Pet Owners Check List
While you are away on holiday, pets will mostly be happy with a sitter around. However, you need to be mindful of a few things to ensure that the exclusive house sitting experience is smooth sailing. No one knows your pets better than you, so it is better if you pass the secrets on to the sitter.
The first step would be to create a folder of local details and phone numbers for the house sitters' convenience. Compile a folder with important information of your pet's health and welfare. If you have sitters in your house in the future, this folder will come in handy. Here are a few inclusions in your checklist:
- Your pet's immunization record
- Present medication
- Are they tattooed or micro-chipped?
- Police, RSPCA or lost pets contact details
- Vet visit card
- Local government registration number
- Safe pet walking areas
- Advice on pet quirks for the sitter
- Medicine and where to obtain dosage
Is your pet friendly to people or other dogs or not quite sociable? Is he or she keen to follow the hills or be tough to round up? Do they swoop down on other animals and babies? Is there any quirk, like does your feline spray in the house? Then the sitter should be informed.
Educate the Sitter
The more you inform about your pet, the more fine tuned their care will be. It is best to be honest. If your pet is not comfortable in front of other animals, make it clear to the sitter. Also inform them if your pet is about to come to season. It is best to prepare them for any eventuality. Here are a few quick references to consider:
- Does your pet follow a particular routine?
- What is their diet, and what is the quantity?
- Are there any problems in your pet the sitter should be made aware of, such as diabetes, heart conditions or allergies?
- Mention your vet's name and address. How will the payment be made when you are not there?
- Do they have any anxiety or phobia?
- Are there any rooms off limit for your pet?
- After hours animal medical emergency contact
- Where are the pet's treats and toys stored in the house?
- Do they have a special hiding place?
- Present photograph of your pet
Check on your pets before leaving. Keep your clothing with them so that they can play with it or sleep on it whenever they think of you.
Provide enough supplies for your pet for easy access of the sitter. Take care that the following supplies are there:
- Food – meals, treats, dry food, chewing bones
- Water and food bowls
- Exercise gear
- Cleaning supplies
- Waste collection equipment
- Traveling gear
Prepare Your Animal
- Deal with any of the health issues of your animals before you leave.
- Make sure that your pet is comfortable on a leash.
- Your pet should wear practical and well-fitting collars.
- Get an identification tag with your contact number engraved for every pet.
- Register your pet with a lost pet register connected to your animal shelter.
- Click digital pictures of your pets, showing the marks and distinguishing features.
Prepare Your Home
You will know the hazards that are there in your house, but the sitter will not be so aware. This is why you need to pet proof the house before leaving. Put away anything that might be harmful to your pet. Pine needles, cooked bones, firewood, tinsel, and Christmas decorations are hazardous to your pets. If there is rat poison, pesticides and fertilizers in your garage, it is best to put them away behind a locked door.
- Seal any routes that lead to your cellar or attic. Block the pets' escape routes such as holes or depressions in the fence.
- Secure the gates on your property including the ones that lead to the pool.
- Unplug any appliance that the sitter will not use in order to prevent mishaps.
- Install a door flap to help your pets leave the house during emergencies like fire or flood, or for their toilet needs.
- Make sure that the cleaning equipment is right in front of the sitter. This includes the broom, mop, vacuum cleaner, disinfectant, sponges, gloves, trash bag etc.
- If your pets escape before you have left the house, tell your sitter where to look for it.