Muji’s routine includes his long morning tickle

MODEL MOGGY: Muji strikes his morning pose.

MANY cats are considered independently minded, not unlike TS Eliot’s Rum Tum Tugger.

However, with a promise of a morning tickle Muji becomes very, very compliant, rolling over to offer the softest, fluffiest part of his middle. Most unusual for a cat some might say!


• 8:00am: Give Muji his morning tickle, he likes a long tickle on the floor in the kitchen.

• 8:15am: Feed Muji, sachet food in labelled dedicated cat cupboard.

• 8:30am: Let Muji out of the kitchen patio door, he likes the morning while it is still cool.

Believe it or not, this was the instruction given to a house-sitter this summer for the care and attention of Muji, a colour point Persian who lives in Marbella. His family were going away for a quick two-week summer holiday and found a checked house-sitter on

They wanted Muji cared for at home because he is young, and yet he has a very set routine. They didn’t want to disturb his routine and thought that having a sitter in the home taking good care of him, and keeping their home secure was the best option for them.

The HouseSitMatch platform offers a free house-sitting instruction guide and template so owners can brief the sitters on all manner of pet and home-related key information.

The Rum Tum Tugger is a Curious Cat: If you offer him pheasant he would rather have grouse. If you put him in a house he would much prefer a flat. If you put him in a flat then he’d rather have a house. If you set him on a mouse then he only wants a rat, If you set him on a rat then he’d rather chase a mouse.

House-sitting can be win-win for both parties; free house and pet-sitting and the experienced and checked sitters get free accommodation!  

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