Monday, January 24, 2011

A little about being a Cat-sitter or finding your Niche in life

I have been asked many questions about in-home cat-sitting over the years. I am now in my 16th year of building an in-home cat-sitting service but this year is the first that I am doing it full-time. I am not a doctor or a cat-behaviourist, although I have taken behaviour courses, but I do know cats and can usually help with any problems related to them.  I just love cats and want to spend time with them. I find them fascinating creatures and learn something about them everyday. I guess you would say, I have found my niche in life. I'm doing what I love. I live with 5 of my own and they are all in their senior years now.
My Lily

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.
 Providing medication may also be needed daily. For instance, I have given insulin shots to many diabetic cats. These are the obvious duties of an in-home cat-sitter. There may be some little extra unexpected things that you will provide for the cat.
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.
  I have always run my service where it is 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.

More later.
Hugs, Deb


  1. I am so happy that you have found work that is your passion! Makes life so much better.

  2. You have the greatest job in the world...I envy you getting to interact with kitties all day!

  3. I want a cat too! So cute, you must be a perfectly happy lady!
    Enjoy your cute cats today xxx

  4. Oh my goodness.... you are God's gift to these precious cats.
    And.... for you to be doing what you love.... you can't get much better than that!

  5. Your really do have the best job in the world Deb. You took what you love and you made it pay for you. Good good stuff!
    xo Catherine

  6. I am so lucky to have a fine cat sitter on the rare times that Rick and I are away at the same time -- usually one or two trips a year without the Gyp; otherwise, he has "family" -- but I think of Claw-dia as family, too. And I know Gyppy does. It gives me great confidence to know he is well cared for.