Madolline Gourley and Jaspurr

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House and cat sitting opportunities are few and far between right now, even local ones. And landing a gig is more competitive than ever.

During the pandemic, I’ve seen some listings get up to 40 applications. A sit I applied for in Bangalow — near Byron Bay, Australia — got 15 responses overnight. Properties in less urban parts of Australia have become a popular holiday alternative after an international travel ban was issued in late March.

But while I haven’t been actively looking for house and cat sitting opportunities since returning home from the coronavirus craziness in New York City, I recently had the chance to sit for a Brisbane couple I’d already met through TrustedHousesitters last year.

Instead of advertising online, which is how I’ve found previous sits, the couple messaged me in early July.

“We are hoping to go for a Queensland getaway in August and are wondering if you would be available to look after Jaspurr,” the text read. This was going to be their first proper holiday since I sat for them last Christmas.

I usually meet the owners on the first day of the sit, but since Jaspurr’s owners were flying out at 7 a.m., we arranged a quick handover the day before, where I learned there was still a bit of uncertainty surrounding their holidays plans.

“Did you hear the news this morning? There’s six new coronavirus cases linked to the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre worker.” Their flight, however, was still scheduled to depart as planned.

When I do a local sit like this one, I like to bring my car, assuming there’s somewhere to park it. I was fortunate enough to be given one of the couple’s designated parking spots at their apartment complex. They had two spaces and they took their second, smaller …read more

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