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“I cannot recommend Maria and Mark highly enough. I swear Phoebe was mourning them leaving!
Not only are they a lovely and friendly couple, but they were so respectful of our home and totally focused on making sure Phoebe was happy and well. They even brought cat toys with them that Phoebe loved.
What is particularly impressive about Maria and Mark is that before the sit they explore every possible issue that could arise whilst you are away which means they are so well prepared for every eventuality. They were also awesome at keeping in touch while we were away with photos of Phoebe.
We feel so lucky to have had Maria and Mark sitting for us. Phoebe was also the better for it and that is so important. They really really care about cats.”
(Fulham, London, UK ~ January 2020)
“Maria and Mark looked after our two cats, that don’t get along, amazingly well. Considering they housesat for only two days they got along with the cats immediately.
Maria made friends with one of the cats who is very timid almost straight away. They kept us updated on the cats progress, and also gave us some tips that we’ve found most useful.
The house was clean and tidy and the bed made when we returned. We highly reccommend them for house sitting.”
(Sydney, Australia ~ July 2019)
“Maria & Mark are every Pet Owners house & pet sit dream team. They truly care about what they do, your fur babies and your home. We feel so fortunate to have connected with them, resulting in them looking after our babies and home for the weekend. They come fully prepared, spend quality time playing and they leave the house absolutely spotless!
Also, our eldest Cat suffers from Asthma and their experience with pet care allowed them administer meds to him and be totally comfortable with doing so. Thank you again, hope our paths cross in the near future and enjoy the rest of your travels!! Such a lovely couple, you are both awesome! 🙂 “
(Sydney, Australia ~ July 2019)
“Maria and Mark did a great job while sitting my cat and my home. Minka was a really happy cat when I came back and my home was spotlessly clean – they also washed the towels and sheets!
I got fotos and videos from my playing cat, so I could always be sure she was in very good hands! I can highly recommend Maria and Mark to anyone who needs a sitter for beloved pets!”
(Lucerne, Switzerland ~ April 2019)
“Maria & Mark were perfect house sitters. Our two bengal cats were really happy and very well cared for. Peppino would have moved in with Maria if he would have a choice :))
Our flat was neat & clean when we came back. And there was even a lovely dinner waiting for us in the fridge. They can come back any time if they feel like. Thank‘s for staying with us folks!”
(Lucerne, Switzerland ~ January 2019)
“Oh my goodness — if Maria and Mark are available for house sitting, do not hesitate to invite them to your home. They looked after our fur babies immaculately and with so much associated fun — they arrived with their own cat toys (which our cats absolutely loved), and settled in to the house in no time flat. While we were away Maria and Mark sent us daily info and photos (and video clips, too) of all the kitties, and they looked as if they were ALL on holiday together. In all seriousness, they are very capable, professional, friendly people and I would be oh-so-happy if I could manage to bring them back to our home and kitties every time we go away.
I find it also extremely relevant to add that Maria and Mark, on top of devoting lots of time to my in-the-house fur babies, were also very attentive to the outdoor feral/street cats (at least five at any given moment) who roam our garden at all times. They managed to persuade most of them to play with toys and were able to pet at least three of them — cats who never allow themselves to be touched by anyone other than myself. This was quite an achievement, and is a big plus to anyone having both “inside” family cats and “outside” strays. I really appreciated this very much. Again — cannot recommend Maria and Mark any higher than I have already done!”
(Tarn, France ~ September 2018)
“Maria and Mark looked after our house and two cats in Switzerland for two months in winter 2017/2018. The whole experience of meeting them, having them stay, the efforts they made to look after our house and cats, and our arrival home to a spotless house has been exceptional.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Maria and Mark to anyone who cares about their cats being in the best and most-loving hands. We will definitely be inviting them to stay again during future travels.”
(Zurich, Switzerland ~ February 2018)
“Maria & Mark were fabulous from the start. Super organised, and clearly passionate about cats! By staying with my fluffball for just under a week, they allowed me the opportunity to see family for the first time at Christmas in three years.
