In Good Hands

How to choose a pet sitter

By Ramona D. Marek, MS Ed.

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CAT FANCY

When it's time to plan a vacation, you need to decide where to go, where to stay and how much to spend. But there is one more question: Who will keep an eye on your cat?

More than ever, our pets travel with us. When they can't, most of us have family or friends who will take care of them. But who can we turn to when family and friends aren't available?

Bonded and insured professional pet sitters are available in most areas. Using a professional pet sitter lets your pet stay home in familiar, secure surroundings. A little research will help you find a pet sitter that is right for you and your cat.

Find a Service
With the dramatic increase of professional pet sitting services in the last few years, finding a pet sitter is relatively easy but still requires due diligence. Jeanne Adlon, an independent full-time cat sitter with 35 years of experience and New York City's first, recommends asking a trusted friend or your veterinarian for a referral. If looking in the Yellow Pages, look for pet sitter ads that indicate that the services are bonded and insured and if they are members of a professional pet sitting organization such as Pet Sitters International or National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. Both offer pet owners a locator guide and other helpful resources.

**Get the January 2012 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article or click here to purchase a PDF version.**
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