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Leaving Your Cat or Dog When You’re Going on Holiday

“Nobody likes to leave their pets behind when they go on holiday”

You feel guilty and concerned, but you shouldn’t let this stop you from booking a well-earned break…

  • Leaving Your Cat or Dog When You’re Going on Holiday

    Nobody likes to leave their pets behind when they go on holiday. You feel guilty and concerned, but you shouldn’t let this stop you from booking a well-earned break. When you do head off on your travels, you need to know that they’ll be safe, well and happy during your time away. Here are our tips on how to ensure your pet is cared for and content, so that you can focus on enjoying your holiday!

    Cute cat and dog sleeping

    Leave your pet with friends and family

    You can leave your cat or dog with friends or family, but make sure they’re fond of animals themselves. Check that their daily routine or lifestyle is compatible with the responsibility of looking after a pet. If your cat or dog is sociable and thrives on the family environment, they might be unhappy if they are left with someone who is out most of the day or spends little time with them. It’s probably best to leave them for a weekend or a day first to allow your pet to acclimatise to their new environment. Homes with gardens are usually best, particularly for dogs who like to be out of doors.

    Boarding

    There are plenty of places to leave your pet while you’re away on your holidays. In a boarding home or kennels your pet will stay with animal lovers and receive good care and attention. This may be a centre or the home of a family. It’s like a holiday for your pet too!

    The facilities are clean, comfortable and run at the right temperature so that your pet is never too hot or too cold. The animal will have its own space to relax in and access to the outdoors to get fresh air and exercise. Some facilities even have a webcam so that you can check in on your pet for extra reassurance during your trip!

     

    Three dogs eating on a porch in the sunshine

    Pet sitting

    Ideally, it’s great if you can find a pet sitter who will come and stay at your home while you’re away. This is especially the case for cats because they feel more secure and have favourite places to nap, as well as their own routines. Just like dogs, they need fresh water and must have regular meals, as well as someone to clear their litter trays each day. Leave a couple of water dispensers around the house, so that your cat has options for drinking no matter where they are in the house.

    It’s good to leave some new or favourite toys for your cat or dog to play with — ensure that there are no parts that they can detach and end up swallowing — and also some instructions for the pet sitter on how to care for your pet. Include contact numbers and addresses for the vet in case of emergency. If the pet sitter can’t stay at your home, they must be able to call in at least two to three times per day to check on your cat and attend to it, or take your dog out for walks.

     

    Girl with cute cat on her shoulder

     

    With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to choose the best option for caring for your cat or dog when you’re on holiday. While you’re soaking up the sun, they’ll still be getting the love and attention they deserve. Just like you, they may even be having the time of their lives!

    Images taken from iStock

Author: Carol Oconnor

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