They took just as much care with a short stay as they do with a longer one. Coming back to clean sheets, a clean apartment and a very happy kitty – not to mention heaps of photos and videos in the meantime – was the best, most helpful, most reassuring thing I could have wished for. Totally recommended!”
(Zurich, Switzerland ~ December 2017)
“If you want cat lovers to take care of your cat, Mark and Maria are it. From day one, I knew that they would provide the utmost care, love and respect that animals need when their owners are away. Our communications were very easy, pleasant and smooth. When we did finally meet to go over all the details at our house, they were instantly adoring Menue (our 9 year tabby) and payed more attention to her than us! Ha. I loved that and it put me at ease that she would be in good hands.
And boy, was she ever. We were only away for 3 days but Maria stayed at our house, brought her own cat toys and gave her plenty of love. I could see that Menue was content with all the pictures Maria sent. And before she left, she went the extra mile to make sure we had clean sheets to come home to and the house was cleaner than when we left. If you hesitate to contact them for your next vacation, you are missing out. I’m going to call them right now to book again!”
(Ghent, Belgium ~ July 2017)
“Mark & Maria were back to take care of our cats and home for the second time. We were totally relaxed as we knew they would be in good, very good hands. And indeed again everything and more was taken care of.
The boys (our cats) were happy and relaxed, the house and garden looking so well looked after. They are such responsible pet sitters, I would recommend them highly. That means as long as they still have time to come to us for catsitting. 🙂
Mark & Maria are lovely people and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anybody. We hope they will come back many more times to our house and cats.”
(Ghent, Belgium ~ October 2016)
“Maria and Mark have been absolutely fantastic. I think Chachou had the best vacation ever ! As good as ours because we were completely relaxed. Maria sent me daily pictures and videos of our sweet cat, playing, resting, having fun…. It was very nice.
They were particularly careful with the cat and the apartment (everything was really clean and they made everything to make our life easier when we went back home). I definitely wish that they will be able to come back one day. We really recommend them!!”
(Berlin, Germany ~ August 2016)
“It was my first experience with house sitting and I must confess I was a little bit worried. After meeting Maria and Mark I just wonder why I didn’t use this service before, instead of bothering family and friends!
We meet via Skype to settle the respective requests and rules where clear on both side since the beginning: it was my first house sitting so they help me think about the information I was supposed to provide as well as the information should be important to know as house owner.
My cat just felt in love as soon as he saw them. Usually he is shy and frightened with strangers but Maria and Mark won him over in few minutes. During their stay they sent me whatsups and photos to update me on the cat or other issues related to the house. He is spoiled (i.e. he wants to eat dry food just from people hands!) and they manged him perfectly. When I came back the cat was just fine, maybe I little be bored I was back! The house was actually clean and tidy: better than when I left.
Maria and Mark are trustworthy people and I would recommend them to anyone.”
(Milan, Italy ~ July 2016)
“WOW! Maria and Mark really made a great job!! This was our first time we got the opportunity to get a house sitter of this Website and we were really more than happy. Both of them weren’t faced with the easiest location here in the woods, and the weather was simply terrible here for most of the time – anyhow we knew from the very beginning, that we made the right choice to get Maria& Mark to look after our Cats, Fishes, Chinchillas and all the other creatures around the house here.
The first Skypecall a while before our holidays confirmed that the “chemistry” would definitely work for us – from both sides. All the preparations they did before the arrival, assured us that we would´t forget anything to explain how things work here – as our house is really old (build 1833 in the middle of a forest) there were a lot of little things and tweaks to be explained.
Really everything worked out perfectly – sure we borrowed them our car – got it back with full fuel tank – they looked as well after our plants – even in the greenhouse, they survived thunderstorms and permanent rain for nearly two weeks, and even informed us online about all detail going on here. This all made us feel totally secure and calm about our cats and all the rest – SIMPLY THANK YOU Mark& Maria!!!
