At Morris Animal Inn, we strive to make your pet’s stay with us a healthy and happy one. Here are our top 7 tips for making this transition the best it can possibly be for your pet.
1) Consider scheduling some daycare appointments prior to taking a long trip. Bringing your pets to us for short stays prior to an extended period of time will help them adjust to the staff and the Inn. The next time they are here, the adjustment period will be minimized.
2) For cats, get out the carrier a few days in advance so they can inspect it, sit inside it and make it part of their normal environment. This way, your cat will associate it with a safe place.
3) Feed your pet a light meal in the morning. A full stomach is not always the best idea when bringing them in for lodging, especially if they are high-energy. All the excitement of a trip in the car may upset their stomachs.
4) Try to keep suitcases out of sight. Many pets associate suitcases with your leaving them rather than a fun lodging experience that awaits them!
5) Don’t change your routine on the day you plan to bring your pet to us. If a pet is used to a certain way of doing things, changing it can make him or her stressed and anxious.
6) Bringing your dog to us on a leash and your cat to us in a carrier is very important. This will not only help you to control and protect your pets, it will give them their own space to adjust to the new surroundings.
7) Give a relaxed and confident goodbye. If you are anxious and emotional in the lobby, your pet will feed off that energy. A quick and cheerful “Bye, Rover…see you next week!” and a scratch behind the ears is much better than a drawn-out exit accompanied by tears or hesitation.