Cheryl – Swindon
This is the perfect job for me. This is heaven, not work!
Cheryl’s job role at We Love Pets Swindon is as a pet sitter, primarily for cats – which we can safely say is her favourite animal. Cheryl is absolutely cat mad, and even owns 13 herself! Cheryl says she loves cats because they have so many different personalities; shy, affectionate and bonkers! She has so much fun on her pet visits that she doesn’t want to leave. But when she does leave, it’s happy in the knowledge that she’s usually about to carry out another pet visit and see more feline friends!
We asked Cheryl how many cats on average she visits. Cheryl explained that the job is very seasonal, and a lot of visits happen during the summer when owners are away on holiday. During the summer she will generally do 4 or 5 cat visits in the morning, and the same again in the evening – all down to the owner’s preference. But, of course, there’s often more than one cat in each house so there’s always lots of cats to see and look after. Cheryl said that being a pet sitter at We Love Pets is the perfect job for her, as she cares for and loves cats so much.
Cheryl said that it’s so hard to put into words why she loves cats so much – it’s a difficult thing to condense. While some cats can be aloof, it’s a common misconception that cats do not care, especially when compared to dogs. Cheryl cited this and said that it’s just not true for so many cats. “They are all over you and they will come up to you and give you so much affection and love – cats love a fuss! I’ve met so many wonderful and affectionate cats that I can’t help but love them all.”
A typical cat visit would be going into the house and greeting the cat, who usually comes running up to the door. Cheryl will give the cat a quick stroke before washing out their bowls, filling up food and changing the water. She’ll give their litter tray a clean and do a quick sweep of the house to make sure the cat hasn’t been sick anywhere. Cheryl has had one instance where a cat had been sick on their owner’s bedding, which she washed for them – nobody wants to come back from a two-week holiday only to see that their cat has been sick on their bed!
Once Cheryl has carried out these tasks, it’s play-time! Plenty of cats enjoy their play time, while others are content with curling up in a ball and snoozing after being fed. Cheryl always brings her own cat toys with her to add to the variety that the cat can play with. She found that laser pens, ribbon and scrunched up tinfoil balls make good toys to keep the cat active – she’s also found out that some cats absolutely love playing with drinking straws! Before she leaves the house, she makes sure that the cat is comfortable and has everything that it needs before checking the house and then leaving.
Cheryl strongly advises that anyone looking to become a pet sitter should absolutely do it!
“There is no downside with being a pet sitter, it’s not stressful and gives amazing job satisfaction. It’s been a dream come true.
You become friends with the pets. They’re like extended family and I love going to see them – even the grumpy ones! There’s one grumpy who I’m working on and I say, ‘one day you will sit on my lap!’ I live in hope that one day it will happen!”