(posted to HS-Van, but thought I'd put it here in case any of you lovely mamas have a likely prospect to pass it on to.)
My daughter and I are going away for a week later this month, and we need someone to help look after our cat during the day. It would be at our home in Champlain Heights (S.E. corner of Vancouver). We're away from Sunday, October 18th to Sunday Oct. 25. We'll probably only need help from the 18th to the 23rd (Sun to Fri), as someone will be home most of the day on the Saturday and the last Sunday.
Minimum requirement: visit the cat once during the day (sometime between 11 and 2), feed him and give him medicines (we'll show you how) and give him a few cuddles if you're so inclined.
Further possibilities: 2 visits per day (or may stay several hours rather than going back and forth), and/or giving sub-cutaneous fluid injections, depending on maturity level and interest.
Would suit a homeschooled teen (or preteen with parental support). Must be comfortable with cats. Remuneration would depend on level of involvement.
Our cat has chronic renal failure and must eat special food and supplements and take several different medications. Everything will be all laid out, and we would arrange one or two visits before we leave, for our cat to meet you and so we can show you how we do things and give you a chance to try things out. He's a very sweet cat, and generally very friendly, but sometimes he doesn't feel well and has to be encouraged to eat (encouragement ranges from petting him while he eats to actually spoon feeding him). If you were interested in learning how to give subcutaneous fluid injections, we would show you how to do that. It might be helpful to know something about the condition, so if you want to read about it, we suggest starting here: http://www.felinecrf.org/what_is_crf.htm
Please reply by Wednesday, October 7th, with a short e-mail about yourself, describing your experience with cats and any other relevant experience (babysitting, first-aid classes, other pets of your own...) as well as what level of care you'd be willing to provide.