the neighborhood, Fluffy probably won’t be interested. The “walking” is optional, it’s more about allowing the cat to safely explore.

How to walk a cat on a leash

  1. Get them accustomed to a harness by letting them see it, play with it, kick it around. Don’t bring a harness home and try to put your cat in it -- he will get stressed and you will probably get scratched. Slow and steady wins the race as cats aren’t typically known for being fond of clothing.
  2. Gently put your cat into the harness while you’re indoors and relaxed. If she’s sleeping on your lap, slowly put the harness on. She will wake up and she just might not be too happy, so plan on taking your time and easing her into it. Be advised it could take days or weeks OR you might have a cat who will never want to wear a harness. Cats are finicky like that!
  3. Once the harness is on, let your cat walk around the house and get accustomed to it. Be prepared for your cat to walk oddly -- all hunched up, for example. Your cat might even take a couple of steps then fall over. He may crouch to the ground and act as if the harness is weighing him down. Again, be patient and give him time to get accustomed to it.
  4. After your cat has worn the harness and is walking around with it and seems comfortable you can now try to snap on a leash and walk him. Chances are your cat will not “heel.” Some cats will, most can’t won’t. Don’t drag your cat or force her to walk. Let her drag the leash around inside the house, attached to the harness, and get accustomed to its weight. The leash is a safety measure for when your cat makes his way outdoors.
  5. Carry your cat outdoors or allow her to walk with you holding onto the leash. Let her explore. Don’t leave her outside alone. Always make certain she is firmly and safely inside the harness. Be aware that street noises, a car driving past, people shouting, a lawn mower, etc. could scare your cat and make her bolt. Never let go of the leash and stay in close proximity.

If your cats want to go outdoors, but won’t tolerate a harness or leash, consider setting up a large dog carrier that is fully enclosed. Remove the bottom tray and let your cats feel the grass and earth beneath their feet and the sun on their bodies. Please note that if your cats get a taste for the outside, they may be more prone to bolting toward the door when you open it -- be careful and ever vigilant.

Cats who are allowed out of doors should be microchipped or wear safety collars with your name and phone number on it.  Cats who never experience the outside can be given a taste of it by providing them with a patch of “cat grass” indoors, giving them a sunny place upon which to sleep and opening the windows to give them a chance to breath in fresh air.

Just as dogs develop destructive behaviors when not given enough exercise or attention, so too can cats. Make certain your cats have mental stimulation and exercise. Give them a toy to chase, a puzzle game to dispense their food and let them be house cats if that is what makes them most comfortable and happy.

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.   


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Winter Pet Safety Tips

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Much of the country recently experienced an unprecedented “deep freeze.” Even areas of the country that don’t normally get snow or ice or sub zero temperatures were impacted. Pet parents who live in those areas -- even those accustomed to winter -- were faced with the need to take their pets out of doors, but also needed to know how to keep them safe in the frigid temperatures and snow.

Winter Pet Safety Tips

Here are our best tips in case Mother Nature hasn’t dealt the final hand of an overly-cold winter:

Use a paw protectant. This is important if you put ice melt on your steps or sidewalk; even pet-friendly ice melt can cause discomfort to your pet and his paws.  Some pets will allow you to put boots on them, if they will, use that to protect their paws. When you bring your pet back in, wipe their paws and remove any snow or ice that may have built up between their pads.

Put your pet in a coat. If you have a short-haired dog or one who truly isn’t suited to the cold weather, putting her in a coat will keep her core warm. If it’s raining, a coat will also keep your pet warmer and obviously dryer while outdoors doing her business.

Don’t leave your pet out-of-doors. This is a controversial topic as there are dogs who thrive in the frigid weather. You need to know your dog, the breed and its ability to stay warm and healthy in the frigid, snowy temps. Even if your dog loves to be outside in the wintery days, make certain you check on him frequently and that you have provided shelter from the storm.

Take shorter, more frequent walks. If your pet thrives on exercise but you’re in sub-zero temperatures plan shorter, more frequent walks rather than a long walk all at one time.  If you have to take shorter walks and your pet isn’t getting the exercise he is accustomed to, you may want to cut back on the amount of food he gets during the limited exercise times. Don’t forget, there are many fun ways to exercise with your dog indoors.

Don’t forget the cats! If you have “outdoor cats” or feral cats, provide a space for them to get out of the snow and cold. Before you start your engine, beep your car horn; cats will sometimes crawl up into the engine to keep warm. Make sure there is fresh water available for the outside cats; you may want to invest in a heated bowl to keep the water from freezing.

