Seeking short-term sitter from Sunday, August 30th through Monday, September 7th to care for my 2 cats and our apartment in Washington Hgts, Manhattan. Single person only, no couples. (...and the kitties are partial to quiet females, most of all:)
This is a pleasant, lo-fuss, cat-centric housesit where you will have easy access to all of New York City. So much still to do, despite the changes and shutdowns. Businesses are opening every week, restaurants are serving street-side, and people are being overall very respectful of each other and keep each other healthy.
No COVID in this home to date! I get tested regularly and ask that any housesit candidate and I agree to a mutual sharing of our CV-19 Bills of Health
I do need you to meet with me in advance of the visit, to get oriented to the space (and the cats!), so local sitters might work out best, and will be considered with priority.
Must be a mature pet lover with some knowledge of having cats around (and their erratic behaviors!), with excellent references and resume/CV ; with any additional background checks or police reports a plus.
If you do not live locally, we could meet via /Zoom beforehand, but you will still need to arrange an early visit, 1-2 weeks before we leave).
Responsibilities: Care for indoor cats Jacques and Jolie (12- yo siblings): feed, play, clean litter box. They get along well and will warm up to you pretty fast! Jolie will probably want to cuddle with you at night and may crawl on your lap. :)
My place: Clean, spacious 1st floor 1-BR apt in a historic and safe part of upper Manhattan. 5 blocks from Riverside Park and the Hudson River for walking, running, biking; 2 blocks from the subway/bus. 30 minutes to Columbus Circle; close to Columbia University. Grocery shopping 1 block away, great coffeehouses nearby where you can hang out with your laptop in a safe outdoor space. Dishwasher, AC, laundry, HD TV (HBO, Netflix etc), W/D, good wifi. There is a queen-sized bed and a lovely spacious, well-equipped kitchen. Also a grand piano, and you are free to play it!
You: Must be non-smoker/non-drugger and no-fee mature M/F, with references, and with a schedule where you can keep the kitties company at least for a few hours every day. No drugging and no partying; no overnight guests unless discussed up front.
Special considerations: Sitters who would enjoy this engagement should: 1. Not mind waking up early. Jacques and Jolie DO alert me, usually around 6:30 or 7:00 am that the world is awake! 2. Understand that street parking in this neighborhood is difficult. You may have to pay for a garage overnight. There is plenty of local public transportation, though. 3. Generally things are peaceful in the neighborhood, but here and there the locals like to host their block parties - fortunately rarely right in front of our building. That's the diversity of NYC!
Hope to meet you soon and that we will build a strong relationship for trips to come!