20 Hotel Travel Safety Tips for Cats

Traveling with pets is something that my family and I are accustomed to on a regular basis.  Over the years we’ve learned to take precautions to assure our pets safety.  Here are twenty things you can do to help prevent harm or injury to your fuzzy friend(s). 

1. Make sure your pet is always in their carrier or on a leash, whether or not you think they are “well behaved” enough without it.  This is for their safety from outside sources they may not be familiar with, because you never know how they will respond. 

2. Place a chair in front of the door to remind yourself to put the pet in their carrier or in the bathroom before opening the door. 

3. Check under the bed to see if they can get up into the box spring ... believe me they can! 
 
Take precautions by stuffing pillows or an extra blanket between the nightstand and headboard so they can't get in between areas leading under the bed.  It took us hours to get our kitty out, so really take this one seriously! (While you're at it look for any place they could get stuck in or caught.)

4. Unplug any electrical devices they have access to, making sure all wires are out of reach. 

5. Put all soaps, shampoos, coffee items, etc. that are on the counter out of reach of your pet.  A drawer or closet would be best for these items.
 
6. Keep toilet seat down because of the chemicals they use to clean the bathroom. 

7. Double lock your room door.  Someone may enter and not know the pet is loose, so this prevents accidental pet escapes.  Take notice of hotel rooms that have adjoining doors to the next room.  Make sure that doors and windows are securely locked for your pet’s safety as well as your own. 

8. Don't give treats or food that is "new" to them.  Keep your pet(s) on their regular diet so they don't get sick and they maintain their regular bowel movements. 

9. Carry extra bottled water and don't give them tap water. My hubby and I never leave the house without plenty of water for our pets and ourselves even if it is local. 

10. About 15 minutes before you reach your destination, stop and allow your pet to stretch its legs for a good 15-20 minutes. Feed and water them.  

Upon arriving at your final stop bring them inside and let them stay in their cage for about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the setting.   This allows the pet owner to get their things in the room and settled with no worries about a pet on the run. 

11. Staying in a motel or hotel allows you to bring in all your baggage and get settled before opening their cage or carrier. After you have everything in the room, it’s important that you sit down and spend time with your pet. Set out their bowls and litter box showing them where they are. 

12.  Place the litter box away from traffic area (especially in line with the door).  It should be at the farthest location away from the door but easily accessible. 
 
Using a litter mat or pet pads will help clean-up to go faster when you leave. Also, do not put it near their food and water bowls. 

13. If you are going to someone's house, do all the above but don't let your pet out of the cage right away. Place their container next to where you are sitting and carry on a conversation with your friends/family. The pet will soon relax and feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.  Watch out for any open doors or windows.

14. At bedtime have your pet sleep in their container for a safe and familiar environment. Make sure the litter is clean and that they have fresh food and water. 

15. When it is time to leave be mindful of how you found the place and clean the area that your pet had access to during your stay. That goes for hotels/motels as well.  

16. Never leave a pet in a room unattended. 

17. Spend plenty of play time with your pet maintaining their schedule as much as possible to help avoid anxiety in your pet. 

18. Make sure to pack your pet grooming and first aid kits as well as all pet medications, including extra supplies in case you get snowed in or delayed like we did. 

19. Plan ahead for any activities that would take you away from your pet.  Do a search for a pet daycare facility or find out if your hotel has any pet services that you would feel comfortable using.  As stated in #15, never leave your pet unattended. 

20. It isn’t hard to find a hospital for people when you travel, but what about your pet?  Make sure to get the address and phone number of a Vet Clinic in the town or towns where you are staying. 

Don’t freak out.  That means you pet owner.  Staying calm will help your pet to stay at ease making the whole journey go that much smoother.  Yes, you can travel with your pets … and enjoy it!

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Veterinary Books Every Pet Owner Should Have

The Illustrated Veterinary Guide
Everything You Need to Know for Pet Care

When I was a child I didn’t really have “pets” so to speak, at least not for long.  Except for ponies which my Dad looked after, the only pets I had were a garter snake (without my parents knowledge) and a kitten for a short time.  My sister was allergic to it so that didn’t last long. 

It was my husband who really introduced me to pets, especially dogs and cats.  When we began working with rescue animals some of the things we added to the needs list were veterinary books. 

Taking in animals that need care can be expensive, so it was an investment to purchase books that could aid us in non-life threatening treatments.   

So many times these animals were in need of emergency medical treatment and on weekends a vet isn’t readily available. It became necessary that we learn to handle as many things as possible if we could with the guidance of a vet. 

I can’t tell you how valuable these books have been to us in saving the life of an animal and with hospital costs.  Having the books on hand is not a replacement for good veterinary health care, but it does help in a pinch. 

These are the books that we own and highly recommend that every pet owner have in their home.  They cover basic treatments including diagrams, charts and illustrations for care and giving injections.
 
The Illustrated Veterinary Guide has over 900 pages with charts, diagrams and illustrations.   

Part 1 Deals with Dogs & Part 2 Deals with Cats

Chapters include: 
Choosing the Right Dog/Cat
Training your Dog/Cat
Preventative Health Care
Breeding Your Dog/Cat
Elective Surgeries
Infectious Diseases
Parasitic Diseases
Immune System
Cardiovascular and Hemolymphatic Systems
Respiratory System
The Digestive System
The Urinary System
The Reproductive System
Skin and Haircoat
They Eyes and Ears
The Musculoskeletal System
The Nervous System
The Endocrine System
 

Part 3 Deals with Birds
 
Chapters include: 
Choosing the Right Bird
Avian Anatomy and Physiology
Preventive Health Care
Avian Reproduction
Avian Diseases and Disorders
General Treatment of Sick Birds
 
Part 4 Deals with Exotic Pets
 
Chapters include: 
Rabbits
Guinea Pigs
Hamsters and Gerbils
Mice and Rats
Chinchillas
Prairie Dogs
Hedgehogs
Ferrets
Miniature Pot-Bellied Pigs
Reptiles
Amphibians
Invertebrates
Tropical Fish
 
Part 5 Other Pet Topics
 
Chapters include:
 Holistic Pet Care
Reducing Pet Costs
Zoonotic Diseases
Cancer
First Aid and CPR
 

Helpful Veterinary Books
Good resource tools for the home on pet care.

The Illustrated Veterinary Guide by Chris C. Pinney
 

 

I love this book that a friend of mine gave to us. It gave good advice on medical treatment as well as maintaining good overall health for your pet naturally.


 
This is the first edition of the book that we use at home. It is great.



 

 The complete pet health resource for your dog, cat, horse or other pets - in everyday language. (Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health (Home Edition)) 

Authored by over 200 veterinary experts, on topics that cover advice for dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles, fish and other exotic pets. 1,300 pages.
 
Another Helpful Tip ...
 
Keep track of pet appointments, injections and other information by placing "paw" stickers on your calendar.  We use stickers every time we put flea and tick medication on our pets as well.
 
 
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