The most cost-effective pet-care option is enlisting a friend or neighbor to dog- or cat-sit while you’re away. But pets may not get round-the-clock attention from folks with busy schedules — while not ideal for dogs, this isn’t always the end of the world where cats are concerned. “Majority of cats are most comfortable in their own homes and don’t require the constant attention a dog requires,” Lippman says. “If your trip is short, it might even be fine to have someone come in to see them daily and to make sure their litter gets changed, and food and water replenished.”
Dogs will need a little more TLC while their owners are on vacation, and that may mean trusting your pup to a professional. In order to find the best kennel for your pet, Lippman suggests reaching out to reliable friends and fellow pet owners for advice. “Word-of-mouth will be your biggest help. If you don’t know where to start, ask other pet owners, your veterinarian or the groomer for a recommendation,” Lippman says. “Depending on where you live, there will be a variety of kennels or boarding locations that may cater to your pet’s specific needs.”
Before booking an on-site visit, check online to see the kind of firsthand experiences pet owners have had with the kennel’s service. “In New York City, for example, you might start with Yelp,” Lippman adds, “which offers a number of quality reviews for the numerous pet boarding locations throughout the city.” Just be sure to take online reviews with a grain of salt, because, you know … it is the internet.