Holiday Pet Safety

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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The holidays are approaching and soon it will be all-out chaos in Manhattan. The city is lit up and holiday cheer is spreading like wildfire. As you prepare to have guests over to your home, it’s important that your pet stays safe this holiday. Here are some of our holiday pet safety tips. Keep these in mind when you’re decorating your home and making your holiday plans.

4 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This Holiday

No People Food

We get it. Your pet sits at your feet begging you to give them table scraps from your delicious holiday meal. Those big ole eyes stare up at you, begging for you to make their holiday dreams come true. But the reality is, it’s just not safe for your pet to ingest human food, as harmless as it might seem. If your pet gets the wrong thing in their mouth or accidentally gets a piece of bone in their digestive tract, it could be very dangerous for them. Find another way to spoil your pet, like give them treats so they’re distracted.

Keep Holiday Plants Out of Reach

Depending on what types of animals you have around your home, is going to dictate whether you can even have holiday plants at your home. With dogs or caged animals, it’s a bit easier to keep the holiday plants out of the way because you just have to put them out of reach. But if you have a cat, you really need to be mindful of where your plants end up. Holly, mistletoe and lilies are especially harmful to pets, mainly cats. Tinsel is also dangerous, as cats like to play with it and could potentially eat it, creating a digestive issue for your pet. When it comes to holiday pet safety, be very careful with the plants you bring in your home.

Secure the Tree

Christmas trees are big and they have a lot of objects on them. If you collect ornaments, the things hanging on the tree can have sentimental value. The last thing you want to happen on Christmas is that your pet knocks over your Christmas tree. Secure your tree so that your dog, cat or other pet doesn’t knock the tree over, causing harm to themselves or others. It will save you a lot of heartache and cleanup.

Safe Space

The holidays can be overwhelming for pets. If you’re having company over for a prolonged amount of time, your pet needs a safe place to escape to if they need a break. If you have an extra bedroom or a quiet corner of the apartment, these are ideal places for your pet to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Book a Pet Sitter this Holiday Season

The holidays are a crazy time of year, especially for pets. Most of the time, their parents go out of town or leave them for longer than usual. If you’re busy this upcoming holiday, make sure you book your all-inclusive pet sitting services with us today. Your pet deserves to feel safe during the holidays, and having a pet sitter come to your home is much easier than traveling with your pet anyway. Schedule your pet sitting services today.

Protect Your Pet While You’re Away

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Ways to Increase the Security of Your Pet

protect your petOwning a pet is one of the most joyous and fulfilling experiences of your life. It comes with cuddles, laughs and a whole lot of love. But it can also come with other emotions like worry. After all, your pet is essentially your child. If you’re constantly thinking about ways you can protect your pet while you’re away, this blog is for you. Here are some things you can do to increase the security of your pet and give yourself some additional peace of mind.

3 Ways to Increase Your Pet’s Security

Get a Pet Camera

Pets can be a handful, especially puppies, kitties and other pets in the early stages of their lives. Getting a pet camera, allows you to monitor your pet and increase your pet’s security. Some of these high-tech devices even allow you to talk to your pet. If you catch them in the act of shredding cushions or other household items, you can chime in. If you want to just say hi, you’re more than welcome to do so. You can also see if your pet is having a health emergency or acting strange and you can even dispense treats. A pet camera is a great way to protect your pet and add extra peace of mind to your life.

Security System or Service

These days, security systems are extremely accessible to the everyday consumer. For just over $100, you can get a digital doorbell and memberships for security services like ADT are also very affordable, as many more Americans are prioritizing home security in the midst of the rise of package thieves.

The great thing about a security service is that you can hook it into your security control panel and it can let you know about environmental threats like fire, flooding or carbon monoxide. You can alert the company that you have a pet in the home so if the alarm is ever set off, the authorities know that there’s a pet in the residence. It’s just another way you can protect your pet while you’re away.