Hopefully we get the opportunity to see you soon – regardless where – we would really like to book you for our next holiday if possible and promise to organize better weather :))).”
(Wuppertal, Germany ~ June 2016)
“Maria and Mark has been great pet sitters. They looked after our cat Oakley for a week whilst we were on much needed holiday. Oakley was so happy and content when we got back. House was clean and Maria and Mark bought us some fresh bread, milk and eggs when we got back.
They even left a toy that Oakley enjoyed playing with. Maria would regularly send updates and photos of Oakley which was a lovely thing to get. It really helps to have reliable people looking after your home and your pets when you are away.
We would love to have Maria and Mark back and would not hesitate to recommend them to our friends.”
(Epsom, England ~ April 2016)
“From the outset Mark and Maria have been a pleasure to deal with and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.
We have five cats which is quite a handful for anyone, but they went above and beyond to look after our little ones and made sure they were happy, settled and stimulated with play whilst we were away for six weeks.
We came back to a clean and well cared for house, with our cats all very happy. In fact, our most nervous boy Fergus has completely changed in personality – before he was timid and clingy, and now he comes for fussing, is playful and even likes to sunbathe on the patio which was unheard of before! It’s clear Maria has spent many hours giving him the confidence boost he needed and we are so grateful.
We also have another cat who needs medication every few days and this was handled brilliantly too. They kept good communication with us at all times, and sent updates with photos whilst we were away which was great for our peace of mind.
Having never had house-sitters before, we had obvious reservations, but if you are considering Mark and Maria then relax, because your home and your cats are in very safe hands. Highly recommended and wouldn’t hesitate to have them back again – so thankful for their efforts.”
(Ellenhall, England ~ February 2016)
“Maria & Mark looked after my apartment and cat for a long weekend in December.
There was a lot of communication from both sides before and I feel like I really got to know them.
They treated my apartment with the utmost respect, spoilt my cat and even watered my plants. They even stripped the bed, washing the sheets and towels before they left.
They kept me constantly updated throughout the weekend away. My apartment was immaculate upon my return.
Maria even messaged me to say her hairdryer was broken and asked to borrow mine. In reality, she could have just taken it and I would not have noticed, but this demonstrates the level of respect that they have.
I wish them all the best for their future trips.”
(Luxembourg ~ December 2015)
“Maria & Mark sat for our 2 very timid cats, Smudge & Indie, for a month. It was the first time we had used house sitters and we were concerned how the older cat, Smudge, would cope with having 2 strangers in the house.
The first few days he stayed in the safety of the wardrobe but he gradually appeared and accepted them, to the point of totally ignoring us when we came home!!
Maria sent us regular updates and photos to put our minds at rest as we could see how happy they both were. Maria also looked after all my plants and they were still alive when we came home!!
We can highly recommend them both to house/cat/plant sit & we would happily use them again.”
(Marbella, Spain ~ September 2015)
“We would like to highly recommend Mark and Maria as house and catsitters. We left our 3 cats in very safe, capable and loving hands. Lucy is 20 and needs attention. Jimmy had an injury needing antibiotics and Kali is a very affectionate and demanding oriental! All of their needs were met with no fuss but such care.
We really were able to rest on our long awaited holiday. Maria updated us with appropriate assurances. We returned to very happy cats and a wonderfully kept home … it looked better than when I left it! Maria even prepared a meal for us.
We are very grateful for a wonderful first housesitting experience. Thank you Mark and Maria.”
(Cambridge, England ~ June 2015)
“Mark and Maria looked after our home and 2 cats in Paris for 10 days. They followed all our instructions satisfactorily and kept in regular contact, sending us news and keeping us informed of how things were going at home. They also made the effort to communicate in French to make it easier for us.
They took very good care of our pets too. One of them had a little health concern, what seemed like an eye infection, and they looked after him very well, regularly cleaning the discharge and giving him eye drops that they purchased for him.
We found them to be efficient and trustworthy and would strongly recommend them to our friends and family.”
