Re: Pet Sitting
- Ronda asked:
>What I would really like to know is if it has been as difficult forWe haven't had a reason to be away from home overnight since our cats went
>any of you to find sitters for your pets that have medical problems.
Before that, we traded cat-sitting with a neighbor. But it's one thing to
ask somebody to look in, spoon out some food and scoop some litter. It's a
whole other story to ask somebody to be responsible for Pongo's heart meds,
which is like a part-time job.
What we've been thinking is that if we do have to get a sitter, we would
use somebody recommended by our vet, The Cat Practice, here in NYC. We
don't know who they would recommend or what the expense would be.
Boarding Pongo at the vet's is out of the question -- he's terrified if we
just drop him off for a day of tests. When we went to pick him up last
time, he was huddled in the litter box with his paws over his eyes,
quivering. Kind of counter-productive for a cat with a compromised heart.
--Melinda, Jim, Phoebe and Pongo
- Hi, all
I just joined this list, in response to a post about pet sitting from
Ronda that Helen sent to me this morning.
Ronda - I live in Seattle, and a few months ago a friend and I
started a support group for people with special-needs pets. I have
also just launched a web site:
I am in the process of (slowly) compiling a list of Seattle area pet
sitters who are willing to take on special needs pets as clients, and
I plan to post that list on the web site. If you would be willing to
help me do this (maybe we could make a list and split the calls up?)
it would be SO great, as it's hard for me to find the time to do this.
Did you know that there is a web site that has a directory of pet
You can search by state for pet sitters on the site, but it doesn't
offer much info - just names, addresses and phone numbers. One thing
that I want to do is to start a letter writing campaign to the site
owner(s) letting them know that it would really be helpful if they
would expand their directory to include more information, like A)
does the sitter specialize in cats or dogs or other animals, and B)
is the sitter willing (and QUALIFIED) to care for special needs
pets? Because if that site included that kind of information it
could really be a wonderful resource for anyone anywhere in the
country. So anyone who is interested and has the time, please visit
that site and send an e-mail to the site owner.
Anyway - Ronda, feel free to post a response to the group or to email
me directly. I'd love to have you join our monthly support group
meetings, and more information about that is on my web site. The
same goes for anyone else who lives in Seattle or the surrounding
areas. I can e-mail a flyer for the group in Word format to anyone
who is interested, just let me know.
- Our 14-year-old male was diagnosed with congestive heart failure on
11/25 last year. We were scheduled to leave on vacation on 12/10. I
asked my vet about pet-sitting, and one of his techs was willing to
it. I paid her $40/day to come in twice daily to medicate him (plus
an $80 "Christmastime bonus"), and I had a neighbor also come in to
spend time with him.
I also got a list of vet techs from the local LARGE animal hospital
Since it was so early on, and we were unable to tell how he was doing
(we almost had him put down on 12/3 because the Diltiazem (generic
Cardizem) was making him sick to his stomach), the vet had me sign a
waiver leaving decisions about his care to the tech and to him...so
he was deemed to be deteriorating, they would be authorized to
euthanize if necessary, since we would be out of the country.
He's still with us, and I'm planning to do the same thing when we go
away in September.
This vet tech was going to charge $20/day, but since I wanted her to
come in twice, I wanted to pay her enough to make it worth her while.
Because it meant I could go on vacatin with a clear mind that he was
in good care, it was worth every penny.
I am in northern NJ, so we're looking at a similar price structure.
--- In email@example.com, brunobaby@a... wrote:
> Ronda asked:
> >What I would really like to know is if it has been as difficult for
> >any of you to find sitters for your pets that have medical
> We haven't had a reason to be away from home overnight since our
> on meds.
> Before that, we traded cat-sitting with a neighbor. But it's one
> ask somebody to look in, spoon out some food and scoop some litter.
> whole other story to ask somebody to be responsible for Pongo's
> which is like a part-time job.
> What we've been thinking is that if we do have to get a sitter, we
> use somebody recommended by our vet, The Cat Practice, here in NYC.
> don't know who they would recommend or what the expense would be.
> Boarding Pongo at the vet's is out of the question -- he's
> just drop him off for a day of tests. When we went to pick him up
> time, he was huddled in the litter box with his paws over his eyes,
> quivering. Kind of counter-productive for a cat with a compromised
> --Melinda, Jim, Phoebe and Pongo