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Snellville Pet Sitter Talks About How Does Catnip Actually Work?

Catnip, that magic plant that can send your cat into ecstatic leaps and comatose naps all within thirty minutes!  The real question is; how does catnip work and who should you buy it for?  This green and grassy plant can be purchased in holistic therapy shops, pet stores, and in garden nurseries.  It also comes in several forms; dried, fresh, spray form, and essential oil.  Potential buyers should be aware, though, the secret is in the oil, so the liquid spray version and stale dried catnip will be less powerful.

How Does It Work?

Specifically, catnip contains nepetalactone oil, which is the active ingredient in catnip.  Nepetalactone is breathed in through the cats’ nose, with the cat kneading and bruising the plant with their face and paws to facilitate the release of oil.  The nasal membranes absorb the nepetalactone and cause a neural response in the amygdala and hypothalamus, eventually causing reactions in these areas controlling responses to hunger and emotions.  The cat responds to this stimulus for about ten minutes and then will have a cool down period of about thirty minutes.  When being stimulated by catnip, the cat can do anything from periods of high activity (jumping, rolling, racing) to drooling and meowing.  Afterwards, the cat will typically become very calm and relaxed, and will not respond to new exposure to catnip for about two hours.

Who Does It Work On?

Unfortunately, this chemically-induced ecstasy does not affect all cats at all ages.  A kitten must be sexually mature, or around six months, to respond to catnip at all.  Additionally, only about 70% of cats are genetically able to respond to nepetalactone.

How Can You Use it?

Because catnip causes a response in the majority of cats, you can use this wonderful plant to your advantage:


Any cat owner knows that cats will find any way possible past an obstruction, such as the towels you put on your new couch to avoid it turning to an impromptu scratching post.  By rubbing dried or fresh catnip onto a scratching post of your choosing, you may redirect your cats’ scratch-fever in a more appropriate direction.  This also follows for enticing them to a new bed or litterbox.


Cats are curious creatures, and if left to their own devices will find something to explore that you would rather they didn’t.  By providing toys and interactive environments, such as cat trees and toy mice, your cat will be less likely to find trouble their own way.  An addition to your cats’ environment could be dried catnip knotted into a sock, or a fresh catnip plant growing on their favorite windowsill.

Stress management:

Catnip provides the same affect for cats as a nice cup of tea and bubble bath does for us – it mellows them out.  If you have a new feline addition to the home who is still adjusting, or cat living on the edge after a change in household dynamic, think about stocking up on some ‘nip.  Store the excess in your freezer to maintain the oils, and introduce small amounts to your cat to see a relaxed Felix.

If your cat is part of the lucky majority who responds to catnip, be sure to acquire some to add to their life.  Whether they need it to relax or as encouragement to use the new litter box, catnip can be a useful addition to your grocery list.

Cats can get up to some crazy antics when playing with catnip, what is your favorite story from your frisky feline?  Let us know in the comments!

By Lauren Pescarus

Keep your Pets Safe Everyday with These Medication Storage Tips

It’s common nowadays for pets to be on regular medications.  Many pets take medicine like monthly flea and tick prevention as well as monthly heartworm pills.  If your pup is in their twilight years, your list of medications can grow drastically between joint medicine, vitamins and pain medications.  They come in all forms- tablets, liquids, creams, injectables, vitamins, etc.

All of these medications help your pet stay healthy and happy and hopefully lead longer lives.  However, just like our own medications, they are nothing to fool around with.  Medications that are improperly stored can put your pets and even your family members (such as children or spouse) at risk.  Your vet should be the go-to expert on tips and tricks to keep your medications stored safely since your pet’s welfare is their chief concern. However, we have some recommendations that could help you minimize the dangers of your pet medicine.

