We all love sitting back and relaxing with our family and our pets at the end of a long day. But sometimes, life gets in the way of our desire to stay homebound when it’s time to pack up and venture on business, work, or family trips. The downside of these trips or obligations often means that our pets will be left behind, without you, their ultimate friend and provider. The up side about this situation is that there are services widely available nowadays to accommodate these needs.
Just as you would hire a babysitter for your child to be taken care of while you are at work or away, your pet can be taken care of as well. Cat sitters are a great option as you will be able to hire them according to your preferences – whether you want one to be with your pet full-time or check up on them a few times a day, part-time. Those who are willing to stay full-time would often volunteer to check up on other things in your home while you are gone. For instance, they may collect your mail or newspapers, tend to your plants, and just the home in general. It is important that you select someone that you know you will be able to trust your pet and home with. You may want to consider interviewing this individual and involve your pet during this interview to gauge how compatible the two of them will be once you are gone. Good compatibility between them will give you peace of mind that you are leaving your pet in good hands. In addition to compatibility, make sure you know what they are willing to provide for your pet – whether it be feeding them, giving them their medication, playing with them, and even grooming them.
Another option you may want to consider whilst traveling is boarding. If you are not comfortable with inviting someone to take care of your pet at home, you can look into cat boarding. These facilities accept pets for a fee and offer great services for your pet to be taken care of. Again, ask your veterinarian and friends for recommendations when it comes to these facilities. It is highly important that these facilities are sterile and that they offer emergency services should your pet be injured or in pain. In addition to the condition of these facilities, pay close attention to those who will be tending to your pet’s needs. Be sure to notify these individuals of your pet’s special needs so that they can care for him/her to the best of their ability.
These are simply two safe options you can opt for if you are ambivalent about leaving your pet. Don’t hesitate to make use of these services as they are created for pet owners like you who care about their pet’s needs when they are gone and want to ensure that they are in the best hands. Individuals who choose to take on jobs in this field tend to have a soft spot for animals in general. So take comfort in knowing that they are safe and well, and you will return to your pet in no time!