Pets

Give your pet a happy hol­i­day

Reader's Digest (India) - - Contents - BY CLAU­DINE COLOZZI

Dogs Dou­ble check your hol­i­day desti­na­tion ac­cepts dogs and that there’s good pro­vi­sion for look­ing af­ter them. If you can’t take your dog with you then opt for a board­ing ken­nel. Your pet will be housed in an in­di­vid­ual en­clo­sure or group pen and taken out for daily walks. Cats Find a host fam­ily. Whether paid or vol­un­tary, they will pamper your cat by look­ing af­ter it in their own home. If your cat stays be­hind at your home, ask a friend or neigh­bour to look in daily to pro­vide fresh wa­ter and food and clean the lit­ter—also to stroke your cat. Crea­tures of habit, cats will cope very well with be­ing left in their fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment. Birds Leave the cage with some­one you trust to take time to clean it and to at­tend to the needs of your feath­ered friends (feed­ing, bathing...). En­trust them to a friend or neigh­bour who will visit ev­ery two or three days to feed them. Be­fore you leave, clean out the cage care­fully to avoid pro­lif­era- tion of lice and bac­te­ria. Fish Check that some­one can look in at your home once or twice a week. Pre­pare sealed sa­chets with mea­sured amounts of fish food to avoid over­feed­ing. If you’re only away a week, or at most a fort­night, you can sim­ply leave your fish. Two days be­fore de­par­ture, feed them their nor­mal amount. For longer than a fort­night, use an au­to­matic feeder.

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