Why I may be the right North Seattle/ Ballard cat sitter for you
I've been a Ballard cat sitter since 2001. I've watched time and again new services start up and then close down, and I am always left standing. I think so many folks don't realize what a commitment this job is, but after 20 + years in the biz, I most definitely have a complete understanding of that commitment. I'm a Ballard home owner and I'm not going anywhere, nor do I have any desire to change careers. I'm a cat sitter lifer.
NO EMPLOYEES OR CONTRACTORS
I am Pets Dig Me. I do not hire employees or contractors as so many other pet services do these days. I never will. I feel watching someone's pets and their home is just too important to leave up to an employee who may or may not care about what they are doing. Cats don't need a revolving door. They need someone they can learn to trust to keep their stress levels down. I know I would never feel comfortable hiring an employee-based cat sitting service for my own cats. I offer what I know I would want: the same person (the business owner), someone with experience who cares about my pets each and every service.
Safety of my client's pets and their homes is my top priority. Not only am I extremely careful about entering and exiting homes, ensuring no kitty escapees, I also will not jeopardize safety of the home and pets to promote my business. This means no advertisements on my vehicle. I only post photos on my business social media page with the owners permission. I also don't have any identifying markers on photos and I never post while owners are actually out of town.
I'm very dedicated to my clients and always do everything I can to assure my availability. I don't work 1/2 days on holiday/peak periods; I devote my holidays to the business to accommodate my clients' needs even during very busy times. When new clients inquire about my service, I don't just consider the job at hand, I also consider whether or not I feel I can add a new client to my roster because once on board, I want to be available for their future needs as well.
ABOVE & BEYOND
I have a passion for what I do so I don't just punch a time clock and leave. There are times when unexpected duties come up. In those instances, I often will stay longer on my own time to ensure the cat receives his/her special attention time. It's not just a job to me. I actually truly care about the cats. As I see it, cat's lives revolve around whatever goes on within the walls of their home, so anything I can do to enrich their lives while I am there is important. I know it means the world to them, so in turn it means the world to me, too.
I've been a full-time professional cat sitter since 2001, so I have a wide variety of experiences dealing with all sorts of medical and behavioral issues. I feel I have a calming effect on them and I pride myself in being able to win over even the most skeptical ones. I enjoy making that connection. I am a cat owner myself and have shared my personal home with numerous cats over the years from young to elderly. I have gone through all the stages in a cat's life with them. I have an on-going thirst for cat knowledge so am always researching ways to make them happy and healthy.
I TRULY ADORE CATS
I absolutely oppose the stereotypes placed on cats which could not be further from how they actually are. If you know how to relate to them those stereotypes go right out the window. To make that connection is truly a rewarding experience and something I strive for with each and every one of my feline clients.