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My Day as a Pet Sitter

Hello, wonderful pet parents!

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a pet sitter looks like? Well, grab a drink or a snack, cuddle up with your furry friends, and join me through a typical day at Loving Arms Pet Sitting.

The day starts early, sometimes even before the sun comes up!  When I first wake up, even before my feet hit the floor, I grab my phone or iPad and check for any messages or emails that came in after I shut down for the night. I then check my schedule and make sure I have all the details for the day's visits. When I do finally get up and get dressed, I grab my pet sitting go-bag that I keep stocked with treats, towels for those dirty paws after a walk, toys, and pet first-aid essentials, and then head out the door.


Red haired dog sleeping on a bed with a brown blanket


My first visits of the day are usually for pets who need medications such as insulin and need to eat before getting their medication. I monitor their food intake carefully to make sure they get the right amount of food before I give them their meds. Each pet has their own routine, so I make sure to follow their individual routines as closely as possible. For dogs, it’s time for some outside potty and playtime. Cats will get a good play session with their favorite feather toy or some quality lap time. For smaller critters, like rabbits or hamsters, it’s all about making sure their enclosures are clean and giving them fresh, bedding, food and water as well as a little love if they are a social critter.


a cat getting an insulin injection


By late morning, I often have appointments with pets that require a little less attention. Maybe it's a super shy kitty who prefers less interaction, but still needs food, water and a clean litter box. As a Fear Free Certified Professional, I use techniques to make sure each pet feels safe and comfortable. Every pet is unique, and part of my job is understanding and respecting their individual needs and personalities. It’s always rewarding to see a nervous pet start to relax and enjoy our time together.

Midday visits are all about giving pets a break in the middle of the day. This is especially important for puppies and senior dogs who might not be able to hold it until their owners get home, or between my breakfast and dinnertime visits. After an outside potty break and some playtime, it’s time for a quick cuddle and maybe a treat or two before I head to my next stop. Late morning and afternoons are often filled with a mix of more potty breaks, medication visits, and sometimes even trips to the vet or groomer.




black and brown Rottweiler dog wading in a river

As the day winds down, it’s time for dinner visits. Ensuring pets get their evening meal and any required medications is crucial. Evening visits tend to be more relaxed, allowing pets to enjoy the cool evening air. Let’s not forget about litter box changes and cleaning up after those litter-tossing dynamos at each visit – keeping things tidy is all part of the job!

After a long day, I return home, but the work isn’t quite over. I update my records, noting any important details about the pets I visited. This helps me keep track of their health and behavior, ensuring that I can provide the best care possible.

Being a pet sitter is more than just a job for me; it’s doing what I love. It’s about building relationships with pets and their owners, ensuring every pet feels happy, safe, and cared for. Thanks for reading about my day in the life as a pet sitter. If you ever need someone to look after your pets, remember that Loving Arms Pet Sitting is here to provide compassionate, professional care.

Oh, and please give your furry friends some extra love from me!

Black and white cat nuzzling the face of an older woman who is wearing glasses and a floral printed hat

 

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