How often will you visit my cat?
You can book one visit per day or two visits per day. I do not offer an alternating day service. For the well-being of your cat/s I need to see them once or twice daily while you are away.
What times do you do your visits?
When making my schedule I am mindful of the individual cat's needs, however, I can't guarantee an exact time on my visits. Timing of visits may vary depending on what I have on my schedule. Once a day visits are generally done in the morning, however, if I don't have room they may be pushed to the afternoon. I keep it pretty consistent throughout the job though, particularly if the cat is waiting for me for his/her next meal. Twice daily clients will get an am and pm visit (am visits will be done normally before 10 am and pm visits will be done after 4 pm). I always try to even the timing out on the twice a day visits so the feeding schedule makes sense for the individual cat's needs.
Who will visit my cat?
I, Kristi, am the business owner and sole serivce provider for Pets Dig Me. I form a relationship with both the pets I care for and their owners. Pets are less anxious and more comfortable when they know and trust their caregiver, and the same goes for the owners. These days so many of the pet sitting services use employees and independent contractors. Cats need stability not a revolving door. People are entrusting their companions and their homes to me, and I take that responsiblity very seriously. You can feel at ease knowing that you will always get me, someone with experience, who cares and whom you and your cat can trust, on each and every service.
How much notice do you need?
Once you are on board as a client I can accommodate last minute requests without you incurring any last minute extra charges. I like keeping things simple for my clients. I have a very accommodating, flexible service and will always do my best to make sure my clients' needs are covered.
Do you work holidays?
Absolutely! I devote my holidays to the business to ensure my clients' needs are met even during busy times. I may need to shorten some visits during holiday periods in order to accommodate all my clients, but this would only happen if absolutely necessary and you would be notified ahead of time. With that said, if a client needs me each year only on Christmas or Thanksgiving, that isn't something I'm going to be able to accommodate. My holiday slots are reserved to accommodate clients who use me year-round for their cat sitting needs, so if you are looking for holiday care only, I'm not the right cat sitter for you.
What if I need to cancel a service?
If you need to cancel a service, you can do that without incurring any cancellation fees. I am happy to provide a flexible service to accommodate my clients' busy, changing schedules.
Will you medicate my cat?
I have lots of experience giving cats medication and I do offer medication administration free of charge. I can't, however, guarantee I will be able to medicate all cats but I'm pretty versed in various techniques so I'm quite comfortable doing it. However, because there is a specific timing involved with medication jobs, I have to limit incoming cats with medication needs. This helps ensure my availability to my roster that currently have medication needs or that may eventually end up with medication needs. So, although I do medicate, I do not take on first-time clients as medication clients. Cats need to come on board first without medication needs. I do not however, offer a diabetic injection service. I recommend hiring an overnight sitter for those so the eating and response to injection can be monitored for a longer period of time.
Can I get updates on my cat while I am away?
Certainly! I provide daily email or text updates. I also send daily photos to you of your cat/s to help give you peace of mind.
Do you watch other pets in the household?
I do not sit for households that do not have a cat. As far as other pet companions in the home along with a cat, I'm happy to provide basic fish care for aquariums. I'd prefer not to care for other pets such as birds, reptiles, pocket pets etc... mainly because I'm not an expert on those and I'd prefer to watch what I know best which is cats! As far as chicken care although feeding chickens would be fine I am uncomfortable letting them free roam yards so if your coop isn't large enough for them to be happy staying inside it while you are away, I wouldn't be able to care for a household with chickens. Although I offer regular weekly dog walking I do not dog sit when people are away.
Are you licensed, bonded and insured?
Yes! I am licensed in the city of Seattle and the state of Washington. I am bonded and insured through Pets Sitters Associates.
Do you keep my key in between jobs?
Yes, I keep keys on file. I don't offer a key pick up and drop off service before and after each cat sitting job. If you would like to continue to use me as your cat sitter, I will need to keep your key on file. If you'd prefer getting a lock box that would work as well. I keep keys in a secure location with no identification information on them - I have my own secret coding system for them. I am certainly happy to return your key anytime you need to discontinue service.
What takes place at the introductory meeting?
At the free no-obligation meeting, we all get aquainted, humans and felines, at your residence. We can go over the cats' routine and I have paperwork for you to fill out covering service details including pet and home care. I will get keys from you so that I can access your home. I do these meetings almost always on weekends. I need at least one weekend available to set this meeting up before you plan on leaving, so if you are contacting me with less than a week before you need service, I likely won't be able to work that out. Once the initial set up is done, you are officially a Pets Dig Me client then last minute bookings are not a problem because they don't require additional meetings.
How do I get started?
Just email me to go over your needs. If it sounds like we may be a good fit we can set up a new client introductory meeting.