Leaving your cat with a sitter for the first time can be a stressful experience. Not knowing what to expect or how your cat will adjust is definitely worrisome, but ensuring that your cat sitter has everything they need to care for your pet on a daily basis or even in the event of an emergency may be at the front of your mind. Food portions, administering medication, and vet details are all important items that you may know by heart, but for a sitter watching over your cat for the first time, this information will need to be communicated so that they are prepared for any and all situations. If you are wondering how to make your sitter better equipped to watch over your cat, here are three ways you can prepare for your cat sitter.
1. Update your cat’s online profile
Preparing for a cat sitter’s visit in advance is much easier than searching for food or digging through cabinets for medication. Since your feline is not able to communicate their needs to the sitter, creating a profile with specific details, needs, likes, dislikes, etc., for your cat will help both the sitter and your pet adjust quickly. For example, does your cat have a favorite toy or treat that you would like the sitter to keep in mind? Your pet’s profile should include this information as well as the location where these items can be found.
2. Specify food medication and supplies
Food and medical supplies are two very important items to keep in mind for your sitter. If your cat has a specific dose of thyroid medication or a special jacket for anxiety, these are specifics your sitter will need to know in order to ensure that your cat is healthy and safe while you are away. In addition to medication and supplies, leaving details about dosing requirements, when to administer medication, or ways to make your pet more comfortable while administering medication are all ways to prepare your sitter for every and any situation. And remember, updating these details sooner rather than later is always important. This way, your sitter can review the instructions and reach out with any questions that they may have in order to avoid disturbing you while you are away.
3. Provide keys and info on home security
Believe it or not, this important piece of information is something that may often be forgotten. For some, details about their cat’s medications and feeding schedule is first and foremost on their mind, and as a result, home security and safety is often glossed over. Providing your cat’s sitter with not only the keys to your home but also with information for home security is extremely important. If you have a security code to your home, be sure to provide this ahead of time in order to avoid any uncomfortable or stressful situations for the sitter once you are gone. Also include details on how to handle a situation if your home alarm goes off during their stay or if there is an actual emergency. And since it’s common for animals to trigger an alarm sensor and set off an alarm, turning off the indoor motion sensors could be helpful for your sitter while they care for your pet. Home security, as with the other examples included here, are of course on a case-by-case basis and should be considered based on your own living situation.
Basically the more that you can prepare for your cat sitter ahead of time will pave the way for seamless visits while you’re away. Update your cat’s pet profile, leave specific details on medication and feeding schedules, and provide keys and home security information. This will enable your cat sitter to take care of your cat in the manner that he or she is used to—and will enable you to have stress-free time away from home.
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