“Oh, I don’t need one, I have a friend/family member come by and check on my pets while I’m gone.” Great! We want to be able to depend on our friends, our family, and even our neighbors, but there is a truth that separates them from a professional pet sitter – Your pet is a professional pet sitter’s first priority.
A professional pet sitter has an obligation to care for your pet whether “something comes up” or not. When you hire a professional pet sitter, you’re hiring someone who has made a life based on their commitment to the care of animals. Most professional pet sitters not only have pets of their own, they have an above-average passion and interest for animals. A professional pet sitter understands your care and concern as an owner, and will care for your pet with the same love and concern as they do for their own. Hiring a professional pet sitter guarantees that you are hiring someone whose going to think of your pet’s needs before their own.
Professional pet sitters will take care of not only your pet and your interests, but also your home. Most professional pet sitting services will require you to sign a legally binding general service contract and veterinarian release form, and they will also have acquired insurance created specifically for pet sitters and agencies. These two reasons alone are those that we feel are the most important factors that separate hiring a professional pet sitter from enlisting the help of a friend or family member.
Some other great reasons to hire a professional pet sitter?
“What’s the difference for the pet between pet sitting and kenneling? I’m sure the pets are just fine in a professional boarding facility.” Well, if you hire a pet sitter, your pets will never have to leave the comfort and security of their own home. This includes the added amenity of never being exposed to kennel related diseases, or having to endure extra vaccinations simply in order to be kenneled. For many pets, life at the kennel is extremely stressful; this added stress can actually weaken your pet’s immune system and make them even more susceptible to disease. Using a pet sitter will enable your pet to stay on its daily food, exercise and play schedule.
Professional pet sitters provide focused one-on-one personal care for your pets. When you hire a professional pet sitter, that specialized attention is included in their fee, not added a la carte. This one on one approach provides the focus needed to spot acute illnesses, changes in behavior or diet, and can prevent medical emergencies when they occur. This is something that even the most reliable family member or friend likely is not trained to spot.
A professional pet sitter forms a strong bond with your pet. This bond reduces stress, provides your pet with a sense of protection and security, and prevents fear and confusion caused when multiple people are responsible for your pets care.
There are many, many more reasons to hire a professional pet sitter. In the end, both you and your pets will rest easy knowing that they are in a professional pet sitters care. Your pets will spend your vacation playing, snuggling, and enjoying the quiet house, while you relax on a beach, or – in most cases – work non stop on that company project you’ve had to fly to another state for!
Why use Paws n Play as your pet sitter?
Katrina and Jarryd bring a unique presence to the professional pet sitting world. Her Bachelor qualifications and his lifetime love of dogs, and creating unique experiences for clients in the business world make Paws n Play a customer focused, extremely professional business.
Insured to cover anything and everything related to dog walking or pet sitting in and out of your home, you can rest assure that you are not only hiring a professional pet sitter, but establishing relationships with people who understand the connection between pets and their owners.