If you’re traveling for work, having a pet around can be a great comfort. Here at ShortTermHousing.com, we appreciate that having a furry friend around can make a huge difference to how you feel in a new apartment, city or place of work. To that end, we make sure we feature a wide range of pet friendly temporary housing options wherever we can.
With many of us having a cat or dog at home, the ability to travel with our best friend is a no-brainer. It saves kennel fees or having someone pet-sit or visit to feed, water or exercise your pet. It also helps you adjust to new surroundings and alleviate that feeling of dislocation some of us feel when we are living in temporary housing in a new city.
If you want to travel with your pet, that’s no problem. Here are a few ways to get the best out of the experience.
Check their paperwork
Whenever you travel with your pet, it’s always a good idea to make sure their vaccinations are up to date and that you have the data to prove it. Insurance paperwork should also be close to hand, just in case. Keep a copy of all your pet’s paperwork either stored in the cloud for easy access or with your other important travel documents.
Always use a cat carrier, dog seatbelt or harness when driving. Having them roam around may give them freedom but it provides you with an extra distraction. Should anything happen on the road, there is nothing to restrain them. They might not like it, but being safe could save their, and your life.
Plan your temporary housing
Cats are fairly ambivalent about where they stay. As long as there is somewhere safe to sleep, some warmth and you are there some of the time, they are usually fine. A dog ideally needs outside space or access to outside space. We feature many hundreds of pet friendly temporary housing across the country. Some will have a terrace, some will have only a balcony. If you know your dog has particular needs, plan for them ahead of time.
Cats and dog don’t like change so try to keep disruption to a minimum. If your pet has a favorite toy, blanket, bed or piece of your clothing, make sure to bring it with you. Bring as many toys or familiar items as is practical to give them a little reassurance while they acclimatize.
Tired dog is a happy dog
Tired dogs are much less trouble than ones with too much energy. A dog with untapped energy becomes bored very quickly which is when unwanted behaviors can kick in. Walk your dog well before work. Come home at lunch if practical and have a play or another walk and make sure to do the same when you come home from work. It will help your dog adapt and make their life much, much happier for both of you while you’re in temporary housing.
Factor in extra cleaning
Even if your pet doesn’t shed, all animals make a mess. Make sure to add a little time or money for extra cleaning as all temporary housing that has had animals will need to be completely cleaned ready for the next guest. Not everyone likes pets so we have to make sure everyone will be comfortable. That will take time and effort to remove all traces of your pet once you leave.
If you have any concerns about your pet in any of our temporary housing, contact the team here at ShortTermHousing.com. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!