About Us


Lovely to meet you. I’m Rachel Bowman, the owner of Whitburn Whiskers pet sitting for Sunderland and South Shields. Pull up a chair and get to know a bit more about me and WW!

Comfy? Good! Whitburn Whiskers began when I started thinking about setting up my own little business and so considered all of the things that I like to do most – and would be good at. I realised that this mostly involved cats, sewing and taking photos – so I quickly arrived at Whitburn Whiskers – a small and friendly local pet sitting business serving most areas within South Shields and Sunderland.

In the past Mr Whiskers and I struggled to find loving cat-care for our own grumpy little Lyla cat and our lovely little scamp Boop – at Christmas especially. Asking friends and relatives to give up their time can be difficult and we always felt this could cause problems on both sides. Using traditional catteries was not an option for us so using a cat-sitter was a reliable and friendly alternative. So that’s me – a pet sitter; I love getting to meet new people, love getting to know their furry friends and ultimately… love my job!

When I’m not zooming around looking after little furries, I spend lots of cosy evenings sewing handmade pet accessories for Whiskers Boutique, pretending I’m a contestant on Masterchef and (thinking about) writing a bestselling novel.

Having owned rabbits, cats, dogs, hamsters, rats, hedgehogs, pet snails and stick insects in the past, I’m more than happy to care for whatever your animals need and will enjoy (love!) getting to spend time with them. Have a look at some of our furry friends and be part of our growing facebook community!

I look forward to meeting you (and your owners) in the near future,

Rach x

(The Cat Whiskerer)

Whitburn Whiskers cat sitting

Lyla and I