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    When you're away from home, especially for longer than a few days, who looks after your house and/or pets?

    We'll be going overseas for 2 weeks or so and previously when we went away for a week here, our teenager neighbour fed our one Cat and we paid her. This time around we have another Cat and she has kitty litter. I think two weeks is a big ask with two cats, plus kitty litter.

    We've had kitty sitters in the past, but dh never feels overly comfortable with 'strangers' inside the house when we're not there, especially if we're overseas.

    Wondering what others do in a similar situation, does someone pop in at your place, house sit, pet sitter?

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    I dunno - teenage neighbour might be very happy with 2 weeks worth of cat babysitting money! I'd ask them and see what they say.

    We usually ask a neighbour down the road to call in and feed the dog and chooks. Longest we have gone away for was a few days though. Last time we planned a proper holiday, we had to come home on day 3 thanks to a burst water pipe. Sigh. No refund, no holiday, out of pocket and came home to a mess!! Put me off holidays for a while

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    A. Paid a pet sitter to come around twice per day = did not work out as our dog freaked out and barked all night and neighbours complained to the real estate who called out NOK who then had to stay at the house to get the dog to stop barking
    B. Got the neighbour to come around twice per day and walk the dog twice per day = was ok but I felt bad asking the neighbour to do that (I only did as I had to go overseas at the last minute due to a death in the family)
    C. My FIL stayed in the house and looked after the pets = works well as he gets somewhere nice to stay (he lives a caravan park normally) and he loves our dog and we know everything is being looked after. We are going away for 3 weeks in June and I hope FIL will stay again

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    If we are only away for a week or less then we just get someone to pop in every night and feed the cats and do kitty litter (and the fish and the chickens/collect eggs). When we had our previous dog he would stay at my parents as he was most comfortable there and depending how long we were away either they’d drop in and feed the other pets or we’d get a house sitter in (someone we knew such as young adult children of friends).
    We are going away for a week in June and the new puppy will probably go to mums if it looks like she can handle it and they’ll just call in and feed cats and fish (as of today we no longer have chickens!). It’ll be winter so the cats will just sleep on the bed all day.
    Next year we are planning 3-4 weeks overseas and we’ll get someone to stay here for that length of time. Hopefully we can find someone we know to do it.
    What about a cat boarding place to take all the worry away from relying on someone visiting your house?

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    When we went os for 3 weeks we paid our neighbours kid to look after our cat she was more than happy to get the $$$$

    This time we will put her in a cattery/kennal as we have different neighbours and my mum will have our dog.

    For short trips we just have friends pop in

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    When we went away for 2 weeks we had our adult nephew and his gf stay and watch the dogs and it was great because my nephew loves my fur babies nearly as much as I do. When we went overseas for a few years ago my sister and her husband housesat for my Mum who came with us and looked after all our pets, I won’t do that again because each dog were cowering and skittish when we got back.

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    When we go to Ireland it’s for at least 3 weeks. In the past my parents have looked after our dog but they can’t anymore. Other times we have gone to Ireland on or a cruise my BIL (husband’s older brother) has stayed and looked after the house and had his dog there too. The last time we went to Ireland was last year but it was for my husband’s younger brother’s wedding so obviously the older brother had to go too. We put our dog in a doggy farm stay as she’s a big breed and I don’t like putting her in a kennel. The neighbours collected our mail and kept an eye on the house. We are going to Fiji and I asked about someone coming to our house to feed the dog and walk her and it costs $45 for two visits a day. That’s how much it costs for her to be at the farm stay for a day. We have moved so BIL can’t do it.

    Every year I get my children’s birthday cake made by the same woman and she loves my dog. Before we moved I had my youngest’s birthday cake made and she said if we ever go away she would mind our dog so that’s what we are doing this time.
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    We just use a house sitter. Usually someone we know, of a friend of a friend type of situation.

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    We have a dog and have found a fantastic dog boarding place nearby. It is at her home. She only has small dogs there and they go onside and out as they like plus sleep inside. No cages or anything, it is just like being at home. We rely on it alot, even if we go away for weekend or we are working as the dog loves it plus she socialises with the other dogs.

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    We have multiple neighbours who we trust and we do the same for them. Or family.

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