cute kittenOne unique feature of our company is that we offer meet and greets with our sitters before you book your appointments. It’s your opportunity to see if your cat sitter is a good fit for your kitty family. Here are a few tips to make the most of the meet and greet meeting.

Schedule the meet and greet around meal time

Having your sitter come around your cat’s dinner time offers two important opportunities. For one, it gives you a chance to show your pet sitter your cat’s routine. And, two, it helps your cat to associate your pet sitter with food. This is especially helpful for shy cats who will come out when they hear a can opening, but would have otherwise stayed in hiding.

Show your sitter the cleaning supplies

A good practice is to leave the pet cleaning supplies on the counter before you leave for your trip. However, sometimes kitty can get into big messes while you’re gone, such as knocking over a plant. Show your pet sitter where you keep additional cleaning supplies, too, such as the vacuum cleaner.

Other considerations

Does your apartment have a thermostat, or do the windows needs to be cracked if the radiator has made the apartment too warm? Do you prefer to keep the air conditioner off? Are there any rooms where your cat isn’t allowed while you’re gone? These are all good things to review. Don’t forget to show your pet sitter where the light switches are, because they can be hard to find in a dark apartment during an evening visit. You should also have your pet sitter test the keys before they go.

Eager to be paired up with a friendly pet sitter of your own? Drop us a line to be matched today!

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.

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