Hi everyone! The weather is slowly getting warmer and you can really feel that summer is approaching! I’m sure a lot of us are planning our vacations but are being held back by one big question:
“Who’s going to take care of our piggies?”
Looking at those cute faces staring at us while we plan our vacation can make us feel guilty. Don’t worry, it’s not a crime to go on a vacation when you’re a pet owner. I have actually gone on a few vacations in the past two years that I’ve had Freya and Ellie, and everything turned out fine. In this post, I’m going to share the things that I do when entrusting the girls to a caretaker and how I ensure that everything goes well while I’m gone.
My first choice for the girls’ sitters is usually a family member. Remember, guinea pigs can get stressed easily so it’s best to leave them with someone they’re familiar with. Besides, if you live with the family member designated to be the caretaker, you don’t need to transport your pet to another place, thus reducing their stress levels.
If you live alone or if the whole family is going out, consider calling a vet office. Besides veterinary services, some of them usually have pet boarding services. But be sure to go there and inspect the area where they will be kept to ensure that they won’t catch diseases from other pets!
If I’m leaving the girls with a family member, I usually give them a week to get accustomed to handling the pig and taking care of all their needs, much like how it would go while I’m gone. This way, they can still come to me for help when they’re unsure and would feel more capable when I leave.
Leaving instructions would also help the caretaker a lot, and I do it all the time. I have a little notebook that contains all of the information that the caretaker might need when caring for Freya and Ellie. Inside it, there are feeding schedules, vitamins and medications (if any), diet, and prohibited food lists. I also wrote down a cage cleaning guide (I swear, some petsitters don’t spot clean at all!), as well as some identifiers, favorite food, eating habits and even personality quirks of each pig. It sounds funny but it’s necessary; the caretaker needs to be able to notice changes in their personalities or habits because it’s usually one of the first things that you will notice when a cavy is sick. Most importantly, I have a list of contact numbers and addresses at the back in case of emergency.
I always ask for photos when I’m going to be away for a long time. I also call every day to make sure Freya and Ellie are doing well. Also encourage the caretaker to ask questions or contact you as soon as possible if he is unsure of anything.
If you’re planning to leave for a vacation soon, you should now start planning for your piggies as well! I hope this post helped you, and happy vacationing!