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.
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)!
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
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.
If you are going somewhere for the hols... have a safe trip Marg.
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.