Pet owners worry about their pets during the chaos of a move. There are some steps to take before, during and after that can make the transition safer and more comfortable for your pet.

5 Tips for Pet Owners When Moving
Vet Visit
Before moving day, it is a good idea to talk to your veterinarian. Make sure the pet is up to date on its rabies shot and other important inoculations. Get shot documentation and vet records to take with you. Ask for advice about motion sickness. Get a microchip, if you don't already have one. If the animal does run away during the move, you should be able to quickly locate it.

Travel Preparations
An appropriate kennel is your best friend, even on local moves. If the animal will be flying, make sure the kennel matches current airline requirements. For overnight car travel, find out which hotels on your route will let you bring your animal into the room with you. Make sure you have all necessary supplies, including a harness and leash for each animal, even your cats.

Hiring a Moving Company
When you are hiring a moving company, be sure to talk with your moving company about your pets. Professionals like BC Alberta Movers can pack your things, leaving you free to keep an eye on your cat or dog. Your movers should be consulted about the best place for your pet during packing and moving out. Suggestions include its kennel, a locked bathroom or even the neighbor's house.

Traveling
Don't feed your pets for about two hours before leaving. On the road, cut their feedings to one a day. Water is the only priority. Often animals will stop eating due to stress, anyway. Still, resist giving them table food. Stomach troubles might be your reward for this kindness. Hold back treats, unless they need coaxing into their kennels. For health and safety, the humane society recommends that you limit their time alone in a car to ten-minute intervals.

Adjustment
Once their routine is re-established, dogs generally calm down and adjust very quickly to their new surroundings. Unfortunately, most cats will run away if allowed outside. Try walking it on a leash several times a day for about a month before allowing it more freedom outside. Indoor cats may take a month or more to adjust. Love, kind words and routine will go a long way toward a successful adjustment.

With a little preparation, moving can be less stressful for you and for your pet.

 

Lizzie WeakleyMy name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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By Natalie Hennessy on Aug 20, 2014 at 12:06 pm 0 Comments

To many people, a cat, dog, or goldfish are the ideal pets. However, some prefer something far stranger and more interesting. You've probably heard of exotic pets like iguanas, tarantulas and turtles, but even these seem bland in comparison to some of the animals people call pets. Here are six examples of the weirdest house guests you'll ever see.

Snails

Snails
They may be slimy, but to some people, this is overshadowed by their uniqueness, friendly demeanor, and ease of care. Unlike dogs, they don't need to be walked or taken to the vet, they won't destroy your furniture. They live happily off of your vegetable scraps, and although most snails are small, some are quite large. Many of the species popularly kept as pets range between golf ball-size up to the size of a football. Currently, giant snails in the pet trade are more common in Europe than the United States due to laws and regulations.

Cockroaches
Cockroaches
Cockroaches aren't just pests that roam around your kitchen after you've gone to sleep. Some species also make fantastic and fascinating pets. Take the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach as an example. They get up to three inches in length, are hilarious to watch, and surprisingly docile. These cockroaches produce a loud hiss when they're bothered, mating, fighting, or sometimes for no apparent reason at all.

Capybaras
Capybaras
It's hard to imagine a giant rodent would make a good pet, but the capybara will prove you wrong. These guinea pig relatives come from South America and are herbivores. They're also intelligent and very friendly. In fact, even in the wild, they will allow humans to approach and pet them. The only down side is that, at four feet long and 100 pounds, a capybara may cost a small fortune to keep fed.

Emus
Emus
Emus are a large Australian bird similar to an ostrich, and they're often farmed for their meat and fat. However, some people have discovered they can also make interesting, if a bit aggressive, pets. Emus have the attitude and intelligence to match their size, so it's important to surround your yard with Jakob Rope Systems wire mesh safety fencing to prevent accidents and escapes.

raccoons
Raccoons
If you've ever had them raid your trash cans, then you might think of raccoons as little more than filthy pests. They don't deserve that reputation, though. Raccoons are actually very smart and clean animals that dutifully wash their food and paws before they eat. They can be trained to be good house pets much like dogs, and their antics will supply an endless amount of entertainment.

Skunks
Skunks
You might think that having a skunk for a pet is asking for a load of smelly trouble, but with a simple procedure at a vet's office, this can be avoided. Without the threat of stench lingering, you'll find that skunks are really very congenial animals that make great pets. They're good with children, can be trained, and are very affectionate with their owners.

If you're looking for a unique pet to go with your unique tastes, then you can't go wrong with one of these critters. Most of them provide great companionship, years of amusing antics, and a never-ending topic of conversation. Just be sure to check with your city's regulations as they may be illegal or require special permits in some places.

 

Brooke ChaplanBrooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She has lived and worked in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico after her graduation from the University of New Mexico. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan

 

 

By Natalie Gomez on Aug 12, 2014 at 9:54 am 0 Comments

The Lo-Down Starring Ailo The Cat

Hello there.

Welcome to the Lo-Down, a new P.L.A.Y. series developed specially with cat-lovers in mind.

My name is Ailo, (or Lolo, as my mom sometimes calls me) and I am the star of this show.

I just turned three, and I live in Norway with mom and dad, who adore me even though I am a 15.5lb ginger rascal. Ah, the things you couldn't tell just by looking at photos of me.

BTW, this is me nestled inside my dad's overnight bag. As much as I love attention, it's nice to disappear from the world once in a while. I was able to snooze for an entire 30 minutes before they found me.

Anyway, you'll be seeing more of me later. Like, literally -- maybe there'll even be a full body shot. But for now, I really need to go lie on the kitchen counter. Check back soon to follow me on my claw-some adventures.

Later.

prrrrrrrrrrrrt,

Ailo

By Natalie Gomez on Aug 08, 2014 at 3:07 pm 0 Comments