How To Find The Right Pet Sitter

Finding a pet sitter requires research, but the process doesn’t have to be difficult.

It’s vacation! Time to book your tickets, find a hotel, and plan your itinerary. Above all else, you need to find a sitter for your pet. The planning can be stressful, but with these tips, finding the right pet sitter for you is one less thing to worry about.

Communicate what you need:

Different animals need different types of attention. Nobody knows your pet better than you do, so be transparent about your needs. A dog needs different care than a cat. Do you want someone who has experience taking care of puppies as well as older dogs? For a cat, would you rather have somebody to stay at your house, or do they just need to come each day to change the litter boxes? Are you going to need somebody who can administer medication?

If you have reptiles or rodents, you’ll want to provide the sitter with details for their care. Rabbits have litter boxes that need to be changed as often as a cat’s. Some reptiles only eat every few days but always need fresh water.

Meet with the sitter first:

It’s important to schedule a visit with a potential sitter before committing to them so you can observe how they interact with your pet. If you have a dog, it’s safest to meet in a public area like the park. However, if they’ll eventually be boarding with the sitter, bring the dog over to their house after the initial meeting to make sure you are comfortable with your animal being there. If you’re looking for a sitter to stay at your house, schedule the follow-up meeting there. For cats or other pets, walk them through exactly what you want them to do, and have them practice while you’re there.

You both have to be comfortable with each other, so don’t pressure them to accept the job. Your animal’s safety is in their hands, so they have to feel like it’s the right situation.

Research prices:

Most sitters set their own rates, so ask questions to make sure you understand what services you’re getting. Will it be pricier to have the sitter stay at your house to watch your cat than it is for them to stop by every day? How long will it take them to clean out a reptile or rodent cage? How many walks will your dog get each day? Do they account for the time it takes to get to your house?

If you follow the above tips, you should be able to have a fun, relaxing vacation, knowing your pet is receiving the best care!

Author byline: Written by Greer Grenley, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

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