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Platinum (36mths+)

Note: fully vaccinated with 2 boosters, healthy, wear masks, lots of PPE. My current sit November 2023 in northern CA has been extended to early April (1 sweet Bengal cat).

Many homeowners contact me directly.

House Sitting Preferences
  • 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Chickens/Ducks/Geese, None
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in the United States
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2023: 1Feb-1Apr
  • On a house-sit right now

Sandpaper kisses & Wagging tails!

70, Retired & creative

Sandpaper kisses and wagging tails - I love caring for your pets, plants and property. Pets warm up asking for love on their terms and we become well acquainted. Multi-species, rescue & elder pet experience.

Communication with pictures keeps you informed and able to relax. My specialty is mid to long term sits (1-4+ months) many in Colorado & NM during and just after the pandemic. Lots of references (this & other sites) from happy homeowners.

Experience: 40+ sits in 12 US states July 2016 to present, extreme weather, high winds, fire, rain, ice and wildlife. House sitting has evolved from many rural sits (25-75 miles from towns) prior to the pandemic to my desire (2023+) to be closer to shopping &/or able to get grocery deliveries.

Equipment: wood & pellet stoves, generators, mowers, out buildings. Chickens, wildlife & wild bird feeding. Orchards, greenhouses, vehicles & more. Use of owner vehicles (I have my own car as well). To date no loss of possession or pet on my watch.

I enjoy photography, volunteering, writing and sightseeing to learn about the history of your area. I cook & eat healthy lots of fresh food. A 'bit of a homebody' I enjoy giving attention to pets & plants. Most of my work requires good WiFi, drug / alcohol free, non smoker.

Thank you, tips appreciated and welcome.

Reviews (8)
Kathy was a dedicated sitter and our kitties and plants thrived in her care. She took excellent care of the house and garden, and reported regularly on the house and cats. We were able to trust her implicitly with all aspects of our home. We recommend her to anyone looking for someone easy going, caring, and trustworthy.
RICK ( New Mexico, May 2022 - 3 months)
No rating Kathy was so positive and helpful during her visit. She took great care of our pets and was very communicative and clear! I would recommend her to watch your pets any time, except when I need her again! :)
ELIZABETH ( Colorado, May 2019)
No rating Kathy was a wonderful sitter. She knows exactly what to do with cats and handled our rambunctious kittens well. She took great care of the house, cooked extra chicken for the kitties and kept us happy with cute pictures of Milo and Millie while we were away. I appreciated Kathy's communication and kept us a breast of the goings on at home. We'd definitely have her sit for us again!
AFOR (Wheat Ridge Colorado, Nov 2018)
No rating Kathy was an excellent guest in our home. She took great care of my two kitties. They seemed to miss her after she left!!! I would use her again in a minute. Contact me if you have any questions.
CONNIE ( Oregon, Apr 2018 - 2 weeks 5 days)
No rating Kathy did a great job of housesitting our dog and cat. She sent us frequent updates on the animals via texts and we appreciated that. She walked our dog daily and I know he enjoyed that. I would recommend her to anyone wanting a house sitter.
SUSAN ( Oregon, Mar 2018 - 3-4 weeks)
No rating Kathy was an exceptional housesitter for our cat and a lovely person. Kathy is quiet, calm, and dependable. Pictures of our cat were sent often while we were away. Her experience with pet sitting proved valuable when I nearly forgot to include Veterinary details before we left. The house was tidy when we returned. I highly recommend Kathy for housesitting and will call her for future housesitting needs.
TERESA ( Oregon, Jan 2018 - 2 weeks 5 days)
No rating Kathy McElveny was just what the doctored ordered. She bonded with our 3 cats quickly, keep us appraised of how they were doing, sent us pictures of our babies and gave us peace of mind while we took a month off to do a road trip from the west coast to the east coast and back again. She took one of our babies to the vet when needed, secured our home during a fall storm and keep the house in good order for our return. We would recommend her for taking care of YOUR babies when you need someone to ... MORE
DEBRA ( Oregon, Sep 2016 - 4 weeks)
No rating We could not have found a better fit for our first house sitter. Kathy is extremely conscientious and caring, She kept our home in tip-top shape while we were traveling and went way above and beyond expectations. Kathy was an excellent caretaker for our cats and property. Our cats adored her! They were very well cared for in our absence and possibly healthier upon our return than they were when we left. We would not hesitate for a nano second to recommend Kathy for any house sit. She will ... MORE
CHRIS AND MIKE ( Oregon, Jul 2016 - 3 months)
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