Ways to Prepare Your Life for a Pandemic Pet

One of the more positive side-effects of the coronavirus pandemic is that shelters across the country are finding themselves empty. This points to a surprising trend of people adopting animals during mandatory quarantine periods. In some aspects, this is one of the best decisions novice pet parents can make, as they are home and can devote their time and attention to a new animal. However, it’s also very important to remember that the pandemic will soon be over, and a new pet is a lifelong companion.

Because you are making a long-term commitment, it pays to know ahead of time what you’re getting yourself into. From the first 30 days of adoption to what to do with your pet when life gets back to normal and you are no longer there around the clock, the following links can help you prepare for a post-pandemic pet parenting experience.

Before You Adopt

When you decide that you want to adopt an animal, you need to think through this decision carefully. The following resources can help you with this decision, from understanding how the pandemic will affect the process to what you should expect during the first 30 days.
Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Be the Best Time to Adopt a Pet?
Shelter Pets: What You Need to Know
Tips for the First 30 Days of Dog Adoption

Stock Up on Those Supplies and Prepare Your Home

Naturally, you need to have plenty of supplies on hand before your pet arrives home for the first time. That way, you can focus on bonding with your new friend, instead of worrying about running to the store in search of what you’re missing.
Top 20 Dog Essentials That Every Pup Parent Should Own
Cat Adoption Checklist: Everything New Cat Parents Need to Know—and Buy
The Best 13 Online Pet Shops for Your Furry Friends
Best CBD Dog Treats: Top 4 Brands Reviewed
Keep Your Pup Safe by Installing a New Fence (Averages $2,800)

Other Things You’ll Need to Keep in Mind

Taking care of your pet should be of utmost importance. However, arming yourself with knowledge is critical before you get a pet. That way, their behavior won’t catch you by surprise!
Top 5 Steps to Take When Choosing a Good Vet
Getting Your Dog Used to Your New House
Human Foods Dogs Can and Can’t Eat
How to Help With Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Does Leaving Your Pet When You Travel Cause You Inner Turmoil?

Take the time to click through the links above before you make a decision. Remember, although your life may seem a bit simpler now, one day you will go back to work, school, and a familiar routine. Do not adopt an animal unless you know for sure they will fit into your normal.
To learn more about some amazing animals, join The Creature Teacher’s Zoom the Zoo virtual learning program—perfect for schools, birthdays, and neighborhood groups!

Written by Aurora James

Procedures and Policies Update

With growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus The Creature Teacher would like to issue a statement regarding our procedures and policies. 

We will not send an instructor to any program that is not in good health. If an instructor shows any signs of illness, arrangements are made to send an instructor that is in good health. 

If a patron attending your program has shown any signs of illness, we ask that you please contact us as soon as possible to reschedule the program.

All of our animal ambassadors are regularly vetted and healthy. Any animals showing signs of illness are promptly examined and taken out of rotation until such time as they are deemed healthy. 

We have always STRONGLY encouraged hand-washing of all participants at the conclusion of our programs before proceeding with other party activities. 

As always we strive to do what is best for our customers, staff and animals. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us! 

J is for January and Jaguars!

Here at the Creature Teacher we get a lot of animal questions! One we’ve heard a few times is, “do you have any big cats?” While we don’t have any big cats, we are happy to fill you in on some fun facts about them!

Photo from ASU Now

Jaguars are found primarily in South America, but can also be found throughout Central and North America. They are the largest of South America’s big cats. A jaguar and leopard are often mistaken for one another because they have similar markings. However, leopards are found in Africa and Asia, and jaguars are only found in the Americas. Jaguars are also more heavily muscled than leopards, and they have slightly different markings. 

They are usually tan or orange, and have distinctive black spots. The black spots are shaped like roses and are therefore called “rosettes”. Some jaguars have black fur and black spots. The spots are much harder to see, but they are there. These jaguars are mostly found in areas of the rain forest that are darker. 

Did you know? Panther is just a general term that is used to describe leopards, jaguars, and mountain lions. It does not refer to one species of animal. 

It is often believed that cats and water don’t mix, however jaguars are know to swim across the Panama Canal. They are very good swimmers, and will travel along rivers stalking prey, and even eating fish. 

