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Old 08-19-2017, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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It's much harder if you have birds because most pet-sitters have minimal experience caring for them, are unable to give meds, know nothing about signs of illness, and are unable or unwilling to take them to the nearest (i.e. not nearby) avian vet if there's a problem. The most you can hope for is having someone throw food in the cage at times the birds probably aren't used to. I almost never go away.
Does your vet offer boarding services? I had an African Grey for a brief time (unfortunately how I discovered a life-threatening allergy to them), and boarded her with my avian-specialist vet when I traveled for a week... they said she spent most of the time out of her cage, charming and interacting with everyone around. They almost didn't want to give her back!
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Old 08-19-2017, 05:09 PM
 
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No. I don't let my pets run my life. Dogs go to a kennel, cats can manage on their own if I have a VERY WELL TRUSTED friend to come in and check their food and water every couple days. Birds do fine on their own for a few days. Longer than that and I would have to kennel them all.

I would never hire a pet sitter to come into my home. I had a friend who hired someone from her church, who went through the place and stole all sorts of small items, including some valuable jewelry. My friend did not notice the loss right away, and when she did the woman denied it. Then after the statute of limitations was up, this woman admitted to the theft, claiming it was her Christian Duty to steal the items as her husband had told her to do it and as a Christian Woman and Wife she had to obey her husband - even if he told her to murder babies. And that she was pre-forgiven since she was "saved" by dunking. We sort of doubt the whole story, and suspect this sort of thing may be a big part of why she is on Husband #9.

So no pet sitters for me! I am past the sort of traveling where they would be alone for more than a few days and I have no mammalian pets any more anyway - so my birds are fine when I'm gone for a weekend.

But no, I'm the one in control of my social life. When I had cats and dogs I went where I needed to go when I needed to go, and kenneled them as necessary. None of them died of anxiety over it.
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Old 08-19-2017, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I understand one needs to take care of their pets, but when that keeps you from doing things that's a problem! I have 2 cats. When we go somewhere for an extended time my neighbor comes to Che l on them, clean their litter, give the food & water, etc. Not really understanding what the problem is here?
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Old 08-19-2017, 06:15 PM
 
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I'm looking at the time you made your post (11-ish am...) and deciding what your beverage of choice would be at that time of morning. Mimosas? Bloody Marys?

You have to do what's right for you. I just lost my cat so, if I could have him back I'd forgo every social event for the next ... well, forever. I miss him so badly and just cried again for him about an hour ago. And because my other had a heart attack and was in the hospital we lost track of getting the kitty-boy in at night and.... coyotes.... The neighbors lost their cat, too. I'm heartsick.
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Old 08-19-2017, 06:23 PM
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Does your vet offer boarding services? I had an African Grey for a brief time (unfortunately how I discovered a life-threatening allergy to them), and boarded her with my avian-specialist vet when I traveled for a week... they said she spent most of the time out of her cage, charming and interacting with everyone around. They almost didn't want to give her back!
I'd be reluctant to consider that except in a dire emergency because I'd rather not risk exposing my parrots to assorted contagious avian diseases, my avian vet is 2 hours away, and I don't like to take the birds out unnecessarily in our frigid winters, which is of course the time I'd most like to get away myself. So boarding is not a great option. I have a pet sitter than I can use for one night away if I leave detailed instructions about heating their food, etc, but I'm not comfortable doing that for longer periods, and even that isn't possible if one of my birds needs meds administered.
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Old 08-19-2017, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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I'm looking at the time you made your post (11-ish am...) and deciding what your beverage of choice would be at that time of morning. Mimosas? Bloody Marys?

You have to do what's right for you. I just lost my cat so, if I could have him back I'd forgo every social event for the next ... well, forever. I miss him so badly and just cried again for him about an hour ago. And because my other had a heart attack and was in the hospital we lost track of getting the kitty-boy in at night and.... coyotes.... The neighbors lost their cat, too. I'm heartsick.
No, coffee in the morning. As it was, Friday turned out to be a day of fasting (got caught up in things and rather forgot to eat) so no alcohol then, either.

I started out this thread in relationships because the questions were how does one react to a prospective SO with such attitudes, but doncha know............................

..................the pets do come first. So here we are in the Pets Forum.

Let it be.
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Old 08-19-2017, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I'd be reluctant to consider that except in a dire emergency because I'd rather not risk exposing my parrots to assorted contagious avian diseases, my avian vet is 2 hours away, and I don't like to take the birds out unnecessarily in our frigid winters, which is of course the time I'd most like to get away myself. So boarding is not a great option. I have a pet sitter than I can use for one night away if I leave detailed instructions about heating their food, etc, but I'm not comfortable doing that for longer periods, and even that isn't possible if one of my birds needs meds administered.
I understand that... luckily my vet (who specialized in birds) was just down the street, so it wasn't a huge undertaking to get her there. She was only with me for about 6 months, due to the allergy I mentioned, so I'm not sure if I would have done that regularly.

Btw, she ended up being adopted by my other (cat) vet! She took Maggie temporarily while I was looking for a buyer, since I couldn't tolerate the allergic reactions much longer - but after about a month, she was like "My husband has REALLY bonded with Maggie, but we can't afford what you're asking; anything we can work out?" I smiled and said "she's yours." Last I heard, she was still completely in love with her new daddy.
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Old 08-19-2017, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Midvale, Idaho
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Well I do not let my pets run my life. I actually choose not to travel much. I am a total home body I prefer staying home. It is easy for me to tell people I would rather not go and you know I have pets. People understand that. If I wanted to go I would. And I did. Last time I took my dog to be boarded he did not eat for 8 days and the kennel lady was going to take him to the vet. Then got him to eat hot dogs. EEEKK He was sick for two weeks when I got him home. If I do go away again I now have two dogs and a friend that will take both to her house. I think he will be better with his buddy. We had two dogs before but lost his other buddy to old age.
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I'm a pet sitter and have to tell you 99% of the cats/dogs I care for do very well when their owners travel. IF the pets have a loving caregiver, good food, exercise and lots of affection.

Some may go off their food for a a day or two, but that's about it. Cats do best cared for in their own homes. Single dogs do best with 24/7 care in our home. Some younger social dogs may love a kennel situation, where they can play, play, play. Older, noise-sensitive dogs mostly do not -- and their nerves suffer.

My advice to pet lovers is to not project your own angst onto your pets. Sure, they will miss you -- but truly, it's you who will miss them more. I've seen many owners with more separation anxiety than their pets.

So go! Take your trips and breaks and come home to a sweet reunion with your beloved pet. They will be fine.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:28 AM
 
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^^^ Love this answer. (thanks!)
When in doubt, hire a professional, either in your home, in their home, or at a kennel.
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