Our pets are important to us. They’re part of the family, adding joy to our lives and even relieving stress during tough times, with 94% of pet owners saying that owning a pet makes them happy. So it’s natural that you’d be cautious when looking for a sitter. You want to know that when you’re away your pet is content and being well looked after. With this in mind, here’s how you can find the perfect sitter for them.
Set a budget
The cost of hiring a pet sitter can vary, depending on factors such as the length of the job, the type of pet, and the location. Generally, pet sitters charge per pet and per hour, with average rates of between £10 and £15 per hour ($13 and $19).
It is important to do your research to determine the average rate for pet sitters in your area and to set a budget accordingly. You also need to consider how much you can afford.
Ask family and friends for referrals
Word of mouth is often the best way to find someone reliable and having that recommendation from a trusted friend or relative goes a long way in giving you peace of mind. They may even offer to sit your pet themselves, especially if they already know you both well and are an animal lover.
There are many pet sitter review sites that can give you helpful insight into potential candidates. It’s always helpful to read about other people’s experiences for extra insight.
Prepare a list of questions to ask the potential sitter
Always take time to speak to a potential sitter before agreeing anything. Some good questions to ask:
● What is your past experience with pets?
● What animals have you looked after before?
● How would you normally look after a pet?
● What is your availability?
● Do you do overnight stays?
● How would you deal with an emergency?
● How much do you charge?
● Do you have any references?
It’s also beneficial to discuss your pet’s specific needs, such as medication or dietary requirements, to ensure the potential sitter is equipped to handle them. Be sure to leave the name, phone number and address of your veterinarian with your sitter, along with a note authorizing them to seek medical care for your pet during your absence.
Have an initial meeting with the sitter and your pet to make sure it’s a good fit
If the initial conversation goes well, it’s a good idea to meet with the sitter and your pet beforehand so you can see how they get along with each other. It's always a little nerve- wracking to leave your furry friend in someone else's care, which is why it’s important to see that they can provide the same level of love and attention as you do. Observe how they interact with your pet and watch for signs of comfort and familiarity, such as gentle petting.
With a little bit of research and a thorough initial meeting, you can feel confident entrusting your beloved pet to a responsible and trustworthy pet sitter.
How do you choose a pet sitter? Let us know in the comments.
We have provided some helpful links for those of you who may be traveling "across the pond" to the UK. Having a plan in place before you travel to a new destination will ensure a smoother and stress-free journey for you and your pet. Happy travels!
Article submitted by guest blogger: Sofia Avery