Pet Insurance

As an added layer of protection for your pet, you may want to consider pet insurance. Pets get sick and have chronic illnesses just like humans. As you know, going to the doctor can cost a pretty penny. Pet insurance doesn’t only protect your pet, by allowing you to choose your own veterinarian and seek medical attention at your choice of facilities, but it gives you the peace of mind you deserve as a pet owner. While certain things aren’t covered, pet insurance is still a great way to protect your pet and your pocketbook.

Safest Pet Sitters in Manhattan

Entrusting your pet with a pet sitting service isn’t as easy as it sounds. Especially because there are so many options right here in Manhattan. But at Bingo Pet Care, we do things differently. We strive to provide a safe and loving environment for your pet, making them our priority. Schedule a meet and greet today, and find out why we’re the safest pet sitters in Manhattan.

How to Introduce a New Cat to Your Home

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Help Your Cat Transition to Their Forever Home

introduce a new catKittens and cats can be really sensitive to new environments and unusual surroundings. Much of the time, new cats will hide in the closet or under the bed when they’re first introduced to a new home. After a while, they should adjust to their new home but it can be one of those things that takes a little longer. Here are some easy tips to introduce a new cat to your home and make their transition to their forever home.

4 Tips to Introduce a New Cat to Your Home

Give Your Cat Its Own Space

If you didn’t already know, cats can be territorial in nature. Bringing a new cat home can leave them overwhelmed and even scared of their new environment. One way you can make your cats transition more comfortable is to provide your cat with a space of their own right away. Space is hard to come by here in New York City, but if you can dedicate a corner or an area to their cat toys, litter box, food and water, their acclimation will be that much easier.

Microchip Them or Use GPS Tracker

When cats feel scared, they like to run away to places that they feel comfortable and safe in. If you rescued a cat, the chances are they are going to be very skittish when you bring them home. Cats have been known to scurry their way out the front door or open window, so when you introduce a new cat to your home make sure you’re very mindful of that. As an added layer of protection, you can microchip them or put a GPS tracking collar on them. That way if they do escape, you have some way to find them.

Cats Love High Places

Introducing a new cat to your home can potentially lead to destroyed furniture. As someone who has had cats before, this probably isn’t coming as a surprise to you. This tip will not only make your cat happy, it could potentially save your furniture too. Cats like to survey things from up high. Getting a cat tree gives your cat somewhere high to escape to, but it also gives them something to scratch instead of your furniture. Two birds. One stone.

Familiarity is Key

This couldn’t ring more true in regards to your cat’s diet. It’s common for cats to not eat when they’re introduced to a new home. Be patient, it’s all part of the process. At first, you should keep them on the same diet that they had at their foster home or shelter. Things that are familiar encourage acclimation.

Reliable Cat Sitters in New York City

At Bingo Pet Care, we love cats. Cats are odd creatures and we understand that in order to love and protect them, we have to earn their trust first, and yours too. Schedule a meet and greet today and learn more about our all-inclusive pet sitting services. We’re here to provide a co-parenting environment in order to help your pet thrive, even when you’re not around.

Fall Pet Preparation

Prepare Your Pet for Fall in Manhattan

fall pet preparationAs it starts to get colder here in Manhattan, the number of coats, boots and scarves that you start to see on the streets increases. People are starting to bundle up, make adjustments to their lives in order to accommodate the coming of fall. If you’re a pawrent, you need to make the same adjustments for your pet. When it comes to fall pet preparation, there are few things you can do to make your pet more comfortable. Keep reading for our fall pet preparation tips.

3 Fall Pet Preparation Tips

Additional Warmth

Throughout the year, your pet’s needs change. Depending on the weather and temperatures, you make adjustments so that your pet is more comfortable. In the warmer months, you remove things from their environment that cause additional heat like blankets in the dog bed or covering for the birdcage. But as it starts to get cooler here in Manhattan, you’re going to need to step up for your fall pet preparation.

Provide your pet with extra warmth wherever their favorite spots are. If you know your cat likes the windowsill where the sun shines through in the morning, fold up a blanket and put it there so they have additional heat. Add an extra blanket to your dog’s bed or make sure you cuddle up extra close at night. Your pet will appreciate it as it gets colder.

