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Barkingside woman sets up purrfect pet sitting business

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 September 2017

Cat lover Sarah Elsom at home with her cat Weasel

Cat lover Sarah Elsom at home with her cat Weasel

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A woman in Barkingside has founded a pet sitting business which includes the option of having photos of your much loved moggie sent to you.

Cat lover Sarah Elsom at home with her cat WeaselCat lover Sarah Elsom at home with her cat Weasel

Instead of sending their feline friend to a traditional cattery, residents can now choose to keep their pets at home whilst they travel the world.

Sarah Elsom, 43, a researcher working part-time in the banking sector in London, and her husband Steve, both cat-lovers, have set up Kitty Stays Home for cat owners.

They own two cats - Weasel and Twiglet - who they rescued as kittens.

The pet sitter will visit and feed the cats their favourite foods for breakfast and dinner, clean their litter trays, and make a fuss of him or her to ensure the cat is safe and happy.

A diary showing what the cat has been doing will be waiting for the cat’s owners when they get home and photos of the pets relaxed at home can even be sent to owners while they are off taking their own holiday snaps.

Sarah said: “I knew from caring for our own cats how difficult it can be to leave them somewhere strange in order to go on holiday.

“After cat-sitting for friends and neighbours, I could also see there is a real alternative.

“I know our first families have felt happy knowing their cat was being looked after in their own home while they were away and of course I am enjoying getting to know some fantastic cats and their owners.”

Sarah was inspired to set up the business after requests from neighbours and friends.

She said: “It’s something me and Steve had been thinking about.

“We have two cats and neighbours have asked if we can look after their cats and check they’re happy and healthy.

“We thought this is something we could do for other people too!”

Many pet owners are steering away from traditional boarding options for their much loved pets as they fear making their pet anxious.

In order to make sure that both the pet and the owner are happy, Sarah always visits the house beforehand to meet the moggie.

She said: “It’s a big responsibility!

“I can meet the cat and discuss the arrangement with the owner.”

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