Pet Columnist

Is getting a pet sitter really worth it?

credit
Boots is getting a pet sitter. Let’s hope Boots’ owner does her homework and checks the references of potential sitters.

credit Boots is getting a pet sitter. Let’s hope Boots’ owner does her homework and checks the references of potential sitters.

Dear Fisher,

Oh, dear! The young woman I live with just got a new job, and she is really excited about it. She keeps looking at me like we have to make some changes. "What about Boots?" she says. Seems she will be traveling quite a lot. What do you think she should do about me?

Boots

Keep your mind on the upside of this new change. Just think — a new, better job means new, better snacks!

In most cases, it is unacceptable for humans to take their pets on business trips. It is a great idea for a cat who loves to travel, but pitching an ad or going for a contract would just not be the same if you are in your carryall under the table whining because lunch is late. Finding a good pet sitter can be a great solution for you and your roommate.

Your owner must first learn everything you can about your future pet sitter. Get references, and call them. If that person is dependable and dedicated to the task, you have found yourself a new friend. It is imperative for your human to know she can trust that person with you, your house, and your belongings. You must get fed, the litter box needs cleaning, and best of all, there should be plenty of time left over for some ball toss or catnip capers.

Your young woman should plan on a daily check-in. Short trips are recommended until everyone is satisfied with the arrangement.

There are many benefits for you and your caretaker when you hire a good pet sitter, according to the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (www.petsitters.org):

• You get to stay at home in your own safe environment.

• You are surrounded by all your familiar sights, scents, and sounds.

• You can still have some quality playtime and human interaction.

• If you really mess up, someone is responsible in case of an emergency.

• Your owner knows you are in caring, loving hands.

• You two do not have to impose on family, friends or neighbors.

• You should both feel home is more secure with someone visiting every day.

The NAPPS has great advice on how to find, select, and interview a potential pet sitter and will also give you referrals. Consult your phone book, or call them for assistance at Pet Sitters (1-800-296-PETS). If you know what to look for when hiring someone for this very important position, you are much more likely to make a good match. It will be fun to be the first cat on the block with a Nanny!

Is getting a pet sitter really worth it? 02/25/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 28, 2011 1:29pm]

© 2014 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...