Make Dietary Adjustments as Needed

When it’s cold, your pet requires more energy to stay warm throughout the day. Just because it’s starting to get colder, doesn’t mean that you get to ditch your pet’s exercise or play routine. They need that for their health. But what you probably need to do is increase the amount of food that you give your pet in the cooler months of the year. Food generates body heat. Make sure you check with your vet to see how you should modify your pet’s diet to best suit their needs.

Watch the Decorations

Fall is the start of the holiday season. Before you know it, you’re going to be decorating your place for Halloween and Thanksgiving. When you’re decorating your Manhattan apartment for the holidays, keep in mind that your pet lives there too. Cats love shiny things. They love playing with strings and scratching things and have also been known to destroy holiday decorations. Dogs too. Animals are curious, so when you’re decorating, try to stay away from things that if swallowed or dismantled could harm your pet.

Safe and Reliable Pet Sitters in Manhattan

Our professional and reliable Manhattan pet sitters understand that pet care changes throughout the year. Some pets need more than others to stay comfortable during cooler months of the year like additional blankets in their beds or more cuddles with their pawrents. Every pet is different. And at Bingo Pet Care, we make your pet our priority. We provide a co-parenting pet sitting experience unlike any other service in Manhattan. Schedule a meet and greet today and find out for yourself why we’re the most reliable pet sitters in Manhattan.

Kenneling vs. Pet Sitting – Which is Better for Your Pet?

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How to Decide if Pet Sitting or Kenneling is Better for Your Pet

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Leaving your pet is never easy. Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird or pocket pet, figuring out care for your pet while you’re on vacation can be a struggle. Finding the balance between making sure they’re taken care of and comfortable at the same time isn’t always easy. That’s why we wrote this blog. When you’re heading out of town and deciding what’s best for your pet, there are tons of factors to consider. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re finding the best solution for your pet whether that happens to be kenneling them or hiring a pet sitter.

Pet Sitting vs. Kenneling Your Pet

Pet Sitting

Requires Trust

When you hire a pet sitter, you’re not only allowing them to take care of one of the most important members of your family, you’re letting them into your home. This requires trust. You have to trust they aren’t going to take advantage of the fact you won’t be home for an extended time. Our Bingo pet sitters are the most reliable and trustworthy pet sitting team in Manhattan. We make your pet our priority and treat them as if they were our own. Rest assured that when our Bingo pet sitters are taking care of your dog, cat, bird or pocket pet, we’re going to provide the best care possible.

Temperament of Your Pet

The temperament of your dog should play a big part in your decision between pet sitting and kenneling your animal. If your dog or cat gets anxiety or has a tough time when they go to places like the groomer, kenneling your pet probably isn’t the way to go. A pet sitter that comes over to your home makes it easier on your pet. It eases their mood and helps them to cope with you being gone for a prolonged period of time, even though they don’t necessarily know that. At Bingo, our Manhattan pet sitters update our pet parents about their pets so they can enjoy their trip knowing that their animal is being well taken care of.

More Expensive

There are some things in this life that people are willing to pay more for, pet sitting being one of them. Can you put a price tag on peace of mind? In our eyes, the answer is no. With pet sitting, you have a direct contact to the person taking care of your beloved animal. Most pet sitters update owners throughout their time away so they don’t worry excessively. And when it comes to attention, there’s no better option than a pet sitter. They make sure your pet’s routine stays intact while you’re away, which is important. We think it’s worth the extra $5-15 a day to hire a reliable pet sitter in Manhattan instead of kenneling your pet.

Kenneling

Luxurious Experience

Kenneling your pet is like sending them to a luxury hotel with other pets as guests. Your pet will never be alone at a kennel because kennels typically have multiple pets under their roof at one time. Kennels have changed quite a bit from the cold hard floor and cage to more of a pet hotel vibe. Your pet gets to socialize with other animals while they’re waiting for you to come pick them up. They get treated like royalty for the duration of their stay and get to experience luxury amenities they may not have access to at home.

