pet-sitters or kennels: which is preferred?

If you are considering going away for a short or long period without your pet, you need to think about care options. There are two main possibilities. Either you can opt for a pet-sitter or you can leave your animal at a kennel. But which is the right choice? Well, there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself here. 

Is Your Pet Comfortable With Other Animals?

There are plenty of animals that are not comfortable or happy being around other animals. This can be due to their personality or something that happened in their past. Some animals may even be aggressive if they are left in the company of other animals or could be incredibly frightened. It’s important to note that most kennels will not take animals that are aggressive or have behavioural issues. This is to ensure the protection of the other animals staying there as well as the staff. 

Even if a kennel will take an animal that won’t socialise with other dogs, they will typically not receive the most time or attention. For this reason, an animal that doesn’t get along well with other pets will always be better suited with a pet-sitter. There are also plenty of pet-sitters that have no issues providing care for animals that do have issues with their behaviour. You just need to make them aware of the potential problem. 

Are You Comfortable With Someone In Your Home?

A great thing about kennels is that your pet will be looked after at a facility that has been set up for this reason. With a pet-sitter, you’ll usually be welcoming them to stay at your home while you are away. Either they will visit the home or they will stay there overnight. You need to be completely comfortable with this possibility. Pet-sitters who are part of a business offering this service will always be carefully vetted. You can also inform them of areas that they won’t be able to access. 

Some pet-sitters will agree to look after an animal in their home instead. However, this is quite rare. It will also depend on whether your pet is going to be comfortable in a new environment. 

If Your Home Set Up For A Pet-Sitter?

You need to make sure that you are providing an environment that is ready for a pet-sitter. A pet-sitter won’t bring food, toys, treats or anything else with them to your home. They will expect this to be all there ready for them to use. It’s best to research the pet food UK owners love and ensure that there is a large supply that is going to last for the full time you are away. It’s worth adding a little extra just in case you are delayed returning as well. 

The benefit of a kennel is that the environment is fully set up and this will typically include pet food as well as toys and play areas. All you need to do is drop your pet off along with anything that gives them comfort while you are away. 

We hope this helps you decide whether a pet-sitter or kennel will be right for your furry friend when you go on holiday. 

  • Jessica

    Jessica is a passionate pet lover and veterinarian with over 15 years of experience. Her blog serves as a reliable source for pet health advice, ranging from preventive care to handling emergencies.

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