Choosing a pet sitter or pet boarding can be a big decision. One you don’t want to leave to the last minute while making out of town plans. But which choice is right for your pet? There are a lot of different factors that could affect your choice. Is your pet social and does it play well with other animals? Or does it prefer to be alone when not in your company? How much care does your pet require? Does it have special needs? Do you have more than one pet? When you get a pet be sure to take some time to consider its care should you be called away. The better prepared you are, the less stress! Consider these pros and cons of hiring a pet sitter versus using a pet boarder.
- By hiring a pet sitter you ensure that your pet gets to stay in a familiar environment where you know they are comfortable. This can minimize the stress your pet can feel by your absence.
- With a pet sitter it can be easier to ensure special directions and needs are met. In home care for your pet ensures a one-on-one interaction where your animal is the center of attention.
- If you have multiple pets, a pet sitter can be a big cost saver.
- Keeping your pet in home and ensure protection from common kennel diseases.
- If your pet needs let out for bathroom breaks regularly a pet sitter can be rather expensive depending on what they charge for each home visit.
- If your pet is prone to act out when you are away, this can cause issues for a pet sitter. Pet sitters are generally not responsible for cleaning up or preventing chewed up furniture, knocked over plants, or other household destruction that upset pets can cause.
- If you have an especially protective dog a stranger coming into your home while you’re away could cause a big problem. Make sure that your pet is the kind that will welcome a pet sitter before you choose this option!
- Well run, quality pet kennels can require round the clock care and observation of your pet.
- Boarding your pet can ensure interaction and playtime with other animals – a great option if this is something your pet is used to.
- Pet boarding can be a money saver if you only have one pet to be concerned with when compared to paying per visit.
- Some kennels will offer special services (at an extra cost) such as grooming!
- Some pet boarders have on site medical care, a big plus if your pet is prone to sickness.
- Even well run kennels can have outbreaks…
- While your pets basic needs will be met (food, water, bathroom) extra one on one time and play sessions can cost you extra. Your pet may grow depressed if you are away very long.
- Changes in routine can cause upsets in some pets, especially young ones. Kennels run on a schedule that may not be normal to your pet.