Pet Sitting and Cat Sitting

First of All                 

  • I’ll  visit your home for a free initial discussion and to meet you and your pet/s.
  • I take notes about your pet’s personality and quirks, favourite foods and toys, preferred dog walk routes, special needs (whether these be medication or just a gentle hug).
  • Your contact details and those of your vet will be noted, together with your instructions in  case of ill health or an emergency or updates.
  • It’s important that you feel comfortable in entrusting both your home and your pet with me. Neither you nor I would want you to feel anxious or apprehensive about what’s happening in your home when you’re away.   There’s feed- back on my Testimonials page and you can chat with one of my clients, if that helps.
  •  I do a minimum of one visit on every day of the booking period.  This provides your pet with fresh food and water and clean toilet areas, together with some friendly contact. It also helps me to identify, without unnecessary delay, any emergency situation inside your home or facing your pet, such as illness or an accident. 
  • I’ll collect a spare key or, if you prefer, you can drop it off at my home in Burton Joyce.

And When You’re Away

  • Please leave enough pet food and supplies for the period that you’re away.
  • If your pet is on any medication, this needs to be left where I can see it and  enough to last until your return. You may wish to give your vet my details, just in case I need to contact the surgery with  your authority.
  • Water bowls will be emptied and refilled daily with fresh water; fresh food will be put down at every meal.
  • I’ll clean and replace soiled bedding, bag up and dispose of, in your outside bin, all used bedding and stale food. 
  • I’ll empty cat litter trays, clean and refill them, then bag up and dispose of the contents in your outside bin, together with any poo bags.
  • You’ll find I’ve left the pet areas clean, tidy and free of mess and that pet food bowls and utensils have been thoroughly washed.
  • I’ll  spend quality time with your pet, even if that’s just sitting and looking at it snoozing on a chair!  

When You Return Home

  • If you’re not going to arrive back at home when you’d originally planned, please let me know. If  you wish, I’ll continue to visit at the agreed daily rate, payable on your return.
  • Your pets will be pleased to see you, of course, and I sincerely hope you’ll find them content, calm and relaxed. They will have been well cared for.
  • I’ll make arrangements with you to return your key.

Other Things You May Want to Know

  • If you have a cat that will be going in and out while you’re away, please note that I may not see it when I visit.  This may be something you’d like to consider while you’re away, especially if you don’t have a cat flap.
  • Of course, I’ll leave your home as safe and secure as I found it, locking the doors behind me. 
  • Please let me know if you want me to open and close the curtains on my visits, switch the lights on and off, pick up your post from the letter box, water your plants etc.
  • Please ensure that your valuables are placed in a secure, private place, hidden from view.
  • Ready for your return, I can do a basic grocery shop for bread and milk etc. 
  • If your pet has a routine vet appointment or a visit to a grooming parlour when you’re away, I provide a pet transport service to my clients.
  • I have full insurance cover in place and a current DBS (CRB) check.

And What Locations ?

Please have a look at the Areas Covered page to see where I visit.  

Anything Else?

  • I can’t  board or offer companionship breaks to your pet in my home.
  • Please note my  preferred contact hours are between 8.00  in the morning and 9.30 at night, unless it’s urgent.
  • I have many years’ experience in caring for sick, injured, elderly, terminally ill and vulnerable animals, particularly those taken in and rehomed from animal rescues. 
  • If you have an elderly, poorly or a newly-acquired pet, I’m happy to share quiet time on a companionship visit.
  • I look after most domestic pets and livestock, including dogs, cats, small mammals, fish, reptiles, birds, hens, ducks, goats, sheep, pigs, and will feed horses, donkeys and ponies.
  • If you have chickens, I will make sure they’re closed up safe in their coop every night and let them out first thing in the morning.
  • If your regular dog walker is taking a break, I dog walk and visit  on a short-term or stand-in basis and in the Trent Valley Villages only (please refer to the Areas Covered page).   For safety and owner preference,  I only walk your dog/s, not pack walking, and your dog will be kept on a lead. Because of other commitments, I can’t walk your dog on a regular, on-going basis.

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