  1. Store Medications out of Reach of your Children and Pets

It sounds like common sense, but it’s very important to keep pet medications stored in a secure location out of reach of pets and children. However, this can be tricky. What constitutes out of reach? Especially if you have cats that can get into the highest nooks and crannies with ease.  A high, closed cupboard is the most ideal for drugs that also need to be stored at room temperature. If you want to be extra safe, you can lock the cupboard, especially in the instance of extra curious pets or children.  If you have other animals, such as horses, cows or pigs, make sure you treat them in an area that your dog or cat can’t get to.  Smaller animals have been known to be accidentally killed after coming into contact with spilled medications or even eating the fecal matter of treated animals.

  1. Be Cautious of Flavored Medications

Most medicines are very unappetizing.  No one enjoys taking gross tasting medicine, so why would your pet be any different? Many of today’s medications contain flavoring to make them taste better than normal- especially for your pets.  If you have one of these medications and you hide it in a lower drawer or cupboard, your dog (especially if they have a good nose!) can rummage through the cabinet or drawer and find it and have a feast- with devastatingly deadly effects. Most pill bottles are no match for your dog’s teeth, and they can and will ingest it.

Toddlers or young children are often lured by medication flavorings that smell like candy.  It creates the potential for accidental overdose or exposure, which can have terrible consequences.  All the more reason to find a safe space that is out of reach of most pets and children.

  1. Mark your Meds or Separate them Completely from Your Pet Meds

Pet medications should be stored securely just like human medications.  Perhaps the best place to store them is in the same spot as your human medications.  However, if at all possible they should be kept in separate areas.  Confusing pet and human medicines is all too common of an issue, and it can make you or your pet very sick.   There are two easy steps to avoid this problem.  First, check the label every time you reach for meds.  This is a simple, quick way to ensure that no creature is getting the wrong medicine.  This is especially simple since many pet clinics are starting to add logos, or cartoon paw prints on the cap to help instantly differentiate bottles.  Secondly, if you keep your meds in a completely different area than your pet meds, you will never give them the wrong one.  It protects both you and your pet.

  1. Check Expiration Dates and Storage Instructions

Medications have a shelf life and storage instructions, just like your groceries.  If you don’t store them the way they need, they won’t work the way they’re supposed to, and in some cases, they can become dangerous with serious side effects. Some medicines need refrigeration, so check your vet’s instructions thoroughly.

If a medication is expired, it’s automatically off-limits to pets.  They can become dangerous or less effective because of chemical changes that have occurred over time.  Injectable medications that are expired have a high risk of bacteria growing in the vial.  Any drug that’s expired can become toxic.  Dispose of any expired medications to avoid confusion or accidental ingestion.

All of these things are simple and can keep you from seriously hurting your pet or your family.  Take appropriate actions to ensure medicine safety in your home.

Share what you know about keeping medications out of the reach of your pets in the comments below. 


Here Are Some Home Remedies for Common Cat Ailments.

Natural remedies are becoming more and more popular for both pets and their owners alike.  While you should always count on the expertise of your vet with any health concern regarding your pets, there are a plethora of natural remedies for common ailments that you might find helpful.  Below are several holistic methods that are done with standard tools and ingredients found in your own home.

  • Constant Itching

There are many different causes of itching including, but not limited to dandruff, allergies or pests such as fleas.  Regardless of the culprit, itchy cats are generally grumpy and standoffish pets.  Turn that frown upside down with a homemade remedy made of peppermint, rosemary, or pennyroyal.  Use caution when using essential oils as cats are finicky and don’t respond well to ingesting them.  Alternatively, you can try a calming bath with tea and catnip or aloe to soothe your cat’s irritated skin.

Is dandruff or skin flakes the problem? Skip the dandruff shampoo and try a humidifier first.  A humidifier combined with a healthy diet will naturally rejuvenate and hydrate your cat’s dry, scaly skin.  This condition is usually caused by a lack of moisture in the air but occasionally has other causes.

