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COVID-19 Guidance For Our Community
  • Sonya Petcavich

    Sonya Petcavich

  • May 20, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance For Our Community

Here at Meowtel, we strive to achieve our mission of helping every cat and cat parent live their best life. Keeping our community safe is a core component of achieving this mission so we're pleased to provide our guidance on how to appropriately conduct Meowtel reservations in the wake of COVID-19.

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Cat Adoptions Soar During Covid-19
  • Sonya Petcavich

    Sonya Petcavich

  • May 5, 2020

Cat Adoptions Soar During Covid-19

Fosters and adoptions are skyrocketing because everyone wants a furry feline companion while sheltering in place. Here are the changes that the cat world has been experiencing, including adapting to a “socially distanced” kitten season and empty shelters.

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A True Sitter Story: Follow Your Dreams and Pet Every Cat on the Way
  • Krista Franklin

    Krista Franklin

  • March 30, 2020

A True Sitter Story: Follow Your Dreams and Pet Every Cat on the Way

Life is a roller coaster with many highs and lows, and sometimes finding your purpose can be difficult. We’d like you to meet Meowtel sitter Krista. With the love of cats, she was able to overcome obstacles, grief, and negativity. Now she is at a place in her life where she is truly happy. Read her story, and know that you, too, can find joy and happiness.

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How To Make 6 Cat Beds for Your Furbaby
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • March 23, 2020

How To Make 6 Cat Beds for Your Furbaby

Need a rainy day project? Grab a cup of coffee, get comfy, and create a cozy cat bed for your fur-avorite feline. These six do-it-yourself beds will make you want to hit snooze on life and craft the day away. Tell Peanut to get ready for the ultimate cat nap!

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Your Client's Home Was Broken Into. Now What?
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • March 19, 2020

Your Client's Home Was Broken Into. Now What?

You arrive at your cat sitting visit and discover that your client’s home has been broken into. What do you do? While we hope you never experience this, it is important to be prepared for the unexpected. In this article, we’ll explain how to safely handle a break-in and steps to take if you find that kitty has gone missing.

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Meowtel Cat Sitters Deliver that Purrfect Hospitality
  • Ana Hagedorn

    Ana Hagedorn

  • March 16, 2020

Meowtel Cat Sitters Deliver that Purrfect Hospitality

We know that cat parents want a trustworthy, reliable, and cat-centric sitter to care for their purrbabies. To make sure each and every cat family receives the purrfect hospitality, Meowtel has an exceptionally thorough onboarding process and are very selective about who we allow to join our platform. Learn why you’ll find the purrfect sitter for your kitty on Meowtel and what makes our sitters the best of the best.

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Anatomy of a Text Update
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • February 13, 2020

Anatomy of a Text Update

Meowtel cat sitters are the best of the best! As a result, there is a standard of communication cat parents expect to receive from their sitter. Take a look at our handy-dandy visual of what you should include in your daily updates to clients to ensure that your text messages are up to par.

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Meow and Furever: Your Cat's Love Language
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • February 10, 2020

Meow and Furever: Your Cat's Love Language

Just like humans, cats prefer to give and receive love and affection in a variety of ways. Ensure your kitty has the purrfect Valentine’s Day by communicating with them in their own love language. Find out which of the five love languages your kitty speaks.

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The Ins and Outs of Flying with Your Cat
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • January 27, 2020

The Ins and Outs of Flying with Your Cat

Air travel with a feline companion can be a daunting task. This handy guideline will help you prepare for your flight, know what to expect during travel, and provide alternatives if Fluffy prefers to keep all four paws on the ground.

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Slow Season Self Care
  • Sonya Petcavich

    Sonya Petcavich

  • January 23, 2020

Slow Season Self Care

A letter from our Chief Success Cat, Sonya Petcavich: Dear Meowtel sitters–you are ameowzing! Thank you for all of your hard work. Now that things have calmed down a bit from the holiday catness, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on 2019, set some goals for 2020, and take a break to focus on yourself.

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Cat Sitter Profile 101: Writing a Professional, Engaging, and Unique Sitter Introduction
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • January 09, 2020

Cat Sitter Profile 101: Writing a Professional, Engaging, and Unique Sitter Introduction

First impressions are everything. When clients are looking for the purrfect cat sitter, they will likely be comparing your Meowtel profile to those of other sitters in their city. Therefore having a captivating profile page is a crucial factor in obtaining new clients. We’ll break down what you should include in your Meowtel sitter bio to help you stand out from the clowder.