Unfamiliar Environment

Subjecting your pet to a new environment isn’t a bad thing, but it is something you need to keep in mind when you’re deciding to kennel your dog. If your animal is social and doesn’t suffer from separation anxiety of any sort, kenneling them is a great option. Take a tour of the facility yourself in order to know exactly where your pet will be while you’re gone.

Exposure to Other Pets

If you decide that kenneling your pet is right for your situation, you’ve accepted they’re going to come in contact with other animals. Everyone takes care of their pets differently. Some pet parents may not give their dog or cat flea meds or may not disclose an illness their animal has. Those are all risks you take when you decide on kenneling. If you’re good with the fact your pet will be exposed to other pets, kenneling is the way to go.

Professional Dog Sitters in New York City

Kenneling is an option for your pet, but if we’re being honest we don’t think it’s the best option. In our opinion, an in-home pet sitter is the way to go. Your animal stays comfortable, you get peace of mind and you get to enjoy your trip. Our team of trustworthy Manhattan pet sitters is ready to help you next time you need to get of town for a few days. Contact us next time you’re heading out of town and let us make your pet, our priority.

Best Cat Toys

Cat Toys for your Fav-fur-ite Feline

cat toysCats are a bit of an anomaly in the pet world. One second they need you the next second they don’t even want to be in your vicinity. But cat lovers understand cats and what they need to live happy lives. One of the things that we believe is essential for a cat to live a long, happy life is toys. Lots and lots of toys. The great thing about cats is that even the most basic of things can turn into cat toys like string and boxes. There are tons of different cat toys out there but these are some of our professional cat sitter’s personal favorites.

4 of the Best Cat Toys

Laser Pointer

One of the most entertaining toys in general, for both humans and cats, is a laser pointer. You, as the pawrent, get to play with your cat for a prolonged period of time, sending them all over the room or wall chasing the laser pointer. This may seem like it’s boring. Trust us, it’s not. Especially for your cat. Your cat will love the interaction and the stimulation while engaging their hunting senses. This is one of the cheapest, yet best cat toys around. The only hang up is it requires you to administer the fun.

Catit Design Senses Massager Center

Have you ever noticed your cat rubbing up on things like table legs, chairs, sofas and even the floor? That’s because they like the different textures and how they feel against their fur and skin. As humans, we can relate because we love massages too! So what better toy to get your cat than a kitty massager? The Catit Design Senses Massager Center has a gum stimulator, an Acupressure mat for stimulating the paws and a ripple massager that allows them to scratch whatever itch they may have. Cats have an increased sense of touch and this cat toy allows them to get stimulation on a variety of levels.

Wall-Mounted Play Set

If there’s one thing we know about cat’s it’s that they love to climb things. They’ll climb just about anything they can get a grip on. So when it comes to cat toys, getting them a wall-mounted play set will give them the ability to pounce all over your living space. Situate the different pieces wherever you see fit and watch your cats go crazy with glee.

Boxes

Remember how we said the most basic of things can turn into a cat toy? Well, it’s true. In fact, you’ve probably already gotten several cat toys in the mail if you’ve ever ordered anything off of Amazon or received a package from Aunt Gertrude. Cats are bizarre creatures. And most cats like boxes or things they can fit snugly inside of. Some cats just like to claw at the boxes, but regardless, boxes are an inexpensive way to keep your cat entertained.

Safe and Reliable Cat Sitters in Manhattan

Cats are much more skeptical of people than dogs are. That’s why when you’re looking for someone to take care of your precious feline, you need to find a cat sitter in Manhattan that not only has experience, but loves cats. At Bingo Pet Care all of our pet sitters love animals. We work hard to make your pet our priority. Let us help take care of your nonhuman family member and schedule your pet sitting needs here.

