Cat Sitting and Boarding

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  • Seeking a cat sitter

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    Would anyone have a recommendation on a cat sitter? 

    We have two cats and I am looking for a reliable and trustworthy person.  Thank you!

    We used Uncle Jay Catsits in El Cerrito (I think they’re based in Berkeley) and they were wonderful. They sent me regular updates on my cats when we were gone for 2 weeks and kept our house tidy, which can be challenging with cats. And their prices are reasonable! Highly recommend their service:

    We heartily second the recommendation for Stacey Chouteau.  We have used her for many years - long trips and short, one cat and two, and the experience has been uniformly great.

  • What is the going rate to pay a neighbor (middle school kid) to feed a cat once a day?

    My 11 year old gets $8-$10/day for doing this for our neighbors (while supervised by me).

  • Cat boarding

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    I have two mature cats who will need about 5 days of boarding in the hear future. I used to board them at Claremont Vets but they no longer provide this service so it would be terrific if there could be some recommendations for high quality cat care in the East Bay. Many thanks. 

    Cats do best staying at home in their usual environment, and having a petsitter come feed them and clean the litter box daily. This is WAYYY less stressful on the cat than staying in a cage for 5 days. Petsitters will also do things like bring in the mail and water houseplants. There are numerous professional petsitters in the area, many recommended right here on BPN. A terrific one that I have used is Melissa Carey of  Email: finickyfelinz [at]

    She plays with my cats and gives them treats and toys, then sends photos and video of the proceedings daily, so I know exactly what the cats are up to. Typically sitters come once a day for 30 mins or so, but you can pay for longer sessions or more visits. 

    Try the Mau House Cat Motel in Richmond. Julie does a terrific job of boarding cats and her place is clean, quiet and spacious.

    She spends individual time with your cat, and she truly loves animals. (she's the owner)

    2829 Macdonald Ave. Richmond

    Julie: 510-778-1097

  • Cat sitter recommendation for El Cerrito?

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    Does anyone have recommendations for a cat sitter that services El Cerrito? We've used Poppy (through the Comforted Kitty) for the past few years but are disappointed that she's recently moved away. It appears that Uncle Jay doesn't service this far north, so it'd be great to hear if anyone has recommendations for this area.

    Sophie's Best Pet Sitting was great for me

    We've used Melissa at Finicky Felinz for several years in Rockridge and now San Leandro, and our cat LOVES her. He's basically disappointed to see us when we get home. She can be reached at finickyfelinz [at] You can tell her Hilary (and Wally) referred you! 

    Stacey Chouteau has been our go-to cat sitter for several years.  She is very particular about having social time with our cats and toys to interact.  Comes by twice a day, texts pics of cats, etc.  (510) 813-2578.  I recommend her very highly.

    We used McGraw's Paws and were happy with them (mcgrawspaws [at] 

  • Cat sitter recommendation - Berkeley?

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    Does anyone have a cat sitter they really like that they could recommend? Someone who comes to your house, feeds the cats and cleans the litter box, but also hangs out and plays for a little bit? I looked at the archived listings and there haven't been any recommendations since 2018, so a recent recommendation would be most appreciated. We're in Central Berkeley. Thanks for your help!

    Yes - uncle jay cat sits! Tell him Laura Isaacs sent you. He is fantastic with our two kitties (and chinchilla). He even gets our shy guy to come out for pets and love. He sents photo updates and is a true gem.

    Look up Poppy’s Kitty Cats.. poppy is wonderful w our cat - she plays w him and send us updates. I highly recommend her!!

    my cat sitter! she lives in north berkeley and does a lot of cat rescue. i was referred to her from our old vet - we have 3 cats and they love her. she's actually become quite a good friend in the 5 years she has been cat sitting for us. 

    i don't believe she would like for me to post her info on here, send me a private message and i will forward her email and my name as a reference for you. 

    We have been happy with Fuzzy Britches Pet Care:

    They are very reliable, and our cat is happy :)

    Stacey Chouteau has been our go-to cat sitter for several years.  She is very particular about having social time with our cats and toys to interact.  Comes by twice a day, texts pics of cats, etc.  (510) 813-2578.  I recommend her very highly.

    We have used The Comforted Kitty,, for a number of years.  They do a good job.

