Q. What are your rates?
A. Pet sitting rates vary from client to client. Your pet sitting cost is determined based on time required and distance traveled. Quoted pet sitter rates include travel costs, the pet sitter's time, pet care, care of your home, and any other agreed upon services; you will never find a hidden fee in our pet sitting rates. We never charge extra for giving medications, including sub-qs or insulin. We are happy to give you a pet sitting rate quote over the phone before scheduling the free initial consultation. Please call us at (916) 585-3182 to get your personalized pet sitting rate quote today!
Q. Are there any breeds of dogs that you do not work with?
A. We never ever discriminate based on breed. In fact, we are strong opponents of any
BSL (breed specific legislation) or any policies which discriminate based solely on breed (or appearance).
Q. Do you charge extra for holiday bookings?
A. There is no additional charge for service during a major holiday however, bookings made for November 15th - December 31st must be paid for at the time of booking to secure your reservation. Visits on both Thanksgiving Day and December 24th and 25th may be shortened to 20 minutes to accommodate for all clients and allow our sitters time for their holiday activities. If you require a 30 minute (or longer) visit on Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24th, or Dec. 25th, there will be an additional charge of $15 for each of those visits.
Q. Do you offer dog park visits?
A. We do not use dog parks for a number of reasons. If you currently use local dog
parks, we strongly encourage you to read our blog post, "5 Dangers at the Dog Park".
Our number one goal is always the safety of the pets in our care. Of course, we do understand
that some people will choose to use dog parks regardless. For them, we've
also written, "Top 10 Ways to be Safer at the Dog Park".
Q. Do you require proof of vaccinations?
A. Yes, but due to the in-home care aspect of sitting, we can be more flexible than a
kennel (if old enough, dogs and cats must have proof of rabies vaccination). In the case of
puppies under 4 months old that have not finished their vaccine series, we can do playtime
in the home or in your yard; we will not go for walks to minimize disease exposure.
We do accept titers. Please do let us know if you have any specific concerns.
Q. What is a “licensed” pet sitter or dog walker mean?
A. Petsitting/Pet Sitting is not licensed by a governing board in California. When a pet sitter
claims to be “licensed”, therefore, he/she is referring to a basic business operation license.
For sitters based within the city limits of Sacramento, that would be a Home Occupation
Permit and the Business Tax License. Sitters based in the unincorporated areas of
Sacramento County have different business licensing requirements. These licenses permit
the holder to run a business out of their home and pay taxes on that business but do
not regulate or oversee the business of petsitting/pet sitting in any other way.
Q. My dog is on a raw diet. Do you feed raw?
A. Sits are designed to keep your pet’s habits as close to normal as possible. Whether
you feed raw, kibble, canned, or homemade, we will feed your pets the same way that
you do (with one exception - we will NOT feed cats a vegan or vegetarian diet due to the
health risks involved.)
Q. I need to catch a flight at 5am and don’t have time to stop by the store to pick up
my cat’s food before I go. What should I do?
A. We are happy to pick up the food for you. You would be charged the cost of the
food plus a small delivery charge.
Q. Do you know pet CPR?
A. Yes! I will be happy to show you my American Red Cross Pet First Aid &CPR
certification cards upon our initial visit.
Q. Has your background been checked?
A. Yes it has! My fingerprints are on file with the DOJ through Live Scan from my former status as a CA registered Process Server.
Q. My partner and I feel it’s important to find a pet sitter that is comfortable with the
LGBTQ community. Are you okay with that?
A. I understand your concerns. I value my clients (and people in general) from a variety of backgrounds and am a supporter of equality for all.
Q. My dog is in heat, can you provide pet care for her?
A. We will provide pet sitting for in-season dogs provided they do not have unsupervised access to the outdoors. We are unable to offer walks for dogs who are currently going through a heat cycle.
Q. Do you have any minimum visit requirements?
A. For dogs, we require a minimum of one pet sitting visit per day if pee pads are used or there is a doggie door and if you will be gone for less than 5 days. If gone more than 5 days in a row, we highly recommend adding at least twice daily visits to combat boredom and ensure your pet is happy and comfortable in your absence. For the vast majority of dogs, 2 visits a day is preferred. Our pet sitting service is completely customizeable and you can mix and match the number of visits according to your pets needs.
Healthy adult cats should be seen a minimum of once every other day. This is especially important with male cats which are prone to urinary blockages as death can occur in as little as 72 hours.
Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, and Chinchillas should have a minimum of 1 visit per day to ensure their need for a constant supply of clean fresh hay is met and to monitor for incidents of stasis.
Reptiles, birds, fish, and other pets: please call to discuss your pet's needs.
Q. What are the pros and cons of using a pet sitter vs. a boarding facility?
A. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Please go here to see some of those
differences. Generally speaking, pets that are able to be left home alone (not those that
suffer from separation anxiety) do well with pet sitters. Pets that cannot be left alone
for any length of time often are a better fit for a facility. Cage-free facilities are only
an option for dogs that can pass the facilities’ temperament test (dogs that are social and happy with other dogs).
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