Stay warm. Stay safe. Enjoy the winter with your pets!

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by pets.  Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like windowsills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.  In fun colors too!

CLAWGUARD is easily customizable, whether you get the clear, frosted clear or Grape or Blueberry. We have had one customer tell us they decorated their CLAWGUARD with stickers and designs to match their favorite basketball teams’ colors.

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas For Pet Lovers

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Where did the time go? If you’re scrambling for last minute Christmas gift ideas for pet lovers on your shopping list, we have compiled a few of our favorites. Our favorite pet-centric and pet-parent-centric gifts go beyond the dog bowl, dog bone and cat sweater variety!

Take the stress out of buying the perfect gift for that friend, family member or work colleague who has everything:

Subscription boxes are all the rage -- even for our dogs

PupJoy is a customizable subscription for your dog. Just as pet parents love getting their subscription boxes, so too will your dog. Your dog can get pawsome gifts and you can choose from custom box plans that will bring joy throughout the year to the recipient and the dog(s) in his or her life. Customize your PupJoy box with flexible quarterly, bi-monthly or monthly delivery options. There are also options for multiple dogs or dogs with big appetites and you can choose from an all treat or an all toy option.  

PupJoy was recently selected as a Purina Pet Care Innovation Prize finalist.

Never leave your dog home alone again!

PetChatz HD is a Greet & Treat® videophone that allows the pet parent the ability to interact with your “home alone pet” from anywhere. PetChatz provides 2-way video chats, treat-dispense, aromatherapy, sound and motion detection and the ability to stream DOGTV. Compatible with PawCall, the interactive gaming, and calling accessory.

PetChatz HD and PawCall create Digital Daycare in the safety of your home.

Keep the fun coming for cats throughout the year

KitNipBox subscription boxes contain high-quality cat toys, all-natural treats and other fun, healthy cat products. The KitNipBox includes unique items designed to keep your cat happy, healthy, and fit. Examples include fun cat toys, delicious treats, must-have accessories, health and hygiene products, innovative new gadgets, and awesome surprises!  

Keep your dog entertained while you’re away

DOGTV provides unique, original programming that has been scientifically-developed to provide 24-hour, dog-approved content. DOGTV’s channels feature programming that provides your dog with relaxation, stimulation and exposure to environmental stressors. The channels work together and give your dog the ideal balance for his daily routine. DOGTV is available on-line and that means your dog can watch programming on the road or at home while you’re away.

The DOGTV holiday gift packs retails for $49.99 + s&h for a six-month DOGTV On-Line subscription or $79.99 + s&h for a twelve-month DOGTV On-Line subscription.  If you buy a DOGTV holiday gift pack, the recipient will also receive special bonus items including: a DOGTV T-Shirt and Portable Water Bowl, and other pet-focused items valued at more than $80.  See more at:  http://dogtvonline.com/select-pack

Pets in the house means pet hair all over the house!

PetWISP is the ideal gift for the pet lover who doesn’t love all of the pet hair. The PetWISP broom uses a patented Bristle Seal Technology to quickly and easily pick up pet hair. The short, indestructible polymer-based bristles positioned at a 90-degree angle to the surface creates a bristle bond like none other. The MiniWISP ($12.99) is a great stocking stuffer. The WISP Cleaning Set ($39.95) is a great gift for any pet parent. Visit www.petwisp.com.

Helping cats and their guardians live happily together

Do you have a friend or family member who has a cat with behavioral issues? Why not gift them a certificate to speak with a certified cat behavior consultant who can help address “naughty cat” issues. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions works with cat parents to prevent cats from being abandoned, abused or surrendered to shelters as the result of treatable behavioral issues. She provides cat parents with the education and tools to prevent or treat behavior problems. You can purchase a certificate for an in-person or a virtual or Skype training session for the cat lover on your list.

For the technology lover on your list

You know that dogs are smart and research has shown that regularly exercising your dog’s brain keeps them happy, healthy and out of trouble. PupPod is a fun, interactive, high-tech puzzle game that gives your dog the mental stimulation he craves and automatically keeps challenging him as he learns.

