(703) 867-7140 | A woman-owned business!
We want to take care of your kitty!
Over 1,500 cats cared for!
See reviews below, or pics above from our happy customers!
(703) 867-7140 | A woman-owned business!
We want to take care of your kitty!
Over 1,500 cats cared for!
See reviews below, or pics above from our happy customers!
During the current pandemic, we are taking all measures necessary to ensure the safety of our sitters and our clients. Meet & Greets will be virtual (FaceTime or Zoom). At each visit, sitters will arrive with masks and disinfecting wipes. They will wipe/sterilize all surfaces used. If there are any additional protocols requested, we are more than willing to accommodate you.
Susan Tate is the owner and CCW (Chief Cat Whisperer)! She loves cats and has had many in her 60+ years! Cat Sitting by Susan will take great care of your cat and is even able to provide insulin shots or other medication, if necessary. You will receive photos, videos, and texts while you’re away so that you can rest easy knowing your furry family member is happy and being well taken care of. Susan is married to her husband Gregg, and live in Falls Church, VA. They have 3 daughters, two granddaughters, and one grandson. They had a big, happy cat named Patrick (photo below) until recently when he passed away after a bout with cancer. They adopted Snickers (see below) who's their newest love, and recently added a new kitty, Fred, to the family! You can rest assured that we will love and treat your furry family member as one of our own!
Lourdes has joined the Cat Sitting by Susan team not only as a sitter, but as our new Director, helping Susan to run and grow this vibrant, exciting business! She was born and raised in Washington, DC and had rabbits and dogs growing up. She currently has no kitties, but is looking forward to the future! In her spare time, she loves photographing nature, hiking and exploring new trails, and dining out, especially venturing to a new restaurant with friends. Lourdes loves cats because, "they are not only beautiful creatures, they are intriguing, and challenge you to get to know them for the individual being that they are." She has just changed career paths and has joined our growing team. As to why she joined Cat Sitting by Susan, Lourdes' answer is, "Susan! To start, I love that Cat Sitting by Susan is a small, local, woman-owned business, operated by people who genuinely love cats and enjoy caring for them. Changed careers to follow my passion for animals and helping people, so this allows the best of both worlds!"
Erin was born in Virginia and grew up in Springfield. She has mostly had cats growing up, including two tortoiseshell kitty sisters. She still has one, who is now 14 years old and still going strong. She loves reading and learning. Erin says, "I love cats because although they seem mysterious and distant at first, once they familiarize themselves with you, they can be so loving and sweet." She is currently going to school at NOVA Community College, soon to be working on a degree in Accounting. She saw the job listed, and knew that as the cat lady in her family, the job seemed perfect as well as getting to spend time doing something she loves.
Dan was born in Crystal Lake, Illinois and moved to Arlington, Virginia when he was 14. Growing up, he had dogs, an iguana, and a cat name Pandora. He recently moved to Falls Church after living in Chicago for the last 5 years. He particularly loves playing with, and caring for, his two daughters, Harper and Sparrow. He also enjoys cooking and is a huge Chicage sports teams fan. He has worked as an animal care specialist and an adoption counselor at the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. He has joined the Cat Sitting by Susan team because, as he says, "While working at the shelter, I really fell in love with cats, and I miss being around them and taking care of them."
Rachel was born in Midland, TX and recently moved to this area. Growing up, she had many pets, including 2 dogs, a fish, a chinchilla, and of course, 5 cats! She currently has two sweet kitties, Ophelia and Lilly. She enjoys English horse riding, hiking, gaming, and lounging around with her kitties. Rachel says, "Having grown up with both dogs and cats I always found that a cat was more loyal than a dog was, and I connected more with cats and could relate to their sassy behavior!" In addition to her cat sitting duties, she is also studying web development.
Melissa was born in Fairfax, VA, grew up in the Northern VA area and had multiple pets growing up including fish, gerbils, rabbit, dogs, and 5 cats! She has two kitties now. She enjoys hiking, road trips, and being around animals. Melissa says she loves cats because "they are highly intelligent, highly emotional creatures, much like ourselves. They provide unconditional love to their humans, and I believe that we can all learn a lot from them." She is currently taking time off from school to pursue work opportunities, and has decided to work for Cat Sitting by Susan because she finds it very fulfilling to help others and animals. She says, "Cats have provided me such a great amount of unconditional love, that I want to give back to them, in any way possible."
