Meet Your Sitter

Daniel McPartlan


Cats occupy a special place in Daniel’s heart and home. His cat Pixie was adopted from the Berkeley municipal animal shelter after she was found under an overpass. Daniel has volunteered at the Berkeley animal shelter for many years, socializing and comforting cats of all ages and temperaments, and also volunteers at the Antioch animal shelter.

Ironically, Daniel didn’t grow up with any cats in his household. However, that didn’t stop him from getting plenty of interaction and developing a deep fondness for them, as his grandmother who lived next door fostered up to 30 cats in her home at any given time for the El Dorado Humane Society. He can still remember vividly his favorite cats, such as the gregarious Raisin and the slightly overweight Fluffy, a cat who had a tendency to gain a lot of speed coming down a flight of stairs.

Daniel started The Comforted Kitty in 2014 and has always found it very rewarding to know that he is alleviating the boredom loneliness (and even stress) of a cat whose guardian is away. He strives to make sure they are all very well taken care of and that they enjoy all of the comforts of their life despite the absence of their guardian.

Daniel also loves photographing animal portraits, especially cats. He takes great care in emphasizing their personalities and capturing what makes them unique. Of course, the feline’s natural beauty is always something that makes his images so stunning. You can view some of his work on the gallery page. Daniel has also released for the second year in a row Berkeley Cats, a calendar that profiles some of the cats that reside in Berkeley.

Daniel looks forward to having his team of cat sitting extraordinaires help you out and comfort your kitty.

Providing a reliable, responsive, and professional quality cat sitting service to our clients is of utmost importance to our company. I know how hard it is to find such traits in a sitter these days. Your trust and respect must not be violated by anyone you hire to care for your beloved cat and home.
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Poppy J.

Sitter (East Bay)

Poppy grew up on an idyllic small farm in India, where she was surrounded by numerous animals including dogs, cats, parrots, chickens, monkeys, and even buffaloes! As a child she was immediately drawn to the wildlife and quickly learned how to care for a wide variety of animals. Since retiring Poppy has kept busy with and found deep enjoyment in cat sitting, dog walking, jewelry making, eco printing, gardening and intellectual pursuits in her spare time. Poppy is committed to the care and well-being of all the animals she comes into contact with and is both pet first aid and CPR certified.

She happily services Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Kensington, and Richmond.

“We wanted to drop you a line letting you know that we totally loved having Poppy look after our pride of lions! Everything went smoothly and her communication with us was just wonderful. Her attitude and care of our cats has been beyond our expectations. She is an amazing asset to your business! Thank you for sending her to us, we have nothing but praise for such a kind hearted lady.”

-Donna & Gordon K. (Richmond)

“Thank you so very much for watching Chloe for us this past week, Poppy! We were really thrilled to hear that she came out of her shell for you and you two were able to bond over the course of the week. Thank you so much for all of your efforts in making her feel comfortable and giving her some love and attention while we were away. It makes all the difference in feeling confident that we have someone we can trust when we travel and we worry much less about leaving Chloe knowing that she is in good hands.”
-Erin B. (Albany)

Cats have an undeniable warm presence in your home that’s very comforting and not overwhelming or demanding in any way.
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Samantha S.

Sitter and Office Manager (South Bay/Silicon Valley)

Samantha brings over 15 years experience working with cats in a variety of settings including; veterinary and animal sheltering. She also works for a non profit cat rescue in Morgan Hill saving countless kitties lives. She is passionate about working with cats and brings years of medical knowledge and behavioral expertise. When she is not working with cats, she can be found at home with her own family of four kitties; Mister, Susu, Pixie and Kindle, hiking in nature, or at the yoga studio. She is so excited to be working for The Comforted Kitty and cannot wait to meet you fur family.

She happily services Silicon Valley, including San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Campbell, Los Gatos, and Cupertino

What I like most about cats is their individual personalities. Each one is so uniquely different and wonderful!
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Marleena R.

Sitter (Marin County)

Mar has been working with cats for many years. She has been a volunteer at the Marin Humane Society, worked with a wonderful cattery, and has assisted with veterinary care. She has an extensive knowledge of cats, their husbandry needs, and their unique behaviors. First aid trained with experience in administering medication, Mar makes a special point to make sure every cat she has the privilege to work with receives the best care imaginable. She also practices Reiki (calming, soothing, therapeutic touch) for pets and is a budding pet masseuse. She is proud to be the servant of two fur munchkins, Pixie and Po, and a chiweenie who thinks she’s a cat, Sirius.

She happily services lower Marin County.

“Thanks so much Mar!!! Everything is perfect. Arlo is great and very happy. We really appreciate how well you take care of him. 🙂 The house always looks better after you’re here – amazing! We are extremely grateful!!”
-Susie L. (Fairfax)

“Sugar loves you Mar, you have been such a wonderful pal and caretaker for her and for us.”
-Linda C. (Larkspur)

Cats enrich our lives so much more than we could ever ask for. All they need to do is just look at you with those huge eyes and all the cares of the world can melt away.
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Barbara S.

