Eliska V.

By Daniel McPartlan | Mar 7, 2023

Eliska V.

"What I love most about cats is their unearthly ability to take our sadness and turn it into a kind of serenity. Somehow, they can sense the sadness that is a part of life and transform those feelings into a deep calm."

*Background Checked

*Insured & Bonded

*Clients Served: 65

*Kitties Comforted: 110

My Profile:

It has been a great pleasure for me to have known so many cats throughout my life, beginning when I was just a small child.
There was Paganini, a black and white tuxedo cat my dad brought home to our houseboat one day. I still remember the smarting pain that rose when he scratched my hand to ward off my fervent advances just to touch him. Years later, there was Max, or Maxwell, as my mom used to call him. What I remember most about Max was his alabaster mane, that appeared to hem in his head like a halo. When we teenagers my mom took my brother and I to the Humane Society to pick out a kitten, a fluffy tabby we named Pierre. I remember Pierre very well. We were very close, and I missed him a lot when I moved out of my dad’s house to find a place of my own and attend college. Even when I became a so-called adult, Pierre and I still enjoyed chasing each other, his claws clicking, then sliding and scratching at the wood floor at the end of the hallway to make the sharp turn into our dining room. I still miss him.

These days, my partner, S., and I are close friends with a long-haired tabby we call Captain. He stays at a hotel across the way from us, near the hotel’s pool. That is where we saw him for the first time, along with his brother, Gill, and his mom, Skip, about five years ago. One day Gill and Skip followed us back to our home, a 36-foot sailboat. They came and went as they pleased, back and forth along the long narrow docks and through a parking lot between our boat and the hotel. Captain, a very sweet, very cautious tomcat never ventures far from the hotel’s pool area. Every morning and evening, rain or shine, S. and I come to see him. First, I brush his long silky coat, then S. sits on the grass and pets him while he eats, and I shake out the hair and debris from his bed inside his “house”, a little wooden shelter our neighbor constructed recently, right before the heavy rain started last year. Then I put a hand-warmer or two under the blanket on his bed and pour fresh water in his big water bowl. Captain insists on having these cat duties completed in this order. If not, watch out! S. and I would love it if he came with us back to the boat, but he won’t- and I don’t blame him one bit.

I often take care of our neighbors’ cats and dogs in the marina when they leave town. They have been here their whole lives, and it is home for them. Captain’s home is on land, and I take comfort in knowing that he’s nearby and we can come over and see him anytime.
It is my sincerest wish that all people experience the great pleasure that comes from knowing cats and taking care of them. The world would be a better place.

CLIENT FEEDBACK:

“Amazing service that exceeded expectations! My husband and I had a few reservations regarding having a stranger in our home caring for our kitties, but right off the bat, the initial meeting with our sitter allayed our concerns. Eliska was absolutely wonderful: kind, thoughtful, punctual, and thorough. You can really tell she cares about cats, which is so important when your pets are your family. She asked lots of questions to make sure they received the proper care (even checking logistics I hadn’t considered, which was great). The beginning forms to fill out on the app are a bit long, but in my opinion it is necessary considering each cat/household has different needs. Also, once you go through the initial process, the whole experience is pretty much seamless. It was wonderful to receive daily detailed updates and photos of the cats and their feedings/playtime. It made for a much more relaxing vacation, knowing they were well-cared for. We couldn’t be happier with the entire experience. And, if you’re lucky enough to get Eliska, tell her Will and Raven say hello! Thank you, Comforted Kitty!” – Raven P. (Berkeley)

“My family and I are so happy we found such a wonderful service in the Comforted Kitty! It is so easy to make a request for care and Dan and associates have been fantastic giving support and answering questions. As for our assigned cat sitter, Eliska, she is probably one of the best cat caregivers we’ve ever had! Her daily, detailed reports let us know exactly what’s going on. She quickly understands each cat’s particular needs and makes extra efforts to keep them happy and healthy. In one report she said she ran around the house to play with them and to give them some exercise, which they love and need. Well, the proof is in the pudding as both cats were so calm and happy when we got home! Usually we get a bit of a cold shoulder from the cats when we return from a trip, but this time they were remarkably happy, social, and loving. They even greeted us at the door. I’m very grateful for Eliska’s professionalism and her warm and intuitive interactions with our kitties! You’ll be lucky to book Eliska!” – Pamela M. (Berkeley)

