How Our Cats Only Pet Sitting Agency Began
We are a CATS ONLY pet sitting agency, dedicated to providing reliable loving cat care that you can trust.
Visiting kitty cats is all we do, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
Often called upon to take care of special needs cats, our Cat Sitters can also handle insulin, B12, steriod, and subcutaneous fluid injections, as well as oral and topical medications.
Just For Cats Pet Sitting’s Los Angeles Branch is our original location, founded by Rita Reimers, a well known celebrity pet sitter and cat behaviorist. With Rita’s return to The Carolinas to be closer to her parents, we now have a second location, serving Charlotte, NC and Rock Hill, SC.
Why Rita started “JFC”
Rita Reimers, the founding President and Owner of Just For Cats Pet Sitting and Rita Reimers – The Cat Analyst Feline Behavior Counseling, has always been a cat lover. Since childhood, her life was completely cat-focused. Her favorite piece of art work was a portrait of a young green-eyed girl with a brown-and-black tabby that hung proudly on her bedroom wall.
“Tiger Tabbies” remain her favorite type of cat to this day.
When she was just 7-years-old, her Grandfather, Bob Watson, gave her a sweet grey tabby kitten. Rita named her “Mitsy” after her grandfather’s favorite actress, Mitsy Gaynor. Sadly, due to a family allergy, she was unable to keep her kitty.
Rita’s one-and-only Halloween costume requirement every year was that she must dress up as a cat. Her mom, Mary Reimers (who is now President of the Lancaster SC Humane Society) would create a set of cat ears and a tail and she would also sew a costume made of leopard print.
Mary would lovingly paint Rita’s face with a pink nose and kitty whiskers, and off Rita would go to show of her true personality! (While living in LA, Rita would dress as “The Crazy Cat Lady” when she attended the annual Halloween Workout Party at Richard Simmons’ aerobic studio, Slimmons.)
The Cat Lady is Born
Although she had a wonderful dog while she was growing up, a lab named Blazer, she never forgot her love for cats. One of her favorite childhood memories was when she and her parents would travel to her Aunt Chessa’s cottage on Round Pond Road near Greene, New York. Aunt Chessa was the original family “cat lady” and she cared for several tame and semi-feral cats that lived in the wild countryside.Rita’s first requirement when she embarked on her adult life was to, at last, have a kitty of her very own share her home. Her first cat was a beautiful Calico named Inga, and a year later, a long-haired grey Maine Coon named Deiter joined the family.
When Rita Needed Cat Sitting Services…
One day, both Rita and her husband, Jack, had to travel for their jobs. Rita found a wonderful lady who owned a company called TCO (Take Care Of), and this lady lovingly cared for Rita’s cats while she and her husband traveled. When TCO closed due to a family illness, Rita learned first-hand just how hard it is to find quality in-home care for her cats.
That’s when Rita decided to make providing Cat Sitting Services her future. She started by taking care of the pets of friends and co-workers while she still worked full-time as a computer consultant. The Pet Sitting Industry was still in it’s infancy back in 1988, so it took another 10 years before this dream truly began to take shape.
Beverly Hills and the Birth of Just For Cats
Although she started providing cat sitting services professionally in 1998 when she lived in the Carolinas, it wasn’t until she relocated to the Los Angeles area that she was able to dedicate herself full time to cat care. Her company began to flourish. It wasn’t long before Rita traded in her power suits and high heels for jeans and sneakers, and her BMW convertible for a Toyota Camry Hybrid.
The Kat Lady, which is today known as Just For Cats Pet Sitting, was the answer to many a cat-parent’s prayer, enabling them to travel for business and for pleasure without the worry and guilt of leaving behind their cherished kitties.
Rita and her staff have been caring for the cats of Beverly Hills and the Westside since 2003, and are now also in their second location in Charlotte, NC. Their cat loving sitters offer much more than “just” cat sitting services and care; Rita and Just For Cats Pet Sitting have become family to the many felines and humans who rely on them.
Who Else Works Here? Meet Our Managers and Support Staff.
DID YOU KNOW…
JUST FOR CATS OWNER RITA REIMERS ONCE WORKED FOR RICHARD SIMMONS!