Leaving Cats alone: 6 Signs you need to get a Cat Sitter

Is it time to bring in a cat sitter?

It's a common stereotype that cats like to be left alone. And while your cat may have her moments of aloofness, make no mistake - she does need you. While you might not be missed after a quick jaunt to the grocery store or an overnight visit at a family member's house, leaving cats alone for an extended length of time is a different story.

It's worth thinking about getting a cat sitter, especially if the following scenarios apply to you:

  1. Sing for Your Supper
    Unless you have an automated feeder, chances are good that your cat needs someone to feed him at least once a day. If you leave a little extra out, some cats can ration out their meals, while others just look at extra food as an opportunity to gorge themselves. Try giving your cat a little extra food and see which category he falls into. If it's the second, you'll need to get a cat sitter to keep him from stuffing himself and then going hungry.
  2. Like a Wrecking Ball
    Do you find your cat often scratching at things she's not supposed to, clawing at the carpet or knocking things off tables and chairs? If so, you may need a cat sitter just to make sure your home isn't in pieces after you get back from a day or two away. Leaving cats alone shouldn't mean you have to buy new furniture!
  3. My Loneliness Is Killing Me
    While some cats are aloof, others are actually quite clingy. Do you have a feline friend who can't stop following you around or yowls when you are in the bathroom? If you have a companion who needs constant attention, consider getting a cat sitter so he won't feel so alone.
  4. Vacation: All I Ever Wanted
    You might be OK leaving your cat alone for 24 to 48 hours for a short excursion. But if you're vacationing to a far-off place and will be gone for three or more days, you should absolutely hire a cat sitter to check up on your feline friend and at least make sure any automatic feeders are working, the litter box is clean and, of course, that your little buddy gets some attention while you're gone.
  5. Now We've Got Bad Blood
    Do you have a multi-cat household? Are things a little ... tense between two of your kitties? If so, then you'll definitely want to hire a cat sitter. Leaving cats who don't get along could result in cat fights and legitimate injuries, which can become serious if no one is there to treat them.
  6. I Won't Worry My Life Away
    At the end of the day, the best thing a cat sitter can provide pet parents with is peace of mind. If you'll be spending some time away from home, the last thing you want to worry about is what your cat might be up to. If you use a cat sitter, however, you'll know your pet is taken care of, and that you can simply call or text if you really need to know exactly what Fluffy or Mr. Snowball is up to at any given moment.

Have you ever considered using a cat sitter? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments below!

Text source: Amanda Kondolojy is a full-time freelancer with more than a decade of caregiving experience.

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