If your dog starts to look sad and depressed while you are packing your cases or your cat cozies up to you all of a sudden, you might be forgiven for thinking they sense you are going away. What to do with your pets while you are away is one of the biggest and hardest decisions for many pet owners, and these five options can help to take some of the stress out of that predicament.
1) Pet Sitting
Having an experienced and professional pet sitter come to your home to feed, play with, and walk your pet makes a lot of sense as most dogs and cats just feel more comfortable in their own home. You have two main options with pet sitting, although each will combine the all-important personal touch with the professional approach. Your pet sitter can stay in your home while you take your trip, or they can visit once or twice a day as needed to spend time with your pet.
2) In Home Pet Boarding
Taking your cat or dog to the sitter’s home is known as in-home cat boarding or in-home dog boarding. Your pet’s specific needs will help to determine whether in-home pet sitting or having the sitter come to your home is the better option.
Two of the advantages of in-home pet sitting are that you don’t have to allow a stranger to have the keys to your home, and it’s also typically less expensive than having a pet sitter visit your home. Your pet still gets to enjoy plenty of individual attention and that all important, regular interaction with people. SleepoverRover.com and DogVacay.com are two of the sites that let you find in-home pet boarding in your area.
3) Doggeries Or Catteries
For many pet owners, this is still the traditional and obvious way to have your cat or dog looked after while away. Look for a facility that is properly licensed, has PCSA (Pet Care Services Association) certification and always try to book a popular boarding facility ahead of time.
Cats cope much better if left in a cat only pet boarding facility, and you should also try to book your cat into a place where the cats don’t have contact with each other. To make sure that cats don’t mate or fight, they shouldn’t be put in a room with unfamiliar cats, only with cats from the same family. Cats like to have a hiding place within their area or room, a well-maintained litter box, and some food puzzles and toys. However, a good dog boarding facility allows your dog to interact with other dogs, as dogs are, of course, sociable pack animals.
4) Friend Or Neighbor
If you have a friend or neighbor who you feel is responsible and understands at least the basics of looking after a pet, you may want to ask them to come in and see to your pet in your absence. If the person is an animal lover, so much, the better. However, it may strain your relationship if your cat likes to pee in unfamiliar territory, or your dog is extremely energetic or noisy. It’s always appreciated if you bring them back a little something from your trip, and of course, you can also return the favor one day.
5) Take Your Pet With You
More pet-friendly hotels make it easier than ever to have your pet accompany you and avoid the distress of pet boarding or employing a pet sitter. Of course, a lot of places such as beaches and parks don’t always welcome pets, so it pays to check that your destination is actually pet-friendly. A pet-friendly vacation at the dog boarding Las Vegas facility can be rewarding and fun for both you and your pet, especially if he or she likes to travel and some places, such as a campsite seem made for sharing with your pet.