Ashley was born and raised in Arlington, VA. Growing up, she had a menagerie - 5 cats, two dogs, and 4 hamsters over the years! Currently, she has 3 kitties, Precious, Suki, and Sterling. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and hanging out with her friends and her sweet kitties. She says she loves cats, "because they don't just love immediately and/or unconditionally; it might take time for a cat to warm up to you, but as soon as they do, they're yours forever. I think that more often than not, the cat chooses the human and not vice versa. Cats also have so many different personalities that go unappreciated when compared with dogs." She is currently working as an Instructional Assistant for elementary students with autism, but decided to join the Cat Sitting by Susan team. "I have always had a passion for cats, and I want to spend all my free time with kitties!"
Kela was born in Columbia, South Carolina and was raised in Maryland. Growing up, she had dogs, turtles, a hamster, a bunny, and a kitty! She now has a 3-year old domestic shorthair named Xavier. She enjoys playtime with her pets, brain teasers, spending time with friends, knitting and crocheting, and exploring new places. Kela says, "I’ve always wanted to be able to care for cats when I was younger but since my parents were allergic, I never got the chance. I love being able to give back to the kitties!" She is currently in college pursuing a degree in criminology, but decided to also join the Cat Sitting by Susan team because, as she puts it, "I love getting the opportunity to spend time with cats and ensure that they are happy and healthy."
Monica grew up in a military family and was born in Panama, but grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She has always had pets ever since she was a child, and currently has multiple cats! She enjoys singing, going on nature walks, gardening, learning new things, and hanging out with her kitties! She says, "I love how each cat has their own unique personality. I always find cats fun and interesting to get to know." She works for Fairfax County Public Schools, but wanted a "part-time job that I would enjoy and be able to help others, including cats."
Ryan was born in San Francisco, CA and was raised in Oakland (if it's not obvious from his hat). Growing up, he had a couple kitties, some hamsters, and a leopard gecko! He currently has two kitties that he helps care for. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys hiking and working on his car. He likes kitties "because they're so soft and cute and are good company!" He decided to join the Cat Sitting by Susan team as he is currently job searching, needs a part-time job, and as he says, "I like taking care of cats and helping people care for theirs."
Tiffany was born and raised in California. Growing up, she had dogs and cats, and she currently has two cats, Bramble and Sandpaw, the names, as she puts it, "that you get when you let the kids name the pets." In her spare time, she loves to see movies, visit art museums, and spend time with her now adult kids! Tiffany says "I have always loved cats since I can remember. I appreciate their individuality and demeanor! Playful and regal at the same time." She is a new empty nester waiting for grandkids, but decided to join the Cat Sitting by Susan team because, as she said, "I thought what a perfect job, I can help take care of other peoples' cats and give them piece of mind while they are away!"
Cadia was born in Guatemala and grew up in Arlington, VA. She had three cats and a dog growing up and now has three kitties, Luna, Gordo, and Taquita. In her spare time, some of her favorite things are taking nice long walks, being outside, and hanging out with friends. Cadia says, "I have always had 3 cats in my life. They are just so gentle and caring and I love them so much for just being them!" She graduated high school this year, and is taking a gap year. She decided to join the Cat Sitting by Susan team because, as she puts it "I honestly love working with cats since I have always been around them, and when I saw that this job was open, I was so excited."
Tom was born and raised in Falls Church, VA. He says that he had pretty much every pet you can think of growing up, and bred parakeets and transparent fish. Literally transparent except for their eyes and heart! Tom says, "I'm a bit of nerd and enjoy computer games if I'm not busy with my wife and kids. I love cats because they all have different personalities and you have to win them over!" His photo is with one of his kitties, Sissy! He is planning on going back to school to finish up his computer science degree if he can find the time. Tom says, "I chose to work for Cat Sitting by Susan because they are the most respected and cat centric pet sitting company there is in NoVA!"
Miracle was born in Fairfax, VA and grew up in Vienna, VA. She had three cats growing up, and currently has two kitties, JuJu and Millie. In her spare time, she loves reading, working out at the gym, and hanging out with her friends. She says, "I love cats because they're very unique. I love how energy-based they are and that they take their time to get used to a new place or person. I love their independence as well as their curiosity for life, that I can relate to." She is currently working on earning an esthetician license and is taking online courses for stocks/ cryptocurrency. Miracle decided to join the Cat Sitting by Susan team because, as she said, "I've wanted to work with cats for some time. So, at this point in life, looking for a job and then finding one working with cats was great news for me!"
Background checks for all sitters are available for viewing. Links are at the bottom of the page.
We adopted Snickers from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, VA, and immediately fell in love with him! He is a 13-year old diabetic kitty, and what a cutie he is! Very affectionate, and he has quickly become a part of our family! We documented Snickers' journey to us on the Cat Talk! blog. BTW, he's the face in the Cat Sitting by Susan logo!
