Give your pet a happy holiday
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.