  • Hairball Control

Probably one of the most annoying and, yes disgusting, issues with owning a cat is hairballs.  These gross little “surprises” seem to appear out of nowhere, and you always tend to discover them while barefoot.  (Eww.) Especially if your cat is one that likes to scatter them like a minefield.  While taking your cat and shaving them might sound like a fabulous idea, we don’t recommend it.  Have you ever seen how pathetic those hairless cats look or even your cat when they’re wet? Your newly shaved cat will look very much the same (and that’s just a pitiful image).  Instead of shaving, try a less drastic and traumatic remedy by brushing your furry friend daily and then wipe down their fur with a damp towel to get all the loose hairs.  This keeps your cat’s fur nice and maintained without them having to solely rely on their own grooming which is where the hairballs come from.

You can also ease your cat’s ability to pass the hairballs by giving them a little butter to eat. Keep the amount small, no more than a half a teaspoon for a few days.  Of course, a high fiber diet and consistent exercise also help with hairballs.  So get going and make your home blissfully hairball free.

  • Bladder Issues

Cats are relatively susceptible to bladder or urethra problems including infections and blockages.  Male cats are especially prone to these type of health issues.  If your cat tends toward this kind of problem, we recommend unsweetened cranberry juice to prevent a reoccurrence.  Cranberry increases a cat’s urine acidity which helps to combat infections and creates less chance of blockages.

How do you give them the juice? Try adding cranberry powder to your cat’s food or put a few drops of cranberry juice into their water.  If that doesn’t take, then use a syringe of juice straight into your cat’s mouth or a cranberry capsule daily.  Proper dosage should be discussed with your vet to ensure that your cat is getting all the benefits without any issues.

  • Turf Wars

Cats, like many animals, can be very territorial.  Some can’t wait to start a fight with whatever or whoever get in their way.  Minor scratches as a result of an altercation are hardly a reason to go to the vet for an expensive checkup.  However, make sure you tend to the wounds as quickly as possible. Cleanse the wounds to prevent infection with either a saline solution or diluted baby shampoo.  Saline Solution is simple to make at home with salt and water, or you can buy a pre-made first-aid solution which can be found at any pharmacy.  It’s a good idea to slightly trim the fur (or just keep a close eye on the wound) around the injury to check for inflammation or infection.  If any of those symptoms occur, contact your vet immediately.

Now you have some tools at your disposal to hopefully help you take better care of your adorable feline friendJust like anything else, research any home remedies or holistic treatment before you begin to ensure that you won’t do more harm than good.  When in doubt (or if your kitty shows no signs of improvement) contact and visit your vet right away.

We hope you enjoyed this article. It’s always nice to be more holistic with our pets. However, we recommend before giving anything to treat your cat is to contact your veterinarian.  Please feel free to share your holistic approach to good cat care.  We would love to hear and share. Please visit your facebook page at If you want you can send me an email or call 770-695-3096. We also offer cat sitting. Check our website

What you didn’t know about the American Bobtail Cat!

Portrait of British shorthair gray cat wearing sunglasses

When it comes to beautiful cats, one that is amazing is the American Bobtail Cat, this is one that has shorter hind legs and that has an amazing look because they are partially related to the Bobcat. They have a water resistant double coat and they also have a wild appearance, that is because of their incredible almond eyes. They also have a short tail which is about half of the length of the body. In addition to that, there may be a curve in the tail, or it may be a knot.

What is the Personality of the Cat?

The cats are very smart, active, and is very affectionate. It loves to be petted and loves to be taken care of. The cat is also great with kids, and it loves to meet you when you go home. In addition to that, the cat is great at solving problems, and it also will escape from many other locations as well.

What is the History of the Cat?

The cat is pretty common now but it did not show up until the 1960’s, and the reason for that is because it was not something that was very common then. Before this time there is not a lot of history that is known with the cat. It is thought that it came about when there was a breeding of the tabby and a Siamese make. The cat came from a cat that was named Yodie; then Yodies became a cat of a family in Iowa. The cat is the first line of the bloodlines that led to the creation of the new breed.