“I hadn’t used pet services in years and was hesitant to do so. I was very pleased with the thoroughness of the service provided. Eliska was very kind and sensitive to our old cat’s needs and exceeded our expectations!” – Cherie E. (Alameda)

“Eliška from The Comforted Kitty has visited our cat, Star, so far for 2 different weeks while we were away. Upon first meeting Eliška at the meet & greet, I liked her. She asked lots of questions about Star, her behaviors, her fave toys & activities, her food, etc. She took notes and gave me the sense she was listening. Eliška checked in again by text before our first time away. During our first time away, Star was not the most pleasant cat to Eliška. She hissed and growled at Eliška, and even lunged at her twice. Eliška stayed her ground and did not let Star think she was intimidated by her behaviors. Eliška consistently talked very calmly to Star, got on the floor to be at her level, and did not try to pet her. During our second time away, Star exhibited some of the same behaviors, but it seemed like Eliška was making some progress over the course of the week. There were 2 days when there was no hissing or growling at all. Eliška had suggested she use a whistle if/when Star looked like she was going to lunge at her, and we agreed that was ok. The strategy seemed to work for the most part. We also realized that Star was likely feeling threatened if Eliška approached her feeder or fountain, so she changed her behavior and gave Star her wet food and treats far away from the feeder & fountain. This helped. Every day when Eliška gave me an update and sent pictures of Star, she said “See her tomorrow” which made me sigh with relief, knowing she wasn’t going to give up on Star, which she hasn’t. Eliška has acknowledged that Star is scared when we’re away, which shows through her behaviors. We have 2 more weeks planned to be away this year, and while I’m not happy with Star’s behavior, I’m glad that Eliška will be coming to visit her. I have a feeling that over time Star will come to accept Eliška and will no longer act bad towards her. I’m very glad I got connected with Eliška as it takes a very special person to commit to visiting a cat that exhibits aggressive behaviors and to not give up. I highly recommend Eliška to care for other kitties :)” – Gina B. (Oakland)

“We were really pleased with the Comforted Kitty! Our sitter, Eliška was punctual for our meet-and-greet, had a notepad with numerous questions and notes and had thoroughly read my own notes about our two guys and their setup. Communication from the company was thorough. Eliška did all we asked and more, taking excellent care of our difficult cats. We got lots of feedback every day along with a checklist of tasks and photos! Highly recommended and would definitely use Eliška and the Comforted Kitty again.” – Gem S. (Oakland)

“Thank you so much for taking your time with them and taking such good care of them and the house! it is appreciated! take care and the girls will look forward to seeing you next time!” -Leslie B. (Alameda)

“Thank you again for everything! I’m so relieved to have found someone that the cats and I like and trust so much!!! I’m sure we’ll see you again 😸😸😸” -Angela F. (Alameda)

“Just got home a little while ago. Star is telling us how wonderfully you took care of her while we were gone 😊❤️🤗😸 Thanks again for all you did. Until next time 😸😸😸 -Gina B. (Alameda)

“Thank you so much Eliška. We got home late last night and Misty was thrilled to see us. We really appreciate all your hard work and great care of the kitties. We will definitely get in touch the next time we go on a trip!” -Ellen K. (Oakland)

“We are back home from our trip and everyone is happy and super chill. Thank you so much for your excellent cat care! You are truly one of the best sitters my crew has ever had and the best sitter they’ve had since my friend left town a couple years back!” -Tracy G. (Oakland)

“Hi Eliska! Omg, you must really be a fun sitter because they are both super, super happy and affectionate! I really can see the difference from another sitter who was never able to pet Bitsy, and Bitsy was not happy at all when we got home. I hope you continue to work for the Comforted Kitty company because we only want you to care for our kitties! ❤️” -Pamela M. (Berkeley)

“Thank you so very much Eliška!! Everyone seems well cared for and relaxed. I am really grateful for all your special attention for all our little ones. It truly made our vacation and time away so much more relaxing to know you were here to care for them. We are already planning our next get away and look forward to working with you again!!” -Amber M. (Oakland)

925-494-0485 info@comfortedkitty.com