Welcome to Thoughtful Paws Pet Care! We provide top notch pet sitting to all of the furry friends in your home. It is stressful to be away from your pets, so let us provide you with the peace of mind knowing your pets are happy and content while you are gone.

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Fully Insured and Bonded

Being a bonded and insured pet sitter is vital. We are fully insured and bonded through Pet Sitters Associates. Pet Sitters Associates logo.

American Red Cross Certified

Thoughtful Paws Pet Care is certified in pet first aid and CPR techniques through the American Red Cross Pet First Aid certification course, American Red Cross logo.learning how to treat emergencies that involve a cat or a dog and how to protect onself and the animal from further harm, injury or suffering during emergencies.

Pet Sitters International Member

Pet Sitters International is the worlds largest educational association for professional pet sitters. PSI members have access to the most extensive Pet Sitters International logo.and helpful slate of benefits and affiliate programs in the industry. PSI pet sitters are able to offer pet owners cutting-edge technology and information for in-home pet care. Each of these programs has a direct positive influence on the quality of service that you and your pets receive from a PSI pet sitter.


Thoughtful Paws Pet Care was born out of a love of caring for cats and dogs. After taking care of my friends' pets and realizing that pet care was was very important to me, I opened Thoughtful Paws in the spring of 2011. Since that time, we've serviced over 300 clients in Somerville, Cambridge, Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, and Dorchester. In 2013, we've grown into a small business of four employees and expanded our dog and cat boarding services.

- Jess, owner

Devin, Head Cat Whisperer

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Hi, I'm Devin! I've always been a huge animal lover and animal welfare is important to me. I've rescued many cats in my neighborhood and worked with local shelters to get them adopted. My girlfriend and I have 5 cats of our own, and a few of them were rescues from my neighborhood. I can't imagine my life without cats in it! I have been with TPaws for over a year and love all of my furry clients!

Jenn, Pet Caretaker Extraordinaire

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Hi! I’m Jenn. I am an avid animal lover and have had pets ranging from guinea pigs and rabbits to cats and dogs. Having had pets my whole life, I understand and appreciate how much they mean to their families and strive to let families feel that their little ones are in a safe and loving environment whilst being taken care of. Having the opportunity to work with beautiful animals makes my day every day and I love my job!

Jess, (me!), Founder and Owner

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Hi, I'm Jess! Like most pet owners, I have had a passion for animals since childhood. I grew up with dogs and have had cats as pets my entire adult life. I have 4 cats, Peter, Vivienne, Bandit & Rogue. I also have 2 hamsters; Luna and Bruna. I have had Peter for over 9 years and adopted Vivienne when she was just a few months old. Bandit & Rogue joined the family recently. They are a joy in my life and inspire me to make sure others know that their beloved pets are well taken care of when they are not home.

Amanda, Catastic Caretaker

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Hi, I'm Amanda and this is my cat, Josie. I've been a cat owner my whole life and love meeting new furry friends!

Susan, Director of Dog Walking

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Hi! I am Susan. I joined TPawz in 2014 as a dog walker. I grew up with dogs and have raised German Shepherds as well as other dogs. My children also have dogs and dogs sitting for them brings me lots of joy! I am happy to be a part of the pack at TPawz!


Thoughtful Paws specializes in cat sitting, dog walking, and small pet sitting. Our service area includes: Somerville, Cambridge, Belmont, Watertown, Arlington, and Dorchester. We're friendly! We look forward to becoming a part of you and your pets' lives! Thoughtful Paws specializes in various medical needs that your pets may have. We are experienced in giving pills, injections, SubQ fluids, and feeding tubes. For new clients, we will schedule an initial meeting to gather information about your pet. At that time, we will also pick up your house key which will be number coded and secured in a lock box. We highly recommend that you keep a key on file with us. If you'd like us to pick up and drop off your key, we can, however there is a $10 charge to do so. For new customers, we will get your key during the initial visit.

