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Meet Julie – Our Midtown Manhattan Pet Sitter

Julie, friend of animals and pet sitter extraordinaire.

Julie, friend of animals and pet sitter extraordinaire.

Pictured here is the kind-hearted friend of the felines named Julie. She has been a Katie’s Kitty pet sitter since 2007. Having lived in the East 50’s for over 25 years, she is intimately familiar with the Midtown Area. Even after clients move away, Julie remains good friends and in touch, saying, “Their cats became family to me.”

An artist’s approach to empathy

Julie grew up in California, but after college, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting. She even made appearances on Broadway! An artist through and through, she soon found new life working as a commercial artist and sculpting portraits in bronze, glass, and marble.

Much like acting, Julie feels that sculpting requires a certain compassion that has translated over to her passion of pet sitting. “Doing portrait sculptures demands empathy if you are to do it well,” she reflects, “You need to feel yourself in another person’s shoes to better understand their personality. Now, of course, I try to feel myself in another’s paws!”

Above all else, Julie ensures that her clients, and their kitties, can sense kindness, respect, and and understanding. She notes, “ It’s an intimate affair being allowed into someone’s home, building, and life to care for a pet.”

Julie's cat, "silly."

Julie’s cat, “silly.”

With cats as her constant companions

Julie views empathy as an important skill that she has been working hard to cultivate since early childhood — and she learned it from her own cats! At one point in her life, Julie was the guardian of 7 feline friends. “It was like living in the Serengeti plains, and I was allowed to join them in their habitat, which was my apartment.”

During that time, she also learned how to give oral medications and sub-cutaneous fluids, as well as easing other ailments that trouble aging cats. Without so much as a second thought, she even turned down an opportunity to sail the Greek Islands. “I would not leave my cat that needed fluids daily for kidney problems.” That was that.

Today, Julie is the guardian of this golden girl named silly (who prefers the lower case like bell hooks). “Believe me, silly is quite spoiled,” Julie says with a contented laugh. After a costly bout with liver inflammation, silly begrudgingly switched from commercial canned foods to a healthier diet that includes fresh salmon from the supermarket.

Now, life is good. Silly is 14 years old, and together, Julie and her cat dance, play tag, and enjoy a ton of games every day. Silly especially loves to be massaged and hugged. “Playfulness is good if they want it,” Julie mentions, “My silly is a touchy-feely cat, but some aren’t. I respect their boundaries.”

An expert with the toughest kitties

Julie recalls that her first few assignments were with what others would consider “problem cats.” “To me, there are no aggressive attack cats — only cats who feel fearful and become defensive.” In fact, Julie views these kitties as more feral and closer to their ancestors, which is something to be cherished. “If you sit down and really listen and watch, they will let you know how they wish to be treated… with love and respect.”

One kitty only ever appeared as a bump under a blanket that didn’t want to be disturbed. However, after Julie read to her and played music, she began to come out and get more comfortable. “Cats will come around on their own time schedule, not yours. It’s that wonderful independent streak that makes them so special.”

Whether there are shy, sweet, or even first time owners’ cats, Julie is happy to share her intimate knowledge of felines with whoever requests it. She often brings toys and a radio to her pet sitting appointments. For some clients, she even offers advice such as how to rearrange furniture and cat trees to give kitties a better view out the window.

A word of advice

As for how to keep your kitties calm while you’re gone, Julie offers the following advice, “Remember to leave a light on, and some classical music. Call Katie’s Kitty for the finest cat sitters in New York City! We are insured and bonded to boot!”

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

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New York City pet sitters are booking for spring break


Are you as ready for spring time, flowers, and warm breezes as we are?

It’s been such a rough winter this year, that we’re guessing lots of people will be getting out of town for upcoming spring break. Our New York City pet sitters are ready for your calls!

If you’re a current pet sitting or boarding client, please contact your pet sitter as soon as possible. Many of our pet sitters are already booked for the spring break holiday, so the sooner you can get your pet scheduled, the better.

When you email your pet sitter, here are a few important points to include in your email:

  • Exact departure and return dates
  • Any new health conditions your pet may have
  • Any new medications your pet may be taking, and how to administer them
  • New or different behaviors your pet sitter should be aware of
  • Anything out of the ordinary regarding your home that the sitter should know about

Your pet sitter may have other questions pertaining to your particular situation. Clear communication will help ensure your pet gets the best care possible.

We are taking new pet sitting and boarding clients throughout New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx. Our experienced pet sitters care for cats, dogs, birds, and other animals. They are quite flexible and able to care for your pets in your home or board them in the sitter’s home.

New clients can call Peter at 212-288-5712 to arrange a time to meet with a pet sitter.

Happy springtime everybody!


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Battery Park and Financial District pet sitter

beccaMy name is Becca, and I am delighted to have been a cat-sitter with Katie’s Kitty since the Fall of 2009.  My husband and I have lived in South Battery Park City for ten years, I am a Business Intelligence Analyst for a large Technology Company, and provide cat-sitting services for the Battery Park City area.

Growing up on a small farm in New Mexico, we had a menagerie of beloved pets, including horses, chickens, ducks, rabbits, geese, dogs and cats.  I care very deeply for all animals and their well-being, am a member of many animal-advocacy programs, as well as volunteer for the Siamese Cat Rescue Center.  I have a very special love for, and bond with, cats, and have been blessed to be a lifelong guardian for many precious fur-babies throughout my life.  Currently we own (or, rather, are owned BY) two mature rescued Siamese:  An inordinately affectionate and demanding 19-year old Seal-point named Waldorf (who must be given sub-Q fluids and blood-pressure medication daily, due to CRF, and who loves “stroller rides” in the park), and a newly-adopted, quiet, gentle Lilac-point named Bumble (who must be given twice-daily medications due to cardiomyopathy, and who drools non-stop when he’s brushed).  Our home is owned and operated purely for their comfort and happiness!

becca-catsSince working for Katie’s Kitty, I have had extensive experience pet-sitting for an amazing variety of precious kitties and building long-standing, trusting relationships with their owners.  I have fallen in love with each new fur-baby that I care for, and it has given me such joy to get to know their amazing guardians, who always have the best interest of their furry loved-ones at heart.

As your pet-sitter in Battery Park City, I will meet with you in advance, to learn all the specifics of your kitty’s needs, habits, brushing and playing preferences, care and feeding.  And, during your time away, I will send updates on our adventures together, so that you can relax and enjoy, knowing that your beloved kitties will be given the very best care and attention!

If you need pet sitting in Battery Park or the Financial District, contact us to schedule a time to talk with Becca!
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Have you booked your pet sitter for the holidays?

holiday-petsIt’s not too early to think about your pet sitting needs for the holidays! In fact, it’s actually getting a little late.

We have a number of pet sitters throughout NYC who are ready to care for your cat or dog during the holidays. But, since their schedules are filling up rather quickly, we want to encourage you to book your pet care as soon as possible.

If you’re an established Katie’s Kitty client and haven’t set up your holiday pet sitting yet, please do that right away. Don’t risk having to find someone else because he or she is booked.

If you’ve never hired one of our cat or dog sitters, please call us as soon as possible. You will need enough time for you and your pet sitter to get together for an introductory meeting. At this meeting you will get to know each other, ensure all aspects of your pet’s care is discussed, complete a contract, and go over payment options.

Our pet sitters are available to care for your cat, dog, or exotic pet in their own home or come to your home. Our main office is located on the Upper East Side of New York City, and we serve all of Manhattan as well as Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx.

Contact us today to book your NYC pet sitter for the 2013 holidays!
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