From the Life of a Cat Sitter

Besides being a cat behaviourist I work as a cat sitter as well.

People ask me whether I just feed and clean litter trays all day. Well, yes and no. I mean I do feed cats and clean litter trays, but there’s much more to it.
In the series of posts I’ll share some anecdotes from my life as a cat sitter. I promise these stories are all true, though the cat’s names have sometimes been changed to protect their identity 😉

Today: a tale of two kittens

Kittens need a lot of attention and most of them crave tlc. That’s why it’s always best to book visits twice a day when you need to leave your kitten behind. This ensures your kitty is not left alone for too long and gets to play a lot. If left alone too long some kitties decide to entertain themselves. We call this mischievous, but really the kitten is just doing what kittens do: exploring their environment and playing. It’s best to give them a proper outlet and make sure they play with things we want them to play with. They can sleep after the cat sitter leaves 😉

First of the two kittens is a 16-week-old British shorthair named Burrito.
It’s the first time this little guy is home alone and he greets me with a very loud meow.20190707_090526.jpg

It’s clearly time for dinner 🙂

 

 

 

 

After dinner it’s time to cuddle and play. This little guy is so fast when chasing the laser pointer. He’s a little flirt as well as you can see 😉

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Benny

Final visit of the day is to a lovely kitten named Benny 🙂 He is so adorable! I’m already in love with him, but look at that face: who wouldn’t be?!

He likes having cuddles but has a lot of energy too so I make him chase some toys as well. Worst part is leaving him at the end of my visits. He gives me the sweetest little meow. I think it means ‘Don’t leave me’ but then it could also just be ‘See you later!’

 

Next time: multi-cat households

From the Life of a Cat Sitter

Besides being a cat behaviourist I work as a cat sitter as well.

People ask me whether I just feed and clean litter trays all day. Well, yes and no. I mean I do feed cats and clean litter trays, but there’s much more to it.
In the series of posts I’ll share some anecdotes from my life as a cat sitter. I promise these stories are all true, though the cat’s names have sometimes been changed to protect their identity 😉

Today: Buddy and Gandalf

Buddy is a sweet old guy. I’ve been his cat sitter for several years now. He was recently diagnosed with kidney disease so timing of my visits is important as he needs medication every day.
Some cats can be a little tricky with pills, but not this guy! He’s practically begging for me to give him his pill 🙂 For those of you whose cats are tricky: try the pill pocket (although it only worked once with Dirk, the second time he refused to eat it).

After feeding, medication and litter tray cleaning it’s time to relax together and listen to the calming cat music playing in the background. I’m certainly feeling very zen when I leave.

Ian Curtis

My next guy is a teenage boy named Gandalf. He used to sleep on my arm and nuzzle my neck, but the hormones are kicking in and cuddling is not cool. Ever since he figured out how to open the sliding door he’s waiting for me in the hallway instead of the living room 🙂

I love Gandalf. He loves all sorts of toys. He likes giving any of his stuffed animals a good kicking and chasing the infamous “red dot” of the laser pen. In fact, I’ve never seen a cat jump so high up on the wall trying to reach it!

Gandalf

Next time: fun with kittens!

From the Life of a Cat Sitter

Besides being a cat behaviourist I work as a cat sitter as well.

People ask me whether I just feed and clean litter trays all day. Well, yes and no. I mean I do feed cats and clean litter trays, but there’s much more to it.
In the series of posts I’ll share some anecdotes from my life as a cat sitter. I promise these stories are all true, though the cat’s names have sometimes been changed to protect their identity 😉

Sophie

First of a series of visits to Sophie today. I’ve known her for a while and she is very relaxed, sweet and so soft! I open the door and she walks up to say hello. Now normally she runs straight to the kitchen after that but not today. Actually, she really doesn’t seem hungry at all. This surprises me because she is truly food obsessed. When I walk into the kitchen it all becomes clear: Sophie has managed to open the cupboard and there’s dry food all over the floor. It makes me laugh out loud. What to text the client: that Sophie has been a bit naughty or very self-reliant?

Sophster

What life is like when you’re a cat sitter…

Besides being a cat behaviourist I work as a cat sitter as well.

People ask me whether I just feed and clean litter trays all day. Well, yes and no. I mean I do feed cats and clean litter trays, but there’s much more to it.
In the series of posts I’ll share some anecdotes from my life as a cat sitter. I promise these stories are all true, though the cat’s names have sometimes been changed to protect their identity 😉


If you’ve always wondered what being a cat sitter is like, then this is for you.
If you generally like reading about cats and their silly antics I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too 🙂 

Thom and Benny

Thom is a new cat. He’s a gorgeous 13 year old boy with a history of liver problems. I’ve been visiting him for a few days now and he always comes inside as soon as he hears me. Either that or he is already home and asleep on the sofa.
When I come I notice something strange lying on the kitchen floor. ‘What on earth has the cat dragged in?’ is going through my mind. I walk closer and somehow it looks like raw chicken?? Did he go through any of the neighbours’ bins? Well… no…. Thom has found a way to open the freezer and made a hole in the bag with chicken thighs. He’s eaten the skin and left the rest. He’s sitting in the kitchen grooming himself and looking rather pleased with himself…

Billy

Benny
After visiting Thom I’m off to see a kitten named Benny 🙂
He is so adorable! I’m already in love with him, but just look
at that face: who wouldn’t be?!

He likes having cuddles but has a lot of energy too so I make him chase some toys as well.
Worst part is leaving him at the end of my visits. He gives me the sweetest little meow. I think it means ‘Don’t leave me‘ but then it could also just be ‘See you later!