Every Spring Festival, many pet owners have to go back to their hometowns. Some will take their pets back to their hometowns, and some have to entrust their pets to friends to help take care of them. Of course, there are also pet owners who choose to foster their pets in pet shops.
In the past, there was always a phenomenon of "it was hard to find a cage", but this year due to the epidemic, most people choose to celebrate the New Year in situ, and the pet foster care situation has also changed a lot!
At the end of January, some owners are preparing to return to their hometowns, and they choose to leave their pets in pet shops. There are already many pets staying in this pet store, and some people have made reservations, but they have not been delivered yet. Pet shop owners report that people usually start sending pets to foster care before New Year’s Eve.
Usually these foster care owners are frequent visitors in the past, and they all book their stay about one or two months in advance. In fact, the price of foster care is not cheap. It usually costs 50 yuan per day to foster a cat, but as the Chinese New Year approaches, the price has risen to 100 yuan per day. Foster care for 10 days will cost 1,000 yuan, which is considered a high expense.
Fortunately, there are not many pets to be fostered this year, and it is very rare that the reservation is not available. In the past, the store was already full before the Chinese New Year, but now it is estimated that it may not be full until the Chinese New Year. What’s different from the past is that the foster care period has become shorter. In the past, foster care would last for half a month to a month, but now it usually lasts for 2-3 days, or up to about a week.
Although the business of this pet store is obviously not as good as before, the store is still trying various ways to improve its performance, such as providing daily videos of the lives of foster pets to reduce the worries of owners. If there are other special needs, we will try our best to meet them as long as we can.
Veterinarian Xiao Ming feels that pet fostering does provide a convenience to pet owners, but if conditions permit, it is best to keep pets with you. After all, pets will miss their owners. Moreover, once pets cannot adapt to life in a pet store, it will also have an impact on their psychology.
If you have to stay in a pet store, be sure to communicate with the pet in advance to prevent them from thinking they are abandoned. In addition, give priority to some trustworthy and reliable pet stores.
Veterinarian Xiao Ming's popular science: How to choose pet foster care?
First of all, we must collect some information about foster care agencies from various channels in order to choose the most reliable one. And you should consider your own financial ability and foster care environment, and then conduct an on-site inspection. It is recommended to give priority to agencies where friends or family members have fostered, because their feedback is relatively real and effective.
Secondly, during the on-site inspection, you should not only pay attention to the qualifications of the caregiver, but also ask questions such as whether the pet will be taken for walks and fed every day. In short, fostering is not a simple matter, and changes in the environment will cause the pet's own stress to increase.