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We all have times when we are away from home for work, emergency, or just to have a little bit of fun. During these trips, more often than not, it is just not practical to bring our cats with us. So, as responsible pet-parents, what are we to do? Should we just set out a big bowl of food and some water and hope for the best?

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.

Well, hopefully, the answer is obvious. We hire a responsible and dependable cat sitter to look after our pets so that we do not have to worry about our cat's physical or emotion well being while we are away from home.

When we choose to hire a pet sitter in our absence, we are trusting that individual with both our pet and our home. Therefore, finding someone dependable and trustworthy is important. Beyond this what are we are looking for in a cat sitter?

First and foremost, the person we entrust with our cat must love cats. This probably sounds pretty obvious, right? But if it is so obvious, why do so many pet parents leave their cats with a neighbor who just tolerates them? A good cat sitter will take the time to focus attention on your cat because quality pet sitting is not just about feeding your cat and emptying the litter box.

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.

A lot of people choose to put their cat in a boarding facility when they are away. They do not realize that it is important for their cat emotionally to remain in familiar surroundings.

What are some of the services that you should expect from your sitter?

  • A free initial meeting to become familiar with your cat's needs and daily routine.
  • Your cat sitter should be making at least one visit (45 minutes to an hour) to your cat each day. A second visit would also be appreciated by your cat. However that is truly a luxury.
  • Your sitter should be putting out fresh food and water every day.
  • Cleaning the litter box should be performed every day.
  • Your sitter should be spending time each visit playing or cuddling with your cat.
  • Your sitter should be willing to administer medicine if needed.

In addition to the duties related directly to your cat, your sitter should be performing some other light duties around your home.

  • Watering your plants.
  • Bringing in your mail and newspapers.
  • Your sitter should adjust your blinds and lights to make your home looked lived in to others.

If you follow these simple guidelines, your next trip should be worry free and your cat will be glad you did.

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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