STAYING IN MOTELS
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When packing your bags for your trip, remember to pack
one for Kitty. It is
important for him to have his food & water dishes, as well as litterbox
-- the same ones he uses at home. The familiar will help him orient
an unfamiliar place. These items also carry his own signature scent --
reassuring for a kitty away from home. He will also need his regular
& a bottle of water. (The water from other areas can taste very
forget a few special food treats & toys, including a fishing pole cat
traveling with a pet, it is always a good idea to pack some paper towels
general-purpose cleaner. For litterbox clean-up remember to bring
plastic bags & a scoop.
Once you arrive at your lodging for the night & have
brought in your luggage as
well as Kitty in his carrier, don't let him out until you have set up
(He may feel the need to use it soon after exiting his crate.) Next, set
food & water & include something particularly delicious to help him feel
about his temporary "home away from home". He may not eat until later in
night or even the next morning, but his sense of well-being will be
just by having it available.
Be considerate of the housekeeping services in the
motel. Your cat's stay there
may determine how welcome or unwelcome other companion pets will be at
establishment in the future. If your cat sleeps with you, take along a
or a favorite blanket for him from home. This will help to settle him as
well as to
keep his fur off the motel's bedding. Place a towel or mat under the
food & water
bowls & pour the used litter into a plastic bag & seal it. Remember that
management is able to access all the unoccupied rooms, so if you leave
room, put out the "Do Not Disturb" sign. It might also be wise to put
Kitty in the
carrier while you are gone -- just in case. Before you check out the
don't forget to leave a generous tip for the maids. They will appreciate
thoughtfulness & it will help to compensate them for any extra clean-up.
The most challenging part of the motel stay will
undoubtedly be "lights out"time.
You may be exhausted after a day's journey, but your cat has spent many
boring hours almost motionless in his carrier. He may be ready to party!
is where the fishing pole toy comes in handy. While you are resting in a
comfortable chair or on your bed, you can give Kitty some aerobic
fact, you will want to keep him moving until he is ready to "drop". If
successful, you will all get a good night's sleep. If you are not, you
will have to
resort to locking your rambunctious kitty in the bathroom for the night.
guilty. After all, he can sleep the next day but you have to drive.
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