How to Prepare for a Pet SitterBy
Gilbert Family Prepares for a Pet Sitter
Before meeting with a new client in the Gilbert area, I was asked to provide her with a checklist to prepare her home and pets for a pet sitter. Here is a great check list for anyone who is planning to have a pet sitter care for their home and pets.
- Get Together: Meet with your sitter before you depart, so he or she may become comfortable with your pets and home. Allow your pets plenty of time to get to know your sitter, so they are at ease while you are away.
- Contact Info: Provide your pet sitter with all of your contact information, trip information, an emergency contact person, contact information of anyone else visiting the home, landlord contact information, and vet information. Give your vet and/or landlord your pet sitter’s contact info as well.
- Stock Up: Make sure you have plenty of food, water, litter, medicine, treats, toys, etc.
- Gather Up: Keep your pets leash, pet carrier, care instructions, cleaning products, and all other pet supplies in one general area that is easy to find.
- Secure Everything: Put ID tags on your pets, make sure the back yard is secure for dogs that may go, make sure the windows and doors are secure, provide your sitter with a “babysitter” code and password for your alarm system.
- Light it Up: Leave an outside light on for evening or early morning visits, and/ or leave a light/tv/radio on in the home for your pets. Leave the thermostat on a comfortable setting for your pets and sitter.
- Put it Away: Make sure that any dangerous plants, cleaning supplies, etc. are out of your pet’s reach.
- Give a Heads Up: Inform your sitter of anything out of the ordinary with your home or pets that they may need to watch out for. (ex. two pets that may not get along or a toilet that overflows).