Dogs and cats generally feel safer, less anxious, and more secure in a comfortable and familiar environment as opposed to being transferred to a pet hotel. A dog who has separation issues or is reactive to other dogs will certainly be better off with a pet sitter than in a pet hotel. A cat who is sensitive about changes in its environment can get frustrated and frightened by a new environment. Most cats need frequent supervision, not only to ensure they get enough food and drink, but also to check whether they are alright. This is when a pet sitter can come in to pet and spend some time providing social contact, even if most cats like being on their own.
2) Health and safety
Pets at kennels are prone to contracting and being exposed to infections and viruses such as pet hotel cough, distemper, and other intestinal parasites. While some pet hotels can be professional operations, many others are not and can go a long way towards worsening any fear or anxiousness or separation issues a pet may already have. A busy kennel can be loud and high energy. This can over stimulate your pet and contribute to heightened stress levels. Some pets are fed or given different food which can lead to gastrointestinal upsets such as vomiting or diarrhea. This seems to be worse with the addition of “stress”.
3) One to one attention
When a pet sitter brings your pet into his/her home you can expect lots of one on one attention. Pets can get extra play time and individual attention with a pet sitter without the extra charge that is often billed at kennels. In pet hotels, not every dog or cat gets the attention they require. Some are left alone for extended periods of time in highly stressful environments. Your pet sitter will care for your pet just as you instruct but, just as important, he or she will spoil it with plenty of love, affection, and attention to keep your pet happy and healthy until you return home.
4) Keeping in touch
It’s important that you know what’s happening with your pet while you're away. To keep you in the know, pet sitters will call you, send text messages and leave behind an update that detail how your loved ones are doing.
5) Regular routine
Most pet boarding hotels require all pets to follow their schedule and to have required shots before being boarded. The pet hotels will perform feedings, bathroom breaks, and walks according to their schedule, not yours. Your pet’s routine will likely not be the same as at home and it may require time to adjust to the kennel and returning home again, which could result in stress or even illness. With home-based qualified pet sitters, you can keep ensure your pet’s routine is kept.
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