Saturday, April 12, 2014

Travel Tip - Peace of Mind While Traveling

I know for a fact that a lot of my readers have pets. And by visiting their blogs, I can tell that they really, really, love them! So if I ask any of you what you stress out over the most when away from home, I'll bet you all say that you worry about your pets. Obviously you can't leave your dogs home alone for more than several hours, but cats are pretty independent and can take care of themselves for a couple days before someone needs check them, freshen their food and water, and clean the litter box.

When we went to Florida in March, we were gone for eight days. I'm very lucky because I have wonderful neighbors to keep an eye on the house, and a good friend who lives close by and comes in to check on Punkie. Even with that, I'm still a nervous wreck. I always keep Punkie in my studio and remove anything that could hurt her, or she could get tangled up in, but I still worry about her. 

I spent under $100 and bought a surveillance camera for the room I kept her in. I was able to view a live feed any time I wanted from my cellphone or a computer. I also had it set up to take a snapshot every 10 minutes, then I created a filter in my email for the camera to send the pictures to so it wouldn't clog my inbox. I didn't really look at those but I thought they would come in handy if I needed to look back. It was just nice know that she was all safe and sound. If I did feel she was in distress, I would have called my neighbor, pet sitter, or son and they could have taken her to the vet until I returned home.

This particular one didn't need any actual installation. I just plugged it in, put it on a high shelf and secured it with a little painters tape in case she bumped into the cord, which was also secured with painters tape.  

I feel like I was able to enjoy my trip so much more because I could check on her anytime I wanted. Plus, I could monitor to make sure she was eating and drinking. My daughter sets up a couple of them when they are out of town. 

If you do get one, I'd suggest one that has night vision and that will connect to your wireless router. No computer needs to be hooked to it, and since it works with your router, you can put it in any room in the house. Mine had a really long electrical cord so I could put it nice and high to see the whole room. Another nice thing about the one that I bought is that it reset itself if we had a power outage.

Definitely something to think about!

10 comments:

  1. What a great idea for peace of mind while you are traveling. I love my kitties! Oh kitty!

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  2. I've never really considered installing cameras but I do understand your worry, we're quite lucky to have a big family at home at the moment so there's always one of us in the house to look after our dog Zoey. Even if I'm only out for a few hours though and she's alone I do worry she'll get lonely. I'll have to keep this in mind for when I move out, I'd love to get a dog or a cat and have a way to keep an eye on them for peace of mind. :)

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  3. that is a really great idea. A small price to pay for a little peace of mind when it comes to the fur babies

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  4. I'd never considered this idea before, but I like it! Leaving my pets behind is the hardest part about going on vacation.

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  5. Clever idea, and what was Punkie up to? I always wonder what they're up to when they're home alone...

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    1. That was before I put the filing cabinet under the window so I moved my work table to the window so she would have something to look out and I put a big blanket on top for her to be confy. She spent about 80% of her time there. That's why I decided to put something under that window permanently when I returned home. She's 14 years old so she doesn't do a whole lot. Occasionally though she'll still play.

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  6. That's a great idea! Along those same lines, instead of doing a traditional baby monitor with my nephews, my sister-in-law got a little camera for the nursery. Not that they were ever far away when they were little, but it was nice peace of mind anyway.

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  7. I once left a digital recorder with my dog, but I would have loved to set a surveillance camera like you did! That's a true tech commodity!

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