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Old 09-07-2019, 09:21 AM   #21
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We have a house/pet sitting person come when we go away. So far, never more than 2 weeks at a time, though. She charges $50/day and we include that in our trip planning as a necessary expense.
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Old 09-07-2019, 01:27 PM   #22
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Thank you all for your posts!

A lot of you get a house sitter who pet sits. Do you worry at all that they will do something stupid? Will your home insurance cover if anything should happen, even though someone else is living in your house while you're gone?
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:48 PM   #23
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:57 PM   #24
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I got dog a year before i retired! ....and I love to travel. ....Didn't think it thru.

I love my dog, but basically curtail the travel because of her.

Luckily have friends who will take her, but can't over burden them.
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Old 09-07-2019, 06:08 PM   #25
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Perhaps find friends who love cats but, for whatever reason cannot have a cat permanently.

Yes, this is basically what works for us. We have a friend who lost her cat some months ago. She really misses the cat, but doesn't want to get another one because she occasionally travels. We mentioned to her that we really need to find someone to care for our cat this winter when we are going to be gone, and she quickly said she'd love to do it (as she has no travel planned for this winter). So, it works out for us, and it works out for her. Not sure if it will work again next winter, though. Not easy to find someone like this,...........
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Old 09-08-2019, 12:32 PM   #26
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Years ago we had a cat sitter who locked herself out of our house. She called fire dept, asked neighbors for help then someone found back slider unlocked. Neighbors told us it was quite the entertaining event.

We ask local pet supply shops, vets & neighbors for referrals.

Now with 4 dogs the sitter costs almost as much as some trips, yikes! But it is a cost of travel like gas for car or parking at airports.
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I have left my three dogs (at the time) outside for up to 9 days with food and water.

Cats can go a month easy. Just have someone clean the litter box and make sure they are ok.
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A lot of you get a house sitter who pet sits. Do you worry at all that they will do something stupid? Will your home insurance cover if anything should happen, even though someone else is living in your house while you're gone?
Yes, I did worry when we had sitters, and also as a sitter I was concerned about liability. As a homeowner, I made sure my neighbor checked on the sitter periodically and confirmed with them that the sitter was actually there consistently. I also made sure the sitter knew I had a neighbor keeping an eye on the place - and them.

Not sure what exactly our homeowners would cover - but now trustedhousitters automatically provides insurance coverage for both parties (included in membership). That gives me MUCH more peace of mind. As a sitter, I also paid for a criminal background check to be completed on us, so that homeowners would have more confidence in us.

Also, I thoroughly interviewed and investigated all sitters and their references.
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We have a house/pet sitting person come when we go away. So far, never more than 2 weeks at a time, though. She charges $50/day and we include that in our trip planning as a necessary expense.
Wow... maybe I should start doing this as a hobby, I could make enough $$ to do more trips .
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I will have to start the search process again for a sitter since I just moved. In the prior place I had good luck with cat sitters already vetted by others from the local Facebook cat owners group. I had a front door lock with a code that I could create and delete for the sitter. I changed the batteries right before I left to prevent lockouts. I also had a Blink camera pointed at the cat feeding area. The cat sitters hated it, but it did give me great peace of mind. In my old area the price was $20 to $25 for once a day feeding and litter scoop.
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We're very fortunate to have longtime neighbors that we are friendly with, but not necessarily best friends. We trust them enough to check on the cats.

And likewise, we do the same for them.

This is very fortunate. We basically never take vacation the same time, so we're good to go to check on each other's cats when away. I'd say we've been gone a little more than them, but they are so kind to not complain.
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I hope that Senator doesn’t have anymore pets because that’s neglect.
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I thought the whole idea of cats was that you didn't have to do anything?
Don't tell the ASPCA, but we used to leave our two cats ALONE for 2 weeks - in the winter. If possible, we would have FIL stop in once or twice just to check the heat, etc.

