Going on a vacation? Live alone and need someone to take care of your cat? In both cases, you should be on the lookout for a cat sitter. Yet, finding the perfect individual is not that much of a straightforward process. That's why we've gathered these 10 things to look for in a cat sitter to help you out.
#1 - A Cat Lover
The perfect cat sitter should be a cat lover. Period. You don't want dog care specialists, you don't want people who take care of other animals. The only thing you are searching for is someone who appreciates cats as much as you do.
#2 - Responsive
The right candidate will be able to respond quickly to your calls. They should also be able to allocate time when you need it the most. Whether that would be a late night at the office or a vacation out of nowhere, you want someone who can take care of your four legged fur ball on short notice.
#3 - Genuine
Honesty is always a few steps ahead of most factors in any sales pitch. Make sure that the cat sitter of your choice is genuine and honest - you will then be able to properly assess whether or not they would be a good fit for your pet.
#4 - Professional
While cat sitting is a more personal matter, you should look out for those candidates with a professional attitude. People who understand that cat sitting is serious business are usually those who are going to take care of your cat properly.
#5 - Certification
On the topic of professionalism, you should always put those with certification ahead of other candidates. If the candidate is dedicated enough to go the extra mile to earn certification in cat care, it means that they are dedicated enough to take care of your cat professionally.
#6 - Insurance
Thankfully Tailster provide insurance for every booking that's made through the site but if a carer has their own pet care insurance it's always a good sign they are professional.
#7 - Sensitivity
Of course, don't forget that you are looking for people who are sensitive and intuitive towards the feelings of your pet. A good cat sitter will be able to have a certain level of sympathy that will allow them to better respond to the wishes of your pet.
#8 - Experience
You shouldn't turn away people just because they don't have experience. However, someone with a proven cat sitting record is certainly the better option. That way, you can rest assured that they will be able to respond to the needs of your cat and understand each situation a bit better than people with no prior cat sitting experience.
#9 - Calm and Collected
A good cat sitter will also be calm and collected individual. Cats are very intuitive creatures themselves and things might go astray, if they notice that their carer is feeling some anxiety. Thus, you need someone that is able to keep things in check both with themselves and with your pet.
#10 - Your Cat Should Love Them
Last, but not least, having your cat test your candidate is the last check mark on the list. Unless your cat finds the individual of your choosing to be the proper one, then you must broaden your search. Of course, we at Tailster are here to help you out. Find the perfect cat sitter in your area with just a few clicks. Learn more here!
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