✎ Why Home Pet Sitting | 为何选择宠物上门照看服务
Having a furry friend in our life is the best thing ever! Sometimes they just turn up in our life unexpectedly: you run into a poor little kitten in a rainy day, after the first emotional moment feeling like a hero, here comes the big decision: am I ready to take him/her home? And after the big decision even comes with more issues: How to raise this little cutie? How can I be sure he/she is on the best diet? How to help him/her to socialize with others? With time passing, you feel so proud to see them getting beautiful, healthy and happy under your care. Doesn't it feel amazing?
But it happens we also have life (yes we do!). Sometime we need tohave a last call work travel, work overnight, or we just love travelling: you found a great deal for Thailand for 3 weeks, there is only 1 seat left and you need to take a quick decision.
But….. wait a minute….. Time is ticking, you are hesitating with heavy drops of sweat running down from your forehead: what can I do with my baby? Who can take care of her/him? Shall I leave my beloved one to my alcoholic friend? Or give a try to the cage of some vet clinics? Or just call my Ayi to stop by maybe 5min every day? Hire a pet sitter? Which solution shall I take? Will I feel bad if something happens? Am I going to get bad Karma for that decision?
Options you may have:
First of all, please understand if your friend offers you an offer, it means you cannot have too much requirement: you handle your baby to the other with mouth shut. Surely it is your friend’s promise to take care of your pet, but it’s a promise without details - the care he/she will provide can be adequate, deficient, much deficient or even none, and you have no right to command.
If you have a puppy who especially needs attention-oriented care, nothing will guarantee your friend will do as he/she is told to – because it’s a routine job which gets boring quickly. Even most people assume they naturally love cuties, even that person is your best friend, she/he will never take the responsibility same as you do especially when you plan to leave for a long period of time. Because it’s a job needs knowledge, training and to be controlled all the time so that it’s quality and consistency can be ensured.
Domestic pets can be highly depended on their owners. It's your responsibilty to provide them with food, water and shelter, on the controversy: they are so bored and have nothing to do everyday since you’ve fulfilled all their survival necessities. They want to feel loved and needs interaction with others. Especially for those rescued/once abandoned animals, commonly they suffer from strong traumas from earlier years; you won’t like to take any risk on them again.
A friend’s case:
One time a friend was away for a month, so she asked different friends to go to her home check on her two cats once a week on shift. When it’s my turn, I arrived her home and found there was no one drop of water or food in their containers. Cats were meowing loud to me because of thirst and hunger. Besides cats’ pee and poo all over the bed since their litter box was unscooped for many days. And one of the cats got a serious kidney problem soon after the friend came back from travel.
有个朋友临时需要外出一个月，所以她安排了不同的朋友轮换着上门照看两只猫咪。轮到我的时候，发现水盆里没有一滴水，也没有任何食物。两只猫咪又饿又渴，冲着我大声叫。另外, 床上都是排泄物，他们的猫砂盆又脏又臭，应该是好几天没有被打扫。这种情况下, 这个朋友回国后不久一只猫咪换上了严重的肾病。
Ayis are experts in home cleaning and organizing, sometimes excellent stinky tofu makers. Pets tend to make a mess when they decide not to be so well behaved sometimes. In this point, home with a pet usually means more workload for Ayi, we’ve heard a lot complaint about pets from them.
Besides, you have to understand the cultural background of the Ayis. Many of them are come from rural areas and they don’t have the same understanding of the role of pets as a family member as we do. Even many ayis are good in heart, but taking care of pets are really not their thing!
Without judgment, putting pets in cages can be the most traumatic and inhuman action we could do with our own family (If you really think that your pet is a part of your family). Please reconsider if you tend to take this option! For your pets, changing to a new environment (normally in a cage) without you means being abandoned. Especially for territorial animals like cats, intensive anxiety and fear from cage, noise, environment like mixed dogs and other animals, limited activity range and so on. Sometimes it causes them infectious disease, sickness, strong emotional and psychological problem. After you freshly come back from a relaxing travel, maybe your next destination is a vet clinic.
What is pet sitting? According to PSI (Pet Sitter International ) it is defined as: “the act of caring for a pet in its own home while the owner is away.” Dog walking is also a form of pet sitting since it involves coming to the pet’s home to provide exercise and companionship. Caring for pets in the clients’ homes is what separates pet sitters from boarders or doggie daycares.
国际宠物看护组织 PSI 是这么定义这项服务的：“当宠主不在家的时候，专业人员上门看护宠主的服务”遛狗服务也被视作上门宠物照看范畴。宠物上门照看服务与将宠物外出寄养有着本质的区别。
• Pets are happier and experience less stress at home
• 100% 1 to 1 focus to pets
• Daily exercise time is promised
• Diet routines are uninterrupted
• Highly customized
• Eliminated travel trauma for owner/pet
• Minimized infectious disease
• Quick response to emergency
• We carefully select good hearted people with education who truly love animals and have experience with pets.
• All pet sitters receive professional pet sitting service education from PSI.
• Strict working standard control on each pet sitters (yes we are more demanding than you on pet sitters).
• Daily photos/videos report
• Direct communication with individual pet sitters
• Vast variety of additional services from medication to house cleaning to plant watering to meet your needs when you are away.
• Over 200 pet owners used and recommended
• 所有的宠保姆员工都接受专业的 PSI 培训