This is an ideal toy for those times when you can’t be home to entertain your dog, or when you simply want to help him exercise his brain! PupPod’s combination of sensors, lights and sounds to encourage your dog to use his brain to solve a puzzle and earn a reward. Puzzles start out simple and get more difficult as your dog learns. Stats are recorded after each session, and achievements can be shared on social media and in the PupPod community.  Visit www.puppod.com and use the code FLASH30 for $30 off.

A gift for a pet parent with an anxious or destructive pet

Of course we think CLAWGUARD is one of the best gifts for the pet lovers on your shopping list! We love our dogs and cats, but they can damage our homes when we’re away and the holidays can be especially stressful for them. Are you worried about going to visit friends and family or staying in a hotel and having your dog or cat claw or scratch the doors or windowsills? If so, you’ll be glad you have CLAWGUARD, the ultimate in home scratch protection.

CLAWGUARD Door Shields and CLAWGUARD Protection Tape products protect your home where pets scratch most; the Door Shields guard doors, door frames and provide partial wall coverage. Protection Tape can be used on window sills, furniture, glass, weather stripping and more. Designed to match any décor and no hardware needed!  Learn about CLAWGUARD, how it works and for helpful pet tips.   

There is still time to buy that perfect gift for the pet lover in your life -- but don’t delay too much longer!

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How To Decorate Your Home The DIY Way

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At CLAWGUARD we know that if you’re taking the time to decorate your home and enhance its beauty you don’t want to have your dog or cat “redecorate” by scratching or clawing at the doors or window sills.
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Tips For Keeping Your Dog Safe And Happy This Holiday Season

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Are you looking forward to the holidays? Delicious foods and time spent with family usually equal fun times for the humans. Do your dogs or cats love the holidays? Do they embrace the influx of guests? If you travel to visit family, do your dogs or cats travel with you and do they enjoy staying in hotels or in unfamiliar homes?

Chances are your pets get stressed during the holidays. They are faced with new people in their house or they are traveling to homes they may have never been before. And a stressed out dog or cat can mean you may have a destructive dog or cat on your hands.  

A dog or cat who doesn’t jump or scratch your doors or claw at your window sills might just do that during the holidays. What can you do to protect your pets from a “time out” and your home, a hotel, or your relative’s home from damage this holiday season?

Here are a few tips from CLAWGUARD and its ultimate ultimate pet scratch protection products:

Distract them. If your pets have toys to play with and bones to gnaw on, they may be disinclined to chew a window sill or scratch a hotel room door.

Tire them out. A tired dog and cat is a happy, content dog or cat. Take your dog into the yard and play fetch. If the weather isn’t cooperating for outdoor play, you can play fetch indoors. Give your dog a toy like a Kong that is filled with tasty treats he will have to work to get to. Give your cats some catnip filled toys and play with her to keep her entertained. Make certain you have scratching posts or that you take scratching pads with you so your cat has access to that instead of a couch in a hotel!

Stick to routines. If your pets eat at a particular time, stick with that dinner time and with food they are accustomed to. If your dog goes to sleep at a particular time and in a crate or with her favorite blanket or toy, don’t forget to bring those items with you if you’re traveling. If you’re hosting the holidays at your home, make sure your pet can get away from the crowds if she needs to.

Introduce your dog or cat to everyone -- if they are amenable. Chances are you know your pet best and you know whether he or she will want to meet the strangers. If you have a friendly dog or cat and curious children or relatives, introduce them to one another. If you know your pet doesn’t relish being petted by strangers, then don’t force an introduction.

Take a hike. Spend quality time alone with your dog and get out for a walk. Let your dog run (on a leash) to get rid of some of his excess energy. Going for a walk will help your dog expend his energy, tire him out and help you make room for pumpkin pie!

Here are some other tips to consider for your pet and her safety this holiday season:

  1. Don’t feed her table scraps.
  2. Keep alcohol and chocolate away from pets
  3. Make certain your dog is microchipped and/or leashed and collared, especially in an unfamiliar location
  4. Put your cats in a safe space so they don’t dash out the door when people are coming in
  5. Spend quality time with your pets to calm and soothe them during this hectic time. Chances are you also know that the simple act of petting your cat or dog will lower your own blood pressure and calm you!

If you really want to be a great guest and assure you get your pet deposit back if you stay at a hotel take your Original CLAWGUARD Doorshield or your Heavy Duty CLAWGUARD Doorshield with you on your trips this holiday season. CLAWGUARD is easy to travel with, install at a hotel or relative’s home and makes you (and your dogs and cats) welcome house guests because you won’t have to worry about your pets clawing the doors.

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