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This Cat sitter in Gainesville, FL offers:

  Complimentary Meet & Greets
  Drop-in visits to your home
$25.00 / 20min visit
$35.00 / 45min visit
  Overnight stays
$55.00 / Overnight stays in your home
Cathlyn has a 50% increase in pricing on and around federal holidays.
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 Repeat clients: 0

Meow! I am Cathlyn, a Cat sitter in Gainesville, FL

I’ve been “borrowing” cats pretty much my whole life. Even before I convinced my mother to let me have my first cat (a sweet, snuggly ginger tabby named Choncho), I sought out neighbors’ and friends’ cats. My older sister likes to remind me that my first career goal was to be a pet psychologist—I don’t remember this, but it’s definitely on-brand!

I fell into petsitting accidentally over the last few years—I was babysitting full-time (through Urbansitter) and many times, parents would add comments about their cats to their 5-star babysitting reviews on my profile. As my friends started acquiring furry additions, I was the person they’d call when they needed a sitter.

I started to share photos of the cats I had the privilege of caring for (and those I just got to hang out with, too) on Instagram about a year ago (@borrowedcats). In the last few months, folks have organically started to reach out to me with requests for me to "borrow" their cats!

I wrote about my thoughts on cat borrowing here: https://medium.com/live-your-life-on-purpose/i-borrow-peoples-pets-b9c2bd10c1ba

In December I left the children’s theatre I’ve owned since 2012 in order to start law school this fall. In the meantime, I’m living the “gig” life with a malleable schedule. Let me know what you need!

I live in Rogers Park and prefer to care for northside cats who are within walking distance (15 minutes or less) of a redline station. I currently work with families as far south as Lincoln Park.

Cancellation Policy

  • A 100% credit will be issued via your Wallet if a confirmed reservation is canceled or modified anytime up to 48 hours prior to the start date of the reservation.
  • After the 48 hour mark, no refunds or credits can be issued for any cancellations or modifications.
  • Note: All timing will be based on the sitter's time zone and start date is defined as 12:00am of the first day listed on the reservation.


  I ride public transit

Cat Sitter's Qualifications

  Professional pet sitter

Cat Sitter's Medication Experience

  Topical Ointments/Flea Preventatives
  Oral Medication/Pills

Availability Calendar

Cat Sitter Service Area

Travels up to 3 miles