As well as enjoying living with animals, many of our Guardians are professionals who value extra quiet space in which to work and focus. By building relationships between considerate Hosts and Guardians whose circumstances and requirements are well-matched, we can arrange the very best kind of care for your cats, in the most cost-effective way.
Book out his/her personal & professional diaries according to yours;
Move to your house, and live out of a suitcase or two;
Look after your cats and home.
Introduce you to Guardians we think you'll find suitable, and share with you their Profiles and entire Track Records;
Tailor straightforward contracts between the parties, and arrange specialist hosting insurance;
Assign back-up responsibilities for your cat-sit to a City Cat team member, who will lock down their diary accordingly.
Sometimes, Hosts need a Guardian for a trip which could end early, or even be cancelled outright, especially for business. Flexible bookings have flexible cancellation and alteration terms in place. The uncertainty usually means that there isn’t significant value inherent in the stay, but we’ll nevertheless supply you with a Guardian who’s very happy to be booked on this basis, and be paid in straightforward monetary terms.
We are often able to realise the value of a stay in your home for the right Guardian, booked in good time, and hosted by you to the standard of a normal short-term letting. So they only need to be paid a much-reduced rate, indeed sometimes nothing at all.
The value of the stay is the advantage to the Guardian of being in your home instead of their own (i.e. the difference in value between the two, from their perspective), minus the work of moving in and out (which is less important the longer the stay). This advantage normally takes the form of location, extra space, or peace-and-quiet. It is reduced somewhat by the facts of the Guardian living without access to most of their personal and professional possessions, left back at home; and that you, not your Guardian, choose the dates.
Moonlight, West Hampstead
Moonlight, West Hampstead
Each time you book, your Guardian commits to your cat-sit with a signed contract. In addition, your cat-sit is assigned to a City Cat team-member as back-up. In the extremely unlikely event that something should happen to your Guardian before or during your catsit (e.g. hospitalisation), we'll step in and make sure your cats and house are well. The safety of your cats is of paramount importance to us.
Hosting, as with all short-term letting in general, has its insurance implications, which your existing home insurance policy may well not cover. So, we work with a specialist insurer (backed by a large insurer) who designs policies to fit with Hosts’ existing home insurance. We insure every City Cat catsit in this way, and cover the cost.
In particular, you will be covered for public liability, in case your Guardian should suffer an accident at your home. Your household contents will also be covered while you host, providing that you already have normal contents cover. We discuss insurance when you come to book, but should you have any questions in advance, do call, and we’d be most happy to discuss the details.