Post # 1
I need someone to come and feed our two cats and make sure they are OK when we are away on our honeymoon. I don’t want to spend too much money, but I want to be sure they are well taken care of. We don’t have any friends or family nearby who can do it for us. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
How long are you going to be gone? Cats are pretty resilient and can generally be fine on their own for a while assuming they have clean litter and plenty of food. When my parents went to England for 2 weeks, they left the cats at the vet to take care of just to be on the safe side, so you could always do that probably.
Post # 4
Have you googled cat sitters in your area? That’s how we found ours. You can also find one through the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.
Post # 5
Look for a bonded and insured pet sitter. We’ve used one when we’ve traveled before, and it’s been great.
You could also board them. We have seven cats (yes, we’re insane) and we always board 3 because of health issues, and get a sitter for the other four. The sitter doesn’t have to come every day. She usually comes every other or every three days, to pick up the mail, freshen water, clean litterboxes, refill food dispensors and play with them a bit.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2010 - Fort Pond Lodge
I’m a petsitter and work with several people who also do petsitting (we work at a cat clinic) – the going rate is about $20 a visit, with as many or as few visits as you like. I am currently doing every other day visits for someone who will be gone awhile, as well as daily visits for a cat who *loves* to cuddle. I think if your cats will be starving for attention, and could get that attention from a stranger, then it’s probably worth it to hire someone to come every day or every other day; if they are happy alone for awhile or wouldn’t warm up to someone new, they’d probably be fine every three days or so. Send me a message if you need more info! Hope this helps.
Post # 7
We used to go with Saint Meows: http://www.saintmeows.com/petsitting.html They will go to Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, even outside the city, I believe. We actually got our cats from them too…they LOVE cats. They require that you pay them to come every other day because they belive the cats need the attention, they like to get the litter box that often, etc. They claim they will pet and play with your kitties too, which I mostly believe because the owners are so cat crazy (in a good way, lol), though I can’t confirm this 🙂 “Hugs and chin scratches are always included at no additional cost”, the website says. They also run an amazing no-kill shelter, so by hiring them for pet sitting you’re also helping sustain their shelter. We are planning to donate money to them as our “In Lieu of Favors We Have Donated…” favors 🙂
Nothing against them for why we stopped using them; it was kind of a hassle to get our keys to them (we usually dropped them off in Davis Sq) and it became easier to just use hire people we knew (like other students in our lab) who were in need of cash anyway. But all those guys are gone now so I think we may have to hire a pet sitter for our honeymoon too 🙂
Post # 8
Holy cow, major oversight! I assumed the post above mine was general cat-sitting advice and not Boston specific because there was no city listed…but now that I have looked at the name…ARE YOU MISS SEAHORSE?! Seriously, how did I not connect those dots! If so I’m a big fan of your blog! And now I am messing you to inquire about your services… 🙂