Marlene S.

by | Jul 25, 2022

I’m Marlene, born and raised in the Bay Area. I didn’t really grow up with animals, so when the opportunity came up to pet sit for some coffeehouse regulars whenever they were out of town, I was game–except I didn’t have the appreciation for cats that I do now. Shortly after getting my first apartment, the universe blessed me with the best first cat, and the rest, as they say, is history! From then on, if there was a cat around, I was trying to win kitty over.

And let’s be real, because I know we’re all thinking it…cats are the best jerks. They are unapologetic, ridiculously cute and cuddly one minute, and then reminding you that there’s still a wild beast inside the next. No doubt, I want to be a cat in my next life! I don’t have to work or worry about how ridiculous rent and gas prices are. The food is always flowing, I get to spend my days lounging around in the sun, no bad weather or predators to worry about, I get to cuddle on my terms, and there’s a box a go to the bathroom in and it magically cleans itself. (After getting a Litter Robot, the running joke was that our cat’s toilet is more expensive than ours!) And everyone thinks I’m cute!

Besides caring for friends’ cats and our own, I’ve done in-home pet sitting, connecting with people who would let you stay at their house in exchange for caring for their animals. I mostly staycationed at people’s homes around different parts of the Bay. I loved getting to explore different places, and getting to spend a lot of QT with kitties was a huge plus.

After over a decade of working as a health care professional, I was able to retire early by way of financial independence. I now fill my days with a few gigs that actually bring me joy while still being of service and bringing joy to others. In addition to helping my husband with his business, I started teaching yoga again, and now, thanks to The Comforted Kitty, I get to meet and hang out with all the kitties! I love meeting their humans too. I consider it a great honor to be trusted to care for people’s homes and pets, and I love being able to give people some peace of mind while they’re away.

When I’m not working, I’m probably hiking, going to the beach, taking care of my indoor jungle of house plants, listening to music or a podcast, reading a book, watching a movies, or hanging out with family or friends.

CLIENT FEEDBACK:

“Dan at Comforted Kitty has been a pleasure to work with. They are very responsive and thorough! The app/website in which we put all our info is very well thought out and I really appreciate the info we need to provide. Marlene was wonderful!! Our kitty is a senior cat with medication needs and Marlene took great care of her. Along with helping us turn on our A/C and retrieving our mail. She sent daily updates and photos through the app 🙂 We were able to book Marlene last minute this past Labor Day weekend and we are excited to have her back in October. Highly recommend Comforted Kitty and their team!” – Teresa W. (San Francisco)

“Wonderful, fantastic experience from start to finish! It was simple, convenient and really nice working with Marlene at Comforted Kitty. Super easy to book a slot online. If a pet needs individualized care, like specific food or medication, their form lets you spell everything out. A few days before we left town Marlene came over to meet the cats, and discuss what kind of care they needed. She was kind, professional and very supportive – totally on top of things in a relaxed, easy way — and I felt the cats would be in great hands with her. We arranged for once a day visits where Marlene put out food and water, scooped the litter, and visited with them for a while so they wouldn’t feel lonely or stressed. She sent pictures every day, texted, and kept us informed about how everything was going. She sent the perfect amount of info, which was great for our peace of mind. Marlene was attuned to our extremely shy cats and sang and talked to them. In return they made themselves visible to her, which is totally amazing and doesn’t happen very often with people outside our family. We came home to cats who were happy and calm — and we were happy and calm, too! Everything we requested was done exactly like we asked. Kudos for a job well done! We’ll definitely work with them again in the future!” – K. Lavier (Oakland)

“I had an absolutely delightful experience trying this service for the first time! Our cat-sitter, Marlene, was exceptionally responsive, attentive, and warm; I knew immediately that my kitty was in very good hands. It was such a joy to receive the photos and messages during our trip away from home, and seeing that our kitty was as happy as could be. I highly recommend the Comforted Kitty!!” – Beth S. (Oakland)

“The Comforted Kitty, as well as my kittys’ sitter, Marlene, are both fantastic. Setting up with Dan went well and he’s so friendly. I love using the company’s app since so much information can be shared between me and Marlene about my cat. And finally, Marlene is amazing. She’s so thorough and attentive. The pictures and reports she sends daily on my little one have been the best. I highly recommend The Comforted Kitty for your cat sitting needs.” – Monique C. (Oakland)

“Marlene is fantastic.  She’s kitty-sat for our two cats several times and is so caring and detailed.  One of our cats has some special needs with medication and special food, Marlene is extremely detail oriented and makes sure that both kitties get what they need. Not to mention playing with them and giving them lots of snuggle time. She sends pictures and notes everyday, and even took out the trash and cleaned up some messes.  It’s such a relief to have her look after them and to be able to relax on vacations knowing they are in good hands.  Can’t recommend her enough.” – Jen O.

“Marlene was great with my crazy cat when I was on vacation. She sent detailed updates and photos, so even though I was away I knew my cat was having a good time and getting her playtime and cuddles in! I’ll definitely be requesting her again for future sitting.” – Hannah C. (Berkeley)

“Wonderful, fantastic experience from start to finish! It was simple, convenient and really nice working with Marlene at Comforted Kitty. Super easy to book a slot online. If a pet needs individualized care, like specific food or medication, their form lets you spell everything out. A few days before we left town Marlene came over to meet the cats, and discuss what kind of care they needed. She was kind, professional and very supportive – totally on top of things in a relaxed, easy way — and I felt the cats would be in great hands with her. We arranged for once a day visits where Marlene put out food and water, scooped the litter, and visited with them for a while so they wouldn’t feel lonely or stressed. She sent pictures every day, texted, and kept us informed about how everything was going. She sent the perfect amount of info, which was great for our peace of mind. Marlene was attuned to our extremely shy cats and sang and talked to them. In return they made themselves visible to her, which is totally amazing and doesn’t happen very often with people outside our family. We came home to cats who were happy and calm — and we were happy and calm, too! Everything we requested was done exactly like we asked. Kudos for a job well done! We’ll definitely work with them again in the future!” – Kay L. (San Francisco)