Please note that any cancellations that occur with less than one week's notice are subject to a $18 cancellation fee (equivalent of one visit).

Small Pets, e.g., guinea pigs, rabbits...

$20 per day for 1 visit
$30 per day for 2 visits

Special needs will be assessed on case by case basis. If you require us to purchase additional food, there is a $5 charge for visits to the grocery store.

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Dog Walking / Sitting

30 minutes = $20 (up to 2 dogs)
30 minutes for 3 dogs (per household) = $27
60 minutes = $33 (up to 2 dogs)
60 minutes for 3 dogs or more (per household) = $35

*Please note dog walking is only available in Somerville and Arlington at this time*

Boarding now available! $45 for overnight in our home, $40 during the day and $55 for overnight in your home. Please note that we only board one family's pets at a time. For boarding we ask that you provide your pet's food, dishes, toys, and bed.

Pick Up Drop/Off of your pet for boarding: $20 charge

Cat Sitting

$20 per day for 1 visit
$30 per day for 2 visits

There is no additional charge for pilling or liquid medications. There is a $5 per day fee for insulin injections and/or SubQ fluids.

If your pet needs additional medical care, an additional charge may apply.

Boarding now available! $40 for overnight, $35 for just during the day. For boarding we ask that you provide your pet's food, dishes, toys, and bed.

Pick Up Drop/Off of your pet for boarding: $20 charge

Extra Services - we'll water your plants! $5 for five plants and less, $8 for more.

Severe Weather Policy

If there is severe weather that makes it unsafe for us to travel to your home, we will give you as much notice as possible to discuss options with you. During the winter months we ask that you have a back up person nearby to your home in case we are unable to make it in. If we do not make it to your home, you will receive a credit for that visit.

Holiday Pricing For All Services

There will be a $5 charge added to the rates above for the following holidays: New Year's Eve & Day, Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 3rd, 4th and 5th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Day Before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day and the Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Dec. 26th.


If you want to learn more about our services, check out some of our customer testimonials below. We can, of course, also provide additional references upon request.

"I was very nervous about hiring someone to take care of my elderly cat because she needed various medications and was very skittish with other people. After researching online, I found Thoughful Paws and got in touch with Jessika. After email communication and our initial meeting, I knew I had found the perfect person to care for my cat. Jessika is very kind, professional, organized, and most importantly, great with animals. My cat is usually very wary of strangers but she warmed up to Jessika right away. While I was gone, Jessika came into my home twice a day and had no problems giving my cat her medications. She even sent me an email with a picture and a 'report card' of how everything went. I would not hesitate to use Jessika again and in fact have recommended her to many of my friends."

-Pamela W., Cambridge, MA

"Surpassed my expectations – I am not a new cat owner but a newly mature cat owner such that caretaking while away has only recently evolved from leaving plenty of food and water. As such, Jessika not only provides a much-needed service but also flexibility and expertise as I grow into this new role. In her initial meet n greet, she asked a host of thoughtful questions both about Mason (my cat), and how we care for each other. She even left a few treats for him while I was away. And as it dawned on me that perhaps a little more people time would be best during my absence, she was more than happy to accommodate on short notice – heck, she even beat me to an email confirming our arrangement. My only regret is that I don’t get to spend as much time with her as Mason does. Jessika is VERY professional while also being a delight and enthusiastic about what she does. Mason and I look forward to working with her for years to come!"

-Keri-Nicole D., Somerville, MA

"My 16 year old cat, Jasmine has some complicated care needs and Jess was ready to take them on with gusto. She requires an insulin shot twice a day at this point, and hopefully with proper care, it can be reduced to once a day. Having Jess in charge has given me peace of mind."

-Loring B., Cambridge, MA


You can reach us by phone at (617) 684-5470 or by e-mail at jess@thoughtfulpawspetcare.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter if you like! Thanks for checking us out!

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