How to prepare for your departure when you have booked a pet sitter

  • Check your Service Plan Agreement and make sure all personal details are up to date ie mobile numbers, key holder numbers, emergency contact details etc
  • Ensure you have enough food, treats, litter, straw etc for the time you will be away.
  • If your cats have magnetic collars for cat flaps, make sure you leave spares in case of loss.¬† Also leave batteries for the cat flap in case they run out.
  • Let your pet sitter know where your back door key has been left.
  • Text your pet sitter before you leave to make sure everything is in place to start the pet sit.
  • If your pet is on medication leave written instructions on i’ts use even if this has already been discussed verbally.
  • Leave your pet’s toys out.
  • Let your vet know in advance that you are going on holiday and that a pet sitter will be caring for your pets, especially if your pet has a health condition that needs to be monitored.
  • Leave out insurance details and ask your insurance company if they need a written authorisation just in case your pet sitter/vet needs to contact them while you are away.
  • Inform¬†your pet sitter of anything in your home that may cause a problem ie sinks that don’t drain, toilet that easily blocks etc.
  • Leave written instructions about how to operate the heating system and leave the thermostat set at a comfortable temperature for your pets while you are¬†gone.
  • If anyone will be in your home during your absence, let¬†your pet sitter¬†know ie cleaners, gardeners etc
  • Remove potentially dangerous plants or decorations and put them somewhere safe where your pet will not be able to get to them. This is particularly important at Christmas or if you have kittens.
  • Leave out a dust pan and brush, a broom, a litter scoop, extra bowls for when extra food needs to be left out, cutlery that you don’t mind being used for cat/dog food (same with cloths and scourers etc).
  • Do not give your pet sitter freshly cut keys.¬† Give them keys that have been used many times in your locks.¬† If your locks stick make sure your pet sitter has been shown the knack of opening them.
  • Let your pet sitter know if you want to be contacted while you are away.¬† Some people want daily updates and others want to be left alone and only contacted in an emergency.¬† Your pet sitter will be pleased to send you pictures of your pets and keep in contact as much as you would like.

All of the above will have been discussed at the initial meeting with your pet sitter but if you feel that anything was overlooked or you have additional information you would like added to your form just email your pet sitter and they will be pleased to update your form for you.


Burglars are largely opportunists and are attracted to any home which appears empty

  • If there will be a car parked on your drive, inform your pet sitter and give registration details.
  • If you rent your property, give your landlord¬†your pet sitter’s¬†contact details in case of emergency and visa versa.
  • Ask your neighbour to park their car on your driveway if you are taking your own car with you.
  • Leave lights on a timer and possibly a radio turned on at low volume.
  • Remove high value or attractive items from view
  • Avoid leaving presents and gifts on display
  • Do not discard of packaging and boxes on your drive for collection. This draws attention to the fact you have recently purchased an expensive item.
  • Store ladders in garages or chain them up if left outside
  • Avoid booking sitter services¬†who advertise on their vehicles or wear uniforms. This could draw attention to your property.
  • Ensure all outbuildings are secured with machinery and tools stored out of sight
  • If you have an alarm use it while you are away.¬† Pet sitters are used to setting alarms.