15 Years Experience - The Cat Empath
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Rates start at: $39.00
Repeat clients: 21
Response time: 12 min

I'm Melanie

A cat sitter in Portland, OR


You aren't charged until Melanie confirms your request. Cancel anytime up to 48 hours before the reservation begins for a 100% refund.

Over 50,000 happy kitties serviced on Meowtel

I'm Melanie | Cat Sitting in Portland, OR

Hi, I’m Melanie (she/her)🏳️‍🌈! 🥳Awarded Meowtel’s top 5% of Cat Sitters for 2023! 🏆 Professional cat sitter for over 15 years, serving NE Portland. Experienced in administering medications, injections, and subcutaneous fluids in a gentle and caring manner. 🙏I am deeply connected to cats in an intuitive and empathic way, and my quiet sensitive nature helps even the most timid and shy cats feel safe and comfortable. I love, live and breathe cats, and serving them and their people fills me with a deep sense of joy and purpose. Working with cats in various ways is truly my life calling! 💖Seniors and shy kitties have an extra big spot in my heart, but I love caring for cats of all ages and temperaments. 💊💉I am experienced and comfortable giving medications - oral medications in tablet/capsule form, liquid oral medications, injections, insulin medication, insulin injections, transdermal medications and subcutaneous fluids. I understand the importance of accurate dosing and timing of administering medications. 💖Your mind will be at ease knowing your kitties are being treated like royalty while you’re out enjoying your vacation! I’ll send thoughtful updates on each visit, along with photos and videos of all the fun theyre having! I’ve had clients tell me their cats seem calm and happy upon their return, but seem bummed it wasn’t Auntie Melanie walking through the door.. 😹🙊 I am a full time cat whisperer serving the close-in east side of Portland. I have been cat sitting for over 15 years, and 2 years with Meowtel. I’ve lived with cats my entire life, and am an expert cat caretaker. I intuitively know what makes...

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What is your experience with cat sitting, and how long have you been doing it?

I have been cat sitting for over 15 years! I have lived with cats my entire life 💕

What do you enjoy most about cat sitting?

Adding another cat into my heart 🥹💖, and I *love* the happy greetings I receive upon arrival! (Even if 90% of their excitement is because I’ll help them open the can of food! 😹)

Do you have kitties yourself? What are their names?

I currently share my life with my soul cat Rumi. He is a 10 year old special needs kitty (born deaf) who I rescued as a kitten. We love wandering around the forest, sitting along rivers and creeks, and he even comes along with me on errands, as he loves car rides!

Melanie's Reviews

Attention to Detail

Melanie is so great, she even went to my place early one day when I was concerned about my kitty hiding for so long. He may not welcome her with all the cuddles, but it doesn't stop her from trying to win him over. Such a gem to be able to rely on her to keep my fur babe safe!

Meowtel-verified reservation
April 18, 2024

Melanie is the best kitty charmer to my bravest fraidy cat - he regularly hisses at her each time she visits, yet this time she charmed him into sitting on her lap - a first time for him with anyone! She has so much patience with him and adjusts to his needs all while he works through his really big feelings, and she still loves him through it all. She even brought him a special Valentine!

Meowtel-verified reservation
Response from Melanie on Feb 24, 2024 "I can’t get over how much progress Coco has made! I know I was a broken record telling you how PROUD I am of him, but it’s true! I will treasure our first ever lap snuggle! 😻💕🥹"
February 22, 2024

Melanie was amazing! our kitty got really sick the beginning of December and was hospitalized for a few days. we learned he had diabetes and a liver issue. so while we were away for the holiday we needed someone to give him insulin and a few other meds. he’s not always the easiest cat because he can be a bit aggressive with people he doesn’t know. but Melanie went above and beyond caring for him, and our other cat. her check ins were always very reassuring that he was in good hands, and she even brought them some Xmas gifts which was super sweet. it was a really stressful December with my cat getting so sick and almost dying, and Melanie was able to provide us with some relief when we were away for the holiday. couldn’t recommend her enough! especially if you have a kitty that needs a little extra care.

