Vacances : 6 astuces pour faire garder son animal !

Holiday: 6 tips to keep your pet!

The abandonment of domestic animals has become a sadly commonplace recurring act, especially during the summer season when many of them are left behind in the summer. It is always necessary to remember that an animal is neither a Christmas present nor a birthday present, but a full member of the family!

With 20 million owners of cats and dogs, France counts each year the abandonment of nearly 60 animals during the summer. Despite the risk of severe penalties (up to two years' imprisonment and a fine of 000 euros for anyone abandoning their domestic animal), the phenomenon of abandonment is increasing every year.

If you are going on vacation or for the weekend, but you do not know how to look after your pet, there are several solutions available to you! Whether thanks to the help of individuals or through professionals, focus on the 6 good tips for keeping your pet.

1 - The pet-sitting

Some animals such as cats are rather home-bodied. Pet sitting seems like the most appropriate solution to keep them. At a lower cost, individuals offer their services to keep your pet in your absence. They are overwhelmingly students, seniors or unemployed people.

This phenomenon is in full swing. Several platforms, such as Animaute, Animalin, Wepetsitty and others have specialized in the care of animals between individuals and you will easily find the ideal person who will take care of your animal during the holidays.

Pretemoitonchat allows to keep your cat privately for short periods. The low cost makes it possible to finance animal welfare associations.

Ani-Seniors Services was created by a lady who used to ask retired friends to look after her animals during her absences. To make it easier for them, she offered to come and live with her. This company has several hundred retirees, interviewed beforehand to check their reliability and motivation, who have become followers of the D system.

The +: affordable, verified people, custody as a social link
The -: no required references requested

2 - Free exchange of custody

You can use specialized sites like Animalkeepers.

They allow to be put in relation with hosts who will keep your companions on all fours. In exchange for what, you will keep your animal when you go on vacation.

The +: the free
The -: the concordance of the dates of holidays

3 - The kennel or cattery

The pension is a place specially designed for the care of your dandy and also managed by professionals. The animal receives care, food and shelter there. Choosing an appropriate boarding house for your pet requires traveling there and checking the services offered there.

However, this solution has a cost: count between 10 € and 20 € per day for a dog and between 8 € and 12 € per day for a cat. The price varies according to the type of animal, the pension and the services chosen.

The +: the comfort and the walks assured
The -: the cost, a less personalized guard

4 - The hotel room

When it comes to childcare, the must is the hotel. Some selected establishments for urban felines like Aristide in the 9éme district of Paris, propose a stay to measure to our balls of hairs.

Your cat has access to a real room with cushions and perches, as well as a playroom. Grattouilles and papouilles are distributed at will, each cat has his favorite menu, his personalized schedules, his fountain with water at his disposal.

The +: tailor-made stay, personalized service
The -: its cost

5 - Host families

Many people accept, in exchange for a fee, to keep your pet. But be careful, by doing your research on the web, you find licensed professionals or enthusiasts, just like families wanting to earn a little money.

It is therefore best to find out from the host family. The guard of the animal is generally charged between 5 and 30 euros per day.

The +: licensed professionals or enthusiasts
The -: the cost, between 5 and 30 euros per day

6 - Make someone happy for a weekend

The site Empruntemontoutou is a practical solution, which allows to find people of confidence to take care of his dog during his absence close to home.

It connects people who would like to have a dog, but who for personal reasons do not have one or can take care of another dog, and a family who would like to keep their dog for a short time ( working day, weekend, etc.).

The +: possibility of finding a regular guard nearby
The -: the dog may take a liking to his 2th family :)

And to fight against abandoned pets, common sense is that it is better to adopt than to buy an animal!



FURST encourages all steps to facilitate the care of pets. The solution of guard between individuals remains the simplest, and allows you to meet people, improve the social bond, and enrich your dog's environment.


For cats, it is better to make sure that it is kept alone, to avoid the stress of cohabitation between cats and the transmission of diseases. For short stays, cats will prefer to stay in their homes where they have all their bearings. The solution of pet sitters who come home is then interesting, but difficult to adapt to stays of prolonged absence.


The kennel is to be planned well in advance in view of the number of places. In all cases, solutions exist to allow you to reconcile your lifestyle and be able to keep your companion if you cannot leave with him. Do not abandon your animal, because he will never abandon you.

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