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:
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.