WELL, that won't fly this year. We have 3 piggies, and I know WAY more now then I did then!
I have a house sitter, she's VERY dependable and mature and responsible (more so then the 21 year old I had last year). She is used to animals, but 'big' animals like horses & goats. I know I can trust her with any task, so I am making a list. But I am so worried that something will happen while I am away, and she won't recognize the signs??
Does anyone else have these fears when they leave? It's like leaving my kids with a sitter, which, by the way, I NEVER do because I worry about them! :s
I have my mom on standby to bring veggies. Since we'll be leaving Wednesday morning (Sept 28th) and won't be home till October 8th, I know I can't buy enough veggies for that long, so my mom agreed to buy veggies and bring them by half way through our vacation.
I am just trying to get all my ducks in a row here, can anyone give me suggestions on what type of things to leave a list of? Other then the obvious about food/water/cleaning the cage etc.
Although of course we know it's not ideal, your pigs will make it on basic pellets and hay, with minimal vegs/fruits until you get home. I second the idea to leave a letter with permission to treat your animals, and to have the vet number handy. I would verbally tell your house-sitter the signs of a URI, and leave the book as a reference.
ENJOY your vacation! We hate to think of it, but pigs survive in pet stores and humane societies for much longer than your vacation, so they'll be fine!
- Cindy in MI
- Supporter in '05
I made sure I left the name and number of the vet for each critter. Also who to contact after the regular vets' hours and how to contact them. I then contacted each vet and emergency vet, explained I was going on vacation and the critters would be under the care of a sitter. I made whatever financial arrangements needed to be made in order to cover emergency treatment. My regular vet was okay with billing me, the emergency vet wanted a credit card number on file. I also wrote a cover letter to leave with the sitters authorizing them to seek emergency medical treatment if necessary and phone numbers where I could be reached in case of an emergency.
Of course after it was all said and done, there were no problems or emergencies after jumping through all those hoops to make those arrangements. But I KNEW that if I hadn't been prepared and didn't cover all the bases somethiing would happen.
To make sure they get the hay they need, I put the hay in lunch sized paper bags with the directions give one per day, or every other day, etc.
Definitely check with your vet to find their procedures. One of my vets is fine with my verbal okay, another needs a signed form as well.
Lynx's idea of having the Cavy Record on hand is a great one. Better yet, give her her own copy so she can read up on it before hand.
I will call my vets tomorrow, although he has only seen one of my cats and one piggy, he's all I got up here. At least it's something.
Love the idea of bagging everything up. I wonder if it would keep all bagged together?
I am thinking of having her over for "training". LOL I am going over board here, I know she'll be just fine and so will the piggies, but the more she knows, and the more comfortable she is, the more comfortable I will be.
Thanks for all the tips! Keep 'em coming!
So I can vouch that lettuce and peppers ziplocked on Saturday were still good the following Friday!
We go on vacation in a couple of weeks and we are taking them with us. Just to many (24). We are going to camp and find this time up there we can spend alot of time with all of our kids. Last year we had our vet watch our first 7 for 2 days and it worked well for us. I mean first 5 piggies and we came back with 2 more.
- My piggy made me give!
Good luck and have fun on the vacation!
I will put a call into the vet today. And will leave the vet info in the book.
I think I am going to have Jessica (our sitter) come over for a couple days of training. I know it's not hard, but seeing it done will make things easier.
I also tried a couple different ways of cleaning out the cage, the shop vac wasn't all that great. So by me trying and getting it figured out, it will make her life easier. Like I mixed all the bedding together. Usually I just take 50/50 and mix once it's IN the cage. So now all she has to do is scoop 10 scoops of 'bedding' into the cage.
Boy do I feel anal. I think about all the other piggies out there who live in homes that the owners don't even know better. They leave a bowl of food and fill the water bottles and leave. :s I am just glad I know now what I didn't know last year!
Monday: Pick up paper
Water plants on porch
Check parrot's food and change water, give veggies in
bag labeled "Buster"
Change Piggies water, check food, give 2 cups fresh
Veggies, from bag labeled "Piggies"
And so on.
I was afraid the House sitter ( Mother - in -law ) would be overwhelmed, and she would forget things. Last time she sat we had 3 piggies, 3 parrots, 3 fire-bellied Toads, and a Leopard Gecko. We took our elderly rat with us, because she required meds 2 times a day, and the Cat and Dog were boarded. The list helped her imensely.
Do you recommend I put everything together in a daily order? I am most worried about the piggy care. Although last year, I didn't know proper care, our sitter didn't do what I instructed either, and our piggy got scurvy a week or so after we got back from vacation. That was only 8 days last year, this year will be 11! *EEK* but we found a more responsible sitter too!
I am just trying to make sure my little piggies are well cared for.
Wheekers3, I too am a compulsive list maker/organizer. We just started school on Thursday, I had to go shopping 3 times to get enough 'stuff' to organize my school stuff. I just inherited my grandma china hutch, I don't have china, so I put my home school stuff in there. WELL, I had to buy all kinds of new baskets/files/trays. Now if I was only as compulsive about making my kids actually DO their work.. :(
I leave printed instructions for her as to how to care for each animal. I also leave a long list of emergency numbers for her, such as all 3 of my vets' cell numbers, the clinic number, and the emergency clinic number, and of course she knows both of our cell numbers.
Inevitably she does something I wish she wouldn't, like overfeeding the cat, or leaving the dogs loose in the house as opposed to shutting them in our bedroom when she leaves, or getting timothy hay all over the floor in the pig room, but everyone survives.