“I cannot say enough positive things about The Comforted Kitty, and sitter Marlene S. in particular. I usually take two (2.5 week) extended trips each year and several long weekend trips throughout the year. I have two senior cats, one of whom has kidney disease and requires daily medication and subcutaneous fluids. I am kind of a worrier and my cats are probably the single thing that I worry most about – particularly when I am away for an extended period of time. I’ve been assigned Marlene each time I’ve booked TKS and could not be happier or more at ease with her care for both cats. She clearly took the time to get to know both cats – how they like to play, how they like their food prepared, what sorts of treats they like, etc. She always sends very detailed messages and adorable photos after every visit. She is extremely responsive – including after hours – and goes the extra mile to make sure both cats are happy. More than just being a great catsitter, I think Marlene and TKS have actually made me a better owner to my cat with kidney disease. Marlene had some great tips for administering fluids and meds that I have starting using and which have made my life a lot easier. Marlene has also been generally very diligent about administrative aspects of sitting. A couple of times I booked more visits than I needed and Marlene was helpful in reminding me to update my booking before being billed. Finally, Marlene has been really helpful with random non-cat-related housesitting tasks. For example, I have about ten chickens in a coop and she has graciously agreed to tend to them when sitting for the cats. She brings in packages and just generally makes sure nothing is amiss when I’m away. In sum, The Comforted Kitty has been a fantastic resource and I am so glad that I have found them, and Marlene in particular. TKS’s prices are reasonable and they offer a lot of options for duration and frequency of visits in a convenient app portal. I have found Marlene to be diligent, responsive, and skilled in caring for animals. I feel 100% at ease when she is caring for my cats while I’m away. I literally cannot think of any way in which the service I have received from TKS could be improved upon.” – Katy A. (San Francisco)

“Marlene is fantastic.  She’s kitty-sat for our two cats several times and is so caring and detailed.  One of our cats has some special needs with medication and special food, Marlene is extremely detail oriented and makes sure that both kitties get what they need. Not to mention playing with them and giving them lots of snuggle time. She sends pictures and notes everyday, and even took out the trash and cleaned up some messes.  It’s such a relief to have her look after them and to be able to relax on vacations knowing they are in good hands.  Can’t recommend her enough.” – Jennifer O. (Newark)

“Marlene was very helpful in taking care of my gato. She fed, refilled water, picked up poop, and took pics. First time using Comforted Kitty and was happy with the reliable service.” – Uncle P. (Oakland)

“Wow, Marlene at The Comforted Kitty is the best! This last December 2022 was the first time using this company’s services, but we did meet Marlene prior to our kittys’ visits. I had no idea (or forgot) that I would get daily notes and summary report. I love them! They’re incredibly useful too, because I got to hear that our kitty was taking her medication, like the good girl she is, and that she was eating normally, was spunky and playful with Marlene, etc. (so we knew she wasn’t too unhappy with our absence). Marlene also sent us photos and not only is it fun to look at original, adorable photos of our cat, but it was fantastic to see how well the two of them were getting along day to day. I have to give their app high praise too, it’s genius for all the information shared between both parties. I can’t recommend them and Marlene enough! We’ll absolutely hire Marlene in the future. In fact, I’m going to make a request now!” – Monique Q. (Oakland)

“I had to admit that I’m finally at that stage of life where I can’t just rely on friends to provide cat care. So we reached out to the Comforted Kitty for a long weekend trip. They were responsive that same day, and while the first time intake can be a bit of a beast, it is really extensive and they cover just about anything that could come up while you’re away, so it’s actually really worth the time and gives you that peace of mind while you’re away. We had our meet and greet with Marlene, and while both of our cats are skittish of new people, we were able to give a home tour, and she asked relevant questions related to what I had included on our intake. She definitely made me feel comfortable handing over the keys to our home. While we were gone I also had said I’d be fully available for questions, but I was on vacation… so of course that wasn’t the case! Marlene communicated not only the question she had, but when she didn’t hear back from me, she was decisive and let me know her plan of action. I was so appreciative of that, and to tell the truth she did exactly what I would have told her to do anyway. I think that’s the benefit of a service that’s catered to cat people, by cat people. So big thanks to them! We booked about a month out, so cannot speak to getting last minute care, but for a planned trip they were very solid.” – Cate H. (Oakland)

“Marlene from The Comforted Kitty was super professional, responsive, thorough, and caring. She was incredibly clear and precise in all our communications – making me feel like we were in very good hands and that our cat would be well taken care of. Marlene went above and beyond to make sure our beloved pet and home were safe and well (e.g., she alerted us that a surprise package we received was marked ‘perishable’ and made sure that the contents wouldn’t be ruined). Highly recommend!” -Simon M. (Oakland)

“Thank you so much for taking care of our babies at the last minute. You helped us through a rough time by generously being there for us in a time of need. Sending you much love and gratitude. It makes us so happy to know YOU have brought your kindness and great energy to our home. XOXO 💞 🥰🥂” -Tiffany B. (Oakland)

“Dear Marlene – thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking care of Boots and Rex! They were totally calm when we got home. Your love and kindness made all the difference. We appreciate you and all you do to be sweet and gentle with our babies.” -Tiffany B. (Oakland)

 

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