It’s not always possible to take a break with your bird, even if you’d really prefer to travel with your feathered companion in tow. Because of this, and the fact that it can be difficult to travel with any type of pet, there has been an influx of small pet sitting businesses that have popped up around the world in last few years. As someone who knows all too well how difficult it can be to explain bird care to people that have zero experience with birds, we must first strongly recommend that you resist the urge to contact any advertised pet sitting business in your area unless they specifically mention that they have experience caring for birds. Many of these businesses specialize in watching cats and dogs while their owners are away, and while they may be eager to get your business, they might not do so well taking care of an exotic bird that is likely to be stressed due to your unexplained absence, to start with.
Don’t Get Discouraged, You’ll Find a Qualified Sitter
Don’t get discouraged—just because you might have to look a little harder to find a qualified bird sitter doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find one at all. If you’re completely adverse to boarding your bird with a reputable facility, then a good place to begin looking for a bird sitter is at your avian vet’s office. Discuss your travel plans with your vet and ask if he or she can recommend any competent bird sitters. Chances are that your vet will know of at least two or three people who might be willing to take on the gig, and that may even end up being technicians who work in the clinic and who you might already be familiar with. If your vet can recommend someone, then it’s a safe bet that you’ll be able to trust them to properly care for your pet while you are not at home. If your vet cannot think of anyone to recommend, try asking other bird owners you might know.
Meet the Bird Sitter at Your Home
Once you have find a bird sitter, the ideal thing to do before hiring them is to ask them to meet with you at your home. This way, you can check how comfortable your bird is with them, and vice versa. Some birds may be gender biased if your sister is the opposite sex from you or may have other reasons that they just don’t “click” with the person you’re considering. Be sure to “listen” to your bird — no matter how qualified someone may be, it will make no difference if your bird is overly stressed while you’re gone. If your bird seems okay with the sitter, then you should go ahead and discuss their payment and what you expect them to do when you are not at home. In few cases, the sitter will need to visit your home at least once a day to make sure that your bird is fed, watered, and that his or her cage tray is emptied. If the bird and sister get along fairly well, then you may want to work some supervised play time into the visit as well.
Make Sure They Are Familiar With Your First Aid it
Once your sitter is told about their work, make sure that they are also familiar with your bird first aid kit and your vet’s contact information. Accidents can occur at any time, and they will need to be prepared. Once you have got all your bases covered you will feel relax and will enjoy your vacation .
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