5 reasons why cat sitters are better than catteries

You decide it is about time, you got out your suitcase to unpack for your upcoming holiday.

Your cat notices and shouts out ‘they are off, let’s have a party and starts wiggling his cat hips and phones up Scat cat’s band.

Well maybe not.

I have obviously been watching too much of the Disney film ‘The Aristocats’.

I bet you are now secretly singing ‘Everybody wants to be a Cat’ to yourself dear reader.

Then you get the cat basket out and he thinks ‘oh crap, I’m off to the bloody cattery again’.

Well, it doesn’t have to be like that.

There’s of course an alternative.

Why not, find a cat sitter.

I will share with you, the 5 reasons why cat sitters are better than catteries;

1) Cat visits are good for nervous and older cats

Placing cats in catteries can cause unnecessary stress.

More so for older and nervous cats.

When I was working as a veterinary nurse, there were many owners taking their cat to the vet after being on holiday.

When the owners got back, they found their cats were not being themselves or having trouble going to the toilet.

This was sometimes due to the cats being stressed out.

Having a cat sitter helps make the cat feel safe in his own environment.

This is one of the reasons, why I offer cat visits.

I wanted cats to feel happy and safe when  their owners are away.

2) Cats like routine.

Most cats thrive on routine. Putting your cat into cattery will certainly disrupt her or his routine.

I try to keep to the times, the owner normally feeds them.

3) Cats are territorial

The smell of another cats might stress your cat out.

Cats will even mark their space, by going to the toilet where another cat has left his scent.

Cat sitting allows your pet to stay in familiar surroundings.

4) Cats like freedom

Cats are very independent creatures.

They like to do what they want.

Most cats enjoy going outside, catching mice, birds and doing cat things

Being in a cattery, your cat will likely be confined to a large pen and will be unable to do whatever he wants.

5) Cats need one to one attention            

Most cats love cuddles on the sofa.

Catteries are busy, which means your cat might not get the time and attention that your pussy deserves.

I always make sure I provide love and affection on each visit.

This is reason, why I offer 3 cat packages, bronze, silver and gold.

The gold package offers more playtime and company.

Perfect for those lap cats.

If you would like to find out more about my felinetastic feeds, then book a FREE 15 minute discovery call with me.

Meow for now

Harriet x


5 top tips to find the right cat sitter

Finding the right cat sitter can be a right headache.

There are lots of pet professional in the area.

I bet, you are wondering which one shall I chose?

It’s a big decision, this person will have keys to your home and look after you beloved fur – baby.

You will want to leave your beloved cat in capable and safe hands.

To save you stress and time.

I give you my 5 top tips to find the right cat sitter;

1) Cat sitter must have a valid insurance and a DBS check. They must show proof of these documents. I always show these on a ‘meet and greet’.

It’s shocking how many clients have never asked me to show proof. They have literally found me off the internet. Think about it, I am going to have keys to their home. I could be some nutter (I’m not but anyway).

If your potential cat sitter fails or unwilling to show you proof then run for the hills dear reader.

2) Your cat sitter should have experience and be knowledgeable about cats.

They should be able to spot if your cat is unwell and needs veterinary attention.

I have worked as a veterinary nurse so I can definitely tell if something is wrong.

There has been many occasions where I have had to dash to the vets as I noticed a client’s  cat has been poorly.

I used to foster cats for local rescue centre and sometimes any stray that came into the vets with no microchip.

One day, I met a big ginger pussy.

The nurses named him Kevin.

I’m assuming because of ‘Kevin & Perry go large’ comedy movie starring Harry Enfield.

Yes you have got it kevin’s  ‘I am not your slave’ catchphrase.

Kevin was of course ginger.

Kevin was very ill.

He had heart and kidney problems.

He has on so many tablets, I’m surprised he didn’t rattle when he walked.

I definitely learnt a good and safe way of administrating his medicine.

I got to celebrate christmas with him

I knew he wasn’t going to live long but I gave him the best time that I could.

I think I had him for about 6 months.

But it felt much longer.

I loved him as if he was mine.

He slept on my bed and I cuddled him.

Once, he went missing.

I looked for him everywhere in the house.

But he was no where to be seen.

I was getting rather worried about him.

Then, I heard a noise under my bed.

Kevin had made a hole under my bed where the drawers go.

I was so glad I found him.

He liked it there so I left him.

He came out for food and cuddles.

He was one of my favourite cats.

3) You need to find a cat sitter that is able to provide play and company.

Young cats enjoy playing with toys.

There are some cats that just love cuddles on the sofa.

The cat sitter needs to tailor the visits to the cat’s individual needs.

This is something I do all the time.

I have 3 cat packages to choose from; Gold, Silver and Bronze.

To find out more, click on the link below

My felinetastic feeds provides more than just putting food down.

4) Please don’t leave it to the last minute.

You need to spend time getting to know your cat sitter and trusting them.

Trust didn’t happen overnight.

You need to find the right person for you, you can’t do that if you leave it to the last minute.

Try to look for a cat sitter a few months before you are about to go on holiday. That gives you enough time to find and make sure you have the right person.

It is not a good idea to just rely on family, friends or neighbours to feed your cat.

I have had many panic cat owners ringing me up because they have been let down by a neighbour at the last minute.

5) Make sure you meet your potential cat sitter.

It’s a perfect time to get to know them and ask any questions you may have.

It is a good idea to ask for references and they should have a review or testimonials page on their website. As I say to all my clients ‘you should be comfortable with whoever is in your home’

I hope that has given you some tips to find the right cat sitter for you.

If you would like to know more about how I can help you.

Then book a free 15 minute discovery call with me.

Meow for now

Harriet x