Things To Know Before You Hire A Pet Sitter
When hiring a pet sitter, you want your furry family member(s) to be in responsible hands while you’re away - which goes without saying! While there’s usually a ton to plan for an upcoming vacation or business trip such as hotel reservations, plane tickets and more, making sure your pet is properly cared for is (hopefully!) at the top of your list.
Are you worried about finding a pet sitter that’s compatible? Denver Pro Pet Sitting is here to help you with what you need to know before hiring a pet sitter.
1) Know Your Pet’s Special Needs
Many pets thrive in quiet, familiar environments. Is this your pet? A boarding facility can put stress on your pet and can expose them to contagious diseases. Consider your pet's personality - do you think that they’d be better off in their own home where they are comfortable and with a person that they’re’ familiar with? If so, skip the boarding facility and reach out to a professional pet sitting company.
Does your pet have any medical conditions or anxiety issues? A pet sitter is better suited to provide the one-on-one attention your pet may require to stay healthy. It’s also typically much easier to check in with a sitter to see how your pet is doing. If you’re a client of Denver Pro Pet Sitting, you get a direct line to your assigned pet sitters (and managers!) who are there to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
2) Know Who Your Sitter Is
It’s paramount that you find a sitter who both you and your pet are comfortable with. This person will be entering and staying in your home, feeding and possibly providing medication to your pet, and dealing with any possible emergencies while you’re away. Because of this, it’s good to start your hiring process at least a month before you officially leave for your trip if you don’t already have a pet sitting company.
Search around for reviews online and ask for personal references. Also, have them do a Meet & Greet and interact with your pet to ensure compatibility. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have to ensure the sitter is the right person for the job.
3) Know Which Questions To Ask Your Pet Sitter
When you’re meeting with a sitter, it’s important to know which questions to ask so you can determine if they’re qualified to watch your pet. Below are some questions you may want to ask:
Are you bonded and insured?
What do your rates include?
How should I expect visit updates?
Will you be the only pet sitter who will be visiting my home and interacting with my cat?
4) Know The Power Of Insurance
It’s good practice for a professional pet sitter to carry pet sitting insurance. Pet sitting insurance covers things like property damage caused by the pet sitter, injuries to your pet or vandalism/theft of your property. While these occurrences are rare, it’s good to have that peace of mind when you’re out of town.
5) Know Your Budget
It’s important to discuss your budget and fees with your pet sitter so both parties know what to expect. Will your sitter visit twice a day or stay at your overnight? How much does it cost for a potty break versus a 25 minute walk? Are you financially able to pay for a veterinary bill should an emergency happen?
If you’re worried about finding a reliable, trustworthy and professional pet sitter that will provide the attention your furry family deserves, contact Denver Pro Pet Sitting to set your FREE Meet & Greet up today!