Lorrie Shaw is the owner of Professional Pet Sitting and specializes in helping families care for hospice and special needs pets. Through her work, she has observed that medical issues and behavioral issues are very often linked—inappropriate elimination, for example, is the most common reason for a family to rehome a cat, yet this behavior is often indicative of an underlying medical issue the family isn’t even aware of. This is where a knowledgeable pet sitter is invaluable: by observing a cat’s behavior in their home environment, the pet sitter becomes the eyes and ears for the family when they are away, and can therefore spot problems long before the family notices. Lorrie says that with proper intervention and knowledge, and a good relationship with the local vet, she has witnessed many families keep a cat they may have otherwise surrendered.
You can find Lorrie online on Facebook, Twitter, and her website, lorrieshaw.com. You can also keep up with her pet sitting adventures and learn more about animal behavior on her blog, Animals Unfolded.