50.000 Registered Pet Sitters • 2 Million Visits • 98% 5-Stars Reviews
- Samantha F.
Five stars isn't enough. Luciana was amazing. Not only did she do a wonderful job taking care of our cat, but she kept us updated every single day with lots of pictures and detailed updates. It made our trip SO much more relaxing to know that the cat was happy. Our cat is usually very anxious and shy around strangers, but He LOVED Luciana and so did we!
- Giles F.
It's quite a leap of faith giving a stranger the keys to your home, let alone the responsibility for your beloved pet. But from the initial contact, Meylin was kind, professional and attentive. She took care of our shy cat for a week and regularly updated us with pictures, videos and messages. We are confident that all our cat's needs were met, and more.
- Becky D.
This was my first time using a cat sitter and I feel very lucky that I got Isha. Charlie is a rescue cat, and kennels were just not working out for her, so this was the perfect solution. Getting daily pictures, and coming back to a happy cat means that I will definitely contact Isha again when I go away. She's clearly a massive cat lover, so I can't recommend her enough.
- Joel, Ila and Vanda.
The best review I can leave is that when we got home we felt that Avon and Marlo felt like they had been loved whilst we were away. They were calm, sociable and very happy when we all got together again. The level of communication was brilliant - lots of pictures on Whatsapp. We were just extremely happy with Dani - her care and her attitude were exceptional.
- Jake C.
Heather was awesome whilst we were away over Christmas, returned home to find Flea very relaxed and content. Great communication from the start, really friendly and sent us lots of nice photos. Would definitely recommend her and will be in touch for future trips!
Cat sitters can offer daily visits or overnight stays. All sitters can set their own fees.
Excellent based on 149769 reviews
Our vetted and local pet sitter come to look after your pet from your home while you’re away. This relieves the pressure of relying on friends or acquaintances to look after your pet when you’re out of town. Pet sitters will adapt their pet caring services according to the type of pet you have and your animal’s personal needs. Our reliable Pet sitters look after all types of animals. Not only do we have stellar cat sitters here at Cat in a Flat, but pet sitters for rabbits, rodents, birds, fish, and reptiles too!
Some services that pet sitters can provide include:
- Exercising your pet. This can include activities like monitoring them in the garden, or playing with them.
- Feeding, grooming, cleaning up after your pet, and other basic care.
- Looking after your home while you’re away. In some cases, this can include the option of overnight stays.
- Specialised services such as giving your pet baths or medication.
How to know if I need a pet sitter
Many animals prefer to stay in the comfort and familiarity of their homes—especially if their owner is away. Having someone pet sit for you depends on your pet’s personality and whether a pet sitter would be a more stress-free option for them.
In some cases, taking your pet somewhere else—whether to a pet boarder or to a friend or family member’s home—while you’re away just isn’t a feasible option. This is especially true for reptiles or fish (where you may have to move a large tank) or easily stressed rodents like guinea pigs.
Differences between pet sitting and pet boarding
Both pet sitting and pet boarding are popular options among pet parents, but what is the difference between the two?
With pet sitting, a pet sitter comes directly to your home to care for your pet in their regular environment. The pros of hiring a pet sitter are:
- Your pet is your sitter’s sole focus.
- Tailored care for your particular pet.
- Your pet sitter can stay overnight if needed.
- Someone to look after your home and alert you if there are any emergencies.
- Your pet does not have to adjust to a new environment.
- Your pet is less likely to catch an outside disease.
With pet boarding, you take your pet to stay at a facility where professionals will look after them. Generally, there are other animals staying there as well. Here are the pros of pet boarding:
- Can be more inexpensive.
- If your pet is social, they may enjoy being around other animals.
- You can be sure your pet is with qualified people, as pet boarding is run by trained professionals.
How do I find a good pet sitter?
If possible, start looking for a pet sitter early. This way you can source pet sitting services from people with experience with your type of pet. Carefully look at their profiles to see what sort of qualifications and reviews your potential pet sitter has. Make sure they are able to accommodate to your animal's unique needs and familiar with basic pet first aid. Bonus points if a pet sitter owns the same type of animal as yours or has in the past!
Once you’ve sourced a pet sitter you believe is a good match, invite them over so you and your pet can meet them. Make sure your pet gets along with them and be sure to ask your sitter plenty of questions! You are leaving your beloved pet in their hands, so you’ll want to know as much as possible about the pet sitter’s qualifications and experience.