If you are planning on taking a winter vacation then you probably need to consider what you will be doing regarding the pet care options available to you, especially if you have small pets such as guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters.
There are two main options to consider, pet sitters who come into your home daily to care for your pet and pet boarding which is more commonly used for larger pets such as dogs and cats where your pet goes and stays in a holiday home for pets.
A pet sitter will come into your home daily and take care of your pet in its own familiar environment, giving it food, water and letting the little hamsters have some exercise away from their hamster cage!
This may not be an appropriate option for those who do not want to give strangers access to their home whilst they are away, unless of course your rabbit or guinea pig lives outdoors.
One of the main considerations to make when deciding between pet boarding and pet sitting services is the nature of your pet when it comes to other animals, although hamster and guinea pig cages keep your pet alone and in a familiar environment there will still be a range of animals in the surrounding area. If your pet is timid around other animals or particularly threatening it may be best to avoid these situations and hire a pet sitter! This will avoid any unnecessary stress for your animals.
If your pet is currently ill, to avoid spreading this further you will find most pet boarding services will not take your pet and you will need to look into pet sitting services.