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If you are going away on a holiday or for the weekend and are not bringing along your pets, then you will need someone to look out for them. You have a number of choices such as a kennel for your dog or a cattery for your cat. However, these can get pretty expensive and if you are only going to be away for a short period of time, it might not be worth all the effort. Another option you have is to ask your neighbor to look over the fence and watch over your pet while you are away.

Asking your neighbor to pet sit is not always appropriate, especially if you do not know them very well. This is one of the reasons why it is important to try and build up a relationship with your neighbor, even if it is a very basic one. It is also not appropriate if you are going away for a long period of time, if your pet requires special attention such as daily shots to the leg or is quite old, or if your neighbor is quite old or incapable of doing this.

Asking a neighbor to pet sit also depends on your pet. Is your dog friendly with everyone or he is weary of strangers? Does your cat bite or hiss at new people in the house?

Furthermore, what tasks are you asking your neighbor to do? If your dog needs to be fed twice a day and walked for an hour each day, then this is asking a lot, especially for someone you hardly know. If, however, your cat needs to be fed once in the morning and that's it, then this is probably something that your neighbor won't mind doing.

A good way to get a neighbor to pet sit is to ask someone in your neighborhood block with kids. Children love the responsibility of taking care of a pet. This can be a great way to give your neighbor a chance at having his own pet for a little while. Make sure you pay him a little bit for his services, however, and make sure his Mom is happy to help out and let her son do this job for you.

Neighborhood Pet Sitting Protocol

One of the reasons why many pet owners will look into asking a neighbor to pet sit is that it is easier and less stressful for the pet. Letting your cat or dog stay home while you are away will be sad for them but at least they will be in comfortable surroundings and have their favorite smells and places to sleep right near them. It can also be much cheaper and less stressful for you so you can enjoy your holiday without worrying about how a kennel will treat your pet.

Keep in mind, however, that when you are leaving your pet at home without you, things can go wrong. Your pet can eat something bad on the grass and get sick. Your pet can escape and get hit by a car. Yes, these are rare but they are problems that do happen and you need to be aware of the risks of leaving your pet with minimal supervision.

You also need to get rid of the notion that your neighbor is responsible. Yes, you are asking your neighbor for a favor, but you are the pet owner and thus you are inevitably responsible for what happens to him, even when you are away. This is all part of the risks of asking your neighbors to pet sit.

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