A House Sitter in Cary, NC

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7. Sharon Merrill
from 5 reviews
4.8 (5)
  • 24 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Cary, NC
"I have been a pet lover all my life. My first 2 pets were a cat and a dog, and I have adored them ever since. I love all animals, and have had many different kinds of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, turtles, and a gerbil. I have done pet sitting of cats and dogs for some of my friends and neighbors as well as house and pet sitting for 2 different companies and for others people whom I have met and taken care of their pets on my own. For cats, I feed them wet and/or dry food, give them fresh water and treats (if they are allowed), play with them, clean their litter boxes,administer medications (including oral and insulin pens), and give them plenty of love and companionship if they want it. I also leave them alone when they want to be left alone. I know some cats are "scaredy" cats, shy, or just want to be left alone, especially if they are feral, but most of them usually warm up to me. I also have experience with automatic feeders, automatic water dispensers, litter genies, and litter robots. As far as dogs, I am experienced at feeding them (measured or free feeding, or special food with medications hidden inside), giving them fresh water and treats (if they are allowed), administering medications other ways (peanut butter or Cheese, eye drops), letting them outside for play, exercise, and to go to the bathroom, taking them for walks, and cleaning up waste. Very importantly, I give them a lot of love and companionship, which includes letting them sleep with me if they are allowed. I have done my share of overnight care, which includes mail retrieval, plant watering, taking garbage and recycling bins to and from the road, light housework, and especially cleaning up after myself. I have also taken care of fish, a frog, and chickens. The fish and frog, I just fed, and the chickens, I fed, changed their water, washed out their wading pool, and gathered their eggs in the evening. I love getting to know cats because each one has a unique personality. Even the independent ones who don't want to be bothered are still lovable. Dogs are wonderful as well. Not only do they have their own personalities, but are very loyal to their owners. I love all pets, and I have even stayed with some rough ones. They bring me much joy, and I love just being with them as well as taking care of them!"
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is house sitting?

A house sitter watches your house while you are away for work or vacation, or if you have to be away for an extended period. House sitters can also provide pet-sitting services, staying in your home and caring for your pet while you are away. The house sitter can say overnight in your home while you’re gone, or stop by once a day to ensure everything is in order if your pet doesn’t need overnight supervision. Reptiles and most cats are just fine with daily visits and feeding.

House sitting provides major advantages to the homeowner. A regular presence in your house deters break-ins and theft. Home safety issues such as water leaks get noticed and dealt with right away, so you don’t come home to big problems. A house sitter can bring in your mail daily, care for your houseplants, and provide home safety and peace of mind.

How do I find a reliable house sitter?

House sitting can help keep your home safe and well cared for so you can be worry-free while you’re away for work or play. There are several steps you can take to make sure you hire a trustworthy house sitter and do your part to be a responsible host. One of the best ways to ensure a safe home is to hire a professional house sitter. Here are some key points to look for when hiring a house sitter:

  • Reviews and referrals: When searching for a house sitter, always read reviews. Previous experiences will indicate how the house sitter will care for your home while you’re away.
  • Contract: Sign a clearly written contract outlining services to be provided (e.g., mail in each day by 5 p.m.), the daily rate you are paying, and how long the services will be provided. You can also include any agreed-upon house rules in the written contract.
  • Your part: Leave important phone numbers (vet, emergency contact, etc.) and information on where to find emergency items like the circuit breaker and the fire extinguisher, and have a credit card on file with the veterinarian in case of emergencies if the house sitter is watching your pets.

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