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Food for Thought: How to Properly Switch your Cat's Diet
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • December 30, 2019

Food for Thought: How to Properly Switch your Cat's Diet

Are you unhappy with your cat’s current diet and considering a change? Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just switch from one bag of kibble to the next. You also can’t starve your cat until they decide they’re hungry enough to eat the new food. Doing so can cause serious health problems for kitty. So, let’s talk about the things you should keep in mind when transitioning your cat to a new diet.

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How To Make Cat Treats: Catmas Time Treats for the Holiday Season
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • December 23, 2019

How To Make Cat Treats: Catmas Time Treats for the Holiday Season

If you’re looking for a healthy snack for your cat’s Christmas pawty, we’ve got the purrfect solution! Making homemade cat treats is as simple as 1-2-3 and is a meowvelous bonding activity for you and your feline sous chef. It’s also a great alternative to all those ingredients and preservatives found in manufactured treats. Here are our fur-avorite do-it-yourself recipes… nom nom nom!

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Top-Rated Cat Apps and Websites for a Pawsitively Good Time!
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • December 16, 2019

Top-Rated Cat Apps and Websites for a Pawsitively Good Time!

Cells phones are arguably the greatest thing since sliced bread. You literally have a world of resources at your fingertips. And of course nowadays there is an app for literally everything - even for your cats! Meowtel presents our fur-avorite apps and websites that will keep you and your cat entertained for hours to come. Enjoy!

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When and What to Document as a Sitter
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • December 12, 2019

When and What to Document as a Sitter

There is no such thing as too much documentation. As a sitter, it is important that you follow the client’s rules; documenting that you have done so will only help you. If you are unclear about what updates to message your clients or when you should send extra pictures, that’s okay. We’ll help clarify when and what you should be reporting to cat parents.

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2019 Holiday Gift List for Cats
  • Natasha Nichols

    Natasha Nichols

  • December 09, 2019

2019 Holiday Gift List for Cats

Celebrate 25 days of Catmas with 25 pawsome gifts! From cat trees, to stocking stuffers, to the latest in cat technology, we’ve got the purrfect present to make your kitty’s Christmas meowy and their holidays bright!

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Best Cat Cameras on the Market: Pros, Cons, and Tech Specs
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • December 02, 2019

Best Cat Cameras on the Market: Pros, Cons, and Tech Specs

We are fortunate enough to live in an era where technology is unsurpassed and easily accessible by anyone, including your cats! From pet cameras with built-in laser pointers and treat dispensers to security cameras with two-way audio and room panning capability, we’ve got the purrfect pet cam recommendations for you - all specs included!

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Cat Food – What to Look For and Ingredients to Avoid
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • November 25, 2019

Cat Food – What to Look For and Ingredients to Avoid

With so many brands and varieties of cat food on the market, it can be overwhelming selecting the best cat food for your feline friend. We’ll help you break down which ingredients are key to feline health, which ones are simply unnecessary fillers, and which ingredients could be dangerous for your cat.

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What Your Cat’s Poop is Telling You
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • November 18, 2019

What Your Cat’s Poop is Telling You

Everyone poops, including your cat. While scooping the litter box is not the most fun part of being a cat owner, monitoring your cat’s stool is a very important part of their health regimen. Many poo factors such as color, consistency, odor, frequency, and litter box habits can be indicative of health concerns. Do you know what your cat’s poop is telling you? Get the scoop.

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Cat Safety – Animal Preparedness for Natural Disasters
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • November 11, 2019

Cat Safety – Animal Preparedness for Natural Disasters

Natural disasters like fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes affect millions of Americans each year and can happen to anyone unexpectedly. In an emergency, kitty is counting on you to help them to safety. Be prepared–make an evacuation plan and a disaster kit for you and your cat today.

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Human Foods to Avoid Giving Your Cat
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • November 04, 2019

Human Foods to Avoid Giving Your Cat

Chocolate, garlic, and grapes, oh my! Did you know that there is an entire menu of food items that are off-limits for your furry feline friends? While your cat may try to convince you that just one bite can’t hurt, we recommend that you keep these common people snacks well out of paw’s reach.

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How to Accommodate for an Additional Cat in the Home
  • Elise Morgan

    Elise Morgan

  • October 29, 2019

How to Accommodate for an Additional Cat in the Home

You’ve decided you want to get Fluffy a playmate, so what’s next? Bringing a new cat into the family is a big change for you, Fluffy, and for the new furbaby. Here are some tips to make sure the transition goes smoothly so everyone can live their best life–together.

