pets comfortably sharing living space in more than 50 percent
of American households alone, it's no wonder that pet sitting
services, dog kennels, and pet-friendly hotels have taken off in recent
Of all options
available, pet sitting is usually the preferred one for many pet owners
for several good reasons. Whether it be a dog,
most pets feel safer in their own familiar surroundings.
at home not only eliminates the stress on pets. It also lessens
the trauma for owners who fear they may be exposing their pet
to unfamiliar foods or environments, or exposure to other animals'
choose a pet sitter
invite a pet sitter into your home, experts advise that you hire
someone who is trained or certified for the job, or is bonded
or covered by liability insurance to cover possible accidents
Also ask about
what related services are provided - such as grooming, walking
(for dogs), play time (for cats) or other activities. Do they provide
a written contract detailing their services? Do they have a backup
pet sitter in case they become ill? Finally, don't forget to inquire
about possible references so that you can contact those who have
recently used their services.
Let them know before you go
Once you do
find someone you trust, relieve your own separation anxiety by
working with your pet sitter before you go on your trip. Make
sure the sitter knows where to easily locate such necessary items
the location of your cat box and where you store the kitty litter
the location of collars, leashes or halters
and favorite pet toys
your pet may need
store your pet carrier
contact numbers for local veterinary services
pet sitters around the Web
advice is widely available online, including directories of pet sitters in the U.S., U.K. Canada
and worldwide, plus tips on to what to look for in a good pet sitter,
and how to work with them ...
a Pet Sitter
- The U.S. Humane Society guide to the benefits of hiring and
working with a cat or pet sitter, video presentation,
and pet sitter resources.
Association of Pet Sitters - Locate a certified pet sitter
in your area by dialing the 800 number, or searching online by
U.S. zip code, with information for pet owners on benefits of
pet sitters, best qualifications, how to choose one, and related
tips before you go on holiday or vacation.
Sitters International - Searchable database of accredited
pet sitters in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and worldwide with related
articles & features on Take Your Dog to Work Day, proper pet
care, tips & advice.