A neighbor of mine found herself in a bind today. They were all set to head to San Francisco for a week and set up to kennel their dog and cat and kitten, and at the last minute couldn't find their vaccination records, so they asked if my kids could pet sit for them. Sure thing! My kids do this quite a bit. But here's the thing... they used to have two dogs until very recently. Their old schnauzer was recently put down, leaving them with a youngish rat terrier (we have a young rat terrier,) a cat and a kitten.
Cats are pretty easy to pet sit -- they don't require a lot of interaction. But dogs are by nature pack animals, and therefore social. They will be gone a whole week, and the rat terrier's longish-time canine companion is now gone. I am thinking of offering this: we'll have their dog come over -- if he and my dogs get along, he can stay at my house for the week. I have already thought to ask questions about food aggression and personal space issues (my dogs have no problem with any kind of contact whatsoever.) Otherwise, their residence pet sitting, walking feeding etc. as initially planned. What do you think of my idea?
I mean, I have three dogs already, one more will not be a big deal. I think it would be better for the dog, provided they get along, and I have no doubt they will.
Whattya think? Maybe I could turn this into a side business! Doggie camp!
This message has been edited by Lizzlee on Jul 1, 2012 6:21 PM
Pupperz has humans and doggy pals, cats have each other and downtime from doggy. If the temperaments all gel it should work.
I'd be sure pupperz does indeed have his needles and that he doesn't bite or get off his leash and run. Also, cats are good on their own but do love human contact too, so along with fresh water, snacks and food, I'd play with them a bit daily.
I'd draw the line if pupperz pees the bed, goes through your food cupboards in the middle of the night or is seen wearing your undergarments at any time. Just a thing with me
Oh, yeah, I draw the line at undergarments. Agreed the kitties should get daily lovin'. Daily or twice daily? Our cat is very low maintenance. I guess I should ask Neighbor, especially since one of them is a kitten?
yeah kittens need more feedings depending on age. About 6 months they should eat as an adult cat--2 meals, kibble for anytime snacking and fresh water. Our kitten used to spill his water constantly so I guess you need to ask about kitteh quirks.
So far, so good. He was a little intimidated at first, but he has settled in and is snuggling on the sofa with Hannah and Chris, allowing my dogs to come check him out one at a time. Buddy is eager to PLAY PLAY PLAY, but Zippity isn't quite ready for that.
Seems to me like you're approaching the situation properly. Since your kids are doing the pet sitting, I assume they are going to be home during the day. You might want to see if they have a crate or two, just in case some unforeseen instance shows up.
I have a big, fenced in back yard and a door that closes. Time out! I also have a couple of crates.
When Zippity got here, I put my dogs in the yard and let them back in one at a time. Like I said, seems to be going well so far, but he is definitely on high alert. He's going to sleep like a log tonight.