Cats are more comfortable in their own territory. Cats become unsettled when traveling and many will actually suffer from motion sickness. When you want to leave home for a short period of time, consider hiring a professional cat sitter to take care of your beloved pet.
Locate Potential Cat Sitters:
Check with your friends to see if they can recommend a professional cat sitter they have used in the past. If you do not have friends who can recommend a professional cat sitter, there are professional organizations that can help you locate a professional cat sitter. Cat sitting has become a growing business as pet parents look for the best option for their cat’s well being. A cat sitter will come to your home and check on your cat. They will feed, water, clean the litter and, if necessary, administer any medications your cat may need. Pet Sitters is a professional organization for people who can take care of your cat. Another organization, Cat Sitters, offers similar services in locating a professional cat sitter. Use these resources to begin narrowing your search for a cat sitter for your pet cat.
Interview Potential Cat Sitters:
Prepare a list of questions to ask your potential cat sitter during a telephone interview. You may want to ask what their prices are, if they provide any other services, such as picking up the mail or watering your house plants. Ask if they are licensed and/or bonded as many areas now require professional cat sitters to be bonded and licensed. You can also ask what experience and special training they may have had in connection with their professional status as a cat sitter. If your cat has special needs that will have to be tended to, as the professional cat sitter if they have ever had any experience cat sitting for a cat with similar needs. You will also want to get several references from your potential cat sitter. Be sure to call the references before you arraign for a face to face interview with your potential cat sitter.
Have a meeting between your cat and the cat sitter:
Once you have selected a potential cat sitter and are comfortable with your selection after contacting their references, invite the professional cat sitter to come over and meet your cat. You will want to watch how the cat and the sitter interact during this first meeting. Most cats take a bit to warm up to strangers, so watch their interaction for a bit before hiring your professional cat sitter. You want to be as comfortable as possible as this person will be entering your home while you are gone.
Hiring a professional cat sitter can relieve you of the stress of worrying about your cat while you are gone. While friends and family can be a better option for you, and less expensive, you may have to wonder if the person you entrusted to take care of your beloved cat is taking care of him. By hiring a professional, you know your cat is under the care of an expert and is at home where she is the most comfortable in familiar surroundings.