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 don’t charge for the first consultation, and I won’t have hard feelings if you don’t book with me. If you feel the need to book a second consultation, or you’ve moved or expanded your fur family, there will be a follow up consultation charge equal to a standard cat sitting visit fee. Let me know if you need one!
No, no boarding in either city. I don’t board cats due to insurance and city kennel laws. I only offer in-home pet sitting. And cats hate cars, remember the last time you did that? Oh that smell.. //flashback
Emergencies happen. I’m here to help. If you’re a client, just let me know and I’ll be there. If you’re not a client, call me at 757-777-5427 and if I can’t answer, DO leave a message. I can help and I will not turn you away. I do not need to do a pre-visit consultation before if you can get a key to me via a lock-box or have key-less entry, so breathe easy!
No, I can not and I will not, mostly for liability and insurance company reasons. I’m sure it sounds reasonable when you first think of it, but we pet sitters have home security and pet well-being on top of our priority list every day – the mere thought that someone could be in your home accidentally locking Fluffy in the attic without food or water, leaving the back door open or stomping on her tail is enough to give us an apoplectic fit.
You can book as many as you like or need. I work hard to keep my schedule very fluid and can accommodate most requests. By local city ordinance, and PurrSit policy, all homes must be visited at least once per 24 hour period. PurrSit does not accept any clients requesting insufficient visits and will not perform services with fewer than one cat sitting visit per 24 hours. (I don’t care what your neighbor’s Great Aunt Sally said.)
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.
None. I don’t need vaccination records either. That’s your business. I do, however, need a veterinarian’s name. More on that next.
This is a loaded question but since I wrote the question myself, I won’t hold you accountable for asking it. I have a multi-step approach to sick and injured client cats. I place great emphasis on cat wellness, and you’ll periodically get notification that I’m watching something that seems abnormal such as “haven’t seen a poop” or “someone didn’t finish their food”. I will do everything I can to avoid wasteful trips to the veterinarian, but I’ll never risk a cat’s health with overconfidence, either.
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.
Now’s a good time to make sure your cat doesn’t have fleas, it’s my only veterinary requirement. If I find fleas on your cat, your cat will have a flea treatment at your expense. If you have multiple cats, they will all have flea treatments at your expense. Seriously, please treat your cats for fleas, even if they’re indoor-only. In our climate, fleas can easily get inside the home and become a serious problem within mere days. Since I travel from home to home, including to and from my own home, I need to be able to guarantee to each of you that I will not be bringing in fleas. My cats all have the 8 month Seresto collars, available from your vet or Chewy/Amazon et al, but Advantage, Frontline and Revolution topical treatments are also recommended.
I do not offer discounts. Every household gets the same value, the same guaranteed service and the same price – I’d rather not raise my prices in order to offer a discount. I do offer catnip, fair pricing, unlimited question answering, and expert care.
No problem, and no additional charge, either. I can administer insulin of any type, test blood glucose, deliver subcutaneous fluids, oral, injected and topical medication and prepare special diets. I do all of this within the time frame of a visit, so even if it runs long, you’ll only be responsible for the longer visit length. I don’t believe in charging people extra fees to medicate their cats.
When you book services, I will email a confirmation and an invoice with payment instructions. Please leave payment in your home or mail a check prior to services beginning. If payment is not left or made, services may be discontinued or canceled, so please don’t forget!
A $10 surcharge is added to every daily visit
made on the following holidays:
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.
I need at least one key, which you may give me at the consultation. You may also choose to use a lockbox on site, or if you have keyless entry for your home I’ll be glad to use that. If you wish my access to be through the garage, you will need to provide a backup entrance method should that fail. Garage doors fail frequently, especially after a rain or electrical storm. Any travel time to pick up or return keys will incur a travel charge of $15, so please plan accordingly! You can pick up a great lockbox on Amazon very inexpensively
. These are fantastic because you can remove them when not in use!
I get this question a lot. I always say “my counting skills are weak” … once I watched a house of 27 cats. I don’t have a limit, but I will charge for the time I’ll be in the home. If you’ve got 27 healthy cats, you can bet it’ll be a couple hours twice a day!
I will clean, to the best of my ability, any accidents that I can see. I will notify you if they happen on my watch, and if I need cleaning supplies. I am not a carpet cleaner, nor home restoration specialist, so I can not be held liable for incidents out of my control or cleaning ability.
I can, but I’m warning in advance of a certifiable black thumb. Please place all your plants in a protected and central area with explicit instructions, I have a tough time telling artificial plants from real plants and once watered a plastic ficus. If I have a question or problem, I’ll ask!
Thought of a question I didn’t? Head on over to the form on the Meet Page and submit it. If it’s really good, I’ll include it on the FAQ. You’ll be famous!