Pet sitting is the act of temporarily taking care of another person’s pet for a given time frame. It commonly occurs at the pet owner’s home, but may also occur at the provider’s home or at a pet sitting place of business or organization. Pet sitting is a more personal and individualized arrangement for care compared to boarding or kenneling. Specialized training is usually not required for pet sitting.
Many pet owners prefer hiring pet sitters instead of the more traditional pet care options available. Reasons people used pet sitters included:
A possible reduction in stress levels, due to the pets being cared for in their own homes
A desire to prevent “travel trauma”
The minimized exposure to illnesses and parasites from exposure to other animals
Less rigorous vaccination requirements than those necessary at a kennel.
It allowed pets to stay on regular routines and prevented the need to adapt to a new environment
Convenience for pets with health problems and mobility issues due to arthritis, dysplasia, incontinence, etc.
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