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AIBU to fire my sisters pet sitter while she is away (surreal conversation)

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FeelingSmurfy Sun 26-Mar-17 12:37:21

My oldest sister is abroad and has hired a pet sitter to look after her cat, she left my phone number for her in case of emergency. I've just had a phone call that went like this -

Me: Hello?
PS: Hi, it's Jenny (not real name)
Me: Jenny?
PS: this is FeelingSmurfy isn't it?
Me: Yes, who is this?
PS: I'm the cat sitter
Me: Oh! Right! (panic sets in) is everything OK? My sister only left yesterday, nothing has happened has it?
PS: no, the cats are fine
Me: phew! Well...
PS: Oh I just called because she hasn't left any breakfast for them
Me: really?? Have you checked the cupboard next to the sink?
PS: no (she goes to check) no its empty
Me: she must have left food somewhere, I will come try to find it
PS: well she left their dessert on the table, I just can't find the breakfast
Me:.... Dessert??
PS: yea, cat jelly, I didn't even know cats had dessert
Me: (realising what's going on) do you mean the x food that says chunks in jelly?
PS: yea, weird or what
Me: that's not dessert, that's the food, just give them that when my sister asked you to
PS: for their proper food? Even though it's jelly??
Me: Yes
Me:Comes off the phone and hits my head against the wall

I still can't quite believe what happened. She told my sister she had cats growing up and has been a pet sitter for 4 years so has lots of experience looking after cats. I'm not entirely sure what to do now, because I've told her how to feed them and I don't know whether to leave it or get in touch with my sister or cancel the pet sitter and find a new one/try to sort it between my other sister, me and parents

Trills Sun 26-Mar-17 12:40:38

I've started typing about 4 different sentences...

This is bizarre.

This person clearly does not have much experience of looking after cats.

BurnTheBlackSuit Sun 26-Mar-17 12:41:38


Trills Sun 26-Mar-17 12:42:24

How near do you live? How much hassle would it be for you to change things?

The petsitter is obviously not terribly competent, but you only need a very basic level of competence to feed cats twice a day.

If it would be a large hassle for you, the cats probably won't suffer, and so you can just leave it and then not hire this petsitter again.

ElspethFlashman Sun 26-Mar-17 12:42:58

Tell your sister and let her decide. She can give Jenny a call "just to see how things are going" and go over a few things. sitter for 4 years my arse!

FeelingSmurfy Sun 26-Mar-17 12:43:28

Trills that's exactly how I feel, my head is just ... But ... How ... What? confused hmm confused

AllTheWittyNamesAreGone Sun 26-Mar-17 12:44:03

Dessert for the kittygringringrin

RebelRogue Sun 26-Mar-17 12:44:03

Cat dessert ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

shyturnip Sun 26-Mar-17 12:44:15

How long is your sister away for?

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sun 26-Mar-17 12:45:15

"yes you might be my PFB but even the cats are not allowed jelly for their main your cabbage child!"

She is strict!

groingasbag Sun 26-Mar-17 12:45:15

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Seriously lost for words!

LindyHemming Sun 26-Mar-17 12:45:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

VladmirsPoutine Sun 26-Mar-17 12:45:25

How bizarre. I'd call her and ask if the cat had had it's brunch yet.

ClockBusCanada Sun 26-Mar-17 12:46:10

If you keep her on for now, make sure she knows to give them water. My cat-owning friend cat sat for us once and didn't give ours any water for two days sad. I have no idea how she didn't realise she needed to refill the bowl.

DixieNormas Sun 26-Mar-17 12:46:52

Bloody hell, im lost for words hmm

Bluntness100 Sun 26-Mar-17 12:49:00

She left their dessert on the table? Ffs.

She's thick as mince. I've never had a cat and even I know that's their food. Anyone who watches tv and has seen an advert knows it.

Can you put the cat in a cattery?

Sparkletastic Sun 26-Mar-17 12:50:35

Call your sister. I would deffo sack the cat sitter but best check I suppose.

IloveBanff Sun 26-Mar-17 12:51:12

ClockBusCanada That's a very good point. She's so incredibly thick that she probably won't think of it or think that the cats don't need it "because no water was left out". Maybe she'll give them coffee and biscuits.

WonderMike Sun 26-Mar-17 12:51:35

I love the thought that

chunks + gravy = mains
chunks +jelly = pudding

ExplodedCloud Sun 26-Mar-17 12:51:56

Outstanding grin
You might want to pop over and check on the poor cats at some point...

acatcalledjohn Sun 26-Mar-17 12:52:30

Cat dessert hmmgrin

Our experience with cat sitters is that they didn't follow written instructions and according to neighbours didn't turn up twice a day, as agreed.

Our neighbours now cat sit when we are gone. I wouldn't go back to a cat sitter unless for a short period of time over Christmas or similar.

If you are able to take over the cat sitting then I suggest you do. I couldn't in good conscience let someone so dim look after animals. It can only go horribly wrong.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sun 26-Mar-17 12:53:54

I am sooooo telling my catfaces how lucky they are to be allowed jelly catfood on demand

yeah, cos that will make The Little Furry Overlords appreciate me.

MargaretCavendish Sun 26-Mar-17 12:55:07

How long is your sister away for? This person obviously isn't the brightest spark(!), but she will probably be ok for a few days

StealthPolarBear Sun 26-Mar-17 12:55:40


MumUndone Sun 26-Mar-17 12:55:44

Hee hee, this has made my day!

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