One of the reasons I designed this business to specialize in cats is because of some of the things I heard dog walkers nonchalantly say in conversation:
"If it's just a cat, you don't have to spend the whole half hour with them."
"If the cat isn't social, I don't waste my time sitting around for them."
Not to mention some of the things our clients told us:
"According to the alarm system, the last sitter was here for 7 minutes with our 3 cats."
"I don't want to believe gossip, but my neighbors said the sitter's car was only in the driveway for 15 minutes."
Cats tend to get the short end of the stick, often because they are just plain scared. Many times their fear comes across as aggression. Whereas with dogs, they are more likely to be social and, frankly, more lucrative as they need more visits than our independent kitties usually do. But that shouldn't mean cutting corners on cat visits!
Scardey cats are actually one of my favorite kinds of visits to do. There is no greater feeling than slowly earning the trust of a cat under the bed or the respect of a tortie who growled her greeting a week ago. Don't get me wrong, we love the dogs who act like Publishers Clearing House just surprised them every time we show up to walk. Their enthusiasm keeps us going for the rest of the day! But we don't really earn those greetings the way a cat makes you earn his affection. And once that bond is created, the cat rarely forgets that it's there even after months have gone by. That is the very feeling that keeps us coming back and looking forward to our next client.