A Home Owners 4-Step Guide to House Sitting

Get organised for your pet sitterTrust plays an important role in any house and pet sitting agreement and ensuring that both the home and pet owner and the house sitter understand the other party’s expectations, is the key to a fuss-free and enjoyable sit.

We’ve put together some points to consider making sure you have a worry-free house and pet sitting experience:

Help the Sitter Understand Your Pet

Getting all the best information about your fur pal’s personality, her routines, habits – and documenting all of these – is a great start to arming your sitter with the information they need to provide the best care possible for your pet. Continue reading “A Home Owners 4-Step Guide to House Sitting”

Money Saving Hack #54 – Meal Planning

Meal Planing, save moneyPlanning for your meals while on house and pet sits will help you save money. Sounds simple, right? While most of us can appreciate that meal planning is a great way to ensure we don’t waste the food we buy, few of us go that extra step to physically writing down our meal plans – and sticking to them!

Meal planning is particularly useful when you have back to back house and pet sits. It will help you manage the fresh food you need for a particular period and, as time goes by, you will get better at estimating how much you will need for any meal for any period.

Fresh fruit such as bananas, can ripen very quickly, so only buy enough to last you for your house and pet sit period.

Meal planning not only helps you plan for meals on the go, it saves you money because you only buy items that you’ll be cooking with, and it will encourage more healthy meal choices.

Here are a few ways to make meal planning work for you.

Start with a Weekly Calendar

Create a calendar for every day of the week. On this calendar, include the days that you will be transitioning from and to different house and pet sits and the times you’re expected to arrive and depart. Based on your movements, write down the meals you plan to make, take out or eating out options and the days and times you’re going to be able to shop for groceries and other items.

Make a Shopping List

Once you’ve created your meal plan, write down the ingredients you need to make your meals. By having a list, you will know exactly what you need so you only have to make one trip to the shops and can enjoy living like a local as a house and pet sitter the rest of the time.

Don’t Impulse Buy

You have a list for a reason. Don’t stray from your list and you won’t overindulge in unhealthy snacks and foods. Being in almost holiday-like mode for a house and pet sit, you may be tempted to indulge every now and again but having a list and sticking to it is a great way to stay healthy during your travels.

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The 3 P’s of Pet Sitting

Pet Sitter Around half of British households own a pet, so we understand that high quality pet care is at the top of the list for many pet owners. House and pet sitters are part of a pet loving community that treat the pets under their care as if they were their own.

Whether you’re looking for a pet sitter or you are a pet sitter yourself, here are three P’s, that we think, every great pet sitter should possess.

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5 Cool Ways to Spoil Your Pet

We all love to be spoiled now and again and our pets are no different. They give us so much love and affection that sometimes we may not always truly show how much we care.

But, there are really cool things you can do to spoil your pet that will truly make their day. So whether you’re celebrating your fur-friend’s birthday, their adoption day, or just because… we’ve got some simple ideas for your pet – and they don’t have to cost a fortune.

Gifts and Treats

A new collar, bed or bowl would be a lovely surprise for your pet – especially if the ones they have are getting a little worn! There are loads of businesses out there that now offer personalisation for pet products – with everything to suit the smallest of creatures to the largest of hounds. So scout out the one that suits your needs and budget and create a special surprise. But… gifts and treats don’t need to be expensive.

 A Day at the Dog Park

Who doesn’t love a run and rumble at the dog park? Make it a play date with some of your furry friend’s buddies and instant fun can be had! Not only is it a great chance for your pet to expend some energy, but a great way to exercise and show your dogs that you enjoy the same energetic fun that they do.

Personalised Care

Giving your pet the best care when you have to travel is always a pet-parent’s top priority. Engage a house and pet sitter for free and your pet will be treated to personalised attention and care and an almost pet-parent love that can’t be beaten by any other pet care facility. It helps sitters out there looking for a place to stay and saves pet and home owners loads of money on pet care.

Pamper

If money isn’t an option, then a pampering session at your local pet spa is a must. Treat your pet to a luxurious bath and grooming session, and, go on, get their nails painted while they’re there. If you’re looking for something a little more budget-friendly, call in your local pet wash service and give them a good grooming by those with loads of experience managing animals.

Special Time Together

Of course, you can’t go past treating your pet to some regular old ‘me and you’ time. We’re all very busy these days, but schedule some time in your diary to just sit and cuddle with your pet watching TV, reading a book together or just enjoying the day in the backyard. Sometimes the simple pleasures are the ones that count the most.

