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Looking for A Pet Sitter F. A. Q


1.) What does a pet sitter do?
Caring pet owners know that most pets adjust better to their owner’s absence and experience less anxiety and stress when they can remain in their home environments. Pet sitters make this possible with daily visits to your home. In addition to meals, exercise, playtime and cleaning litter boxes or cages, professional pet sitters may also administer medications, walk dogs and perform other pet-care duties. That’s why in-home pet care is the choice of pet owners and the “pet-preferred” method of vacation and travel care.
Pet sitters may also provide vital home-care services while you are away, including mail or newspaper pick up, plant care and watering, placing trash outside for pickup or rotating the lights and opening or closing the blinds to make your house look lived in. A professional pet sitter provides peace of mind for everyone.

2.) What are the advantages for my pet?
Reduced Stress: Your pet stays in its own familiar secure environment where all the sights, smells and sounds say “Home!”
Diet and Exercise: Customary diet and exercise routines are followed, with no interruption to upset your pet.
No “Travel Trauma”: Travel in a vehicle to boarding facility or kennel may upset your pet.
Health Concerns: With a pet sitter, there is minimal exposure to illness of other animals.
T L C: Most importantly, your pet receives love and personal attention while you are away.

3.) What are the advantages for me?
No Travel: You won’t be inconvenienced or upset by transporting your pet.
No Imposition: You don’t have to impose on a friend, neighbor or relative to care for your pet, but instead rely on a pet care professional who will put your pet’s needs first.
Security: Your home is made more secure by the crime deterrent services provided by most pet-sitting services.
Peace of Mind: While you’re away, you can feel confident your pet is in capable, caring hands.
Special Services: Pet sitters can provide additional home services while caring for your pet, such as watering plants and bringing in the mail.

4.) How do I prepare my home and pets for a pet sitting service?

Preparation can make a big difference in how smoothly things go for your pet when the pet sitter comes to visit. Here are some tips:
Make sure the pet sitter has a phone number where you can be reached.
If inside services are requested, provide the pet sitter with a house key in addition to garage door openers. If you have new keys made, try them out to make sure they work.
Clean food and water dishes before leaving town.
Provide extra food, litter and other supplies just in case you’re not able to return when planned.
Clean out the refrigerator to avoid smelly food spoilage and wash the dishes in the sink to prevent ants, flies or other pests.
Adjust the thermostat to keep the house comfortable for the pet during your absence. In warm weather, a closed-up house can get dangerously hot in a short time.
Leave a list of phone numbers in case the pet sitter needs to contact service or maintenance companies while you are away; i.e., plumber, electrician, cleaning service, yard maintenance, pool service, etc.
Tell the pet sitter of any household areas that are off-limits to your pets or to the pet sitter. Secure access to those areas before leaving home.

5.) What can I do to help my pet sitter take the best care of my pets?
You can help your pet sitter be a better friend to your pet by helping to make sure there are no problems while you are away. Planning and preparation in the following areas will smooth the way:
Tell the pet sitter about all health problems your pet may have—major or minor. Provide written verification that your pet is up to date on its vaccinations.
Make sure your dog’s collar fits—Otherwise he may slip out of a too-large collar while being walked.
If your dog is not accustomed to walking on a leash, practice with him before you leave.
Make a list of your pet’s favorite hiding places. This will prevent the pet sitter from worrying if your pet is not where expected—the sitter will know where to look.
Provide your own preferred method of flea control, even if your pets are currently flea free. Fleas multiply rapidly and can become a problem very quickly.
If you own both dogs and cats, do not ask the sitter to “just ignore the cats;” i.e., not charge, during pet-sitting visits. A sitter’s professionalism, ethic responsibility and conscience would not allow the oversight of a cat in need of food, medical care or human attention.
If your dog growls or snaps at a pet sitter during a "get-acquainted visit," understand that the pet sitter may ask that you make other arrangements for your dog's care during your absense.

6.) Why should I hire a PJ’S Pet Sitting as my pet sitter?
PJ’s Pet Sitting was founded in 2004 to promote, support and recognize excellence in pet sitting. When you hire PJ’s Pet Sitting Service, you are hiring professionals who believe in the quality service and high standards that we promote.
We have 10+ years of experience in pets & sitting services. PJ's are pet sitters because they love pets. PJ's provides educational services and information to help our client's better care for the pets that you love, too.

Traveling without your pets?

Are you traveling but have to leave your pet at home? Have you been too busy to provide your pet with the quality care he or she deserves? Research conducted by the American Humane Society shows that animals are most comfortable when they are in a familiar setting. Many veterinarians recommend that pets stay at home when their owners are away so their pets can maintain a regular diet, which avoids digestive problems, and sleep and play in their accustomed places, with familiar smells, sights, and sounds around them.

Benefits- Pets are happiest when they're at home. Once you've enlisted us, you've taken steps to ensure their happiness and comfort while you are away. Your pet caregiver will make every attempt to keep your pet within his or her regular routine, and when you hire us you will find your pet has made a wonderful new friend and that you have found someone who will be of great help to you.

Here are some of the benefits your pet will experience with PJ’S pet sitting service:
• your pet will get what is most important when you are gone---love and attention from someone who loves animals and is committed to your pet's happiness
• your pet's care is specialized and designed to meet his or her specific needs
• your pet stays at home where he or she will remain in a safe, secure setting where things are familiar and comfortable
• your pet will follow his or her customary diet and exercise routine
• problems associated with kennels such as transportation, anxiety, and illnesses transmitted from other animals are eliminated

Here are some benefits you will experience as a PJ’S Pet Sitter client:
• you are at ease knowing your pet is well-cared for by a reliable person
• you will receive a detailed report for each visit
• you won't have to impose on neighbors, friends, or family members who are often too busy or forget about your pet
• you are not inconvenienced by having to transport your pet to a kennel and you avoid problems often associated with kennels or daycares
• you have more freedom and time for yourself

There are many perks included with your PJ’S pet sitting service. During visits your pet caregiver can:

• replenish your pet's chosen type of food and supply fresh water
• walk, exercise and play with your pet
• provide litter box, cage, and accident clean-up
• collect and/or forward your mail
• pick up your newspapers
• water your plants
• bring in and take out trash
• alter your lights and windows
• provide a detailed report which can be posted on the internet
• provide miscellaneous services as arranged

Before we care for your pets, we ask that he/she have the appropriate vaccinations. They all should have ID tags attached as well. These measures help to ensure the safety of your pets and our staff.
For dogs, some of these vaccinations may include:
• Corona Virus
• Bordetella - "Kennel Cough"
• Rabies
For cats:
• FeLV
• Rabies
We ask that our clients give us at least 3 days notice prior to the date of service. However, PJ’S Pet Sitting will fit in customers according to schedule availability.


PJ's PET SITTING price match guarantee:
We are so confident in our rates and services that if you find a registered, insured & bonded pet sitter in our 30 mile radius that offers the same great services at a cheaper rate, PJ's will match their rates plus an additional 5% off. We only ask that you provide us with a written estimate of care from the other pet sitter.