Most people are pet lovers and I’m no exception. I want to sincerely believe that most of us are responsible and take good care of their little fluffy friends. But unfortunately, some people adopt pets spontaneously, just because they feel lonely at that moment or just because their kids want it… . Or… Or… Or…
Sadly, people never think about “what will I do if…”. One of the “what if” situations are going on the trip. At that point questions appear about what to do with cat/dog/rabbit/fish etc.
Here are some ideas on what to do with your beloved pets when you are travelling:
Take your pets with you on the trip.
On some trips, specifically now with a staycation, you can definitely take a dog/cat with you on the trip. Some pets absolutely happy to go to adventure with their owners.
Some hotels are pet friendly, but a charge may apply.
The only inconvenient but manageable thing might be like limited options for a hotel or restaurants or even visiting friends or your friends might have their own pets, health problems, etc.
But if you make a plan, including options and activities for your pets, then this will be a good option and you can have fun together.
This is a good option, especially for cats or small pets. Your friend or family members can come to your home to check, play, feed and clean after your pets. For cats and small animals coming once a day for 1-1. 5 hours will be enough. With dogs need to come at least twice a day.
However, this option suitable only if you go for short periods of time. Yes, your pets still live in their home and usual environment, but, they will miss you.
Friends and Family.
Probably, this is the best option if your friend or family members can stay at your place and take care of your pets. In this case your pets will feel more comfortable and not so lonely.
The kennel is more expensive, but a good alternative option. Perhaps, the new environment might be a little more stressful for your pets, but they will be under surveillance 24 hours and the workers will take good and proper care of your pets.
Do your research and find a good kennel or Kitty’s hotel which will provide your cat or dog a cozy and comfortable stay.
Tips on how to choose a Kennel and what to ask:
- Don’t choose Kennel with a cage. You don’t want your pets stay in the cage, with very limited space the whole day. This is a bad option.
- Choose a kennel with a room and if possible with a window or deck.
- Check if the kennel’s owner has security & smoke alarms, good ventilation system and monitor room 24/7.
- Ask if workers will play and groom your pet.
- Ask if the kennel has a good pet’s playground.
- Ask if they are able to give medication or supplements or insulin shots to your pet, if needed. Extra charge might apply.
- Ask what kennel will provide and what you have to bring.
- Don’t forget to ask what kind of vaccine your pet should have and do it in advance. Some animals can have an allergic reaction or feel a little bit sick after being vaccinated.
- Trim pet’s nails, comb well and clean ears before boarding.
What to bring to the Kennel:
- Most likely you have to bring vaccination records
- Enough wet and dry food
- T-shirt, special toy or small blanket that smells like home
- Favorite brush or comb.
- Bring medications or hairball paste if required to perform these procedures
- Emergency contact information
- Your vet contact information
- Your contact phone number
Another option is to find a pet sitter. It’s more complicated because you will need to find a trusted person, but I guess if you put lots of effort into it you might find a good pet sitter.
First, I would ask your vet to recommend someone. Sometimes they know pet sitters and also know pet’s owner feedback, which is very important.
Look for an agency who provides these services or some retired people might do it for fun or modest pay.
Questions to ask at interview with the pet sitter:
- What types of animals have you worked with before?
- Do you have any formal or informal training in animal care or behavior, relationship with any other animal professionals, such as dog trainers or veterinarians?
- How long have you been doing this?
- Why did you choose this career?
- Do you use contracts? Can I see the contract? Note: A pet-sitter who does not use contracts is usually not a professional.
- Are you insured? Note: A sitter who has no insurance may not take their job seriously since some risk might occur in pet sitting.
- How do you manage behavioral problems? What if my pet behaves aggressively or pets get into a fight? How do you manage these situations and get pets to behave?
- Are you knowledgeable about pet health? Do you know the signs of an emergency and what will you do if an emergency occure?
- What specific duties will you fulfill, and how much will it cost?
- Can you meet with my pets and me in advance?
- Can I see a list of references?
I hope this information was helpful.
Whatever option you will choose, please be responsible and don’t leave your pets at home alone or even worst throw out them on the streets.
Remember, you have whole word, but they have only you!