 

Prepare your Pet for Summer in NYC

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How to Prepare your Pet for Summer

prepare your pet for summerSummer is making its way to NYC and with that comes lots of heat and humidity. As humans, we’re able to adapt to these conditions, albeit uncomfortably at times. We’re able to drink a cool beverage whenever we want, blast the fan in our general direction in order to cool down or even change our clothes several times a day if we need to. But pets have it a little harder. They have to depend on their owners to take care of them. Pet care changes during the summer, especially in NYC. In order to prepare your pet for summer in in NYC, read some of our tips.

Easy Ways to Prepare your Pet for Summer

Dogs

As the pet that goes outside the most, dogs need extra preparation for the summer months. In order to make sure your dog doesn’t have any issues with the heat or humidity of summers in NYC, keep these things at the top of your mind.

  • Flea, Tick and Heartworm Prevention – If you haven’t already, you need to get your dog on flea and tick meds ASAP. In fact, you shouldn’t be spending prolonged amounts of time outside if you haven’t started a flea, tick and heartworm prevention regimen. Want more information? Read this blog to learn more about the importance of flea, tick and heartworm meds.
  • Grooming – Fur equates to heat. The more fur your dog has, the hotter they are going to get during the summer months. To combat this, you can make sure that you have your dog groomed before you start to take them out this summer. It will help them shed their winter coat and it’s a relatively painless way to prepare your pet for summer.
  • Watch Out for Overheating – Some dog breeds, like Frenchie’s, Pugs and Shih Tzu’s, are known for overheating. Even if your dog’s breed isn’t prone to overheating, it’s still a real possibility in the NYC heat. Make sure you provide your dog with plenty of water when you’re outside. If the sun is beating down overhead, find some shade to rest with your dog intermittently. Also, make sure to provide plenty of water for your pooch at home. Hydration is key.
  • Vaccinate – Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Summers in NYC bring a lot of dogs out. For your dog’s protection and the protection of others, it’s important to have your dog vaccinated.
Cats

There are quite a few things you can do as a cat pawrent, to help your cat stay cool during the NYC summer.

  • Grooming – Get all the excess hair off of your cat. This is an easy way to prepare your pet for summer, and it can provide a lot of relief.
  • Small Fan – Does your cat have a favorite place in your home? Maybe it’s their bed or the floor under the couch. Wherever that is place a small box fan in that area to cool your cat ad ventilate the area.
  • Fresh Water – Providing fresh water for your cat is a simple way to prepare your pet for summer. You can even add an extra water bowl to another area of your home, just so they have options.
  • Close Curtains or Blinds – If you work during the day, keep your apartment cool for your cat by closing the curtains or blinds. This will help keep the heat out of your home, and create a cooler environment for your cat to chill in.
  • Elevate the Bed – Ventilation is key. Propping your cats bed up so that air passes underneath it will create a cooler place for your cat to lay down. There are even pet beds you can purchase that are elevated for this purpose.
  • Keep Cool Flooring Uncovered – Cats like to lay down on cool surfaces in order to cool down. Remove the bath rugs and kitchen mats, leaving cool floors uncovered so they have their choice of where to lay in your home.
Birds

These caged creatures need some TLC in order to prepare them for summer. Don’t worry, it’s very straightforward.

  • Lots of Fresh Water – Water evaporates more quickly in the summer months. Ensure that your bird has all the water they need by replenishing their water supply frequently. If you have drinkers, consider adding a second drinker in case the first one runs out while you’re at work.
  • Add a Bird Bath – If you want to pamper your bird, you can add a small bird bath in their cage. This gives them the option to cool themselves off. Just remember that you need to change the water frequently, as it gets dirty quickly.
  • More Aqueous Foods – If you feed your bird with bird seed that is high in fat, you can consider swapping out their diet for foods like fruits and veggies. The higher water content can help hydrate your bird. Do your due diligence and find out what fruits and vegetables are acceptable for your bird, and consider giving them those foods during the warm summer months.

Summer Pet Sitters in NYC

Whether you have a dog, cat, bird or a pocket pet, we have pet sitters who are readily available to help take care of your pets when you can’t. Summer brings lots of travel, parties and socialization for most NYC residents. Don’t skip out on that awesome party or weekend trip because you don’t have anyone to care for your precious pet. Our reliable and professional NYC pet sitters are more than capable of taking care of your pet while you’re away. Schedule your Bingo pet sitter today.

