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    They're not just cats... they're family!

  • Why Hire Molly the Cat Lady & Friends?

     

    We cat people know how stressful it is to travel and leave our beloved pets at home alone. And it's no secret among cat lovers that, contrary to popular opinion, cats DO need interaction with humans on a daily basis. We know that cats get lonely and depressed, and that can create behavior issues.

     

    So you know you need to hire someone, but what if Fluffy needs insulin shots twice a day? What if she is really shy and needs someone who understands? Who can you trust to make sure that she gets the loving and attentive care she needs?

     

    Sure, there are lots of pet sitting businesses out there. But most are about dogs, run by dog people, with cats on the side. They will stop and care for your cat, but think about it. Who do you want caring for your beloved cat--a dog person in between dog walks; or a cat person who understands your kitty, thinks he's adorable, has years of cat experience, and can clearly give the best care?

     

    Although we can never replace you, your cat's best friend, we do our best to care for your cat just as you would if you could be there yourself. We do not provide a one-size-fits-all service. We understand that each cat is unique, there are routines unique to each household, and cats thrive on routine. We will tailor a care routine to fit your cat's particular needs.

     

    We also realize that travel costs can be steep, and your pet care costs can add up. We will come to your home to feed, water, clean litter, and provide companionship for up to 3 pets; we'll take in your mail, water your plants, and keep watch over your home--all for just $24 a visit, with a surcharge on some holidays. (Add'l cats over 3 are $2 apiece extra.) We also offer concierge services which can be booked separately, or added to a basic service booking.

     

    If you have other non-canine pets in the home, we can care for them, too. We love all animals! (Yes, even dogs! We just leave them in the good hands of dog people.) We have experience with birds, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, and fish.

     

    If your kitty has medical needs, no problem. We can handle routine medication administration.

     

    Molly and her friends also are available to you (once you're an established client) at any time for questions about your kitty's behavior or care routine. We can give you our feedback and recommendations for things to try, or refer you to someone if your issue is beyond our ability to help. We have a great network of animal massage therapists, chiropractors, behaviorists, and vets to handle your kitty's every need.

     

    Molly the Cat Lady (and her friends) is bonded and insured; a NAPPS (National Association of Professional Pet Sitters) Certified Pet Sitter, and Red Cross certified for animal first aid. She is also a member of Pet Sitters International and Professional Pet Sitters of Minnesota.

  • About Us

    Molly & Friends

    Molly Rosen - Molly the Cat Lady - Minneapolis, MN

    Molly Rosen

    Founder

    Molly the Cat Lady, a.k.a. Molly Rosen, is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), Professional Pet Sitters of Minnesota, and Pet Sitters International (PSI). She is bonded & insured through Business Insurers of the Carolinas, a company that specializes in covering pet sitters. She is trained in pet first aid and is a NAPPS Certified Pet Sitter. Here is the Pledge of Professional Conduct that she took.

     

    In her personal life, she is the mother of three adult children; she was an intellectual property legal professional for 25 years; she likes to cook, garden, camp, hike, and read. She suffers from a painful, degenerative connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, but is determined to have the best quality of life possible for as long as possible. She is grateful for John, who helps her to follow her dreams.

     

    John - Molly the Cat Lady - Minneapolis, MN

    John Hansen

    Friend

    John is Molly's life partner. In order to qualify for that tough-to-get position, he had to love cats, of course! John has been personally trained by Molly to do cat visits the "Molly the Cat Lady" way. Cats love him! Some have even called him a "cat whisperer." Here he is shown whispering to one of our clients.

     

    John wears multiple hats in the company and has been tireless in his efforts to continually improve our business while simultaneously doing consults and visits. He is very popular with "his" clients and has earned many of his own 5-star reviews.

     

    John is an independent business consultant and has two teenage daughters. He enjoys research, music, spending time with his daughters, going to the North Shore with Molly, and a good Chicago style hot dog.

    Elizabeth Smokstad

    Friend

    Hi, my name is Liz. Ever since I can remember I have had cats in my life. Currently living in Minnetonka with my boyfriend, Scott, we have 4 cats: Oliver (Ollie) the tabby, his brother Wallard (Wally) the tuxedo, Rosie (RoRo) our toothless, asthmatic, diabetic sweet black cat, and our newest rescue Jack, who came into our home at 1.6 pounds and just turned 1 year, tipping the scales at 13 lbs! We lovingly call them our "kids."


