Your pet loves to be around you, that’s a given. But sometimes you can’t be home with your furry friend, like work, an evening outing or a vacation. While some pets do good in a boarding facility, most of them get highly stressed in an environment where they are left alone or locked up in a small room/cage. During these times, pet sitters can be the perfect solution. They provide everything from daycare to overnight care, at your home or theirs. They offer comfort and one-on-one attention to your pets and provide you daily updates of your pet. Taking time to figure out what’s important to you in a pet sitter will help you find the right one for you and your pet.
Here are some things to consider as you review your pet-sitting options:
- Specialty: Sitters may specialize in certain types of pets. Some may prefer small or large dogs or only watch cats. Others may have a knack for bonding with senior dogs or be excited about handling puppies. If it doesn’t say it on their profiles, ask what types of animals the sitter has experience with.
- Location : A key factor in choosing someone is whether you want the sitter to come to your home or if you’re willing to take your pet to theirs. If you have multiple pets that need care, it’s often easiest to have a pet sitter stay in your home.
- Space : If you’re dropping your pet off at the pet sitter’s home, select one that has a similar setup to yours. For example, if your pet is used to having a backyard to run in, then choose a pet sitter who has a fenced yard. But if your pet lives in an apartment, dropping your pup off at another apartment is ideal.
- Medical Needs: Does your pet have medical needs? If so, look for pet sitters who are are aware on how to administer medication. You want a person who watches your pet carefully and has experience in providing the level of care your pet needs, such as giving pills or administering injections.
- Communication: Ensure pet sitters are ready to communicate with you and share photos and video updates of your pet while you’re away.
Questions to Ask Potential Pet Sitters
During your personal one-on-one meet and greet session, ensure you cover the following points
- Where will my pet be sleeping? If you’re taking your pet to the pet sitter’s home, this is important to know. You want the rules to be the same as they are in your home.
- Will there be other pets? Find out how many furry friends your pet will have to play with as well as how big they are. You don’t want your pet to be overwhelmed or accidentally injured by another pet.
- Where and when will your pet be fed? Talk about your pet’s routine and how you can keep that similar to what your pet is used to.
- Will kids be around my pet at any time?This is especially important to know if your pet gets stressed around children.
- What is your schedule like?Choose a pet sitter who has a similar schedule to yours. If you’re home most of the day, you want a pet sitter who also stays home. But if your pet is used to you being away for part of the day, then a pet sitter who goes to work for a portion of the day won’t be a problem.
- What happens if there’s an emergency with my pet? It’s best to find out in advance what would happen in the worst-case scenario. Say your pet gets injured or becomes ill—what will the pet sitter do? What happens if they can’t reach you? Discuss these things just in case so you’re certain you’re on the same page.
- Do you have references?An experienced pet sitter should provide references upon request. Be sure to contact those people to make sure the pet sitter is credible.
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