Toronto, ON, Canada - SWAP for Christmas 2017 for House/Cat Sitting - 1 week, dates TBD upon mutual agreement
Looking for a Christmas house/cat sitting swap with great people within 1-12 hour flight from Toronto (not necessarily that far but not further away) to have a change of scenery and enjoy the company of new cats, new places and new people. Tentative dates December 23, 2017 to December 31, 2017 but this can be confirmed upon discussion and mutual convenience. All options are welcome.
My beloved 12 year old retired kitty Skittles would rejoice company, love and care. She is 100% indoor kitty who loves her litter box to be clean, food bowl not showing the bottom and water to be fresh and cool. Sometimes she pees outside the box but that's what the absorbing pads are around for. She has to drink medicated water and might need to be given medication orally too but she is used to it, so she is cooperative. She is an absolute lovebug but can stay alone up to 5 hours, she sleeps in the bed with me (and without me) and hates when the bedroom door is closed. She loves to play with the measuring tape but her hips and kidneys are slowly failing her, so she doesn't have much energy for chasing it for very long. That's why she has two sets of stairs to climb on the sofa and the bed. And she will spend all the time of your lap you allow her:). Brushing is welcomed too:) Unfortunately, she cannot stand any competition and would not tolerate another pet in our very close 500 sq feet quarters, I wish I could welcome your pets in my home too... + More info
Our Home & Location
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My 500 sq.f. (46 m2) one bedroom condo (Queen bed, table, desktop computer, stove, fridge, microwave, blender, food processor, slow cooker, water filter, washer/dryer, sewing machine, balcony and rooftop patio, large library downstairs, Internet, Wi-Fi, TV with a bunch of DVDs - sorry, no cable as I don't watch TV programming; elliptical cross-trainer in the unit) is conveniently located in a quiet residential area 1.2km from a Lawrence West subway station (25min to the heart of downtown); several buses (52 A, B, C, D, F, G) come from the Lawrence West and Lawrence station and bus #7 from Bathurst subway station if you don't want to walk - bus #7 stops 150m from the building. I am not posting photos of the unit interior for security reasons but will be happy to provide to the confirmed sitter. The sitters are welcome to help themselves to all food and beverages available at the time and all the other conveniences. The building is steps from a large Metro grocery store, Second Cup, Shoppers Drugmart, Winners and a bunch of other shoes and clothing stores if you are in a mood for shopping. A huge request to the sitters not to use any fragranced or scented products in the home - any products that have "perfume" listed an an ingredient - I provide all unscented products (dish washing liquid, detergent, laundry sheets, deodorant, soap, shampoo). I am allergic to fragrances and they are really hard to get rid off in the bedding, closets, bathroom, laundry, carpet, etc., so if you use those, I will feel sick in my own home upon my return. If you are bringing your scented products, please keep them in a Ziploc bag till the end of you stay - both me and Skittles would highly appreciate that. Thank you for your understanding.
Responsibilities & Pets
Skittles is a special needs senior 12 y.o. kitty who requires strict diet (no treats or anything beyond her own food). She eats dry food, so no hassle here, however, she needs her litter box to be cleaned twice a day because her kidneys are failing, so she drinks a lot of water and pees a lot too. She is hiding her pain well but don't let it fool you - she must use stairs to get on the bed or sofa. If she sneezes, you would need to give her medication - she is pretty good with it. She needs company and she needs to be pet - a lot:) If she wags her tail, it means she doesn't like what you are doing. If she licks you, she hates what you are doing. Stop right at the tail wagging and change it, or let her come back headbutting you. If you decide to stay in for the day, she would want you to pet her as long as you are ready to do it and will sit on your lap while you are watching movies or working on the computer. Besides the usual kitty affection, most of all she likes to be pet on her head like a child and held like a baby on a shoulder. She likes to sleep in the bed with whoever is there, so I hope you are comfortable with it. Please brush her every second day - she is a medium hair with a dense undercoat, so she needs it but she doesn't like brushing too much because of skin sensitivity, so a bit here and a bit there would work. She is such a sweetheart that it is impossible not to love her or baby her.