Originally Posted by gailuvscats
She should be insured and have references you can call. and call them.
You do not pay until you return and everything is ok.
If I were you, I would have a friend, or relative stop in a few times as well, just to see how things are going.
We're all insured and bondable where I work.
Do call references!
We leave an invoice on our last visit. Clients don't pay till after
the services are provided.
Originally Posted by hissy
also a tip- tell the cat sitter you will be gone one day longer than you actually will be.
Interesting! I've had a couple of clients show up early. Not a bad idea, but you will need to pay for the time you scheduled!
Originally Posted by WhosaMyHercules
Have you had her come over yet to meet the cat? I would want her to be at the house at some point to come meet the kitty while I was there to see how the interaction is. I wouldnt want someone my cats didnt like watching them.
We always do an "acquaintance session", which is free. That way people can meet the person who will be doing the visits, and you can see how they interact with your pets. That's always a good indication too - you want a good feeling about them and to see if your pets react positively.
The thing is with a lot of cats, they're often not too thrilled with the stranger coming into their house and don't want to play or be bothered. The sitter should behave accordingly. I don't harrass cats that don't want a lot of attention, as this will only stress them out. If the cats are friendly and want to play, then of course I will. I've even made cds with little videos and photos for my clients so they can see their cats were having fun while they were away!
I always act as though I'm being watched. Always be polite to the neighbours, I let people know who I am, and often times the neighbours/cleaning lady/friends etc report back to the client.
At the end of the day though, just like any business transaction, you have to trust that you're getting what you're paying for.