(Paris, France ~ April 2015)
“Maria and Mark looked after our home and 2 cats in Singapore over the Christmas and New Year period in 2014. After an initial meeting with Maria and Mark, we were quickly comfortable that we had found the right fit. Clearly animal lovers, our cats were very comfortable with them!
We were extremely happy to receive very regular updates on how things were going, including lots of great pictures of the cats.
They took special care to ensure that the house was well taken care of, and the extra touches like sending us photos of the mail that arrived was greatly appreciated.
It was very clear that the cats were comfortable with Maria and Mark and they even spoiled them with a new toy they can’t stop playing with!
I would have no hesitation in recommending Maria and Mark to anyone looking for friendly, professional and reliable house sitters. We certainly hope to have them back in future!
We really appreciate everything Maria and Mark did to look after our precious cats and making our time away stress free! Thank you!”
(Singapore ~ December 2014)
“Maria and Mark are two of the nicest people you could want to look after your pet and house. They are so easy to get along with and are very genuine. My cat warmed to them immediately and was looked after so well while I was away (pampered even!).
As this was my first time using a house/pet sitter, my mind was put at ease when Maria sent me photos of my fur-baby happily hanging out with them on the couch!
Being away for nine days, it was also good to receive photos of my mail in case anything was urgent. They looked after my home as if it was their own, keeping it clean and tidy. Respectful and friendly, I would love them to housesit again if they are available.
If you want a reliable, caring couple to take care of your house/pet, I would highly recommend choosing Maria and Mark.”
(Bangkok, Thailand ~ November 2014)
“Mark and Maria looked after our place for 2 months, with two horses, a cat, and a variety of wildlife. The fact that they didn’t have any experience with horses didn’t prevent them from doing a great job preparing their porridge twice a day, brushing them down and cleaning their hooves, plus a pyjama party every night and a weekly poop patrol on their big field (using a ride on mower).
Our kitty took to them immediately and was happy and content on our return; it was clear she had been pretty spoiled with daily cuddles, brushing, play time, and a weekly portion of steamed fish!
Our wildlife was cared for beautifully as well; we have a big variety of birds, a group of wallabies and 2 possums visiting daily for food and fresh water and it was great to find a couple as passionate about wildlife as we are to care for them all during our absence.
They kept in contact regularly, sending us beautiful pictures of all the animals, and we were able to enjoy our holiday, relaxed in the knowledge they had everything under control. They used our car during their stay and returned it cleaner than we had left it!
They dropped us off and picked us up from the airport at insanely unsociable hours, left the house immaculately clean, and cooked us a meal for our return. Nothing was too much trouble. We wouldn’t hesitate to ask them again, they will be a hard act to follow!”
(Brisbane, Australia ~ July 2014)
“Maria & Mark have been volunteering their time to the Tauranga Branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals regularly since the 25th January 2013. During this time Maria & Mark have been exceptionally reliable and have worked at the Shelter rain or shine without fail.
The animals that come to the SPCA are usually here because they have been neglected or abandoned and they require special attention. Maria & Mark are very hard working and have supplied a very high standard of care for all of the SPCA animals; they clearly have an affinity towards animals and their welfare.”
(Tauranga, New Zealand ~ March 2014)
“Maria and Mark – aka the Cat Mad Sitters – are consummate cat and house sitting specialists having clocked up over 50 house sits while enjoying their nomadic lifestyle.
Maria and Mark called in to see us a couple of days before we left so we could show them the house…but really it was the cats they were interested in. By way of getting to know them, they whipped out their ‘cat toys’ and proceeded to mesmerise our two boys. We knew they’d be in good hands.
Communication before, during and after the sit was excellent. Harry and Alan were obviously well looked after, the house was left spick and span and, as it was a relatively short sit, Maria and Mark even brought their own towels and sheets.
We would certainly invite Maria and Mark back again, if the opportunity arises, and have no hesitation in recommending them to other sitters.”