We know that your babies need attention and playtime, not just feeding. Petting, cuddling, and talking to your furry friend are just as important as food and water! We'll take the best care of your furry little ones at a very reasonable price: starting at just $20* per visit for one or two cats (please see additions/surcharges below), including feeding, litter box cleaning, and the loving and cuddling your fur baby needs! We accept cash, check, PayPal, Venmo, and all major credit cards (using the Payment dropdown menu below). Overnight visits now available starting at $75 for one cat for 12 hours. *Please note - we do not board kitties.
* PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high demand for cat sitting services around holidays and during school breaks, visits on any of the following dates in 2021 will have a holiday surcharge added ($5.00/visit), so will be priced at $25 per visit: November 11-14 (Veteran's Day), November 20-28 (Thanksgiving), December 17-January 2, 2022 (Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Eid Al-Fitr, New Year's Day), January 14-17, 2022 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), February 18-21, 2022 (President's Day), April 9-18, 2022 (Spring Break), May 6-8, 2022 (Mother's Day), May 27-30, 2022 (Memorial Day). Although there is no set cancellation charge policy, if cancelling in less than 24 hours or during our peak holiday periods, we do reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee.
Check out Cat Sitting by Susan on social media below! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
We love to meet our prospective furry customers (and their parents!), so please call or text and set up a virtual meet and greet (M&G) via FaceTime or Zoom (adding Google Meet soon)! We learned something valuable during the last year. We have done well over a hundred virtual M&Gs over the past year, and have found that everything worked out wonderfully, even when there were medications involved that we needed to discuss. After years of in-person M&Gs, over the last year, we’ve begun to question whether they are actually the best way to initially meet your fur baby. We've often wondered why after meeting a kitty at an in-person M&G, that kitty is no less skittish or uncomfortable when the sitter arrives for the first visit. Could it be that at the in-person M&G, when the sitter’s scent mixes with the kitty's parents’ scent, and then Mom & Dad go away, do kitties connect the sitter’s scent to their parents leaving? During a virtual M&G, our sitter can see your kitty without leaving their scent; learn where food, water, and litter are, learn what your kitty loves to do, and of course, you can see us and your sitter, and ask any questions you’d like. We believe that our sitter bonds with your kitty better on their own than when the parents are there. All of our sitters are serious cat people, who have kitties of their own, so on their first visit to your fur baby, they know how to approach slowly and how to read your kitty. This way, your kitty connects the sitter's scent to a positive memory - getting fed, watered, loved and played with. Of course, there may be exceptions when an in-person visit would be called for.
Initial meet & greets are complimentary if you book for four or more consecutive visits.
Please see customer testimonials below, and our 5-star reviews on Yelp, Google, Nextdoor, and Care.com! Background checks for all sitters are available for viewing. Links are at the bottom of the page.
Lilian T (5 star review on Google)
October 22, 2021
All-around great service from people who really care about cats!
I recently moved to the DC area and needed a sitter to take care of my cat. Susan was able to get a sitter scheduled at fairly short notice, and Monica was excellent. I appreciated the daily videos/updates, and will definitely be a return customer the next time I have to travel.
Michaela Z (5 star review on Google)
October 18, 2021
Susan and her team, specifically Erin, do such a wonderful job looking after kitties. This was our first time away from our 2 fur balls since November, which was, of course, extremely nerve racking. Erin visited twice a day and each time she sent us a great update of the kitties with quite a few pictures. One of our cats has been very shy around other people, but opened up to Erin immediately. We could not have asked for a better cat sitting experience!
Tommy D (5 star review on Yelp)
October 6, 2021
I went looking for a cat sitter online and came across Cat Sitting By Susan and decided to check them out for two trips I had coming. I checked their website and was impressed that they had a focus on cats - something that I wanted - and they also shared bios of all of their sitters, with their background check paperwork included! The process was great - with a video call to meet the owner, and the potential sitter, before getting the final schedule nailed down. Payment was easy, and each visit I got a great set of pictures as well as video. It was very evident to me that the sitter - Rachel in my case - took time to be with the cats and socialize with them. A perfect situation for me. I highly recommend their services!!
Lois R (5 star review on Google)
October 5, 2021
Cat Sitting by Susan is wonderful. Their customer portal is easy to use, and the cat sitters have been great. As a customer, I can tell that these employees really do love working with cats. You will receive daily photo and video updates, along with a written narrative of how the visit went. I have full confidence that my pets are well cared for when I am away. This is a much less stressful experience for my animals than a kennel, and I am so thankful to have found this small, locally owned company.
