It is important to make sure that your chosen pet sitter is registered with The National Association of Registered Petsitters. If you contact them, they will give you a list of their members so that you can find someone in your area.
As with the previous options, there are a few points to consider when choosing your pet sitter:
- Meet them first. Not only will this give you a chance to make sure that your pet will get on with them, but you can also be sure that they will look after your pet properly.
- Ask to see their CRB certificate or police check, as this will assure you that they do not have a criminal background.
- Check their references.
- Make sure that they have insurance that will cover your pet in case of an emergency.
It may help to let your pet have some ‘introductory sessions’ so that they can get to know the pet sitter. You should only hire them if you are completely sure that they will care for your pet properly.
Once you have decided on your pet sitter, make sure of the following before you leave:
- They have clear instructions on how to care for your pet, which includes any medication or dietary requirements.
- Your pet’s vaccinations and flea and worming treatments are up-to-date.