Comfy House and Cat in East Vancouver
We have an older, comfortable home in East Vancouver and a typically timid cat who takes time to get to know you. She is not a lap cat, but enjoys company, on her terms, when she wants.
I am looking for a house sitter for the end of December in 2018. The sit could be extended a bit into 2019 as my friend will be taking over for the time following the holiday season but her date is flexible and not yet confirmed.
Our Home & Location
Our house is on two levels with a small yard. on a corner city lot, with tall street trees, and across from an elementary school. We are located about 4 blocks east of Commercial Drive in Vancouver, so there is good shopping nearby and a bus stop within a block that has good service to downtown. It's a good area for walking. There are also bike routes nearby.
The house has 2 bedrooms (one on main and one downstairs) and 2 Bathrooms (upstairs with tub/shower and downstairs with shower only), well equipped kitchen, with 5 burner gas stove and electric oven, dishwasher and microwave. There is a second stove and microwave downstairs.
Responsibilities & Pets
Gypsy (the cat): Although she is in her middle age, she is playful and likes chasing strings, and toys. When she gets to know you she may like her soft belly rubbed (yes - on the dining room table). She has a thyroid condition (for a few years now, so it is stable), but she requires a pill once a day, normally at dinner time,about 6pm. It is a compounded tuna/chicken flavoured pill, but she still won't eat it as is. To get her to eat it, I cut up and mixed with some tuna (tuna cubes are kept in the freezer and thawed in microwave) and mixed with a dab of butter. She also gets canned food (a bit twice a day) and dry food for snacking during the day. Sound complex, but really isn't. She also likes skim milk and a dab of yogurt (anything dairy actually). She is an indoor-only cat, so should not be let out as you may find it difficult to coax her in,especially at night when she becomes invisible (in both her mind and your eyes).
Bird Feeder: We have a bird feeder in the back yard with seed and suet that needs to be kept full and cleaned at least once a week to keep the neighbourhood birds fed. Lots of fun to watch them from the kitchen window. In the winter, it needs filling more frequently than in the summer....
Cleaning: We expect the house sitters keep the place tidy and clean while they are here. There is a house cleaner that comes in every two weeks (for about an hour or two) to do a basic clean of upstairs including vacuuming, clean bathroom and kitchen. This normally continues through any house sitting.
Sidewalks: We are a corner city lot across from a school so in the winter, when it snows, the sidewalks need to be kept clear by shovelling and applying de-icing salts (which I will provide). If a sitter is not able to do this, I will need to know ahead, so I can make other arrangements. + More info
October 2018 | Claire