Here you will
find answers to commonly asked
We know that if
you're considering in your home pet sitting and pet care
for the first time you will have many questions. We
at Home Alone Critter Care by Marg want you to be informed and
make sound decisions when it comes to your pet care provider.
We have put together a list of answers to some of the common
questions we are asked.
Please note that these are
answers to general questions we have received. If you have
specific needs or concerns, please feel free to drop us a line
for more information to any questions you may
We are here to help and want
to provide the best possible service to you and your beloved
pets and animals. Thanks again for considering us as your pet
and animal care provider. We look forward to hearing from
A Pet Sitter?
A Pet Sitter is a
contracted service provider who takes care of a pet in its own
Daily/Daytime Dog Walking?
Daytime dog walking is
pet sitting on a weekly, ongoing basis. A daytime dog
walker is usually hired to walk or visit dogs that need a
regular break during the busy work
Long Is A Visit?
Each sitter determines
what length of visits they will offer (such as 15 minutes, 30
minutes, 1 hour, etc). Homes with multiple pets
will often require longer visits than homes with only one
How Many Time A
Day Should My Pet Sitter Visit During A
The frequency of visits
is something you will negotiate with your pet sitter once the
pet sitter interviews the situation and determines your needs
only dogs will require a minimum of 3 visits per day (at least
morning, afternoon, and evening).
clients choose once per day, or twice per day for cats.
Some sitters will consider every other day
Meet The Sitter Before
Yes, for most sitters
an initial consultation is required before your first service
can be provided. This consultation will give the sitter
time to learn about your pets, fill out paperwork, take notes
about your home and required tasks, and collect keys from
sitters offer the first consultation for free, or will credit
any consultation fee to your first visit.
would like a follow-up consultation at a later date, be aware
that there might be an addition fee for this.
sure to contact us far enough in advance to schedule your
My Pet Sitter Be
definitely select a pet sitter who is insured for
liability. It is important that their coverage
includes care, custody, and control of the pet. Pet
sitters can provide proof of coverage, or a phone number
you can call to verify they are currently
Safe To Have A Stranger In My
We know that having a
new pet sitter in your home for the first time can be
some tips to help you find a reliable pet sitter that would
like to build a trusting relationship with your
1) The pet sitter should be insured for
liability, including care, custody, and control of the
2) The sitter should provide contact
information for references upon request. Do be sure to
contact the references.
Check with vets,
groomers, pet stores, and other area pet businesses to
learn more about the reputation of your chosen pet
4) Be sure that the sitter provides a copy
of the legal terms of your contract, including cancellation
policy and other terms.
5) Be sure that you fully understand the
pricing of your service. Ask what services are included
with the rate quoted.
What kind of pet
education and/or certification does the sitter
sitter know pet first aid?
sitter ask many questions during the consultation, and did he
write down all of the answers carefully?
sitter a member of professional organizations, such as pet
sitting associations, humane organizations, or other pet care
sitter have a backup plan in case of a personal
sitter a full time sitter, or do they have limited availability
due to another job or school?
sitter have the proper licensing for their area (in some areas
a business license or kennel license for boarding may or may
not be required).
sitter talk positively about other sitters in the area, and
seem informed about the industry and other pet care