Kiwis love to travel, and the border being closed doesn’t mean most will be sitting at home all summer.
But what to do with the fur babies? Results from a recent ‘pets and COVID’ survey by pet insurance specialist PD Insurance found 23% of pet parents saw separation anxiety in pets after the lockdown lifted.
Your animal’s mental health – and, of course, its physical health – is a serious consideration when deciding how to house them while you enjoy holidays elsewhere.
Here are a few tips provided by PD Insurance to help you make an informed choice:
White Christmas… In Kennels/Catteries
Safely contained – it won’t snow but people may still sing to them:
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 pet. A boisterous Labrador puppy will need a very different environment to an older pug who just wants to sit on someone’s lap!’’
Arthur Christmas… Staying 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:
Elf Christmas… House/Pet Sitters
Energetic and enthusiastic animal lovers can take over:
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. Leaving bowls out labelled ‘Saturday’ and ‘Sunday’ won’t really work, even if your fur baby does read (we believe you).
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.
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? The PD Insurance survey found 24% of Kiwis do take their pet on holidays. If this is you, here are some tips:
Travelling with your pets
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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