  • Cat sitter recommendations for Rockridge

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    Hi! I've tried all the obvious avenues of checking Yelp and Next Door but have *yet* to get any responses from any kitty sitting business to care for our little kitty while we're on vacation in Sept. (Geez. I had no idea this would be so hard...).

    Does anyone have recommendations for trusted, caring kitty sitters who can pop by our home twice a day for 15 min. or so to feed, play and check in on our little fuzzball while we're out of town (and maybe water plants)?


    I use a site called Trusted House Sitters. People on this site stay in your home and care for your pets/plants for free. You get free care for your pet, and people get a free place to stay on vacation. I have never had any problems trusting the people on the site, and you can read reviews from past house sits.

    Hi Mama Bear, we’d likely be able to help.  We are a happy two-cat family and long-time residents of Elmwood (20 years!).  Our high-schooler has experience taking care of our neighbor’s cat as well as caring for our own kitties.  Contact me via the BPN moderator for more information.  All best, kayaker99

    My friend and I (living in the East Bay) both use the Comforted Kitty and I'm pretty sure the service covers Rockridge. Our cats love the sitters!

    Try I think they provide services to cat owners as well as dog owners. I have used the company once for my dog at I was very pleased with their service.

    Recommendation from a friend: Rene Lucero, excellent pet sitter/house sitter. She's been my sitter for many years, very responsible & reliable. Not sure what her current fee is. Best way to reach her is (510) 653-4082. Email is renescuddlycritters [at] Hope this is helpful!

    Daniel and Poppy at the Comforted Kitty have been excellent for us and I highly recommend them. Their website has all the information you’ll need to reach out and see if they have availability. I would guess so long as you’re not looking for Labor Day weekend they’ll be available. For holiday weekends you definitely need to book in advance. Good luck!

    A good friend of ours has used Uncle Jay Cat Sits many times, says the service is terrific and gives it a very high recommendation. Number is: 510-460-2862. You can check it out on Yelp.


    What are the dates and are you open to a free house sitter? I am currently in Ashland, OR for a training until June when I hope to get back to Bay Area but I would love to have a good excuse to make a visit :)

    We've been using a wonderful woman named Caitlin Costello (email topazcats [at]  Two of our neighbors also use her for cat sitting regularly.  She's extremely responsive, flexible, loving with the kitties and I particularly love that she will send us updates via text (including sweet pics).  When she's come to look after the neighbor's cats in the past, she stays for awhile and makes sure to spend some time with the cat, which made us feel good about using her for cat sitting. Her rate is also very reasonable.  Highly recommend!

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Need a cat sitter

Nov 2011

Does anyone have a cat sitter they really like that they could recommend? Someone who comes to your house, feeds the cats and cleans the litter box, but also hangs out and plays for a little bit? I looked at the archived listings and there haven't been any recommendations since early 2010, so a recent recommendation would be most appreciated. We're in North Berkeley. Thanks for your help. christa

I highly recommend Donna Ferino at 510-524-6783. She is truly a 'cat person,' and has lovingly cared for many cats over the years I've known her. In addition to her 'Experienced Pet Care with Love,' she also works as a vet tech. Julie

I know someone who still does this type of service, makes house calls to take care of cats and dogs and look after their wellbeing. Her name is Donna Martin and can be reached at 367-6464. Angel Pet Care I think is the name of her business. Paul

2007 - 2009 Recommendations

petsitter who is great with cats

Nov 2009

I'm looking for the names of a few good pet sitters who are great with cats. I'd be interested in knowing about both types of sitter--those who stop by and feed the cats, and also those sitters who will stay overnight in your home and spend more time with the animals. Thanks! Elizabeth

I highly recommend Sue Tomasello at Berkeley Pet Patrol. Her website is: She has reasonable rates and is great with our 2 cats. She even took our cat to the vet one time when he was sick but we were out of the country and could not be reached immediately. She also is good about following up after visits and letting us know how everything went. We have always used her services of just coming and feeding/playing with the cats, but I think she might also offer overnight services. Our cats love Sue

Hi Elizabeth, For pet sitting, use East Bay Pet Play. They do any type of visit/home stay you want. If you just need feeding a couple times of day or want an overnight service, they will do it for you. I have heard nothing but good things about them. The person you want to call is Chris, he is great! Good luck!! Heather

