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Sitters: How it works


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As a traveler you’re always looking for interesting places to stay. Become a Stay with Stella member and you’re joining a community of cat lovers who trade cat sitting for accommodations. That means you have a FREE place to stay and a new feline friend to come home to after a long day of sightseeing or work. Welcome to Stay with Stella!

For a limited time, a one-year membership is free! No credit card is required; at the end of the term you’ll have the option to continue as a paid member (and we hope you will). Here’s how to get started:

Step 1 – Join and Create Your Profile

When you sign up, you’ll be directed to the member profile area where you will enter information about yourself, your experience with cats, and your travel plans. If you don’t have travel plans immediately, you can enter them later.

Stay with Stella sitters have “cat cred.” You need to have experience taking care of cats. Usually that means you either currently have a cat (or cats) or had one in the past, and you want your profile to include that info.

Are you OK with special needs cats? Some Stay with Stella host cats have special needs. If you have experience and are comfortable administering medicine or shots, for example, please check the appropriate boxes on your profile. More information is available here.

Be sure to include pictures, especially pictures of you with your cats. Don’t forget to include both a profile picture of yourself and a cover image. The cover image is just like the background image on Facebook. It can be whatever you like – a picture of your cat, your home, your city skyline – anything really that helps members get to know you. Remember, you’ll be taking care of other members’ cats, so they’ll want to know you love cats as much as they do.

Step 2 – Add Your Gigs

When you know you’re going to travel, post the details as a sitting gig and other members will be able to find you and see if your travel plans and their travel plans are a good fit. Dates and destination are a must, of course, and if you can be flexible on the dates, include that in your comments.

You can edit a gig (and your profile) any time later, so don’t worry if you don’t have everything together right at the start. You can even change your membership type if you’d like.

Step 3 – Get to Know Host Members

With your profile posted, host members can get to know you, and you can get to know them. Have a look at the Host Gigs page to see who’s traveling and where they live. You might find an interesting opportunity even if you didn’t have a trip in mind!

Once you’ve connected with another member, you’ll probably want to learn more about your host, getting to know them a bit and getting comfortable with one another. Here are a few questions that can help break the ice:

Where do you live?
What’s the neighborhood like?
What do you do for a living?
What’s your traveling destination?
Tell me about your cats.
Tell me some of the funny things your cat does.
Are there any medical needs?
Any quirky behavior I should look out for?

Start off first with email through our messaging system, then we suggest quickly jumping on a phone call. Even better, try Facetime or Skype!