About Us

Carmen Chávez de Hesse, CEO & Chief Kitty Caregiver  and

Marina “MiMi”, COE (Chief of Everything)

Carmen is a seasoned entrepreneur and a proud lover of felines and recently launched Slinky Cat at Home with her daughter, Marina (aka MiMi) (now in her early teens).

As cat parents and frequent overseas travelers (Carmen and her cats) have been in your shoes. Finding loving cat care should not be stressful for you or your cat. So what started out as a personal plight has now transformed into a much needed business service for local San Diego cat lovers.

MiMi has been the greatest supporter of this start up and shares in the caring of felines together with Carmen. Their mission is to provide peace of mind kitty care while their owners are away. As a former dolphin trainer, Carmen enjoys spending time with the cats in her care, observing their behavior and coming up with fun and enriching actives to keep the kitties engaged and occupied while their owners are away.

Together, Mimi and Carmen foster kittens, including bottle babies. Taking an active role in supporting local shelters and nurturing the next generation of amazing cats looking for their forever homes fills their hearts with joy. They also enjoy a weekend trip to CatCon every year where they are feline fine in their element, learning, and engaging with other like-minded cat enthusiasts.

Both Carmen & Mimi are experienced in giving oral and topical medicines, as well as supplements. Carmen clips nails and Mimi loves to give any kitty a bath!

Kate Tobin

Kitty Caregiver and Vet Tech Extraordinaire

Kate was referred to Carmen by a mutual friend and colleague. And talk about the purrfect addition to the Slinky Cat team of expert kitty caregivers!

Kate is an experienced VetTech of over 16 years. She has often been referred to as the cat whisperer within the local veterinary hospitals she has supported. In addition to providing advanced veterinary technical services she also supported doctors in various additional roles that included administration and management. Kate will be our primary kitty caregiver to cats with extraordinary medical conditions, such as diabetes or when SubQ injections or fluids may be needed. She will guide and train our kitty caregiving team on the various alignments our furry felines may encounter.

Kate is also a creative genius and wood working pro. You can view her line of unique, hand crafted, and tailored pet items here www.pawsandclawswoodworking.com

Angelica Stinson

Kitty Caregiver

Angelica has been on the Slinky Cat team since it’s inception, supporting our longterm kitty care clients. Carmen describes Angelica as a caregiver of all things. Humans and cats equally. Her loving nature is fun and focused. She never misses a detail and our Slinky Cats gravitate to her loving, nurturing ways.

Angelica is an experienced kitty foster mom, and proud mama to her son Robert (13) who is frequently with her. Her daughter, now 24 is also a kitty foster mom in Chicago whilst becoming a rockstar doctor of neuroscience. They all speak Cat well.



Absolutely wonderful!! Great pictures and updates, we really felt our furry family was well taken care of and that our sitters were keeping an eye out for any signs of distress or unusual behavior. Kudos to Carmen and her daughter and we will definitely keep them in mind for any future purry family needs!


Darcy via Meowtel

2019-10-24T19:13:56+00:00

Darcy via Meowtel

Absolutely wonderful!! Great pictures and updates, we really felt our furry family was well taken care of and that our sitters were keeping an eye out for any signs of distress or unusual behavior. Kudos to Carmen and her daughter and we will definitely keep them in mind for any future purry family needs!
I use Slinky Cat at Home. Carmen only takes care of cats and she is wonderful.

Cheryl N. from Rancho Santa Fe

2019-10-24T19:02:13+00:00

Cheryl N. from Rancho Santa Fe

I use Slinky Cat at Home. Carmen only takes care of cats and she is wonderful.
I highly recommend using Carmen and team for your fur babies!! Trustworthy, timely, reasonable and so good with our kitties. You can leave town knowing your kittens will be well taken care of and loved!! So lucky we found Slinky Cat at Home.

Kelli S. from Leucadia

2019-10-24T19:01:42+00:00

Kelli S. from Leucadia

I highly recommend using Carmen and team for your fur babies!! Trustworthy, timely, reasonable and so good with our kitties. You can leave town knowing your kittens will be well taken care of and loved!! So lucky we found Slinky Cat at Home.
As a devoted cat mommy I am beyond lucky to have found Carmen and Slinky Cat. She goes above and beyond for my four babies.   I get texts and photos which makes me very happy as I miss them terribly. Our lines of communication are also always open and she is very responsive to my needs as well as those of my cats. This isn't just another Cat Sitter it's somebody who is passionate about felines.

Shonzi R. from Del Mar, CA

2019-10-24T19:00:04+00:00

Shonzi R. from Del Mar, CA

As a devoted cat mommy I am beyond lucky to have found Carmen and Slinky Cat. She goes above and beyond for my four babies.   I get texts and photos which makes me very happy as I miss them terribly. Our lines of communication are also always open and she is very responsive to my needs as well as those of my cats. This isn't just another Cat Sitter it's somebody who is passionate about felines.
Carmen is the best with our kitties! It is so nice to be able to go on vacation and not have to worry about how our cats are doing. Carmen is always so attentive and gives us updates. We actually got one of our kitties because Carmen was fostering her litter so we knew the amazing level of care she provides. I would recommend Slinky Cat at home to everyone looking for great cat care!

Kate D. from Oceanside, CA

2019-10-24T18:55:24+00:00

Kate D. from Oceanside, CA

Carmen is the best with our kitties! It is so nice to be able to go on vacation and not have to worry about how our cats are doing. Carmen is always so attentive and gives us updates. We actually got one of our kitties because Carmen was fostering her litter so we knew the amazing level of care she provides. I would recommend Slinky Cat at home to everyone looking for great cat care!
I highly recommend Carmen and her helpers. She adores cats and started this business because of her love of felines. She may be fully booked but if she is available you won’t be disappointed. Her care always exceeds expectations. Tell her Catherine referred you.

Catherine M. from North Village Park/Creek

2019-10-24T18:54:36+00:00

Catherine M. from North Village Park/Creek

I highly recommend Carmen and her helpers. She adores cats and started this business because of her love of felines. She may be fully booked but if she is available you won’t be disappointed. Her care always exceeds expectations. Tell her Catherine referred you.

Why We Do This?

As cat parents and frequent overseas travelers; we (& our cats) have been in your shoes.

Finding loving Cat Care should not be stressful for you or your kitty. We are on a mission to make it a pawsitve experience for everyone.

Our Top Priority

Animal safety is our top priority. We bring peace of mind by conducting daily cat sitting visits whilst being extra attentive and over communicators. We notice every detail, diet, mannerisms, and cat behavior; including a daily poop report noted in your kitty care log book.

Being extra cautious also means we are properly licensed and insured to best protect your furry feline family member and your home while you enjoy your travels.

Interested in our services now?

We look forward to serving you and your kitty family