By Doghaus University, Jan 24 2017 03:36PM
Does Your Cat Really Need a Pet Sitter?
For those who live a more active lifestyle, typically when they choose a pet, they choose a cat. Cats don’t need to be walked every day, they fare a little better on their own, and you don’t need to let them outside to go potty. So when it comes time to travel, many cat owners don’t feel like they need to invest in a pet sitter for their cat, but should you?
If you are only going to be gone for a day or two, it is likely your cat will be fine on their own. However, a cat is only fine right up until they are not. A lot of things can go wrong while you are away.
Caring for your Cat
As long as they have food, water, and a clean litter box, your cat is going to be just fine, right? Unfortunately, even if you go to great strides to make sure your cat is provided for, what happens if they do something that compromises that?
Some cats, like most dogs, might see an overly full food dish that is enough to provide for them for several days and eat the entire thing. Not only are they likely to start throwing up from too much food, but it leaves them to starve for the rest of the time you are away.
As for water, there might come a moment in extreme boredom where they knock that dish over and have nothing to drink for the rest of the time while you are away.
As for the litter box, well, the litter box is probably going to be fine if you are only gone for a few days. While the rest of these cat scenarios are just the worst cases, they could happen. If you are gone for more than just a night or two, this leaves your cat suffering.
This means you need a cat sitter. However, you don’t want to get a pet sitter just to care for the basic needs of your cat. They need attention, too. Even if you have a cat that is shy around people, they still get lonely, and will benefit from a little attention from other people. Instead of spending every moment snoozing and boringly watching the birds, a pet sitter assures that your cat gets the mental stimulation that comes from play and the emotional stimulation that comes from a solid petting session.
What Else Could Go Wrong?
Having a pet sitter for your cat isn’t just for basic emotional and physical care, they are there to make sure your cat stays safe. Think of all the trouble your cat could get into while you are gone:
They could accidentally get themselves locked in the bathroom or closet.
They could get into something they shouldn’t have and become very sick.
They could get their head or legs stuck in something and become rendered immobile.
They could claw through the screen of an open window and escape.
These are just a few examples of what might happen, and while some might sound far-fetched, you know cats are crafty enough to make it happen. Don’t neglect having someone come to check in and care for your cat until something bad does happen while you are away. You cat is important to you, and should be treated as such.
If you need pet sitting in the Madison area, contact us today. At Dog Haus University, we may sound like we only like dogs, but we love all our pets and have flexible plans to make sure they are always well cared for while you are enjoying your time away.