Trick of the Trade: What’s in my bag for Catsmas sitting?

Christmas cat sitting challenge is on full speed tomorrow, which means I will be on the road from 6am to 6pm or even later. I might have limited access to shops and need to be comfortable for long duration of being outdoor. Therefore, Catsmas sitting require special packing. I will write another post to show you my normal gear after New Year. In this picture, … Continue reading Trick of the Trade: What’s in my bag for Catsmas sitting?

Trick of the Trade: always ring the bell before entering (a presumably empty house)

As a cat sitter, I do pick up a lot of ‘trick of the trade’. Some of them I learnt from mistakes…(oh yes, I do make mistakes and I don’t want to think about them right now…) But my mistake is your gain. Trick of the Trade (TOTT) is a series where I will tell you all about them. Some of them can be useful … Continue reading Trick of the Trade: always ring the bell before entering (a presumably empty house)

What does it mean to be a cat sitter?

This happens to me all the time. ‘What are you doing in Ireland?’ ‘I live here.’ ‘You work?’ ‘Er..yes.’ (I always wonder if people are asking me this as in ‘are you on welfare? Taking advantage of my country?’ but I could be over-sensitive…) ‘What do you do?’ (I thought to myself, ‘oh gawd…not again.’) ‘Er…I am self employed.’ ‘Oh what is that about?’ (‘Here … Continue reading What does it mean to be a cat sitter?

Bindi and Bruchnal – the Westlife problem…

Here is the thing: when people think about being a cat-sitting, they tend to think of me hanging out in people’s home with a cat on lap. Well, it is part of it. In fact, I dare say it is only HALF of it, might even be less than half some days. What people fail to realise is, the ‘getting from point A to point … Continue reading Bindi and Bruchnal – the Westlife problem…

Monkey – the smartest cat (Part 2)

After this saga, you would have thought we learn our lesson. But no, we didn’t, we were still convinced that we were smarter than cats and we could get them under control. Of course, Monkey knows better and was determined to show us how wrong we were (again). After the ‘Monkey gone missing’ incident, I had a long discussion with Monkey’s mum and asked how … Continue reading Monkey – the smartest cat (Part 2)

How I became a cat sitter Part 5 – Maow Care is born!

In the last post, I spoke about my inspiration to become a Cat Sitter and Behaviourist. However, I didn’t pull the trigger until 6 months later. It was 2009 then, and I started feeling depressed again. I again got bored with my job (do you see a pattern yet? I get bored very easily). At first I tried to understand the cause of my depression. … Continue reading How I became a cat sitter Part 5 – Maow Care is born!

How I became a cat sitter Part 4 – Can one be a cat shrink?

In my last post, I talked about finding out Larmlarm is a very difficult cat. But he helped me get through depression and gave me enough strength and courage to move to Paris to start a new life. When we moved to Paris, we had nothing. All I had was two suitcases, a one-way ticket,1000 Euro a friend loaned me; and most importantly – LarmLarm. … Continue reading How I became a cat sitter Part 4 – Can one be a cat shrink?

How I became a cat sitter Part 3 – OMG my cat is evil!

In the last post, I told you we finally took Larmlarm home and were initially very excited about having our own cat. I would like to tell you everything worked out fine and we lived happily ever after. But no. It turns out LARMLARM IS EVIL! Don’t get me wrong, LarmLarm is the love of my life, but he is also the most terrible person … Continue reading How I became a cat sitter Part 3 – OMG my cat is evil!