How Many Pet Sits Should I Schedule Per Day?

Dog getting a treat during one of his daily pet sits

Deciding how many pet sits you should schedule per day just may be one of the most important things you should consider once you enlist the services of a reputable, seasoned pet sitter.  Why? No two pets are the same and because of that, they there’s really no cookie cutter answer when trying to determine how many pet sits you should schedule with your pet sitter.

So, what do you do?

Consider the following before you jump the gun and schedule those pet sits.

Type of Pet

You don’t want to overschedule, but you don’t want to underschedule the pet sits either.  The type of pet you have, is one factor that should be considered when thinking about how many pet sits you should schedule. Cats are generally more independent than dogs.  After all, they have a kitty litter box at their disposal in most households. Therefore, it’s pretty safe to say that cats can get by with only one to two pet sits per day.  Dogs, on the other hand, are more dependent on the pet sitter to arrive at the proper time for potty breaks in the back yard or walks around the neighborhood on a leash.   

Specific Needs

Once you’ve considered the type of pet you have, when trying to determine how many pet sits you need to schedule, you should then consider the specific needs of your individual pet.  There’s more to a pet sit than just a potty break. A pet sit may also involve a little love and belly rubs, a long walk through the neighborhood, a quick brushing of the fur and some pets will even need medication administered.  Whether your pet is a cat or dog, you should really consider how the pet sitter is going to meet the needs of your pet as he is ordinarily accustomed. Meeting the needs of your pet is what the pet sit is all about, right?

Normal Routine

Pets are creatures of habit.  Removing you, the pet parent, from the equation is already disturbance enough in your pet’s routine.  It’s really imperative to keep your pet on a schedule that most closely mirrors his normal day to day routines. If your pet is used to eating at 6 am and 4 pm, then it makes sense for you to schedule sits at those times.  If your dog is used to a little Scooby snack and a walk before bedtime, then he should receive a pet sit at that time, too.  Failing to keep your pet’s routine, could result in accidents, anxiety and some possible unavoidable misbehavior. 

As you can see, there are many things to consider when trying to decide just how many pet sits you should schedule with your pet sitter.  Still unsure? Be sure to share your pets’ routines, needs, and habits with your pet sitter.  They’re the professionals and can most certainly point you in the right direction.

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