What Does a Pet Sitter Do?

We’re all in need of a vacation from time to time. Our pets miss us and still need care and interactions in our absence. That’s why you hire a pet sitter to take care of them while you are away. But have you ever wondered, what does a pet sitter actually do?

Whenever I tell people I’m a pet sitter they always smile and say, “Oh, how fun, you get to play with pets all day.” They think that pet sitting is all about feeding and playing with cute puppies and kittens. While I agree that I have the best job in the world, it’s a lot of hard work and dedication.

Our days at work can be long and we wear many hats. We encounter nervous, anxious or shy pets. We clean up potty accidents, poop, vomit and hairballs. We take care of pets who “redecorate” the home. We become photographers (so we can send you those cute pet photos), water gardens, handle people’s security system, handle heat sources going out, refrigerators that quit working, water leaks and more. Not to mention we answer phone calls, text messages and emails from clients in between jobs. But aside from that, we also:

Keep Your Pet Healthy and Safe

Well, that one is kind of obvious, right? A pet sitter will come for daily visits or overnight visits as needed providing basic care for you pet. This helps your pet get the much needed socialization, feeding, fresh water, and all the individual TLC they need. When pets are left at home, they can sometimes get themselves into a bit of trouble.

A mix of boredom and anxiety from missing their parents, pets often find more mischief when they are alone. They can get stuck in blinds, spill all of their food and water, accidentally lock themselves in closets and more. You name it, we’ve seen it. A pet sitter comes in and makes sure that your pet is not only cared for, they provide play time, exercise and companionship and ensure they are healthy and safe.

But more than that, pet sitters are trained and able to assist clients with daily help such as administering medication, insulin injections, brushing, and litter box scooping. We also make sure pets mind their good behaviors. Pet sitters have experience and will help positively reinforce acceptable behaviors.

Handle Emergencies

If your pet becomes ill during the day your pet sitter will know if they need to see the vet. They are trained to spot signs of distress and will act immediately on any care that is needed. Pet sitters can also alert you to any problems in the home (power outage/plumbing issues) and assist in any way possible. If there is a weather emergency they will also see to it that your pet is cared for as one of their own.

Give You Peace of Mind and Help Keep Your Home Secure

Your pet isn’t the only one that feels a bit anxious when you’ve had to leave them at home for a long period. Pet sitters give you peace of mind that not only your pet is being cared for, but that your house is also being looked after. An unexpected benefit of pet sitting is that when you’re traveling it will still look like you are home. Pet sitters can turn lights on or off as needed, water pots and gardens (we do leave the mowing to the gardener though), grab your mail from the mailbox, and bring in packages left on your porch. All of this keeps your home more secure because it is occupied at times even when you aren’t there.

As you can tell, there are a lot of things pet sitters do while at a client’s house. They are there to watch over your pet and your home when you are traveling or working long days. Even though the job can be stressful at times, it never hurts to see a pet excited to see me when I arrive. Better yet, when the client returns and says, “My pet didn’t even miss me,” I know I’ve done a great job.

Of course, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your pet’s care or our services!

About the Author:

Michele Sarver is the owner of Totally Tails Pet Care Services, a Pet Sitting, Dog Walking & Dog Training business. Currently living on a small rural island in Washington State with her husband Pat and her cat Sierra. She enjoys island life, walking on the beach, photography, art, and is a huge animal lover.

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