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- Bruna DDublin
Absolutely amazing catsitter!
We decided to get a catsitter to come to our home after a few bad experiences we had with a cattery/ pet boarding. Poliana was very responsive from start to end and took great care of our cats while we were away. One of our cats is very shy but he was very relaxed and comfortable around Poliana, which is certainly a good sign! We loved receiving the daily updates, pictures and videos and that definitely helped to put us at ease enjoying our holidays. Will definitely hire her again!
Sara is a super qualified cat nanny!:D My scaredy -pants-cat having seen her for the first time started rubbing against her legs and showed lots of trust from the first second. :D I think Sara really knows how to deal with and take care of cats. She is also very punctual, responsible, friendly and sweet. Thank you, dear Sara! We'll be addressing you more times! Natasha & Tiago
- Lizzie BDun Laoghaire
Alba is absolutely fantastic! She spent time playing with the cats and brought some toys along for them, from the videos we got whilst we were away we could tell they loved her! Even my shyest cat was a fan :) Definitely recommend, and will definitely be booking again! Two very happy cats on arrival home, what more could you ask for!
- Fiona KDublin 9
I'm absolutely thrilled to have found Bel. Except, I think my cat prefers her now. This was her second time looking after my kitty and she did a wonderful job again. I came home to a very happy kitty. Bel sends updates from every visit and sends the most wonderful time lapse videos of her interacting with my kitty. It's so reassuring and great to see my cat so well entertained and cared for. I couldn't recommend Bel more highly! She is a cat lover through and through!
- Luke BDublin 15
Uliana was brilliant from start to finish. She was a natural with Otis, gave him lots of affection, and did everything we asked of her and more on each visit. Otis has gained a great new friend, and we'll definitely be asking her to come and take care of him in the future when we're away
Cat sitters can offer daily visits or overnight stays. All sitters can set their own fees.
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What is a pet sitter?
A pet sitter will come to your home and look after your animal. This allows your pet to stay in familiar surroundings of their home while you’re away. Think of pet sitting as baby sitting for animals!
How does pet sitting works?
Our Pet sitting Service at Cat in a Flat is an online platform where you choose and hire a local pet sitter from our vetted and trusted pet loving community of local carers. The first meeting is free. You and your pet can get to know your sitter and find the perfect pet-sitting match.
Our vetted and local pet sitter take care of your pet from your home while you’re away. This relieves the pressure of relying on friends or family to look after your pet when you’re out of town. Pet sitters will adapt their pet caring services according to the type of pet you have and your animal’s personal needs. Our reliable pet sitters look after all types of animals. Not only do we have amazing cat sitters here at Cat in a Flat, but pet sitters for rabbits, rodents, birds, fish, and reptiles too!
Some services that pet sitters can provide include:
- Exercising your pet. This can include activities like monitoring them in the yard, or playing with them.
- Feeding, grooming, cleaning up after your pet, and other basic care.
- Takeing care of your home while you’re away. In some cases, this can include the option of overnight stays.
- Specialized services such as giving your pet baths or medication.
How to know if I need a pet sitter ?
Many animals prefer to stay in the comfort and familiarity of their homes—especially if their owner is away. Having someone pet sit for you depends on your pet’s personality and whether a pet sitter would be a more stress-free option for them.
In some cases, taking your pet somewhere else—whether to a pet boarder or to a friend or family member’s home—while you’re away just isn’t a feasible option. This is especially true for reptiles or fish (where you may have to move a large tank) or easily stressed rodents like guinea pigs.
Differences between pet sitting and pet boarding
Both pet sitting and pet boarding are popular options among pet parents, but what is the difference between the two?
With pet sitting, a pet sitter comes directly to your home to care for your pet in their regular environment. The pros of hiring a pet sitter are:
- Your pet is your sitter’s sole focus.
- Tailored care for your particular pet.
- Your pet sitter can stay overnight if needed.
- Someone to look after your home and alert you if there are any emergencies.
- Your pet does not have to adjust to a new environment.
- Your pet is less likely to catch an outside disease.
With pet boarding, you take your pet to stay at a facility where professionals will look after them. Generally, there are other animals staying there as well. Here are the pros of pet boarding:
- Can be more inexpensive.
- If your pet is social, they may enjoy being around other animals.
- You can be sure your pet is with qualified people, as pet boarding is run by trained professionals.
How do I find a good pet sitter?
If possible, start looking for a pet sitter early. This way you can ask around about pet sitting services from people with experience with your type of pet. Carefully look at sitters profiles to see what sort of qualifications and reviews your potential pet sitter has. Make sure they are able to accommodate to/ adapt to your animal's unique needs and are familiar with basic pet first aid. Bonus points if a pet sitter owns or has owned the same type of animal as yours!
Once you’ve found a pet sitter you believe is a good match, invite them over so you and your pet can meet them. Make sure your pet gets along with them and be sure to ask your sitter plenty of questions! You are leaving your cherished pet in their hands, so you’ll want to know as much as possible about the pet sitter’s qualifications and experience.