What does a pet sitter do?

As the definition above indicates, pet sitters care for clients’ pets in the clients’ homes. Pet owners often use pet sitters when they go on a vacation, travel for business, work long hours or when they are too sick or injured to care for their pet(s).

Pet sitters often offer more than one pet-sitting visit per day, and some pet sitters offer overnight stays as well.

During the pet-sitting visits, pet sitters perform a variety of tasks, including:

• Feeding the pets and changing their water bowls

• Providing exercise and play time (may include walking the dog)

• Cleaning litter boxes and cleaning up any other pet messes

• Administering pet medications, if needed

• Providing lots of TLC!

Pet sitters also often bring in mail or newspapers and alternate blinds and lights to give the home a “lived-in look” if the owners are away. Pet sitters may also perform other tasks as requested by the pet owners.