Experienced, loving care tailored for every cat.
Hello cat lovers!
Kaleidocats is a professional in-home cat sitting company specializing in providing care for every type of cat. Our services are tailored to meet the needs of our clients ensuring they will receive everything they need to be comfortable and happy in their familiar environment - home.
Your cat is in good hands.
Each of our sitters are experienced caregivers and have either grown up with cats or currently have their own in Chicago. They are dedicated to ensuring your cats are loved and cared for when you are away and will support you and your cat however you need.
Sit back and relax.
Being cat owners ourselves, we understand the anxiety every cat guardian feels when they have to be away from their cats. We are here to take that worry away. Our mission is to ensure the health and well-being of your cats, leaving you with the peace of mind that they are in capable, loving hands.
SERVICES & RATES
30 Minute Visit
Kaleidocats knows first-hand that each cat is an individual which is why we tailor our visits to ensure each cat in your home receives the care and attention they need to be content and healthy while you
Visits include feeding, refreshing water, cleaning of litter boxes and daily waste disposal, engaging in cuddles/brushing/playtime, administering basic medicine (if needed), and sending updates via text or email. Additionally, your sitter can water plants and retrieve mail, if desired.
$25 per visit for 1-5 cats
$35 per visit for 6-8 cats, includes an additional 15 minutes of time
* Custom pricing available for homes with more than 8 cats.
Fearful / Guard Cat Sitting
15 Minute Visit
At Kalideocats we understand that some cats may be fearful of strangers or consider them a threat to their home; therefore, we offer shorter visits specifically tailored for these cats in order to alleviate any undo stress on them.
Visits include locating and visually assessing cat within the home, feeding, refreshing water, cleaning of litter boxes and daily waste disposal, administering basic medicine (if cat allows), and sending updates via text or email. Additionally, your sitter can water plants and retrieve mail, if desired.
$15 per visit
Feral Colony Sitting
15 Minute Visit
Kaleidocats provides the same level of care for our outdoor clients (community or feral) as we do our indoor clients. Registered colony caretakers can count on us to maintain the daily care and feeding routine of your colony so they are content while you are away.
Visits include feeding, refreshing water, disposing of daily waste, ensuring winter heating elements are functioning properly, and sending updates via text or email.
$15 per visit *this service is complimentary if we are also caring for your indoor cats.
Supportive Care Visit
Kaleidocats understands that at times you may feel overwhelmed by your cat's health and medical needs. That's perfectly normal. We can help and take some of the burden from you by providing an extra set of hands when you need it or stop by to administer medical treatments so you can have peace of mind while at work, or enjoy an evening out. However we can alleviate stress for you and your cats - we're here to support you.
Kaleidocats has extensive experience administering all forms of medications and treatments.
$15 for the first 15 minutes, $10 for each additional 15 minutes
A La Carte Services
If we are already caring for your cats you can add on our A La Carte services. If there is a service you need that is not listed below, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Bonus Time - Bonus time is great for cats who need a little extra attention, kittens and active cats, cats that love company, are lonely or have anxiety without their humans. (Please note: Bonus time services are not available during peak times or holidays). $10 for 15 minutes
Administer Treatments - A little extra time will be required per visit if your cat requires non-medication treatments. Non-medication treatments includes subcutaneous fluids, assist/syringe feeding, bladder expression, breathing treatments and wound cleaning. $10 per every 15 minutes
Nail Trim - If trimming your cat's claws has you biting your own nails, no worries, we can trim their nails for you. $15 first cat, $5 for each additional cat
Kitty Taxi - Does your cat have plans to go somewhere but you’re not available to take him? We can transport for you! $10 ignition fee, price determined based upon destination.
AREAS WE COVER
If you don't see your area, please ask. During non-peak periods, it may be possible.
I Love Cats. All Cats.
I have spent a life time living with, loving and caring for cats. My love for animals was instilled in me at an early age thanks to my parents. My childhood home was not only filled with our family pets, but also provided refuge for stray cats, abandoned dogs and orphaned or injured wildlife.
