I have a Welcome Guide as offered by the THS site, but I also made my own Guide. This is a Word file that I update as needed. It is about as comprehensive as I could make it, thinking not just of the pet care expectations, but of the sitters’ enjoyment. I live in a fairly tourist-friendly city, so I include a little bit of everything:
- a google map of the area with trams, shops, vet, and home highlighted
- food shopping suggestions
- restaurant suggestions
- public transit options
- recycling, garbage, etc rules
One page of the guide is dedicated to the three cats: A photo of each cat with their name and then followed by specific feeding / medication rules.
I email this document to the sitter at least a week before if possible, and then leave a printed copy on the kitchen table for them to easily reference. I also have a “Tourist Box” that is full of local guides, maps, pamphlets, etc, for them to better know what is in the area.