Do you like to snuggle up with a furry friend in bed or prefer a paw-free night’s sleep? The experts say that there are significant mental health and well-being benefits to cuddling up with a furry friend each night.
Of course, this sleeping arrangement doesn’t suit everyone and while a cuddly companion does bring comfort and reduce stress, they have also been found to disrupt our sleep.
In a survey of Mindahome pet sitters, 22% say that the pets they cared for wanted to sleep alongside them.
It’s understandable that pet parents and their fur kids get into certain habits, however, sleeping arrangements should always be discussed with a pet sitter before taking on the position.
Here are some of the questions pet sitters and owners should cover before a sit to ensure a stress-free experience – for pet sitter and pet!
- Where does the pet sleep during the day and at night?
- Do they like their own bedding or are they free to sleep on the couch, rugs and bed?
- At night do they sleep in the bed or on the floor?
- If they like to sleep in the bed, do they cuddle up close or prefer to have some space?
- Are they toilet trained, or do they need to be let out at night?
- Is the pet up to date with the flea and tick treatments?
- How often should I change the pet/human bedding?
For pet sitters who prefer their own space at night, it’s best to include this preference as part of your profile. Alternatively, make it a point for discussion during initial conversations with pet owners.
For pet owners looking for their ideal pet sitter to keep their fur-kids company while they’re away, browse sitter profiles online. Pet sitters can also browse pet sitting positions online to find a furry friend to cuddle.