Pet Sitting / House Sitting Services

Do you worry about leaving your dog or cat in a boarding kennel?

What if they don’t settle? What if they don’t get along with the other pets there?

The kennel will feel like a strange place to your dog or cat and this together with a change in their normal routine, scents, sounds and sights can cause some pets to become anxious or physically unwell.

Maybe you rely on friends, neighbours or relatives to look after your pets? This can be a helpful alternative to boarding kennels. However, is your friend relative/neighbour qualified in pet first aid should your pet have an accident or become unwell? Do they know how to react in an emergency in your home such as a burst water pipe or blown fuse?

Are they also insured? What if there are any accidents/breakages in your home, who is responsible for this? With having a neighbour/friend/relative helping you out, you are also likely to feel obliged to owe them a favour and this can cause friction at some point.

Would you really enjoy your holiday or would you spend most of your time worrying about your pet’s welfare?

There is a perfect solution with Sitter4Pets. Let a professional pet sitter take on the responsibility – it’s what we do.

Cats

Cats are creatures of habit who thrive on routine. Most cats will have a set pattern they follow every day. Their routines will develop around your schedule and your household routines. While such a routine driven life may seem boring to humans, it helps cats feel safe and confident.

Cats are also territorial animals. The cats in your neighbourhood will have spent time establishing their territories and will have a hierarchy built up. Introducing a new cat or removing an existing cat from this balanced system will upset them all and they’ll need to re-establish their areas. Taking your cat out of this system for even a few days will mean that they will have to set their boundaries again which could easily result in fresh scuffles and a change in the pecking order.

For cats the options are clearly to either have a pet sitter to stay in your home and look after their needs in place or to arrange to have a sitter who pops in a couple of times a day to check on them and feed them and make sure the house is fine. We have found over many years of doing both pop ins and full sits that the cats are generally happier with a full pet sit service. Even the really shy ones tend to come out and spend time with their sitter.

Dogs

Dogs also enjoy feeling secure in their home environment with day-to-day routines and consistency being particularly important. Keeping your dog’s daily activities such as feeding times, walking times, play times and quiet times all regularly scheduled into their day will make them feel safe and secure.

They like to have special spots to call their own (even as a respite from the other members of their family). It might be their bed, a crate, a special sofa or simply a preferred corner to go a lie down quietly in.

Whilst being taken out of this environment for short periods is exciting and stimulating and something they enjoy, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing and a dog can easily get overstimulated by the unfamiliar and this can lead to stress and behavioural changes. Of course if they are with you personally when away from home they’ll simply trust that you know what you’re doing and they will be happy and calm in the knowledge that you are in charge.

For dogs the only realistic service is the full pet sit. Dogs simply don’t respond well to being alone for the majority of their day especially if they haven’t had to be alone for long periods before. For this reason we don’t offer out pop in service when dogs are in the house.

Other Pets

As your pets can be many and varied we offer our service to cover pets such as guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, fish, snakes, spiders, rats and tortoises. Some of these have more in depth needs and a more constant watch over them is needed.

We cannot help with regular, ongoing visits such as checking on your pet every afternoon while you are at work.

DOG BEHAVIOUR ADVICE

Over many years, Eleanor has invested time and money into broadening her knowledge on dog behaviour and has gained invaluable experience with dogs that she pet sits for.

Eleanor happily helps out dog owners by providing her tips and guidance and can offer advice on issues such as dogs jumping up, being fussy with their food and separation anxiety.

Eleanor does offer this advice in her respectful but no-nonsense (Barnsley accent) attitude so please be warned!

Prices start from £35 per hour.

DISTANT REIKI

Reiki is used to restore balance and promote the body’s self-healing ability.   This energy treatment is perfect for both you and your pets.

Distance Reiki is sending you or your pet life force energy that has healing properties.  It does not disturb you or your pet and you can relax in your own home while Reiki is sent to you.

Distant Reiki can help pets by clearing negative energy, helping with separation anxiety or aid recover from a physical illness.

A more detailed explanation of Distant Reiki and how it can help you or your pet will be provided following your enquiry.

Prices start from £19 for a 30 minute treatment.

Pet Sitting vs Kennels/Homeboarding

Some of your pets will get along fine in kennels or with a homeboarder. There are some excellent options available for these services if your budget can’t stretch to a full pet sitting option.

Many of your pets however will not get on with these other options for their care. There are unfortunately a lot of pets who find these options to be unpleasant and stressful. For these pets the benefits of having their own dedicated pet sitter are clear.

Don’t just take our word for it…

Absolutely great service! I have 4 unruly hounds, one is 18 years old, senile, deaf, almost blind on various medications… one has just recently gone completely blind (he has no eyes!) and is on medications… one is massive and a bit simple and one is young, crazy and naughty. They are not an easy bunch!

The SharePortal is excellent! It is super easy and removes all worry! All your house details, animal details etc are on there and you can keep updating them! We had regular updates with pictures and videos on the portal and on what’s app.

There were no issues at all and everyone was perfectly fine when we returned home. It was lovely to have a handover when we returned and milk in the fridge for a well needed cuppa! Our house was lovely and clean (better than when we left!).

I am a small animal vet and was really happy with the care my animals received while I was away. It gave me the chance to rest and recuperate after a tough time knowing my fur family were well cared for.

I will 100% be using this service again and would recommend to anyone! Thank you Eleanor and David!

Nicola Mason (2021)

Please click here to see this 5 Star review on Google

Would your pet get the amount of attention he prefers

Spending hours alone in a cubicle?

Or with a dedicated sitter just for him…

Would your pet prefer to eat …

From a bowl of the same food as the other animals?

Or from her own bowl with her own special brand of food…

Would your pet prefer to play

With a crowd of animals he doesn’t know?

Or with his own dedicated sitter…

Would your pet prefer to sleep …

Somewhere noisy and smelling of other animals?

Or in that special spot they have chosen as theirs…

Our Pricing

Pricing is kept as straightforward as possible. We have a set base price as shown below. We only increase this price to cover: additional pets, return mileage to your home and a one off new client administration fee.

We believe our sitters should be paid properly for their expertise. It is a great deal of responsibility to care for your precious pets and home and they do this job because they love animals.

We don’t charge extra to administer medications, for each meal, for walking your dog, for opening/closing curtains, for watering your garden and plants, for the sitter’s daily food allowance or for anything else. All the things you normally do with your pets (and lots more besides) are covered in one fee.

Pet Sitting for Dogs

Weekly Pet and House Sitting

£544

Starting from £544 per full week including one pet.

80% of our bookings are for 1-2 weeks.

The sitter stays in your home during the day and overnight for the duration of your time away.

This is suitable for longer bookings such as holidays and business trips.

Additional pets incur further fees.

Pet Sitting for Cats

Daytime or Overnight Sits

£74

Starting from £74 including one pet.

Daytimes are 9am to 6pm. Overnights are 6pm to 9am.

This is suitable for single day/night bookings such as weddings and days/evenings out.

Additional pets incur further fees.

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3 months ago

I emailed one of my lovely clients to ask her if she would be a Guinea Pig for the new automated system of Sitter4pets !! This will help with any teething problems before it goes live.

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