Going on holiday? Or maybe you live alone and need someone to take care of your cat for the weekend? You need a good cat sitter!
Yet, finding the perfect individual isn't always a straightforward process. That's why we've gathered 10 things to look for in so you can find a good cat sitter to help you out.
So... what makes a good cat sitter?
1. Are they a cat lover?
A good cat sitter is a cat lover. End of story. You don't want dog care specialists, you don't want someone who has a soft spot for ferrets... The only thing you are searching for is someone who appreciates cats (especially your cat, because let's face it, your cat is special) as much as you do!
2. Are they responsive?
A good cat sitter will be able to respond quickly to your calls and messages. They should also be able to allocate time when you need it the most. Whether that's a late night at the office or a last minute holiday, you want someone who can take care of your four legged fur ball on short notice.
3. Do they seem 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. How professional are they?
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. Are they qualified?
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. Do they have 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. Do they truly care?
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. How experienced are they?
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. How will they cope in a crisis?
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. What does you cat think..?
Last, but not least, having your cat test your candidate is the final 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!
Meet and greets are a great way of seeing how a sitter and your cat get along. Tailster strongly advises organising them prior to booking with the carer. Using Tailster means that you can receive multiple quotes from local cat sitters. This means you can decide who you'd like to contact and decide who is truly the best fit.
If you need any help finding a good sitter for your pet, make a request below. It’s free and it only takes 30 seconds - let’s see who we can find for you.