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Getting your pets looked after when on holiday!?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by anon1369, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Our dogs go into kennels but we have no family in a position to look after them. I would always rather they stayed at home and were looked after by someone - they would be happier.
    That wouldn't be about the cost for me (but at £20 a night that does mount up) it's about what's best for the dog who presumably is on some level a family pet.
    I'm surprised about the comment about camping and not being allowed to take dogs into the pub. We have taken our dogs camping twice now. In the areas we have been to, where there are lots of walkers, every pub we found allowed dogs. Ours aren't exactly handbagged sized but they have slept on the floor under the table while we have had some amazing pub grub!
  2. Shifter

    Shifter New commenter

    Cats can look after themselves - glasshopper
  3. How much are you paying your MIL to look after Mr CC??? My brother comes all the way from Germany to mind our little zoo once a year and I assume he would be rather insulted to get paid (but I do pay his flight and stuff)
  4. slippeddisc

    slippeddisc New commenter

    Utterly selfish IMO. His mum lets him live at the house and he doesn't even want to look after the poor dog. I wouldn't think twice about offering to help look after the pet of my friends or family. I wouldn't expect a penny.
  5. I love that video more than anything!!
  6. gergil4

    gergil4 New commenter

    We have a friend who loves having our dogs. She collects and delivers them too, and they get far more walks, treats and attention than they do with us! She doesn't charge but we pay her about half of what kennels would charge which she really appreciates as money can be tight. It's therefore a win-win situation. We've taken ours camping too, it worked well, but we didn't frequent too many pubs, if we did, they stayed in the car. I would agree with others, if he's there, why not?
  7. y9840125

    y9840125 Occasional commenter

    My cat sitter has let me down. I will be away for a day and a half - two nights....do you think it is ok to leave them? I have an electronic timer for food.
  8. Typhoon

    Typhoon New commenter

    y9840125, I would leave my cats for one night (with electronic food timers) but not for two - I have left them for 2 nights before when I only had two and they were younger, but the mess on return does not bear thinking about; I dread to think what it would be like with the 6 of them!
    I couldn't really ask anyone to come in and feed them because first I'd feel guilty about inflicting that amount of dirt-box duty onto somebody and also they're all on special diets - meal-times are a carefully-managed strategy which I think probably only myself and my partner could do - usually conducted over two 'sittings' or with 3 in the kitchen, one eating in the downstairs loo(!), one in the hallway and one in the living room. (It has to be like this as they all try to run into and steal the others' dinner!)
    The exception is the cat who is on up to 5 tablets a day - we would book her into a cattery as obviously she needs specialist care, and if she is taken ill she can go downhill very quickly, so she needs somebody to keep an eye on her.
    We also have the rabbit, hamster and fish to cater for (one of the fish needs hand-feeding!) - hamster and rabbit can go to a friend locally who breeds and boards bunnies. Oh, and in the winter there are the horses to arrange feeds for... as you can see, going away in is no easy feat in our household!
  9. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Absolutely. My Mum used to have the dogs, a freind would keep an eye on the horses and a neighbour would feed the cats. We would bring them all back a nice gift. Mum is getting on now, and we've both moved so are now an hour apart. I wouldn't ask her now.
    When we went away last summer my son looked after cats and dogs and horses were on full livery.
    Now we've moved and horses are kept at home. When we got married last October a friend's parents house sat. They looked after dogs, cats, horses, chickens and house and we paid them £250 a week. The house was so clean and sparkly when we got home you'd think Kim and Aggie had stayed there! Well worth the money and cheaper than putting all the animals in a kennel.
    This year daughter and her BF are house sitting and in return I'm taxing and insuring her car (we do live in the sticks so she needs transport). Other than that we pay family nothing....it's what families do!
  10. This is why we don't have holidays! To be fair, my dad loves looking after the dog but complains loudly and irritably about the cats. The dog is far more trouble but each to his own, I suppose.
  11. Phoenixchild

    Phoenixchild Occasional commenter

    When I had 2 permanent cats they used to go to the cattery when we went away, even before I gained the other 3 we stopped this because it distressed them as they got older.
    Now I leave tons of cat food and cat litter, wine for parents, some emergency funds and my house keys. They feed the cats and chuck them out in a morning, unless the weather is really foul, ours are old and settled in their ways, and let them in at night and feed them again. I always also bring a gift back for them.
    This year they have to arrange their hols around the birth of my nephew so we will arrange our hols to accomodate them being here to look after the cats.
    I am very grateful that they do this for me and don't know what I'd do if they didn't, possibly presume on the goodwill of a neighbour. But there is no question of payment in itself, as others have said it's what families do.xx

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