What supplies should I leave for the pet sitter? Is that one of the questions you’re asking as you prepare for your trip? Your vacation plans are made. The suitcases are packed. You’re looking forward to a week or two away from home to relax. Now there are just a few details to take care of.
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What Supplies Should I Leave For The Pet Sitter?
Your pet sitter should have already met your pet and had a few visits to get to know them and their daily routine. At that time, you should have shown them where you keep the food, toys and leash. If you have a cat, you should have shown them the location of the litter box and extra litter. Here are a few more suggestions for what to leave for the pet sitter.
- Food, measuring cup or spoon and an extra bowl. Be certain to let them know when to feed your pet and how much they should be fed. Always leave more than you think you’ll need.
- Pet treats. Your pet may appreciate a treat to help them learn to love and trust your pet sitter.
- Medicine and dropper or pill cutter. If your pet needs medication, be certain to leave the pet sitter the medicine along with detailed instructions about when to administer it.
- Vet records and phone number. If you keep copies of your pet’s vet visits at home, leave that folder for your pet sitter in case of emergency. At the minimum, make sure they know the phone number and address of your preferred vet.
- Cleaning supplies and paper towels. In the case of an accident, your pet sitter will appreciate being able to find the cleaning supplies and paper towels quickly.
- A neighbor’s phone number. In the case of an emergency, your pet sitter will want to know who to call for information about your neighborhood – electric company, etc.
- Extra leash and dog poop bags. If your pet sitter is expected to take your dog for a walk, make sure they have extra supplies just in case.
- Extra cat litter. Be certain your pet sitter knows where you keep the extra cat litter, cat box bags, etc. that they may need.
- Your cell phone number and physical address of your home. If there is an emergency and they need to get ahold of you, they will need your cell phone number. Emergency officials may ask for your physical home address to find you.
- Snow shovel. If you’ll be using a pet sitter during the winter, be certain you’ve arranged for someone to plow or shovel your driveway while you’re gone. Your pet sitter should at least have access to a shovel if they cannot easily open your door due to snow.
- Security information. If you have a home security system, make sure they have the number to the security company and the code to turn it on and off.
- Toys, brush and bones. Are there any extras your pet loves? A favorite blanket?
The more information you can leave your pet sitter, the easier it will be for them to take care of your pet.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 21-year-old son and 25-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She has been running a small pet sitting business in southern Vermont for the past three years. She’s a proud Mommy to 2 shelter kitties. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.