Taking a Trip? Here's How to Plan Your Pet Care in Advance
Travel time! How do you care for your pets when you need to leave home? Do you hire a pet sitter to stay in the house, have your friends look in on your pets or take your pets to a kennel?
CNN has guidelines for each of these scenarios in Make sure your pet enjoys your vacation with three main suggestions:
- Look for professional pet sitters that are bonded and insured
- Invite the sitter to your home for an interview before your trip
- Familiarize the sitter with your home and the special needs of your pet
You can locate a pet sitter at Pet Sitters International or National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. These sites have useful tips and information as well.
This article and these sites will help you find pet sitting that will be most appropriate for your particular pet. You can reduce the stress you feel leaving them behind, knowing they are being well cared for. Enjoy your trip!
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Posted by Molly & Jessie at February 19, 2008 9:53 AM
Well, you almost have it right. A good, professional pet sitter will insist upon a home visit in advance and will spend considerable time questioning you about your pets' needs. He/she will also insist upon a tour of your home, looking for potential hazards and inquiring about favorite hiding places (essential information when shy cats are involved). The sitter should provide written daily reports of how your pet faired and what was done for it.
But here's the killer for most pet owners. They simply don't want to accept this. If you have a pet, it must be treated just as you would treat a child. And that means that you cannot go off on long vacations (more than two to three days) unless you go someplace where your pet can accompany you. Pets do worry about their owners and can become dispondant. This is especially true of dogs, but even independant cats can be affected. Kenels are and catteries never, ever an option. They are too stressful on the animal and the danger of disease is too high.