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So next saturday we are meeting the pet sitter for the first time. Shes going to be staying at the house while we are away for 6 days.

I have to make up the rules and other stuff about my cats....but what are some other things i should ask?

shes a 20 year old with a dog training/pet sitting sevice. :)
 

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I would start out by asking her how many places she has pet sat for and for how long. Other things I would ask are about her extra curricular activities because you can learn a lot about someone by what they do in their spare time. Finally, I would talk to her about her education and maybe any future plans? Basically get a general overview of who she is as a person.
 

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In your list of dos/don'ts: under what circumstances can the pet sitter give your cat more food (no matter how much he begs). Ask her questions along the lines of "how would you handle" (e.g., cat escaping; not eating; peeing outside the box' what does the pet sitter consider an "emergency" that would warrant a trip to the e-vet/regular vet).
List the name, telephone number, address of your vet (and any specialists he has seen); a name/telephone number of someone your pet sitter can call in case YOU don't return home when you're suppose to. Accidents and sickness happen, sometimes so suddenly you can't call your pet sitter.
 

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Having her stay at your house is brilliant! I've never had that and I think it would make such a difference.

I think I'd ask if she'd be able to e-mail you while you're gone with tidbits about the kitties. I've found it really helpful in not worrying about Murphy if I'm getting updates while we're gone.

Are there any other things you'd like her to do -- bring in the paper, water the plants, get the mail, etc.?

I would talk to her about whether, how, and under what conditions she'd take your kitty to the vet if something happened. I have magnets of our regular vet and the emergency vet on our refrigerator so the numbers would be handy. What I haven't checked into yet is how payment would go -- whether the vet could charge us directly even though we're not there, etc. Come to think of it, I'm going to check that out.
 

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I want a live in cat sitter!!

Where are you going to hide the Nanny Cam?
 

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Questions:

Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

Has the person you are currently involved with been convicted of a felony?

Will the fore mentioned person be staying with you or visiting you in my home?

Can I have your mother's phone number to ask if you are a slob or irresponsible? :p
 

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In addition to what others have posted, write down and go over stuff she might need for house issues... like where the electrical box is, where the water shut-off valve is, the name and phone number of a trusted neighbor, where you keep flashlights or spare light bulbs, how to work the AC, etc. Stuff she probably won't need but would be helpful to have just in case.
 

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Is she bonded/insured? References that are not relatives. Google her name, her business name and her email address....amazing what you find. See if you can check her Facebook page. Twitter etc.

Given her age, I wouldn't not allow her to have any visitors while she was at my house. Yes at 20 she could be very responsible, but her friends may have the potential to be immature jerks.

I would give her scenarios and ask how she would respond. For example:

It's 11pm, the cat has gone to the litterbox every half hour or so for the last 4 hours and there are only little tiny clumps. What do you do?
 

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Thank you everyone for your help. I will make copies of these notes that you gave me and pass it on to my mom.

This girl has a website/twitter/facebook for her pet sitting sevice.

Im a litter worried though...she doesnt drive. She has a boyfriend. Her boyfriend is going to bring her over next saturday. Hopefully he will just drop her off. because i dont want the bf to get a tour of the house. you know? Hopefully he wont stay with the girl while she stays at my house.

Im leaving the laptop at home. So maybe the girl can send text messages or call us.
 

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My cat sitter is very thorough - she took detailed notes of everything the first time we met. She had a binder where she kept all of her clients information, with a pouch for each clients house key, mail key, etc. She gave me a business card. I liked how organized and professional she was. And I especially liked how much she immediately loved my cats! She's very kind. Oh when I first called her, she immediately gave me references which I did check - everyone I spoke with loved her.

When I returned from my vacation, she'd left detailed notes about each visit and what she did, how the cats were doing, etc. She would stay for an hour each visit to give my girls some attention and play with them and brush them - she'd also bring in my mail and water the plants. I was in England for 2 weeks, and she came 2x a day since my oldest kitty is toothless and needs wet food. She would email me with any questions or concerns, or just to say everything was fine and not to worry! I also gave her all the info she may need - a neighbor's phone number in case, my vet's info, all my contact info in England, and I left a cat carrier out for her in case. Also I left toys and brushes and treats out in one place for her. And I left out some snacks and tea for her in case she wanted anything while she was here.
She is a middle aged woman and knows all the necessary stuff for taking care of animals - she gives meds and all that stuff if needed. I completely trust her and have used her a number of times.
A 20 year old with no car... I'd definitely check references... and just in case, I'd check online for other options... I googled 'Pet sitters Denver' and found a site devoted to different house and pet sitters, which is where I found my sitter.
 
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