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Since we are now in the endemic phase, people are no longer spending their time at home, in fact they are forced to travel, be it for business, family or even friends.
Of course, we enjoy the company of our pet when we are constantly at home, but what about when we are traveling? Who is going to take care of them?
You can’t have a good time traveling if you’re constantly worrying about your pets at home. What if they are depressed and don’t eat? What would happen if they got stuck in a basket? What if they find a way out and can’t get back in? Or worse, what if they miss you? (usually the other way around, some pets [cats usually] I don’t even care if their owners are gone)
Here we have gathered some tips on how to take care of your beloved pets when you are not at home.
Find a pet sitter
A pet sitter is someone you can hire or ask to help keep an eye on your pet while you’re away. It can be your neighbor, your friends or anyone you trust. But if you don’t want to push yourself, you can always find a professionally paid pet sitter.
Professional pet sitters are experienced in handling animals and can provide better quality care for your pets than your inner circle of non-pet owners. A pet sitter might also help you with other things, like watering your plants and getting the mail. You can ask them for updates (photos/videos) of your pets when you are not there.
But of course you have to be comfortable with someone breaking into your home and having full access to your stuff.
Some tips to keep in mind when getting a pet sitter are:
- Tell them about your pet’s favorite hiding places (especially true for cats)
- Tell them where your pet is not allowed (basements, attics, workshop, nursery, etc.)
- Tell them about your pet’s peculiar behaviors (if your dogs love to chase trucks or birds on a walk, if they become aggressive towards strangers or in a certain place, what kind of treats or toys they like)
- Update your pet sitter on your pet’s medical needs (if your pet is on a diet or on any medications they need to follow, the number or address of your nearby vet)
- Put away all your belongings that your pets can chew, scratch or destroy (pets can get stressed while we are away, which increases their destructive habits)
Sending them to hotels/pet boarding
This option allows you to send your pet to another location, such as a pet hotel or the home of any experienced pet sitter. Some pet sitters even offer grooming services and pick-up services (if you can’t send your pets, you can always get a pet taxi).
Some of the pet shelters have cages or kennels for your pets to sleep in and release during playtime. Some of them also use spaces in your own home (if you want your pets to have a large space to roam freely, but still be supervised). But for those pets with medical issues or who need special care, let them know ahead of time so they can separate your pet from the others and care for them separately (or you can house them at the vet clinic).
Some tips when housing your pets are:
- Bring your own pet food (sometimes pets are picky about food they are unfamiliar with)
- Make sure your pets are flea free before sending them here. It would be totally frustrating for your flea-free pets to bring home the fleas they picked up at the pet hotel. (So don’t send them to a pet hotel if they have fleas, ticks, or mites.)
- Report if your pet is sick or needs separate care (give your pet medication or tell tricks to calm down)
- Make sure your pet is fully vaccinated or free of infectious diseases (so they don’t infect others at the pet boarding facility)
- Give them your pet’s favorite toy or treats.
Make sure your pet has a collar tag or microchip
This is particularly important if your pet goes missing while you’re away (you just have to be prepared for these things). So update your details on your pet’s collar tags or get them microchipped at your nearby vet.
Just a note, these microchip they are not GPS trackers. They just increase the chances of your pet being returned to you. The microchip is a small pill about the size of a grain of rice that is injected around your pet’s shoulder blades. It works like an identification tag. Anyone who finds their lost pet can take it to the vet or any shelter with a microchip scanner. When they scan, your ID and details will appear on the record. Therefore, they can be safely returned to you.
Get a pet camera
Of course, this is not strictly necessary, but it can help you monitor your pets whenever you want and make sure they are safe in your home. It’s just a regular CCTV camera that you can buy online. It’s a bit expensive, but it could be useful for you in the long run.
You can point the camera at their food and water stations or wherever they hang out the most so you can see them regularly. You can also get those cameras that can rotate so you can easily find your pets in a room.
Get a vet check before your trip
You really don’t need to do this, but if your pet is due for a checkup, it’s best to get it done before your trip so you’re 100% healthy when you’re away.
In this case, make sure your pets are up to date on their vaccinations as well. You don’t want them to contract infectious diseases while away from home.
In general, you may have other people you love in your life, but your pet only has you. So treat them with the utmost care and love, even when you’re away.