cat_content_logo If you’re going out of town and have hired a pet sitter, you’ll need to hand over more than the keys.

Start by making a list of pertinent contact information including the names and numbers of your veterinarian, an after-hours emergency service; and a family member or friend you trust. Leave copies of your pet’s medical and vaccination records, too.

It’s also critical to write down explicit instructions for the type, frequency, and amount of food that each pet eats, as well as any medication that is needed. The more details you can leave about the pet’s daily routine, the better. This information will help the pet-sitter keep the environment consistent, so your precious bundle of fur says stress-free in your absence.