Love cats? Why not become a cat sitter?

By Kathrin Burckhardt and Julie Barnes, Cat in a Flat

There are many benefits to owning a family pet. They can teach your child important lessons like how to be kind and responsible, as well as increase opportunities to exercise and socialise.

But, with busy lifestyles and family commitments sometimes it’s not always so easy to commit to owning a pet of your own. Or even worse – a family member is allergic, and you’re not allowed you to have a cat in your home.

If this is the case for you, you could consider becoming a part-time cat sitter. Not only will it help you bring some furry friends into your life, you can also earn a supplementary income on the side.

The benefits of becoming a cat sitter

  • The cat care takes place before and after work hours, so it won’t get in the way of your day job
  • As a cat sitter you get to set your own rates and availability
  • If the cat is used to children, with the owners permission, you could bring your child with you
  • Your child will learn how to interact with different animals and their personalities
  • You get to meet new families in your neighbourhood

What experience do you need?

It’s important that you love and respect for animals! You will need to have some experience in caring for cats, like having your own in the past. It’s important that you have a basic knowledge of the animals behaviour in your care. Ie. Is the kitty happy to have his belly rubbed or does his swaying tail mean “back off, I’m still getting to know you.”

A great cat sitter has the following traits:

  • Reliable and organised
  • Responsible and security conscious as you will be in charge of someone’s pet and home
  • Good at following instructions and the cats daily routines
  • Providing reassurance by having a good insurance in place
  • Being police checked also really helps

An extra bonus is being able to administer medications in both tablet and liquid form. Some cats may require daily injections, especially if they are diabetic. There are many pet first aid courses that can help you if you want to take your role as a cat sitter more seriously.

How do you get started as a cat sitter?

These days there are many different websites that you can sign-up to. Have a look at Cat in a Flat, a trusted cat sitting community. All you need to do is simply follow the sign-up regulation and create a profile on their platform and they will match you to lovely cat owners in your area. All cat sitters are individually vetted and covered by their insurance.

Finding the perfect family-work-life balance can be tricky, but adding a few furry friends definitely has its benefits!


Kathrin Burckhardt and Julie Barnes are Co-Founders of Cat in a Flat. Cat in a Flat is a trusted cat-sitting community created by cat lovers for cat lovers. Its mission is to help cats stay in the comfort of their own homes by connecting cat owners with trusted, insured, local, cat-loving sitters.

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