Sitter (East Bay)

Barb, a 25+ year resident of Oakland, has had a lifelong affinity for cats, seldom living life without an active feline companion. For 15 years, with the help of many others, Barb participated in the trap, neuter and release efforts of a local feral colony.Barb is the proud caretaker of five elderly and special needs cats, three of whom began life as ferals. She finds great fulfillment and purpose in life in serving and helping others, humans and felines, alike.
She is very good with medicating cats (including injections) and takes pride in understanding that consistency and ritual are very important to our feline friends. Barb would be honored to meet you and to care for your feline friends in the capacity of cat sitter.

She happily services all of Oakland, Piedmont, Emeryville, Alameda, and northern San Leandro.

“Solomon and Sheba always had the best care when I had to travel because of Barbara. My cats were well-fed and watered, and their litter boxes were very clean. And she took care of their twice daily diabetic injections, on time and with comfort. I know my cats missed me, but they really enjoyed Barbara’s visits!”
-Deborah Z. (Oakland)

What I like most about cat’s is that each and every cat is a complex, intelligent, eccentric individual with a fascinating, loving and childlike personality.
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(South Bay / Peninsula)

Tera has been an animal lover since she was a young child, from when there was almost always a cat in the house. She brings several years of personal and professional cat-sitting experience with her. Before moving to the west coast, she worked for a professional pet sitting company in Connecticut and would also volunteer at her local animal shelter in her spare time.

When not caring for your kitty, she enjoys spending time with her three cats: Freezepop, Rhaego, and Grey Wind (all rescues, and two were littermates rescued as feral kittens). In her spare time she also likes to paint, read, and travel. Tera understands that cats require lots of patience and routine, and has experience administering medications to both cats and kittens. She even once had a cat that was smart enough to learn tricks such as how to jump through hoops, ring a bell, and push a shopping cart!

She happily services the South Bay and lower Peninsula, including Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Cupertino, and Campbell.

“Hi Tera,
We’ve arrived home and it’s clear the cats have been very well cared for. Mowgs is even in a playful mood! Thank you again for taking such great care of our boys. We will absolutely be using The Comforted Kitty again.”
– Liz G. (Menlo Park)

“Hi Tera,
Thank you so so much for the detailed update and all of the photos. I cannot tell you how relieved we are to hear that he greeted you and was playful and social. We were so worried that he might hide. Honestly, we feel so much better now. Thank you so much for taking such good care of him.”
– Megan G. (Redwood City)

“Hi, we came home to two happy and fluffy cats. Thanks again!”
– Lea M. (Menlo Park)

Just letting you know we’ve arrived home safely and Tapi is doing fine. Thanks so much again for looking after her so well!”
– Bronwyn A. (Mountain View)

I love how playful and adorable cats can be, and yet how they tend to also have a quiet regalness to them. Their personalities are all so incredibly different and it's very rewarding to build a new bond with a cat.
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Erin Y.

Sitter (San Francisco)

Erin Yen hails from the Midwest, where she’s cared for indoor and outdoor felines of every size, age, and personality! Using her expertise in kinesiology and the Alexander Technique, Erin prides herself in befriending kitties through deep understanding of instinctual movement.
Erin has held titles such as professional dancer, personal home-care assistant, and pet handler and care extraordinaire. She knows that every cat has a unique personality to share, and Erin works to let your cat’s quirks shine. It is her goal to provide you with peace of mind during your time away by giving the same environment of love and support your cat(s) get while their family is at home.

She happily serves San Francisco and the upper Peninsula.

“Thank you so much for your awesome care of our kitties! Your sweet note made us happier when we got home too 🙂 Maui had seemed to forget us and I feel like he was like “Who are you guys! Where is Erin?” We were so lucky to have you watch them. Alo and Maui can’t wait to see you again.”
-James and Jiyhun (Emeryville)

“We call Erin first every time we go out of town because we know our family and our home will be in good care. Jack, Peep, and Twitch always look forward to seeing her!”
-April B.

“Hi Erin – Just wanted to say you for taking such great care of Wanda!”
– Zoe B. (Oakland)

I love that every cat is distinctly their own being. As full respect of the individual is practiced, I am rewarded when cats reveal to me their most comfortable selves.
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Marion H.

Sitter (Peninsula)

Marion has a background in traditional and alternative health and healing and has always had a tenderness for animals, especially cats. After moving to the US at a young age from Germany she saw her very first cat while playing in the yard. There was an instant feeling of pure joy and love. They became fast friends and since that time cats have been a major part of her life. She offers not only experience, but also the ability to connect with the needs of both cats and cat guardians, knowing it is a very special relationship.

She happily serves cities across the Peninsula.

What I love most about cats are their playfulness, vulnerability, beauty and independent nature.
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Tootsie B.

Sitter (North Bay)

Originally from NY, Tootsie has lived in the Bay Area for 14 years. A double Leo, you could say she is a natural cat herself! She has always been drawn to cats and they to her. Growing up, her family had 3 cats but everyone knew they were really Tootsie’s as they would always sleep in her room and spend time with her on the couch.

“Whenever we travel I always ask Tootsie to watch Brutus and Shy because we know she is reliable and they’ll be in good hands. Brutus and Shy get so much love and attention they are almost sad when we get back! We have to step up our game a bit because Tootsie is always so good to them. We never worry when we’re gone because she is always responsive and in touch and takes care of all the big and little things.”
– Greg B (San Francisco)

What I love most about cats is the psychic connection we tend to have. I've always had a natural instinct for knowing what they need and like, and they always seem to know that for me as well.