As many of you know, we have been living in various hotels for over 7 weeks now. We never planned on being out of a house for 2 months. I would say we didn’t plan on being “homeless” for nearly 2 months but I am really careful about using that word because there are so many people and pets that are actually homeless, meaning they don’t have a home, hotel, or place to stay at all. I have such a huge space in my heart for the homeless pets and people of our country that I would never want to use the word “homeless” lightly.
Last year I visited a local pet shelter and discovered something so sad. Did you know, each year, approximately 3.4 million United States cats are taken in by animal shelters and only half of those cats are adopted? A lot of those cats in shelters are ones that are just left behind when families move. Either they can’t afford care during transition or just simply didn’t plan well. It’s very sad but true.
Unfortunately, many pets are abandoned at shelters when people relocate or move. Millions of those abandoned cats are taken in by shelters. And I’m sure you are wondering how they are all fed and maybe even what you can do to help? To help Purina Cat Chow reach its goal of donating five million meals to shelter cats across the country, cat people can purchase any size bag of Purina Cat Chow from July 1 through July 31. For every bag purchased,Purina Cat Chow will donate one meal, up to five million meals, directly to Rescue Bank.
Preparing Pets to Move
Although many pets are abandoned during moves we would never consider doing that to our pets! Instead, we had to make sure we had a plan for preparing our pets to move. Being that we have been living in hotels for 7 weeks we were very concerned about preparing our pets to move. After all both our cat and dog were both homeless at one time and we definitely wanted to make the moving process easier on them.
Steps to Prepare Your Pets to Move
Find a Person or A Place for Your Cat That You Trust
Provide Your Pet Sitter with Information about Your Cat (subscribe for free printable)
Bring Your Cats Liter Box
Provide Pet Sitter with Your Cats Toys or Bed
Communicate with Your Pet Sitter Regularly
Leave the Pet Sitter with Emergency Numbers
Bring Plenty of Your Cats Favorite Purina Cat Chow
We opted to take our cat Reeve to a friend’s house and pay her to watch him for the time we are living in hotels. She has been such an amazing cat sitter. She sends us frequent videos and photos and lots of updates. She was super shocked at how much Reeve loves to eat his favorite food. Seriously, she sent me a text letting me know how much he eats! She’s definitely going to have to go out and get more food since he’s obviously using food for comfort since he misses us! I’m just glad that the money we use on food during the month of July is going to a good cause! Remember: the simple act of buying a bag of food for your cat can help the cat community-at-large and feed a cat in need looking for their forever home.
What tips or tricks did you use when moving your pets? Let me know!
Want to Read More Stories about Cats? Click the links below!
Adopting Rusty from Ellis and Page
Our Cat Adoption Story from Smockity Frocks
Why I Love My Cat from Chaotically Creative
Cat Lady Must Haves from Polka Dotted BlueJay
Cat Condo: Made From a Wood Pallet from Hoosier Homemade
Meet Jackie – Our Cat Adoption Story from Sweet Nicks
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