Many moons ago I moved to Chicago to pursue my design career. Upon arrival in the Windy City, I became involved in the Chicago rescue scene. I began as a cat care volunteer and foster for what is now Chicago‘s largest no-kill organization. I harnessed what I learned during those years as a volunteer and co-founded a foster-based cat rescue group where I led the marketing and development and supported the day-to-day operations of cat care. Fast forward 10 years, and I was invited to join the Development and Marketing team at Chicago’s largest cat-only Humane Society. It was at this time that I made the decision to retire from my design career and dedicate 100% of my time to rescuing and caring for cats.
I am hopelessly devoted to my own motley crew of felines consisting of varying ages, needs and temperaments. I am an active member of the TNR (Trap Neuter Return) community and a registered caretaker for two feral colonies in Chicago. Over the years, I have raised many orphaned neonates and fostered hundreds of kittens and adult cats. Needless to say, I take my work home with me every night - and I wouldn’t have it any other way
Thank you for considering Kaleidocats. I'm always available for questions and very much looking forward to meeting you and your cat(s).
Founder + Caregiver, Kaleidocats
Do you offer every other day visits?
No. For your cat(s) to receive the best care and for us to keep an eye on them properly, the minimum requirement is one visit per day. If you have a kitten(s) that is younger than 6 months-old, we require a minimum booking of two visits per day.
What time do you visit?
Visiting hours are between 8 am and 8 pm. We do our best to visit your cat at the same time each day. We appreciate your understanding that clients with medical needs or specifically timed medications need to be given priority within the schedule.
How much notice do I need to give?
For new clients, contact regarding your pending time away from home at least 72 hours in advance gives us time to schedule the meet and greet, acquire the keys, and arrange payment.
For existing clients, we appreciate as much notice as possible, especially for services needed during peak times. Kaleidocats likely is able to accommodate same day requests given the existing relationship.
What should I expect during the Meet and Greet with Kaleidocats?
The initial Meet and Greet is complimentary and typically last about 30 minutes. During this time, we will accomplish the following:
Meet the owner of Kaleidocats and your primary caregiver.
You will give us a tour of your cat’s environment, show us where supplies are, and outline your cat’s specific care needs.
Kaleidocats will receive a copy of your keys and address any questions you may have.
Together, we will review the Terms and Conditions and complete a vet release form.
What happens if there's an emergency with my cat?
If there is a health concern with your cat, you will be alerted immediately. If necessary, your cat will be taken to the vet (chargeable). The vet release form completed during the Meet and Greet gives Kaleidocats authorization to take your cat to the vet, if required.
Can you administer medication to my cat(s) and how much extra does this cost?
We have extensive experience administering all forms of medications. There is no additional charge for administering medicines during our visits. For visits requiring non-medication supportive care, such as subcutaneous fluids, assist/syringe feeding, bladder expression, wound cleaning or other treatments that require extended time, an additional $10 per every 15 minutes is assessed in the fee.
How do I know that you've visited and my cat is ok?
Daily updates and photos (or videos) will be sent to you via text or email, unless you request otherwise.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Electronic payments can be made using Chase Quickpay, Zelle or Venmo upon completion of services. Payments by cash or check must be left for us to pick up at your home during the time of service.
Do you charge extra for holidays or peak time visits?
We do not charge extra for visits made on holidays or during peak times. However, due to high demand, holiday and peak time visits may be shortened in order to accommodate all of our clients.
Will I have the same cat sitter caring for my cat(s)?
The sitter that you meet during your Meet and Greet will be your primary caregiver. There may be times that a substitute is required. Your primary caregiver will inform you ahead of time if there will be a substitute.
Do you charge extra to take care of my foster cats or kittens?
Our care for foster cats or kittens in addition to your resident kitties is complimentary. Thank you for fostering!
Do you only take care of cats? My household also has a dog, fish, bunny, chicken, hamster, guinea pig, lizard, bird, etc.
We do not provide any services for dogs. If your household has a small animal that needs care, we will consider providing services for that animal as well. Additional charges may apply. We do not provide services to households without cats.
Is Kaleidocats registered and insured?
Yes, Kaleidocats is a Limited Liability Company and is registered in Illinois. We are insured and bonded through Pet Sitter Associates.