Pet Sitter - Would You Use One?
Your pets are important members of your family. But you probably won’t be able to take them on holiday with you. You can’t leave them home alone but are kennels your only option if you don’t have a friend who can help you out?
Concerns Over Kennels
If you leave your animals in a cattery or kennels, you will seriously increase the cost of your holiday and your pets may not be happy with the arrangement. Some animals find a stay in kennels extremely distressing and your concerns about your pets could spoil your break. Your pets will be happier if they can stay at home and, if you have a friend who can help out, you will save a great deal of money. It is also good to have someone watching over your property in case there are intruders, burst pipes or other issues.
But what happen if you don’t have a friend who can lend a hand? Have you considered engaging a pet sitter?
Pet Care and Security
More and more pet owners in the UK are using the services of a pet sitter. They will move into your home whilst you are away and take care of your animals whilst enhancing the security of your property. The chances of theft and long term damage to your property is minimised and your animals can remain in familiar surroundings.
Finding a Pet Sitter
If you want to find a trustworthy house sitter it helps if family or friends can recommend someone. If not, you can search online and there are now several websites offering the services of house and pet sitters. These include trustedhousesitters.com, housesitters.co.uk and animalangels.co.uk.
Minding the Menagerie
Sitters engaged via trustedhousesitters.com alone looked after more than 50,000 pets in 2016. Even small holders and home owners with a veritable menagerie of animals have been able to find a suitable person to stay in their home. Dogs, cats, donkeys, ducks, fish and goats can all be cared for.
Many of the sitters offer their services for free. This will probably surprise you but house sitting enables the volunteers to travel whilst enjoying free accommodation. Many simply love a change of scenery and for others it is just a case of wanting to be with the animals.
How to Choose the Perfect Pet Sitter
If you do wish to engage a sitter, take care to read their references or feedback and talk to them on the phone to start building a relationship. It can often pay to go with your gut instinct! Ask your chosen sitter to text or email you regularly with updates about your pets when you are away and ask your neighbours to keep an eye on proceedings if you are on friendly terms with them. Try to find a volunteer who seems focussed on the pet care aspect of house sitting and ask to speak to other people that they have served in the past.
You should also take the time to acquaint your sitter with your pets’ quirks. It is important that the sitter understands your pets’ specific needs.
A pet sitter will save you a fortune, enhance the security of your home and save your animals from a great deal of stress.