Tips for Choosing the Best Cat Sitter
If you are a cat owner living in Arlington, Camano Island, Marysville or Stanwood WA and travel for business, pleasure, or both, chances are you are in the market for a Cat Sitter; someone that will feed, care, cuddle, and play with your kitty while you’re away. The good news is that you have a lot of options! The bad news is that quantity often outweighs quality. So here are four things to look for when choosing a cat sitter for the job:
1) Do an Internet Search
A dog sitter and a cat sitter are not necessarily the same, cat care involves different tasks than caring for a dog. Does your cat require medication? Have multiple litter boxes? Need to be brushed daily? You don’t want just anyone stopping by, you want to know that your cat will be well cared for, loved and safe. Research businesses that cater specifically to cats, someone who knows their nuances and recognizes when things just aren’t right. The more online presence a company has, the better. Check out their website, Facebook page, and third party reviews. Are they insured and bonded? Are they covered by workmen’s comp? Do your research first, it will pay off in the long run.
2) Know What You Want
Besides trusting the sitter who enters your home, you want the correct service. Cat sitting should also involve a certain amount of home care too. A good service provider will perform simple household duties and leave your home as tidy as you left it. Don’t expect your sitter to do your laundry, but do expect him/her to clean up the hairball on the carpet, take out the garbage on garbage day, and bring in your mail. Small tasks like these help to keep up the security around your home and provide peace of mind to you. Remember that some services may come at an extra cost, for example, if you have a front or back yard that rivals Butchart Gardens, expect to pay a bit more for keeping up on it’s care. It’s best to keep your expectations realistic during their visit.
3) Vet Your Sitter!
Once you’ve done your research and made a list, its time to meet your sitter. They should make a visit to your home to meet with your pet and go over any items you would like taken care of. At Totally Tails, we offer a complimentary meet-and-greet before service begins. At this meeting, ask questions that you may have, check the sitter’s camaraderie with your cat and ask if the sitter has had a criminal background search performed. Lastly, ask yourself if you get a good vibe from this sitter?
4) Get It In Writing
It’s important to note that using a neighbor, friend or someone wanting to make a little extra cash won’t have a contract, however, a professional cat sitter will. Contracts ensure that both sides are protected. Often it isn’t necessary, but it is reassuring nonetheless.
Some cat owners may feel that they can leave a bowl of food out and their cat will be fine. We don’t recommend doing so. If there was a health emergency,cats can take a quick turn for the worse. They also really do appreciate human interaction. By following these suggestions, you will be well on your way to finding the perfect cat sitter for your feline friend.
With over 14,000 visits under our belt, we are your neighborhood pro’s in pet care. Remember to include us in your search, you can find us at totallytailspetcare.com. We look forward to caring for your kitty and hope to hear from you soon!