What Do You Do With Your Pets for Showings?

katclaws_moAugust 21, 2009

Hi All,

My DH & I are hoping to get our home on the market in the next 2-3 months or so. I have 3 kitties! One is 20 yrs old, doesn't want to be bothered & stays upstairs (I know his time is coming soon :( & the other 2 love the unfinished side of the basement.

I'm thinking I might need to get some oversize crate/cages to keep them confined & safe. One is definitly a flight risk. And they do have their claws, so I don't want anyone to try to pet them--even if I put a warning sign on the cage.

I don't have family or neighbors here that can take them in for awhile. I can board them for Open Houses, but that won't work for any spur of the minute showings. I'm thinking of putting one of those small dog runs inside the basement with a covered tarp. Would this be TOO tacky? Or a good solution? For those of you with fur-kids, what do you do for showings.

TIA ~~ katclaws

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All of your ideas are great, and most are what we did with out dog. We put her in a create in a secondary bedroom with a postit note on the door. We took her to doggy day care, and sometimes we took her for a ride around town...she loves to travel!

The dog run thing might work as long as it is a closed top unit.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2009 at 11:43PM
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I have three cats and a toy poodle of 6 pounds. I remove all cat posts and store in the basement during showings. I clean up and remove 2 of the 3 litter boxes (I have one in the basement that I clean out well) and place the other 2 in the garage (covered) during the showings.

Then I crate all three cats (2 go in a medium crate together and one in a small crate) and take them with me in the car with the dog. My neighbor who sometimes watches my cats (and I hers) will let me bring them over to her house especially now that it is so hot out while my house is being shown.

My cats are gettting smart lately and will disappear when they see me get out the crates so now I have to grab each one of them and crate them and THEN bring the crates up from the basement.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2009 at 12:34AM
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We did different things with different pets.

In one house we had 4 cats at the time and put them in the utility room with a do not open note on the door (with a pic of the utility room) and said it would be available for inspection if wanted.

In our next house we had 3 cats and we put them in a large multi cat cage and put a cover over it. Worked very very well.

We also had 2 large dogs at the time and we boarded them with friends for the duration of the time the house was on the market.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2009 at 12:56PM
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I'd remove pets if I worried for their safety--not everyone will be careful not to let pets dash out the door, or keep their kids from harrassing them, and not everyone will act with common sense to avoid being bitten by a caged pet. Loose pets ARE a liability if they are capable of biting, even if you think they never would. BUT, leave some obvious clue you HAVE pets like dishes or toys. That way a buyer can't later claim the presence of pets was concealed from them, a gray area about disclosures that could be stressful, even costly, if you hide EVERY clue to their presence. Also, though many on here have mentioned it, get rid of pet odors if they exist by cleaning, not covering up with air fresheners. Air fresheners, potpourris, and candles, are a dead giveaway that some persistent odor lurks, perhaps from animals, mold, or poor housekeeping. That includes getting dogs bathed, cleaning cages, and keeping litter boxes clean. Owners may not notice it themselves but believe me, buyers do.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2009 at 3:16PM
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