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TOP 5 REASONS YOUR CAT REALLY DOES NEED A PET SITTER

Posted on 9 March, 2014 at 0:48 Comments comments (49)
TOP 5 REASONS YOUR CAT REALLY DOES NEED A PET SITTER
 
 
Does your cat really need a pet sitter? 
 
I often hear from people who have a cat, “My cat is very independent.  Just check food, water and litter box every other day.” Or even worse, “I would like to have pet sitting for my dog, but you don’t have to do anything for the cat.”
 
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that many years ago, if I left for a weekend, I would set out extra cat food and water and another litter box and thought they would be “just fine.” Now that I have more knowledge and experience with cat care, health, and behavior I would NEVER leave my cats alone without an experienced pet sitter!
 
Why, you ask?  I believe that cats need at least one visit per day from a pet sitter for the following reasons:
1. FOOD: Some people free feed their cats and this may work for you if your cat is a healthy weight.  But, if your cat is used to getting specific amounts of food once or twice a day, he/she may gorge themselves.  This could result in vomiting on your floor or carpet or a sick cat.  What if your cat stops eating altogether?  You would not know until you return and you may find your sweet kitty seriously ill, requiring an expensive trip to the vet.  Some people leave automatic food dispensers, but I have seen these malfunction and the cat gets NO food at all. An experienced, professional pet sitter will check on your cat daily, making sure he/she is eating properly.

2. WATER: What happens if your cat tips over the water bowl or gets trapped in another room and has nothing to drink?  Dehydration can lead to serious health issues very quickly. Your pet sitter will ease your mind by providing fresh water daily and monitoring your cat’s water intake.
3. LITTER BOX: Leaving your cat with a dirty litter box (even for 1 day) is unhealthy, unsanitary for your home after your cat walks in it, and may result in your cat not using the litter box and instead using the rest of your home for his bathroom. Your cat sitter will keep the box clean and will also notice if your kitty has diarrhea or other problems.
4. HEALTH & SAFETY:  Many cat health problems can come on quickly and escalate. Your professional pet sitter has the experience and knowledge of cat health and behavior.  Catching health problems early can help prevent costly veterinarian visits and possibly save your cat’s life.
 
Cats have been known to squeeze into and behind small spaces and get stuck, or get locked into a room or garage by the housekeeper. Or to get tangled up tightly in the string to their feather toy or the cords on your blinds. I know you wouldn’t want your cat hanging from the strings on your blinds for 48 hours! Or stuck somewhere without food and water. By visiting your kitty once or twice per day your pet sitter can prevent many disasters that could happen while you are gone.

5. COMFORT & COMPANIONSHIP: Many cats feel stressed and lonely when their owners are away.  Your pet sitter will visit your home once or twice a day and provide loving attention, whether it be playing with their favorite toy, petting and brushing, or some lap time. Just food, water and litter box is not enough for most cats – they thrive with human companionship. A comfortable cat is less likely to show stress behaviors such as having diarrhea or eliminating outside the litter box.
 
At Kelly’s Pet Sitting in Medford, Oregon, we love and understand cats!  We know how to give them the tender, loving care that they need. We understand that some cats need space. Some cats just want to play. Others want nothing more than to purr in your lap and be petted. We provide them with loving care when you can’t be there. Your kitty will thank you for hiring a professional pet sitter to care for them. Visit our website at www.kellyspetsitting.net for our services and contact information. 

      

Why Hire A Professional Pet Sitter?

Posted on 23 February, 2014 at 19:19 Comments comments (3)
Why Hire A Professional Pet Sitter?
 
Many people new to pet sitting wonder what is it we really do?  Why is it worth the money to hire a professional pet sitter to care for my pets or walk my dog?  They also wonder about the “pet sitters” advertising their services for very little money.
 
What is a Professional Pet Sitter, anyway?
 
I will cover some of the key features of a professional vs. “hobby pet sitter” here.
 
  1. A professional pet sitter is a person or company that is insured for liability to protect your home and your pets.
  2. A professional pet sitting company has bonding on their staff. This protects you in the case of theft.
  3. The professional sitter usually belongs to one or more professional organizations in order to continue their education regarding running their business, animal care, health, behavior and body language to name a few.
  4. These sitters have experience in their chosen field and clients that would be able to provide excellent references.
  5. Most professional pet sitting companies have a Business License and practice legal and ethical business practices in their community.
  6. A professional company will take detailed notes of your pet’s care and have you sign a contract.
 
There are many “hobby pet sitters” out there offering their services for low prices. These prices sometimes are not even minimum wage and would barely cover their gas and vehicle expenses.  This type of sitter has little or no working knowledge of the industry, usually lacks experience, has no insurance or bond, and no business license.  These individuals will not be there for you in the long term as they cannot sustain a business without making at least some profit after expenses. Buyer beware!
 
Value and Peace of Mind
 
With Kelly’s Pet Sitting you can rest assured that you are hiring a professional pet sitter who is licensed, insured/bonded, has pet first aid training/certification and has the experience and knowledge to care for your pets properly. We are a member of Pet Sitter’s International, a professional organization for pet sitters around the globe. We have been serving the Medford area for over 10 years and we have excellent local references.  When you hire us you get an established, responsible sitter who knows what to do in case of emergencies.  Who would you rather trust when it comes to your precious pets and your peace of mind?