Not all pet sitters are created equally, nor are they all professionals with impressive qualifications. Most generic pet sitters deal primarily with dogs and while they may be very skilled and knowledgable with the canine species, their experience and skill set with cats might be lacking. Finding a cat sitter you trust is important since they’ll work closely with your cat, have access to your home and will need to be in communication with you while you’re away.
A referral from someone you already trust is a great place to start when finding a pet sitter. For example, you can ask your veterinarian or get a recommendation from a family member or friend.
Make sure that the cat sitter is a fit for you and your cat by asking the right questions. Some good questions to ask include:
Our job is to make sure that your cat is happy, safe, and well looked after. With all this being said, though, we know that accidents can happen, and cats may become poorly when you are away.
We check on each and every one of our cat customers at least once every day, so if anything were to happen, we’d know about it quickly. Of course, we would contact you to let you know, and we would ensure that we get your cat veterinary help as soon as possible. If it is a dire veterinary emergency where time is of the essence we will immediately take your cat to the Burlington Emergency Veterinary Service in Williston, Vermont.
We would keep you up-to-date following any accidents or illnesses, and you can rest assured that we will look after your cat as if they were our own. We always make sure that we have contact details for your vet. Of course, you’ll need to cover any veterinary charges incurred, but that is something that we can sort out on your return.
The best way to initiate contact is by filling out the contact information form on the website. Once this is received we will answer any questions you may have and proceed to schedule a complimentary meet-and-greet home visit.
The meeting gives you the opportunity to discuss the care required for your cat and show us where the cat supplies are kept and the cat care routine. You can also show us how to use any house alarms and let us know anything else you require, such as bringing in the mail or watering house plants.
If both parties desire to go forward, we will reserve the dates needed in our schedule and get any keys and or key codes. We will also go over the paperwork and contract.
A confirmation of your booking will be sent by text or email 48 hours prior to the start date. We will also send you an invoice which should be paid in full by cash or check and left with the paperwork and signed contract.
Every cat is different, and no single solution suits everyone. However, the vast majority of cats would prefer to be cared for in their own home.
Cats are a territorial species and don’t like change, they don’t like to travel, and they don’t like sharing space with unfamiliar cats. Cat sitters will provide individualized, customized and loving attention to your cat or cats based on their preferences. Therefore, cat sitting is the best solution for most cats, and it’s also more convenient and less expensive for cat owners.
Cat sitting is a paid service by which a cat sitter looks after your cat in the comfort of their own home. Cat sitting is a flexible service so you can ask your sitter to visit your cat once or twice a day, or even stay overnight in your home. Many pet sitters will also help with jobs around the house including checking the mail or watering plants. A regular cat sitting service includes feeding your cat, and cleaning their litter tray and should also include playing with and cuddling your furry friend. It means more attention and less disruption for your cat while you’re away. Cat sitting also provides peace of mind for you too, knowing a cat-loving professional is caring for your beloved pet. It’s a great alternative to a cattery.
Elizabeth Llewellyn lives in South Burlington, Vermont with her three cats. She has owned a cat sitting service since 2002 and has worked professionally with cats in a variety of settings including, veterinary, boarding and breeding catteries, and rescue organizations. Elizabeth is a qualified feline welfare and behaviour specialist.