Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, there are those times when you can't get your furry friend into a boarding facility. If you're lucky enough to have trustworthy neighbors or family members who can come feed and care for your animal, 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 in your home as possible.
- 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 pets aren't allowed in, they won't get in.
- Make sure your outside accessing doors are locked, as well as your pet doors. You don't want your pets 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 her ahead of time, not only to exchange keys, but also to go over all the details of your pet's routine and to show her around your place so she gets the lay of the land.
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- 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!
Sometimes it may seem like you are doing more prep for the family members who are staying home than for the ones who are going away! But, just by making sure that all your bases are covered, you and your pet will be happier and safer.
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