Cats are creatures of habit and enjoy having familiar smells, sights and sounds around them at all times. If you remove all that is familiar, do not be surprised if Fluffy responds by having a meltdown. A temporary stay away from home is often refreshing and relaxing for cat owners, but not always for their furry friends. How can you help your cat settle into a hotel?
Show Kitty Around the Room
When you first check into your hotel room, take the time to show kitty around so that she can get used to the layout of the room. Stay with her until she has found her bearings, rather than dropping her off and then immediately heading out the door to a restaurant.
Remember that a hotel room is unfamiliar territory for a cat. Many cats need time to adjust and get used to the changes. It takes just a few minutes to show kitty around the hotel room, or less if you are staying in a smaller room.
Bring Along Familiar Objects
Do not underestimate the comfort that your cats derive from familiar objects such as toys and blankets. These can help your cats feel as if they are at home while you are away for the week.
My cats are particularly attached to their stuffed squirrel, dog and assortment of mice. They noticeably calm down the moment they see these familiar items, especially when I am staying with them in a hotel or am in another unfamiliar location.
Set Up Kitty’s Survival Kit
Whenever I go anywhere, I carry my “Sophie survival kit” (which consists of drinks and snacks) and I do the same for my cats when I take them with me to a hotel. That includes their food and water bowls, litter tray and cat treats. So even when your cats are feeling unsure of themselves in a hotel room, they will soon settle down when they know where they can locate their basic supplies.
If Fluffy does not immediately try to locate her food bowl, take her over to where you have placed it and show her so that she will not be searching frantically for food when she is hungry.
Cat owners who are staying in a pet-friendly hotel with Fluffy should take the time to help their cat settle into the room. It does not take much to help kitty settle in. Start off by showing your cat around the room, bring along familiar objects such as toys and blankets and quickly set up the cat’s basic supplies that they will require during your hotel stay.
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