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Planning to take your pet along when you go to see friends or relatives this season? Think again. Not every hostess - or pet, for that matter - can deal with a holiday visit.
Reasons to Leave Them Home
Preparing for a Visit
It goes without saying that all visiting pets must be well behvaved. If your cat tends to have accidents when he's nervous, if he won't stay off the table or howls at all hours of the night, do everyone a favor and leave him home.
Before you make your plans, have a straightforward talk with your host and ask the right questions. Even if your host agrees to put your cat up for a night or two, find out how he, his partner and his kids really feel about animals. Are the children of the house afraid of them? Does the family know what to expect from a four-legged visitor? If they have pets of their own, how do their animals get along with others? Is the host willing to pet-proof his house? Making a place pet-friendly is difficult at any time of year, but more so at holidays, when traditional decorations can become an issue. Ingested tinsel or broken tree ornaments make for medical emergencies.
Making the Trip
When You Arrive