Tips for Choosing a Pet Sitter

Tips for Choosing a Pet Sitter

Leaving your canine or cat at home when you are down on holiday
or on a work trip is hard you want to make sure that they’ll be in good hands. While numerous precious parents prefer to leave their cat or canine with a family member or friend, that just does not always work out. A kennel can be an option, still, more and more precious parents are turning to professional pet babysitters.

Pet babysitters do much further than just give your canine or cat food and water, they also spend quality time with your pet, give them exercise, play with them, and can know how to act in case of an exigency

Jack Russell Terrier dog during obedience training

When looking for a pet sitter, consider these tips:

  1. Always ask for references (a minimum of 3 would be ideal).
  2. Make sure that the company the pet sitter works for is fully bonded and insured.
  3. Check to make sure that your sitter has undergone a criminal background check and has received proper training for the job.
  4. Communicate with your sitter. Let him/her know about your pet’s needs: how many walks, what kind of games your pet likes, feeding schedule and instructions, etc. 
  5. Check if the pet sitter will provide a written service contract spelling out services and fees. 
  6. Provide medical and behavioral history about your pet, as well as veterinary and other emergency contact information. 
  7. Gather all necessary supplies (including food, vitamins, treats, and toys) in one central location, so it’s easy to find.
  8. Make sure that the company you’re hiring your sitter from has a “backup” plan. This is in case your sitter has an emergency that prevents her from being with your pet when she/he has to.