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Kitty Home Alone

Vacation time is here and you can’t wait to take off. The good news is, you won’t feel as guilty about leaving because you’re the proud caregiver of a cat instead of a dog. Everyone knows how independent cats are. And although they need the same love, they certainly don’t need the same care as a dog.

Not true. Cats are indeed different. But consider, cats DO NOTICE when you’re not around. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, there are some things to consider.

Boarding Facilities
Cats are territorial. As a result, it’s more stressful for them to be placed in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar sights, sounds and scents. So, by placing them in a boarding facility, not only do they not see their parents, they have lost their territory. Consider an in-home pet sitter instead.

Litter Boxes
Litter boxes still need to be cleaned on a regular basis. If not, be prepared for negative results when you return home. They will most likely go outside the box to let you know that it needs to be cleaned. Not a pretty sight.

Stimulation
Cats need some kind of interaction and stimulation. You don’t always have to be present in order for your cat to have fun. Cat trees, paper bags that are open, ball toys and even a bed near a sunny window will give your cat plenty to do.

Routine
Your cat should not be left alone for more than 24 hours without having someone check on their well-being. A pet sitter will not only help with an unexpected illness or injury, he/she will keep your cat on a routine. They are creatures of habit. The pet sitter should check the food and water bowls and refill accordingly. The sitter should also administer any medications, scoop out the litter box and spend, at least, 15-30 minutes interacting with the cat or simply being present in the home.

Even if your cat isn’t the most affectionate creature, he or she will eventually realize you’re not home. By making certain that your cat’s needs are being met while you’re away, you’re actually limiting their anxiety making it easier for both of you when you are home. Like a dog, you are the source of their food and safety. You are their world.

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