Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I consider petsitting?
A: Petsitting is the best answer to your petcare needs, whether you are going on vacation, or are a busy professional who can't always be available to take care of your furry best friends.
I've never used a petsitter before. How does this work?
A: First, we'll set up an appointment for me to come meet you and your pets. Then, we'll fill out a service agreement -- setting up a visit schedule, going over any special instructions, supplying house keys, etc. And last but not least, I will leave you feeling assured that while you are at work or away on vacation, your pets are being walked and cared for by a true animal lover!
When should I contact you?
A: For vacations, as early as you can. Peak vacation times (including holidays) are in greater demand, so the sooner, the better. For all visits, Sit & Stay Petsitting requires a minimum of 72 hours of advance notice (Petsitting is a service business, and visits have to be planned and scheduled). I will attempt to accommodate all of my customers (especially in the event of unforeseen emergencies); however, we are not on call. Please allow 24 hours for response to either phone or emailed inquiries. An additional fee of $5.00 per visit (max $10.00) will apply for service requests on short notice, and cancellations.
you charge more for visits on holidays?
A: A $5.00 per visit charge will be added on the following days: New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
I only own one cat. Isn't petsitting rather expensive for this?
A: I offer several different packages that you can choose from. Most of the packages are tailored for dogs, since they tend to be much higher maintenance than cats. I offer a "Contented Cat" service, which includes 20 or 30 minutes (you choose), during which the cats will be fed, watered, and have their litter cleaned. The rest of the time will be spent lavishing attention on your cat. Since most cats only need one visit a day, the fee is much more affordable.
My animal needs daily medications. Can you do this?
A: Sure! Medications and special needs are no problem. I do charge $3 for insulin shots. Oral and eye medications are free.
Do you take care of other animals, besides cats and dogs?
A: Yes – I have experience taking care of numerous small animals, including birds, hamsters, fish, lizards, rabbits, and many others. I am not able to care for horses, though (I have been asked). Please call me to discuss your exotic pet needs.
Do you charge more for more than one animal?
A: Everyone's situation is different, and my fees are based on the amount of work or time required per visit. Fees will be agreed upon at our initial interview, but usually don't vary by much from the prices on the Menu of Services page. There may be no additional charge for cats (provided they don't require individual care). Dogs tend to require more work, so an additional fee of $2.00 per dog per visit applies. For the Vacation Elation package, one dog and any cats or other pets you own are covered. Each additional dog would cost another $6.00 per day.
Can you petsit my animals in your home?
A: No, all petsitting is done in your own home.
Do you have references?
A: Yes--I can provide you with names and telephone numbers. Just email me!
How long have you been in business?
A: Since September, 2001.
Do you have pets of your own?
A: Of course! I currently share my home with numerous cats, and I’m always willing to share my home with strays (until I can get them adopted). I've had several dogs and cats over the course of my life, and I love anything with fur or feathers. Please visit the About Me section.
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