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Cat Sitting: the Perfect Alternative to a Cattery

Cat sitting is the temporary care for domesticated cats at home while the owners are away or unavailable, provided by a cat sitter who typically lives in the house during that time. 

As a cat owner, you need someone reliable and trustworthy to take care of your feline friends while you are away, keeping them safe and comfortable in their own home. In that sense, hiring a cat minder is the perfect cattery alternative to a cattery!

At HouseSit Match.com we can help you connect with ID and Police checked live-in cat sitters. You can use our trusted network of sitters for free once you join our platform. 

Here we go into detail of our cat sitting services and the entire sitting process.

Why do owners need cat sitters to look after their cats?

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Cats prefer to relax at home

Despite the reputation that cats have of being independent, having someone come in and cat sit is an important way of caring for your feline friends when you are not able to be there for them.

Cat minding is becoming increasingly popular, especially because some breeds are prone to show signs of anxiety with any change in their routine or circumstances.

Other types of cat are highly vocal like orange cats for example. Rather famously described by many as outwardly engaging, generally speaking orange or ginger cats can be quite forthright in personality. They are generally male in gender, and they love engaging with people. In fact some cat lovers say they need company.

One vet quoted in National Geographic states that the cat’s colour can denote a particular personality, take ginger or orange cats as an example.

Looking for the ideal sitter can be a challenge. This is where our trusted cat sitting services come in.

Caring for old and young cats

Caring for young kittens and older mature cats in their own home can also be a major benefit of cat sitting. Due to their young or old age they can be more vulnerable to any change in circumstance. Live-in cat sitters are a great option. As is live-in cat house sitters, people who will care for your cat and your home while they are resident.

The many different breeds of cat present varying personality traits and habits, this can become more obvious when they are left when owners travel away from home.

Whether you are a cat owner or a cat sitter, keeping cats healthy is a responsibility. Make sure you have done some research and you observe the behaviour of the cat you are caring for.

Cat Sitting tips

If living and caring for cats is relatively new to you, then a little research would go a long way. When looking for a cat sitter near you, here are some cat sitting tips you need to keep in mind:.

The standard moggy may be placid, a live-wire, playful or fearful of new company – so when pet sitting for cats the sitter should take time to get to know the cat’s personality before wading in.

Vet Matthew Bayliss offers some excellent top tips for cat sitters owners when preparing for a cat sitting.

Choosing a new cat

If you are in the process of a cat adoption and planning ahead for cat sitting requirements. Consider the personality of each cat breed. You will also need to think about any likely illnesses, or cat eye infections. Some cat breeds are more vulnerable than others.

Perhaps you love ginger cats. Did you know that most orange cats are male? Perhaps you like grey cats or a specific breed like a Siamese feline. Consider joining the special breed society like the Siamese Cat Club for more detailed information to prepare you for a home cat of that breed.

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Catsitting – fun and affordable pet care

Cat sitting services: what are your options?

So you have decided to post a cat sitter job for your beloved friend. There are a few avenues you can explore.

Professional cat sitters

You might be considering the need to hire a professional cat sitter. They are available in most towns and generally charge you a daily rate. You’ll need to search online and call some agencies to find out the price of professional pet sitters locally. If you are always hiring pet sitters try a more affordable way to find cat sitter care.

Professional cat sitters come at a cost. Instead of professional in-home cat sitters who will charge you by the day and sometimes by the hour, you might consider drop-in visits where cat sitters stop by to feed your pet.

Catteries

These are professional organisations to care for your pet cats, on their premises, for a daily charge. You need to check locally to see what the going rate is for catteries.

Checked live-in cat house sitters

These live-in home and cat sitters will offer in-home pet care to cherish your pet cat in your absence. One way to alleviate any stress for your cat (or cats!) is to have the sitters move in. Having a reliable cat sitter move into the cat’s home is a great alternative to a cattery.

If you have chosen a cat house sitter, ask for a meet and greet if possible. That way the cat minder can meet your cat(s) prior to their time alone with them. 

