*I am currently still taking short sits while seeking a long winter housesit, October/November/December through April/May/June.*
I love cats. Cat are lovely and unique creatures, and I find that the best way to develop rapport with them is to listen, observe, and let them take the lead. This and a calm demeanor let cats know that they are safe in my care. Some cats are shy and need time to warm up to a new person, and others are bold and affectionate from the start; either way, it's a wonderful feeling to earn a cat's trust and friendship.
I'll love your cat while you are away. In addition to covering the basics (fresh food and water, scooping the litterbox, or letting the cat in and out as needed), I'm experienced at giving medication and can cater to special needs. I will keep up your cat's daily rituals—brushing fur to a silky softness or playing with a kitten that has lots of energy to burn.
I also have organic gardening, farming, and landscaping experience, and can tend your garden and plants (both indoor and out). I have experience caring for chickens, ducks, geese, goats, and lovebirds as well. I have a basic grasp of French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
I'm a responsible and clean professional editor whose preferred mode of travel is to settle into a place and get to know it. I often spend my mornings working (preferably with a cat napping contentedly beside me), and my afternoons on long exploratory walks. It's wonderful to take in the exotic sights, sounds, and tastes of a new place—and then come home to the familiar and comforting company of a feline friend.