I'm looking for a catsitter/housesitter to take care of and love on my 6 cats and look after my home from July 1-19.
My house is a charming abode filled with art. In the warmer months, you can relax and enjoy the breezes in the pine trees from the large second story back deck or watch the world meander by from the front porch under the ceiling fan. There are several beautiful flower gardens (I added 5000+ bulbs and plants in the fall of 2013 so it's a beautiful show virtually year round!), a large tranquil back yard and plenty of cozy nooks in the house to cuddle up with a good book. In the winter months, you can enjoy the gas fireplace in the living room. The neighborhood is quiet and has some pretty wooded streets to stroll.
I have WiFi (did you know that Chattanooga's fiber optic system makes it the fastest internet in the country??!! It's true!) so bring your laptop and Netflix away! :) I also have a big screen TV for those of you who prefer to watch DVDs. And if you play piano, I have a beautiful one with burled walnut built in London in the 1880s!
Chattanooga is a very vibrant small city filled with a great foodie scene, interesting shopping and many outdoor activities. In June 2015, it was named by Outside Magazine as "The Best Town Ever!" There are gorgeous mountains and rivers, places to hike, a wonderful art scene (galleries as well as public art) and an energetic vibe. The aquarium has won many national awards and the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo is here as well. I have put together a notebook with lots of interesting things to do and see around town as well as a restaurant guide so you can fully enjoy your time here.
Most of all, I hope you love cats! My kitties (6 of these darling babies!) are very affectionate and attentive. Your lap will certainly not be cold! :) All of my cats are indoor/outdoor. The younger ones like to stay out most of the day in pleasant weather while the older ones prefer the indoors with an occasional jaunt to the back yard. There is a cat door that allows them to access the back yard 24/7 so you do not need to let them in or out. They can help themselves. I have installed a "cat fence" on top of the regular fence which generally keeps them confined to the large back yard so you don't have to worry about them.
One of my kitties is getting upwards in years (17 years old) and requires some special care. Idgie is diabetic and requires insulin injections twice a day. It is SUPER easy and she doesn't even notice when she receives the injection so it's definitely NOT a case of having to fight her or hold her to give it. You do NOT need to have any medical experience to give these injections. I will give you instruction on how to do it when you arrive. It is really not a big deal at all. I just need to know in advance that you're comfortable with doing it.
Idgie is also a bit arthritic and she gets a glucosamine supplement in her food to help with that. She sometimes needs to be coaxed a bit to eat her food. Two of the other cats get supplements in "treat" form. Other than these things, they're all an easy-going and very friendly bunch and they'll make you feel quite welcome here. :)
Because of Idge's age and health, I would be most comfortable with someone who has extensive experience with cats, and particularly elderly ones.