Preparation can make a big difference in how smoothly things go for your pet when the pet sitter comes to visit.
Here are some tips:
- Make sure the pet sitter has a phone number where you can be reached.
- If inside services are requested, provide the cat sitter with a house key in addition to garage door openers.
- If you have new keys made, try them out to make sure they work.
- Clean food and water dishes before leaving town.
- Provide extra food, litter and other supplies just in case you're not able to return when planned.
- Clean out the refrigerator to avoid smelly food spoilage and wash the dishes in the sink to prevent ants, flies or other pests.
- Adjust the thermostat to keep the house comfortable for the pet during your absence. In warm weather, a closed-up house can get dangerously hot in a short time.
- Leave a list of phone numbers in case the pet sitter needs to contact service or maintenance companies while you are away; i.e., plumber, electrician, cleaning service, yard maintenance, pool service, etc.
- Tell the pet sitter of any household areas that are off-limits to your pets or to the pet sitter. Secure access to those areas before leaving home.
You can help your pet sitter be a better friend to your pet by helping to make sure there are no problems while you are away. Planning and preparation in the following areas will smooth the way:
- Tell the cat sitter about all health problems your pet may have- major or minor.
- Provide written verification that your pet is up to date on its vaccinations.
- Make a list of your pet's favorite hiding places. This will prevent the pet sitter from worrying if your pet is not where expected-the sitter will know where to look.
- Provide your own preferred method of flea control, even if your pets are currently flea free. Fleas multiply rapidly and can become a problem very quickly.