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Professional pet sitting allows your pets to stay in the comfort of their home while still receiving quality, professional care from a highly trained pet care professional. Pet sitting is often described as the opposite of boarding - the professional care comes to you. This allows you to completely customize the services to meet your needs.
Cathy's Critter Care is a family owned, professional pet sitting company. Cathy's Critter Care has been nationally recognized as a leader in the professional pet sitting industry and Cathy Vaughan literally 'wrote the book' on pet sitting with the publication, How to Start a Home Based Pet Sitting Business.
We understand the importance of the proper care, handling, and emotional well-being of all species of animals, and believe that this can be accomplished through at home care. We have seen the difference being at home makes in the happiness and health of our clients' pets who don't do well with boarding.
We have an extensive list of references that we will gladly provide to you. In addition we are proud to say that we are recommended by local veterinarians, and are members of Pet Sitters International. We've even been nominated for Pet Sitter of the Year! We regularly attend seminars presented by pet industry professionals so that we can stay at the leading edge of quality pet care.
Cathy Vaughan is a former employee of the San Antonio Zoo and is well versed in the care of all types of pets - exotic or domestic, and holds a degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from SWTSU in San Marcos, TX. She has devoted her life and career to the overall well being of animals.
We work as a team of pet sitters and service most of the San Antonio area and surrounding communities. Your personal pet sitter is usually in your neighborhood or close by! And you always get to meet one of our staff pet sitters through our get acquainted pre-service visit in conjunction with your first trip!
Affordability and Convenience
All inclusive pricing means we do not charge extra for giving medications (oral or injectible) or other special attention that your pets might need. We come to you and provide the convenience of customized services. We provide a free pre-service visit at your home in conjunction with your first set of services where we will get all of your pet's information, set you up with a lockbox for safe and secure storage of your keys and make sure everyone is comfortable with the services.
Thankfully we live in Texas where extreme weather is uncommon. However we are prepared with emergency backup plans for inclement weather conditions. We are there when your pets need care. Because we work together as a team, we always have a back up plan and a sitter that can get to your house in an emergency or extreme weather circumstance. We will always seek the treatment of your pets' veterinarian, but should they be unavailable, we maintain an on-call relationship with a local veterinarian and are prepared to utilize the animal Emergency Hospitals in San Antonio and New Braunfels.
All CCC pet sitters are fully bonded and insured for greater peace of mind. All sitters have been processed through a full criminal background check. You certainly can't get that kind of peace of mind from your friend, neighbor or kid down the street! We only give your pets the best people to care for them. You will meet with your primary pet sitter ahead of time through our pre-service "meet and greet" visit. We do not make copies of your keys. We set you up with a new lockbox in which to keep your keys for service each time you travel. You pick the code and you can even change it!
Quality and Knowledge
We have over 17 years experience in caring for animals. We treat all of our clients (human and pets) with the same respect and love we show our human friends, family members, and personal pets. We are trained in basic pet first aid and CPR.
Our Pet Sitters' Credentials Include:
- BS Biological Sciences, Southwest Texas State University
- BS Biological Sciences, St. Mary's University
- Master of Science, Biotechnology, University of Texas at San Antonio
- Graduate of Zookeeper Training course
- Former Zookeeper, Enrichment Coordinator, and sea lion trainer, San Antonio Zoo
- Veterinary Technicians... and much more!
We are happy to provide the following services:
- Vacation Care with Daily 30 min/45 min/60 min visits
- Overnight Care
- Medication for Most Pets
- Midday visits, walks/playtime for Busy Professionals and Families
- House and Plant Care
- Safe Pet Taxi Transport
- Behavior Consultations
- Referrals to Quality Area Pet Services
- Additional Professional Pet Care Services
- Customized Pet Care Services to Meet Your Pet's Needs