StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

Name of sitter: Nikita M

Area: Kensington, Randburg

Note: Nikita happily looks after pets who are not in her immediate area - driving is not a problem.

Course of study: BA General

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: October 2018


Experience with animals and own pets

Animals have always been a passion of mine and a huge part of my life. As long as I can remember, we have always had pets in the family. When I was younger, I had Socks, Brandy and Max. Max was a beautiful golden Labrador, Brandy was a chocolate Spaniel and socks was always a bit of question mark. Later on, Sacha and Micha joined my us - two domestic short hair cats. Now it's just my border collie, Luna, and I.

Having been around animals constantly, I am extremely comfortable around all animals. I firmly believe that each and every animal deserves to be loved and cared for. No matter the size, personality or age, I will give all my love to any animal. Fur babies are truly family and I will therefore go above and beyond in making sure they are comfortable and happy.


Feedback from References


Reference 1

Being part of StudentCo means working with animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

I first met Nikita about 4 years ago when I Joined Linden Lifesaving club. For the last 3 and a half years, I have been patrol officer for the club in charge of arranging lifeguards for numerous events. Nikita has been one of my most valuable, reliable and consistent patrollers. She has almost 300 hours of lifesaving experience - all of it as a volunteer.

I further got to know Nikita through the Scouts/Guides movement. Nikita obtained her Protea Award, which only about 1% of all Guides achieve. She has shown reliability, initiative, loyalty and many other qualities that will make her an asset to your organisation.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Reference 2

Being part of StudentCo means working with animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

Nikita is a very responsible, reliable, honest, caring and hardworking individual.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Reference 3

Being part of StudentCo means working with animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

Nikita has done the lighting for my Ballet Studio show for the last 3 years. She is so reliable and helpful and I can wholeheartedly recommend her. She is the most lovely young girl!

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!


StudentCo Client Reviews

Please note that not all pet parents complete our feedback questionnaire - for a full list of any sitter's experience, please do feel free to ask.


Stay-overs with Prince, Tae (mix breed dogs) and Pricilla (cat)

My name: Sarah Ashton

Name of pet sitter: Nikita M

My pets (breeds and names): Prince, Tae (mix breed dogs) and Pricilla (cat)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 1/8/2019 9:18:17 AM

Stay-overs with Ming and Mia

My name: Nivedeta Chatrooghoon

Name of pet sitter: Nikita M

My pets (breeds and names): Ming and Mia

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Not quite...

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 3

Additional Comments:

Nikita is a wonderful person and my cats loved her and are happy.

That is the most important point.

However, I have a few complaints: 1. She banged my front door closed every day (neighbour confimed this) to the point that it broke and the handle fell off.

It is so damaged that the hole has become too big for the screw to fit in.

I now need to get this repaired professionally.

2. I asked that she leave the windows as is i.e slightly opened and a light on when she is not there.

Since I arrived 28 hours after Nikita left, when I arrived all windows were closed and the lights off, meaning my cats had zero ventilation and air for more than 24 hours.

I'm not sure why she did this.

3. I have always used StudentCo and appreciate when Angelique took my call on Sunday eve when I needed to get hold of Nikita when my key broke in the door.

Thank you for this.

Note from StudentCo: We thank Nivi for alerting us to these issues - they have been addressed :).

Date of Review: 3/24/2019

Stay-overs with Cats Cody and Riley

My name: Larna-Lee Buffee

Name of pet sitter: Nikita M

My pets (breeds and names): Cats Cody and Riley

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 4/7/2019 4:27:02 PM

Visits with Aurora the German Shepherd

My name: Liezl van Rensburg

Name of pet sitter: Nikita M

My pets (breeds and names): Aurora (German Shepherd)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of review: 9/6/2019 2:35:01 PM

Visits with George and Kenzie (Scotties)

Pet sitter: Nikita M

Pet parent: Jannicke Boyle

Service type: Visits

Furkids: George and Kenzie (Scotties)

Review: Thank you to Nikita for caring for my two scotties! It is so great to have peace of mind when I'm away - knowing they're cared for and loved and cuddled - with updates and pictures as well! I really appreciate it and so glad I can depend on her! Thanks StudentCo :)

Date of review: 8 October 2019

Notes from StudentCo: Thanks so much for your review, Jannicke! We can’t wait to hear from your family again soon!  

Visits with Aurora (German Shepherd)

My name: Liezl

Name of pet sitter: Nikita M

My pets (breeds and names): Aurora (German Shepherd)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: You guys have been amazing to accommodate me at short notice. Really appreciate it

Date of review: 11/1/2019 13:45