So perhaps in the future you need to leave home for a few days for business or a vacation. As pet owners, it’s not easy having to leave our fur kids behind, it’s not always possible to take our pets with us, no matter how many times they climb into our suitcases or give us the sad eyes. But this leaves us with a responsibility to find a suitable option of who to entrust with their care. Will she do better to run next to other animals and daily playtime? What about at night when no one is around? Or is he too fearful and socially unpredictable in a foreign environment and would be better off at home? Boarding or pet sitting, which is the least stressful for all concerned?
Traditionally, boarding has been the most popular solution for pet owners needing to leave their pets. Nowadays, pet hotels come with all sorts of amenities, your pet can now luxuriate on a comfy doggy bed, and play with his pals all day with access to play area, indoor parks etc.
Pricing for these boarding varies tremendously depending on the amenities and level of service chosen and if you have multiple pets that can be pretty substantial to begin with . At a time when you are already dealing with the expenses of travel, having to shell out all those boarding costs might not be your best option. Generally pet sitting exchange will save you money without sacrificing quality of care.
Stress is indeed the biggest problem with boarding of any sort. If your pet is particularly anxious or shy then having a pet sitter might be your best option. Pets, especially cats, are uncomfortable outside of their normal environment. And when it comes to rescues, who have already spent time in that kind of environment being kenneled with other dogs, you might want to save them the stress. Being in the familiar surroundings of their own home significantly reduces stress. In comparison to a loud, noisy kennel filled with numerous different smells, staying home would be much less likely to overstimulate or stress them.
Stress is indeed the biggest problem
Pet sitting is generally of two types: Pet sitters that come to the house at specified times to feed, allow pee breaks, and exercise the pet are the most common. Other pet sitters will not only care for the pets but can live at the pet owner’s house so pets have constant companions, or at least night companions. Some may even invite furry ones to their home for a stay-cation.
Pricing for these services are also variable but tend to be priced at basic boarding levels with few pet sitters charging for amenities. Because the pets are in their own comfortable space many of these amenities are unnecessary for stress relief. With MyPetBuddy, verified buddies and owners sign up to help their fellow pet owners and offer pet care services for free.
Choosing a pet sitter can allow your pet to keep his or her routine. Especially if you have a puppy or kitten, sticking to a bathroom and feeding regimen is essential. Pets can also show signs of stress when their owners are away, but it tends to be less severe when they are in the familiar surroundings of their own homes. Pets are given special attention and playtime with pet sitters; things that kennels charge extra for.
If you have a pet with special dietary or medical needs, the caretaker can administer medications and in the event of an emergency, Live-in sitters are more likely to recognize potential health problems sooner and can arrange for the pets to be seen by a veterinarian.
Pets are given special attention and playtime
Both boarding and pet sitting each have their place, and it’s up to you to decide what’s best for you and your pet.
To us the obvious choice is pet sitting and live-in. It is as close to a normal environment for the pets as possible and is also great way for your home to be looked after while you’re away.
What is your choice?