People not reading adverts


I am wondering if i am doing somethibg wrong. Is it possible that my advert is too long? I have had multiple applications in response to the advert but the people responding either havent read what I’ve written and suddenly become disinterested when they realise they will need to administer medication to my cats or they respond saying they can’t actually do the dates I need but they would love to cat sit for me :exploding_head:, I’ve even had someone ask if their family member who is jot registered on the site (and doesn’t want to be) could do it! Not one response has been happy to do medication AND is available for the dates needed. Am i expecting too much? I’m running out of time to find someone and would appreciate any advice you guys may have. Thank you.

I suspect that many people apply in a rush ever since THS limited the number of applicants for each sit. They probably dash off a quick application to be one of the first 5, and only later check the details. It must be very frustrating as a HO, but I understand why sitters do it.

If you link your listing to your forum profile, people can see it and maybe suggest how to entice more sitters.


Hi @Britt and welcome to the forum. There are many, many members here who are ready and willing to help answer any questions or concerns you may have along the way and can assist you with feedback when you link your member profile to your forum profile here at How to add a listing or profile link to your FORUM profile - Owner & Sitter Exchange - TrustedHousesitters Community Forum. It really adds another level of exposure when you are on the forum.

I took a look at your profile and I think it is great and I see the sit isn’t until March. I think you will find more applications coming through very soon…people are still just so leery about committing too far in advance because of all the travel issues of late. Since you are getting apps from those folks who don’t seem to be reading the profile (which I truly feel is no excuse), I suggest you add the medication need into your title so there is no room for error. Something like " One month Cat and House sitter required for cats needing meds and a fish who needs nothing". (LOL). It just adds a level of more info upfront which can help. Other than that, I see nothing that needs to change. Just be patient as I feel this will really be an easy sit…especially due to the fact it is one month long.

Good luck and Happy Honeymooning!

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Thank you so much for the idea! I will add it now :grin:

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Agreed. The new policy is driving a lot of behaviours people wouldn’t normally display, due to the pressure to ‘get a spot’.


For me as a sitter, the more information the better. What a shame people are put off by administering medication. I bet if they saw a video of you doing it, they would see how easy it is, and you would get more applicants.

Please show us your listing, in case there is something else that is stopping sitters applying.

Also go searching for local sitters you like the look of, and send Invites.

@britt…whohoooo! I see you are up to three applications now! Good job!

No kidding! I have an older dog who needs medicine twice a day, but it’s the easiest thing in the world. I put a dab of peanut butter on my fingertip, press the pill into it, and she licks it all off like it’s a treat! I could just as easily say, “Please give my dog one of these treats twice a day,” and no one would bat an eye at that!

@Greensheep - Medicating a cat is VERY different to medicating a dog! See here: How To Give A Cat A Pill Versus How To Give A Dog A Pill

OK, that’s an exaggeration, but many cats do not take meds easily. I know - I have had cats for 18 years and fostered about 50, many of whom needed meds.