I had my first kittie in college and my second while living in San Francisco. Returning to New York, I lived for years in a building where I could not have any pets. So when I moved to my current location, in Manhattan's East Village, I made up for lost time. That was way, way back in 1992. I contacted an animal rescue agency named BeingKind. (That was the precursor to KittyKind in Petco.) Soon I took in a family of six abandoned cats from BeingKind. I included an old scratched photo, taken before the days of cell phones and similar devices. The momma and poppa cats were about a year and a half old. Teenagers in Love I called them. The four kittens were six weeks old and just learning to walk. They were about the size of my hand (not counting the tails). I eventually adopted out two kitties and kept four felines to myself.
They all lived exceedingly long lives, so I must have been doing something right. The momma cat lived to 18 years of age, the poppa and one daughter both lived to 19, and the final daughter lived very close to 21 (about 20 years and 9 months).
After the family went to Kittie Heaven, I took a break from being a caretaker. That ended in about nine months. One night I went dancing at Barefoot Boogie (highly recommended) and met someone who worked for Kitty in New York. That marked the beginning of the next phase of my love for felines, as I soon became an Official Kitty Caregiver.
I can now offer lots of love, a spacious one bedroom apartment, and decades of experience for my feline friends. I am able to give injections, pills, subcutaneous fluids, and blood glucose monitoring for cats with medical needs.
I am now partly retired but work about 20 hours a week as a psychotherapist. This allows me the luxury to spend lots of time with my four-legged friends. As you might guess, I love to write so I enjoy sending frequent emails or texts plus loads of photos to cat owners. This allows the owners to enjoy their vacations or business trips, knowing that their kitties are happy and doing well.
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Phil was so nice and caring with my baby! Sent me updates and pictures of him which I really appreciated. He was very attentive and my cat seemed to really enjoy his time with him.
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Phil was very responsive to any emails I sent him and was extremely attentive with his updates. He sent photos regularly along with great stories of how the kitties were doing. I got a sense that he truly cares for felines. Just after the first few interactions with him, I was immediately at ease, as I knew my fur babies were in caring hands.
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Phil was so thorough with his emails detailing the status of our kitties while we were away. He’d send cute photos with his emails too. He also made sure he had all of the feeding times exactly correct. He was very pleasant and kind to work with and clearly loved taking care of our boys. I would definitely recommend him to others! We would use him again too.