Article courtesy of Penny Martin.
For many people who own pets, their animals are like an extension of their family. They bring comfort, happiness, unconditional love, and entertainment. Pets rely on their owners to tend to their every need, and some are very attached to their families and find it difficult to be without them. When you need to travel and can’t take your pet with you, it’s important to find the best overnight care and to ensure that they’ll be comfortable, safe, and happy while you’re gone.
While this can be easier said than done for some pets — namely, those who have separation anxiety — there are many options when it comes to choosing good care for your animal. From hiring a pet sitter in your neighborhood to securing a spot at a kennel, there are several ways you can ensure that your pet will be taken care of while giving you peace of mind while you’re away.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to find quality pet care while you travel.
Consider Letting Them Stay Home
If you’re only going to be gone for a short time, you can consider leaving your cat at home. As long as your home is secure, you make sure all appliances are turned off, there are no hazards (such as dangling cords that might look fun to chew on or toxic plants), and your cat has plenty to eat and drink, it’s okay to let him stay home for a brief period. You can also ask a neighbor or friend to stop by and check on him daily while you’re gone. Make sure you clean his litter box to help prevent accidents, and place sheets or blankets on the furniture if he’s prone to scratching.
Head to a Kennel
Kennels are great budget-friendly options for pet owners who will only be gone for a day or two. Do some research on the ones near you to get a feel for their policies; many kennels leave the animals crated or in their own small area for the majority of the day unless you pay extra for play time, and most require you to bring your pet’s food with them. Your pet will also need to be up-to-date on vaccinations ahead of time.
Many cities offer luxurious pet hotels that offer doggie playgrounds, gourmet treats, and comfy bedding for your pet. While the price can be a bit steep, if your animal has trouble with separation anxiety, it could be the best way to go. Do a little research before making any decisions, and read the reviews on websites to determine which hotel is right for your pet.
Hire a Pet Sitter
A pet sitter might be the best way to go if you’re on a budget but want someone who is reliable and nearby. There are often many responsible individuals around the neighborhood who are looking to make a few extra bucks, and you can find them online. Prices can vary and may depend on how long you’ll be gone and what sort of services your pet needs, but this is a great way to ensure that your animal is well taken care of while you’re gone.
Finding quality pet care while you’re away can be stressful, so give yourself plenty of time to do it. Planning ahead will help you reduce those feelings of stress and allow you to focus on your trip rather than worrying about what’s going on back home. With a solid plan, you can find the right kind of care for your pet and your budget.