It's funny that this thread came up.
My husband and I are going on our delayed honeymoon at the end of June. My parents don't want my cats back in their home (took them days to rid the basement of cat hair and they don't want it back as my mother is allergic) I used to live with them.
I USED to be a pet-sitter so I am very anal about who takes care of my cats. Boarding is not an option as the cheapest I could find was $20 a day for two cats for 12 days. That is WAY too expensive for me. My father agreed to make the one hour journey to my apartment every few days to check in on the cats and hopefully my downstairs neighbor (who owns a cat) can fill in the other days.
I have a Lovebird and a five year-old blind Betta fish that will be staying at my parents house during our trip.
For shorter time periods (up to 4 days) I leave lots of food/water/litterboxes out for the cats, feed the fish before and after I get back, and sometimes the bird comes with when I visit my parents. Other times I leave him with extra food and water for a few days.
And I completely can relate to this:
|Having parrots, I can't/don't trust most people with them, parrots are different from cats & dogs, not many non-bird owners understand their needs.
I used to bird sit for a couple that had two finches, a Jardines parrot, a yellow-naped Amazon, a Sun Conure, and a Citron Cockatoo. They NEVER locked the birds in their cages. I had to chop up fresh fruits and veggies for them EVERY day, clean their cages and scrub the bottoms, wash their food/water cups EVERY day, and cover them every night around dusk. This couple got a HUGE bargain for the exact care I gave their birds. I didn't mind though as I got to see what it is like to own larger birds (and many at that).
I have never owned anything larger than a Cockatiel.