*Please note we are no longer providing home visits to new clients
**Additionally, we do not board dogs - only cats and small animals
Welcome to Sir Ralph Meowington's Home for Wayward Pets!
My name is Holly and I recently had to see my best friend Sir Ralph Meowington over the rainbow bridge. He had been one of the few constants in my life in the past decade, and I just can't get my head around replacing him. (in the attached photos, he's the polydactyl ginger boi who likes shoulders)
Through my life I have been lucky to be caretaker of cats, small dogs, rats, hamsters, gerbils and one fabulous hedgehog. In fact, I have never lived in a home that was not also occupied by an animal or three.
Because of my hesitancy to commit to another best friend but need to love animals and provide Ralph with some sort of legacy, I have decided to pet sit for the time being.
Currently, my Mom Pamela is living with me - I am in my 30s and work from home, she is in her 60s and retired. We are both writers and artists and have a very solitary lifestyle (even prior to the pandemic-which-shall-remain-unnamed) with a tiny group of animal-loving friends who stop by from time to time. We are both double vaxxed and boosted.
Do note, we run this account together! Pawshake only allows one name to be on an account though.
We live in a 5 1/2 near Monkland on the edge of Westmount. There is a ton of space for cats to explore and play, comfy beds, hiding spots and a cat tree/house. The large entryway/dining room/living room is especially great for the zoomies.
We have a small balcony but are very cautious with opening the door and hyper paranoid about letting kitties out. That being said, if your cat likes to sit outside and is calm please feel free to mention it to us and we will bring them out for some fresh air while holding them safe in our arms. Ralph loved do this :)
As we have been cat owners in the past our apartment is also cat-safe! They will not find any dangerous plants to munch on or anything else like that.
For small mammals we have lots of room for cages to be set up including two closed rooms for safety. If you are concerned about your small animal being here at the same time as a cat, even if they are separated, just let us know and we will not double book.
As mentioned in our intro, I have had cats my entire life - that's 32 years! I have also been primary caregiver for the past 8 until my Mom moved in with me.
She started adopting cats in her teens and has never stopped. The longest she had gone without having a cat in her home was 6 months when her cat Jane passed away and she did not want to adopt right away as she was moving to Montreal.
We have had three cats with kidney disease, and are well-versed in giving oral medication as well as subcutaneous fluids.
We are also cat whisperers when it comes to claw clipping! If your cat is not a fan and they need their claws clipped, just let us know and we'll get it done with minimal complaint :)
WHAT WE PROVIDE (boarding)
We provide 24/7 care. We are always at home, and if one of us goes out to run errands the other generally stays in. We sometimes do grocery shopping together, but if your pet needs constant observation, just let us know and one of us will always be there.
Room for multiple cats from the *same* household. We do not board multiple households of cats at one time.
For caged pets we can take multiple households unless there is a request made not to. Potential boarding situations include:
-1 cat(s) household
-1 cat(s) household + 1 caged pet household (separated from the cat(s)
-2-3 caged pet households
Tons of sleeping options. Cats can sleep solo in the cat house, on the day bed or in bed with one of us if they like to cuddle.
Toys and a great little cat house for climbing and hiding!
A litter box that is cleaned thoroughly between visits. But, we do not provide litter. You will need to bring your own litter.
Dishes. But, we do not provide food. You will need to bring your cat's food and let us know how you prefer for them to be fed (timing, quantity, etc.)
Access to nearby vets in case of emergency. We have one that's open Monday-Friday and is a 6 minute walk away. The other is a 10 minute walk away and open on the weekends as well.
Updates as frequently as you like! We know how important it is to know that your pet is doing well so if you want us to bombard you with photos and stories we will do exactly that. :)
WHAT WE PROVIDE (housesitting)
We are happy to travel to any Montreal location accessible by public transit. We do not have a vehicle.
As neither of us go to a job, whichever of us goes to your home will remain there to care for your companion animal nearly 24/7 (of course, we do need to keep ourselves alive by going out for groceries, etc. occasionally ;P)
You will receive updates as frequently as you like! We know how important it is to know that your pet is doing well so if you want us to bombard you with photos and stories we will do exactly that. :)
Flexibility, love, and dedication are three things we see as key to animal care and we know how to follow through on each one. Having provided care for three kidney cats as well as other cats with behavioral issues (anger in one, extreme shyness in the other) we are very good at adapting to exactly what your pet requires when it comes to care.
We can't wait to meet your amazing companion animal(s)!
[See what we're up to at The Meowington Home on Instagram @themeowingtonhome !]
Holly and Pamela looked after our kitty Sebastian for a week, and they were great! Super communicative, lots of updates and pictures, and we came home to a completely happy and unstressed boy. Can't recommend them enough, and will definitely be using them again when we have travel plans.
I absolutely loved my petsitting experience with Pamela and Holly!! They are very welcoming, super caring and provided frequent updates (along with lovely pictures!). My cat seemed right at home at the Meowington Home :)
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