Why Being a Pet Sitter is Pawesome

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Reasons Why Being a Pet Sitter is Awesome

being a pet sitterPets are awesome. They light up rooms with their cuteness and give us humans a best friend for life. So if you had the opportunity to hang out with pets all the time and get paid for it, wouldn’t that feel like a pretty awesome thing? There are people all over Manhattan that need reliable pet sitters for their animals when they’re out of town or need an emergency fill ins. If you’re the type of person who likes to work hard but also likes to hang out with cute fur and feathered friends, consider being a pet sitter. It’s one of the most fulfilling jobs you’ll ever have.

3 Reasons Being a Pet Sitter is the Best Job

Hang Out with Cute Animals Frequently

Let’s start out with the most obvious perk of being a pet sitter which is that you get to hang out with cute animals pretty much all the time. A pet sitter doesn’t just take care of one kind of pet. Being a pet sitter is about taking care of different types of pets from dogs and cats to birds and hamsters. What other job do you know of where you get to snuggle cute animals or walk through NYC on a daily basis? A pet sitter gets to hang out with cute animals every day that they go to work, and if that isn’t an awesome reason to be a pet sitter, we don’t know what is.

Provide Peace of Mind

Pet sitters are often times very caring and compassionate people. Pet sitters care about the pets they take care of and they people that they are providing peace of mind for. If you’re a pawrent, finding someone to fill in for you when you have to go out of town can be stressful. Do you ask a friend? Do you hire a service? And what happens if they don’t show up? There are all kinds of questions that surround finding care for your pet. Being a pet sitter means that you get to provide pawrents with relief, especially if you’re a part of the Bingo team. Our pet sitters are the most reliable pet sitters in all of Manhattan, and they love to give pawrents all over NYC peace of mind while they’re away from their fur or feathered child.

Pets Need You

As a pet sitter, pets need you. They aren’t able to provide care for themselves when their pawrents are away. They aren’t self-sufficient for days on end and they need someone to provide them with essentials like food, water, exercise and socialization. One of the most fulfilling parts of the job is knowing that the pets are fully reliant on you, and that is a big burden to carry. But it’s also one that our Bingo pet sitters are well aware of. Pets need reliable pet sitters just as much as their pawrents do.

Join Our Team of Reliable Manhattan Pet Sitters

Are you someone that loves animals and is looking for a fulfilling job that has flexible hours and a whole lot of animal snuggles? We are always looking for reliable pet sitters to join our team at Bingo. We make pets our priority, and we take that very seriously. Our team of reliable Manhattan pet sitters prides themselves on providing the best pet care to each and every pet they get the privilege of taking care of. If you think you have what it takes to join our team, apply here.

Cute Pet Photo Shoot Ideas in NYC

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Ideas for a Spring Pet Photo Shoot in NYC

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Spring has sprung and it’s time to do what humans do at the start of a new season: take a bunch of pictures. New York City has so many great locations to choose from, including your own apartment. Think about the type of pet photo shoot you want to stage or if you want to have a theme. And when you decide that you want to take cute photos of your pet this spring, we have some ideas for you. From dogs to pocket pets, get creative with the props and settings of your pet photo shoot and have some fun with a spring inspired shoot.

Spring Pet Photo Shoot Ideas in NYC

Dogs

When it comes to the pet with the opportunity for the most versatile photo shoot, dogs take the cake. Dogs are able to go outside, not that cats or pocket pets can’t, but it’s definitely not the norm. You can adventure to one of your favorite spots, or even have a photo shoot from the comfort of your own home. Since dogs are able to go outside, we think that’s the best place to host your photo shoot. Here are some tips for an outdoor spring photo shoot with your doggo.

pet photo shootLocation: Central Park has a variety of different areas that you can have your pet photo shoot. There’s the Bethesda Fountain if you’re looking for an iconic shot of the area. Or you can venture to one of the many bridges that are located throughout Central Park. Several of them even have flower blooms, and since it’s spring, you could probably find a location that is blooming, adding to the cuteness of your photo shoot.

