People often ask us, “How often should someone visit my pet each day?” It can sometimes be difficult to figure out exactly how many pet sitting visits per day you need for your pet. Are two visits enough? Should you do three visits per day? How do you decide? Let us consider a few factors.
Factors to Consider When Choosing the Number of Pet Sitting Visits Each Day
#1 Does your pet have access to the outside?
Some dogs have a doggie door and can go outside to go potty as needed. In an instance like this, they may only need one visit per day. This depends, of course, on how often they are usually fed (see #2).
If a dog does not have access to the outdoors, the minimum number of visits he should have each day is two. Two visits per day allow the dog to get a bathroom break approximately every 10 to 12 hours.
For many dogs, that is enough. For other dogs, though, three visits per day may be a better fit. In this way, the dog can go out for a nice walk in the morning, in the middle of the day, and again before bedtime.
Cats do not need the outside access because they have litter boxes. Therefore, other factors must be taken into consideration when choosing the number of visits required for them. However, a minimum of one visit per day is essential for the health and well-being of your cat. Read more about it here.
#2 How many times per day do you feed your pet?
Does your pet eat once per day, twice per day, three times per day? Alternatively, does your pet have a self-feeder? Some pet parents even have feeders on timers. The number of times your pet eats per day can help to determine how many visits to schedule each day.
#3 How old is your pet?
Taking your pet’s age into consideration is of particular importance in the case of dogs who do not have free access to the outside. If your dog is older, he may have difficulty holding it if he only gets two visits per day. He may, instead, need three or even four visits in a day.
The same goes for a puppy. The number of visits the puppy will need each day depends on how long he can hold it without having any accidents.
#4 Is your pet crated?
A crated dog that only gets two visits per day will be spending approximately 23 hours of his time in a crate. For that reason, at PAWSitive Strides, we have a minimum requirement of three visits per day for dogs crated while the owners are not home.
Some people crate their dogs only overnight and, in those cases, two visits per day may work quite well for them.
#5 Is your pet on medication?
If your pet is taking medication, you will need to consider how often the medication needs to be administered. If it is once per day and you have a cat, then one visit per day will suffice. However, if you have that same cat but he gets medication twice per day, you will need two visits per day to ensure proper administration of the medicine.
#6 How social is your pet?
Some cats prefer to stay as far away from people as possible. Others love to follow someone around and rub against their legs, purring away. For the friendlier cats, scheduling two visits per day may be a good idea. As an alternative, scheduling longer visits (such as 40-45 minutes) once per day may help fulfill their need for company. On the other hand, the cats who prefer to stay away from people will be perfectly happy with one visit per day.
With dogs, it is important to consider if they have separation anxiety. If they do, it is best to have a minimum of three to four visits per day or even to consider doing overnights, so that have someone spending the night with them while their owner is gone.
Want to talk to someone and find out what would be the right fit for your and your pet? Give us a call at 407-970-0903 or contact us here.