Need a neat, clean cat sitter

May 2009

We are looking for a neat, clean, fastidious cat person (as opposed to a dog person) to come in and feed our two cats for 10 days while we are on vacation. Someone who doesn't mind taking their shoes off in the house, and is extremely responsible and with references. Prefer high school or older. cat devotee

I can recommend Barbara Samuelson, bds [at], who offers excellent cat services and who offers consultation services as an Animal Communicator. I have hired her and been very satisfied. Louise

Robin Mello: 510-278-9541 is an amazing animal person - she cares for our cats and dogs with equal love and attention! Maggie

Pet sitter who can give cats insulin shots

April 2009

My 12 year old cat was just diagnosed with diabetes last weekend. Fortunately, he is doing well on insulin shots, which he gets twice a day at 12 hour intervals. The complicating issue is that I have plans to take a two week vacation this summer (late June through early July). I need to get a sitter who can give my cat shots, feed all three cats, clean the potty box, and feed my goldfish, who now have 71 babies. So, my questions are: 1. Does anyone know of anyone to recommend for the job, who can give twice daily shots, who is reliable, and who can give my kitties the TLC they love to get? 2. What is the going rate for such services? I am clueless, since I usually do pet-care swaps with friends, but this time I don't want to saddle any of my friends with administering insulin shots, since there are always risks involved in doing it and I would rather use someone who knows how to administer insulin shots and possibly even do random glucose testing. Thanks for any assistance you can send my way. Lisa

Just Cats has the person you need. I've been using them for a couple years now for my two cats. They board cats as well as visit your home, though I've only used the petsitting service. I had Jessica twice, and someone else another time and both of them were great. Jessica is a vet tech at Cheshire Cat Clinic, so I'm sure she can do insulin shots. At least one of the other ladies they work with is a vet tech at the same office. [Bonus: my cats are much less freaked out at the vet now because someone familiar greets them in the room] 510-531-2287 happy cats at home

I would recommend Mekelia Drake (8413246). She is wonderful with animals. your animals will get alot of love and TLC. She is experienced in giving medication. Mekelia is very responsible and will tke the best care of you kittens. Rates are higher for overnight care. You may be able to get a bit of a better price if you offer to help Mekelia take her things to your house. Mekelila is quite resoanable. I think you can pay anywhere form $30+ to 55+ a night. Keep in mind it is wonderful to have someone in your house you trust and who is responsible. i made the mistake of havingsomeonewho was not. Not fun. Peace of mind and good animal care and house care are wonderful. good luck. dog and cat parent

Wendyann Cardwell has been really helpful caring for our dogs/cats. She is a vet assistant so can handle any medical issues in addition to regular care. She was great when our old dog needed attention and we were out of town...and has managed to keep four cats straight with various medications, etc. She will also pick up mail and other odds/ends, but the pet care is what I really need. Has always taken last minute requests, which I really appreciate bc we don't always plan too far in advance. She has a key to our house so I just call and leave the dates, she confirms, and I leave her payment and our contact info at the house for when she arrives. She can be reached at 223-2609. Good luck Julie

2004 - 2006 Recommendations

Cat boarding in Contra Costa County

Feb 2006

We have a fairly new cat and will be going away for a few days in April and are wondering what to do with the cat while we are gone. We can't bring the cat where we are going. Does anyone have any recommendations on places to board the cat? (a sitter won't work because my parents will be stayig in our place and they are allergic.) We live in Concord, so central Contra Costa is preferred (Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Concord,etc.) but we are open to other places if they are exceptional. Jennifer

Hi! The perfect cat sitter for you is Denise Christopher. she takes the cat into her home, and since she has no pets of her own, your cat is the queen (or king!)Denise is licensed and bonded, and she adores animals. Her number is (925)202-7422 and she is in Alamo. Her business is called A Pawsitively Pet Sitter Julie

The only really good cat boarding facility I've found in the East Bay is the Feline Bed & Breakfast at 11074 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito. The phone is 510 233-1400. They take only cats (and an occasional bunny). The facility is clean, calm and right next to a veterinary hospital -- handy in case of an emergency. The staff all take their jobs seriously and are well-trained. The cubicles are a comfortable size for cats. They are each let out for a little while every day. I have to drive 30-40 minutes to get there myself, but it's worth it, knowing that my pet is going to be fine. Happily Purring

