Happy Friday, lovelies!
Rather than a 5 Fandom Friday post, I wanted to bring you a different list of 5. Trying to find the right pet-sitter for Nicodemus and Tika when we went on the honeymoon was HARD. So today I’ve got a guest post from Tracy at Rover.com about the top 5 tips for finding your pet-sitter match. Once you have a pet-sitter locked in, there’s no reason not to travel! Take it away, Tracy…
Preparing for your winter vacation can be exciting and stressful if you’re trying to figure out who is going to watch your pets. Or, how about that guilty feeling when you’re working overtime and your pup is in his kennel all day? Whatever the reason, give yourself the gift of an awesome pet sitter this season. Rover.com has been matching pet owners with pet sitters for long enough to have a few great tips in finding the right pet sitter for you.
- Start planning early. If you give yourself time to find the right pet sitter, you’ll be more at ease when you’re away. Consider the type of pet care that your pet needs and your ideal pet care schedule. Need someone who can drop-in to feed your pets when you’re working late? If you’re traveling, do you need someone to board your pets or stay at your place overnight? Don’t settle for the first person who is available. Know what you need so you can find the right match.
- Discuss what works. Once you’re clear on what you’re looking for, it’s time to interview potential sitters. No one knows your pet better than you, so talk with potential pet sitters about what you’re looking for and ask what they provide. Does your cat love to play? Let your sitter know how much attention your cat will need. Does your old pup need his medicine? Make sure your pet sitter is comfortable taking care of your dog’s needs.
- Make sure your pets are happy. If you’re handing out keys to your house for your pet sitter to drop-in, you’ll want to make sure your pets are also happy. Be sure to setup a meet and greet for introductions. If your pets are shy with strangers, work with potential sitters as they get acquainted. If your pets are comfortable before you leave them with someone new, your sitter will also have a better experience.
- Pay for quality. It may be cheaper to ask your nephew to feed the cat, but you’re not giving yourself the luxury of someone who will spoil your pets. Most pet sitters have already determined their rates for various types of pet care, so you won’t have to figure out what’s fair. When you find the perfect match, paying for it is worth it!
- Train your pet sitter. Spend an hour training your new pet sitter on your puppy’s training commands or your cat’s favorite playtime activities. Make sure they have contact information for your vet and know your pet’s feeding schedule. A confident pet sitter makes for happy pets!
There’s nothing better than a qualified and loyal pet sitter. Do yourself a favor, and find the best!
Written by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.