Props: Props are important when it comes to pet photo shoots. Bring something with you like your pooch’s favorite toy or something that brings them genuine happiness. When you want to take cute pics of your doggo, you want them to be enjoying themselves. And what better tool to get a smile out of your pooch than by bringing their favorite toys along. You can also dress them in a cute outfit or a flower crown if you’re that kind of pawrent.

pet photo shootTime of Day: Lighting is important for taking photos, so if you’re going with an outdoor photo shoot, you want to take them at the right time of day. If the sun is too bright, it will make your pictures look blown out. Early morning, before noon and after 4pm are the best times of day to take photos, so keep that in mind when planning your pet photo shoot.

Cats

These pets are known to be inside creatures, especially in NYC. If you’re one of those cat owners that takes their cat outdoors, you can steal some inspiration from the dog photo shoot ideas above. But if you’re like the majority of cat owners that keeps their pet indoors, an indoor photo shoot would probably make the most sense. Cats are feisty creatures though, so we hope you’ve got the patience and the reaction time to get some good photos.

Location: Determine the best place in your home to try and host the shoot. Try to stay away from directly in front of windows, as the lighting might be too bright. You can try and catch them snoozing in their bed, or candidly sitting on their favorite ledge.

Props: If you’re trying to get some action shots of your cat, have them play with their toy. Or even give them some catnip before and catch them doing some strange stuff on camera. The mood you’re trying to capture from your cat, should dictate the props and setting that you want to shoot them in. You can add some flowers or pops of spring colors to tie in the spring theme.

Time of Day: You want to find a time when the light is shining into your apartment, but not shining directly into your apartment.

Pocket Pets

These little guys have the potential for some cute photos. But with pocket pets the biggest risk you run is that they will scamper away before you can get a photo, if you take them out of their cage that is.

Location: Depending whether you want to keep them in their cage or take them out, you can pick a location for your pocket pet photo shoot. If you have some items to make an enclosed space, you can have them out of the cage and candidly take photos of them scurrying around or doing whatever it is that pocket pets do when they’re out of their cages.

Props: Toys or even little treats are great props for a pocket pet photo shoot. Just like humans, pets love to eat, and they kind of stop what they’re doing when they get fed. If you want to take that approach, you may be able to get some cute photos of your hamster or guinea pig shoving their face with food. Try adding some of your house plants to the background of the photo to bring that natural element to your pet photo shoot.

Time of Day: Just like a cat photo shoot, you want to find a time when the light is shining into your apartment, but not shining directly into your apartment so that the photos aren’t blown out.

Fun and Reliable Pet Sitters in NYC

Photo shoots aside, when it comes to finding a reliable pet sitter in NYC, we’ve got you covered. Our professional and reliable NYC pet sitters are available 7 days a week for pet sitting. At Bingo, we make your pet our priority. That means that we try to offer them as much of co-parenting experience as possible while you’re away. We keep their routine in-tact and give them all the love and attention they deserve while you’re gone. Next time you’re in need of a pet sitter in NYC, let us make your pet our priority.

 

Which Pet Fits My Lifestyle?

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Picking a Pet That Fits Your Lifestyle

pet fits lifestyleBringing a pet into your life brings joy and love, along with a ton of parental responsibilities. From walking your dog to cleaning out your fish tank, there are so many things to think about. Each pet is different, just like humans are different. They have different needs and some require more attention than others. If you’re thinking about expanding your family with the addition of a pet, here are some things to think about when deciding if a pet fits your lifestyle.

Tips to Figure Out Which Pet Fits Best with Your Lifestyle

Lifestyle

When considering what kind of pet fits in to your family, you have to take your lifestyle into account. Different pets need different amounts of attention. Certain pets need to be fed multiple times a day or walked. If you work from 8:00am to 5:00pm, it might be hard to have a dog (unless you get a dog walker), when you add in commute times.

