You are 11 days from your oh so exciting, fabulous cruise adventure! Time to get everything together so that you can leave your pet family behind to hold down the fort, chase squirrels and scratch up your couch while you are gone. All kidding aside, one of the hardest things for us is leaving our pets behind. After all, who can tolerate their shenanigans like we do?
Time to stock up on all things animal!
- Dog, Cat, Bird, Small Critter Food
- Dog, Cat, Bird, Small Critter Treats, chew bones, etc.
- Poop bags
- Pet nutrients, powders, vitamins
- Pet medications enough to last at least 7 days past your trip.
- Pet crate necessities, bedding, wood shavings, etc
- Cat litter
- Chew Bones
- Extra bulbs for reptile cages
- Grooming supplies
- Pet carrier(s)
- Pet ID or chip
- Leashes, collars and tags
HINT – We always get an extra tag made with the words PET SITTER and their contact number. Imagine if you are in the middle of the ocean and your pet gets out. Who will they call? We always have a tag with our sitters info. It’s worth the $10 for the safety of your babies and your peace of mind! Also check your current tags and make sure they are up to date and readable!
Cruising without your pets to do list
- Bathe or groom pets
- Wash animal beds, blankets and towels
- Have pet carrier handy in case of emergency
- Arrange for a lawn pooper scooper company
- Write your Pet Sitters Letter!
Cruising without your pets pet sitter letter
This is your letter guideline! Make sure you include the following:
- Feeding schedule should be very clear! What time do they eat? How many times a day? Exact amount of food? Which foods? Where is the pet food kept?
- Water changing schedule- tap or bottled?
- Do you allow table scraps or other foods to be fed to your animals?
- Medication schedule with exact tips as to how to administer to your particular animal.
- Terminology you use with your animals, come, quiet, down, off, etc
- Dog walking instructions– When, where, what leashes, what other neighborhood dogs to be aware of.
- Veterinarian address and telephone number for day, night, weekends and emergencies.
- Leave all of your contact information and your exact itinerary
- Leave a name of an animal loving friend you trust who can help if there are any emergencies.
- Animal’s house rules. What is off limits in the house for your furry family?
- Let them in on the weird idiosyncrasies of your pets and games they like to play.
EXAMPLE – Everyone trains their dogs with different terms. We use “Off” when we want them off of furniture, etc. And we use “Down” for lie down. We use “quiet” when they are barking, etc. What do you use? If you can leave the most basic terms you use for your pet sitter, it will make their life and your dog’s life less confusing and more fun! Imagine if the sitter wants them off the couch and they say “down”. For our dogs that would just make them lie down on the couch! We use “off”. See what we are saying? Leave them your training terms.
EXAMPLE – Our cat howls every night about 11 pm after all the lights are out. We forgot to tell our sitter one time and he scared her to death. Now we warn our sitters so they don’t run for the hills!
- We always leave a credit card either with our sitter or our vet for emergencies. If you are comfortable with your pet sitter, you can leave them cash, too. And leave a separate letter of permission for your sitter to bring the pet to your vet in an emergency.
- We always have the pet sitter ready to stay at least one extra day in case there are travel nightmares on our return!
- Escape plan for fire, flood, etc. Where are the animal crates kept? Where should they go with your animals?
Our animals are our babies. So we always ask our sitters to send pictures and texts letting us know how they are. :)