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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Is Your Home Equipped to Provide in-Home Pet Sitting?

Pet sitters often work in clients' homes, as they stop by to walk the dog or tend to the cat each day. But some also accept requests for in-home pet sitting services. But before you take pets into your home you need to make sure that your home is fully equipped to care for the needs of other people’s pets.

How Do Your Pets Respond to Other Animals?

Agreeing to look after clients' pets in your own home might seem like the perfect solution, as you will not need to leave home two to three times a day to tend to the pets in your care.

However, in-home pet sitting is not always the best solution, particularly if you own pets that do not respond well to other animals. If your dogs are very territorial and protective of you, bringing other animals into your home can cause a lot of friction between them. Rather than playing together amicably, you may end up spending the next week trying to keep each animal separated and far apart.

Have Your Pets Been Treated for Fleas?

Pet sitters who agree to bring someone else's pets into their home should ensure that their own pets have been treated for fleas so that they do not infect their client's pets while they are staying with them. Even if your pets are not visibly scratching, check them for any signs of fleas and give them a preventative treatment and treat your home for fleas as well.

Elderly Pet Considerations

Elderly pets have different needs than younger animals. Their medical and social needs are different, and need to be taken into consideration. Well adapted elderly cats and dogs often fare better in their own familiar surroundings. Some elderly animals become visibly distressed if they are moved into the pet sitter's home while their owners are away.

Before you agree to bring an elderly cat into your home, discuss the pet's individual needs with the owners to find out if it would actually be easier and less distressing for the animal to care for it in its own home.

In-home pet sitting is ideal for some pets, but not for all. That is why it is so important to assess your own home situation and consult pet owners about the needs of their pets before you bring the animals into your home. Sometimes it is best to keep pets within their own familiar surroundings and to visit them each day than to remove them from their home.

by Soph

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