Planning a trip this weekend, and thinking of bringing your furry friend? While a weekend vacation may appeal to an adventurous cat, the typical cat would most likely choose to stay home and lounge comfortably in their cat bed. While each pet is unique, here are some suggestions for leaving your cat at home while you’re away.
First and foremost, should you leave your cat at home while on vacation?
Even though cats are pretty self-sufficient, you should not leave your cat alone for more than 2-3 days at a time. If you’re going on a vacation longer than that, have someone visit your cat every day or stay with them if possible if you are nervous about leaving your cat alone overnight for the first time.
Cats, like people, can have separation anxiety, especially if they were raised during the pandemic or have become accustomed to you being at home more. These ideas should put your mind at ease if you’re only going away for a few days and can’t locate someone to see them.
Clean Up Before You Leave
Even if you’re only going out for the day, it’s critical to ensure that your house is a safe and secure environment for your cat. Put your shopping bags away, throw the trash, and turn off any appliances you’ve been using. Make sure that their cat bed is clean and that all windows are firmly shut.
Your cats should have safe access to the entire house while you’re away, so make sure any breakable things are relocated to a safe place and your property is secured.
Arrange Their Food and Water
If you’re leaving your cat alone at home, make sure there’s enough dry food for each day plus some extra. It’s never a bad idea to leave more! You may also want to move the food away from the water so that no water splashes on it and causes it to sit and become soggy.
Splitting the meal into two bowls is another technique to ensure that part of the food remains edible if one of the bowls is damaged. Try an automated pet feeder if you’re worried about your cat overeating while you’re away! The dry food is dispensed by these feeders at predetermined intervals or when the dish is empty.
If you want your cat to have access to wet food while you’re gone, some food dispensers feature built-in ice packs that keep the food cold for up to a day.
If you don’t already have one, a cat water fountain is another must-have accessory. This is not only useful when you leave the house, but it also encourages cats to drink more water daily.
Some cats also enjoy playing with their water, which might result in the bowl being knocked over. Other cats like dumping their food into their water bowls. Investing in a fountain will ensure that the water is purified and does not spill while you are away.
Leave Them With Something To Do
If you have more than one cat, you’ve already gone a big step toward keeping your pet occupied while you’re away! Ensure that your cat has access to the house’s cat furniture and scratchers. If your cat likes bird watching, consider leaving a few blinds open.
Aside from making sure that their cat bed is cleaned and snuggle-ready, prepare their scratching post and ensure its sturdiness. You want to leave your cat comfortable and occupied so they won’t miss you that much!
If your cat’s favourite toys don’t require monitoring, leave them out as well. If your cat likes music, use a gadget that can be operated remotely, such as Alexa. Through the app, you will modify the level or switch off the music whenever you want.
Install a Doorstop
If your cats have access to various rooms while you’re gone, be sure they can’t close the doors. A basic doorstop should be enough to keep the door from closing. The last thing you want is for your cat to lock himself in a room without food, water, or a cat bed. Even if this has never been a problem before, it is always a good idea to be on the safe side.
Clean The Litter Box
This advice does not require any explanation. Before you depart on a trip, make sure the litter box is clean. You may wish to add an extra litter box if you clean the litter box after each use or if you have numerous cats.
Another option is to invest in a self-cleaning or automated litter box. These are ideal for fussy cats who like a spotless litter box.
Have an Emergency Contact
If you’re going to be gone for a lengthy amount of time, ensure someone has access to your house in case you need it. Having someone visit your cat isn’t strictly required when you’re only gone for a day or two. However, in the event of an emergency, make sure someone nearby has a key.
You may always leave a key concealed somewhere outdoors if you’re not sure who will be there at the time. Simply make sure you have a few individuals in mind who you may call in an emergency. In the event of an evacuation, the key should be immediately available, as well as a carrier.
No cat parent likes to leave their feline companion alone at home, but it is sometimes necessary. For short periods, allowing your cats to remain in their most comfortable surroundings is typically the best option.
Leaving your cat with enough food and water, toys to play and a clean cat bed will keep your mind at ease. To relax and enjoy yourself while on vacation, follow these guidelines for leaving your cat at home. Before you know it, you’ll be back at home with your beloved kitties! #independentcats #catlovers #catbed #cutekittens