Cat Lover Needed
I (Avril) am a system admin with a large company in Durham and Lauren is a Firefighter in the Burlington area. We are lovers of travel and will be going out of town in January but our arrangements recently fell through with another sitter for our upcoming trip. We have (wait for it) 10 cats in total; four of them are strictly outdoor and the other six are strictly indoor as they are generally special needs. One receiving daily medication, that is mixed with food so no dreaded pill popping is necessary and another receives daily supplements also in food. The other four inside are in good health but have vision issues and the four outside are also in good health.
Our Home & Location
Our home is located within walking distance of downtown Burlington and is an older one story two bedroom, one bath house that is going through some light renovations to improve the layout (Please forgive our dust and rust). However, the kitties do have their own room in the house making it really more of a one bedroom, and pull out futon that's suitable for two - three people.
Burlington wonderfully located on the cusp of the Triad and the Triangle. It is 30-40 minutes to the east of Greensboro and High Point (great furniture shopping) and 30 min to 1 hour to the west of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. (great everything else). It is also a great central point to quite a few State and Private Universities for anyone wanting to tour campuses: NCSU, NC Chapel Hill, Central Carolina, Duke, UNCG, Guilford College, Elon University and many more....
There are loads of breweries, wineries, small farms in the area and is just a short 15 minute drive to the Tanger outlets in Mebane, NC. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
As stated we have six indoor special needs cats and four outdoor cats.
~ All indoor cats get 1/4 cup dry food every morning and 1/4 cup dry food at night PLUS 1 scoop of wet food at night with exception of Smiley Face.
~ We generally lock all cats in the front bedroom at night as they have never been accustom to sleeping out. You can leave them out at night if you like but fair warning you may wake up smothered and covered in kitty. If you are not staying the night in the house feel free to leave them out.
1. Smiley Face - Black Tabby Female - Needs 1/8 tsp of powdered Lysine and table spoon of Ground dry food mixed with wet food in Morning and Evening. Smiley is currently in fair health but battles chronic (non-contagious) Upper respiratory Infection with chronic mouth ulcers that medications do not help with. She will not eat dry food so we have to mix it with her wet food to make it easier for her to eat. The Lysine really helps with her URI so she needs a steady stream of it in her system.
2. Junior - Black and White Male - Will not care that he does not know you. He will ignore your existance unless you have food or treats. He needs half pill at night, crushed and mixed in wet food
3. Lucy - Calico Female - Lucy is mostly blind but is healthy and has no special needs, she gets around just fine and has no problem communicating what she wants. She is very friendly.
4. Clinger Ding - Silver and White Tabby Male - He is a big old silly cat who warms up slowly. His right eye is scared over but he has no other special needs.
5. Teddy Bear - Solid Silver Male - Ted has one green eye and one brown eye, he is a big flirt and has no special needs.
6. Lester - Silver Tabby Male - Lester is not a social kitty and will likely hide the entire visit. He is prone to Urinary tract infection issues and is on Hills SO food for both Breakfast and Dinner but will likely just get the regular food like the others for the duration of our trip....
All are female and in good health and get their bowls filled with dry food morning and night and also get a scoop of wet food in the mornings. It is not uncommon for them to not show up for all meal times as they are outdoors but are generally there.
1. Granny - Black Tabby - She is a cranky old lady but sticks to our enclosed porch most of the day
2. Little Girl - Black Tabby - She is sweet but she doesn't hang around the house during the day other than at meal times. It is not uncommon for her not to show up.
3. Mambo - Black - She is the friendliest of the ladies and sticks close to the house but generally sleeps in the back of the house.
4. Baby Kitten - Silver Tabby - She is independent and sweet but somewhat indifferent. also not uncommon for her not to show up for meal times but is there more often than not.
Our vet is Westbook Animal Hospital on Church Street about 10min drive from the house. They are very familiar with all of our kitties. + More info