Frequently Asked Questions
Will we meet before service begins?
Please be sure to call far enough in advance to schedule the initial consultation. Although we do take last minute service requests, notice and time to prepare is always appreciated.
Are your rates per pet?
In seven months of business, there have only been one or two times where extra time was needed to complete unexpected tasks. And the extra time needed was fifteen minutes or less.
Do you provide overnights or stay in the home?
We do offer overnights, and many new clients ask for this service. However, overnights do cost more. As a result, every client that asked for an overnight and decided to try 2-4 visits per day and found that it worked great for their pet. Most dogs and cats actually prefer not having a non-family member staying overnight while they sleep. And after 20 minutes to 1 hour with a pet sitter, they are done playing and getting attention, and are ready to go back to a nap until the next visit.
We also find that many pets that tend to have accidents have less accidents when they realize a pet sitter is coming on a schedule. And if there are any accidents, we are happy to clean up or do more frequent visits.
How many times do you visit and at what time?
Why is pet sitting so expensive?
For many people, having a pet sitter is something new and different. Often times, clients new to pet sitting compare us to babysitters or teenage house sitters. There really is a huge difference between having a professional pet sitter and having a friend or family member watch your pet.
Furry Friend Pet Sitting actively participates in pet sitting groups and forums and does its best to keep its rates as low as possible. We do our best to keep our rates reasonable, along with all the benefits of a professional caregiver for your home.
What can I expect from a non-professional pet sitter?
From listening to others’ experiences, I have learned that hiring teenage neighbors is not always a positive experience. Teenagers initially get excited for a few days about caring for someone else’s pets, but then the daily routine becomes boring to them. Teenagers may stop going entirely, and the pet can go uncared for for days.
Certain tasks may get missed with a non-professional pet sitter watching your home. With a professional pet-sitter watching your home, we will take the extra time to make sure all tasks are completed. This may not happen with a friend or family member.
What can I expect from a professional pet sitter?
You are welcome to call any time to add tasks, check up on your pet, and to verify upcoming service dates and times. I carry a cell phone and return most calls the same day.I use detailed notes/logs to let you know the care your pet is receiving and how he or she did.Both Shawn and Kendra are insured and do not bring along company or visitors.Little extras to make your home comfortable to come back to. This includes brushings, bringing the mail in,checking the temperature, cleaning up dog or cat tracks. These services are all included for free.
No worries. You deserve a worry-free time away!
Can I trust having a stranger in my home?
We welcome you to call all of our references, and will provide a list of them to you at the initial consultation upon request. We would like to build a trusting relationship with you. Most clients feel comfortable with us after the first or second visit, and recommend us to others with enthusiasm.
What will you do with our pets?
How did you become a pet sitter?
The pet sitting business idea came from lots of research online. Kendra found that pet sitting is very popular and information on it is everywhere. Kendra did extensive research before she went fully into the business, and she currently belongs to message boards and professional pet sitting organizations.
Looking For A Professional?
Traveling? Working long or unusual hours? Pets suffer from separation anxiety or borden-induced behaviours? Is your dog active and require a high level of exercise? Does your dog need frequent bathroom breaks or have special needs? Injured or elderly and not able to fully care for your pet? We're here to help!