woman and catWhen you first meet your pet sitter, you probably have a thousand questions and just aren’t sure which ones are the best to ask. Never fear, this handy list will steer you in the right direction.

“What time of day will you visit?”

This is an important consideration if others will be in your home during your trip, such as a housekeeper or a friend who also checks in on the cat. You can also discuss a window of time that keeps your kitty on his or her schedule.

“How long is each visit?”

Sometimes your cat needs a little extra care that takes longer to do. Maybe you have an energetic kitten who needs a lot of play time. Or, you may have a kitty with separation anxiety. After your sitter gets to know your cat and your cat’s routine during the meet and greet, it’ a good time to discuss if longer visits might be better for your kitty.

“What will you do in inclement weather?”

While we make every effort to visit your cat as agreed upon, sometimes hurricanes, blizzards, and other unpredictable weather events can prevent your pet sitter from visiting, especially if public transit shuts down. Have a chat with your sitter about perhaps leaving extra food or if impromptu overnight stays are possible.

Miscellaneous questions

Our pet sitters are often very interesting, creative people. Many of us are actors, artists, writers, and more. We’d love to chat about what we do in addition to pet sitting. Ask us about our own pets, too! Don’t forget to ask, “Is there anything else that you’ll need from me?” It’s a great way to make sure that there isn’t anything left unaddressed, especially if you’re lost in a good conversation.

Would you like a chance to get to know your pet sitter before you book? Fill out our contact form to get the ball rolling 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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