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Idris

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Just said goodbye to Morris (found in a Morrisons car park) who’s been staying with us for a fortnight while his family went on holiday. Would like to take ours on holiday with us but with 2 bunnies, 2 cats and 2 teenagers it’s a bit much! Don’t feel we can go away for more than a week. What do you do with yours?
 

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I leave mine at home with my partner when I visit my daughter. We've not had a holiday together for 7 years. Luckily we both decided before we got piggies that we were no longer enjoying holidays, they were far too stressful. I go to stay with my daughter for a few days now and again - no more than 5 so I don't leave him with complete cage changes, just poop picks!
 
He’s lovely. 😍
I have always left my animals in the care of my mother in law who only lives two doors away. She’s 86 now. But my two children are 20 and 22 so now they have the responsibility of them when I go away.
 
I pop mine over to a very good Guinea Pig boarder who has looked after them when I have been on holiday ever since I moved down here nearly 2 years ago. Before I moved, my neighbours looked after them while we were away.
 
We always used to take Bill and Ted with us on holiday. Both boys travelled well and were used to long journeys anyway so it was never a problem. We always did self catering Pet friendly accommodation and we rang before we booked for permission to take them, otherwise they would stay with us at relatives. My two pairs are harder, as two lots of cages, fleece etc so we tend to board them with Debbie at TEAS she has a pet boarding/sitting service Little Badgers Pet Care. They get excellent care and are near one of the best vets in the country too.
 
We have some local friends whose dog we regularly walk and kids the same ages as ours. But putting the rabbits and pigs outside in the morning (weather permitting) and bringing in before night plus feeding etc feels like too much responsibility for a longer time and the rabbits can be tricky to get in at night. We did pay the kids extra for cage cleaning one year.
 
We are lucky we have some people who I met through the boys Instagram account who live fairly close with two pigs so we look after theirs and they look after ours! We do pay each other but it works out less than boarding! Pepper and Pringle did go to a boarding place last year that I was please with, but they get more space and I get daily pictures with our current arrangement!
 
We've not been on holiday for ages, 8 fussy pampered piggies are not easy to find holiday care for! Previously my daughter has stayed at ours to do the piggy care when we go away, although she overfeeds pellets and gives the piggies a whole apple each "because they said they were hungry" lol!
But since my daughter has a baby and a house rabbit of her own now that's not possible anymore.
I have started wondering though if my neighbour's 15 year old daughter who seems very sensible and loves animals and has lots of pets of her own might want to pop in to do the piggies and earn a bit of pocket money, if we do go away for a couple of nights next summer...
 
We've not been on holiday for ages, 8 fussy pampered piggies are not easy to find holiday care for! Previously my daughter has stayed at ours to do the piggy care when we go away, although she overfeeds pellets and gives the piggies a whole apple each "because they said they were hungry" lol!
But since my daughter has a baby and a house rabbit of her own now that's not possible anymore.
I have started wondering though if my neighbour's 15 year old daughter who seems very sensible and loves animals and has lots of pets of her own might want to pop in to do the piggies and earn a bit of pocket money, if we do go away for a couple of nights next summer...
I think ours similarly overdo the pellets and underdo the hay - we need to totally rewrite the 2 pages of instructions! Last time I don’t think they spotted the the big box of hay (says HayBox on the side) so they just got the cheapo PaH Timothy hay like in the old days. The vet receptionist charged about £20 per visit which doesn’t encourage a long stay either but felt confident in her, though even she struggled with 10lb Binci bunny 😁
 
Mine have gone to boarding the times we’ve been away. When I went abroad by myself, my husband was home so they were fine. Another time we all went away, my brother-in-law and niece popped in to feed and top up hay. It was only a long weekend and I wouldn’t expect anyone to do longer than that.
 
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