Posts Tagged ‘Pets’

Las Vegas Citi Kitty

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

I just can’t let this one go. After seeing it on one of my favorite shows, Shark Tank, I was hooked on the concept. I’m not a cat person, but the inventor of this is a genius.

With over 60% of Las Vegas residents owning pets, the chances of one of those homes owning a cat or two is highly likely. So many cat owners pride themselves on the cleanliness of their cats, but the fact of the matter is, it’s hard for a house not to smell like kitty litter.

Especially in the real estate business when you’re showing a home, a strong pet odor of any kind is a huge deterrent. Vacant homes all over the city are notorious for housing all the stray cats in Las Vegas.

The solution? Citi Kitty. Seriously.

Can you imagine Las Vegas cats that are toilet trained? Yes, like Jinxy the cat in Meet the Fockers. The Citi Kitty Kit gives you a step-by-step process on how to train your cat to use the toilet. The result? No more smelly house. No more purchasing 30 pound bags of toxic kitty litter and no more showing homes where the odor of cat urine is so strong. Check out Citi Kitty for your Las Vegas pet.



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Las Vegas Pets: When is it too hot?

Monday, August 1st, 2011

With Las Vegas summers in the triple digits and very little humidity, when is it too hot for those pets that take up residence in Las Vegas? When should animal lovers be extra careful?

Here are a few things for Las Vegas pet owners to keep in mind.

With hot days well over 90, the temperature inside a car can rise to 140 degrees or more in a matter of minutes. Animals do not have quick cooling instincts like humans and these levels are life-threatening. Don’t leave your pets in the car. Take them inside if the store permits or leave them at home. You’ll survive and so will they.

Unless there is plenty of shade and access to water in your backyard or they love to swim in your pool, leave the pets inside. Expose them to the high heat for short periods of time. Pets too are privy to heat strokes. Look for these warning signs: rapid breathing or pulse, vomiting, unsteadiness, glazed look in the eyes. Give them ice/water to cool them down. Spray them with the mister to expedite cooling.

Don’t worry if they don’t want to eat. Humans don’t like to eat when it’s really hot either.

If you like to take walks, bring water along for your pet and check to make sure the temperature of the sidewalk isn’t scalding. Dogs don’t wear shoes and although they have padded paws, they are still susceptible to burns.

Best option? Keep them inside. Teach them to use the toilet and they won’t ever have to be let out again if they don’t want to.



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FAQ: Can You Keep Chickens in Las Vegas Nevada?

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Chickens in Las VegasWhen we first moved to Las Vegas years ago, we were cordially invited to a co-worker’s home so they could introduce us to people in the neighborhood. Over time we developed a wonderful relationship with them and were often asked to housesit for them when they went out of town. We were given our instructions of which one was, “Make sure the cat doesn’t sneak out, she likes to chase the chickens.”

It had never occurred to me that Las Vegas real estate residents would have chickens in their backyard especially in a very small space where there’s barely enough room for the patio furniture let alone a chicken coop.

Over time, complaints were made to Animal Control as the neighbors next door to our friends accumulated a rooster who rudely woke up the entire street very early in the morning. The chickens figured out how to climb over privacy walls and they enjoyed exotic plants from surrounding landscapes. Needless to say they were not well kept and disappeared one afternoon.

As the trend of keeping organic chickens spreads, we receive more and more questions in regards to Clark County Nevada’s rules and requirements for chickens. I made a few phone calls and did a little research for such inquisitors.

Clark County Nevada residents can have chickens in their backyard IF and I stress the word IF the zoning laws in that area allow it. Districts with small lots most likely will not allow for any keeping of aviary (chickens/birds). Districts with larger lots (RE/RA/RU) most likely allow for chickens and birds up to a maximum of 20 birds.

When inquiring the Department of Comprehensive Planning in Clark County, they did say however that there are no specific requirements in regards to what kind of shelter or coop must be provided. They leave that up to the homeowner.

For more information please visit the Department of Comprehensive Planning at www.clarkcounty.gov.



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Las Vegas Pet-a-Palooza

Monday, April 4th, 2011

This weekend marks the 12-year anniversary of Mix 94.1’s Las Vegas Pet-a-Palooza. Inspired by the famous music festival out of Chicago, Lollapalooza, the Pet-a-Palooza is a much smaller musical festival celebrating both music and pets. Each year a portion of ticket proceeds go to the various non-profit animal organizations that rescue and feed animals all over the Las Vegas real estate area.

Held at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday April 9th, this year’s admission is $8 a person or $6 with a donation of a can of pet food (pets & children under 3 are free). Attendees along with their dog, cat, ferret, bird, pig, rabbit or whatever get to enjoy the music of Train, David Cook, Andy Grammer and FeFe Dobson. Although I have no idea who the last two artists are, $8 for a Train concert is hard to turn down.

Here are few extra need to knows:

  • All animals must be on a leash!
  • Please bring along baggies to clean up after your pets (unless they know how to use a port o potty).
  • Bring extra money for food and drinks. You cannot bring any outside snacks or bottles.
  • Please leave your chairs at home. There will be plenty of seating.

There will be over fifty different booths for animals and their owners including shelters and rescues, animal hospitals, groomers, trainers and an assortment of pet accessory and pet food vendors. Most likely your pet will go home with a full belly from all the free samples. Free pet vaccinations are also available for those little ones who qualify.

For more information go to mix94.1fm.radio.com.



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Las Vegas and the Desert Tortoise

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Groundhog Day has come and gone. The groundhog did not see his shadow this year and will come out with the early spring. And so it is with the Desert Tortoise. Unfortunately there is no official Desert Tortoise Day for these fellas, but they like the groundhog stay snuggly in their burrow through the winter and emerge with spring. It is said that they remain out of their burrow only 5% of their entire lifespan!

The Desert Tortoise

The Mojave Desert Tortoise can be found in little pockets around Las Vegas and scattered all over the state of Nevada. The desert tortoise is a homebody and will stay and breed in the same burrow/habitat for years if the conditions are right: A place to retreat from the heat, food (they are herbivores) and an occasional water source as most comes from dew and condensation from nearby plants, flowers and grass.

The desert tortoise was added to the list of threatened species in 1980 and there are continual efforts to preserve the precious wildlife of which is spearheaded by Roy C. Averill-Murray, Nevada’s Desert Tortoise Recovery Coordinator. He estimates there are anywhere from 111,000 to 187,000 desert tortoises in high-risk areas. Preservation has been difficult as these creatures are spread out over nearly 10,000 square miles of desert land, a lot to cover for the U.S Fish and Wildlife agencies.



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