We like to travel a lot but we also have a bunch of pets that need caring for if we go away. If you have only one pet, or they are confined to a cage, then you’ll probably be able to find a friend, neighbour or relation willing to pet sit for you, but we have too many pets for this approach.
We have the two dogs, a couple of indoor cats, two rats and a very lazy hamster. To put this lot into a variety of boarding establishments would cost us around £80 a day. Trying to find nearby kennels and catteries who have spaces for our menagerie has given me a headache in the past. And don’t mention the stress of getting everyone to the right place in time; we’ve done this once and since decided it was more trouble than it was worth.
A cheaper option would be to board the dogs with our dog walkers, and have them visit the house once a day to feed the other animals, and give the cats some attention. We do this when we go away for short periods of time but it still costs around £50 a day.