Jeanne Adlon, Contributing Author
Jeanne Adlon has been a professional cat sitter in New York City for 35 years. Through her service, Cat Calls, she has cared for countless cats in their own homes while their owners traveled. Though not a veterinarian or a behaviorist, she has seen it all, and then some. Her expertise is sought by many who share their homes with our feline friends.
Jeanne was always an animal lover, but her path hit its stride when she went to work for Cleveland Amory's anti-animal cruelty organization, Fund for Animals, in the late 1960s. Amory was a celebrated critic, animal activist and author of the beloved bestselling book, “The Cat Who Came for Christmas.” His adored feline partner, Polar Bear, was the book's star, and Jeanne would occasionally care for Polar Bear when Amory traveled, foreshadowing the future.
After leaving the Fund for Animals in the 1970s, Jeanne opened Cat Cottage, the first A to Z cat emporium in the New York City. It was an instant hit with cat lovers from all walks of life. One day a customer asked whether Jeanne could make a house call instead of boarding the customer's cats. Jeanne agreed, and Manhattan had its first professional cat sitter.
The Ask the Cat Sitter column has runs each week on CatChannel.com. Jeanne answers reader questions on cat care, travel with cats and cat behavior issues. She provides weekly tips gleaned from years of experience with cats.
Jeanne co-authored a book with CAT FANCY editor Susan Logan in late 2011, Cat Calles: Wonderful Stories and Practical Advice from a Veteran Cat Sitter. Jeanne shares stories of the many cats she's known and dispenses decades of knowledge on cat care to readers. Today, Jeanne is as busy as ever dispensing food, water, clean litter and plenty of TLC to cats in the comfort of their homes, collecting even more stories.
Tip of the Week:
Tossing a cat food treat across the floor will motivate a sedentary cat into getting a little exercise.
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