An in-home cat-sitter is someone who will go to the home and care for the cat or cats while their owner travels. Feeding, watering, litter-box care and play-time with the cat are the obvious duties of a cat-sitter.
Some kitties do not like cat-food from the fridge so I am often microwaving the food to the proper temperature. Some have vitamins sneakily tucked into the soft food. Some are a little pudgy and need to be exercised by rolling a ball 125 times down the hall. *whew* If the cat is lonely after a few days I have stayed longer, sat and read for awhile, letting the cat have a snooze on my lap. Brushing the cat helps to bond with it and will keep hairballs down while the cat waits for the owner to return.tailored to the needs of the cat.
A cat-sitter works 7 days a week. Most people travel and the holiday times such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving & March Break will be the busiest. That being said, the cat-sitter must take holidays at the off-times if your clients need you. You must be willing to go to your client's homes during all weather. A snow-storm or blizzard can't stop you from getting to the cat to feed and water it. I have seen myself out on the road during icy, snowy weather when most people stay home. I just take my time but I get there.
There will be other duties to provide such as bringing in the mail, changing lights and opening and closing curtains. Plants may need a watering and a check on thermostats and air-conditioning units are sometimes necessary. I have also fed their fish, outside birds and believe it or not, feral cats. Yes, a lot of cat-owners also worry and care for the ones that wander onto their property.
So, that's just a bit about becoming an in-home cat-sitter. If you are considering it, I think it is the best job in the world. I can't think of anything I would rather do. You have to love cats unconditionally. I do and always have. You will have to decide if you want to work for a pet-sitting company or start your own service. That's your first step.