Home Alone: How to Leave Your Cat in Charge of the House

For any dog owners out there, you know the drill. Months before flying out to your holiday of choice, you’re on the phone with boarding kennels trying to arrange accommodation for your canine friend.

While the same approach can be taken with cats and the various cattery facilities around the country, many owners don’t opt for this approach. Instead, they’ll leave their cat in charge of the property – with a few helping hands of course.

If this is something that you’re considering, read on to find some crucial tips to help you along.

Find Your Cat Sitter

While there are all sorts of modern inventions that will deliver food to your cat at set times of the day and so on, the safest approach is to use a cat sitter. This doesn’t mean that the person in question is going to be occupying your home day and night, it simply means that they will check in every day (or twice per day, on some occasions) to make sure everything is going as planned.

Clearly, this involves a trust issue on your behalf, but on the flip side, you can also rest assured that your cat is being checked on regularly while you’re away.

Make All the Relevant Information Accessible

On the subject of cat sitters, now is the time to make their life easier. Some might put a checklist of daily things to do on the fridge, while others might focus more on the emergency topics, such as the phone number of the vet clinic, the insurance for cats you have arranged, or any other health-related matter. Make sure it is within easy reach.

How Much of Your Home Will You Allow Your Cat to Roam?

Some people will only give their cat access to certain rooms of the house, others will gift them every single one.

If you fall into the latter category, it pays to take some precautionary steps. Make sure that all doors are propped open with a heavy object. It’s not uncommon for cats to accidentally close doors, and if you’re away for a considerable time, this obviously doesn’t end well!

Clear House Plants Out of the Way

As most of you will know, a lot of house plants are poisonous for cats. Sure, you can manage the situation somewhat when you’re at home, but when you’re away, it’s time to move them out of reach. Either keep them in an “off-limits” room or simply put them outside.

Be Wary of Dangling Electrical Cords

In an ideal world, put them out of reach. Failing that, simply switch them off at the sockets.

While you might not believe that your cat is necessarily a “chewer”, stress can do strange things to them. Mainly if this is the first time you have left them alone, you don’t know how they will react. As such, try and make their environment as safe as possible.

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