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MOVING A CAT TO A NEW HOME

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

MOVING A CAT TO A NEW HOME

If you own a cat, you may know that our feline friends are not fond of change.  Unfortunately, we can’t always give them the predictable lives they love, especially when it comes time to move to a new home.  This is a HUGE change for everyone, and it can be incredibly stressful on your cat, so it’s essential that you make your move with intention, and follow a plan.

Pre-move Preparations:

  • Bring out the carrier, and allow your cat to get used to it well before you start the moving process.  Try leaving it sitting out with the door open, with an inviting bed and some cat treats inside to encourage your kitty to enter it willingly.  Also try feeding your cat exclusively in the carrier.
  • Bring out the moving boxes a couple weeks before packing.  This allows your cat to become used to their presence, and will result in a calmer kitty come packing day.
  • Keep to a routine.  In the days prior to the move, try to maintain a feeding routine, this will be comforting to your cat.
  • Talk to your vet about anti-anxiety medication if you feel like your cat is easily stressed or nervous.

During the Move:

  • When the movers are loading up your belongings, close your cat in a quiet room with food, water, a bed and a litter box to prevent it from running out the door.
  • Make your cat’s breakfast a small one on moving day to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Keep your cat in his or her carrier while in transit, and only open the carrier when absolutely necessary.  You may want to soothe your cat during the journey, but they may try to dash out if they’re frightened.
  • Bring packing tape along to ensure that you’re prepared if the carrier needs any emergency repairs.

Settle In:

  • Cat-proof the new house by: tucking away electrical cords, plugging up nooks where your cat could get stuck, check all windows for secure screens, check for poisonous houseplants or pest-control poison left in the house.
  • Take your cat to a quiet room and set up your cat’s food and water dishes, litter box and bed before you open the carrier.  
  • Think about keeping your cat in this quiet room if possible for the first few days to allow him or her to get used to the sounds, smells and feel of the new place gradually.  Remember to spend time with your cat in this room to encourage him to explore.

Following this basic plan will not only prevent your cat from unnecessary trauma, but will also prevent stress-induced behaviors that can make a mess in your new home!

TIPS FOR MOVING WITH PETS

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

TIPS FOR MOVING WITH PETS

Moving can be one of the most stressful tasks that a family can undertake, so imagine the toll that it can take on your pets.  It’s important to not only ensure that your pet makes it to the new home successfully, but also to intentionally find ways to help your pet feel safe and secure during the moving process.  Check out these tips for moving successfully with your pets:

  • Schedule a consultation with your vet to make sure that your pet is healthy enough for traveling.  Vets can also provide you with great tips and information for making your pet as comfortable as possible.
  • Gather your pet’s documentation, and keep it with you when you move.  You don’t want to lose your pet’s vaccination records, or microchip numbers.  Also be sure to include the phone number for your current vet, as well as a recent photo.
  • Pack your pet a moving bag.  Good items to include are bedding, towels, treats, food and water, bowls, leashes, medications, and a kennel or crate.  Remember to bring favorite toys as well, familiar items will be a great comfort during the move, and once you arrive at your new home.
  • Get your pet used to car travel.  It’s a good idea to prepare your pet for a long drive by taking short trips weeks, or even months before the move.  Remember to have a travel kennel to keep your pet safe, and do not keep them in the front seat, as they could provide to be a distraction for the driver.  
  • Keep your pet secured while the movers are packing.  Even the friendliest pet may be startled by all of the activity and bolt.  Consider having a trusted family member or friend keep your pet during the process if there’s no good space for them in your home.
  • If at all possible, keep your pets with you as you travel to your new home and avoid allowing strangers to transport them.
  • Book pet-friendly accommodations ahead of time if you’ll be making overnight stops.
  • Research the pet rules and regulations for your new city or town, and get updated tags as soon as possible.  Many pet stores feature automated tag machines these days, so that’s a good place to start.

Lastly, remember that your pet will pick up on your stress levels, so making preparations ahead of time, and resolving to adapt as issues arise will go a long way in making your pet as comfortable and secure as possible during your move!

5 WAYS TO EXERCISE YOUR DOG INDOORS

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

5 WAYS TO EXERCISE YOUR DOG INDOORS

It is not unusual for us to put on a few unnecessary pounds over the winter months, and if you’ve noticed the canine member of your family following suit, here are 5 ways to make sure they keep active as the temperatures tank.

