Benefits of Having a Pet Sitter
There are several benefits of using a pet sitter for your cat.
- Your cat gets to stay at home in the environment he feels safest in.
- A pet sitter will help maintain your feline's regular routine.
- Your companion will receive personalized care.
- Your cat will get regular playtime and personalized attention while you're gone.
- If your kitty needs regular medication, a professional pet sitter will administer it properly.
- Allowing your companion to stay at home reduces the chances she will get sick as she will not be around other pets.
- Hiring a pet sitter eliminates the stress your feline would experience if you had to take him to a boarding facility.
Hiring a pet sitter also benefits you.
- A pet sitter can bring in your mail and newspapers, which can reduce the chance of burglary while you're gone.
- Your pet sitter can water your plants while you're away.
- You will have peace of mind knowing that your cat is being cared for by a professional.
- Hiring a pet sitter means that you don't have to ask friends, family, or neighbors to care for your kitty while you're gone.
How to Find a Good Pet Sitter
Ask for Referrals: Ask your family and friends for referrals. If none of your family members or friends have used pet sitters before, ask your veterinarian for a referral. Your vet should know some local qualified pet sitters or be able to direct you to someone who does. At our vet clinic, one of the vet techs actually pet sits.
Check Professional Pet Sitting Organizations: The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International have directories of pet sitters you can search.
Interview Potential Pet Sitters: Interviewing potential sitters is very important to ensure they are qualified to care for your cat. Ask about the pet sitter's professional experience and qualifications. Inquire about what she does in case of medical emergencies and how she handles keeping your pet safe in a whether emergency or natural disaster, such as a tornado, hurricane, or earthquake. Ask what her contingency plan is for caring for your kitty if she has her own personal emergency.
Discuss the sitter's fees and the services he can provide to you and your kitty. Professional pet sitters will have a contract explaining his services, policies, and fee schedule. Talk about your companion's specific needs. If your cat needs medication, ensure that the potential pet sitter is able to administer it on time. Provide your pet sitter with your cat's medical and behavioral history as well as your veterinarian's contact information in case there is a medical emergency.
how to talk to a pet sitter about background verification. This conversation may be awkward, but remember that this person will have access to your home, possessions, and precious companion. Ask about how the pet sitter keeps your keys secure as well. Getting proof of a potential pet sitter's licensing and bonding is also important.
Check References: Ask the potential sitter for at least three references. Call each reference and ask them about their experiences with the sitter. Inquire about why the reference believes the sitter is good and how the sitter makes their pet feel loved. Ask about how the sitter gets along with the reference's pet. Ask about what the sitter did in an emergency situation, if one occurred. Inquire about the condition of the reference's home when they returned.
Conduct an In-Home Visit: If the interview goes well and the references check out, schedule a time for the pet sitter to make a visit to your home to meet with you and your cat. During the visit, observe how the sitter interacts with your kitty. Does your companion seem comfortable with her? Does the sitter possess a positive attitude and handle your kitty gently? Allowing your feline to meet the sitter before she visits while you're away helps your cat get acclimated to the sitter's presence, which will reduce stress for your cat.
Finding a good pet sitter takes a little work, but it is worth it. Once you've found a qualified professional pet sitter you and your cat feel comfortable with, you'll have peace of mind that your kitty is getting the best care he can while you're traveling.
Have you ever hired a pet sitter? What was your experience like?