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My Services During The Pandemic

People are beginning to travel again!

I’ve been available, but haven’t been needed this spring. I’m just sitting at home, poised to leap into action if a client needs me to care for their furry family members because they suddenly go into hospital or has to travel. But for several months I’ve had no pet sitting because few people are traveling.

Tell Me!

I want to be sure I do things the way you want, as always. So please let me know:

  • Have you been in contact with anybody who has shown symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19? I don’t know how we’ll proceed, but I’ll want to know.
  • Do you have any special procedures you want me to follow if I visit your little ones during this pandemic? For example, do you want me to avoid kissing your cats even while I’m wearing a mask? I want you to feel that it’s safe to have me helping you at this time.
  • Do you have particular cleaning supplies that you want me to use and where will I find them? I’m brining my own supplies* with me now and will use those unless you tell me to use something else.
  • Do you want to arrange your travel so it is at a time when I have no other reservations? Some days I enter a few other homes. I’m following many safety procedures (see below) but if you want to truly minimize potential of cross-contamination we can discuss how to ensure that your house and my house are the only places I go while I care for your cats. Note: If you can be flexible about your travel, we can just arrange your travel to happen on dates when no other families need me anyway. If that’s the case, my fees are the same as always. However, I might have to adjust my rates for that reservation if you want me to clear my calendar of all other families during a time when I would have to turn away other clients/income. I simply can’t afford to turn down work because this pandemic has significantly impacted my income.

gloves-rubber-cleaning-prettyMy Routines

I assure you that I’m taking every possible precaution to avoid spreading any kind of disease. Not only for you, but also for me and my family. I’m in a high-risk group, as are my feline family members. One of my human family members is clinically vulnerable, meaning she is at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. So, yes, I *am* going above and beyond in following stringent procedures to ensure that I don’t pick up any scary viruses or bacteria when I’m out and about.

I’m following my usual routines of sanitizing* and cleaning, and I’ve added a few more details as well. Here are some of the details worth noting:

  • Meeting no new clients – I’m not meeting any new clients right now in my ongoing effort to reduce human interactions. Although I’m aching for work, I’m putting the safety of myself, my family, and my extended family (my clients!) first.
  • Wearing gloves – I wear gloves from the moment I leave my car until the moment I’m back at my car. Sometimes I wear rubber cleaning gloves; sometimes I wear nitrile gloves – it depends on the situation.
  • Wearing a mask – I wear a mask from the moment I leave my car until the moment I’m back at my car. So far, no cats have been uneasy with me wearing a mask. They don’t even seem to notice that I’m wearing one! If someone does seem scared or cautious when I first arrive, I plan to stay at a distance from them with my mask off for a few minutes until they’re reassured that the masked person in front of them is the same ol’ Auntie Kari.
  • Washing gloved hands – I wash my hands – even when I’m wearing gloves – thoroughly before and after each visit using soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitiser. I don’t want to take any germs from any home with me.
  • Disinfecting* toys before gifting them to anyone – I don’t want to bring any icky germs into someone’s house.
  • Sanitizing* items and surfaces that I touched – To ensure that I leave no germs behind, I’m sanitizing everything I’ve touched in your home before you return from your trip. This includes sanitizing your darlings with the same non-toxic sanitizer* I use on myself and with my own cats.
  • Sanitizing* hands, face, and hair before and after visiting each house – I want to keep each home’s environment exactly the same as if I had never entered. I aim to carry no new icky microbes into any house I visit.
  • Disinfecting* my clothes, purse, and goodie bag before and after visiting each house – I want to keep each home’s environment exactly the same as if I had never entered. I don’t want to take any germs from any home with me.
  • Disinfecting* checks and cash prior to touching it – I don’t want to carry any germs with me. I do still prefer to be paid with cash because I still use cash at the gas pump and in stores. Interesting aside… Which is more germy: cash, checks, or credit/debit cards? There is a (non-scientific, non-lab) study (done by non-researchers) that found cards were MORE germy than cash. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dirty-money-germs_l_5cdec311e4b09e057802bdca Weird. Why hasn’t there been a scientific study of this? More info at https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/07/tech/mobile-payments-coronavirus/index.html and also https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/06/what-you-need-to-know-about-handling-cash-amid-coronavirus-spread-who.html.

Please let me know if you have any special procedures you want me to follow if I visit your little ones during this pandemic. I want you to feel that it’s safe to have me helping you at this time.

Please let me know if you have cleaning supplies that you want me to use and where I’ll find them. I’m brining my own supplies* with me now and will use those unless you tell me to use something else.

If I have any possible symptoms or learn that I’ve been exposed to the virus, I will not enter your home. Instead, I will contact my back-up sitter who will fill in for me.

* My sanitizer
I use a non-toxic antimicrobial sanitizer. I make it myself and use the same base antimicrobial for household cleaners, waterless lotion-based hand sanitizer, and even sometimes take it orally. (NO, it is NOT because of anything “that man” has suggested. I adhere to advice from scientists and medical experts, NOT politicians, about health issues. Yes, the stuff I use is safe enough to ingest in small quantities, although I very rarely use it internally. I’ll write more about that in another post at a later time.)

More info about coronavirus and companion animals

For more general info on how the pandemic impacts our companions and furry family members, read my post “Safety First (Covid-19 & Companion Animals)”.

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