Laurie C (5 star review on Google)
September 25, 2021
We used Cat Sitting by Susan to take care of our two 8-year old cats for a week this summer. The virtual meet and greet went really smoothly and I had a lot of confidence before we left. Every day Kela sent us great updates of how the cats were that day, plus pictures and videos. We came home to two very happy cats. I couldn't have been more pleased and will definitely use them the next time we go out of town.
Stacy O (5 star review on Google)
September 23, 2021
I had a bit of a last minute request due to a sitting arrangement that cancelled. Cat Sitting by Susan responded quickly to my request and had a sitter confirmed within 2 hours! The service was superior to any sitting service that I've used in the past. Not only did our sitter feed my kitties, clean the litter box and clean up around the litter box, she also fed the feral kitties that live near my backyard (I'm working on TNR for them). In addition, the sitter was concerned about my "shy" kitty, so I finally told her two most likely hiding places. My shy kitty accepted a hand delivered dinner of wet food outside of her hiding spot. :-) I can't thank Cat Sitting by Susan and Monica, my sitter enough for care and attention given to my pets. We especially enjoyed all the updates, pictures, and videos! Thank you so much!!
Katherine C (5 star review on Yelp)
August 18, 2021
We had been using a different pet sitter for the past 10 years, but they unfortunately went out of business due to covid-19 challenges (i.e. nobody traveled or needed dog walkers, because everyone was at home), which left us scrambling for new coverage when we finally felt able to head to the beach for a week this year. We landed on Cat Sitting by Susan and I couldn't be happier. Susan was lovely with the virtual meet and greet, asking all the right questions. The sitter who came every day while we were gone was great with our cat and sent us thorough updates daily, with lots of great photos and videos (and responded to our occasional comments, for example about which toys might engage our grumpy oldman cat more). Once we got set up with Susan we also got access to a nice, easy-to-use online portal and we've already used it to book services for a long weekend this fall.
Andrew W (5 star review on Yelp)
August 1, 2021
Big shout out and thank you to Cat Sitting by Susan. Luna, our cat, needs meds now and be went away for a week to the beach. My mom no longer drives so we needed help. I found Cat Sitting by Susan and can't say enough. Ashley, our sitter, came each day, pilled Luna, fed her, cleaned her litter and visited with her. She sent us pics and vids every day. We came home and Luna was in great shape and happy to see us. So, if you are in need of a cat sitter...Susan and company is awesome!
Ellen M (5 star review on Google)
July 25, 2021
Just used this service for the first time after adopting our kitty in May. We were beyond thrilled with the service! Brooke came twice a day to feed her, play with her, and clean her litter box. We got a great message and several videos and stills showing us how she was interacting. It was always more or less around the same time of day for the five days we were away. A friend we were with said she wished her son's day care was anywhere close to that communicative. My son's asked every day to see the messages, and we all felt so relieved to know our kitty was so we'll taken care of in our absence. We highly recommend Cat Sitting by Susan!
Heather (5 star review on Google)
July 25, 2021
We typically leave our cats home alone with automated cat feeders, etc., and we were happily surprised with this affordable cat caring service. Our cats appeared much calmer when we returned home (plus didn't run out of food, water, or kitty litter) and we didn't get our usual piles of revenge vomit. Furthermore, our sitter played a lot with our kitties--something we mean to do but often forget--which our kitties loved and won't let us skip anymore; one kitty dragged a fishing rod toy over to me as I was writing this review. Overall, vacationing was less stressful for both us and the cats, with lots and easy communication, and we will certainly use this service again.
Elaine M (5 star review on Yelp)
July 22, 2021
We used Cat Sitting by Susan's services pre-Covid and we are so happy they survived and are still in business now that we are traveling again. We cannot say enough about their services. They have impeccable attention to detail, a clear LOVE of cats and are extremely friendly and professional. They send texts everyday with details and lots of photos and videos. They are respectful of our home. They go above and beyond every time we hire them to take care of our sweet kitty. Don't hesitate to contact Susan the next time you need a cat sitter.
Ketaki S (5 star review on Google)
June 25, 2021
I am beyond happy with the service. This is the best place to reach out if you are looking for cat sitter. Susan and the team does a great job. They are very responsive and the best part was the detailed update after every visit. Our sitter Becka was really awesome. I have never seen my cat Peppa so happy even without us. Strongly recommend!
