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Love your pet, love your neighbor

July 18, 2018

Love your pet, love your neighbor

Did you know that by caring for your pet, you’re also caring for your home and your community? Here are some of the ways that great pet parents = great homeowners = great neighbors, all at the same time.

 

  • Care for pet health and behavior. Barking, meowing, scratching, digging, biting, peeing/pooping, jumping on people or things, and running away are natural animal behaviors that unfortunately can also damage your new Kamalani home and create problems for your neighbors. Conversely, a healthy and well-behaved pet can be a source of great joy and happiness. If you have any questions about your pet’s well-being, veterinarians and pet-behavior professionals (such as certified dog trainers) are great resources for helping you care for your animal friend.

  • Pick up after pets. When out and about with your pet, bring along a plastic bag or other tools for picking up after your pet. This will go a long way toward keeping our community clean and pleasant for everyone. At home, tidy up any pet poop in your yard and other areas promptly, to promote a healthier environment for you and your family and reduce nuisances like odor.

  • Properly store pet food and clean up feeding bowls promptly. Food left outside is a magnet for mice and rats. Rodents can pose a serious health hazard, so please be sure to keep pet food in well-sealed containers and clean up feeding bowls promptly.

  • Protect against fleas and ticks. Fleas thrive in warm, humid climates and if left uncontrolled, can produce millions of offspring in a relatively short period of time. If you own a dog or cat, prevention is the best defense. However, if you spot symptoms of an infestation, consult your pet’s veterinarian for treatment. You may also need to thoroughly clean your carpet, rugs, bedding, upholstery and yard to prevent a re-infestation.