My name is Jill and I’m the proud mom of 3 rescue cats- Annie (lady of the house), Zoe (beautiful but shy) and Sophie (aka plumpy- lover of all food and laps.) My husband and I live in Bloor West Village, in the west end of Toronto.
Cats have been in my life and pet of choice for almost 30 years. I am a lover of all animals, but there's just something so lovely, charming and mysterious about a cat. They can be goofy and playful or quiet and shy or loyal and territorial. I've really seen it all and enjoyed every minute of it. I don't feel like my life is complete without a few cats to take care of and love.
Over the past 7 years, I have had the pleasure of working with seniors at a retirement home in Etobicoke. I value the relationships that I have made while working in senior's care and really understand what it's like to help take care of a loved one. Recently, I have had the opportunity to focus primarily on my art career...So I'm home more often and my cats are in kitty heaven!
As a cat owner, I definitely know the drill when it comes to cat sitting! I know from experience that routine is very important. Providing the same loving support and companionship your pet is used to is key. While I'm in your home, I'll take care of feeding, changing water, cleaning litter, and spending quality time with them as well as sending lots of pictures! If there are any light household chores that need to be taken care of while you're away, I'm your girl! Updates are essential because they put our minds at ease...so you'll receive my updates on the regular...texts, photos, emails, a call...whatever you choose is just purrfect for me! I would love to know a little more about your cat(s) before I take care of them. In order to give them the best care and to know exactly what you need, let's schedule a time to meet in person.
I have had extensive experience in administering medication. Please let me know if this is something that I can help you with. Some of my areas of expertise include: diabetes-monitoring blood levels and insulin injections, eye drops, and administering pills in all shapes and sizes. I have had hands on experience with the youngest of the bunch (1 month old) to the oldest and frailest of the bunch (20+ years old.) I have bathed, groomed and trimmed the nails of some very appreciative kitties...and some not so appreciative...I have also had experience with cats who have battled incontinence and other litter box related issues. As well as stepped in and cleaned up the worst of the worst.
That being said, I have gone the distance for all the felines in my life and I would be absolutely honoured for the opportunity to help you when you need it the most! Reach out! My schedule is very flexible. I can be available on a day to day basis or for longer periods of time (vacation) as required. My home visits are typically 45 minutes to an hour each visit, but if you feel that you'd like to schedule more time, I'll never say no! I also provide overnight visits as well. I prefer to pet sit in your home because I really do believe your kitty(s) will feel more comfortable in their own environment.
Tell me what you need and we'll work together to achieve the best possible results for you and your furry family! I look forward to hearing from you!
Felt so much better leaving my baby at home with Jill coming in and ensuring he had his meds on time.
I have lots to say about Jill, but I’ll get the most important part out of the way first - if you’re wondering whether you should book with her, you can stop reading right now and do it! I’ve booked several cat sitters for Boomer over the course of the years through Pawshake. Although most of them have been good, Jill is far and away the best. (Read on to see what I mean.)
The first clue I had that Jill had higher standards was the intake meeting. She asked questions that nobody else had thought to ask before - which vet I went to, who she could call as an emergency contact, and whether to notify me if something went wrong, or to deal with it herself. The fact that she even thought to ask was amazing! She took written notes the whole time, and I felt like she personally cared about making sure Boomer was OK.
Before, during and after my trip, Jill consistently went above and beyond to keep me in the loop. A few days before, she got in touch to confirm the date and time, and she sent another quick follow-up the day I left. Each day I was gone, she sent detailed updates and beautiful (almost professional quality!) photos of Boomer. It was clear she spent a good amount of time with Boomer, and gave him a lot of attention and stimulation. When I got back, things with Boomer were perfect - his food, water and litter were exactly how I expected. In addition to her text messages she left me a physical note, and (in a really above and beyond gesture), a small present for Boomer.
The part of all of this that I most appreciated was that on the day I planned to come back, she checked in ask me to notify her when I got back home, and offered to help out for another night if for some reason I wasn’t able to get back in time. Like her questions during the intake meeting, that was something I had never even thought to ask for, but it made it clear taking care of Boomer was her top priority.
There are lots of great cat sitters out there, but Jill really is a cut above. She’s the most responsive and trustworthy sitter I’ve ever found, and most importantly, I can tell she really cares about animals. This is an easy recommendation!
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