Leah Sarno (formerly Pringle), Owner/Founder and Chief Feline Officer
“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”
– Sigmund Freud
First of all, thanks so much for your thoughtful consideration when choosing the puuurfect cat sitter! As an animal enthusiast and a self-dubbed “crazy cat lady,” I understand that your cats are not just pets, but important members of your family. I am no stranger to the challenges and anxiety involved with finding responsible and trustworthy cat-care (especially when they have special or specific needs). I have been fortunate enough in my life to have cared for my own pets since I was a kid, at the age of 8 I was already giving our family’s diabetic cat insulin shots! And, as you can see to the right, some things just never change….
Now, I have 2 cats of my own, Mario and Luigi, brothers who are as unique as they come. They really are polar opposites, but what they do have in common is that they were both diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) at a very young age. This is one of those heartbreaking (literally) diseases that humans often go on heart transplant lists for, and life expectancy for cats is bleak and unknown. They are both prescribed two oral medications (both human grade heart medicines!) for this condition – Plavix & Atenolol – while Luigi also receives anticoagulant injections as he is prone to throwing blood clots. Mario also has Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) for which he sometimes requires an oral fluid injection, and Luigi receives daily doses of a capsule called Cosequin for his luxating patella (trick knee). In addition to these listed above, I also have experience administering subcutaneous fluids. Did I mention both cats only have 2 toes on each front paw? Sometimes, you just hit the genetic jackpot! I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
Erik Sarno, Partner and Cat Sitter Extraordinaire
Erik has been my life partner for last 6 years and my business partner for the past 3 years. He has been on this adventure with me since day one and full disclosure – Cat Lady Boston was his idea! When I first started, he came along with me to all of my meet and greets and even covered some visits for those kitties he had met. He has always encouraged me to pursue a life doing what I love most (which as we all know, happens to be hanging out with CATS!) and he helped show me I could build my dream business by simply following my passion. Erik and I adopted Mario and Luigi together about 5 years ago and his incredible care for them has not wavered once over the years – and it has not been easy for us as pet parents. Whether it was emergency vet visits at midnight (on Christmas Eve), sleeping on the couch to keep Luigi company when his back legs were paralyzed due to clotting, or running around the city trying to collect medications, specialty cat food, anything they needed at any given time – really. I have been so grateful to have him throughout all of these diagnoses and new experiences that inevitably arise when you have a chronically ill pet, or two. He has been my emotional support system, my business consultant and the GREATEST cat daddy to Mario and Luigi. Erik takes on just as much responsibility as me when it comes to caring for our boys, each day he administers pills and sub-q injections and is no stranger to the daily routine maintenance it takes to keep up a kitty’s kingdom 😉 you know if he has to please the Cat Lady and her minions – he must be good at what he does!
Erik is now accepting clients in the Davis/Porter/Alewife/Teele/Ball Square areas – get in touch now to inquire about availability before he books up for the year!
PLEASE don’t let all of this medical terminology fool you, we LOVE to take care of healthy cats too! Caring for all cats, healthy or ill, has taught us patience, responsibility and unconditional love. It’s a tough but fulfilling job that we not only have an affinity for, but an undeniable aptitude for as well! No matter what kind of maintenance your kitties require, high or low, we are there to give you that peace of mind that is so hard to come by these days.
Meow for now!