Pet Sitting Services (2018)
What Exactly is a Pet Sitter?
A pet sitter is generally a pet loving type of person who enjoys spending time with animals. More often than not this means cats and especially dogs. When a person displays this particular type of animal affection, there is a good chance they could end up being a good fit to start a pet sitting company.
That’s more of a ‘WHO’ is a pet sitter, but the job itself entails occupying a client’s home for a period, being sure to keep the pets of the house safe, fed, and entertained whilst the owner is away.
When Do I Hire a Pet Sitting Company?
Hiring a pet sitter is quite subjective. It all depends on your own personal situation and whether or not you’re comfortable with drop-in visits.
Do you have a trip or vacation coming up?
Do you have a medical procedure on the horizon?
These are they typical scenarios where one would hire a pet sitter for their pets. It could also be for a more mundane situation like a business trip that spans several days.
It has been said that cats should go no more than 3 days without care and attention. It can really ramp up their anxiety if their beloved owners are not present. Who says cats are heartless? They just show it differently, is all!
If you do end up having to be away, and need to be sure your pets are taken care of – That’s really the time you need to start searching for a local pet care service provider to make sure you’ve got peace of mind… AND your pets have food in their bellies!
I Live in Minnesota, Where Can I Find Someone for Drop-In Visits for my Pets?
Oh don’t kid yourself… Even if you think you live in the boonies, there’s ALWAYS a local person or company ready to take the call for pet care services like drop-in visits or pet sitting.
Take the St. Paul, MN area for example. If you were to check on Rover, or the Kennel Directory, you’ll see a whole bunch of pet sitters and dog walkers. It’s insane! You’ve got all the local communities such as the following:
- St. Paul itself
- Lake Elmo
- Cottage Grove
When I try to find a pet pro in any of these areas, I’m truly astonished by the results. I’m surprised at the pricing, seeing as how competitive the industry is.
How Boarding Differs from Pet Sitting
Boarding is a little different than pet sitting.
Boarding is where the pet service provider in Minnesota houses (boards) the dogs at their home rather than yours (the owner). For boarding, you want to be sure you hire a company that will follow your daily routines and schedules as best as possible.
Since you’re going away, the last thing you may want is to return to a pet that no longer remembers how to behave!