I have been house sitting for friends and neighbors since I was a child, happily filling the role of caring for beloved pets. I am sought out because I am responsible and have a gentle presence that can set both humans and animals at ease. As the daughter of a veterinarian, my passion for felines was given freedom to flourish in a home brimming with animals. I grew up with canines, birds, rodents, fish, arachnids, crustaceans, and even a calf or two, but I was always most in sync with the cats. I started this business because I experience so much anxiety prior to a trip away from my own cats that I recognized the need to provide a stress-free alternative for others. Cats are habitual and territorial, so I try to disrupt their environment as little as possible so that you are sure to return to a happy and pampered cat. I do not believe I can replace you or your routine, but I can provide a loving "staycation" for your kitty.
I gained a volume of hands-on feline care experience working for years in the fast paced clinic of an all cat shelter. I am highly skilled at monitoring feline health, administering medications, subcutaneous fluids, and injections even with anxious and fearful kitties. Rescue work is what inspired my in home service, and I am also still actively involved in helping homeless cats. I am always collecting food donations and have begun collaborating with a pet food pantry to help support pet lovers in need to keep at risk cats and dogs in their homes so they don't end up in shelters. If you have food that your cat won't eat, I will gratefully take it off your hands! I'm very passionate about spaying and neutering to help ease the overpopulation and needless suffering of homeless cats.
I'm so fortunate to have relationships with some of the most loving and skilled cat care givers in Chicago through my rescue work. I will likely ask you and your cats to meet one of my cat savvy vetted helper caregivers during busy times, or if your kitties need two visits per day. I only use caregivers who I've worked with directly and who I know to be reliable and devoted to your cat's well being. Everyone on my team communicates well with one another to ensure the best possible care for each individual cat. For each home we work in a team of 2-3 sitters to ensure coverage in emergencies and to keep things as familiar as possible for both cats and clients. Learn more about City Kitty caregivers below! Each individual brings their own touch when caring for your cats and I've found the variety helps to break up the monotony of kitty alone time.
With City Kitty you can relax and know that we are catering to your cat's physical and emotional needs while you are away!
- Gretel Ulyshen City Kitty founder, owner, and primary sitter
Rebecca has been with City Kitty for 9 years. She also works full time with Compassionate Veterinary Hospice as their Care Coordinator and backup nurse!
Liz has been with City Kitty for 3 years. Her devotion and genuine love of our kitty friends and their people knows no bounds.
Duffy has been with City Kitty for 6 years. When he isn't caring for cats he is making or teaching art. He's a devoted and loving caregiver. Learn more about his art below!
Lyndee has been with City Kitty almost since the beginning. Must be 10 years now! She also works in the clinic at Tree House Humane Society.
Gina has been with City Kitty for 5 years. In addition to running her own in home cat care business and helping cover City Kitty cats during extreme busy times, Gina is a Reiki master for pets and people!
Tom has been with City Kitty since late summer of 2019 and has quickly gained clients due to his knowledge of the feline and devotion to City Kitty cats. Check out his site about Eastern European cuisine!
Judith has been with City Kitty for 2 years. She has a heart of gold and is a devoted friend to each and every cat she meets!
Lauren has been with City Kitty for two years. She is actually allergic to cats but takes an antihistamine to be able to enjoy all that fluffy kitty goodness. Talk about devotion!
Laura is new on our team and we are excited to have her! Laura has 10 years of in home pet care experience and manages another pet care service as well. Shhh, don't tell the cats but she is actually a dog expert! The kitties won't mind though because Laura's cat skills are exceptional!
Carol has been a pro cat caregiver for many years and we are beyond thrilled to have her on the City Kitty team!