This is a great question and as pet sitters we have to evaluate every situation individually to determine if pet sitting is the best choice for a client’s pets. There is not an easy answer for this question, but I will try to give some advice for those wondering if pet sitting is the right option for their pets.
Dogs – Most dogs do fine with a pet sitter, if you have an elderly dog or multiple dogs in a household, we highly recommend pet sitting. We also would suggest overnight care for most dogs as they like to be around people and the extra time we can provide them helps with any anxiety that can occur. A few times we have come across a dog who will be a great guard dog, but not so good with a pet sitter coming into the house. We always meet the pets ahead of time, but for some dogs the idea of someone besides the owner entering the house can cause a problem.
Cats – 99% of the time cats do great with a pet sitter coming in for visits. We offer once daily, twice daily, and even overnight care for our cat clients. Cats prefer to stay in their own environment when possible and most (even the shy ones) enjoy a little time with us. That other 1% who are not a good candidates for pet sitting are the aggressive cats who do not like strangers entering their home.
Other Pets – Birds, Guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, turtles, fish.. you get the idea. These are great candidates for pet sitting as they do not travel well and boarding is often not an option. Even if the fish have feedings via a timer, it’s important that the house is checked to ensure that the power is on for the filters and pumps. Also remember if the dog or cat will be boarded or travelling with you, we can care for those pets that you leave at home.