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Q: What do you look for in an in-home pet sitting service?

July 31, 2009 | By Debra B. | 6 answers | Expired: 1960 days ago

Debra B.

I am trying to arrange to go out of town. There are 5 pet sitting services listed in my local phone book, but I have such a hard time even getting people to return my phone call. I do have a lot of pets, so this is a big sitting job, but I am willing to pay. I've been told to get someone who is a licensed business and who is bonded for insurance purposes. Also, I need for the person to meet with my animals and go over things for their care. I am thinking this is a business venture that I need to get into if I must stay in town all the time for lack of a pet sitter!

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Courtney H.
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Jul 31, 2009

Ask for references and even do a trial while you are out to dinner or something like that as opposed to out of town.

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Norrie
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Aug 01, 2009

Maybe you already know this ; Each pet should have precise instructions on feeding, amount & time, temperment-what upsets it-calms it, which do not get along w/each other, etc. My daughter used to give me an hour by hour schedule for her young children, including which toys calmed them, I never had to call her.
I'm a good mom (I think) and have worked as a licensed babysitter, preschool aide & jr. high sp. ed aide but each child is different just as each loved pet is different. A friend of mine used to house and/or pet sit, she usually prefered the combonation.
Wishing you luck in finding a pet sitter or in being one.

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Gail S.
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Aug 01, 2009

I've used professional pet sitters in the past. They should come to your house prior to you leaving to meet your pets, write down specific instructions on each animal and find out where the food, dog brush, meds, etc. are.
I had been very pleased with one particular pet sitter and not so pleased with another. The pre-visit is important because you have the chance to use your gut instinct to see if this person seems like they would work out well. They will also water your plants, take your mail and newspaper in and turn lights on and off. Good luck to you!

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