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How far in advance should you book pet sitting visits?

So you found out at the last minute that you have to travel for work, or perhaps you forgot all about that family get together out of town. Do you still have time to book a pet sitting visit? Read more to find out.

Last minute visits

While booking at the exact last minute isn’t ideal, our pet sitters may be able to accommodate your request. More often than not, your regular pet sitter will be available. However, if your pet sitter is fully booked, we’ll do our best to pair you with another one of our friendly pet sitters.

A week in advance

Booking at least a week in advance for last minute trips is ideal. That way, you can schedule a meet and greet with your pet sitter and show them the lay of the land. Meet and greets are also a great way for you and your cat to get to know your pet sitter before you go out of town.

Three weeks in advance

For services that have limited availability, such as twice daily visits, overnight stays, and boarding, booking at least three weeks in advance is the best way to go. It’s also a good idea to book three weeks in advance around popular holidays.

As soon as you know

In most scenarios, booking pet sitting visits as soon as you know that you have to travel is the best way to go. If you’re not sure of the exact dates because you haven’t booked your flights, it’s a good idea to reach out to your regular pet sitter to see if they’re available for roughly the dates of your trip.

Keep in mind, though, that they won’t be able to hold your appointment until you’ve made a deposit. You may want to make your deposit as soon as you know and add or subtract dates later just to be on the safe side.

Ready to book a pet sitting visit? Drop us a line to get the ball rolling!


Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

Photo by Uschi_Du on pixabay.

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