Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, there are those times when you can't get your pet into a boarding facility. So, if you can't take them with you on your adventure, then you'll need to find a sitter care for your furry pals while you are away. If you're lucky enough to have trustworthy neighbors or family members that can come by to feed and care for your pet, then there are a few things you'll want to make sure you do before you jet off on your vacay, to ensure your pet (and sitter) remain as comfortable as possible.
- Make sure your pet's food is fully stocked, and ready to scoop. If you use bagged food, let your sitter know which scoop you use to prevent over (or under) feeding. It's also a good idea to let the sitter know where any extra food bags (or extra cans, if you use canned food) are located even though you think you've stocked enough.
- If your pet eats home cooked meals, make the food beforehand and separate meal-sized portions to prevent any confusion, and to take that duty off your sitter's hands.
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- Close off any areas of your home that you don't want your pets accessing. Since just shutting doors might not be enough if your sitter forgets to close them up again, putting up pet gates can ensure that, if your pet's aren't allowed in, they won't get in.
Also, check to make sure your outside accessing doors are locked, as well as your pet doors. You don't want your pet roaming around outside with no one home to watch over them.
- Don't leave your house keys for the sitter in a "hidden" spot outside your home. If possible, meet up with them ahead of time, not only to exchange keys, but to go over all the details of your pet's routine, and to show them around your place so they get the lay of the land.
- Leave plenty of toys for your pets to play with. Having a treat-filled Kong or mouse to distract and occupy the time will prevent your pet from getting bored and gnawing on your couch or scratching the carpets!
- Clean and wash pet bedding and blankets before you go. Having a fresh house to come home to is way better than having a smelly, long-overdue-for-a-wash house. Plus, I'm sure your sitter will appreciate it too!
- Leave extra supplies of kitty litter, since you never know what could happen. Stress from your absence can cause weird things to happen to your pet's digestive system!
- If your pet is accustomed to having a treat at night, make sure you note it for your sitter. Since you want your pet to be comfy, you should list as much information about your pet's routine as possible.
Sometimes it may seem like you are doing more prep for the family members that are staying home than for the ones that are going away! But, just by making sure that all your bases are covered – from house, to food, to pet comfort – you and your pet will be happier and safer.
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