When you’re going on vacation or any other trip where you can’t take your animal, hiring a pet sitter is a great way to ensure your pet will still receive the care and attention they need. And while the pet sitter will handle most of the work, there are a few things you can do to prepare. Take advantage of the following tips to ensure your pet and the sitter you hire have a smooth experience while you’re away.
No matter what your pet needs, make sure you have all of the necessary supplies available and visible. For example, if you give your cat treats throughout the day, make sure the treat bag isn’t hidden away in some place that would be hard to find. Also, leaving specific instructions like, “I give my cat treats three times a day,” can be helpful to ensure your pet receives the same type of care that you would typically provide.
Of course, leaving extra supplies is always a good idea, especially if you’re running low on food or anything else your pet may need. This is especially a good idea if you’re going away and may have to stay longer than you originally intended. Also, don’t forget cleaning supplies for cleaning up any messes from the pet. So often people don’t leave any and the pet might throw up or have a potty accident.
Letting the pet sitter know if there are any areas in the house your pet should not go is also smart. For example, if you never allow your dog into your bedroom, make sure you close the door but also let the sitter know. The sitter may open a door thinking it’s the bathroom, and the dog could get in.
These are just a few things you can do to make the pet sitting experience better for you, the sitter, and most importantly, your pet!