Just as with walks, the aim of a visit is to check on the welfare of the pet.
To achieve that, the owner will agree with the sitter a timetable of regular visits to the home, so that the latter can keep an eye on the pet and provide reassurance for the owner while they’re away.
During each visit, the sitter should follow the owner’s instructions. However they may need to vary what they do according to the pet’s particular needs.
This is one of the main reasons owners choose visits for their pets. Of course our pets cannot feed themselves, so the pet sitter will need to ensure that the pet they are looking after gets fed regularly.
Depending of course on what your pet is used to, the sitter can also give it some snacks from time to time.
Whether it be a cat or a small pet, these animals generally do their business in a litter tray or cage.
If you’re thinking about going away for a few days or several weeks, it’s essential that someone takes care of your pet’s hygiene.
So when the sitter visits your pet, they’ll need to change the litter or clean out the cage so that the pet’s cleanliness is maintained.
Even for those pets which are relatively independent, some can miss the attention when their owners are away for a while.
By organising visits for your pet, the sitter can also provide games and cuddles for your cat or small pet, each time they come by.
That way your pet will feel less alone and will look forward to the sitter’s visits.
These days it’s not unusual to come across animals with conditions which require occasional or lifelong medical treatment.
If you’re thinking of going away on holiday or on a trip, it’s vital you make arrangements for your pet’s medical treatment while you’re away.
When you organise visits, it will be the pet sitter’s role to administer any medication prescribed for your pet.
If the treatment involves injections (for example for a diabetic animal) then it makes sense to show the sitter in advance how to do these so there are no problems during your absence.
As stated above, visits are best suited to independent and autonomous animals like cats and small pets.
By small pets we mean mainly the following:
• Birds (parrot or budgerigar)
• Rodents (hamster, guinea pig, rat, mouse etc.)
Even if these animals are relatively independent and don’t require a constant presence, it’s nonetheless reassuring to arrange a minimum degree of contact while you’re away.
So visits will allow you to get reassurance about your pet’s well-being and also to be alerted if any problems arise (your pet gets sick or there’s an incident in your home).