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Find a trusted and reliable cat sitter near you with Cat in a Flat

We provide the best cat sitting services in any city of Australia. Our local and vetted pet sitters offer a drop-in or house sitting service from 8 AUD/visit. A great alternative to catteries.

Cat Sitting Advice - FAQs

How does cat sitting work?

Cat sitting is when you pay someone to look after your cat in your own home while you’re away. A trusted cat sitter will come and care for your cat every day, either with house visits or by cat sitting overnight.

A cat sitting visit includes feeding your cat, changing the water, cleaning the litter tray, playtime and cuddles. A cat sitter will also send you regular updates about your pet. Cat in a Flat’s 5-star sitters offer a personalised cat sitting service that is suitable for cats of all ages and health. Cat sitting is a great alternative to a cattery.

Here's how to find the best cat sitter for you:

  • Enter your postcode to be matched to trustworthy cat sitters in your area.
  • Read the vetted cat sitters profiles and reviews
  • Create an account for free and chat to your selected cat carers
  • Invite your favourite cat minder around for a free meet and greet
  • Once you’re happy with your choice of cat sitter, confirm the booking to include our Cat in a Flat Guarantee.

For more information watch our Guide to Cat Sitting.

 

How do I find a trustworthy cat sitter?

The best way to find a good, trustworthy cat sitter is via a platform like Cat in a Flat.

All of our sitters agree to a Code of Conduct to offer the best care to your cat.

All cat sitters are covered by the Cat in a Flat Guarantee providing an extra peace of mind for cat owners. Cat in a Flat is a cat-loving community – our sitters really care about cats. We encourage our members to rate and review cat sitters honestly.

Read more on how to find a trusted cat sitter here.

What to expect from an in-home cat sitting service

Cat in a Flat cat sitters offer a selection of affordable cat sitting services tailored to suit each individual cat's needs and routine. You can book a local cat sitter to come and check on Mr Whiskers once or twice a day.

 

Daily cat sitting services can start from £/€ 8 per visit and should last 20-40 minutes. This allows your kitty to get fresh food & water, a cleared litter tray, lots of affection and a chance to play. You can also look forward to reassuring daily updates and photographs of your cat while you’re away. 

Avoid the stress of a cattery and return home to happy, relaxed kitties enjoying the comforts of their own home.

Are cats happy in catteries?

While every cat is different and will react individually to a cattery environment, most will find it stressful.

Cats are territorial animals who don’t like change. The strange sounds, smells and sights of a cattery can be overwhelming for a cat, as can the presence of lots of unfamiliar cats. Being removed from the home and transported to and from a boarding facility is also something most cats find distressing.

Cat sitting is a great alternative to cat boarding and catteries.

What should I expect from a home visit or overnight cat sitting service?

Cat in a Flat cat sitters offer a selection of affordable cat sitting services tailored to suit each individual cat's needs and routine. You can book a local cat sitter to come and check on Mr Whiskers at home.

 

Daily in-home cat sitting services can start from £/€ 8 per visit and should last 20-40 minutes. This allows your kitty to get fresh food & water, a cleared litter tray, lots of affection and a chance to play. You can also look forward to reassuring daily updates and photographs of your cat while you’re away. 

An overnight cat sitter will do all of the above and also spend the night at your property. An overnight sitter provides more company and attention for your cat. They also make your property looked lived in, which is better for home security. They are ideal for very young kittens that are still in their socialisation phase or older cats that might need time specific medications.

Avoid the stress of a cattery and return home to happy, relaxed kitties enjoying the comforts of their own home.

Are cats better at home or in a cattery?

Every cat is different, and no single solution suits everyone. However, the vast majority of cats would prefer to be cared for in their own home.

 

Cats don’t like change, they don’t like to travel, and they don’t like sharing space with unfamiliar cats. Cat sitters will pay individual, tailored and loving attention to your cat or cats based on their preferences. Therefore, cat sitting is the best solution for most cats, and it’s also more convenient and less expensive for cat owners.

To find out the pros and cons of cat sitting vs catteries, read here.

To find out what to look for when choosing a cat sitter, read here.

How to become a cat sitter?

Do you love cats and have some spare time? Are you reliable, friendly and polite? Then you are well placed to consider becoming a cat sitter.

 

To become a cat sitter with Cat in a Flat, simply register and submit your profile. We will take you through a step by step process and let you know if you have been approved.

The amount you can earn as a cat carer depends on the level of service you provide. Most cat sitters charge 8 - 15 £/€ for a once-daily home visit or 12 - 25 £/€ to drop in twice a day. Cat sitters usually charge 15 - 50 £/€ for overnight cat sitting stays. You can look after more than one household of cats at a time if they only need daily home visits. Many cat sitters also charge a little extra for additional services such as watering the plants. More expensive cat sitters tend to be the ones with more experience and who can administer medication.

For more advice and tips on how to become a cat sitter, read here

When should I start looking for a sitter?

