Secrets of Professional Pet Sitters

Amber Fraley
2 min readMar 18, 2023
Photo by Andrew S on Unsplash

We love your animals almost as much as you do. Really. That’s why we do this job.

We understand animals are individuals, and we like to learn your pets’ likes and dislikes, habits, expressions and behaviors. We’ll be patient with them, and never push or punish.

We call openly hostile cats “spicy,” but really we love them just as much as the friendly ones. We admire their moxie.

And if you keep a glass of water somewhere in the house for your cat, you’re not alone. We’ll be happy to fill it.

Photo by Alexandra Vo on Unsplash

We’ve probably made up nicknames for your pets just like you do, and we genuinely enjoy having the opportunity to visit them.

We don’t judge what your house looks like, and we see all kinds, from modest to extravagant, to cluttered and obsessively clean. We’re there to focus on your pets and what’s best for them while you’re away, period.

We clean up a lot of pee, poop and barf. A lot. Not that we love it, but it doesn’t really bother us to do so.

When I started this job, everyone who trained me warned me the hardest part of the job would be saying goodbye to the pets when your time is up with them.

They were right.

Amber Fraley is the author of the hilarious college coming-of-age tale The Bug Diary, as well as the author of the viral essay Gen X Will Not Go Quietly. Become a Medium member for only $5/month to access TONS of great writing and information!



Amber Fraley

Writing about abortion rights, mental illness, trauma, narcissistic abuse & survival, politics. Journalist, novelist, wife, mom, Kansan, repro rights activist.