In the 1970’s there was a standard that was created for the breed that was created by Mindy Schultz. What that meant is that in the past there was a fade out of the original bloodlines. That meant that there was also a need to have a more flexible cat as well that was able to be more Bobtail. That happened when the original blueprint was broken, and then there was a short-tailed cat that then had a new look with mittens and also with a white face.

The new cat that came about of the breeders, came in all colors, many categories, and may divisions. What that meant was that there were also many who were able to trace their history to a Florida breeder who was crossing domestic and Bobcats that would means that there are many ways that there would be new dimensions. Many believe that this crossing would not work out because there would be a birth of many cats that were sterile. There are also many other cats that are a part of the mutations that happen as well among many of the domestic cats. There are many things about this breed that have led it to excel and that have ensured that the beauty of the breed cannot be ignored

What is Important to Know About the Breed

One thing that is very important to know is that since the cats are part wild it is very important to make sure that you are talking with your vet to know everything that is good for the pet and everything that is not. That means that you need to make sure that you are following all of the suggestions that come from the vet and taking the cat in for regular checkups.

When you are taking the cat to the vet on a regular basis, there are many ways to ensure that you can avoid many of the pitfalls that befall cats when they are not getting regular visits. It is important to always follow the advice of the vet so that you and your pet will live much longer and also will know that there are many reasons to stay healthy in the future.

In addition to that, it is important to ensure that you are working with the vet to always have access to the best options for the cat. There are many reasons that you need to have the input of your vet to know that you are going to always take care of the cat. Speaking with the vet will ensure that your cat will avoid many of the problems that come with the other breeds. You will have a healthy pet that will always be a part of your home and your family as well for many years.

We will be happy to keep your kitty health and happy while you’re away. Give us call 770-695-3096 or drop me an email and let us have a conversation about your kitty. We would like to talk with you and about your kitties. We are available for cat sitting, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Check our website

Which is the most recognized cat in the world?

Abyssinian cat hunting for something in summer park


When it comes to the Abyssinian this cat is one of the most recognized in the world because of its fur. It has a very silky and multicolored look that means that it is immediately recognizable to those who see it. The bands of hair have many different colors which make this cat incredibly stunning. This cat is medium in size and also has a very graceful look. The Abyssinian has amazing eyes that are gold or that are green and that always bring the viewer back to them as they are gold or green.

What is the Personality or Temperament of the Abyssinian?

The cat is known to be incredible and curious. The Abyssinian is always happy and is always curious about everything that is going on. Although the Abyssinian is very independent; it will wonder how it can be a part of everything that you are doing. What that means is that you may need to have an area of your home that is cat free so that you will have some down time.

The cat is also very playful, and that means that you need to be ready to see all kinds of silliness in your home. Other than that, you will find that the cat will perch on your shoulders, you will also see that the cat will play with things that are not there and will leap off of bookcases. There is nothing that is in the least bit slow when you have an Abyssinian. You will have a private show for hours.

What Are the Temperament and the Care of the Abyssinian Like?

When it comes to the cat, it is full of energy which means that it needs to play as much as possible. Then there are also the times that you will see that the cat has a need to make sure that it is playing and also cuddling with its owner. You will also see that most of the times the cats are very healthy, however, at times there will be problems with tooth decay and that means that you need to make sure that you are looking at all of the health care requirements for the pet. You will also see that there are many other renal issues with the cat which means that you need to look into keeping the cat as healthy as possible with regular visits to the vet.

What is the History of the Cat?

The origins of the cats are very strange, and they have been pets for 4,000 years. There are also many murals and the like that take the cat back in history with the way that they are depicted. The ancient cats look just like the modern cats. There also are many other new studies that have shown that the ancient cats have the same breeds that are out there as many of the modern ones. There are also many cats that are breeding with African wildcat. This is one of the oldest relatives of all of the domestic cats and that means that there are roots that go back to this source as the original.

