The most frequent issue we run into when talking about our business is people saying things like, “What’s the point? I can just have my neighbor come over for free.” While that’s true, and I’m not one to argue with “free” being a great price, there’s a lot more to professional pet sitting that “free” just doesn’t cover. Here’s an honest look at the difference between hiring professional pet sitters and asking friends, neighbors, or relatives to take care of your pets for you.

 

The Pros

 

Professional Pet Sitters:

  • They have more experience and training, so they are more prepared to handle emergencies
  • They carry insurance and bonding to protect themselves and you in the event something unexpected happens.
  • They follow the law and have contracts to back up what you and they agree to
  • They make pet sitting their full-time job which means it’s highly unlikely that they’re going to forget to come and take care of your pets for you
  • They have policies and procedures in place for nearly anything and everything that can come up
  • They are a great resource to ask for advice regarding the care of your pets including toys, food, training advice, and veterinarian recommendations

 

Neighbors, Family, or Friends:

  • They are often people you already know and trust
  • They tend to be less expensive (or free)
  • They potentially live close by and can respond quickly in case of an emergency

 

The Cons

 

Professional Pet Sitters:

  • Typically are more expensive
  • They must gain you and your pet’s trust since they start as a “stranger”
  • They must go through an adjustment period with your pets of getting to know each other, especially when you’re not there

 

Neighbors, Family or Friends:

  • They are more likely to forget to take care of your pet because it’s not in their daily routine to do so
  • They are more likely to rush through visiting your pets to get back to their daily lives
    • The emphasis is more on making sure your pets get food, water and go potty rather than spending quality time with them
  • They have less experience with animals, so they are less likely to notice health concerns or be able to handle emergencies
  • They may get irritated or feel burdened by constantly being asked to take care of your pets

 

Like anything else in life, when it comes to pet sitters, you get what you pay for.

Choose a professional pet sitter for peace of mind. Contact us today to set up a meet and greet.

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