  • Dogs – The highest maintenance of all house pets. Need to be walked 2-3 times a day, depending on the breed. They typically need to be fed more than once a day. They also need a lot of affection. If you have a job where you are away from home all day or travel for work, a dog might not be the best pet for you, unless you’re willing to hire a dog walker or dog sitter when you’re away throughout the day and on business trips. Dogs require a lot of your time and attention.
  • Cats – Cats are actually pretty low maintenance, but they do still require things like cleaning the litter box every 2 or 3 days. They need affection, but if you know cats, you know that’s on their terms most of the time. Cats are good for someone with a busy work schedule, as they are self-sufficient.
  • Fish – Perfect for a busy working professional or someone that doesn’t want to have to clean up after their pet very often. They also can go a couple days without food, if you really need to push it if you go out of town for a long weekend.
  • Bird – Very low maintenance and they require very little attention. You can clean out their cage once every 1-2 weeks, depending on your preference. Another pet that is perfect for a working professional or someone with a very busy lifestyle.
  • Reptiles – Also low maintenance and great for a someone with a busy schedule. They hardly require any attention other than cage cleaning and filling up their water with fresh water every couple days.
  • Pocket Pets – Another lower maintenance option and one that’s great for anyone with a crazy work schedule. If you go on short work trips, you could get away with having a hamster or guinea pig, but not if you’re gone for more than 2 full days.
Personality

Another thing you need to consider when deciding if a pet fits your lifestyle is the personality of the pet. If you want a pet that is going to follow you around all the time and be your best buddy, you probably wouldn’t want to get a fish. Pets all have different personalities, and depending on what you’re looking for in a pet, their personality is a big part of deciding whether a pet fits in with you and your situation.

  • Dogs – These pets are full of vitality and life. They require a ton of attention and they are usually pretty needy. If you want lots of love in your life, a dog is great way to accomplish that. They are animated and will follow you to the end of the earth. If you’re looking for a loyal pet, a dog is for you.
  • Cats – Cats are independent creatures, but they do need love and affection. They aren’t the most lovey-dovey of pets, but they are known to show affection every now and then. If you’re someone that likes affection but doesn’t need it all the time, a cat might be good for you.
  • Fish – As much as we would love to sit here and tell you that a fish has a bunch of personality, they probably have the least amount of personality out of any of the pets we have talked about. But if you’re looking for a pet that requires zero physical interaction a fish could be a great fit.
  • Reptiles – It may be weird to think of your reptile having personality, but pets like bearded dragons and iguanas actually do like to get out and about and socialize with their owners. But they aren’t going to be able to snuggle you or anything, at least very comfortably.
  • Pocket Pets – Pets like hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs or chinchillas are so cute and small but they’re known for having some spunk. If you want a low maintenance pet with personality, a pocket pet might be a good choice.
Expenses

Some pets are more expensive than others. Take into consideration your monthly and annual budget when deciding if this particular pet fits in with the way you life your life. You probably won’t take your fish to the veterinarian, so you don’t have to factor that into your budget when figuring out if you can afford a certain pet or not.

  • Dogs – Dogs cost almost as much children do. OK, maybe not that much, but they are the most expensive pet you can own. They require vet visits, shots, booster shots, food and a bunch of other things that cost money. If you’re looking for a budget friendly pet, a dog might not be your best option.
  • Cats – Not as expensive as dogs, but still cost quite a bit when you consider food and supplies for the litter box.
  • Fish – If you have a fresh water fish, your expenses will be a whole lot less than if you have a salt water tank. Setting up a salt water aquarium can actually cost you thousands of dollars, and maintaining it can you cost around the same depending what you’re trying to accomplish. You also need to take into account electricity usage, as the tank is always on and will cost money to run throughout the year.
  • Reptiles – Relatively inexpensive after initial set up, as they really only require food and bulbs for the heat lamp.
  • Pocket Pets – These guys are also very inexpensive, and are great for any person that wants a budget friendly pet. Food and shavings for the ground are really the only things that you need to purchase on a consistent basis.

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