There are also many reports that go back to Zula which was the first cat that met and was a part of all of the others that fit this description. What that means is that there was a voyage by the cat to England back in the Victorian times when his book was published in 1876. That implies that there was a huge role in the way that the cat came about as well as in the way that it looked. The traits are believed to have come from Egypt and that means that they are one of the most ancient breeds in years past. There also are many other cats that were not shown in the USA till 1909. This was when they first made their way to the USA and when in 1939 many started becoming pets to the rest of the world. What is important to see is the popularity of the breed led to many more of the cats being brought into the USA and assured that there would be many more who were then brought into the states. The breed was one of the most popular of all of the cats due to its appearance. Our staff at 2 Paws Up Inc had the pleasure to care for two Abyssinian’s named Abby and Tippy. Abby and Tippy have both crossed the Rainbow Bridge and will be sadly missed by her owner Jean and us.

Tell us about your kitties. What kind of cat do you have? Give us a call 770-982-4430 or email me if you have questions or would like cat sitting.  If you like this blog check our blog page for more articles about cats, dog, bunnies, guinea pigs, and small exotics..

Easy Ways to Play More With Your Dog


Even when your dog gets plenty of exercise through walking, he still needs chances to play at any age. In our world, though, making time to play one-on-one on a regular basis can feel challenging even though you really want to spend time with him. Plus, bored dogs tend to get into trouble! So help set him up for success with some fun and easy ways to stimulate his brain and his natural sense of fun even when it’s rainy or you just can’t get outside for long.

We hope you enjoyed our last post on easy ways to play with your cats, and now we present some fun ideas to do the same for your dogs. Anyone can work these ideas into their schedule and make for a happier dog – and a happier owner too!

Get active indoors

The magic of taking off all the couch cushions and putting blankets over tables to create an obstacle course isn’t just for kids. You can use sofa cushions, boxes, and all sorts of things around the house to create a fun course for your dog where you can teach her to jump over objects and climb through tunnels. Some dogs will learn quickly, while others might need more practice (and be patient). If she isn’t interested, you can always play hide-and-seek around the objects.

For more hide-and-seek fun, hide around a corner or doorway and peek out, then snap back out of sight once your dog notices you. Give him a big hug or treat when he dashes around the corner to find you.

Set up a search and rescue

Making a fun scavenger hunt for your dog can be great fun. You can hide treats for her to find around the room. Or if she has a favorite toy or knows the name of one of her toys, hide it in a basket or pile of other toys, and tell her to “get your toy/bone!” Food-dispensing toys can be another fun way to get her to work for her food or treats. And this game using things you probably already have – a muffin tin and tennis balls – makes for a great way for your dog to earn some treats.

You can also play the “which hand” game where you enclose a treat, bit of kibble, or a piece of carrot or frozen green bean in one hand, present two closed fists before your dog, and let him choose which hand contains the goodie. When he chooses the right hand, open it and let him have his prize. If he doesn’t get it right away, it’s okay; it might take a minute for him to catch onto the idea of the game.

Go fishing

Toys on strings aren’t just for cats! Many dogs love to try and catch a toy in their mouth as you wave it around. If you don’t have a fishing-type toy, just attach a soft toy securely onto the end of a string, and wave it around or pull it along the floor for him to run after and catch (the slower, the better). This activity can also be a good tool for teaching the “give” command when you need him to release it.

Non-toxic bubbles can be lots of fun for dogs as they jump and try to catch the bubbles in their mouths as well.

2 Paws Up’s pet sitters and dog walkers are always here to help when your work days run too long or you’re away from home for a trip. We’ll help your pup stay entertained and stimulated to ease any boredom and make it extra fun for her to have company in addition to some energy-burning walks. Give us a call at 770.695.3096, or contact us today to request a quote or become a client!

Let us know if you try any of these easy playtime ideas!