Dogs are one thing, but indoor cats are a whole other thing when it comes to evacuation, traveling, or being able to take care of them in a new environment.

Dogs are used to being on leashes, taking walks with their owners outside to “do their business”  Cats are used to having the run of the house, sleeping on their heating vents or favorite blankets, and “doing their business” in the confines of their usually enclosed litter box.

So, what are some things you can do if you know you need to leave your home quickly with your pampered pet, whether its going to a friends house, or traveling a ways to find a hotel that will allow your animal to stay.

I realized that this could be a reality for all of us after experiencing Hurricane Sandy.  We have cornish rex cats that only have one layer of fur and are always cold when under 70 degrees! We keep the house at 67 and they can be found under blankets are sitting on the cableboxes!

We do not have a generator, but fortunately we only lost electric on and off during the storm.  But, I thought if electric went out, where would we go?  All of the hotels in Westchester County are full (I checked every site). So, I started researching Pet Friendly Hotels, and thought I’d share some that I found, so that you can bookmark them when you are in need.
With these three sites you can search not only by location, but can enter a route and they will tell you all of the hotels along the way that are Pet Friendly.  Some you can search by brand name.




Major hotel chains also have a link to their pet friendly hotels:
Two include:
Marriott Hotels and
Choice Hotels

So, what is important when traveling with your indoor pet? If cold, may want to just keep a pet sweater on hand. Have a body leash (they may not like it if not used to..but hey..who is taking care of who?).  There are tossable litter boxes with covers. Keep a few around. Bags of dry food always good to have a few around. Pet carrier of course. BUT, once you get to that hotel room or wherever, I think something that can be really good to have is a Pop-Up Shelter to secure them if you have to go out of the room.
For those of you who have shown your cats at a cat show, you know what these are.  We have had one hanging in the closet for years since showing our last set of cats.  It folds up and you can hang in closet and throw in your trunk or back seat. Has pockets for meds/water bowls/and other needs. THEN..voila.  When you get to the hotel room, it pops open to provide a small tent that can house that small litter box in corner, and favorite blanket in other side to sleep on.  The best ones are sold by SturdiProducts, that is predominantly used by cat exhibitors. It is comfortable enough for them to be able to stand up and stretch their legs.  

No matter what our pets are, with the weather looking like its changing and presenting challenges for all of us, it just brings a little piece of mind to me to know I have some way to be able to take my pets with me in a secure way.

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Dated: November 5th 2012
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About Thomas: I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degre...

2 Responses

  1. Frank Cimino

    Where is the comments on the rea estate industry, where market vALUES is now and where its going? Rent vs. purchase? Market trends: is there an exodus in the westchester market?


  2. barbara

    The real estate market in Westchester County is strong. If a house is priced fairly, we have seen multiple offers come in. Rental market is always strong for homes here, but also seeing houses moving more quickly this year in # of houses and house prices that are starting to creep up again. An average offer comes in within 3-5% of asking price. This is true of most price points right now.


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