Caitlin H (5 star review on Google)
June 23, 2021
I highly recommend Cat Sitting by Susan! Susan responds quickly and was able to accommodate my last minute visit request. The sitter, Sydney, took great care of my cat and sent me photos and videos. I can’t thank Susan enough!
Katie D (5 star review on Google)
May 6, 2021
Susan was quick to respond and set up a Zoom meeting so we could meet our cat sitter (Rachel) and introduce them to our two cats. Rachel came to visit our cats once per day and took such great care of them. She provided us with pictures and videos each day. We were so pleased with the care they provided for our cats. We would highly recommend!
Teresa T (5 star review on Google)
April 27, 2021
I am so glad to have found Cat Sitting by Susan! I've used them before and will again-I love the daily updates and pictures of my cats and knowing they are being watched and time is being spent with them. Erin, the sitter, even managed to befriend my very shy cat! I remain impressed by their thoroughness and thoughtfulness.
Sarah C-H (5 star review on Google)
April 20, 2021
These people LOVE cats! I took a last minute trip over spring break and despite being super busy, Susan was able to accommodate me into their schedule. They did a 30 minute zoom prior to my departure which was very reassuring, they asked all sorts of questions to ensure they knew exactly what my kittens needed. Melissa took care of my wee ones and sent pictures and videos every single visit. I had her come in twice a day as my cats are very young and I felt completely reassured that they were in good hands. Seeing the pictures each day was comforting and I could also tell that my cats were very happy and being played with. It is also nice knowing someone is going into the house a couple of times a day. I think their prices are extremely reasonable and their services are fantastic. I will not hesitate to use Cat Sitting by Susan for my future travels!
Melody A (5 star review on Google)
April 6, 2021
A great choice if you are going away and need someone to take care of your kitties! I went on a trip to Florida for about 5 days and Melissa took great care of my cats! :D She sent me pictures and videos every day and sent me a detailed text of what she did and how the kitties were. Susan and her husband were also very professional and kind when doing the intro consultation! Definitely would recommend them and will be using them again in the future!
Christine B (5 star review on Google)
March 27, 2021
The very best! I could never go on vacation if it wasn’t for Dan! He takes such excellent care of my cat, who has multiple health conditions. I’ll never use anyone else.
Rebecca M (5 star review on Google)
February 27, 2021
Highly recommend Cat Sitting by Susan! The sitting was so easy to set up and everyone was lovely to work with. I feel so much more comfortable leaving my cat at home now!
Karen R (5 star review on Google)
January 27, 2021
We have used Cat Sitting by Susan twice now and feel so confident leaving on vacation having them take care of our kitty. They send photos and video of each visit and communicate regularly about how your cat is doing. I highly recommend them!
Jessica W (5 star review on Google)
January 4, 2021
We have used Cat Sitting By Susan twice. Both times we had the same person - Chris - coming to our house twice a day. The first time, he looked after our cat Walter so well that we changed our Christmas plans because we felt comfortable leaving Walter in Chris’ care. He kept us up to date with videos and pictures after each visit and let us know if Walter didn’t eat well or was running out of litter. We’re pretty sure Walter prefers Chris to us now, so we will certainly ask for Chris the next time we travel. I’m sure the whole team is that caring though. All in all, we are very happy with the professionalism and care that Susan and team put in to the job.
Lapio T (5 star review on Yelp)
January 2, 2021
Erin and Susan were wonderful. They set up a video call before the scheduled sitting to go over details and were very thorough. One of my cats became very grumpy and unfriendly during first couple visits but Erin did a great job of getting him to warm up. The other cat was skittish and Erin tried her best to check on him without causing him extra anxiety.
She sent us pictures and videos every day to let us know how the kitties were doing.
We appreciate Cat Sitting by Susan and would definitely use them again. They clearly have people working for them who adore cats as much as my husband and I do.
Evan C (5 star review on Google)
December 29, 2020
With fantastic and regular communications, reliable visits, a caring and engaged cat sitter, and extensive prep and follow-up, this was a top notch experience from start to finish! We're extremely pleased with the service received, and have moved Cat Sitting by Susan straight to the first position on our list of who to call when our kitties need someone to look after them. An extra "thank you" shout-out to Melissa, who was our specific sitter - we and our cats, Dante and Chell, couldn't be happier!
Eric J (5 star review on Google)
December 29, 2020
Dan has taken excellent care of our cats, who are wonderful, but also difficult and picky. We never have to worry when we travel because we know he will look out for them, feed them, play with them, and patiently report out on their behavior. We would happily recommend Cat Sitting by Susan to friends in Arlington who need cat care when traveling.