Tabby shorthair cat
  • 1 Daily Visit £ 8
  • 2 Daily Visits £ 15
  • Per Night Stay £ 15
Telephone interview

About Me

I'm sure you can imagine the story. I live in a rental flat and am therefore catless (well, not quite true, my neighbours' cat thinks he lives with me, but I have to send him home sometimes!)

Anyway I grew up with cats so that's not alright, and any opportunity to help other people out when their cats are lonely is welcome, you just might have to force me to stop visiting after you get home.

Experienced cat-sitter / part-owner but mainly for friends and family. I'm also a cat photographer, if you have an outdoor cat in Oxford you might spot them here: http://www.twitter.com/catsofoxford

I live near the railway station and cycle but don't generally drive, so happy to travel anywhere in Oxford city and some of the more local areas beyond - Botley, Kennington, Wytham.

Happy to discuss further afield up to a point subject to travel costs / housesitting, e.g. Abingdon, Bicester, Eynsham.

Please note I will be visiting family over Christmas and therefore not available. I may be available over New Year depending on the exact dates.

  • My Area Oxford (5.0KM)

    • Years of cat care
    • Owns/Owned a cat
    • Can administer medication
    • Police checked
    • House sitter
    • Travel long distance
  • My Availability

    Available
    Unavailable
    Peak Time

My Reviews

  • 29 Oct 18

    Dave H H

    Oxford

    John always does a great job of keeping us up to date with cat developments while we are away and looking after our cats.

  • 9 Aug 18

    Jo Deaves -Small

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    What can I say! As always John went way beyond what was expected of him! A truly first class cat sitter and a talented photographer. He always manages to get some great shots and hilarious captions. It’s just making me feel homesick now!

  • 20 Jul 18

    Karina K

    Newbury

    John was wonderful with the cats. He sent us many photos of the cats, to calm down anxious cats owners ;). He respected the cats routine and the cats were healthy and happy when we came back. Thank you very much John.

  • 15 Apr 18

    Andy Marsh

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    John is a superb catsitter - excellent communications, came round to meet us (and was an immediate hit with Miles, our cat). We received text updates from John as to how Miles was doing. We returned from holiday to find Miles looking well-fed, well-brushed, well-fussed and looking very pleased with himself. And John very kindly put our bin out for us. Will definitely use John again, and happily recommend him to anyone looking for a catsitter.

  • 9 Apr 18

    Angharad S

    Abingdon

    Weasel was thoroughly spoilt by John and we were not missed in the slightest. John updated us with a regular photo diary of Weasel's antics, enabling us to relax and enjoy our break without having to worry about our four-legged friend.

  • 27 Feb 18

    Emma B

    Oxford

    John has been an outstanding house-sitter for my mother's cats, sitting four times in as many weeks (so technically I should be giving him 20 stars). He is organised, flexible, and a true 'cat whisperer'. Although Zip is curious about everyone, Lenka is usually stand-offish but I've never known someone bond so quickly with her as John did. Great communication throughout. Lovely company for humans too (even though I suspect that secretly he only tolerates us so he can get to the cats :-) ) I recommend him very highly. Thank you John for making all our lives easier over the last few weeks, and for taking such good care of Zip and Lenka.

  • 12 Nov 17

    Helen M

    Oxford

    We went away knowing that we could depend upon John. As before, our cats were well cared for and very happy. They got plenty of cuddles, as evidenced by the daily photos sent by John. It is a relief to know that we can go away and feel secure in the knowledge that the cats are in good hands.

  • 3 Sep 17

    Helen M

    Oxford

    John was recommended to us and we couldn't be happier with the service we received. We were updated daily during our fortnight away, with messages and pictures (particularly appreciated by the children). It was clear that John really cared about the welfare of our cats, spending lots of time with them and waiting patiently to see them when they were out roaming for hours on end. We returned to very happy & healthy cats and we will not hesitate to use John again.

  • 23 Aug 17

    Antje Frotscher O

    Oxford

    Perfect - reliable, caring sitter, and fun pictures of the cat every day so I hardly had a chance to miss him ;)

  • 27 Feb 17

    Claire O

    Bicester

    John has been very conscientious and accommodating throughout. He came to meet the Cats and us before we booked. On the weekend he house/cat sat he kept us regularly updated with texts and photos.

  • 6 Jan 17

    Antje Frotscher O

    Oxford

    As before John was reliable, understanding, attentive to detail, very good at communicating promptly and clearly, and genuinely cared about my cat - apart from looking perfectly after Odin's food and litter needs I partcularly appreciated the long hours he spent keeping Odin company while I was away - thanks so much again!

  • 21 Sep 16

    Antje Frotscher O

    Oxford

    John looked perfectly after Odin, easily navigated some minor issues, and kept me well informed throughout my absence. Wil not hesitate to ask him again next time I'm away.

  • 15 Sep 16

    Dario S

    Oxford

    All perfect! John is very friendly, flexible and reliable. He took very good care of our two cats while we were on a 10-day holiday. The communication with John both before and during our travel was great, and while we were away we received daily updates with pictures, which was really nice!

  • 13 Sep 16

    Catherine F

    Oxford

    John was great with Milly, and kept me well-updated as the weekend went on - thank you!

  • 13 Aug 16

    Flora Gibani C

    OXFORD

    Very reliable and friendly. Excellent communication before and during. Nice to receive updates whilst we were away. Highly recommend.

  • 14 Jul 16

    Emma A

    Oxford

    John is a wonderful cat sitter! We couldn't have asked for a more trustworthy, cat-loving person to look after our three babies. He really took his role seriously and was happy to spend time with the cats rather than just a 'meals on wheels' service - purrfection! We received regular updates and some great photos. It was great to return home after two weeks away to find such happy, healthy little mogs. Thanks John!

  • 1 May 16

    Clementine D

    Wytham

    Once more, Thanking John for taking such good care of our cat and taking care of us as he updates regularly about the situation.

  • 1 Mar 16

    Clementine D

    Wytham

    Again, John has been really attentive to Pacha. He takes his role very seriously and it is much appreciated by us and mostly by Pacha. If Pacha could write a review there would be a lot of enthusiastic "Miaows"

  • 10 Feb 16

    Aude-Line

    OX2

    John is really great. John loves cats and is nice to humans too :) He provided us with daily updates and was attentive to any behaviour from our cat. We hope that John can take of our cat next time again.

My Furry clients

  • Lotus and Lily

    OX2
  • Elma

    OX2
  • Walk for Cats

    Supporter
  • Miles

    OX2
  • Weasel

    OX14
  • Zip

    OX3
  • Lenka

    OX3
  • Lola

    OX2
  • Tony

    OX2
  • Lily

    OX26
  • Cassie

    OX14
  • Phoebe and Selene

    OX26
  • Aroma and Morris

    OX1
  • Odin

    OX2
  • Gita

    OX2
  • Milly

    OX4
  • Sidney

    OX5
  • Florrie

    OX5
  • Pax

    OX1
  • The Berties

    OX2
  • Pacha

    OX2

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