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Pet Sitter Checklist

A complete pet sitter checklist of everything you need to tell the sitter before they watch your pets.

Sometimes it’s not possible to take your pet with you when you travel. A pet sitter can be helpful and make the time away less stressful for you and your pet. To make sure everything goes smoothly while you’re gone, make sure to leave detailed instructions about your dog or cat for your pet sitter.

Pet Sitting Tips:

The most important things to have on your pet sitter checklist instructions include: information about your pet, detailed instructions about what your pet needs every day, emergency, vet and secondary contact information, and information about your home.

Tell Your Pet Sitter About Your Pet

Give your pet sitter information specific to your cat or dog.

  • What is their personality like, are they shy, curious, lazy or energetic?
  • Do they have anxieties, like when someone knocks on the door or certain types of noises?
  • What are their favorite toys or games?
  • Where is their favorite spot to take a nap?

Your Pet’s Daily Routine

What does your cat or dog’s typical day look like?

two cats on a cat tree

Your pet’s feeding routine:

  • When do they eat?
  • How often do they eat?
  • What type of food do they eat, including dry food, wet food and treats?
  • How much food do they eat?
  • How often should they get treats?

Does your pet take medications?

  • How often do they need their medications?
  • When do they take them?
  • How do you administer the medications?

Does your dog go for a daily walk?

  • Where do they like to go for a walk?
  • How long of a walk does your dog like?
  • How does your dog act on walks? Does your dog pull, jump on people, or have issues with other dogs?

Contact Information for Your Pet Sitter

Think about all the ways your pet sitter should contact you, or others if necessary. Be sure to include instructions as to your preferred method of communication (Text messages daily? Phone calls?) And when to reach out to secondary contacts and/or the veterinarian. 

How can your pet sitter contact you? Consider including:

  • Your cell phone number.
  • The cell phone number of anyone traveling with you.
  • Your email address.
  • The phone number of the hotel or people you are staying with.

Who else can your pet sitter contact if you’re not available? Consider including:

  • Neighbors’ phone numbers.
  • Friends’ phone numbers.
  • Family members’ phone numbers.

Who should the pet sitter contact if your pet is sick or hurt?

  • Your vet’s phone number and address.
  • Emergency vet’s phone number and address.

Give Your Pet Sitter Details About Your House

Your pet sitter will need to know where to find supplies and general information about your home.

  • Let neighbors and your landlord (if applicable) know that someone will be staying in your home while you’re gone.
  • Make sure your pet sitter can easily find everything needed to take care of your pet, including food, treats, any medications, leash, favorite toys, cat litter, etc.

Detail where your pet sitter can find:

  • Pet carrier.
  • Cleaning supplies.
  • Grooming supplies.

If your pet sitter is staying in your home, remember to prepare for them as well with:

  • Clean linens.
  • How to use the remote.
  • How to change the heat or air conditioner.
  • The WiFi password.
  • Where to find toiletries.

If your pet sitter is not staying in your home, consider:

  • Closing doors for rooms your pet shouldn’t go in.
  • Removing harmful objects from your pet’s reach.
  • Removing valuables your pet might break if anxious.

Finally, we recommend including any personalized pieces of information about your pet you feel are essential for your specific pet sitter checklist. Like people, all pets are unique and have their special personalities. Making sure their specific needs are met while you are away is the best way to make sure your pet is happy while you are gone.  

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