Planning your vacation may become a little less exciting when you have a furry friend who is not that into sightseeing. As opposed to dogs, most of cats belong to ‘stay-at-home’ type of personalities. They get attached to their environment no less than to their humans, so traveling can be too stressful for them. However, there is a way to make sure that your cat is safe and sound back at home while you are chilling on the beach or hiking in the mountains.
Getting a cat sitter
If you work at the office, your cat is probably used to staying home alone for long periods of time. In this case, he wouldn’t mind spending few days in his pleasant solitude with a nice cat sitter coming once or twice a day to refill the food and water bowls, clean the litter box and play a little.
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If you’re lucky enough to have friendly pet-loving neighbors, you can kindly ask some of them to hold this important mission. Pro tip: homemade cookies are usually the best for persuasion. In case your neighbor adheres to a low-carb diet, you can offer some money or same pet sitting service in your turn. Just make an agreement, and you would never have to ask yourself a question what to do with cat while on vacation.
Don’t get distressed if you cannot make the arrangement with the neighbor. On a bright side, a professional cat sitter always knows what to do with your cat in any unusual situation. Moreover, you can ask the sitter to spend more time with your pet for an extra fee and call anytime without feeling intrusive. Here are some things to consider though.
Things to remember when you hire a kitty nanny:
Make sure to get some recommendations before hiring anyone to care of your furry friend. You are probably not the first cat owner in the town to wonder what to do with your cat while on vacation, so some of your friends may already know a great kitty nanny.
It is better to meet in person a few days before you leave and make sure that your cat sitter is someone you would really trust.
Don’t forget to leave your vet doctor’s number and an extra contact (e.g. a number of a close friend who is staying in town while you are away) apart from the number you can be reached at. If your cat has any health problems, make sure that you tell your pet sitter what to do in case of exacerbation.
You would probably want to lock certain rooms, e.g. your bedroom, so the pet sitter wouldn’t have to enter a private space of your house. Make sure it’s ok with your cat, as some of felines may revenge severely for being locked out of favourite areas of their habitation.
Even with a trustworthy pet sitter, we can guess that you’d feel much better if you could check on your kitty anytime. We suggest getting the Petcube Camera, so you can enjoy your vacation with a light heart.