What is a Cat / Dog Sitter?
Cat and Dog sitters care for your pet in your home, which keeps your pet’s schedule and environment and consistent. It’s great for dogs that don’t like the kennel and sitting is especially suited for cats, reptiles, and bunnies because you do not need to go through the stress of transporting those animals. Instead, your pets can stay in the comfort of their own home.
Trends In Pet Sitting
Google Trends, a tool that compiles data based on how often keywords or phrases are searched in Google, shows the popularity of dog and cat sitter searches has increased steadily in the United States since 2004. The search for “Dog Sitter” and “Cat Sitting” has increased by 40% and 30% respectively from 2004 to 20018
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Why this increase? Many clients report to us in our feedback surveys that they prefer to hire a professional dog sitter or cat sitter because clients worry less when they know a professional service is caring for their pets. They also like the peace of mind they get from our picture messages sent from every visit, GPS logs, and time stamps.
Pet Sitting Certifications
Pet sitting certifications from NAPPS, PSI or Certified Pet Expert.com are helping the industry by providing start-ups with training and best practices. Clients get peace of mind knowing their pets are in the care of a certified sitter that qualified to handle any issues that may come up. They also want to skip the stress and health issues that can come along with kenneling.
Cost Savings For Multiple Pet Households
Hiring a professional pet sitter can be huge cost savings if you have multiple pets. Hiring a sitter is often less expensive than boarding if you have two dogs and a cat, or any mix of three or more animals.
You can read more about how pet sitting is more economical in many cases in my other blog article about pet services price comparison. That is because pet sitters usually do not charge for a number of pets that you have, just the amount of time that it takes to complete all the tasks they are hired to do.