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Karen

The Catnip Forest: Vacation For Your Feline Family Members

Toronto
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52 recurring guests
Last booked 5 days ago
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One home visit a day
Min. 30-minute visits in your home
21 CAD
/day
All services and rates

About Karen

I absolutely love the process of bonding with cats - getting to know each kitty's unique personality, earning her trust, and building mutual respect and affection. I was a "cat mom" for several decades and I loved every minute of it.

I lost my beautiful Buddy (the big, sweet, black and white boy in my photos) to cancer and I'm not quite ready to bring the next kitty into my home permanently. However, cat sitting informally for friends and neighbours brought both me and those cats who visited with me a lot of joy, so I decided to offer official cat-sitting services.

I offer evening/night visits to your home and I serve the downtown Toronto area -- within a 10-minute walk of College Station or the downtown subway loop. I have been cat-sitting for more than 4 years. I've lost count of how many cat friends I have had the pleasure of caring for in that time, but I'm guessing it's at least 200 cats now.

If you leave your kitty in my care, I will give her a vacation in her own home while you're away. Specifically, I will:

  • Follow your special instructions to make sure any interruptions to your cat's routine are minimized.
  • Spend time getting to know your cat. I make the effort to understand what each kitty I care for enjoys.
  • Talk to your cat. I make sure they know that they are safe and loved while you're away, but that you are coming back for them!
  • Play with your cat -- using the favourite toys you provide or toys I have for your kitty to try out. I have furry toys, dangly toys, toys to chew and claw and kick, and toys that roll. Some kitties crawl right into my bag of toys and chose their favourite -- or they decide the bag IS the toy.
  • Brush your cat with a soft rubber brush or a wire bristle brush -- depending on what their coat requires and what they enjoy.
  • Sit quietly nearby your cat while I read, write, or knit, in order to provide calm company without overstimulating a nervous kitty.
  • Offer as much petting, ear rubbing, whisker rubbing, back-scratching, or tummy rubbing as a social kitty desires.
  • Make lots of cat treats and catnip available, if you permit it. Catnip comes in the form of dried catnip pieces and catnip stuffed toys.

  • Bribe your cat with bits of cheese, tuna, or milk, if you permit it. Cat milk (with special digestive enzymes to make it easy on your kitty's tummy) available on request. Please do let me know about any special health or dietary needs!
  • Treat your kitty as family. In my home, felines are family and that's the way I treat all kitties I meet.
  • Send you updates regularly so you know how your feline family members are enjoying their vacation while you're away.
  • There is nothing quite as rewarding as the company of a content cat! If you leave your cat with me, I will do everything possible to make sure your furry family member is deeply content while you're away. My goal is to make your cat forget - at least for a little while - how much he or she misses you.

    Please contact me with any questions, or to arrange a meet and greet before you book your cat's vacation. I can't wait to bring "the catnip forest" to your special kitty.

    Karen's services

    At your home

    One home visit a day
    Book a pet sitter to stop by your home to feed and play with your pet
    21 CAD
    /day
    Two home visits a day
    Two drop-in visits for your pet
    40 CAD
    /day

    Cancellation policy: Flexible

    Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

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    Home Visits
    Tati, 2021-09-30

    Karen was the best. My furry babies love her visits. She was always sending me pictures of them eating, playing, and being pet. Definitely recommend her. She loves the cats and the cats loved her.

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    Home Visits
    VICTORIA, 2021-09-29

    Thank you Karen for taking such fantastic care of Coco once again! :)

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    I speak English
    +20 years of experience

    Over 20 years of joyful experience being owned by amazing cats -- and providing those fantabulous furry felines with exceptional service of course! Experience includes caring for active kittens, for senior cats, and for cats with major illnesses. I'm happy to provide the extra TLC fur babies need at those stages. [Please note that I can't time my visits precisely enough to administer insulin or other extremely time-sensitive medications, but I do administer oral medications that can be given generally once a day in the evening.]

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    Karen

    Karen

    The Catnip Forest: Vacation For Your Feline Family Members

    Toronto
    One home visit a day
    Min. 30-minute visits in your home
    21 CAD
    /day
    All services and rates
    Contact Karen

    Cancellation policy: Flexible

    Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

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