Our pets should be allowed to go anywhere with us, but this is often not the reality of the situation, nor is it practical. So you may have to leave your babies behind when you go on vacation. Then you must decide where they must stay: at home, in a kennel to be boarded, to a friend/relative's house, or stay at home. We, of course, believe that keeping your pet in their own environment is least stressful to them and hiring a good pet sitter, like Critter Sitter, is the way to go. With any of these options, you'll have to make preparation. The following preparation suggestions focus on the choice of hiring a pet sitter, so your babies can stay in their own home, in their own environment and their regular routine.
Schedule an initial consultation about one - two weeks prior to departure to establish your pet's needs and contact information with us. Be sure to mention unusual conditions such as leaving toilet lids down due to Fluffy's obsession with jumping in and taking a swim.
Before leaving your pet be sure you have left enough supplies like food, treats, cat litter, toys, kongs, and cleaning products. Secure the yard for pets that will be going outside taking care that gates are closed or locked. In some areas it is unlawful to use a tether whether chain, cable, or rope as a secure enclosure for a pet, so check laws in your area before you leave. Inform your vet, emergency contacts, and alarm company that a pet sitter will care for your pets while you are out of town and give them our names.
Put collars and ID tags on your pet if they don't normally wear them when you are in town. Check around the house for dangers that your pet could get into while you are gone such as choking hazards, cleaning products, or toxic plants. It's safer to put as many things away as possible while you are gone. Let us (Critter Sitter) know if your pet has special needs during storms or fireworks. Be sure to let us know any special instructions you might have if these situations were to occur. If it will be dark during our first visit, please leave outside lighting on for us. For added convenience and security for you and us, leave timers on your lights.
We will confirm with you that you made it home safe, by having you either call or text us. In an emergency, an accident, or due to travel delay, if we haven't been able to reach you or haven't received a call or email from you, we will be prepared to make the next regularly scheduled visit to your pet. Remember to text or call us to let us know you've arrived home, so you do not incur a visit fee.