Cat Sitting & Dog Walking!
Novato Cat Sitter & Dog Walker
I provide Cat Sitting visits and Dog Walking for residents of Novato.
CAT SITTING: Cats dislike when their people go away. My premium care is designed to reduce stress and increase contentment with interactive playtime and enrichment activities. A typical visit starts with monitoring and scooping the litter boxes to assure health and cleanliness.
Why I monitor the litter box: Most cats urinate 2-3 times a day, and defecate every day. Changes in elimination habits may indicate acute health problems. With cats we want to address health concerns immediately. I always communicate concerns with cat owners and I’m prepared to take an ill cat to the Veterinarian.
Interactive playtime is necessary because Cats have strong instincts to hunt, catch, kill and eat. Interactive Playtime each day helps satisfy these needs and provides exercise. I often find shy cats quickly become friends during our play sessions. I always carry extra toys and laser pointers.
Cats who are fearful and hide themselves away are enriched in non-direct ways, such as leaving food puzzles or treat treasures around the home. It’s important to respect shyness and not force interactions. Cats have amazing memory recall and each visit creates a stronger bond.
DOG WALKING: Some Dogs are better suited for individual walks due to age, ability or temperament. I provide individual, neighborhood walks. Multiple dogs from same household may be walked together.
Exercise, manners reinforcement and lots of exploring are incorporated into our walks. My goal for your dog is maximum enrichment. Reactive dogs are managed and praised. Consent is important for your dog, always allow her to sniff and explore her territory at her own pace.
Training and qualifications: Canine education through DogBiz Dog Walking Academy (formerly dog*tec), and Karen Pryor Academy Shelter Training. Canine and Feline workshops at Marin Humane.
Humane Society Of U.S.: Cat Behavior and Retention, certificate of completion.
Current volunteer at Marin Humane as a shelter dog walker (Dog Pet Pal) and Cat Pet Pal.
No one service can provide all of Novato’s pet care needs. To that end we network with other positive reinforcement providers. If we can’t help, we’ll refer you to another excellent, force free service.
Patrick Crossan, Owner/Operator, Cat and Dog Wrangler