Pet Sitter Instructions
Hiring a pet sitter who you can really trust to take care of your pet sometimes takes more thought than just enlisting the kid down the street. Here are our Pet Sitting Steps and Recommendations from Jessica Gallo, a prior staff member who has done this work for numerous clients and friends.
1) Exchange phone numbers between you and your sitter.
2) Confirm dates, start- and end-times of pet sitting.
A) Do you want the sitter to be at your house overnight?
B) If not, how many times during the day should they visit?
3) Create an instruction sheet so you are both on the same page: Do they need to bring in your mail? water
plants? Anything else?
4) Keep leashes/collars/kennel carriers easily accessible in case of emergency.
5) Make sure ample amounts of food/kitty litter/medications are available.
6) Write emergency veterinary contact phone numbers, including any friends/family who know your pet and could help in a pinch, on your instruction sheet.
A) If an emergency arises with your pet, make sure your sitter knows it is absolutely okay to take your pet to the ER/your veterinarian if necessary.
B) Be available to pay for the services rendered (ie over the phone with credit card information or leave a blank check).
7) Provide a key to your home and any codes your sitter may need.
8) Inform any trusted neighbors that they may see your sitter in and out of the house.
9) Block off areas your pet may hide from the sitter (close closet doors, crawl spaces, etc.)
10) Have your sitter come to your house before you leave to meet your pet and familiarize themselves with everything.
11) Keep cleaning products (and plastic bags for poop/kitty litter scooping) in a safe location away from pets, but accessible for the sitter in case of accidents.
12) Agree on a price beforehand and any adjustments if your time away is extended or cut short.
13) Inform your veterinarian and/or a close friend/family member know you are using a sitter in case your sitter is unavailable during unforeseen situations like an emergency.
14) Keep a flashlight near the door in case of power outages.
15) Have current vaccine documentation up-to-date and available to your sitter in case your pet needs to visit the vet.
16) Having your pet microchipped is a wonderful way to try to get your pet home more quickly if they accidentally get away from your sitter.
Is your pet staying at the sitter's home?
If so, follow all previous recommendations as well as:
1) If they have pets of their own, make sure your pet and theirs have met and will get along well.
2) Provide enough food/medications for the duration of your pet's stay at their house.
3) Bring your pet's kennel or bedding, leash/collar, toys, etc., so they feel more comfortable.
Finally, when you arrive home safely let your sitter know.