Hosting and owning a cat?

Marion320
Level 1
Grand Haven, MI

Hosting and owning a cat?

I was wondering if a lot of hosts own a cat where they rent?  I rent out my lower level and I miss having a cat.  I haven't gotten one because I know a lot of people have cat allergies.  

 

Has anyone had issues or lost out on reservations because of a cat?

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Oomesh-Kumarsingh0
Level 10
Pamplemousses, Mauritius

I once hosted a guest who brought her cat. I do not think your guests would mind. Who doesn't like cats? Just make sure you let the guests know you have a cat on your property. Remember your home your rules!

Tracy600
Level 2
Wentworth, NH

I have actually had people book my cabin due to the cat ambassador!  He spends nights with me in my home, but waits at the cabin and greets guests.  I have a picture on the listing explaining his role.  Only once a person didn't review the listing and had a cat allergy.  People miss their pets when traveling and having a temporary pet makes them happy!

Denise1489
Level 2
Lakewood, WA

LOVE it !!!    Absolutely love it.

 

I am a veterinarian and I just cherish the joy that our pets can bring to US and to others.

 

Have a great day. 

Naty32
Level 2
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I had a lot of difficulties moving to new places with my cat. However, I love him so much, and I never rented a flat without him. However, many owners refuse to accept it, so I always had to look for at least for few options. I’ve been living with a roommate in a shared apartment for a year now, and she (roommate) had nothing against my cat

Naty32
Level 2
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@Naty32 wrote:

I had a lot of difficulties moving to new places with my cat. However, I love him so much, and I never rented a flat without him. However, many owners refuse to accept it, so I always had to look for at least for few options. I’ve been living with a roommate in a shared apartment for a year now, and she (roommate) had nothing against my cat


P.S:

However, lately he has been behaving strangely and constantly demanding my attention. I have never noticed him like this, so I think there is something wrong with him. I read on https://www.simplecatguide.com/when-a-cat-is-too-affectionate-the-reasons-behind-it-and-what-to-do/ that he may be sensing danger or be sick. My neighbor complains that he meows too loudly when I'm not home. This is the first time I have had a problem with my cat.

Mark116
Level 10
Jersey City, NJ

@Nora963 @Denise1489   I would never do this.  I would simply never feel comfortable to leave my pets at the mercy of total strangers.  What if the guest didn't like cats?  What if they were irresponsible and let the cat out?  Or worse, put the cat out?  Or forgot to give food or water?

 

I just cannot imagine any circumstance where I would feel comfortable leaving the cats to be cared for by random people who rent via Airbnb.  But, I am sure there are others who feel differently.

Huma0
Level 10
London, United Kingdom

@Denise1489 @Nora963 @Mark116 

 

I have left my cats under the care of guests while I have been on short work trips (2-4 days) BUT, I host long term guests in my own home and I therefore get a chance to know them before taking that decision. It totally depends on whether I feel the guest is responsible and reliable and how much they like cats. Most of my guests love cats (I have three so the listings attract cat lovers) and many have cats of their own, so they are happy to do this and happy for me to check in to see if all is okay.

 

If I don't feel confident about the guests doing this, then I book a cat sitter or, if I have a room empty, have a friend who is a former housemate, stay over to cat sit. 

 

I don't think the idea of renting out the entire space as a vacation rental with a cat included in the bargain is a good idea at all. It's very risky, for the reasons @Mark116 has explained. If you want to save money on cat sitting expenses, you can offer the accommodation in exchange for house + cat sitting. There are agencies/websites that specialise in exactly that set up.

Ralf5
Level 10
Inzell, Germany

@Nora963 , @Denise1489 ,

 

would it be for a specific time frame, that you want to rent out your space including the cat, like of you are on a business trip or on vacation? or would you like to do this in general all the time?

 

I think it could work, a lot of guests do like cats and probably would like to take care of them for a couple of days. 

 

For this purpose I would  do the following:

- duplicate your current listing

- add "with cute cat" or similar to the title of your listing

- describe clearly what you expect from your guest (details of the cat sitting job)

- turn off instant booking

- open your calendar for this second listing only for those days your are away from home

- block your calendar for your first listing for those days 

- I think there is a function inside the system to synchronize both listings, but I dont't know this works 

- before accepting the booking the guest should agree to take care of your cat

- for emergency cases you should provide a phone number from a neighbour/friend in case the guest is unavailable during his/her stay for some reason 

 

Good luck

Sybe
Online Community Manager
Online Community Manager
London, United Kingdom

Great suggestion @Ralf5 , thanks for sharing!

