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Tips for Holiday Travel with Pets

Posted November 20th, 2018 by daniel

With the holiday season in full swing, many pet owners find themselves in the quandary of either kenneling their pet, hiring a pet sitter (we like this option!) or traveling with their pets. And while the first two options are often easier because it can be more convenient, many pet owners don’t want to be separated from their furry loved ones – and we completely understand that!

However, traveling with a pet can be a bit of a challenge- especially if it is the first time you have done so – or better yet- the first time your pet has traveled a significant distance with you. If you find yourself in either if these scenarios, then chances are you have a lot of questions about the best approach for you and your favorite furball.

10 Tips for Traveling with a Pet

If you can’t bear the thought of leaving your pet(s) behind over the holidays, don’t panic. These tips can make your holiday travels easier than you expected. So buckle up – it’s nearly go time!

  • If your pet has never been on a long trip before, consider taking several longer rides with them prior to the big event so they can get acclimated to long periods of time in a vehicle. Be sure to put them in their crate so that they can used to it.
  • If flying, visit the airport ahead of time and let them walk around the terminal so they can become accustomed to the smells, sights and sounds.
  • Before actually loading up, plan time to take your pet for a walk. It will help you and your pet expend any excess energy.
  • Be sure to have a crate that is designed for your pet’s size. Then do what you can to make it more comfy and “home-like”. Add blankets, favorite toys and be sure to attach an extra set of ID cards to the outside of the crate to ensure that in the event of an emergency, someone will know about your pet.
  • Keep their feeding schedule light, but consistent as possible, on travel day. However, do try to get them to eat a few hours before your trip rather than minutes before leaving. Also, never feed your pet in a moving vehicle.
  • Be sure your pet is microchipped, or wearing a well-fit color with your home address and contact info on it.
  • Don’t allow your pet to ride with its head hanging out the window This is a perfect way for them to be injured due to road debris.
  • Pack bottled water for your pet, rather than using local water. Drinking water from an area they are not familiar with can cause their stomachs to be upset.
  • Take frequent bathroom breaks – this is helpful for you and your pet. A great choice is to find a pet store! Otherwise, know where along the route your pet can relieve themselves.
  • If not using a pet crate, then be sure to have a pet barrier, a pet seatbelt or pet car seat. This is for everyone’s safety!

Traveling with a pet doesn’t have to e challenging. Implementing these tips will make it significantly easier. If you have any other questions or suggestions, please be sure to give us a call today.

The Advantages of Adopting a Cat from a Shelter

Posted September 19th, 2018 by daniel

While there are many things in life that we benefit from by “getting new”, adding a new furry family member isn’t necessarily one of them. Sure, you can work with a cat breeder and get a specific type of kitten that has a good chance of meeting all your specifications – but is that really necessary? If you are considering adding a fur baby to your household, adopting a cat from a local shelter is a great way to go. In fact, adopting a pet offers a number of advantages over working with a breeder.

8 Reasons to Adopt Your Cat from a Shelter

  1. Reduce Overpopulation – Pet shelters are always full, often to capacity, so by adopting from a shelter you are giving another cat a place at the shelter, while providing shelter to a cat of your own.
  2. Health – Cats who are the shelters have already been spayed or neutered, as well as vaccinated and dewormed, which means your new fur baby will be ready to take home and healthy, as well.
  3. Cost – Working with a breeder is sure to add a significant charge to getting a cat. Plus, you are typically responsible for paying for any shots, spaying/neutering, and any other medical concerns.
  4. Social – Cats who have been in shelters have gotten accustomed to other animals and people being around. They often adapt better to new surroundings and are more likely to engage with you and your friends.
  5. House Trained – Litter box training a cat can be a frustrating process. Cats who have been in a shelter are often already trained, thus saving you a great deal of time and stress.
  6. The Unexpected – While going to a shelter to look for a cat does mean you can’t have preconceived ideas of what you will bring home, it also means  the choices are much more varied. However, this is a positive as it means  you are more likely to get a cat that totally suits you – just be sure to visit with an open mind and heart.
  7. Appreciation – Rescue animals are typically more appreciative of you and will generally spend more time interacting with you and your family members. Rescue cats are more loving as they seem to appreciate what you do for them more than the cat who has always lived with a good household.
  8. Example – By opting to adopt a rescue cat, you are showing others that they don’t have to pay a breeder for their fur bay but can choose instead to work with a shelter to find the perfect pet for their family. Plus, there’s something special about knowing that you not only got a pet, but you ultimately saved a life.

Adopting a cat is great way to add joy to your household, without dealing with extra costs, doctors’ visits, and the stress of “potty training”. If you are considering adding a feline friend to your home, be sure to check out local shelters first. If you have questions about local pet shelters or cat care, be sure to reach out to the Sleep Easzz team.

8 Tips for Moving with Pets

Posted July 18th, 2018 by daniel

For many people, just the thought of moving is enough to stress them out. But if you are moving and have pets, then that move can often become even more challenging. After all, when moving with children, you can sit down and tell them what’s going on and they can be prepared and even help out. Your pets, on the other hand, may only sense that things are about to change, but they have no way of truly knowing what is going on – until you move and they find themselves in a new place.

So, when moving with pets it is important that you do as much as you can to make the move smooth and simple. Here are 8 actions you can take to make your next move easier for you and your furry family member(s).

  1. Prepare them – Animals are observant and notice changes. Consider leaving out their pet carrier, some moving boxes, a suitcase and even some non-harmful packing supplies for a few days before you begin packing. This can help your pet get acclimated to seeing those items and not be frightened of the later.
  2. Pack a “go bag/box” – This should contain all of your pet’s favorite things – blanket, toy, grooming items, litter box and litter – whatever items are ‘must haves’ in order to be comfortable and be sure that it is readily accessible when you reach your new home.
  3. Talk to your vet – If you are relocating out of the area and will be needing a new vet, talk to your current one to find out if they have recommendations or insight on vets in your new location.
  4. Keep them safe – Moving day can be chaotic. Consider kenneling your pet, or having them stay with someone else on this busy day. If that is not possible, have a placed that is safe for them – the garage, the backyard (if fenced in), etc. -where you don’t have to be concerned about them being tripped over, or getting in the way of the moving team.
  5. Ride along – Don’t have them ride in a moving vehicle, rather, let them ride with you – ideally in a pet carrier so they can be safe.
  6. Wait – Upon reaching your new place don’t immediately let them out to roam. Keep them in a carrier or a place where they can’t be hurt or wander away. For cat owners who have always kept the cat outside, a move is a great way to acquaint your cat with going from being an outdoor cat to an inside one.
  7. Updated info – If your pet has a microchip or collar with your address on it, be sure to update the info to match your new residence.
  8. Check the neighborhood – Before the move, be sure you learn about any local rules or regulations for pets – especially if you are moving to a totally different environment (i.e. an apartment to an HOA). Also, if the move is local, take your pet over a few times before the move to walk to neighborhood. This will help them be less nervous and help the people in the neighborhood get to know you and your pet.
  9. Meals – Many pets can get nervous with a move, consider feeding them a lighter meal that day so their stomachs won’t be as easily upset.

Moving with your pets doesn’t have to be stressful. Just take your time and plan ahead. The team at Sleep Easzz is here to help and would love to help make your next move with pets the best one ever. Give us a call to learn more about life with pets.