We often require a pet sitter when we have to leave our beloved pets for an emergency, holiday or a business trip to a different city or abroad. We need to them to take care of our pets for us, right? That is exactly why we hire professional help because they would know what to do in an emergency and who to call, but we fail to understand the deeper roles the pet sitters perform while they take care of our pets in our absence.
While most people think that all pet sitters do is play with cute kitten and pet puppies and occasionally feed them, clean liter, and they say what a great and easy job you have.
This is more or less true and to be honest it is the greatest career on earth, but it is anything but easy. Professional pet sitting requires you to be available 365 days a year because your client needs you when they have to go out with friends or they have to go on holidays over the weekend and even when they have to work during the week.
The daily schedule of a pet sitter requires them to be up at around 6:30 or 7:00 am and do their morning visits. That gets done after a few hours then it’s back home for an hour or so and then back on the job for the afternoon visits and dog walks and get back home to relax after 9:30 in the evening. Pet sitters do get a couple of hours off in between 4 pm to 6 pm usually when they can have dinner and unwind a little to go back on the job shortly after.
These visits never go the same way they did the day before because pet sitters mostly deal with animals that are nervous, anxious and shy without their owners and most of the times they don’t want pet sitters near them. So, to deal with that and make them feel comfortable, they also have to clean their poop, pee and throw up accidents that happen far too often.
Other than that, we need to sniff out anything that is wrong with the animal and do something accordingly to cater it and if there is an emergency, we need to react quickly.
Pet sitting is not as easy as it sounds because it requires a lot of hard work and dedication.