How to Prepare for a pet sitter
You have a pet sitter lined up to stay in your home, your holiday is booked and you’re ready to go! While you may be thrilled you found the perfect pet sitter, your job is not quite done. Carrying out a few simple tasks will ensure you, your pet sitter and your pet will enjoy the experience.
Here is a guide to choosing a pet sitter
The run through
Prior to your trip, have your pet sitter over to your home. This is the perfect opportunity to show them where they will be sleeping, how to use any appliances’, and your pet’s routine. Being face to face allows the pet sitter to see exactly what you mean rather than over email or phone. Don’t forget to point out your pet’s sleeping and eating area and where supplies are kept such as food and cleaning products. It’s also a chance to show your pet sitter local dog parks, shops and the vet.
It’s important your pet sitter is confident about your pet/s routine. When do they eat? Where do they sleep? Discuss these points and create a printed set of notes they can refer to while you’re away. Include the phone number of your vet for emergencies. This is also the time to discuss any quirks or behaviours. For example, if you’re cat has a tendency to hide in the laundry basket when it storms, share this. There’s no point hiding information. If your dog barks a lot, or your bunny wees on the carpet, tell the pet sitter. Withholding the information may be cause for stress or irritation later on. It’s only fair to be up front. Also, once you have the discussion you may find the sitter isn’t the right one for you! You should also talk about any pet related costs while you’re away. What will your sitter do if they run out pet food? Will you leave money to buy more?
Preparing your home
Be clear on the living arrangements. Where will the sitter sleep? Will you cover their utility costs? Can they use the WIFI? Once you have nutted all that out, it’s time to prepare the home. Make sure it’s tidy before you leave. Most pet sitters are there to care for your pet and basic home duties, not to be a cleaner. Allocate wardrobe space for your house sitter as well as shelves for their food. Discuss beforehand if they need to bring their own bedding and towels and what other supplies they will need.
Pet sitting can be a fantastic arrangement for both sitter and owner. Always remember it’s a two-way arrangement and both parties should feel comfortable. Caring for someone else’s pets is a great responsibility and ensuring the sitter has all the information and resources they need will not only be greatly appreciated by them, but enable you to have a brilliant holiday.