Cat Sitter Checklist – Pet Sitter List

| July 5, 2012 | 17 Comments

When you go out of town, do you leave your cats at home and have someone check on them or do you board them?

What do you put on your cat sitter list?  Recently, my aunt asked me to watch Hobbs and Maddie and it inspired a post.  I include my cell phone number on this list as well – but haven’t included it in this post for obvious reasons!  I find it easiest to keep this document on my computer and then adjust and add to it as necessary.  I hope you guys give me some more ideas as to what to add to it!  I did find an article on About.com that includes a checklist.

Charlie and Trigg

KC Cat Clinic – Dr. Gloor
7107 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64114
(816) 361-4888

Mission MedVet
5914 Johnson Drive
Mission, KS 66202
(913) 722-5566

Mornings:

  • Please open front window blinds – open one on right (South side) and pull up past cat tree height, so that Charlie and Trigg can see out.

Food:

  • 3-4 cans of wet food a day – vary the flavors – please don’t give the same flavor twice in one day.
  • I just feed them when they’re hungry

Treats:

  • 3-4 treats each in the afternoon every day – I make a big deal about it and call them “cheats”
  • Treats are kept in the fridge downstairs and upstairs. WARNING!  Charlie knows this and will run down the stairs meowing at the refrigerator to remind you.  Treats are made by Whole Life Pet.
  •  I also give them a nice helping of TunaTreats (on top of the fridge) once a day.

Litter Boxes:

  • Please scoop litter boxes 2x day
  • Two in basement under the stairs
  • One in Master Bath – just put waste in the trash cans next to the boxes – Monday is trash day, so I would love it if you could take out the trash on Sunday night.

Mail:

  • Please check mail daily and look outside to see if there are any packages.

Exercise:

  • I don’t want you to have to take them outside – although Charlie will ask and be sure to watch the doors – Charlie will jet outside if given the opportunity – especially into the garage when you are coming into the house.  I just guide him out of the way with my foot if necessary.
  •  In replacement of taking them outside, if you could play with them with a wand toy of some variety, that would help them stay peaceful

I wanna hear what’s on your list!  Dish!

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Julie says:

    Your list is just like mine!!! But i have included:
    Fresh water and rinse bowl.
    My parents contact info.
    His hiding places!!!
    And what to do incase we (in CA) have an earthquake!!
    My question for you is…how much do you feel is the right amount to pay?

    • Jenny says:

      Julie, All good ones! As far as the amount of $ – I think it varies depending on where you live. My Aunt, for example, lives in VA near DC and pays someone $50/day to stay at her house with her dog. I think dogs are more work because of their walks, etc. But I think an older cat can be a lot of work too. A friend of mine pays me $15/visit and I do two a day for her cats when she is gone. I paid my sister $20/day when she took care of my cats – she’s in college and always looking for cash. I live in KS, so the rates here would be less than CA, I think. Maybe that would be a good subsequent blog topic – how much should you pay your pet sitter. Thoughts?

      • Julie says:

        Rates out here seem to be inline with what you’re saying! I get paid $50 to spend the night when i “puppy” sit and $35 a day if just feeding and playing for a couple hours. I’m fortunate enough that my dear friend and neighbor refuses money if i need her to feed & check on The Moosh…but was just curious how much cat sitting would be just in case…your prices/cost are perfect i think! And yes…a blog would be great to see how in line we are with your followers!

        • Jenny says:

          Hmmm, well a Floppycats reader just told me a horror story about a pet sitter who didn’t change her cats’ litter boxes for 17 days while they were gone – just added litter to them. So I’d be game for paying more if I knew my cats were taken care of. I think your vet would have an idea of some decent pet sitters. You could also ask friends. I will do the post – thanks!

  2. Julie says:

    OMFG!!!! That is horrid!!! I would never let someone i don’t know watch my Moosh!!! I’m obessive about his box! I practically wait with scooper in hand while he goes!!! Hahaha!!!

  3. Bonnie says:

    This is an awesome post — i am a petsitter and cover all of this territory in the initial registration visit when we fill out forms and releases but having this information in a format like this is awesome — most people leave me notes to be sure everything is covered, which is especially helpful in multiple cat households especially if there are quirky things required like medications or other information i might need to have reiterated.

  4. Kim Maxwell says:

    BIg one- Where the carriers are in case of emergency. Also a good idea to let your vet know someone else is watching your cats and that you okay emergency care. Some are reluctant to provide often expensive care w.o the actually owners okay. I had some others in my book too but what they do if for some reason they can’t get to your house – what it the back up plan if their car breaks down, weather prevents them or an emergency of their own. I use family & friends but if I was going to hire someone I’d want references and to see them with my cats before we left.