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Tips to Help Stop Destructive Scratching
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • October 21, 2019

Tips to Help Stop Destructive Scratching

“Help! My cat is destroying my furniture!” Destructive scratching is an unwanted but very common kitty behavior. Luckily there are many solutions to curbing naughty nails while still providing your cat with an outlet for their instinct to scratch.

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How to Find the Purr-fect Cat Sitter
  • Veronica Head

    Veronica Head

  • July 21, 2019

How to Find the Purr-fect Cat Sitter

When you go away on vacation, you’re left with a few options for your furry friend. While it’s possible to board your cat at a local kennel, you might also opt to have someone watch your furchild within the comfort of their home.

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Keeping Your Kitties At The Purrfect Temperature
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • May 5, 2019

Keeping Your Kitties At The Purrfect Temperature

Cats, like people, have different thresholds of what they’re willing to tolerate when it comes to temperature. Personally, I cannot stand the heat and would rather be cold. I can only take off so many layers of clothing and still be legal but I can layer, layer, layer!

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Be The Best Cat Parent You Can Be
  • Melanie Deisz

    Melanie Deisz

  • Jan 12, 2019

Be The Best Cat Parent You Can Be

The first step in finding the right sitter for you and your cat is to understand what kind of parent you are. Do you view your cat as a pet, a member of the family, or a child you would do anything for?

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5 Things to Love About the Sphynx Cat
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • Jul 21, 2018

5 Things to Love About the Sphynx Cat

The Sphynx cat is a rare and unusual breed with a hairless look that sets it apart from other cats. These cats need special care, but all the extra time and effort you devote is well worth it.

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5 Unique Things About the Abyssinian Cat
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • Jun 13, 2018

5 Unique Things About the Abyssinian Cat

The Abyssinian cat is one of the smartest and most popular cat breeds in the United States. Known for its unique fur and its country-wide popularity, the Abyssinian cat has been a happy addition to many homes.

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What To Do When My Cat Has A Cold
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • Jun 3, 2018

What To Do When My Cat Has A Cold

Can your cat catch a cold? Of course, they can. Just like we humans, cats can catch colds, and they do so somewhat frequently. However, colds are not passed on between humans and cats since the viruses that cause colds are species-specific.

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All About The Manx Cat
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • May 24, 2018

All About The Manx Cat

Manx cats are an amazing and adorable breed of many feline lovers. It is best known for a mutation that results in a small, stub-like tail (or in some cases, no tail at all).

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All About The Himalayan Cat
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • Apr 12, 2018

All About The Himalayan Cat

The Himalayan cat is also known as Himmie. This is a charming cat developed by breeders from the crossbreed of a Siamese mantle and Persian frame.

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6 Ways to Stop Litter Box Issues
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • Apr 3, 2018

6 Ways to Stop Litter Box Issues

The litter box is the primary negative of cat ownership for most cat people. However, if your cat decides that the litter box isn’t the best place to use the restroom, that is even worse.

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All About The Persian Cat
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • Feb 16, 2018

All About The Persian Cat

Persian cats are cute, social and gentle pet animal. Of all the cat breeds in the world, none is more distinctive or highly recognized than the Persian.

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All About Bengal Cats
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • Jan 18, 2018

All About Bengal Cats

Never heard of the Bengal cat breed before? You’re in luck because I’m just about letting you in on some brief history.

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All About Siamese Cats
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • Jan 1, 2018

All About Siamese Cats

Today, the Siamese cats are one of the most popular breeds of cat, principally because it is known as an affectionate and sociable breed.

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Ragdoll Cats
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • Dec 30, 2017

Ragdoll Cats

We love Ragdoll cats because they’re beautiful, they learn quickly, and they pick up tricks easily. In this post, we hope you learn to love them too!

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The 10 Most Common Cat Diseases
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • Dec 18, 2017

The 10 Most Common Cat Diseases

When you get a cat, or if you are an owner, no one generally talks about their cats getting sick. There is a good reason for that because cats are very healthy creatures, and for the most part, they are low maintenance.

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All About The Maine Coon Cat
  • Meowtel

    Meowtel

  • Dec 11, 2017

All About The Maine Coon Cat

It is known for its liveliness, intelligence, and its distinctive physical appearance. It has been said that the name “coon” comes from “raccoon” because of the similarities of the tails of the two animals.

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