What is Pet Sitting?by Kathy Green • June 27, 2012
Millions of people have pets, most commonly dogs, cats, and birds, but others enjoy the more exotic pets such as lizards, snakes and insects. Pet owners want their pets to have excellent care, but many are challenged by time- long and hectic working conditions, and a variety of other demands on their time. A good pet sitting business can satisfy this need for help by offering personalized pet care.
Types of Pet Sitting
- Dog Walking
Dogs, like humans, need both mental and physical stimulation in order to stay healthy, and dog walking is one of the most common ways to offer this. In order for dogs to stay at their peak, our canine friends should be going out for a walk at least once a day. However, the work lives of most pet owners prevent them from coming home mid day to walk their dog. Dog walkers can pick up your animal at a prescribed time each day and provide him with a vigorous walk and company.
- Cat Sitting
Cat sitting involves services such as playing, feeding, and providing fresh water. Cats are fun loving pets to own, and thrive on stimulation and play. Leaving a feline for extended periods on their own can cause them to become distant and depressed. Whether your cat likes to pounce on laser lights or to cuddle up and get adored, cat sitters are happy to accommodate!
- Vacation Care
Most pet owners enjoy occasional vacations and often can not take their pet with them.This presents the very stressful situation of finding someone they can trust to take care of their pet.
Sometimes, if you are comfortable with it, the pet sitter caring for your pet will live at your home, taking the role of a house sitter, allowing the pet to stay totally in their routines, calm and with minimal dislocation. While the pet sitter looks after your pet, they can be asked to do other various household tasks such as watering plants and removing newspapers and fliers from the front of your home. The sight of a house that appears to be inhabited can be a deterrent to break ins and theft.
An important note here is that a vacation pet sitter, unlike a house sitter or house cleaner, won't scrub your house. If you want a spotless home - someone to make up your bedrooms, change linens, wash counters, and polish dishes, I would recommend hiring a housekeeper. The cost of housekeeping is typically between $20 and $40 an hour - although this varies by city.
- Other Types of Pet Sitting
Pet sitting can come in all different shapes and sizes, whether it’s feeding your pets while you’re at work, or teaching your parrot how to welcome guests as they walk into your home. The possibilities are endless. Take a look around the pet sitter job board and find a pet sitter that meets your needs!
Finding Your Pet Sitter
Finding a pet sitter that satisfies your needs can be a challenging task. We, at PetSitter.com, want to make your life easier by providing you with easy access to pet sitters across North America. Whether you are looking for a dog walker in California or a pet sitter in New York, PetSitter.com has got you covered.