Boarding vs. Pet Sitting vs. Kennels


Boarding is a service where you drop your pet off at a certain place for a certain pre arranged set of time.  This could be with a family member, friend, or a neighbor.

Pros of Boarding:

  • Pet stays in a home environment usually cage free.
  • The pet has more human companionship receiving more individual attention.
  • Boarding is less expensive, sometimes free if using family or friends.

Cons of Boarding:

  • The pet may feel stressed and uncomfortable staying in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • You must drop off  and pick up the pet and all pet supplies.
  • Family, friends or neighbors may feel obligated to care for your pets and be inconvenienced and you may have to reciprocate and in turn board their pets.


Pet Sitting:

Pet sitting is a service where the pet stays in their own home and a person comes to visit regularly to care for the pet providing food, water, litter scooping, outside potty time, and some attention and love.

Pros of Pet Sitting:

  • The pet stays in their own home where they feel comfortable.  There is reduced  stress because the pet is surrounded by familiar sights, sounds, and smells.
  • The pet is not exposed to contagious illnesses such as kennel cough or intestinal parasites.
  • The house is monitored while pet owners are away. The mail and newspapers are brought in and newspapers, and plants are watered.

Cons of Pet Sitting:

  • The pet does not have 24 hour companionship, and pet is visited 3-4 times per day or overnight.
  • Pet sitting sometimes is a little more expensive especially if there is only one pet in the household.
  • The pet may become bored or lonely being home alone.


Kennels are temporary housing structures for pets with a staff of pet care givers.

Pros of Kennels:

  • The pet is in a secure environment 24 hours.
  • ‘There is access for the pet to go outdoors more frequently.
  • The pet can be monitored better for illness.

Cons of Kennels:

  • Stressful for pets to be in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Increased risk of illness or internal parasites.
  • Extra costs for additional time spent with pet, such as walking, playtime, or snuggle time.

While these are just a few of the pros and cons of each of the pet care options, pet owners must do their research and determine  what is best for their pet and situation.

Every pet is different. Some pets do well with boarding or kennels, but  there are others that are stressed leaving home.  Choose your pet care provider wisely and ask your veterinarian, friends, and neighbors for referrals.

No matter which pet care option  you choose for the holidays, remember to reserve your spot early. Holiday’s book up  fast and if you do not  make your pet care arrangements early enough, you may just be staying home with your pet.

Which pet care option is best for your pet?


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