If you don’t know Gatsby has been hanging out with my parents for the last two-ish weeks and is coming home this Sunday.
So, as a thank you to my parents I decided to write about tips for finding a petsitter and tips for if you find yourself in the position of petsitting someone’s pet.
Finding a Petsitter
- Start with those who interact with your pet the most: When looking for a pet owner ask those that your pet is familiar with first. This will make it so that your pet doesn’t get as stressed when you go away and instead of a new person your pet knows that they are safe with this person.
- If you need to go to someone you don’t know ask what experience they have with your pet’s species: This seems really obvious but if you’re like me and have an exotic pet it is a very important question to ask. Someone’s experience level with your pet shows how familiar they are with taking care of your pet and how detailed you need to be when writing things down for them.
- Ask the neighborhood kids: Kids typically LOVE pets and asking them to take care of your pet not only lets them get a little bit of experience with pets but also boosts their confidence that they did a good job. It’s also helpful if their parents are thinking about getting them a pet.
- Try not to send your pet to a different house: If you have a caged animal they typically don’t like being moved. If possible have the sitter come over to your house to help cut down on your pet’s stress.
Being a Petsitter
- Feel free to ask questions: If you don’t feel like you know something please ask. It shows responsibility on your part and the owner will be more than happy to answer.
- Go over what you need to do with the owner: Before the owner leaves ask if you can go over everything with them one more time. Telling the owner what you need to do on a daily basis so that you know that you aren’t missing anything.
- Have fun
- Make sure you have all emergency numbers: Although it is rare for something to go wrong make sure that the emergency numbers are easy to find in case of an emergency. This will cut down on your stress if something happens and it will help you act much quicker and help the pet.
- Go over before the owner leaves and hang out with the animal: If you don’t really know the pet that you’re watching defiantly go over and play with them so that you start to get to know the pet’s personality. This is also good for the pet because you aren’t a stranger and they associate you with something fun.
- Check in with the owner if they are ok with it: While the owner is gone send them pictures and videos. They will love to see their pet and it will put them at ease while they’re gone.
- Don’t worry! Everything will be fine!