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Q: Pet sitters?

March 8, 2009 | By betsy L. | 19 answers | Expired: 2097 days ago

betsy L.

Has anyone evedr hired a pet sitter? We go out of town a few times a year for about a week at a time and it is hard to find people to check in on our cats and clean the litter. Has anyone ever used a pet sitter and how do you find one you trust?



Thanks everyone for the insite, and just to the one who said take them with us or dont go, well we travel 14 hours to see family 2 times a year, taking 4 cats with you is just not goint to work, plus not every one would want their guests to bring them. but thank you every one

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Tracy H.
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Mar 13, 2009

We frequently travel for the weekend. I have used both a proffesional service and my neighbors. When I live in the city I used a local service. They were good. What I suggest is doing a one day trip or a weekend trip before you do a whole week. That is what I did with the service. They came, although my lab wouldn't let them in the door. They were unable to take her out for a walk. She had a basement kennel so the mess was not a big problem. All we wanted to make sure is that she had food & water at the minimum. Which they put in through the door. So my other suggestion is to have them come to get to know the dog first which a good service would be willing to do. As for the neighbors, I use the kids, you know 12yr - and up. They play with my kids and the dog so the dog is use to them. In return it gives the kids a sense of responsiblity and a bit of pocket cash.

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Ejansson
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Mar 12, 2009

I'd recommend that maybe a friend stay over to care for your pets...with fair pay for the friend.

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BigThunderFan
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Mar 09, 2009

i agree i would go through the university you can usually trust them more since there students

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SISSI V.
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Mar 09, 2009

If there is a University where you live, contact their Veterenary department. Some actually have listings of vet students trying to earn some extra cash. A friend of mine has had real good experiences.

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Gail
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Mar 09, 2009

Ask your vet or the vet techs in the office. I found that one of the vet techs was willing to come in twice a day to take care of my cat for a little extra money.

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Hisnmb
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Mar 09, 2009

I used to be a dog sitter. I would clean house for a family once a week and when they went out of town, I would stay at their house and take care of the dog. I am sure you tried all the people you know, but that's my answer.

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DEREKDEMANE
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Mar 09, 2009

being a pet sitter myself, through my experience people have told me many times that its hard finding some one that they can trust. Trust and relabilty is the two most important things. Also, sometimes when people do find some one that they trust they tend not to tell other people because they don't want to lose the avialability of the person to some one else. My suggestion to you is if you can't find some one that you can trust that is doing it part time on the side then look in the yellow pages for a professional. You may pay more but the health and care of your pets is the most important thing.

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Courtney H.
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Mar 09, 2009

petsitters.org

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Geraldine  S.
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Mar 08, 2009

Have you tried looking online. There are some people who do this as a business. We have some good ones where I live.

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Shell
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Mar 08, 2009

Not easy to trust anyone going into your home and caring for your pets but if you find a neighbor (older - but not nosey) that might be your best bet.

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