Meowtel-verified reservation
December 28, 2023

As a special needs fur mama, I am SO happy I found Melanie! My kitty is diabetic & when I moved into the area, I was so worried about finding someone I could trust to give my baby his insulin - but boy was I impressed! Melanie's professionalism is top notch, her communication is thorough & she is dedicated to making sure Gatsby is extra comfy & well taken care of - she even does his insulin exactly the right way!! I feel safe & secure knowing she's the one at home with my baby & we're both so grateful to have found her 💕 A million times, thank you!!!

Meowtel-verified reservation
December 4, 2023

incredible! Melanie took care of our extremely shy cat with zero issues. in a complete surprise, our cat came out from under the bed on the first introductory visit and was happy to see Melanie! every single day, I got updates , pictures, videos, everything! I had complete confidence that my cat was being taken care of in the best possible way. when I got back home, our cat was very happy, and not angry or anxious as she usually is when we come back from a trip. I am extremely satisfied with the service that Melanie provided and have zero doubt in my mind I will schedule her for our next trip! she went above and beyond her call to make sure my cat was happy and taken care of. I'd put six stars if I could!

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November 21, 2023
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Melanie's Qualifications & Experience


  • Shelter Volunteer


  • Walk
  • Car

Medication Experience

  • Topical Ointments
  • Eye/Ear Drops
  • Oral Medication / Pills
  • Injections / Diabetic Management
  • Subcutaneous Fluids
  • Inhalers

Each Visit Includes

  • Litter box cleaning
  • Feeding
  • Water refresh
  • A text update with at least 1 photo
  • Playtime and belly rubs

Cancellation Policy

Customers may cancel within 24 hours of making their reservation and receive a 100% refund and the sitter will not receive any earnings. After the first 24 hours, the following cancellation rules apply:

Customers will receive a 100% refund to their Account Balance if they cancel anytime up to 48 hours before the start date of the reservation and the sitter will not receive any earnings.

Customers will receive a 50% refund and the sitter will earn 50% of their planned earnings if the customer cancels between 24-48 hours of the start of the reservation.

No refund will be issued within 24 hours of the reservation and the sitter will keep 100% of their planned earnings.

The Meowtel Promise & Satisfaction Guarantee

We are proud to provide each of our independently-contracted Meowtel cat sitters with the full benefits of our Meowtel Promise on eligible reservations. For reservations where each visit is at or above $20 and paid for through Meowtel, your cat(s) will automatically be covered under our insurance policy in the event that things don't go as planned.

If you are not fully satisfied with your sitter after the Meet & Greet or during the reservation, please call 1-844-636-9835 so we can help you re-book with a new sitter to ensure we can deliver on our purrfect hospitality promise.

Juneteenth is coming up soon (June 19th). Meowtel cat sitters are usually pretty busy, don't forget to book your sitter!

Frequently Asked Questions

will vary based on the pet sitter's experience and expertise, but the average price for a cat sitter is $30.00. Prices will also depend on how long your cat needs company for, whether that be a drop-in visit or overnight stay in your home. Meowtel sitters offer 20, 45, and 60-minute drop-in visits that allow for fully tailored care for your kitties. Your caregiver may also need to charge a little more if they have to travel far, so we'll match you with the best options which are close by.

Every Meowtel cat sitter has been thoroughly vetted, background-checked, and is insured through Meowtel on eligible reservations via our Meowtel Promise. To ensure total peace of mind while you're away, every Meowtel reservation comes with a free Meet & Greet so you (and your kitties!) can have full confidence in your sitter before you leave.

Cats are territorial animals and don't do well in new environments. The presence of other cats, dogs, and even birds in kennels or animal hotels cause an immense amount of stress for your kitties. This is why Meowtel was created, so tailored in-home care is brought to you.

We recommend that you book daily visits with your sitter to keep your cats in their routine and to help minimize feline anxiety while you're away.

Each Meowtel cat sitting visit will include the whole 9 yards: feeding, refreshing the water bowls, litter box scooping, tidying up, medications, updates with photos, lots of playtime, as well as any special requests you may have. We know every kitty is different and that's why we offer tailored, in-home services since cats don't do well outside their own homes. Plus, every reservation comes with a free Meet & Greet so you can meet your sitter before you leave to ensure it will be a purrfect fit.

15 Years Experience - The Cat Empath
5.00 • 54 reviewsFrom $39.00