Earlier is better when looking for a cat sitter, especially if it’s the first time you’re booking them.

Cat in a Flat would recommend leaving at least a few weeks to find a trustworthy cat sitter. At busy times such as around summer and public holidays, it’s wise to start looking at least a month before.

What is cat sitting?

Cat sitting is when you pay someone to look after your cat in your own home while you’re away.

A trusted cat lover will come and care for your cat every day, either with drop-in visits or by cat sitting overnight. A cat sitting visit includes feeding your cat, changing the water, cleaning the litter tray, playtime and cuddles. A cat sitter will also send you regular updates about your pet.

Cat in a Flat’s 5-star sitters offer a personalised cat sitting service that is suitable for cats of all ages and health. Cat sitting is a great alternative to a cattery.

Is cat sitting or boarding in a cattery the right option for my cat?

Every cat is different, and no single solution suits everyone. However, the vast majority of cats would prefer to be cared for in their own home.

Cats don’t like change, they don’t like to travel, and they don’t like sharing space with unfamiliar cats. Cat sitters will pay individual, tailored and loving attention to your cat or cats based on their preferences. Therefore, cat sitting is the best solution for most cats, and it’s also more convenient and less expensive for cat owners.

You can read more about cat sitting vs catteries here.

Will my cat forget me after two weeks away?

No, your cat won’t forget you after two weeks away from home. Cats have excellent memories – though this varies from animal to animal as it does in humans.

Cats can remember their owners for years after being separated from them. So rest assured when you return, your cat will remember who you are and your shared bond. To remind your cat of you while you’re away, leave them something with your smell, such as a piece of clothing. The scent will be reassuring to your cat, especially if they suffer from separation anxiety.

How long should a cat sitter stay?

If a cat sitter is visiting your home once or twice a day, they should stay for around 20-40minutes per visit.

The length of time of each visit will depend on your cat’s needs and personality. You can also book a cat sitter to stay overnight if your kitty needs extra care.

Will my cat be ok with a cat sitter?

Cats much prefer to be cared for in their own home – and by someone who loves cats!

 

Cat in a Flat has years of experience in running a cat-sitting community. We know that the vast majority of cats are more than ok with a cat sitter; they enjoy the experience and attention. We also know how important it is to provide cover and reassurance if something goes wrong while you’re away. That is why cat sitters are covered with our Cat in a Flat Guarantee. Cat sitting is a safe, reliable and trustworthy service providing love and care for your cat while you’re away. It’s a great alternative to cat boarding or a cattery.

How to prepare for a overnight cat sitter

Hiring a cat sitter to stay overnight requires more planning and preparation than if they were to only visit your home once or twice a day.

Not only do you need to make sure your cat has everything he needs, but also that your house is ready for the guest.

Here is Cat in a Flat’s useful checklist.

Why choose a cat sitter from Cat in a Flat ?

Cat in a Flat sitters are a reliable and trustworthy choice for cat owners.

 

All of our sitters agree to a Code of Conduct and are covered by the Cat in a Flat Guarantee to protect everyone if something goes wrong while you’re away. Cat in a Flat also encourages our community to provide honest reviews, so you can check that other cats and cat owners have had a good experience with a sitter.

For tips on how to choose a good cat sitter read here.

How much does cat sitting cost?

The price of a cat sitter depends on the cat minder and the level of service. Cat sitters who have experience in more complicated aspects of cat care, such as administering medication, will charge more.

 

For a once-daily home visit, a cat sitter can charge 8 - 15 £/€. Twice daily drop-ins can cost from around 12 - 25 £/€. Overnight stays can cost from 15 - 50 £/€. Cat sitting is a flexible, bespoke service so ask if you’d like your sitter to complete some additional tasks for a fee. As with most services, when finding a good cat sitter, the least expensive option isn’t always the best, especially if your cat needs extra care and attention.

Want to know what to look out for when choosing a cat sitter? Read here.

Is cat sitting the right option for my cat?

Every cat is different, and you know what’s right for your beloved pet. The beauty of cat sitting at your home is that it’s a flexible, reliable and trustworthy service.

 

So if your cat is fussy, can be difficult or needs medication, chances are you can find a cat sitter who can provide the caring service and support you and your cat need. Most cats find going to a cattery very stressful, if this is your cat, then hiring a trusted cat sitter is a great alternative. All cat carers love kitties and look forward to spending time with them, so it’s a reliable way of providing conscientious, affectionate and practical in-home cat care while you are away. Cat sitters booked through a platform such as Cat in a Flat are approved, vetted and reviewed, so it’s care you can trust too.

For more tips on how to find a trustworthy cat sitter, read here.

Is it bad to board your cat?

The majority of catteries are professionally run facilities that provide 24-hour care and attention for cats.

It’s not bad or wrong to board your cat, especially if you can’t find another solution to cat care. But arranging in-home cat care is a better, kinder solution for your cat. Cat sitting is more convenient for you too! Make sure to start looking for cat sitters as soon as you can to ensure the best care for your pet.

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