“The main benefit of having a pet sitter as opposed to boarding in a kennel is that your pet is in their own home,” said Lauren Wade of Purrs and Paws Pet Sitting. As spring approaches, many New Orleanians plan weekend and week-long trips and don’t know what to do with their pets. We spoke with Wade in order to learn more about pet sitting services and the benefits that Purrs and Paws has to offer.
Wade explained the price benefits of hiring a pet sitting service as opposed to boarding pets in a kennel. “A boarding facility usually charges a flat fee per pet per day. For instance, if you have 3 cats and the boarding fee is $25 per day, you are looking at a $75 per day charge. That can get quite expensive for you are going to be gone for several days. With Purrs and Paws, you would be getting a rate that included all 3 cats which would be much more cost effective,” said Wade.
Kennels can have their advantages, though, Wade explained. “If you have one dog that needed to be walked 3 to 4 times per day, a boarding facility may be a little more feasible in some cases. It all depends on what the client wants and what the pet needs.”
Wade spent almost nine years as a Veterinary Nurse/Technician, so when it comes to the health and well-being of animals, she knows the ropes. Purrs and Paws is certain to make accommodations for pets with special needs, such as administering medicine, dietary specifications, etc. Before owners leave town, each individual pet’s needs are assessed so that there is no confusion. Wade encourages an in-person meeting with the owner present so that the pet will feel more comfortable with her once the owner does leave.
Wade explained that, during her visits, she tries to stick to as close a routine as the real owners have. “A normal day when I am taking care of a client’s pet depends solely what is normal for that pet. How often they are walked, fed or visited depends on what the client wants and the pet needs. They do get play time at each visit and I try to keep walking times and route as close as possible to which that they are used to,” Wade said.
Of course, with such a one-on-one feel, Wade admits that she easily gets attached to each pet. “Whether they are the sweetest pup to the meanest cat,” said Wade, “You still have a bond with them. They should be treated and cared for as if they are your own!”
When asked what sets her service apart from others, Wade had a confident response: her veterinary background and years of experience caring for animals.
“The best advice I can give someone looking for a pet sitter is to check their references,” said Wade. “Also ask if they are recommended by any Veterinary facilities and follow through on checking those references out.”
To learn more about the benefits of pet sitting services or to get a consultation, please call 504-908-1684 or see Purrs and Paws’ facebook page.