is important for pet owners to prepare for when they will be away from
home for any length of time. The first step is to recognize the level of
and attention your pet will need when alone. Some dogs, particularly
high energy dogs, are notorious for causing problems when alone. They are
often prone to separation anxiety; and may have difficulty even handling
their owner spending the day at work. In contrast, some cats are unfazed
when their owner spends a night away from home. However, some needs are
common to all pets.
In looking after your pets’ basic needs clearly they will need food
and water and access to either a litter box or outdoor area on a regular
basis. If you are away long enough that any of these needs can’t
be met then seek assistance for your pet’s care. Cat owners have
an advantage in this area as cats tend to be more self-sufficient. Using
automatic or self-feeders allows food to be available for a couple days.
Also automatic litter boxes can help too. When going away, putting down
an extra litter box is wise particularly for multiple cat households. While
cat owners have more leeway than dog owners, it is not a good idea to leave
a cat alone more than a day or two maximum. For both dog and cat owners,
pet sitters can be an excellent option. This allows a pet to stay in surroundings
that they are comfortable while providing them with the regular care and
attention that they need. They can also be a good option for people who
work long hours and have a high energy dog or pet with specific needs.
Similarly dog walkers can be quite helpful too. This can help your pet
release energy, receive some much desired attention and reduce the risk
of problematic behaviors such as barking, chewing or digging that is typical
of dogs with separation anxiety.
Besides the basic care considerations there are some things that can be
done to help pets adjust when you are away. Most pets will miss their owners.
Whether one decides to have their pet cared for at home or a kennel an
item such as a blanket with your scent on it can help them feel more comfortable.
If a pet is staying at a kennel or place other than home let them have
favorite items with them such as toys or beds as this also can provide
extra comfort. Familiarizing your pet with the people taking care of them
prior to leaving can also help them feel more at ease. Choosing who will
provide your pet’s care is of the utmost importance. Check references
and look into the type and quality of care that your pet will receive.
If someone is coming to your home, have a back up such as a neighbor or
family member who can check in and make sure thing goes smoothly. This
helps protect your pet in case of any unforeseen problems. Make sure any
one who cares for your pet has full information about your pet, and how
to contact you and your vet. While pets handle being alone differently
good care can make a world of difference in how they adjust to their time