Watching a Friend’s Dog or Cat? 4 Steps to Successful Pet Sitting

Watching a Friend’s Dog or Cat? 4 Steps to Successful Pet Sitting

Caring for a friend’s pet while they’re away is a terrific way to prove responsibility. By making sure their animal is fed and cared for, you show how much you care. Even if you have pets of your own, you need to be aware of their needs. These are four steps to successful pet sitting.

Follow a Strict Schedule

Are you someone who eats breakfast occasionally and has lunch at noon some days, but at 10:30 A.M. on other days? That might work dandy for you, but it’s not going to fly with a pet. They will have a regular eating schedule that you need to adhere to. You will be coming by to feed them, and you need to make sure you’re following their schedule. Consult with your friend to find out when to come by for their breakfast and dinner.

Get Them to Trust You

Your friend trusts you, that’s why they’re letting you take care of their pet. However, the furry, four-legged creature might feel otherwise. It’s nothing personal. It’s just that they’re used to being cared by a certain person. Therefore, your status as an outsider might cause them to distrust you. Make sure you approach them calmly and let them gather your scent to realize you’re not a threat.

Write Things Down

Even if you think you have a photographic memory, you should write down everything your friend tells you. They could have specifications about how much food to give their pet and when. If you get this information wrong, it could lead to a serious emergency. You also don’t want to be unsure and have to message your friend. They could be busy with other things and not be able to reply in time. Even if you don’t want to, you should swallow your pride and take notes.

Have Emergency Vet Contacts

It’s a worst-case scenario, but it’s definitely one you should keep in mind. Should your friend’s pet become under the weather, you need to have a medical contact. Emergency vet care, like that found at Metzger Animal Hospital, will be able to help you in the event of a disaster. You should also be aware of any health issues that their pet might have, and any medications they need.

Pet sitting is a great way to bond with an animal and prove your responsibility. By sitting smart, you can show just how much responsibility you possess.

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