Are you going on vacation? Getting away for a while is a great way to bond as a family, but what about the furry members of your family? What do you do with your pets when you go on vacation? Do you leave them at home? Do you have your pet go to someone else’s place? Take them with you? For many people this is a real dilemma that we want to help solve.

Keeping your pet at home

Keeping your pet at home works great with short trips. If you have a friend or neighbor that you trust, asking them to go to your house to check on and care for your pets is usually the cheapest option. It works really well if your pets are familiar with your friend. If you can’t find someone, hiring a professional pet sitter to check on your pets is also an option. Just be sure you check their references. Also be ready to pay up, professional pet sitters can charge up to $10-$20 a visit which can add up over a long trip.

The advantages of leaving your pet at home is that your pet will be in a familiar setting (which is prefered by cats), they will have no new animals to compete with, and they get to keep to their normal schedule and food. However, your pet will probably be constantly looking for you to return which can be stressful. Your pets may also get lonely, and there is a greater chance of them having accidents in the house. If you hire an unfamiliar person to check on your pets, they run the risk of being attacked. This is especially true if you have hamsters and turtles. 🙂

Taking your pet somewhere else

Leaving your pet at a friend’s or neighbor’s house is another option. Just be mindful if your friend already has pets. Your pets will be intruders into their territory and they might not get along. If you leave your pets with a friend then your pets need to be familiar with the person and with their pets. If you leave your pets at a kennel or with a vet, be sure you check references. You can have peace of mind knowing that someone who understands animals’ needs will be looking out for your furbaby. If your pet has a medical condition, leaving him with your vet might actually be preferred. The downside to this however, is that your pet might be spending more time in a cage than what you would prefer, the unfamiliar atmosphere could be stressful, and there is the possibility of issues with other animals at the kennel.

Taking your pet with you

If you’re going away for a considerable amount of time, taking your pet with you is probably the best option. Just beware if you are traveling out of the country. Some countries like England require long periods of quarantine for animals entering the country where as other countries are less strict and only require proof of vaccination.

If you’re going on vacation, it’s best to remember that in general cats prefer to stay at home. They are more comfortable in a familiar setting and don’t require as much attention as dogs do. Whereas dogs not only require a ton of attention,  they also tend to be more sociable and are better at getting along with new people and animals than cats. Of course whatever you decide to to make sure your pet always wears proper identification and is microchipped. Whatever you do, it always needs to be in the best interest of your pets. The wellbeing of your pets always comes before your own convenience or preferences.