I'm a cat owner of a not-so-friendly cat so you could be rest assured that I have ample experience handling cats.
I will cat sit once a day; during which i will do the following:
Cats generally do not do well in unfamiliar territory. Hence, instead of sending them to boarding homes, it is better to have someone come over to them. My cat took probably close to 2 weeks before she comes out of hiding when she first entered my home. I suppose this is generally true for other cats, especially rescued cats with potential abuse history, making them harder to open up.
The important thing here is that there is clear communication of what is expected of the sitter and what the sitter can offer. I would most certainly be glad to do a house visit before any commitments
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