  5. Barb Lindgren says:

    I have a question on your list? Do your cats get 2-3 cans of food each or for both? I want my kitty’s on cans, but am finding it is more expensive then I anticipated.
    Thanks.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Barb!
      I hear ya! I switched Mooshu to only wet & it costs a fortune! He eats about 3-4 a day as well…JUST HIM! I really try to keep it at three…but if he’s being a booger I will give him the fourth one. I pay about $0.59-$0.65 per can…yep…he eats better than i do at this rate! UGH! But…it is so worth it to keep him healthy & safe…and his poop firm! LOL!

  6. Teresa says:

    Hi,
    I have to fess up! I’m the reader with the horror story. My sitter was referred to me by a very reputable person and had glowing reports….Until I walked in the door and found my bed soaked with urine and my best friend’s quilt she made me thrown over a baby gate. My two upstairs kitties had no where to go and guess they thought the bed was their only option. I leave the same instructions just like Jenny outlined plus these:
    1. My vacation location with the address and phone number
    2. My cell phone # with instructions to call me if they have ANY questions
    3. My email address because I write all the time and check. during this last nightmare, the pet sitter said everything was going fine. Yeah, boy!
    4. Specific instructions on how to deal with the feline pine because it is different from the clumping and needs changing more. She should have changed the boxes at least 5-6 times while we were gone, but only changed them once.
    5. Always get extra food and put it directly out on the counter in case we would be prevented from getting home on time
    6. Leave an extra house key with the next door neighbor just in case the pet sitter lost hers and give her the information.
    7.Always write that in case of a dire emergency, that the petsitter should call me first, and if I am not available, to take them straight to my vet who I directed beforehand to make serious decisions in my behalf. She knows my wishes and would never allow my “children” were something bad to happen, to suffer or linger just to wait for me to come back, and to do whatever was necessary in their best interest.
    8. Show the petsitter where all the cat carriers are located in case of an emergency.

    With all this info and pre-checking out the pet sitter’s info, I still got burned. When the pet sitter came over for her instructions before we left (I always type them and have them available then so if they want to add any notes, etc., they can), I asked her if her price of $20/day was enough and she said it was more than enough. Literally, she would have just had to open cat food cans, get fresh water, and maintain the catboxes by scooping the clumped and pine, and then changing the pine 2x week. Had the 40 lb. bag of feline pine brought upstairs and was sitting directly beside the boxes along with a trashbag and 1/4 bag of the remaining feline pine. I was actually worried that it might not be enough!!!! When we arrived, both of the two bags were EXACTLY like we left them. I was mortified. I asked for a full refund and return of my keys which she did. It in no way covers the severe damage to my mattress, my friend’s priceless quilt, and more importantly, now have to help my Maine Coon understand and relearn that the litter box is the place to go instead of my bed. Hope none of you have any story like this and hope the additional things to include are helpful to you all.

    • Julie says:

      Awwww Teresa that’s just so heart breaking! I can only imagine your anger!! What did she say?? I can’t imagine any excuse that could justify that! So sorry your kitties…and you…had to go through that…especial seeing all the fine planning you put into your list! I’m never leaving home now!!!! 🙂

      • Teresa says:

        Hi Julie,
        Thanks for the kind words. Know exactly what you mean about not wanting to leave home, mainly because it is so hard leaving them in the first place. It just breaks your heart when you realize they know something strange is up. But, I need to go for my health and this next time am planning on letting the two upstairs girls go to the Kitty Cottage, a wonderful place here that I have used previously. They feel like they are on vacation too! What the sitter said made me finally decide to get the refund and that was, “well I changed the catboxes 1 or 2 times!” All I can say is that she must have brought her own litter because none of ours was used at all.

        • Julie says:

          Teresa!
          The Kitty Cottage sounds like a good plan!!
          Wishing you the best with your health…and a great trip for the kitties to the cottage! 🙂

  7. Alora says:

    I actually created a “House Sitter/Kitty Care” notebook. The first page addresses YOU ARE HERE. Address, phone number, contact number. Second page: pictures of our cats with their names. Again contact numbers, vet number address. Emergency Vet Hospital phone address. Instructions of How to use the “clicker” if cats get out, and their Chip info. ((I also leave there medical information files out) Third page: feeding instructions broken up with Morning Afternoon Evening. And pictures of the food. Page four: Litter instruction, location, where the scoops are, how often to scoop and how to dispose of it. (PS we have one of those litter gene and we LOVE it) Page 5: Info on Thermostat (with pics)Mailbox (with pics) and Garbage instructions. Page 6 and 7 How the TV, DVD ect work, (with pics)and lastly where to sleep, shower, what they can eat (I just let them eat what ever they want). This may sound like a lot but I want who ever is sitting with my babies to really enjoy themselves. I also leave them a goodie bag which includes a pair of house socks and a $30 grocery store card. Every time we go someplace it is easy to update. I ALSO have a walkthrough with the person before we leave and introduce the cats.

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