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Cat SitterThere could be multiple reasons why you may need a cat sitter. Pet Sitter International conducted an online survey in 2017 on more than 1,000 pet owners. The result that 98% of the surveyed pet owners will need a pet sitter when they need to go out of town on a personal trip or vacation. When you need someone to look after your cat, you need to be sure that you’re trusting someone who not only would care for your cat well, but also someone who is reliable and trustworthy. This is important because you’ll be letting this person in your home. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing the right cat sitter, we’ve got you covered! Here, we’ll share 8 ways to help you choose a reliable cat sitter.

1. Not all cat sitters will provide the same services

It’s important that you understand that not all cat sitters are necessarily experienced with cats or knowledgeable of their habits and needs.  Some cat sitters will only come to your home to feed and make sure your cat is okay. They may not extend their services to bringing in the mail and parcels, taking out the bins, watering your plants and cleaning up any messes.cat sitter They may not have the expertise to observe possible signs of deterioration in your cat's general health and demeanour. They may not take the time to allow your timid cat to become familiar with them or to cuddle and play with your more sociable cat.

2. If you hire a professional, choose a service company that has already established a good reputation

There are already well-established pet sitting companies out there that you my contact to find a cat sitter that you can trust. It won’t hurt to ask your vet if they can refer you to a good place. Pet Friends is a Perth business established in 1995 which comes recommended by many Perth vets. Word of mouth is very important so aside from your vet, you can also ask your friends or relatives who have pets if they know a business that you could rely on while you’re away.

3. When hiring a non-professional, ask about their previous experiences on cat sitting and what they know about cats

cat SitterSometimes, when you just can’t find a professional cat sitter, you can turn to a friend or relative who could look after your cat. Ask if that person has done this before. Knowing that a cat sitter already has a previous experience on cat sitting can help you feel better about your choice. If the available person who could help you look after your cat doesn’t have any experience when it comes to cat sitting, creating a list of instructions of what you expect them to do will help a lot. Your list should include how often your cat should be fed to make sure that your cat sitter will follow the cat’s feeding schedule.                                                                                                                     

4. Run a background check

This may sound like too much when it comes to finding the perfect cat sitter, but this is something you should do to ensure your cat and your home’s safety. It is easier if you engage a professional service since it will most likely provide you the information you need about the cat sitter. But you can also check on the business itself. Reviews on a business can be found on their Website, on their Facebook page and on their Google listing. Remember that your cat sitter will have access to your home so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

5. Check if the service is insured

You can ask the cat sitter if they have insurance. This means that their insurance will cover any damage in your home or injuries to your pet during cat sitting. Insurance is essential and something all professional pet sitters should have. Take note that this is something that only most professionals have. So if you are planning on just getting a friend, a neighbour or a relative to cat sit, then this is something you can’t expect.

6. Meet with the sitter

It’s advisable to book an appointment way ahead of the time you need the cat sitter to be there. This will allow you to schedule a meeting or a house visit so that you can get to know the sitter better and see for yourself as to how the person will get along with your cat.cat sitter During your meeting, you can ask the cat sitter about the experience they have had and how well they are educated when it comes to pet care and first aid.

7. Ask if there’s a back-up or secondary sitter

It’s best to always be prepared so you need to know if the person you hire will have a back-up in case they can’t carry out their daily visits to care for your cat because of emergencies. Some cat sitters will automatically assure you about this matter. For some cat sitters, they may not have a backup person. However, they could assure you by saying that they have a place where they can board your cat in case of any emergencies.

8. Ask the sitter to spend some time with your pet

cat sitterThis is another perk of booking an appointment ahead of time. You can schedule visits and even a cat sitting demo under your supervision if this is something the sitter will allow. Having these appointments can also let your cat get to know the cat sitter. Your cat will then be comfortable in your sitter’s care by the time you need to leave. Remember to keep an open line of communication between you and your sitter so that you can do what you need to do without worrying about your fur baby.

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26 Woodhall St Stirling,
WA, 6021