    Growing up we always had multiple cats and dogs. One of my fondest memories is from when I was about 10 years old and we bred our Siamese cat, Sam. She had a litter of 5 (2 boys, 3 girls) in a box in my closet. My mom wanted me to keep a girl but, while all the kittens were playing, this one little boy picked me by laying upside down in my lap. I named him "Spuds."

    I have some vet tech schooling and have done cat and dog sitting for friends and family for years. I also enjoy biking, hiking, and cabin time. Most of the time you can find me at home watching movies with "the kids." Animals are my life.

     

    John - Molly the Cat Lady - Minneapolis, MN

    Catherine Marsh

    Friend

    Hi! My name is Catherine! I'm a Midwestern native recently moved back to the area after satisfying 20 years of wanderlust and adventure in the travel industry. I'm back with my gorgeous, allergic, neurotic, foster-failure kitty Chloe in tow, and recently bought a home in NE Minneapolis. I'm a novice gardener, a music lover, a part time home cook, belly dancer, bike rider, and full-time cat lover.

     

    I am really proud to be a part of Molly's team. Molly and I met in 2015 and immediately hit it off over wine and endless conversations about cats. She saw how much I adored (OK, I'm borderline obsessed with) kitties, and soon entrusted me to be part of the MTCL family of cat lovers.

     

    Your kitty's welfare is first and foremost on my mind when I'm doing my visits. I have volunteered at shelters and been involved in animal rescue for a few years now, which has given me an acute sense of their needs. I want your kitties to be comfortable no matter who they are: the belly-flopping charmer, the silly-goose laser chaser, the run-and-hiders, the treat hogs and everyone in between.​

    Caitlin McClellan

    Friend (and Family!)

    Hi, I'm Caitlin! I'm a lifelong cat lover. I also happen to be Molly's daughter. I graduated college last spring and I'm back home helping out with the cat sitting.

     

    My first bonding with a cat happened as an infant. We had an orange kitty named Lucky, and we were inseparable. I grew up with that sweet, drooly cat. Since then we've had and loved many other cats. While at college, I adopted two tabby boys, Mako and Bolin. They are pretty spoiled!

     

    I'll be handling mostly St. Paul visits. I'm very happy to be joining the MTCL team, and can't wait to meet your kitties!

  • Services & Pricing

    What & How Much

    Services

    Basic Kitty Care
    $24/visit (up to 3 cats)

     

    Every visit includes:

    • Feeding & Watering
    • Litter Box Scooping
    • Playtime & Affection
    • Mail & Newspaper
    • Water House Plants
    • Other House-sitting Services as needed

    Need more time? Purchase an

    Extended Care Visit

    (60 min.)

    $44

     

    OVERNIGHT VISITS

    8 PM to 7 AM (as available)

    $65

    *We recommend at least one overnight, especially for solo cats who are social, if you're away for a week or longer

    *Includes PM and AM feedings

     

      Concierge Services

      Items on this menu are a la carte; add to a Basic Kitty Care booking, or book the concierge service(s) alone.

      • Hands-on Rx administration $10
      • Rx visit only (no feeding/litter) $22
      • Litter Service Only (no visit):
         ~Scoop $15
         ~Change/Cleanout $20
      • One-way transport inside service area $25
      • Wait time @vet/groomer, etc. $35/hr
      • Outdoor Watering - $10

      ADD'L SURCHARGES:

      • Each cat over 3: $2/visit
      • Downtown: $10/visit
      • Visits before 6 AM: $10
      • Visits after 9 PM: $10
      • Short Notice (72 hours or less) $15
      • Segregated Cat $15

       

       

       

      Holiday Surcharges

      $15/visit

      • Thanksgiving Day Weekend (Thurs-Sun)
      • Christmas Eve through New Years Day 
      • Easter Weekend (Sat-Sun)
      • Memorial Weekend
        (Sat-Mon)
      • July 3-5
      • Labor Day Weekend (Sat-Mon)
      *Fees go directly to your sitter*
       
       
       
       
       
    • Molly the Cat Lady's Blog

      Advice & Ruminations From Your Friendly Neighborhood Cat Lady

    • Our Clients

      They are not cat owners; they are staff. They wait on the feline royalty's every whim, and take better care of their health than they do of their own. The cats of the house expect the freshest water, preferably moving (the sink is popular): that one kind of food they like (subject to change at whim), amusements tailored to their liking, and the coziest spots to curl up in (preferably yours).

