I’m Lori Mendelsohn, owner of a professional in home cat sitting service in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Waukesha counties. Through the years as a professional pet sitter, I’ve seen and heard a lot of things I would have never imagined…but this one takes the cake, or the magic cat wand, so to speak.
Wikipedia describes a “Cat Lady” as:
A cat lady is a single woman, often a stock character, who owns many pet cats. The term is usually considered pejorative,though it is sometimes embraced.
When new clients call us I certainly cannot ask if they have psychological issues, but, I can tell within the first three sentences in our conversation if they have dogs, cats or the combination thereof. Cat people, believe it or not, tend to speak more slowly, quietly and ask a million questions. Dog people basically want to know if you are going to show up, walk their dog and feed them. Cat people, on the other hand, want to show you how to equally divide a can of Fancy Feast into quarters; just so Fluffy will be getting the “right amount.” Cat people leave 3 page lists on how to scoop cat litter, feed a 1/4 cup of dry food and how to play with Fluffy.
Don’t get me wrong. I love cat people. Its just cray cray I can’t deal with.
One client, who we recently parted company, was just plain certifiable. Why? This client did the following:
- Called and texted us no less than five times a day with one scheduled visit to see how she was doing, and after telling her “wonderful” things were going, continued to do so.
- Called and accused us of tying knots in her “legacy” cat wand. Yes, we spend our time, instead of caring for your cat, being destructive to your things.
- Accused us of breaking into her home, (after we returned the keys to her because we don’t do cray cray) duplicating her keys (yes, jail time is so appealing to us…) and tying the cat wand that took her 1 entire day to untangle. (and she HAD to take off of work to accomplish) Honestly, do you call the police at this point or call a mental institution?
When we were absolutely gobsmacked by the above accusations FINALLY told her that this was absurd-uncalled for-disrespectful and delusional..she threatened to take this up with the BBB, Angie’s List, Yelp and of course any social media outlets known to G-d and Man. Since I am so proud as well as PROTECTIVE of my business….hard to get past this one.
I believe that Wikipedia needs an insertion in their Cat Lady definition, or perhaps a new insert called Crazy Cat Lady…