I know a great place, though it is not very close to you. It is the Feline Bed & Breakfast in El Cerrito. They are really nice and treat the cats great. Also, they share a building with Abbey Vet, which made things so much easier for us when our cat was elderly and on meds. The vet even stopped over to check on our cat once when we left her there for a week and were worried. anne

2003 & Earlier

Nov 2004

We need a housesitter/catsitter for over thanksgiving and throughout the year. The main request is to keep the cats company and to feed them jane

A young woman who does childcare for me is also looking for regular or occasional work taking care of pets in the Oakland/Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito area. She has veterinary tech training and a love of animals. She will walk dogs, bathe pets, come to feed pets, and bestow all the love and attention you'd like to give your pet if you had the time. She provides affordable, reliable, and enthusiastic services. See her website or contact her by phone at 510-409-7189 or by email at EastBayPets AT nancy

Oct 2002

I am going to be gone for about 3 weeks over the Christmas holidays and would like to find a resonably priced petsitter (or petsitter/housesitter) to check on my cat while I am gone (in the Oakland/Piedmont area). Has anyone used any of the petsitting services in the area, or could anyone recommend a petsitter? Nicole

I highly recommend Mother's Love for Your Pet -- the owner, Wendy Burch, has been caring for our dog and cats for seven years. Her services include daily dogwalking or visits to the house to spend quality time with pets, take in the mail, etc. She is extremely principled, bonded/licensed etc. and just a very sincere and caring person. She really treats your pets like the family that they are. Her web site is and phone is 531-1954. Noreen

Someone to come over and feed out cats?

May 2002

I'd like to find experienced reliable people who can just come over once/day, feed pets, clean the cat box, and water flowers a couple of times. Anyone covering Richmond who doesn't expect to live in? Padma

Most kids already know how to do these things as they are required chores at home. Try calling the local camp fire or girl scouts troop in your area. These kids would do the job for an affordable price, plus they could probably earn a badge for doing it. Talk to some den mothers. This will also give you an opportunity to know some of the young people in your neighborhood in case you need other things done.

Try VCA Lammers Pet Hospital, on San Pablo Avenue in San Pablo. Also call other VCA pet hospitals in Berkeley and Albany. If the VCA hospitals don't have what you want, ask them for referrals to other places which board pets. Since they're in the biz they will know people who can help you. Good luck! - Bay

Need to board cat for 5 weeks

July 2001

We are going away for 5 weeks this summer and are looking for a place where we could leave our cat. So far, I've found only kennels, and the last time we did that, it felt he was completely distressed for days when we came back. He is an indoor/outdoor cat and when we have left in outside the house with a neighbor to feed him, he always had an infection when we came back (I'm starting to think that cat somatize!). House sitting is problematic since he likes to sleep in the house during the day, comes home whenever he feels like and often goes out around 2 am. Does anybody knows a facility which would have a large outside fenced area for cats to roam ? I heard of such a place in Lafayette, but cannot find it anymore. We leave in Moraga, but can board him anywhere. Thanks Sophie

Try the Feline Bed and Breakfast on San Pablo in El Cerrito. I haven't personally left my cats there, but I have seen their facilities and I would definately choose them. I like that it is not a kennel, it is a bed and breakfast Leslie

I highly recommend Cat's Cradle in San Rafael if you want to venture towards Marin. Easily found on East Francisco Blvd with great access from the Richmond/SR bridge. My sister-in-law(who works in a local vet's office) highly recommended them as well. Each cat has their own kennel/caged area with food/water/litte box but the thing I really liked was the large open areas/rooms for the cats to roam around in throughout the day. They've got sunny window seat areas for those inclined to nap in the sun, catbeds for the guests, toys to play with, an aquarium full of fish for them to watch, and a loving/knowledgeable staff that takes care of the animals AND plays with them. They charge $12/day-check it out. Mary

I know you didn't ask for this, but we have used a wonderful pet sitting service for our cat when we travel. We've used Pets n Plants for five years for our now-11-year-old cat and we've never had a problem. The sitter comes once per day (you can arrange for more visits), brings in mail, cleans litter, refreshes food and water, and attempts to brush and play with our cat (she's not too social with new people). The last couple of years we've requested the same sitter each time and she genuinely cares about our cat. She leaves a log of each visit so we know went on during our absence. Their number is (510) 278-1234. Carolyn