Heading out of town for the holidays?

It’s that time of year again—The leaves are changing color, the air is getting cooler, and the coffee shops are all serving pumpkin-flavored beverages again. The arrival of fall always serves as a handy reminder that the holidays are right around the corner.

In 2014, an estimated 98.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday season. Are you planning to travel this winter? If so, what are you planning to do with the furry members of your family? It’s important to make a plan well ahead of time to avoid last-minute catastrophes. Leaving a pet home alone for too long can have disastrous consequences, so you’ll need to make arrangements if you can’t bring your pet with you. Pro tip: hiring a pet-sitter is the most reliable solution to leaving your pet at home.

How long can my pet be home alone?

The time your pet can remain unsupervised can differ from animal to animal; however, most experts recommend the following amounts:


  • Puppies and kittens typically shouldn’t be alone for any longer than is necessary. Their high energies, small bladders, and nervous anxieties can all spell disaster if not properly accounted for.
  • Young dogs (6-18 months) can generally be alone for 4-6 hours at a time, if steps are taken to help regulate their energy—think walks, playtime, toys, and puzzles.
  • Most adult dogs (18+ months) can be home alone 8-10 hours at the most. That time is often shorter for smaller breeds, as they may need to ‘do their business’ more frequently.
  • Adult cats (9+ months) are a bit more independent, and can be left unattended for up to 24 hours.

Is too much alone time harmful to my pet?

There are endless opportunities for an unsupervised pet to get into mischief around the house, especially during the holiday season. Does your dog get bored? Even the tamest of dogs have been known to destroy the occasional Christmas tree out of boredom and desperation. Providing adequate mental and physical stimulation for your pooch is crucial—hiring a pet-sitting service can help with that.

Cats are well known for being aloof and snobby creatures (which is insane, considering how loving they can also be!) However, if you think your cat doesn’t miss you while you’re away, think again. Many cat owners can testify to receiving a not-so-nice welcome home gift after being away for too long.

Both cats and dogs may experience loneliness, depression, and anxiety if left home alone for too long. While these are mostly temporary conditions, they may have lasting consequences including loss of appetite, separation anxiety, and nervous behaviors such as chewing. There’s also the very real threat of medical emergencies, food and water spills, and many other unexpected events that may come up while you’re gone.

Don’t worry! We have a solution for you

Okay, so you’re convinced that leaving your pet to ‘rough it out’ is a bad idea. Now what?

It’s probably time to seek out a well-reputed company to help you out. If you’re looking for a pet-sitter or dog-walker in Denver for the holidays, you should definitely consider our trustworthy team here at Zoologie Pet Services. We are insured, bonded, trained to handle emergency situations, and have years of professional experience.

In addition to the being the best choice for your pet, hiring a pet-sitter is also great for home security. Our qualified staff is happy to bring in your mail and newspaper, turn on the television, and do a visual inspection of the property to catch any issues. We provide competitive packages and even offer overnight service.

The holidays are a busy time for everyone, so it is incredibly important to book as early as possible to reserve your pet-sitter. It will be nearly impossible to find a holiday pet-sitter in Denver if you wait until the last minute.

The time to take action is now!

Whether you’re flying out of the Denver airport or hitting the open road in your Subaru, give yourself peace of mind by providing your pets with the world-class care they deserve. Hiring a pet-sitter helps to protect against unwanted emergencies, keeps your furry friend happy, and is the most reliable option to making sure your pet is well cared for while you are away.

Get in touch—we would love to offer you expert advice tailored to your situation.

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