Please don't leave me
The hardest thing for me to do is to find someone I trust to take care of my animals while I go away for a week end or however long. Of course it is a little harder for me because I have a lot of animals, plus I have different kinds of animals. And I guess one of the problems I have is that I don?t have a lot of money, so it is hard for me to afford to pay someone to stay here so that makes it twice as hard.
So one of the things you have to be sure to do before you leave your animal or animals with a sitter is to make sure that sitter is dependable. The best way to do this in my opinion is to ask your friends who they use to take care of their animals while they are away. And you could ask your veterinarian if they have any good suggestions. There usually are a lot of ads in the yellow pages for pet sitters but you would have to get some recommendations from them. Or you could get them to come out to your house and just see how they get along with your animals.
One good thing to do if you are going away is to talk to your vet and tell them that you are going away and then make payment arrangements in case one of the animals gets sick. And be sure that the animal sitter has the vet?s number and knows where the office is located. And the vet should be aware of what kind of measures or care you?re willing to authorize.
Also let the vet know if you want to be contacted in the event the cat or dog gets sick. If so, be sure the vet has a phone number for where you will be staying. Or you could give your email address, in case you aren?t around the phone all the time.
The main thing I do which I sure everyone does, is to make a list of which animals get which food and where they all eat. And who has to be separated to eat etc. You should see the book that I leave when I go out of town which isn?t often.
Wonderful advice!! I hardly ever go out of town, if I do it is for no longer than 24 hours because I have so many pets and it’s hard to find someone trustworthy to take care of them. Then I worry the whole time I’m gone.
It is a worry when you have animals and you want to go away - even for a couple of days. We have always had that problem, (and we only had 2 dogs), so tend not to go away because of it!
It’s hard to find someone you can trust with your animals.
However, we lost one of our dogs back in May as she got very sick, so now we only have the one, so we just take her with us whenever we go away; if they don’t accept dogs, we just don’t go! Love me, love my dog is my motto!
I know it’s different for you Margie because you have so many; if I lived near you, you could count on me to look after them with pleasure. (It’s just a bit too far from Australia)!
That is the reason my mom does not go on vacation!
She does not feel anybody will take good care of me. She does not have lots of friends and they are not animal lovers soooo…
she is always with me!
Kisses and hugs
My Mommeh hates leaving us alone! It was worse when we still had Pixie because she had to have so many different medicines for her heart condition.
Woof! YES my family feels the same way. It is very hard for them to take a long (far away) vacation without ME. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar.
Yeah, I don’t leave home either, lucky for me my dad will be able to take care of the kids when I make a rare overnite trip to the Sci-Fi convention next month.
I only have 4 pets, plus one stray cat we’re taking care of outside, and it’s a major ordeal to go away for the night or longer, so we also hardly ever go away. I can’t imagine the planning you must have to do in order to leave for awhile.
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Seriously, Good blog!
We usually take self-catering holidays and book a cottage were we can bring our cat and dog. It’s fantastic having the whole family together during a break.
Good advice. This is often a big problem for pet owners. My suggestion is that you get a friend or relative to get to know your pet when you first bring it home with you so that your pet has a sort of “godmother” or “godfather” who can pitch in when needed. Kind of like grandparents who babysit. I have a friend whom my cats really love. It works out fine to leave them with him if I need to travel for several weeks. For shorter trips - a day ot two- I can actually leave the cats in the house if I leave an ample supply of food and water. I don’t like to leave them alone like that. But it seems to work out because they have a lot of space and kan choose different rooms if they want to be alone. Mostly they keep each other company and sit and groom each other.
It is quite hard to leave your furkids behind esp when you love them too much. I always take Dommy with me when i travel (by car) and the longest i have been away from him was 3 weeks last year. He got sick waiting for me to come back. It is heart-wrenching. But all is forgiven when he saw me again. I felt so loved.
If you are going somewhere for the hols… have a safe trip Marg.
Great advice for those who go on vaca, or just out of town for the weekend. My houseful of critters have never been without one of us being here. I know that’s pretty pathetic, but if we were both out on the town and were gone for any period of time, we would worry, as two of our animals have special needs and we would worry. Just as bad as having children :-)
Speaking from a cat perspective, I like our petsitter quite a bit, but it took my human a while to find her! One sitter she interviewed got rejected immediately when she forced herself on Boodie, my shy roommate, and picked her up. Another got rejected after the first trial, because when my human came home, I was thrilled to see her - she knew that meant that I did NOT like the pet sitter because I’m not usually that excited when she comes home after going away a couple of days.
A good pet sitter will take copious notes during the interview process, wanting to know about every aspect of your pets’ care, and will want to know your vet’s name, address and number, along with the local emergency vet’s address and number - plus your cell number or other contact number for you while you’re gone. Really pay attention how she (they’re usually female humans) interacts with your pets - she should respect them, and if you have both cats and dogs, she should work well with both species and not visibly show a preference of one over the other (even if, IRL she is mostly a cat or a dog person). My human springs for overnight care (we need it with the dog), but it’s not cheap! That said, nothing beats a professional pet sitter, even if they do cost a bit more.
That’s my two kibbles, from a cat who has had a lot of experience with pet sitters.
This is quite useful. Can I quote you on any of this? (See my email address submitted with this comment).
Hi, thanks for the tips. That was a great help to me.
When i’m out of town I put my pet dog on a cage, so I won’t worry too much where to find him..Thanks for taking time to post the tips.