       

      In all seriousness, we value our clients highly and consider them an extension of our own family. Like us, our clients do not think of their cats as pets. They are family; to some, their children. Their kitties get needed medical care, the best nutrition, exercise, enrichment, and lots of love. They might even post photos of their pet on social media so everyone can appreciate how special they are (you know who you are). And, they really need a trusted partner in their pets' care for the times when they can't be there. That's when they call us.

    • Contact Me to Schedule
      Your Free Consultation

      The consultation is required prior to engaging our services, and is free if you book a visit during the consult. If you do not book a visit at the time of the consult, we ask for a $24 deposit which will be applied to any future booking.
       

      Please complete the message form below and we'll get back to you promptly.

    • What Our Clients Say About Us

      In their own words...

      Gwenny

      "Molly really is The Cat Lady! My cat, Gwenny, wouldn't have anyone else care for her when I'm out of town! I give her all five stars: 1 star for feeding her, 1 star for making sure her water stays fresh & full, 1 star for being affordable, 1 star for being trustworthy, and the biggest star for spending time giving my kitty attention while she's there!"

       -Melissa

      Cocoa & Jazz

      "My kitties are a big fan of Molly and so am I! It's so comforting to know that, if I am out of town for a weekend or for a work trip, I do not need to worry about my fur-babies. One of them has special medication for a thyroid condition and the other is quite elderly so often 2 visits a day are necessary while I am away, and Molly is so flexible and willing to accommodate their needs. She loves animals and takes special care of my cats, and is one of the few people I trust to have a back up set of keys to my home. She will be a wonderful companion to your pets also."

      -Cristy

      Kidlat

      "Molly did a great job with my little boy cat Kidlat. I traveled internationally for almost 2 weeks and her ongoing communication was fantastic, so I always knew Kidlat was OK. Upon return, Kidlat did not seem stressed out, which indicated to me that Molly gave him good play and nurturance time. I highly recommend Molly!"

      -Kale

      Jonni & Papi

      "What a pleasure to have Molly watch my two cats when I am in vacation! My husband and I were out of town last week and Molly took care of our two cats, our children. Because I get anxious and worry about them when I am gone, Molly sent me daily updates with pictures and videos. She even brought them catnip toys! I highly recommend Molly and will use her whenever we go out of town, Thanks Molly!"

       -Robin

      Luna & Lady Olive

      "Molly is the best thing since sliced bread! I have two furry friends at home (cats) who required a lot of attention. Whenever I leave town my mind is at ease knowing Molly is taking great care of them. In the past, I've had friends check on them and ever since I switched to Molly I can tell a difference of when I return home. It's like I never left. I'm grateful for having such a wonderful resource available when I need it! You're the best, Molly!"

       

      -Allison

      Pooty

      "Twice in the last year, my cat has gotten sick and had need for extra attention and twice-daily medication just before I was to leave on a vacation. Having Molly look in on her and send me detailed updates during each visit gave me the peace of mind I needed to enjoy my time away with family and friends without worrying that medications weren't being administered properly or that my cat was being mistreated or neglected. It's clear Molly loves animals and takes joy in caring for them.

      "I could have easily combined the efforts of a few very willing, cat-loving friends to stop by and cover those "shifts" of looking in on my pet, but having a single consistent, friendly face visiting each time is less stressful for the cat. And it also eliminates having to explain the details of the cat's needs, medical or otherwise, to multiple people, leaving less room for misunderstandings and mix-ups. And with an expert like Molly, you know that she is already familiar with how to wrangle a fussy kitty who just plain doesn't want to get pilled, injected, or take yucky-tasting oral liquid medication. :-)"

      ~Jeremy

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