Pet sitting is a very popular service at this time which provides pet parents a wonderful alternative to doggie daycares and boarding. As pet parents we consider our fur babies as a very important part of our family lives. Our fur babies need time and attention too which sometimes our pet parents cannot provide because of long work hours, vacation plans along with a multitudes of other life factors.
Pet parents are becoming more in tune with what is best for their furry four legged family member. Most pets, especially cats and dogs, like routine. Using the services of a professional pet sitter will enable your pets to keep their normal eating, playtime, exercise, and sleep routines. Professional pet sitting services also allows your pet to stay in his own home where he is most comfortable, with the sights, sounds, and smells to which he is accustomed is a huge relief of stress to your beloved pet and you.
Boarding, kennels and doggie day cares are becoming less desirable for several pet parents due to some very legitimate factors which can be eliminated by a professional pet sitter. Your pet will not be exposed to illnesses that may be contracted at a kennel. Stress of transportation is eliminated. If your pet is on medication, or other medical treatment, your pet sitter will be able to keep him on his regular schedule. It’s more convenient for you. You won’t have to carve time out of your busy schedule to drop off or pick up your pet from a kennel.
In addition to professional care being provided to your fur child in your home these services provide an additional layer of security to your home while you are away. Most pet sitters will bring in the mail, turn lights off/on, open/close draperies, etc. to help give your home a lived in look. And, in the event of an emergency, they will be able to contact you immediately rather than you coming home to find a problem with your home.
When considering professional pet sitting service and there benefits also consider asking these questions before choosing your professional pet sitter.
- Is the pet sitter bonded and insured? Can they show you a certificate of coverage?
- Is the pet sitter able to provide you with their back ground check?
- Is the pet sitter able to provide you with a list of references?
- Does the pet sitter provide a service agreement or contract?
- Who will be taking care of your fur baby? The pet sitter you meet or another contracted individual?
- Does the pet sitter offer a meet and greet before taking you and your fur baby as a client?
- Why did the pet sitter choose this as a profession?
Having a professional pet sitter is very different from asking a friend or family to take care of your furry family member while you are away. You won’t have to inconvenience family or friends. While they may mean well, and intend to give excellent care, sometimes they may fall short of your expectations. When you hire a professional pet sitter, it creates a business relationship with clear expectations for you and your pet sitter.
Most importantly a professional pet sitter will provide consistent and personalized care from one person who knows your pet well. Most pet sitters will become quite fond of your pets and will give them excellent care! In turn you will return home to a happy fur baby who is waiting to see you!