I am all about stifling Murphy’s law as much as I can. I will need the name and number of someone who can care for your cats in case something happens to me.
I’ll need to know where your breaker box and water shut off are. I’ve had two hot water tanks go on me so far. Which means my maintenance experience in the National Park Service kicks in, turn off the water heater at the breaker box. Many valves on hot water tanks are frozen open, hence the water shut off.
I’ll need two keys because I need a back-up key. I have locked myself out of a house once when I could not get in. My very first pet sit I didn’t check to be sure the keys worked and they didn’t, that’s why it’s good to know where your spare key is. And I verify the key you give me works while I’m at your house. It’s a scary thing not being able to get in a house when a cat needs medication.
I know my contract is long, eight pages. It gives us both lots of information so we both have clear expectations of how I will care for your cats.
I have two very tough questions. I ask you who would be the guardian of your cats if you die and what do I do with the body of your cat if she dies.
I’ve had two different client’s die where this information was pertinent. And I have had three different pets die, a mouse, a bird and a dog. I usually ask if there is room in your freezer.
Neither pleasant topics, but let’s stifle Murphy’s law as much as possible.
Then we get into the care of your cats. When the garbage goes out, if there is a newspaper, where the vacuum and broom are etc.
New Logo and Cards!
I am so thrilled to have these cards to promote my business. Having awesome cards gives me more pizazz in promoting my business. Leslie will be re-doing my brochure, handouts and fliers from now on. We all know this is her skill, mine is cat sitting. Thank you Leslie!
I get bummed occasionally. Since our pets don’t live as long as we do. Caring for them as their guardian or pet sitter makes us sad when they go over Rainbow Bridge. It is a comfort to me that I believe in Rainbow Bridge. My client was greeted by her beloved pets then journeyed over the bridge to reunite with her husband and children. It is a good way to think of the end of life.
In the end, I mourn the passing of pets and people, but I really celebrate that they were in my life and I am happy to have known them. I think it honors their memory when I think about them every now and then.