Pet Sitter in Ottawa
Hi families! I LOVE animals, and am happy to care for yours while you are away. I have the most experience with cats, as well as smaller mammals like hamsters and bunnies. Just because I checked \"two\" in the box where it asks for how many animals I\'d be willing to care for, it really depends on what kind of animals you have. If you have three cats, that\'s not a problem, but if you have three cats, four guinea pigs, a dog and a fish tank - that\'s more than I am comfortable with. My goal is to provide you with peace of mind when you are gone. I will feed and care for your pets, and if they happen to be cats or a dog, (or a well trained rabbit), I will happily cuddle with them - if they wish to cuddle with me. I will perform any duties you request, stick to the schedule you set out for me (provided this is something that we\'ve discussed will work for me as well), and I will be more than happy to update you through social media or phone calls (or if you have Skype at home, then I can log on, and bring your cat to the screen so you can see him or her). I can take pictures and send them to an email address and I can call you with updates if you\'d like. Because my main experience has been with cats (both paid and just being a feline owner for most of my life), I am indeed more comfortable with cats. I also had a rabbit for six beautiful years, and a few hamsters, so I am also comfortable with these animals - as well as perhaps chinchillas, guinea pigs, rats etc. I am however a fast learner when it comes to animals, and my love for them means that on my own time I will do some research on how to best care for them. Please feel free to contact me and ask me any questions you might have. I\'d love the opportunity to take care of your pet while you enjoy a holiday! I was paid to look after cats of neighbours who traveled during the summer months, and since their cats were "outdoor" cats, I would go over sometime in the morning to feed them, let them out, and then go back in the early/mid evening to let them back in (and as per instructions, feed them again). Since they were outdoor cats, I was not responsible for the litter. With my own cats (4 over the course of my life), I have had two of them have near-death experiences. With my male cat, he was diagnosed with idiopathic renal failure at age 8, and after 5 days in the hospital (where I went to feed him via a tube/syringe daily), I brought him home where I had to tube feed him (basically forcing food down his throat), give him antibiotic medication (a pill), and for about 6-9 months, I had to give him sub-Q fluids, which involved placing a large needle in the scruff of his neck, and then holding a bag of IV fluid up so that it would drip down and collect under his skin. Therefore, if you have a diabetic animal who needs a needle, I can do that without a problem. The other cat had gotten a piece of ribbon stuck around her intestines and nearly starved to death. She also required aggressive feeding techniques, medication and both cats needed plenty of love and encouragement to get well. They both did, and while my male cat passed away at age 16, the female is still alive at age 14. I currently own a 2 year old female, adopted from the humane society, and when I got her at 5 mos of age, it is believed that she was a Christmas present gone wrong. It may have been that she was an unwanted animal gift, and was left outside as a young kitten. As a result, she was thin and had just finished antibiotics and as a grown cat, she still likes to lick/taste anything I am eating, and she follows me everywhere. She is somewhat needy, which I think comes from early trauma. I have and do love all my cats. I have also had a rabbit who had kidney stones (removed), and while there wasn't much after-care, I did have to make sure she didn't chew her stitches out. I am comfortable clipping rabbit and cat claws. While my extended family has had dogs, I have not cared for any, but given my love for animals, I am sure it's not too hard to walk a dog, pick up its poop, feed a dog, play and love and cuddle with a dog. I have taught 3 out of 4 cats commands like sit, shake a paw, and "beep-beep" (which means move out of my way). I also have personal experience with hamsters (including finding them deceased in their ball of wood chips), and my experience with fish has mainly been with Bettas (Siamese fighting fish). I will clean a small tank (3 gallons max), like the kind you might find in a child's room, or a fish bowl, but I cannot clean a large and well established tank. Im too cautious and concerned about the delicate balance in these kinds of tanks, so if it's cleaning a little goldfish tank, or changing a carbon filter, I can handle that. Taking water samples, to make sure your salt-water tank is healthy is too much chemistry for me!
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