About this service
Planning to leave on a short trip or can tell it’s going to be an unusually long day at work, but don’t want to leave your four-pawed friend alone? We understand. But fortunately, there’s no need to worry – when the situation calls for it, leave your pet care to responsible pros. A professional will make sure that your loyal companion will be fully taken care of: plenty of attention, walks and (pre-approved) snacks are guaranteed! Find a reliable pet sitter easily on Discontract.Learn more
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Got a furry friend who needs company while you’re away? A pet sitter might help! Pet sitting is characterized by in-home care for a pet while the owner is away. Pet-sitting services are available for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, rabbits, fish and other household animals. Pet sitters visit their clients’ homes either once per day or multiple times per day to provide exercise, offer fresh food and water, change litter boxes, clean out cages, administer medications and provide companionship.
Discontract helps you find the right pro in your area to keep your pet company whenever you need it.
Pet Sitting Cost
Pet sitting services generally occur at the client’s home, and pet sitters either provide ongoing pet care for busy pet owners or a one-time or short-term service, as needed. When it comes to costs, pet sitters charge hourly rates to watch your furry friends. Therefore, longer visits will naturally cost more as opposed to tasks that only last an hour or less, such as a quick stop by your home or a short afternoon walk with your pup.
Additionally, pros in large cities and regions with a higher cost of living typically have higher rates for services than those living in rural areas or small towns. Pet sitters’ fees might also be higher during high-demand periods, such as holidays.
Pet Sitting Services
These are the most commonly requested pet sitting services:
Give food and water
Take pet outside
Change litter or bedding
Also, some pet sitters might be willing to complete small errands — collecting mail, watering plants, taking out the trash, and checking windows and doors for security — in addition to the above pet-sitting services.
Whatever your needs when it comes to your pet care, talk them over with your pet sitter, and don’t hesitate to discuss any questions or special requests you might have.
Choosing a Pet Sitter
It's crucial to choose the right person to care for your pet while you're away. Not only will they be watching your pet, but they'll also likely have access to your home and belongings. So, whoever you hire should be trustworthy and reputable.
Here's how to make sure you hire the best pet sitter:
Have a clear understanding of why you’re looking for a pet sitter. This will help the pet sitter give you advice as to how much time he or she should spend with your pet and how to spend that time. After all, some pets just need a 15-minute potty break whereas others need a full two-hour adventure.
Read client testimonials. Check written reviews left by other customers. Does the pet sitter respond quickly to their clients? Are they willing to send their clients photos and videos of the pets while they're in their care? Do their clients have peace of mind?
Arrange a meet and greet. Make sure your pet is comfortable around this person by checking out your pet’s body language and observing how the sitter interacts with your pet. This is also a good time to show the pet sitter around your home, and go over where essential items like towels and treats are located.
Ask logistical questions. What’s the contingency plan if you can’t make it? What will you do if my pet becomes injured or ill?
Pro tip: Ask the pet sitter to leave a note every single time they come to confirm that he or she actually was there, and relay any important information about your pet.
Find Pet Sitters Near You
Whether you need a pet sitter for a week or a few hours, you can easily find a pro in your area. Search Discontract for the best pet sitters in your neighborhood.