This is someone, whether it is a friend, family member or professional pet sitter, who stays in your house while you are away. This is many people’s favourite option as it is the least disruptive to your cat and their routine. Professional Pet Sitters also offer a visiting service in which they come to the house to check on your cat once, twice or three times a day. They don’t then live in but are still able to feed and fuss your cat during the visit as well as letting them in or out and cleaning the litter tray etc. A house sitter also gives you the security of someone being at the house daily and to collect post and draw curtains etc.
However, finding the right person you trust who is happy to care for your best friend while you are away is not always easy. If you go down the route of a professional pet sitter, be sure to do your homework to make sure they are fully trained and insured and it is a good idea to ask for references from other customers.
Before you go away, write down your cat’s feeding schedule including details of any medication they need and at what times. If your cat gets upset when you go away, there are special plug-ins you can buy from your local Vet practice which emit a scent which mimics the naturally occurring pheromones that a new mother would produce which can help your cat feel more relaxed.
Another option is to take your cat to a cattery. Good catteries often book up quickly so it’s a good idea to do your research early on to find a cattery that you’re happy with.
A reputable cattery will insist that your cat is fully vaccinated before they will accept them and will ask to see your cat’s vaccination records so don’t forget to take them with you when you go. If this information is not asked for you should be questioning the suitability of the facility.
Again, some cats can become distressed and unsettled in new surrounding so ensure the cattery offers good facilities with outdoor and indoor areas and a good routine to ensure all the cats get daily attention.
Whichever option you choose, early preparation will ensure you can jet off on your holiday feeling relaxed and happy knowing that your cat is happy too. Doing a trial weekend before you go is a great way to make sure your cat has a relaxing time too and takes to whichever option you chose for them.