Pet sitters are an excellent way to make sure our pets are cared for in a safe, familiar place while we’re away. This week we’re celebrating professional pet sitter’s week by bringing attention to the many benefits of in-home pet sitter care.
1. The Familiarity of Home
When you’re away from home, you’re sure to be missing your pet, and the same definitely goes for your pet!
One of the primary benefits of hiring a pet sitter is that your pet can stay home while you’re away. Instead of depriving your pet of both your presence and their familiar home, a pet sitter allows you to keep your pet comfortable at home.
For some animals, this can reduce the anxiety and stress of you being away. While staying home may help, some pets may still struggle with anxiety and have an accident or two. We recommend having pet urine and odor destroyer on hand so that your pet sitter has easy access to great cleaning supplies if this is the case.
2. First-Hand Experience with your Pet’s Caretaker
Unlike many kennels, hiring a pet sitter gives you a chance to meet and see your pet interact with the pet sitter before you leave. Most professional pet sitters will require a meet and greet with your pet. This allows them to meet your pet and gives you time to discuss details on food, medication, exercise needs, and more.
On top of this, you can show your pet sitter around your home and where important items are located. For example, your pet sitter should know where you keep your pet’s carrier or sling should they need to be taken to the veterinarian. If you have your pet on medications or supplements, this allows you to show them where you store these.
3. Built-in Housesitting
Many pet sitters are happy to pick up your mail, water your plants, turn your lights on and off, and even put out and take in your trash cans. All of this gives your home the appearance of being lived in even while you’re out of town!
Some pet sitters even offer overnight stays if you’re concerned about your pet being left alone too long or want a housesitting and petsitting service all in one. Don’t be afraid to ask about longer stays if you think your home and pet would benefit from it.
4. Decreasing Chances of Illness
Even with vaccinations, kennels are still a breeding ground for illnesses like kennel cough (bordetella). If your pet remains at home, they won’t be exposed to new animals and a different environment where they could catch something.
Of course, it’s still possible that your pet could become ill while you’re away. When you leave, provide your pet sitter with necessary details like your veterinarian’s contact information and your emergency animal hospital’s information.
Remember, your pet could feel more anxious with you away and may have a higher chance of getting into something that could make them ill. Consider using a pet gate to keep them limited to one area of the house, then pet-proof that area as much as possible. Leave your pet with plenty of their favorite toys and a favorite blanket or bed in that area to soothe them.
What are your thoughts on the benefits of pet sitters?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell any pet sitters in your life how much you appreciate the important work they do this week!