We love travel and pets. But sometimes those two loves are at odds.
Our 17-year-old cat has a hefty medical record and is most miserable in winter despite our cranking up the heat in our New England home. Before we hit the road, we carefully prepare for his care to ensure he'll be protected from unforeseen situations -- and that we experience a worry-free vacation (well, as close to worry-free as we can make it). Here are just a few precautions we take before leaving our furry guy in charge at home.
Book our pet sitter in advance. We want to make sure the same person looks in on our cat during our travels so we reserve the sitter as soon as we know our travel dates. Our cat is not a social guy so he's likely to hide under the bed unless he knows the person coming to feed him.
Leave a summary of his medical conditions. If it's necessary to take the cat to the vet emergency room, especially during off hours, we rest easy knowing the treating vet will have a list of his meds and allergies.
Provide instructions about house temperature and what to do during a power outage. The power goes out frequently in our area in snow and wind storms and isn't generally restored right away. Our guy has a very thin coat of hair and gets cold and miserable if the temperature dips below 68 degrees F.
Identify the location of the pet carrier. If evacuation is called for, it's essential to provide a safe enclosure to remove a cat from the house.
Last Thanksgiving, we lost power in our house for 24 hours or so. We were away and worried about our old boy. Luckily, our sitter went above and beyond to keep him warm and safe by staying with him as it wasn't an option to relocate him.
What advice can you share to safeguard pets at home so that you can have a worry-free and "purrfect travel" experience?
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