0418 728 455
topdog@petfriends.net.au

Suburbs We Mainly Service

Alexander Heights 6064
Alfred Cove 6154
Applecross 6153
Ardross 6153
Ashby 6065
Attadale 6156
Aveley 6069
Balcatta 6021
Balga 6061
Ballajura 6066
Banksia Grove 6031
Baskerville 6056
Bassendean 6054
Bateman 6150
Bayswater 6053
Bedford 6052
Beldon 6027
Bibra Lake 6163
Booragoon 6154
Brentwood 6153
Bullcreek 6149
Burns Beach 6028
Butler 6036
Canningvale 6155
Carine 6020
Carramar 6031
Churchlands 6018
City Beach 6015
Claremont 6010
Clarkson 6030
Connolly 6027
Coolbinia 6050
Cottesloe 6011
Craigie 6025
Crawley 6009
Currambine 6028
Daglish 6008
Dalkeith 6009
Darch 6065
Dianella 6059
Doubleview 6018
Duncraig 6023
East Fremantle 6158
Edgewater 6027
Eglinton 6034
Ellenbrook 6069
Floreat 6014
Girrawheen 6064
Glendalough 6016
Greenwood 6024
Gwelup 6018
Hamersley 6022
Heathridge 6027
Henley Brook 6055
Herdsman 6017
Highgate 6003
High Wycombe 6057
Hillarys 6025
Hocking 6065
Iluka 6028
Inglewood 6052
Innaloo 6018
Jandakot 6164
Jindalee 6036
Jolimont 6014
Joondalup 6027
Joondanna 6060
Kallaroo 6025
Kardinya 6163
Karrinyup 6018
Kingsley 6026
Kinross 6028
Koondoola 6064
Lakelands 6210
Landsdale 6065
Leederville 6007
Leeming 6149
Madeley 6065
Malaga 6090
Marangaroo 6064
Mariginiup 6065
Marmion 6020
Maylands 6051
Melville 6156
Menora 6050
Merriwa 6030
Mindarie 6030
Mirrabooka 6061
Morley 6062
Mosman Park 6012
Mount Claremont 6010
Mount Hawthorn 6016
Mount Lawley 6050
Mount Pleasant 6153
Mullaloo 6027
Murdoch 6150
Myaree 6154
Nedlands 6009
Neerabup 6031
Nollamara 6061
Noranda 6062
North Beach 6020
North Lake 6163
North Perth 6006
Northbridge 6003
Nowergup 6032
Ocean Reef 6027
Osborne Park 6017
Padbury 6025
Palmyra 6157
Parkwood 6147
Pearsall 6065
Peppermint Grove 6011
Perth 6000
Quinns Rocks 6030
Riverton 6148
Rossmoyne 6148
Scarborough 6019
Shenton Park 6008
Sinagra 6065
Sorrento 6020
South Lake 6164
Stirling 6021
Subiaco 6008
Swanbourne 6010
Tamala Park 6030
Tapping 6065
The Vines 6069
Trigg 6029
Tuart Hill 6060
Upper Swan 6069
Wangara 6065
Wanneroo 6065
Warwick 6024
Watermans Bay 6020
Wembley 6014
Wembley Downs 6019
West Leederville 6007
West Perth 6005
Westminster 6061
Willagee 6156
Willeton 6155
Winthrop 6150
Woodlands 6018
Woodvale 6026
Yokine 6060
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Pet Friends

26 Woodhall St Stirling,
WA, 6021
0418 728 455
topdog@petfriends.net.au

Suburbs We Mainly Service

Alexander Heights 6064
Alfred Cove 6154
Applecross 6153
Ardross 6153
Ashby 6065
Attadale 6156
Aveley 6069
Balcatta 6021
Balga 6061
Ballajura 6066
Banksia Grove 6031
Baskerville 6056
Bassendean 6054
Bateman 6150
Bayswater 6053
Bedford 6052
Beldon 6027
Bibra Lake 6163
Booragoon 6154
Brentwood 6153
Bullcreek 6149
Burns Beach 6028
Butler 6036
Canningvale 6155
Carine 6020
Carramar 6031
Churchlands 6018
City Beach 6015
Claremont 6010
Clarkson 6030
Connolly 6027
Coolbinia 6050
Cottesloe 6011
Craigie 6025
Crawley 6009
Currambine 6028
Daglish 6008
Dalkeith 6009
Darch 6065
Dianella 6059
Doubleview 6018
Duncraig 6023
Edgewater 6027
Eglinton 6034
Ellenbrook 6069
Floreat 6014
Girrawheen 6064
Glendalough 6016
Greenwood 6024
Gwelup 6018
Hamersley 6022
Heathridge 6027
Henley Brook 6055
Herdsman 6017
Highgate 6003
High Wycombe 6057
Hillarys 6025
Hocking 6065
Iluka 6028
Inglewood 6052
Innaloo 6018
Jandakot 6164
Jindalee 6036
Jolimont 6014
Joondalup 6027
Joondanna 6060
Kallaroo 6025
Kardinya 6163
Karrinyup 6018
Kingsley 6026
Kinross 6028
Koondoola 6064
Lakelands 6210
Landsdale 6065
Leederville 6007
Leeming 6149
Madeley 6065
Malaga 6090
Marangaroo 6064
Mariginiup 6065
Marmion 6020
Maylands 6051
Melville 6156
Menora 6050
Merriwa 6030
Mindarie 6030
Mirrabooka 6061
Morley 6062
Mosman Park 6012
Mount Claremont 6010
Mount Hawthorn 6016
Mount Lawley 6050
Mount Pleasant 6153
Mullaloo 6027
Murdoch 6150
Myaree 6154
Nedlands 6009
Neerabup 6031
Nollamara 6061
Noranda 6062
North Beach 6020
North Lake 6163
North Perth 6006
Northbridge 6003
Nowergup 6032
Ocean Reef 6027
Osborne Park 6017
Padbury 6025
Palmyra 6157
Parkwood 6147
Pearsall 6065
Peppermint Grove 6011
Perth 6000
Quinns Rocks 6030
Riverton 6148
Rossmoyne 6148
Scarborough 6019
Shenton Park 6008
Sinagra 6065
Sorrento 6020
South Lake 6164
Stirling 6021
Subiaco 6008
Swanbourne 6010
Tamala Park 6030
Tapping 6065
The Vines 6069
Trigg 6029
Tuart Hill 6060
Upper Swan 6069
Wangara 6065
Wanneroo 6065
Warwick 6024
Watermans Bay 6020
Wembley 6014
Wembley Downs 6019
West Leederville 6007
West Perth 6005
Westminster 6061
Willagee 6156
Willeton 6155
Winthrop 6150
Woodlands 6018
Woodvale 6026
Yokine 6060