During the meeting it is beneficial to discuss any pertinent notes on your cat’s behaviour. Make sure you brief on the feeding regimen, when they like to go out (and come back in). Include other daily routines like sleeping patterns, their favourite toys and methods of play.

Find cat minders

To find checked live-in cat sitters register with HouseSitMatch.com as a homeowner. Post your cat sitting jobs on our site and look on our Find a House sitter directory.

Regarding moving the litter tray, experts agree that this can be as stressful for cats as moving to stay in a new location. Be sure to ask the sitter to maintain the location of their litter trays especially when you are away and they are in charge.

A great way to establish trust between the cat sitter and your cat is to run this meet and greet and get them playing together or at least be aware of each other. Familiarity of smells does help to minimise any separation anxiety they might experience.

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If possible allow the sitter to meet the cats ahead of your trip

Responsibilities of a cat minder

Pet sitting for cats will often include regular brushing and grooming of the pets especially with long hairs. The act of grooming and brushing the cats can help enormously with relaxing the animal. And of course it maintains the condition of the fur.

The term cat minding can be used interchangeably with cat sitting. This means a temporary arrangement to care for a pet cat, usually in the cat owner’s home.

The responsibilities of a cat house sitter will include all that is necessary to care for and maintain the cat’s health and well being. This includes feeding, providing fresh water, grooming, cleaning the litter tray if required and giving of any medication if required.

You also need to learn how to know when your feline friend is unwell. Cat sickness can be masked by shy behaviour. 

Having the cat sitter live in the home with the cat for a day before the owners leave enables a deeper knowledge of the cat’s behaviour. Then it will be easier to detect if there is an issue with the cat’s health that must be dealt with.

This is one of the stand out advantages of having a live in pet sitter. The cat sitter is present and will note any changes in behaviour.

This arrangement can have many other advantages, not least the fact that the cat experiences minimum disruption despite the cat owner’s absence. This reduces separation anxiety.

Cat sitters will also look after your house

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It’s great to know your cat is relaxed at home

Another advantage of hiring checked live-in cat sitters is combining cat sitting and house sitting assignments. The sitters will care for your cat while keeping your home occupied and maintained in your absence.

By joining a pet sitting and house sitting website like Houseitmatch.com you can take time to find your ideal cat sitter.

This can be hugely valuable especially during long term absences when the property may become vulnerable to opportunistic burglars. If a garden is left unattended for too long it can be the first sign that the property is empty. It becomes vulnerable.

During any holiday period when the owners are absent it may become overgrown. This will render the property an open invitation to passing intruders.

The availability of house sitters specialising in cat sitting is increasing as more people discover the joys of house sitting. It allows many to indulge their love of pets, to live like a local in new locations and travel on a fixed budget.

Customer Testimonials

What our clients say about us on Trustpilot 

Claire, from Ireland (cat sitter)

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Cat sitting – fun and affordable pet care

My first experience of having a pet/house sitter was just amazing! It happened when the snow storms were lashing the UK and in particular Ireland, where my pet sitter, Claire, is based.

It was touch and go that she would get here so I contacted Lamia. I explained the situation. She immediately searched for and found 2 other sitters who were happy to step in if required.

Fortunately, Claire was able to get to the airport and arrived the following day. My cats were completely relaxed and happy on my return and the apartment was spotlessly clean and tidy.

Everyday Claire sent me a short video clip of the cats either purring, or on her lap being fussed etc. This put me completely at ease as they are both rescue cats and very wary of strangers. Happily, Claire is no longer a stranger here and I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Also, Lamia and her staff at House sit Match are brilliant. Nothing is too much trouble and any questions or problems are dealt with immediately. I will always use them in the future and feel happy leaving both my home and pets in excellent cat sitter hands whilst I can go away with peace of mind. – – Toni Bancroft

Get in touch to find the right cat sitter for your feline friend

To find a checked live-in cat house sitter to care for your pet cat join HouseSitMatch today as a homeowner it takes just five minutes, and if you need a little extra help, whether it’s with finding UK house sitters or house sitting in Europe or even with the technology, contact us today and we can support you in real time. We’re here to help you!

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