Kiwis love to travel, and any borders being closed doesn’t mean most will be sitting at home over the Easter break. But what to do with the fur babies?
Your animal’s mental health is as serious a consideration as their physical health when deciding how to house them while you travel. Pet insurance specialist PD Insurance has these tips to help you make an informed choice about holiday pet accommodation.
Easter Treat Trails… In Kennels/Catteries
Here they can be safely contained with professional carers at their beck and bark; where holiday activities might even include an Easter treat hunt (no chocolate, of course):
HUHA NZ founder Carolyn Press-McKenzie recommends always visiting in advance to meet the caretakers and view amenities, saying, “You have to make sure they’re your type of people, and it’s the right fit for your cat or dog. A boisterous Labrador puppy will need a very different environment to an older pug who just wants to sit on someone’s lap!’’
Easter Staycation… Hanging with Friends/Families
There will likely be one excited family member who would love to have them; or, organise reciprocal pet minding with a neighbour or local friend:
Bunny Hop… To Own Home/Pet Sitters
Energetic and enthusiastic animal lovers can take over in this holiday help situation:
Home Alone… Independent Types
This staycation situation is more suitable for cats where a neighbour or nearby local can feed and check on them regularly. You could also invest in electronic feeders to stop them gobbling all their food at once. Fresh flow water fountains work a treat too.
Press-McKenzie says that while this arrangement often works well for quite territorial cats, very sociable felines might go in search of comfort and attention, putting themselves at risk in the process.
Travelling with Your Pets
Of course, there’s always the option of travelling with your pet. Is it possible to pack up their toys and treats and take them along? A recent PD Insurance survey found 24% of Kiwis do take their pet on holidays.
If this is you, here are some tips:
If you’ve gone yonder without your pet over the holidays, the final tip is to look forward to a very joyful reunion… with a towel ready for all the licks, dribble and tears!
Leandri Smith – The Mail Room
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