Agreed to be a pet-sitter? Read this first...

"The more ‘settling in’ sessions that can be done prior to going away, the better”  Credit:  humonia

Sun cream, car hire documents, instructions for pet-sitter… it’s holiday time, and that means a staycation for many of Britain’s beloved pets. Most of us have at some point agreed to ‘pop in’ and feed the neighbour’s cats, or nodded along as a family member gabbles through the visiting Jack Russell’s daily routine.  Even hosting the school hamster over the holidays is a responsibility, yet a pet-sitting favour is often requested as casually as taking in a parcel. The problem is, when the parcel is living, breathing, and possibly a pedigree reliant on stringent medication, there’s a great deal that can go wrong.

The most important thing is to decide if they’re staying at home, or going for a sleepover....

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