Call the prospective pet sitter for an interview. Although pet sitters can tend to be busy, the client should not feel as though the sitter is "squeezing" them in. Once the interview is in progress, observe how the sitter reacts with your pet, and how the pet responds to the sitter. Remember animals have a much keener "instinct" than humans. Some animals are shy around strangers (cats in particular). Observe the sitter's demeanor. The sitter should ask about the pet's health background, eating habits, and individual "quirks". It is important to write this information down.
client also has some responsibilities to the sitter. All
pet food and supplies should be stocked up and ready to
go. The sitter should not be responsible for the purchase
of these unless it is specifically agreed upon in
advance. The client should also have a list of important
information such as:
Once these bases are covered, the job of pet sitting should go smoothly and without stress on any participant.
consideration is try to determine exactly what the
quality of time with the pet is going to be. During brief
daily stays, or whatever the arrangement is, your pet
needs the full undivided attention of the sitter...not
just a warm body who brings in the mail, waters the
plants, and provides food. The sitter should spend 90% of
their time there attending your pet with exercise, play,
and any necessary grooming. If the client does not feel
that the proper requirements are being met, don't settle.