If you are hiring a pet sitter, one of the questions you might have is what time will the pet sitter visit your pets. This is a very reasonable question. Of course you want to have an idea of when to expect the pet sitter to arrive and about how long they will be with your pets.
You may want your pet to keep to their regular routine and expect your pet sitter to visit at an exact time. Other than in circumstances where your pet needs medication, most pet sitters do not guarantee an exact time but will provide a time window.
Here is why pet sitters don’t guarantee exact visit times!
Lots of furry friends to visit
Pet sitters visit multiple pet homes everyday. Some of those pet visits may be in your area or the pet sitter may be on the opposite side of town. Pet sitters try to arrange their schedule for the least amount of driving time as possible. Pet sitters will arrange their schedules based on location and requested times of pet visits so as not to go back and forth between different areas. We like to spend most of our time with pets and not on the road.
Some just need a little extra time
Pet Sitters may be delayed at a previous pet visit, because of traffic, or unexpected emergency. Sometimes pets have accidents that need cleaned up or may need a little extra time for potty or cuddles. Your pet sitter will stay to make sure all the pets needs are properly met.
With so much driving around town, your pet sitter will certainly run into construction, traffic, or an occasional accident. As much as the pet sitter plans for travel time, there are times that these scenerio’s can put the pet sitter behind schedule.
There are also times when an unexpected emergency occurs, pet needs to go to a vet, a client needs to be hospitalized or has a death in the family and needs emergency pet visits. Most pet sitters will do what they can to accommodate an emergency for long standing clients and may need to rearrange the schedule a bit.
If your pet is on medication or has special needs, clearly discuss those needs with your pet sitter. There are some pets such as diabetic pets who do require an exact time for the pet visit. Your pet sitter will arrange exact time visits for pets with special requirements.
Have you ever worried about what time your pet sitter visits your pets?