Keeping Your Pet Safe During Festive Periods

Keeping Your Pet Safe

There’s always a lot of activity, noise and fun when it comes to the end of the year celebrations, but this isn’t always a good time for our furry pet pals. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe during the festive season:

  • ID is Key: Your first and top priority should be identification for your pet if he/she escapes from your property and becomes disoriented and lost. It is a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped over the age of 8 weeks, and although it is not so for cats, there is no better way to ensure that you and your pet will be re-united should they become lost. Make sure puss is properly protected by microchipping her too. Having a collar or ID tag with contact details is also a really necessary for the safety of your pets. Continue reading “Keeping Your Pet Safe During Festive Periods”

3 Steps to Consider Before Your Next Family Get Together

Pet Care Christmas 2018

It’s liberating to move out of the family home. You have your own space and can do what you want, when you want. But making tracks back to see the family, especially for important celebrations such as Christmas, is always a great way to reconnect and recharge with some much needed doses of family time.

But after weeks, months and sometimes years of complete autonomy, the prospect of sharing a living space with others may start to send chills down your spine.

It needn’t be a stressful experience. Around 10% of Mindahome’s members house and pet sit to visit family and friends – and retain their sanity! Continue reading “3 Steps to Consider Before Your Next Family Get Together”

Making Your Pet the Number 1 Priority

Make your puppy number 1Making Your Pet the Number 1 Priority

House and pet sitters are animal lovers and being a fill in pet-parent does come with huge responsibility.

Some house and pet sitters choose the lifestyle to have the freedom of living in different locations, travelling the country, meeting new people, or saving money by living rent free, but by far the biggest benefit is getting to meet new fur-friends.

Many house sitters have grown up with animals but aren’t able to own their own, so house and pet sitting gives them the chance to snuggle up with a pet-pal for a while. Others simply enjoy the opportunity to get out and about with a variety of different animal companions. Continue reading “Making Your Pet the Number 1 Priority”

Your Monthly Make-Over Checklist

The most popular house and pet sitters actively engage through their house and pet sitting service. Details are kept up to date and recent references and experience are listed.

If you want to be a successful house and pet sitter, follow these tips for a monthly review of your profile to make your listing more attractive to potential home and pet owners.

1. Be Professional
Get into the mindset of potential home and pet owners searching for sitters. First impressions count and your profile photo is the first thing they see about what you have to offer. They are entrusting their beloved pets and home with you and want to find someone who will respect their most valued possessions. Your profile and supporting photos should show you enjoying the company of animals and professional- style photos with your full face in focus. Continue reading “Your Monthly Make-Over Checklist”

A Pet Sitter’s Guide to a Healthy Goodbye

There are loads of bonuses to caring for or owning a pet, and of course, many responsibilities as well. Pets should enjoy a safe, loving environment, a good diet, and be given regular health checks.

They should also be suitably cared for when their owners are away on holiday. While a reputable kennel or cattery can provide a solution, many owners prefer to have their pets cared for in their own home environment where they are familiar with their own smells, toys and sounds.

Another awesome option is to engage a live-in pet sitter through a service such as Mindahome, one of the UK’s most trusted house and pet sitting websites. Knowing that pets are receiving loving care in their own environment is an obvious win-win for both pet and owner. But how about you, the pet sitter? Continue reading “A Pet Sitter’s Guide to a Healthy Goodbye”

5 Cleaning Tips for Pet Loving Homes

Whether you are house sitting someone else’s pets or at home with your own, many of us share our homes with pets and sometimes, extreme weather conditions mean that our pets may need to stay inside for extended periods.

But that doesn’t mean that poochy smells need to become our home’s new overpowering scent.

When you have one or more fur-friends sharing your home, keeping a pet loving home tidy can be easy by following a few simple tips.

Brush, brush and brush again

Brushing your dog or pet everyday can limit the hair flying around and getting stuck to furniture in your home. Brushing also helps in removing any flaky skin by distributing natural oils through your dog’s coat. Not only will regular brushing save your home and furniture from unruly hair and mess, it will also provide you with some important bonding time with your fur-friend. A DIY methods for removing hair from clothes, is to use tape rolled around your hand with the sticky side on the outside. It’s also great for furniture but otherwise an upholstery tool will do the job too. Continue reading “5 Cleaning Tips for Pet Loving Homes”