When pet parents have to travel, they have a few different options to consider regarding arranging care for their pet. There is pet boarding, boarding at the vet, leaving with a friend, and there is pet sitting. Using pet sitting in Windermere is an option. However, what exactly does a pet sitting service do?
What Does a Pet Sitter Do?
Unlike dog boarding or boarding your pet at the vet, a pet sitter comes to you and takes care of your pet in your home. A pet sitter should keep your pet’s normal routines in place and allow your pet to stay in the comfort of your home. For instance, at PAWSitive Strides, our goal is to have our pet sitters follow your routines as closely as possible, to provide comfort and care for your pet while you are away from home.
Some of the Things a Pet Sitter Does
Here are some of the many things a pet sitter can do on a visit with your pet:
Walking dogs (and sometimes cats!)
Cleaning litter boxes
Changing out wee wee pads
Playing with your pets
Giving fresh water each visit
Turning lights on and off
Opening and closing blinds
Picking up mail/newspaper/packages
Taking trash out/bringing trash bins in
And other things that you may have in your routine with your fur baby
Benefits of Using a Pet Sitting Service in Windermere
What are some of the advantages of using a pet sitting service?
Rather than having to transport your pet to a kennel or boarding facility, you just have to worry about packing your bags and scheduling the visits in our online system. That is it. For many, that saves much time and extra effort with all of the planning that already you already have to do when going on a trip.
- Less Stress for Your Pet
Depending on your pet, it may be a lot less stressful for him to stay at home than to go to a kennel. For cats, especially, it can be tough to spend time in a boarding facility. Most pets are creatures of habit and draw their security from being home in a familiar environment with familiar routines. Being home creates in them a sense of safety and well-being, even if their owner is away.
Here are what some clients who used pet boarding services before using our pet sitting services have to say:
“It is so much better than boarding our babies, which always stressed both them and us.”
“I want to thank you for taking such good care of Sassy. She was so relaxed when I got in last night, a stark contrast to the stressed demeanor she exhibits when I pick her up from a few days at the kennel. The photos you took are darling, and getting a brief note from you daily just to say she was well really made a big difference to me. I did not worry about her in the least, and usually, I do when she has to go to the kennel.”
So, for many pet parents, pet sitting is the way to go.
- Home Security
In addition to keeping your pet relaxed, pet sitting also serves the purpose of helping to keep your home secure. Having frequent activity in your home while you are away contributes to keeping your home looking occupied. Cars will be in and out of your driveway, lights will be turned on and off, your empty trash bin will be promptly picked up, and so on.
Factors to Consider When Hiring a Pet Sitting Service
When choosing the right company to take care of your precious pet, there are many factors that you need to take into account. Be sure to do lots of research and find out the following:
- Is the company insured and bonded?
- What happens if someone gets hurt in your home?
- Is the company you are hiring a professional company?
- Does the company provide references?
- Does the company have an online presence?
- Who are the sitters that work for the company and what is the hiring process?
- Does the company perform background checks on all of its sitters?
- How long will the visits be and what do they include?
How Can PAWSitive Strides Help You?
Are you going to be traveling soon? Do you need extra help with your pets on days that you have to work longer hours? Contact us today to get a personalized pet care plan to help care for your pet when you are not able to do so.