  1. Hide the Treats - Try placing your puppy’s treats in hiding places throughout the house to encourage them to sniff them out using natural instincts.
  2. Pull out the Treadmill - In lieu of being able to unleash your dog in his favorite park for a run, consider training your pet to use a treadmill.  Remember to never leash your pet to the treadmill!
  3. Visit the Local Pet Store - Pet-friendly stores like Petco and Petsmart are a great opportunity for a bit of socialization, and will allow your dog to stretch her legs walking through the aisles.
  4. Indoor Fetch - An indoor safe toy like the Chuck-It Indoor Roller.  If you have a set of stairs and an agile dog, try throwing it up the stairs for a bit of extra training.
  5. The Livingroom Agility Course - Build an obstacle course for your pup using household items like rolled up blankets, and empty plastic flower pots, or buy a kit.

Creating routines to keep your dog active during the cold months will not only benefit your pooch, but will also help you to break out of the lethargy that often sets in when you and your family are stuck indoors

Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us—time for festive decorations, shopping, parties and general cheer.  Make sure your pets stay safe during the busy holiday season with the following tips below.  Forward this on to family and friends who have pets to ensure that they remain healthy and safe.

Tips On Moving Pets

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

Tips On Moving Pets

 

  1. Before moving your pet, be sure that it is in good health.  Schedule a physical exam with your veterinarian to determine if anything is needed before you begin your trip.
     
  2. If you are traveling by auto it may be wise to use a pet carrier.  Make sure to exercise your pet at rest stops, always s placing a leash on before you let the pet out of the car.  If you must leave your pet in the car, avoid parking in the hot sun and be absolutely sure to leave the windows open a few inches.
     
  3. If you are planning to stay in hotels or motels along the way, find out in advance which will or will not allow your pet to stay with you.  Know that your pet is as welcome as you are.
     
  4. If you cannot take your pet with you, there are pet transportation companies.  No matter what method is chosen, special requirements must be considered.  Vaccinations, interstate health certificates, and entry permits may be required.
     
  5. Your pet can be transported by air or rail but, again, certain requirements must be met.  Reservations should be made early.  A pet carrier is advisable. Attach any instructions for feeding, emergencies, or protection if your pet is going to be out of your care and dependent on others.  Make certain that owner name and address tags cannot tear off or be lost.
     
  6. A lightly fed pet travels better so you may wish to regulate food and water before traveling.
  7. If traveling with a cat, you should have the nails cut.  A nervous cat may inflict damage not only on strangers, but also may tear out a nail or two.
     
  8. No matter what method of transportation is used, sedation may be required.  Many veterinarians will prescribe the use of a mild tranquilizer for the trip.  Be sure to follow recommendation and dosage requirements exactly.
     
  9. Upon arrival be as reassuring as possible and offer plenty of understanding and affection.
     


 

Celebrating the Holidays with Your Pet

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

Celebrating the Holidays with Your Pet

Holiday time means more family time—and that includes time with your four-legged family members. If your pet deserves some special holiday love, here are some "pawfect" ideas to help you celebrate the holidays together.

Stocking Stuffers - Hang a stocking on the mantle for your pet and fill it with holiday toys and treats. A new chew toy, a catnip-filled mouse, special treats to eat -- there are plenty of ways to fill up a pet stocking with fun, budget-friendly items.
Showing Holiday Spirit - Dress up your pet with some seasonal winter outfits. Too cutesy for you? A holiday colored collar can give a more subtle effect.
Safe Treats - Dogs would love to nibble on your holiday table scraps, but that's not always a good thing. Keep your treats out of their reach, and make pets their own holiday bites with the new Sunbeam Gourmet Dog Treat Maker. You can make delicious doggie snacks using ingredients already in your pantry, like peanut butter.
Share the Love with Pet-Themed Gifts - The Top Fin Grinch and Max Sleigh Fishbowl is a fun, decorative piece that will look great in your child's room. Personalized food dishes, mats and pet beds are always a special gift to give. Or, win over the wine lover in your life with pet-themed wine glasses and accessories.
Gifts that Give Back - You can help save homeless pets by purchasing collectible Luv-A-Pet plush toys. This year choose from Chance, the adopted dog; Lucky, the adopted cat; and a special Bret Michaels-inspired version of Chance. Ten percent of the purchase price goes to PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America.

Source: www.PetSmart.com.

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