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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-28-2006, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Taking your cat on vacation.

We are planning a trip this weekend, and are thinking about taking Toodles with us, instead of boarding her. She is a pretty good car rider, but I dont know how she will behave in a hotel room she is not familiar with. I wouldnt want her constantly meowing while we are out during the day. How many of you have traveled with you cat(s) or any other pet. Any suggestions for us?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-28-2006, 01:54 PM
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Wow, the hotel will allow her? Just curious -- what sort of hotel is it? I can't imagine a hotel chain would allow pets.

I haven't traveled with my cats, but my concern would be that staff might let her out accidently while you're away. Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving my cat knowing that other people could be going in and out. Also, cats tend to be happier in familiar surroundings, so I would lean toward leaving her home.

Maybe you could explain a bit more about the details of your trip so we can help. It's an interesting question

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I've travelled by car and plane with 2 of my cats. But never left them in a hotel, it was always to someone's house (parents, grandmother). I think it depends a lot on the cat, does she easily spook? How does she act with new surroundings? Both of my cats easily adapted to being in a different house. My cat, Onyx, would immediately look for her litter box and food dish and once she found them would walk around sniff the whole place and then park her butt in the cushiest place she could find...

You might want to do a trial run....take her over a friends house (that doesn't have pets) and see how she does.

I would be concerned about the hotel staff and would probably put out the do not disturb sign and get housekeeping to come when you're there. And yes...be sure the hotel allows pets.



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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-28-2006, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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The hotel where we will be staying is in the Clarion/Comfort Inn chain, and this one in particular does allow pets, of course, there is a charge, which is fairly minimal. She doesnt spook to easily ........... she lives with me and DH and three children, I think she would do well, I just dont want to get down there and then she not be able to get settled. The times we have boarded her, she has done well. I wish I felt comfortable just leaving her here at home, but I dont have anyone to feed her.

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Not many people do this, so if you do it, please let us know about how it worked out.

Some excellent suggestions/precautions in the posts above. I thought of one more: "pet-friendly" hotels and motels bill themselves as such because they have designated pet rooms. That means other pets have stayed in that room before. And left their pet scents behind. So there's always a remote possibility that your cat might smell another cat's scent in the room and get freaked out by it. But then, maybe it'll just be an item of intense curiosity. Something to tell the other kitties about when she gets home.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-28-2006, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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I had not even thought about the pet designated rooms and the scents of other animals left behind. I want to take her because I know we will miss her, but I will probally end up boarding her. I will just have to be prepared for a few days of her ignoring me when we get home, lol!!!! I could leave her here, and leave out enough food, but I dont really like doing that either. I usually feed her some dry food in the morning and then she gets her wet food in the evenings. She seems to like her routine, she knows when she is supposed to be fed!!!!

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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-28-2006, 09:33 PM
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I think taking her would work.

We take our little dog and cat when we go for the weekend! They both have crates to travel in which also serve as a safe place in the hotel room. Our pets are show pets so they are used to traveling and staying in hotels.
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-28-2006, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Well, my Toodles is no show cat, but she's our fur baby, and we love her! LOL!! Im still not sure what I am going to do this weekend.

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The hotel where we will be staying is in the Clarion/Comfort Inn chain, and this one in particular does allow pets, of course, there is a charge, which is fairly minimal.
That's interesting. I didn't think that chain hotels allowed anything besides service animals. Just last week my friend, who is in the process of moving, was having trouble finding a place to stay that would take her with her retired police dog.

Well, I guess I learned something new

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Here ya go Lisa, now you can get going and see the wonders of the world: http://www.petswelcome.com/

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