Hiring a cat sitter is a great way to get a little bit more time out of the house and still have your cat taken care of. But leaving your beloved pet in the hands of a stranger is always challenging. So, how do you spot a good cat sitter? And more importantly, how should you prepare for a first session with a cat sitter? What questions do you need to ask, and how do you set your boundaries? We’re going to answer all of these in today’s article and help you make the necessary preparations for a sitter to take care of your cat. Read on to find out more.
How to prepare your cat for a first session with a cat sitter?
Having a reliable pet sitter take care of your cat while you’re gone may be a massive weight off your shoulders. Professional care for your pet can allow you to leave your home in situations where you otherwise wouldn’t be able to. These few tips for finding a reliable cat sitter from Cats at Home should help you if you’re still on the hunt. Once you’ve found a dedicated caregiver for your little friend, you should plan ahead to secure their services. Good cat sitters tend to have full schedules, best to book well in advance to use your preferred sitter. It’s not always the best idea to take a cat on vacation. Often, it’s not possible due to the rules of the accommodation you will be staying in. When planning a vacation, it’s a good idea to give the sitter some time with your cat before you depart.
Get your home ready for cat sitting!
Doing things around the home before you leave may reduce the risk of mishaps and simplify things for your pet sitter. As a first step, remove any little objects your pet may choke on while alone. Put any dangerous or valuable items away to prevent your pet from getting into anything it shouldn’t, including your cushions, plants, shoes, or garbage. Then, ensure your cat sitter can easily access whatever they need for your pet while you’re gone. Provide enough supplies of water, food, medicine, treats, trash can liners, cleaning products, and a first aid kit for your cat. Note: Many Cat Sitters will have extra supplies, including cat litter, and first aid kits, in case needed. Put out the pet food and water dishes, their collar, and any toys you want them to have while you’re gone. Make sure your sitter knows where their carrier or crate is in case, she needs it.
Some pet owners use a lack of space in their home as a sign to know it’s time to move. Newer home with more space has a bigger yard. This can be especially important if you have multiple pets that require a lot of space or love spending time outdoors.
Hand your cat sitter detailed written directions
It is unreasonable to expect your pet sitter to remember all your specific instructions for caring for your pet. Instead, have all the information they need to keep your pet healthy and happy. Written down on post-it notes, a notepad, or index cards. This information should include emergency contacts, the number and address of your vet, and the location of things in your home. Don’t worry about this is too much. Cat Sitter will ask for all information needed at the Meet N Greet meeting.
Make it very clear that they need to stick to the schedule
Most pets are used to having their meals at a regular time of day. Make your pet wait 15 minutes before feeding it and see how they behave! On the other hand, if your cat has separation anxiety, maintaining a routine might help. Making a written record of your cat’s routine can assist the cat sitter to be more prepared to follow it. Take a few days before you go to observe your cat’s habits closely and take down notes for the sitter.
Inform your cat sitter about the cat’s personality
A pet’s personality, including its likes and dislikes, is as distinct as its human counterpart’s. If your pet is a cuddler, you may want to warn the sitter that she may have a companion while she relaxes on the couch. Make sure to discuss your pets with them just like you would with, let’s say, a new roommate. If you are moving in with new roommates, you will also need to inform them of your pet and their personality.
it’s possible that certain cats won’t be interested in your company. Your pet sitter will be more comfortable taking care of your cat if they know your pet’s habits and quirks. In addition, may help them notice if your cat’s behavior changes for no apparent reason. Could be a sign that something more severe is wrong. We hope you’ll use some of this advice once you start to prepare for a first session with a cat sitter.