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.

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What Pet Fits Your Lifestyle?

Many of us have had pets for years. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have some sort of pet from something as tiny as a fish all the way up to my beloved Great Dane, Harleigh. That being said, there are many first timers out there that have never owned a pet. Choosing what type of pet to bring into your home is not a decision that should be made lightly. There are many things to consider. How do you choose what pet best fits your lifestyle?

We must start by asking ourselves a few questions:

How often will I be away from home? – If you travel a lot or work long hours you need to consider who will take care of your pet while you’re away. There are many different options such as pet sitters (I know a great one!), lodging facilities and having a friend or family member look after your pet. These needs can range from having someone come by and walk Fido while you’re at work to coming by and changing kitty’s litter box while you’re on vacation. Dogs take more care than cats when you consider the need for exercise, cats take more care than fish and so on. The amount of time you can commit to the care of your pet should be a determining factor in the specific type of pet you decide to bring home.

How active am I versus the activity level of the pet I am considering? – Let’s say you’ve done your research and have decided you want a dog. Great! What kind of dog? If you’re a jogger who wants to be able to take your companion with you, then you want to focus more on your active breeds like Border Collies, Labradors and Golden Retrievers. If you want a couch potato or maybe a dog that doesn’t need quite the amount of exercise as the more active breeds you’ll want to look at Basset Hounds or maybe even Great Danes. If you’re not a dog person and you don’t have an active lifestyle then you may want to consider a cat or perhaps even a fish tank or small mammal.

What is my budget for my new companion’s initial set up as well as their continued care? – In doing enough research you can figure out a pretty good estimate of what it will cost to purchase or adopt your companion as well as the cost of initial supplies such as bedding, food, dishes, toys etc. But what about unexpected costs such as a change in diet, new bedding (in the case of a destructive pet), emergency medical care etc. It’s a good idea to consider the “what ifs” by setting up an emergency fund to help cover unexpected expenses or to consider pet health insurance to help cover medical costs.

It’s important to keep in mind that every pet is different so be prepared for surprises in personality, activity level and behavior. If you’re just not sure, then wait. The perfect companion will be waiting when you are ready!

See you next blog!
Jaime

Welcome

Hello my pet loving friends!

My name is Jaime Standley. I’ve had the pleasure of being friends with Brooke for over 10 years. I’ve been married to my husband for almost 13 years and we have two beautiful sons named John and Matthew. For the past 14 years I called the animal care industry home. I’ve lived in Houston most of my life with an interim stop in Katy for about 14 years. I have an Associates Degree in Science and plan on going back to school to study Marine Biology. When we had our second son in February I made the decision to become a stay at home mom to our boys and it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Recently, Brooke approached me with the idea to create and maintain a blog for her wonderful pet sitting business, Animal Admiration. In this blog we hope to address many different aspects of pet care, pet health and more.

We will delve into such as issues as:

How to keep your four legged friend happy while your away whether it’s for a few minutes or a full work day

Dog friendly restaurants

Are cats really like potato chips and you can’t have just one?

…..and so much more!

I welcome any and all topic ideas from you, the customer. After all, you and your pet companions are who we do this for!

See you next blog,

Jaime Standley