Pet Sitting & Travelling with Pets
Pet sitting has become a really popular and economical way to both have your pets cared for while you are away and also to enable you to care for others pets in another country most of the time for free!
At some stage, you are going to want to take a holiday or leave your home for a period of time. My wife and I love to travel and having cats certainly can make this a little trickier. There are numerous options with regards to what do with your fur babies whilst you are away.
At some stage, you are going to want to take a holiday or leave your home for a period of time. My wife and I love to travel and having cats certainly can make this a little trickier. There are numerous options with regards to what do with your fur babies whilst you are away. Some of these include:
- Send them to a cattery
- Have a friend or neighbour stop by each day
- Leave them alone 2-3 days
- Organise a house sitter
- Pay a pet sitter
- Take your pets with you
I will cover off on each option below.
Send them to a cattery
Out of all the below options, in my opinion, the worse one is sending them to a cattery. This is an all round shock to the system food change, environment change, increased risk of fleas and worm. They really have nothing familiar at all at a cattery. If you have a timid cat like our cat Rex then this may permanently change their personality.
I would only use this option as an absolute last resort.
Have a friend or neighbour stop by each day
This is a great option and one which we have used many times. The downside is sometimes they may not be available and if it becomes a habit it may start to annoy the people you’re asking.
Leave them alone 2-3 days
This is not the preferred method but we have left our cats alone for a maximum of 3 days. You will need to give them a very large bowl of dry food and ensure you have enough water. If you have made the water filter I showed in the post how to make your own water filter then this will easily last 3 days when filled up. Clean your cat litter box and make sure you have lots of fresh litter in the box.
If you can’t get a friend or neighbour to stop by each day or live at your house whilst you are away this is a fantastic alternative. Having a house sitter is similar to pet sitting but someone will live in your house whilst you are away and in exchange for the free accommodation they will look after your house including your pets for free. We have used this option several times and found the experience to be really good.
If you are going away for a long period of time insurance companies also prefer someone to live on the premises and with allot of them you are no longer insured if you leave the premises unattended for 30 days.
The best website that we found for finding for pet sitting worldwide is trusted house sitters. You can look at reviews of potential pet sitters and also look for house sits yourself.
If you would like to check out trusted house sitters you can click the below link to conduct a search for pet sitting candidates in your area.
Pay a pet sitter
If you are not too concerned with the budget options such as friends and house sitters then this is also a good option. You will need to search Google for local pet sitters in your area and if you’re lucky there will be one you can use. For our 2 cats, the day rates for feeding, cleaning the litter box, filling the water and collecting the mail is $25AUD-$30AUD per day.
Take your pets with you
Depending on where you are going this may be a viable option. We have taken our cats on holidays before locally however next year we might even be taking them on a 3 month Europe trip in a campervan. This will most certainly get its own post page if this happens!
Cats travel fine in the car and we have completed numerous 8-hour drives to and from my parent’s house with the cats. You will need to bring your litter box and something familiar such as part of their scratch post etc. We leave them inside their travel containers most of the time whilst driving as Mia like to walk everywhere and tries to ride shotgun with the driver.
Our cats have travelled once from Rockhampton to Perth via plane and despite the reassurance from the companies that ship them, I would say this is a very traumatic experience for your Cats. It took Rex several weeks to get over the flight but after that he was ok. Mia was fine as soon as we gave her some food she forgot about it. Each cat is different Timid cats will hate this.
Unfortunately if you are moving internationally or you need to get them somewhere fast like we needed to, you may have to fly your pets. Some tips are
- book the shortest possible travel time
- see if you can be on the same flight as your pets (in the case of delays etc)
- freeze a 600ml bottle of water and zip tie it to the inside of the cage ( this will defrost throughout the flight and they can lick the water off it
- A towel, blanket, shirt or something familiar to them (towel will also soak up any urine)
If you do need to use this service I would recommend jetpets.