I grew up with cats, when our adopted stray died when I was 8, my cat Pebbles (still alive! But sadly with relatives in NZ) became my new best friend, I'd spend hours play-fighting with her as a kitten.
Having grown up as a cat lover, I've yet to meet a cat so shy that I couldn't get it to let me pet it ^^
This year I've looked after 13 cats and a dog.
I work for Deliveroo, offer grinds and sell stuff on Etsy for a living, all of which allow me to be very flexible about when I can cat-sit.
I have four months house-sitting experience.