Things I’ve learned Pet Sitting over the last five years 19

Things I’ve learned pet sitting over the last five years:

Things learned pet sitting

  • That almost all cats love their chins scratched.
  • That most dogs hate you going over their head to pet them.
  • That your allergies can improve the more you’re around animals. Point and case: I’m no longer allergic to dogs and my cat allergy has gotten better slightly.

Pet sitting

  • It’s best to take photos of pets on burst mode, that way you’re to get at least one decent picture out of say 20.
  • That most cats will only want to interact with you on their terms.

Rag doll cat

  • That dogs can seย fear and pick up on your body language and cues like CRAZY.
  • That no matter how long or short of a period of time you leave them, dogs will undoubtedly always be elated and over the top excited you’ve come home to see them. After all, you’ve come just to see them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

happy Husky

  • That some cats are really, really sweet and will love on you just like a dog would.
  • That most dogs love their chest scratched. Or their bums. That’s a sure fire way to a dog’s heart, just scratch their bum. ๐Ÿ™‚
Bichon Bums

Bichon Bums ..

  • That I never knew until I became a pet sitter five years ago that cats can make a myriad of sounds, some funny, some weird and some down right scary-sounding. Lol

Scottish Fold Cat

And Finally …

  • I could spend my entire life educating myself on felines and I realize that That I will never, ever fully understand cats. Lol. ย Every cat has a unique way of how they like to be pet, how they like to socialize, and how they just like to be, to exist. No two cats are the same.
  • Dogs are simply the best. Most will give you so much more than you ask for and ask simply for love in return. The gifts animals give us are tremendous and I am so incredibly blessed to be able to spent my time with all these special critters.


Remember, it’s not okay to just simply say hello or reach out to touch a pet without asking. Ask permission to pet that dog from the pet owner.

(this list is not complete and I’m sure I could’ve addedย another 500 things)

Stay tuned for my weekend pet sitting recap later week. ๐Ÿ™‚

paw prints in the snow

  • The photos are too cute!
    Interesting that your allergies improved – you must be so glad ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LOL you nailed it when it comes to cats! They are fickle little things but they are sweet and worth it in my opinion! I think that’s awesome that your allergies got better! They say that if you have a pet in the home from birth that children are less likely to develop allergies, so I guess there is something to be said for that! I love all these pictures!

  • I hate when people approach to pet without asking. I need to give warnings LOL

  • Kim Airhart

    I love all of this. I never really was a cat person until I met our Rosa. She was Jason’s cat. I immediately fell in love. She is so interesting and funny. Our Cooper is so funny. Her obsession with sticks is freaking hilarious. I will share a video sometime.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh gosh yes, dogs hate when you go over their head…and they love butt scratches!! These are fun. I really want a cat in the future; I just adore them. But they are quite tricky creatures sometimes. LOL


  • You captured the essence of both cats and dogs in this post. You petsit dogs and cats “allow you” to visit their space. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Aw, this is awesome! I used to be allergic to cats but am mostly not anymore.
    Before I got married, I used to petsit for quite a few people. I used to stay in their houses and it was pretty fun! I don’t do it anymore as it’s WAY too hard now with my little guy, but it was fun while it lasted. I made some good spending money, too!

  • Britt K

    You’ve definitely got some great points here. I totally agree about cats and their ability to be completely different, our two are polar opposites lol! Jinx is a little trouble maker. She’s overly social, will tell anyone off, stranger or family, until you pay attention to her and wants to be pet all the time. Pippen is much more particular. She will only let me pick her up, select people are allowed to pet her when she permits it but she’s got this almost royal vibe going lol
    Britt |

  • What wonderful things you’ve learned from petsitting your furry friends, Lindsay! I cracked up at the one about the wide range of feline vocalizations. Our angel cat Zoe was the most vocal cat ever, and she would come up with new sounds almost every day. Amazing (and funny)!

  • I never cared too much before, I just dealt with the allergies because I can’t help myself around animals, but yes, it’s so much nicer to be around dogs now, specially fluffers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cats aren’t such comics creatures. They could take it or leave it, us humans. Lol!
    Some people think it’s BS if you surround yourself with things you’re allergic too but bit by bit, they can improve. I’m still crazy allergic to horses but I love them, they’re just such pretty, majestic animals.
    Thanks hun! xoxo

  • Oh I shout out at people, no fears here. Some people are daft and need to pick up on cues and body language. Like when you had that poop/leaf ordeal. lol.

  • Rosa sounds like a sweetie. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I LOVR dogs that love their sticks. Cracks me up if I see a dog walking down the street with a massive stick in their mouth, proud as a peacock. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Do you have a certain cat breed you’d like or just any cat would make you happy?
    Some cats are just the sweetest and others I swear or cranky pants. Lol!

  • That’s right. They “tolerate” it, in some instances. LOL!

  • It’s a lot of fun; and I find it would be a great way to get to know breeds and possibly find something that suits you better than you’d thought, you know?
    Since pet sitting, I never knew just how many cat breeds there are, it’s crazy!! I love hairless Sphynx though, LOVE them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Your cats sound adorbs! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like cats that don’t make you work for their love. Cats that always perplex me are the super friendly ones and then bam, they swat you out of nowhere! Lol!
    That made me laugh out loud at the royalty comment. LOL!

  • I’ve been heard some of the strangest, comical and downright messed up noise she from cats and it can be quite surprising. I love chatty cats, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • shootingstarsmag

    No particular breed, though I’ll probably do some research!