I’m not sure why the sky is blue, or why birds suddenly appear, but I do know the answers to many questions about cats and cat sitting.
Frequently Asked Questions
I use the following guidelines for setting up visit routes. Since I don’t utilize other personnel, I want to make sure everyone knows what to expect. Every cat is important to me, and so are their humans!
7-9am Medication Window. Diabetics, thyroid kitties, other twice a day medications are dispensed during this window. These cats take priority, as an early or late dosing could seriously sicken them.
9-11am First Visit for Twice A Day Households. All households with twice a day visits will be done during this window, sometimes overlapping with the earlier window and starting as soon as the medicated kitties are finished.
11am-5pm Once A Day Kitties. As soon as the twice a day morning visits are complete, the once a day kitties get their visits in the largest block of the day. Every effort is made to keep these households at 24 hour intervals to keep disturbances at a minimum and prevent empty food bowls and overfull litter boxes.
5-9pm Second Visit for Twice a Day Households and Medication Window. Again, medication needs take priority as many are exactly 12 hours apart, while I will also endeavor to keep the twice a day kitties at a 10 to 12 hour intervals.
Overnight stays are available during the hours of 10pm and 7am.
First step is triage – I locate the cat in question and give a good look-over, checking for possible pain or illness. This is why I never leave a house without laying eyes on every cat. If I find something is out of the ordinary, I will contact you immediately. Assuming you’re in CONUS, I’ll let you know what I think needs to be done. If you are not, I will contact your emergency contact, or I will operate on the plans we’ve made before your departure. I have completed Pet First Aid training and I work with sick cats so I am quick to spot things that are abnormal – though I will make recommendations based on my lack of veterinary degree. In other words, if I’m not sure, I’m always going to defer to a veterinarian.
If I determine the cat is in very serious condition, such as respiratory distress, I will transport the cat to your vet, or the nearest open vet if I think we won’t make it. You will likely get a call on the way or once I arrive at the vet. In all the years I have been doing this, I have never had to transport a pet to the vet without first getting hold of the owner, but I do know emergencies can happen, and you should be aware of it, too. Important: At no time will I leave a pet to suffer needlessly, regardless of your instruction. If I believe a cat under my care is suffering, there will be a veterinarian notified. If it is determined there is something medically wrong with your cat, you will be responsible for all charges related to the veterinary transport and care of your pet.
New Years Eve
New Years Day
Overnight Care is a $25 holiday surcharge per night during the holiday period. These fees are subject to change at any time.
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