(Sydney, Australia ~ July 2019)
“Maria and her partner spent a few days with Champers and were complete professionals! They were diligent in all areas of looking after champs and information needed to care for her and look after the apartment. They even brought their own linen and left the apartment sparkling clean.
I returned to Champers in great spirits and felt so reassured and relaxed knowing I made the right choice with them. Thank you so much, enjoy the rest of your journey :)”
(Sydney, Australia ~ July 2019)
“Maria and Mark were exceptional house sitters. They were attentive, tidy and respectful & left the house in spectacular condition upon departure; they went “above and beyond” our expectations here.
I felt very confident that Maria & Mark were well placed to handle any emergency or unexpected issue while we were gone because their updates to us contained a level of detail which only someone with a strong knowledge of cat behaviour & possible issues could have.
Further, my husband and I were shocked to receive photos of Tib (our anxious cat fearful of strangers) playing and enjoying the company of Maria & Mark very quickly after their arrival. They seem to have a gift with bringing out the happy in shy/anxious pets.
It’s clear that Maria and Mark are genuine cat-lovers with a passion for what they do. We will be inviting them back again in future.”
(Sydney, Australia ~ June 2019)
“Maria and Mark have a home base in the same city as me, so didn’t need accommodation in exchange for looking after my two cats Baby and Thomas, but they still happily agreed to spend some time with them daily for no charge.
Other people who have taken care of my cats in the past just feed them, clean their litter and leave. But Maria and Mark took their laptops so they could work at my place and spend several hours keeping them company, playing with them and showering them with attention. I loved receiving daily photos, it was clear my cats were having the time of their lives!
They are both really knowledgeable and truly amazing with cats. On the last day, as I was already on the plane back home, Maria noticed Thomas was looking lethargic and didn’t hesitate to rush him to the vet, rather than wait until my return. It turned out that he had developed an infection that had to be treated with antibiotics.
On a separate note, they were excellent at keeping all receipts for expenses they incurred and left my apartment tidy and clean. Plus, they gave me great advice on cat toys as well!
I am very grateful for all the love and care they gave my babies and would recommend them to anyone who needs their cats cared for, I honestly swear by these guys! They’re amazing! My cats have never been taken care of so well by anyone else and both of my cats adore them!”
(Plovdiv, Bulgaria ~ February 2019)
“Maria and Mark housesat for us for a week and took excellent care of our house and our four cats.
We have one cat who is very shy and scared of everyone (except me) and who will usually not come out of hiding when we are gone but Maria and Mark succeeded in befriending him and even had him playing with cat toys out in the open, which is a great achievement to have gained his trust in such a short time.
They are very knowledgeable when it comes to cat care and cat behavior and very dedicated. They take their role as catsitters very seriously and made a great effort to befriend our cats, play with them and give them the necessary TLC.
They kept us informed about the cats and shared their cat knowledge with us. The house was even cleaner when we came back than when we left. And Maria and Mark even did some extra work in our garden which we appreciated very much. I sincerely hope that they will come back and housesit for us again. Maria and Mark are really excellent housesitters !!”
(The Hague, The Netherlands ~ October 2018)
“Thank you so much for coming short notice to care for Beau and house sit. Your care, attention to detail and thoughtfulness, and obvious love and experience with cats are really appreciated.
As you know Beau has had a couple of issues with men and I contacted you Maria as you were going to be solo. When Mark came overnight and Beau took to him immediately it was testimony to your and Mark’s depth of care and understanding of cats. I loved that you brought toys and got Beau up and playing. Pretty good for a 17 year old elderly boy.
Much gratitude for your care. Both of Beau and my home. Hope to have you back again soon.”
(Sydney, Australia ~ July 2018)
“Maria & Mark were staying at a friend’s place over Christmas and on a very short notice accepted to also take care of my two cats during that period of time.
Communication with them was extremely smooth, before, during and also after they came looking after my kitties. They both have an extended hands-on experience with cats and know a lot about their behavior and habits, which made me feel comfortable leaving my girls in their hands without having met them before (excepted via Skype).
They took their job very seriously and provided me with dail