Does your pup enjoy romping through the dog park? Does your cat like lounging near large windows shimmering with sunshine? Does your pet need consistent, reliable vet care? If so, you might need to move!
Which communities in the U.S. are the most pet-friendly? Factoring in cost of living, access to dog parks, price of vet care, and other factors, last year WalletHub ranked cities in America for pet-friendliness. NOTE: These are large cities, not smaller towns or communities. But, if you enjoy city-life and you own a pet, check out the list and find the top 10 listed here:
1. Scottsdale, AZ
2. Phoenix, AZ
3. Tampa, FL
4. San Diego, CA
5. Orlando, FL
6. Birmingham, AL
7. Austin, TX
8. Cincinnati, OH
9. Atlanta, GA
10. Las Vegas, NV
To reach these conclusions, WalletHub evaluated cities on three aspects of pet-friendliness: 1) Pet Budget, 2) Pet Health & Wellness and 3) Outdoor Pet-Friendliness.
Other websites list various other communities, as well as states, which are pet-friendly. If you’re looking to make a move and you have a pet, search sites like Realtor.com as well as WalletHub to help you decide where you might want to live… or if you’re being transferred, to find a neighborhood or apartment complex that welcomes furry companions.
If you’re traveling and want to bring your dog or cat, the Travel Channel lists the top five destinations where you’re furry friend will be welcomed. These places include Key West, Florida; Asheville, North Carolina; and San Diego, California.
Pet parents enjoy taking their beloved four-footed family members different places, including restaurants, stores, parks, and hikes. Many towns allow such outings; others, not so much. Some neighborhoods and apartment/condo complexes are more pet-friendly than others. Hotels the same way. Whether you are re-locating permanently or taking a fun trip, reviewing where your pet will be welcomed is sound advice. “Moving” is a number one reason people give up their pets, causing angst to both themselves and their furry friends. Pets don’t have to be left behind and there are many technological ways to do research before having to pack that U-Haul … or embarking on vacation without your furry side-kick.
Sun, surf, snow, ski, park, play, views, friends – share these experiences with your pet by doing your homework on your next potential permanent or vacation home – maybe in one of the top 10 best places for pets!
Last week I wrote about loss of hearing and deafness in dogs. This week, we’ll explore the same afflictions in cats.
I have two cats. My husband and I adopted these sisters more than a decade ago. Always curious, they have brought us great joy. This summer they will be 13 years old and have slowed down since becoming seniors. I once had a cat who lived to be almost 19; in fact, cats 20 years and older are not uncommon. However, with age, just as with humans and canines, come health issues. One of those concerns is loss of hearing, even deafness.
Feline Hearing Loss
According to VetWest.com, an Australian veterinary clinic, hearing loss in older cats occurs “as a result of damage to the ear system and nerves. Normally sound waves vibrate the ear drum between the outer and middle ear. The tiny bones in the middle ear transfer the vibrations into nerve impulses within the inner ear. When any portion of this system is damaged hearing will be affected.”
According to veterinarians at Cornell University, there are a variety of reasons for loss of hearing in cats, in additional to aging. Those include: tumors, polyps, and other growths in the ear canal; hypothyroidism; medications, including antibiotics; infestations of yeast, bacteria, and ear mites; and household chemicals that are ingested or somehow seep into the ear. Additionally, hearing loss and deafness is hereditary, especially in white cats with blue eyes. In fact, researchers believe 65 to 85 percent of all-white cats with two blue eyes are born deaf, or at least become totally deaf as young kittens, and white cats with one blue eye generally have a 40 percent chance of being deaf.
How You and Your Cat Can Cope
As a cat owner, there are some things you can do to help both you and your cat adjust to hearing loss and deafness.
Learn more about deaf cats and how to help and communicate with them at these websites:
Living with a deaf or hard of hearing cat presents challenges, but nothing that a loving pet parent can’t handle. With plenty of patience and positive resources, including tips from your veterinarian, you and your feline friend can enjoy many happy years together.
One of the reasons people give for leaving their pets at animal shelters or surrendering them to rescue groups is “I’m moving” or “My landlord won’t let me have a pet.” Being separated from one’s animal is heartbreaking, both pet and owner grieve. I’ve volunteered and worked with enough animal rescue and shelter organizations to know how such separation impacts people and animals.
I was recently approached by a fellow pet-lover and writer about contributing to my blog regarding this subject. She’s written a piece about pet-friendly housing, and I agreed to link to her article.
As March dawns and spring draws ever closer, many people consider moving. Therefore, this is a good time to remind those who rent that it’s important to find out as much in advance as possible if the landlord allows pets. If the new place you’re considering is NOT pet-friendly and you have pets, re-consider moving there; search for pet-friendly accommodations. In some areas, you may find buying your own small place a wiser move, both financially and pet-wise. If purchasing your own place is not an option, consider your renting options.
Read this article written by Rebekah May regarding pet-friendly housing and options you may have as a pet parent. The article begins with these thoughts:
Not only is moving a stressful situation, owning pets only serves to compound the hassle. Pet friendly rentals are increasingly harder to come by for pet owners.
Visit this site to read the remainder of her article:
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.