Feline Hotels & Staycations



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Elisa Jo Harkness
Elisa Jo Harkness@eliservescent · Innovation Consultant at FABERNOVEL
When we had a plumbing emergency in my apartment in LA a year or so ago, all humans & animals had to vacate for ~12 hours while some kind of toxic bathtub-cement set & the fumes dispersed. Turns out it's incredibly difficult to find last-minute cat-boarding. I ended up taking my cat with me to campus & leaving his carrier in my advisor's office while I taught. I wish I'd known Ben then. Cats are an interesting market, though. Most of them don't like other cats, don't respond particularly well to changes in environment, etc. Your FAQ doesn't really address this - are there any requirements about cats already in the home for hosts, or cat-sociability for cat-guests? Do you have capacity for short term (less than one-day) cat-care? Can hosts handle cats with special needs? Do you plan to expand into in-home cat-care?
Sonya Petcavich
Sonya PetcavichMaker@s0nyy · Founder,
@eliservescent @eliservescent Hi Elisa! All terrific points you bring up. To address the particularities of cats, we give hosts the option to either watch cats in their own home or watch the cats in the owner's home; I assume the latter is the booking type which will occur more on this platform. That’s a really good idea to update our FAQ with some cat behavior tips and tricks so nothing crazy happens during bookings. As far as daily cat sitting, that is an option and you can set specific times of the day when you are available as a host. While there is no “host feature” per se to highlight that they can handle special needs kitties, most hosts would probably include this in their “About Me” section and this is an enhancement we can add in for future versions.
Anuj Adhiya
Anuj Adhiya@anujadhiya · Engagement/Analytics at GrowthHackers
Added to my Travel With/Without Pets collection: