- Why should I hire a pet sitter?
Peace of mind – your pets experience less stress and are happier at home where their routine, diet, and environment are familiar. In addition, you and your pets are spared the added stress of travel and teary good-byes at a strange location. With in-home pet care, you also get the benefit of knowing that you have a reliable professional checking on your home on a daily basis.
- Why should I look for a professional pet sitter
Professional pet sitters are just that – professional. Caring for your pet and the security of your home is the primary focus of the professional pet sitter. As professionals, we have the training, experience, and resources necessary to do the job right.
- What should I look for in a professional pet sitter?
A professional pet sitter should be certified by one of the major pet sitting organizations, like Pet Sitters International (PSI). Look for a professional that is both insured and bonded. Insurance covers both you and the pet sitter in the case of accidents or damage. Any responsible professional business should carry liability insurance. To be bonded means that there is coverage against theft. A bond ensures that the individual’s criminal background has been thoroughly checked out by an insurance company and that the funds that are available in case of theft.
- What animals do you care for?
At Melissa’s Pet Sitting, we lovingly care for cats, dogs, caged pets (hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, chinchillas, ferrets, etc.), birds, reptiles, and aquariums. We are also happy to provide care for horses, sheep, goats, chicken, and water-fowl. Please call for pricing on live-stock visits.
- I don’t have time to bring my pet to the vet or the groomer, can you help me?
Yes, we offer transportation services. We can take your pet to and from their appointments. In the case of a vet visit, we can meet with the doctor and get written diagnosis and pick-up medications.
- How many visits a day does it take to take care of a dog?
Your dog needs 3 visits a day. Our first visit is usually around 7:00 am for breakfast and some outdoor time. The second visit is mid-afternoon for a walk, play, and belly-rubs. The evening visit is scheduled around 9:00 pm for dinner and outdoor time before bed. We’ll be happy to take in the mail, water the plants, open and close curtains, rotate the lights and give your house a lived-in look while we’re there. We will also watch for any unusual activity or changes that might indicate trouble.
- Why are your visits 30 minutes long?
In addition to the meticulous care and attention to detail taken at each visit, we make it a point to spend quality time with your pet in order to keep him/her stimulated and happy.
- How often do you need to come to my house to care for my cat while I’m away?
Your cat needs to be seen every day while you’re away. This is the only way to protect the health and wellbeing of your cat. It is important that the food, water, and litter habits be monitored on a daily basis. It is equally important that the cat be reassured that it has not been abandoned. Even a shy cat appreciates the reassurance of having a friendly visit on a daily visit.
- How much advance notice do you need to schedule service?
We will do our best to accommodate you, but we generally book 2 to 3 weeks in advance. However, it’s best to schedule the initial consultation as early as possible. Please note that holidays are particularly busy times for us. Plan on booking well in advance. If you don’t already have coverage in place, you may want to schedule a consultation in order to be prepared in the event that you do need pet care on short notice. Check out our “Ready-Key Program”.
- Do you need a key to my house?
Of course we will need a key in order to enter the house and care for your pets. We take every precaution to guarantee the security of your home. We will schedule a brief meeting to review your particular needs and pick up the key. The key will be marked with a code and kept in a secure location when not in use. We will bring the key back to you when you return. There is a small fee for key pick-up and drop-off. We prefer not to leave the key in the house at the end of the service term because it may be necessary to extend care if your return is unexpectedly delayed. We will not jeopardize the well-being of any animal in our care. In the case of an emergency, we will extend care as needed. If you would prefer that we keep a key on file, please check out our “Ready-Key Program”.
- What can I expect during the initial in-home consultation?
During the complimentary visit, I will meet with you and your pet(s) so that we can all get to know each other. We will review your pets’ needs and routine. We can also discuss any home care needs such as newspapers, mail, indoor plant watering, etc. Finally, we will review the necessary paperwork, appointment, and payment details.
- What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash and checks. We currently accept credit cards through PayPal.
- How can I make a reservation for service?
You can submit a request via the form to the right or you can call me directly at (201) 500-PETS (7387).