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26 April, 2023


Which kind of pet is best for you if you travel a lot?

If you’re someone who is frequently travelling for work or pleasure, you may have wondered if it’s possible for you to keep a pet. While many animals require lots of attention and care on a daily basis, there are some species that won't mind being left alone for days at a time.

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For digital nomads, or those who want someone for company on the road, there are also a few animals that can make brilliant travelling companions.

Here we take a look at which pet would suit you best if you travel a lot.

Pets you can leave at home

Mammals like dogs, cats and rabbits need plenty of attention and do well with a routine. Even if you have a friend or family member check in on them to walk, feed, or let them outside each day, these types of pets can become lonely and stressed when their owners are away for days at a time.

Low maintenance pets are a better option for those who have unpredictable schedules or who have to be away from home frequently. Fish, snakes and some other reptiles only need to be fed around once a week, and won’t suffer from emotional distress at being left alone. Be aware that reptiles need specific set ups and habitats to live healthily. It’s still worth having someone you trust to check in on them daily, in case of illness or emergencies.

If you can’t be home everyday but also aren’t leaving for extended periods, you may be able to keep rodents such as hamsters, rats or mice. Make sure to check the requirements of any particular species you consider, as their feeding and social needs do vary. For example, Syrian hamsters must be kept solitary whereas rats and mice do best in pairs or groups.

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Pets that make good travel companions

If you’re looking for a furry sidekick to take travelling with you, there are a couple of options which may work. Dogs tend to cope well with changing environments so long as their owner is close by. Of course, with man’s best friend coming in such a variety of sizes, shapes and personalities, there are some dog breeds that are better suited for travelling. Especially if you’re planning regular active holidays, certain dogs will be more adept at keeping up with you on your adventures, so bear this in mind when finding your perfect breed.

Some people have successfully managed to take their cat travelling, however this is likely to be a little more difficult. Many cats don’t like to wear leads and will run away when they become frightened, so they’re more likely to get lost than a dog with good recall training.

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Take it slow

Ultimately, whether or not it is practical for you to travel with a pet will depend on your schedule, the animal’s needs and also their personality. Take the time to thoroughly research the needs of any animal you consider owning and if you do take them travelling, give them plenty of time to adjust. Wherever you decide to venture, be sure to always follow the latest safety advice when driving with your pet.

It’s a good idea to plan ahead when travelling with a pet, to ensure accommodation and dining arrangements don’t become an issue on the road. In the same way, looking for a pet to keep at home when you’re frequently absent requires research and planning, but it’s possible with the right animals.

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