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Cat owners know just how important it is to have their frisky feline cared for when they are away from home. A cat sitter offers an easy way to have your pet looked after when you have to go out of town for a few days or more. Cat sitters have plenty of duties in the care of your pet. They will feed your cat, change the water, clean the kitty litter box and keep your kitty company. The following provides some tips for choosing the best cat sitting professional in your area.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Check the Credentials

Before you pick any pet sitter, especially a cat sitter, you should always check the credentials of that individual or company. This can be done by researching their cat sitting company online or asking for references. When you have taken the time to check the credentials, you will then be able to rest easy with the knowledge that you did your proper research.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

Inquire As To What They Offer

You also should inquire as to what they offer in the way of services. Some cat sitters will offer the bare minimum while others are certain to offer every service option imaginable. If you want the best for your pet while you are away you need to make sure that the pet provider will offer everything requested and more.

Ask About Updates While You Are Away

Some pet owners feel better leaving their cat with a cat sitter who will send them email updates or call the pet owner while they are away to give them progress updates. This way the pet owner knows just what their family pet is doing and how they are getting along without them.

Cat sitting professionals are readily available. By keeping the previously mentioned tips in mind you can enjoy your trip without worrying about how your pet is getting along.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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