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Kat

Experienced, Devoted Pet Carer

Hobart
5 times favorited
23 recurring guests
Last booked 4 days ago
Last contacted 5 days ago
Usually responds within one hour
Police checked
1d ago
Last activity
<1h
Response time
100%
Response rate
Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
10 AUD for each additional pet
18 AUD
/walk
All services and rates

About Kat

*Completed official Australian Government Infection Control Training for COVID-19*

Hi! I'm 28, from the US, and have lived in Australia for three years. I love ALL pets and animals with my entire soul, and I will definitely treat your beloved companion like family. I've been working as a dog-sitter, dog-walker and cat-sitter for the past six years (for many months, even, as a dog au pair!!). Before that, I was a deeply devoted dog- and cat-owner myself. I started pet-sitting and dog walking after my best (doggo) friend, Alice, passed away. Now it's how I get my pet fix! I LOVE this work and I love that it gives me the opportunity to care for dogs, cats and vertebrates of all kinds while I can't adopt another pet myself.

I love bushwalking, so wherever possible, I like to take dogs out into any natural area - like the beach, large parks, lakes, rivers and creeks - for long walks. I will gladly accept the challenge of a high-energy pup! (Really! Dogs make me so happy.) And if your dog likes to snuggle instead, bring on the fur!! :)

I've also had cats for most of my life and frequently care for them as a pet-sitter. I have a great deal of appreciation for the level of care that goes in to looking after a cat and ensuring they are happy while their parents are away; I will gladly play and cuddle all day with your furry feline friends!

Over the past few years, I've gained a significant amount of experience caring for my clients' more exotic animal companions, including birds (chickens and parrots), fish and reptiles (iguanas, geckos and chameleons).

Service details:

Overnight bookings include anything you and your pets need! I do have another casual job, but the longest I would be away from an overnight booking is usually no more than 8 hours (if at all). Dog walks are included, as well as plenty of playtime and cuddles - for cats and dogs! Regular cleaning of litter trays and outdoor areas is also included. I will always stick to your pets' normal feeding, grooming and training routines. For these bookings, I devote all of my available time outside of my other job to caring for your pets!

Dog walks are included in all overnight bookings, but not in drop-in visits. I'm happy to be flexible regarding walk length and can usually devote 30-60 minutes or more, depending on your dog's normal routine and needs!

For drop-in visits, I generally set aside at least 1 hour for each visit, but can be flexible depending on your pets' needs. Generally, most of my drop-in visits are for cats, as I cannot accept drop-in bookings for indoor dogs unless someone will be staying with them overnight. This means visits include feeding, changing water dishes, playing and snuggling with your pet, as well as cleaning litter trays and/or outdoor areas.

I cannot host pets at my house, so I don't provide boarding services.

I am a respectful and caring nonsmoker, and I will always leave your house sparkling at the end of your booking!

Please note that I cannot accept bookings made more than 2 months in advance at this time. If you'd like to enquire about dates beyond 2 months out, please check back a little bit closer to your holiday! :)

Kat's services

At your home

Dog Walking
An experienced dog walker will pick up your dog from your home for a 30 min walk
10 AUD for each additional pet
18 AUD
/walk
One home visit a day
Book a pet sitter to stop by your home to feed and play with your pet
24 AUD
/day
Two home visits a day
Two drop-in visits for your pet
48 AUD
/day
House Sitting
A sitter stays overnight in your home and cares for your pet
52 AUD
/night

Kat also offers

Pick up / drop off

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

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House Sitting
Maree, 2021-07-18

Kat did an amazing job of looking after our cat, yet again. We came home to a vet happy kitty. She was also very flexible and worked with our last minute changes and interruptions. Thanks Kat.

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Home Visits
Anne, 2021-07-11

It's always a pleasure to have Kat look after our fur babies. She communicates well and sends great photos to keep us up-to-date.

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Availability

Skills

Specific Skills

I speak English
+10 years of experience
Familiar with dog training techniques
Can take care of exotic animals

My love for animals has driven me to study Ecology, Evolution and Behavior in university and I've gained a lot of scientific insight on pet behavior and proper care.

My dog was a medium-sized Sheltie mix, so I'm very familiar with caring for high-energy canines. Alice was a rescue, and she also had a congenital heart disorder, so I spent many years ensuring she got her pills on time every day and otherwise caring for her special needs; I learned canine CPR for her as well. As she aged, she developed joint issues and became generally low-energy, so I have plenty of experience in caring for senior dogs and those who otherwise have limited mobility.

I love dogs who want to cuddle all day too! (I never mind being covered head-to-toe in fur!) I have experience caring for both large and small dogs and tending to breed-specific needs. (Also, I'll always have a soft spot for fluffy working-breed dogs!!)

I also have experience administering oral and injected medication to cats.

Can Administer

Oral medications
First aid and CPR for pets
Injected medications

Experience with

Animal welfare as a volunteer
Rescuing pets
Behavioural problems

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Kat

Kat

Experienced, Devoted Pet Carer

Hobart
Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
10 AUD for each additional pet
18 AUD
/walk
All services and rates
Contact Kat

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

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