We take care of our pets as our own and would want to them to be in good hands even when we are away, sometimes for days at a time. Naturally, we wouldn’t trust anyone to give our pets the same amount of love, care and attention while away. There is a solution, and that is to hire a pet sitter for the job when we are out of town, but how to know whether the pet sitter has your pet’s best interest at heart.
Some of these tips might seem obvious to you, but overlook them at your own peril. You will have to judge them by observing certain things that are directly attached to your pet and what condition those things are in. For example, your pet’s water bowl. If the bowl is completely dried up then you need to confront the pet sitter and ask them whether they have been checking the water level frequently or not or if it is dirty, then you also need to confront them about maintaining those hygiene levels for your pets which are most essential for them.
Lack of respect of your property is a complete no, and it can be seen if you’re once full fridge is now empty or your living room smells of cigarette smoke while you were away. Have your neighbor reported anything suspicious or spotted strangers admitted in your house? These are the signs that your pet sitter have been completely out of order and disrespected your trust and your home in your absence.
If you find your pet fearful and aggressive then you need to confront the pet sitter for an explanation. It could be that your pet has been locked in a room for days without the daily walks or exercise your pet could end up behaving this way. It is another sign of a bad pet sitter who completely ignores the essential aspect of pet sitting.
For any pet sitter, the focal point is the pet itself. If you realize that certain duties were not performed by the pet sitter, report them immediately to whatever business they are associated to and have them known to friends and family to spread the word to never hire them for any pet sitting activity again.
These are a few handy tips that can help you spot a bad pet sitter. This can help you hire a better pet sitter for your beloved pet while you are away and be at peace with the fact that you have chosen the right person for the job.