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Old 12-08-2007, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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One of my cats, Rudy, may need major surgery. He may need to have a lobe of his lung removed, because of what is believed to be a tumor.

I am concerned about aftercare when he gets home. For most of the day no one is home. Fortunately, I have a schedule where I can often take time to go home in the middle of the day. But sometimes this is not possible.

So I would want a reliable pet sitter, ideally a vet tech, to check on him during the day. Is he breathing comfortably? Does he need pain medicine? Does the vet need to be called? Does he need to be taken to the vet? During his recovery period, he will be a special needs cat.

But I would not board him. He would be harmed, I think, by that kind of stress. Cats want to remain in their homes.

If you could provide an outstanding in-home care program for special needs cats, or other special needs pets, I think it would have a devoted following, especially if the caretakers are vet techs and if they build relationships with the pet owners. They would become the "go to" people when such needs arise.
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Old 12-09-2007, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Rutland, VT
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But I would not board him. He would be harmed, I think, by that kind of stress. Cats want to remain in their homes.

If you could provide an outstanding in-home care program for special needs cats, or other special needs pets, I think it would have a devoted following, especially if the caretakers are vet techs and if they build relationships with the pet owners. They would become the "go to" people when such needs arise.

I agree completely with Arel. A trusted in-home care program is worth its weigh in gold-pressed latinum. If I were away during the day and needed kitty-care, I would use a service like that in a second!

Arel, I am so sorry to hear about your Rudy's possible upcoming surgery. I hope all goes well he heals comfortably.

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Old 12-10-2007, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Thank you for your best wishes for Rudy.

He appears fine. You would never know he was sick, except for the occasional coughing fits.

I have a cat sitter. She works at the vet's office. But she is very busy and I am concerned that she won't be available every time I need her. I have no other cat sitter. My previous cat sitters are no longer available. One died (she was elderly), two moved and the third is too busy with other responsibilities now.

If I knew of a safe and reliable special needs cat-sitting service, I would have a lot more peace of mind right now.

Such a service would fill an important and needed niche, although probably not a huge one.

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