Leaving Your Cat at Home


Tips On Leaving Your Cat Home When Going On Holiday

At some point, you will want to go on holiday to recharge your batteries or spend some time with the family.

Apart from it being hard t leave your cat at home alone there, it is also essential to make sure they are fed, cleaned and cared for whilst you are away.

Here are some tips on leaving your cat home when you go away

Hire a Professional Cat Sitter

Cats are pretty independent, and most cats are pretty happy on their own for a night or two.  However, If you are going away for more than an overnight visit then you probably want to look at hiring a professional pet sitter to take care of your furbaby.

Make sure that you do your homework when choosing a pet sitter. Ask for references of previous clients also check they have a DBS. After all, they will have access to your home) and are insured.

Related  article fro RSPCA  Going on holiday and leaving your pet

Opt For Boarding Facilities

Another similar but more expensive option to the above one is boarding facilities.

These facilities can ensure that your cat is taken complete care of in your absence.

You can check for reviews available online or ask someone you know about the services a particular boarding facility offers. Additionally, you can take a tour of the facility and ensure it has everything your buddy will require.

Take Care Of The Necessities Before You Leave

If you’re comfortable leaving your cat home alone, you should also ensure it has everything it needs.

Your cat is already sad about you leaving, so make sure it has the appropriate facilities to survive.

When feeding your cat daily, you can use automatic pet feeders and water dispensers for this purpose.

Fill them up and keep them in double amounts, if only to ensure nothing unfortunate happens. Also, don’t forget to make the cat’s bed ready and clean out the litter box.

However, leaving your cat alone is certainly not a good option if you are going for more than  a few days, and you should consider a pet sitter.

Offer Entertainment

Remember that some, if not most cats, can get depressed and lonely if left alone. And they will miss you.

So. leave enough things in the house to entertain themselves before you go. It might help them feel more normal while you’re away.

These can include turning on the radio or TV, putting up a DVD, or showing your cat watches. Moreover, you can also open up the blinds to get to watch the outside view, only if you’re leaving for a few hours.

Providing your cat’s favourite toys, like a cat tree, etc. and leaving some treats within its reach is also a good idea to make it feel comfortable and secure.

Ensure Safety Precaution

Ensuring safety precautions is necessary, as leaving a cat alone is the same as leaving a baby.

So, you can guard your house to make sure your kitty is safe behind your back.

Also, put all the harmful things away from its reach. Unplug electricity sockets and try to stock the wires out, as you don’t want a shocked cat when you get home.

And we know the situation can get even worse, so make sure your electric supplies are restrained.

Moreover, keep the inner doors open to prevent your cat from getting locked away.

To protect items in the house, put away any breakable objects, especially glass products etc. Not only those but also secure away flammable items to prevent your companion from doing anything that might “burn”.

Also, keep sharp things away from its reach.

Final Words

We understand the sorrow and worry accompanying your departure when you have to leave your favourite feline companion at home. But there’s always something you can do about it.

Especially if you are going for an extended period, say three to four days, you need someone to guard your cat and prevent it from suffering from separation anxiety.

Make sure you provide it with the necessary facilities and adequate attention, even when you’re not there to give it to it first-hand. These tips on leaving your cat home while on vacation will help you take care of your goofball better every time you go.

And when you come back, your cat will run towards you, all happy to hug you!

Derek runs Finchley Dog waler and offers pet care services in the Finchley and Muswell Hill area including cat feeding