Are you going out of town? Be sure to leave a full pet sitter checklist to provide the information and dates your dog or cat sitter needs!
68% of American families own a pet. That equates to 85 million households!
If you’re part of this statistic, you may be wondering what to do with your pet when you go on vacation. Luckily, there are ample pet sitters to care for your furry friend and ensure they remain happy and healthy while you’re gone.
Your job is to leave the pet sitter with all the information they need to care for Fluffy or Fido.
Don’t know where to start? Keep reading to learn how you can create the ultimate pet sitter checklist.
Your checklist should start with your pet’s daily routine, including feeding, walks, and playtime. However, don’t just write “Max gets fed twice a day.” Instead, make sure you write down what time your pet gets fed, how much, and if they get wet or dry food at certain times during the day.
A good example would go as follows: “Max gets fed 1 cup of dry food at 8 a.m. and one can of wet food at 6:00 p.m.”
You should include the same level of detail when it comes to walks, playtime, potty times, and medication administration. Also, make sure you keep all their supplies in an easy-to-find location, such as on the kitchen table.
If you’re hiring a pet sitter for a week or more, you’ll also have to include weekly tasks, such as taking your dog to the groomer or emptying the litter box and refilling it. If your pet has any appointments, make sure you leave the address, phone number, and name of the business as well as the appointment time.
Make a Calendar
Some pets come with a detailed schedule filled with groomer visits, vet appointments, play dates, or doggy daycare schedules. If this is true for you, consider using a calendar template and fill in your pet’s various appointments in order to help your sitter stay organized.
Personality and Likes
The best way to help your pet feel comfortable while your gone is to inform the pet sitter of their personality and likes. For example, if your cat doesn’t like strangers, you may want to tell the pet sitter not to bother them or to try and initiate play by dragging a string outside their favorite hiding spot.
It’s also important to inform them if your pet absolutely does not like being held or touched in a certain spot. Under stress, your pet may scratch or bite at someone who does this, so it’s vital to let the sitter know in order to keep them safe and help reduce stress on your pet.
Creating the Ultimate Pet Sitter Checklist
Don’t leave your pet sitter guessing at how they should care for your furry friend. Instead, follow the guide above to create the ultimate pet sitter checklist to ensure your pet gets the best care possible while you’re away.
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