Is your kitten or puppy going to be away from the family for a while? Whether your beloved pet will be staying with family members or at an animal boarding facility (such as Marquette Animal Hospital), it’s always a good idea to let them take something of “theirs” along with them. For more articles on travelling with your pet, go to petnailexpert.com.
1. Your Pillow
Your pillow is probably the item in your home that smells the most like you. While a blanket or sweater can also do the trick, an old pillow is more compact and easier to bring along. If you’re planning for the future, just keep your old pillows without washing them each time you get a new one.
2. Their Food Dishes
Animals can be surprisingly particular about what they eat from. Having their old food dishes around will ensure that they don’t feel uncomfortable about eating while they’re in an unfamiliar environment. This can be especially useful if you have a larger dog who needs to eat from a raised bowl, or a cat that gets kitty acne when eating from a plastic bowl.
3. A Litter Box
If your cat is finicky about his or her litter box, bring it with them. Otherwise you risk encountering issues when they come back home—and if your kitty is going to be staying with friends and family, they may have issues with them going outside of the box. This is particularly true if you have your cat on an unusual litter box, such as a top-entry box or a mechanical box. Consider also providing the same type of litter. Cats can be extremely habitual.
4. Their Crate
If your dog is crate-trained, it may be a good idea to bring the crate with you. Most crates are collapsible—either the entire structure can be folded, or the top half can fit into the bottom half. While it may seem like overkill to put a crate in a kennel if you’re using an animal boarding facility, it’s actually very beneficial; for a dog, it’s like they’ve brought their entire bedroom with them!
If your kitten or puppy gets aggressive with others over “their” property, you may want to stick to the above items and avoid giving them any of their favorite toys. The last thing you want to do is inspire a fur-flying fight! In general, food items (such as favorite dog chews) are also not advisable if your pet will be in an area with other pets. But, of course, if they’ll be boarded away from other animals it should be fine. For more tips on how to take care of your pets, check out petnailexpert.com.