There are many things you can do with your cats when you decide to go on vacation. Depending on your feline’s needs, there are several ways to handle the situation. From simply leaving food and water out for a 48 hour trip to a stay at a pet hotel you can make sure your furry friends are safe and well while you’re away. One thing to note is that no matter how independent you think your cat(s) is/are your traveling will be stressful for them.
The most preferred method of caring for your cat(s) when you’re away is to have someone come into your home to care for them. Simply because they are cats, this can be as easy as one stop by every 24-hours by a friend or neighbor to take care of litter box, food and water needs. If your cats are a little more high maintenance or if they have a set schedule you keep with them, then this is really the easiest way to go. In this case you’ll want to keep a list in a prominent location of the schedule so that your chosen caregiver can follow it each time they stop in. This method can also be easy on the pocket book; you can often compensate a neighbor for stopping by with a practical souvenir and approximately $10 per day.
The next best thing is to hire a pet sitter to stop by and take care of your cat(s). In the Arlington Heights area there are several professional pet services available. To find a pet sitter you can go to Care.com/petcare, or ReliablePetCare.com. Rates vary by company/individual and also depend on services requested. It is highly recommended that you have an in-home interview with potential candidates to see how they behave when meeting your cat(s).
The final option available is to take your cat(s) to a facility that will board them. This can be easier if you have a special needs pet as often times your local veterinarian will offer a service. Having your cat(s) in the veterinarian facility while you’re gone can give you greater piece of mind if your furry friend needs medication or treatments while you are away. This option is also more expensive, ranging from $30/day and up. Rates for this service also vary slightly depending on services required and if you’re able to pick them up on time when you return. For references I would suggest contacting your cat(s) vet to see what they reccomend.
With a little homework and a few interviews you can find someone that is right for you and your cat(s). Once this is finished you’ll have a service/person that you can rely on to take care things while you’re away and that will only make your vacation that much more enjoyable.