Jeanne Adlon: Professional Cat Sitter

Meet New York City's first cat sitter.

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Jeanne Adlon
Jeanne Adlon and her cat, Magic
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 — shades of things to come …

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. Today Jeanne is as busy as ever dispensing food, water, clean litter and plenty of TLC to cats in the comfort of their homes.

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CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

3/20/2012 10:39:36 AM

Hi Nancy -- Great question. Our columnist Jeanne Adlon has a lot to say on the subject, and you can click the link above in her bio to learn more (homepage). You can also read her list of tips for cats to get more information on how to help and entertain cats when you're gone: LINK To ask a direct question, click the email link on her homepage. Good luck.

Nancy    Bayonne, NJ

3/18/2012 6:19:56 AM

My sister and her cat have had a lot of loss in the past year. Last summer her husband died of suicide by hanging in the home with the cat. After that her dog had to be put down from cancer. Now it is just her and a wonderful cat that she rescued years ago. I visited her home and the cat was very social. Is there anything she can do to help the cat when she is gone. We are going away for 1 week the end of april. Her neighbor will be checking in on the cat. Thanks for the info.

D    Newtown, CT

1/19/2011 11:17:25 AM

I love cats and think you are very fortunate.

Cecilia    Lexington, KY

6/25/2010 4:16:19 PM

I have been considering this occupation for several years. I really don't know how to get started. I have researched and know how detailed the information is necessary to properly have such a business and the insurance.
Where do I start to see if I can be successful at Pet-Sitting-not just the financial side of it.
I would appreciate any advice.
Thank you

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