Traveling with pets: Better keep
them back at home
7 June, 2007:
Owners of pets have been advised to
consider carefully whether to take
their animals with them on holiday or
not because not all pets like to
An animal protection association based
in Bonn, Germany, has said it is often
better for the animal to be left in
good care, the website earthtimes.org
Cats, in particular, are most
comfortable on their own territory.
Therefore, the ideal solution is to
have a fellow cat-lover stay in the
home with the cat or come by to feed
and stroke it regularly.
Only when the cat and its owner are
inseparable, is it a good idea to take
the cat on holiday. In such a case,
the best situation for the animal is a
long stay at a known location.
It is best to leave rodent pets at
home or in the care of a knowledgeable
person, according to the animal
protection association. Heat and
drastic swings in temperature are
things what rodents tolerate find hard
Birds should also be left in the care
of a friend. Birds should not go along
with the owner because altering their
surroundings and taking them into a
different climate could cause them to
suffer circulation problems or
diarrhoea. Also, free flight in a
strange area is not good for birds.
By contrast, many dogs are relatively
uncomplicated when it comes to travel.
They typically love to go everywhere
with their owners. Some breeds,
however, are not comfortable in some
climates, and in some southern
countries exposure to illnesses can
threaten their health and well-being.