Hi everyone. This is Joshua the degu.
A couple of weeks ago, we heard the human caretakers talking to some other humans about going away for a vacation. We got worried for a while there that it was our human caretakers who were going away, but it turned out it was the other humans going away. We're quite relieved about that, because we don't know what we'd do without the human caretakers around. I mean, they're annoying sometimes, and don't always do what we tell them to do, but we need them. Plus, I have to admit, they have grown on us, and we'd miss them if they went away somewhere.
This got me thinking about when human caretakers do go away somewhere though, since I know it does often happen.
As you probably know, if you're a human caretaker for a family member who happens to be of the furry, feathered, or scaled variety, you have two choices when you want to go away somewhere:
1. Go somewhere where you can take us.
If you're going with this option, make sure the place we're going to has everything you'll need to meet our care needs, or that you bring everything with you. Also, if this is a new experience for us, remember that strange things are often very scary to us, and can make us very stressed. Where possible, keep to our usual routines, and if you can't do so please remember that this will likely upset us, in which case you need to be patient with us when we don't behave in the way we normally would.
2. Arrange for someone else to take care of us while you're away.
If you're going with this option, make sure the person you leave us with is someone you know you can trust to do everything we need them to do to meet our daily care needs. Also, provide them with details of our daily routine, as well as the details for our vet, just in case we get sick or something, and make sure they have everything they'll need to meet our care needs for the time you're away (plus some extra, in case you're away longer than planned).
There are several other things to consider too, some of which depend on which option you're going for, not to mention what kind of furry, feathered, or scaled family member you have. But those things are a good starting point. If you need more advice, contact your vet and ask them. I'm sure they won't mind answering any questions you may have, and I know the animals you're human caretaker for will appreciate it.
Thankfully, our human caretakers aren't going away. If they were, however, I'm sure they'd make the proper arrangements for our care during that time. At least, I would hope so. Either way, we'd still rather they stayed here with us instead.