They can live anywhere from 12-15 years, and even up to 20 in captivity. Jaguars are on the verge of being endangered because they are hunted for their fur and suffer from habitat loss. 

They can weigh anywhere from 70 – 249 pounds, with males weighing more than females. 

Jaguars have much better vision at night than during the day, and are most commonly found hunting at night time. However, they have also been known to hunt during the day.

Photo from National Geographic

Jaguars are such beautiful and interesting cats! Thanks for learning a little about them with The Creature Teacher!

Getting Rid of Pet Odors

Just in time for the holidays here are some great tips for freshening up your home! Brought to you by Tyler Evans of www.dogzasters.com

The 6 Most Effective Pet Cleanup Tips You Need to Know

Pets offer their owners plenty of love, but there’s usually a bit of mess involved, as well. From dogs who are overeager to greet you at the door to cats who can’t help but bat everything off the counter, cleaning becomes a way of life when you have furry friends. The good news is that there are effective ways to clean just about everything — including pet messes.

Keep Fur from Taking Over with Fabric Softener

You already love fabric softener for keeping your clothing soft and static-free. But the same tech that reduces static can help prevent hair from clinging to every area of your house. Run clothing and bedding through the dryer with a fabric softener sheet to remove hair before washing. Dryer sheets can also wipe hair and dander from dusty surfaces. The magic lies in the electron exchange of the molecules — the stuff on the fabric softener sheets neutralizes negative charges. In short, the important thing is that dryer sheets hold onto stray pet fluff.

Minimize Pet Dander by Filtering Your Air

If you struggle with allergies, your pet’s dander might be to blame — around 20 percent of people worldwide are allergic to cats and dogs. Fortunately, there are ways to cut down on excess dander and help ease those allergic reactions.

You can choose specialized air filters for your home heating and AC system or place air purifiers in specific rooms. Doing so helps remove pollutants in your home environment, though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also suggests circulating outdoor air, too.

Use Vinegar to Get Rid of Slimy Drool Spots

Vinegar is safe for use around pets and is useful for cleaning many surfaces. Whether your dog tends to leave nose prints on your windows or your cat makes a mess eating, a vinegar solution helps achieve a streak-free clean. Just remember not to let your pets sample the cleaner if you add rubbing alcohol to the formula per the Spruce’s recommendation.

You can also use vinegar to remove mildew, grease, and wax. It kills bacteria, though at lower rates than bleach, but the tradeoff is that it’s not harmful if your pets take a sip.

Hide Odors by Hiding Your Cat’s Litter Box

You already feel grossed out when your kitty tracks its litter across the house. But did you know that cats can carry harmful germs — particularly in their feces — that can make you and your family sick? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the importance of washing your hands after cleaning the cat box — plus keeping kitty litter contained.

And your cat’s litter box is offending your noise (or your guests’ noses), a hidden litter box might be the solution. There are tons of cat litter box furniture on the market that keep your kitty’s business out of sight and help cover up odors. Read reviews, recommendations, and product guides to pick the best litter box plus furniture piece for your home (and pet).

Remove Potty Messes Quickly with Simple Steps

All urine contains ammonia, bacteria, and uric acid, but it’s the uric acid that causes smells to hang around. Therefore, the key to avoiding lasting odor is proper cleaning.

First, soak up as much of the mess as you can with rags or paper towels. Then, blot with towels wetted with water only. After you get most of the urine out, apply a pet-friendly product to lift what you can’t see. Healthy Pets recommends household mixtures like one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water, undiluted white vinegar, or baking soda. Afterward, you can blot dry (or vacuum up) the solution.

Approach Stains with the Right Products

While set-in stains can wreak havoc on your carpet, using a traditional carpet cleaner probably won’t help. That’s because specialized pet products contain enzymes to break down urine — standard carpet cleaning blends don’t. Enzyme cleaners cause chemical reactions that break down stains on a molecular level, getting rid of stains with little effort.

Cleaning a pet-friendly home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. And with these six methods, you’ll be enjoying a cleaner, fresher-smelling house in no time.