In recent years, there’s been an undeniable rise in the number of cat owners choosing to employ a cat sitter, rather than shipping their kitties off to a cattery. This option boasts many advantages such as keeping your cat’s regular routine as they continue to enjoy their usual surroundings. But of course, you’ll be letting a stranger into your home and trusting them to take care of your fur baby, so it’s only right that the decision can come with apprehension.
So with this in mind, we’ve put together a handy checklist, as well as essential questions to ask your cat sitter to ease your mind before you go away.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
Before we delve into those all-important questions, first impressions definitely count. If you’re considering a cat sitter, arrange a time for them to visit your home, and pay attention to the following:
When liaising with your cat sitter, was it easy? Were they agreeable to meeting and did they arrive on time?
Go with your gut here! If your first impression doesn’t fill you with
A good cat sitter will come equipped with insurance and references.
Introducing your cat:
How is the interaction between the two? Does the cat sitter take time to try to get to know your kitty? Are they keen?
What questions did they ask?:
Is the cat sitter interested in knowing your cat’s routine, habits and quirks? They should want to know everything (including your vet’s details) in order to deliver an excellent service.
If your first impression doesn’t fill you with hope that the candidate is anything less than amazing, it’s time to keep searching.
10 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR POTENTIAL CAT SITTER
With the initial introduction complete, it’s time to turn your attention to these essential questions to ask your cat sitter…
- What led to you becoming a cat sitter? A love of cats is definitely a must!
- Do you have any cats of your own and if so, can you tell me a little about them? While it isn’t 100% necessary for your catsitter to have their own cats (some may not be able to due to their living arrangements) but if someone is around cats all day, every day, they’re more likely to understand these complex creatures.
- How much experience do you have? Obviously, the more the better. Find out if they have any regular clients as this is a good indication that they are doing a good job.
- Can you provide references? If they can’t or seem unwilling, steer clear.
- How many times will you visit my home each day and how long will you stay? Ideally, twice a day. They should be there for as long as possible to provide your cat with some companionship in your absence.
- What is your in-case of emergency routine? Will they bring your cat to your chosen vet and inform you?
- What exactly will you do during the visit? They should provide clear details of what they’ll do in regards to cleaning the litter tray, feeding, playing etc.
- What are your rates? Some offer a discount when booking multiple trips.
- How can you reach each other? You should both offer an emergency point of contact person. It’s also wise to leave a spare key for your home with a neighbour.
- Will you receive daily updates and how? There’s nothing like a photo each day to feel
safe thatyour cat is in safe hands.
SHOULD YOU USE THEM AGAIN?
When you return to your home, carry out a quick check. Is the house in the same condition? Does the litter tray appear clean? Is your cat happy and healthy? If you’re pleased with the communication you received and are confident your cat was well looked after, it’s definitely a sign of a job well done.
Following a good first impression and answers that you are happy with, feel confident in your decision to book a cat sitter while you are away from your home.
Do you use a regular cat sitter? Do you have some tips or stories to share? Tell us in the comments below.