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Denise1489
Level 2
Lakewood, WA

Thank-YOU for theses helpful recommendations / suggestions.   Take care.  Denise

Denise1489
Level 2
Lakewood, WA

THANK-YOU for this info and recommendations!!!!

Denise1489
Level 2
Lakewood, WA

Nora!     Me too.      Anyone, anyone out there that rents out their whole home and leaves the cat(s) at home???          Thank you!       Denise, Fluffy _ Tiny

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Sarah4672
Level 1
England, United Kingdom

This is what I was also wondering!

 

Sybe
Online Community Manager
Online Community Manager
London, United Kingdom

@Denise1489 What a beautiful picture, such an adorable cat! 😍

 

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Nora963
Level 1
London, United Kingdom

Hey there,

 

I also have a cat atm and am considering renting out my entire place, including the cat so that guest would essentially have to be the catsitter. Has anyone got experience with such an arrangement?

 

Thank you, Nora

Huma0
Level 10
London, United Kingdom

The cats are one of the main attractions at my listing. I host long term guests who are often missing their pets back home but, even when I hosted short term, the majority of guests loved the cats and most mention them in the review.

 

Of course, I make it crystal clear on the listing and in my messages that I have cats. I even say in my house rules, do not book if you are allergic to, uncomfortable with just don't like cats. Occasionally though, you do get guests who choose to ignore this, because they like everything else about the listing.

 

I have had guests with cat allergies but, so far, none of them have had problems staying here because the bedrooms are spotless when they arrive. They just need to keep their bedroom door closed. The communal areas are large enough that they don't need to come into close contact with the cats. Still, I'd prefer not to have guests with cat allergies. I don't think it's fair to me to have to stress about their allergy when they could easily have booked somewhere without cats.

 

Far worse though is the occasional guest who is actually terrified of cats. This I find highly irritating. It's pretty uncomfortable to host a guest who screams or jumps every time they see a cat or asks me every five minutes if the cat is going to attack them. Having said that, those guests have always left feeling more confident around cats than when they arrived. My cats are very chilled though.

 

Now, my Easter egg question in the house rules, which every guest must answer, is cat related so they have no excuse whatsoever to ignore the fact that I have three cats. This seems effective in driving away the cat phobes.

 

I doubt that I have lost many bookings because of the cats, certainly not enough to make a big impact.

 

If I had to choose between my kitties and Airbnb, the kitties would win hands down.

 

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Sarah977
Level 10
Sayulita, Mexico

@Huma0  I had never realized that anyone was terrified of cats until I read a few times on this forum hosts saying they had a guest who was terrified of the cat. 

Huma0
Level 10
London, United Kingdom

@Sarah977 

 

I have had some guests who were ambivalent, but a few who were clearly terrified. Sometimes it is a cultural thing, sometimes not.

 

The one that stands out most to me is a young lady from China who was studying here in the UK. It was clear as soon as she arrived that she had a major phobia. Within the first few minutes of the house tour, she asked me multiple times if the cats would bite or scratch her. She would jump a few feet in the air if a cat walked past on the opposite side of the room. Whenever she came home, her first question would be, "Where are the cats?" as she looked frantically around.

 

One time, she came home and asked her usual question. I told her, well, Grigio is over there asleep in his bed. She asked if she could stroke him. Progress! I said sure. She gave him an awkward pat on the head and he woke up and yawned. "That's means he's going to bite me!" she exclaimed. Poor cat was very confused. 

 

At this point, I had had enough. I told her politely but firmly that I had hosted hundreds of guests and none had ever been bitten or scratched by my cats, so if one of them did bit or scratch her, then she must have done something very wrong. That put an immediate stop to the biting/scratching questions and comments.

 

I remember posting about this and several people suggested it was a cultural thing, but I really don't think so. I have hosted so many guests from China and most of them loved the cats. Certainly none of the others have ever seemed frightened of them. Even this girl had a friend, who was also from China, visit. The first thing the guest did when she arrived was go straight up to a cat and start petting it.

 

To be fair, this particular guest was very odd in very many ways, but a sweet girl. She seemed unable to cope with the most basic things in life and I really have no idea how she'd managed to get by alone in a foreign country for a year. I'm pretty sure there were some mental health issues there.

Janise3
Level 1
Albuquerque, NM

Thank you, ladies-I have a cat and was reluctant to look into hosting, but your posts have been very helpful! I'm in Albuquerque, NM, and will soon have two bedrooms available that I thought about using.

Sarah977
Level 10
Sayulita, Mexico

If my dog could read, I think all my past guests who've fallen in love with her would be corresponding with her regularly and sending her birthday and Xmas cards 🙂

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