Planning a travel adventure will always be a little bit nerve-wracking, but it can be even worse when you have a pet. It can make you very anxious when you have to leave them at home as you travel around the world for weeks or months on end. You worry about how they’re doing, whether or not they’re healthy, and it can sometimes put a downer on the whole trip.
However, you can reduce your anxiety by doing a few things before you go. These things are designed to help your pet feel more comfortable while you’re away, while also soothing any key worries you might have. Check them out down below:
Take them to the vet
There’s always going to be a nagging voice in the back of your mind that wonders whether or not your pet is okay while you’re away. You worry every second about whether or not they’ve fallen ill, or if they’ve been fed something they shouldn’t, etc. But, one way to calm these fears is by taking them to the vet before you leave. There should be a pet hospital near you where you can get a thorough checkup and a variety of other services as well. This helps to assess the health of your pet, so you know that they’re healthy and totally fine when you leave. A complete physical examination is all you need to feel much better about leaving them without you for a few weeks or months.
Make a list of dietary requirements
Of course, you’re not going to just leave your pet in the house alone. I know cats like to be independent and have their space, but this is a step too far! Ideally, you would leave them with a trustworthy friend or family member so they can get the attention they need.
If this isn’t possible, then some type of kennel or pet boarding school is the next best option. Either way, whoever looks after them needs to know what your pet can and can’t eat. They also need to know how often they’re fed, and the usual times they tend to eat. So, make a list of all the dietary requirements and extra info and give it to whoever looks after them. This gives you confidence knowing that your pet will be fed the right food, at the right time.
Let them spend time in their temporary home
The reason I prefer to leave pets with friends or family is that it makes this step so much easier. In the days and weeks before you go away, you can go over to this person’s house and bring your pet along with you. Let them spend a decent amount of time getting to know their temporary home, so it’s not as much of a shock to them when they eventually live there for a short while.
They get to see the person looking after them, they become accustomed to the surroundings, and they might even find a nice little spot to nap as well! Some places where you can keep pets while going on holiday might let you bring them over a few times to get used to the place, but not all of them do. So, in an ideal world, you’ll find a pet sitter and take your pet to see them multiple times before leaving. This leaves you with less anxiety as you know they know who’s looking after them and are used to the surroundings.
Bring their favorite toys with them
Every pet has one or two toys that they’ve always played with and find a lot of comfort in. You’ve seen them lying around grabbing at these toys, and they always seem to have a fun time. So, before you go away, make sure you get their toys and bring them to the pet sitter with your pet.
If they have a few personal items surrounding them, then it just helps them settle even more. When they get bored or upset, they’ve at least got a few toys to remind them of their real home! The same goes for things like a basket they always sleep in or a blanket they like to use – bring them as well. At the end of the day, traveling is supposed to be fun and exhilarating. Yes, there will always be worries from home that plague your mind – especially when you have a pet. But, by doing these four things before you go, you’ll prepare your pet for the time away. It will be much easier for both of you as you can relax on a beach somewhere knowing that they’re comfortable and healthy!