We slit open a bag of cat food, opened the toilets (cats preferred toilet to cat-bowl for drinking), rigged a 150 watt spot light over a cat bed, prepared cardboard boxes lined with plastic and filled with fresh litter - 4 total boxes for 2 cats for 2 weeks - dump upon return. Just in case and because heat COULD be iffy, we dripped water into pans in all the sinks. Cats were acrobats, so no problem getting to the pans.

Never had any worse problem than bored cats taking revenge on an already destroyed chair. I don't think we would have gone this route with only ONE cat. YMMV
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I used to be able to leave my two cats at home for 2-3 days with extra litter boxes and extra food, but they were used to free-feeding, and they didn't binge-eat. My current two cats are fed only three times a day and the amount of food we feed them is measured. They're not a free-feeding type. They would probably get crazy fat in a week's time.
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We have a house/pet sitting person come when we go away. So far, never more than 2 weeks at a time, though. She charges $50/day and we include that in our trip planning as a necessary expense.
Similar to above, I hired a cat sitter for a 2 week vacation. First she interviewed me by phone, then met me and my kitty at my home to decide whether or not to take the job. She only looks after cats, but loves dogs too. She has relationships with two vets, and has training as a vet tech.

She required daily 30 minute visits at the minimum, but also offered twice daily and even overnight (8 hours). I scheduled a variety of these visits, as my kitten was a stray and fairly new to me at the time. She texted me pictures every day and even stayed extra to be there for the AC repairman when my AC broke. The expense was worth it to me for peace of mind.

I did not mean to get a pet, but this cute kitty showed up at my house and I couldn't resist...this wasn't in my budget, but it is now!!
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On the last trip, at the CDG airport in Paris waiting to board the plane back to the US, we saw a woman letting out her cat from a carrier at the terminal. Being cat lovers, we were interested and watched it explore around.

It turned out that the woman was a fellow passenger when she took the cat onboard. During the whole flight, starting from take-off, the poor thing was scared and meowed off and on for an 11-hour flight. It did not bother us that much, but other passengers were really annoyed. We just felt bad for the kitty.

We do not have a cat now, but both my son and daughter have an indoor cat. When traveling, they arrange for a friend to come visit every few days to check on their cats.
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Unlike most of you, we board our cats. The last couple of vets that we had were able to board our cats (and our dogs) right there. I felt that was a winning situation. The pets had good care from their regular vet and I felt they were in as safe a situation as possible. Since we had more than one pet and were customers of the vet's office they always gave us a discount. The dogs (larger dogs) were more than the cats.

In some ways I love the idea of having someone come to my house to feed them and take care of them. But I have heard too many stories of people's pets getting out. The pet sitter didn't securely close a door. The pet escaped when the sitter came in. That kind of thing. I just don't trust anyone enough to feel confident. Boarding them is more expensive but the peace of mind was worth it.
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This is something I also think about, but I don't have cats.

I'm still working, but I think I will eventually get rid of my pets. Saves money and allows me to be away for months at a time. I'd probably just buy a super cool looking Beta fish to keep as a pet and then drop it off at a friend's house while I'm gone.

My neighbor house sits for people. I think this would be your best bet. That way your house is looked after, your cats get taken care of, your plants get watered, etc.
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We're sitters for trustedhousesitters.com* -- we spent 120 days in Europe with no lodging cost in 2017, and about 8 pet-and-homeowners saved a ton of money by engaging us.

DW's sister is on the other side of the deal, and "hires" sitters through the site when we travel together.

They provide insurance, an emergency vet line, and a great website for reviews and searches.

I know that some folks would never have strangers in their homes, but an awful lot of people are just fine with it.

One surprising thing -- you end up in places you'd never book as a tourist, and love them. Hastings, England, on Guy Fawkes weekend. A farm in southwest Wales. Two suburbs of London we'd never heard of. And a cute little town near Zurich where the cows actually wear bells.

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