Our cats have the ability to come and go as they please. Since they are feral cats — or should I say semi-feral now — they spend most of their time outdoors. They sleep in the garage where they have heated beds at their disposal. But most nights when the weather is nice, we see them lying in the driveway or under a tree or bush. That doesn’t mean that we don’t check in on them many times throughout the day to make sure that they’re well and have enough food, as well as provide some company when they want it.
Fortunately for us, we work from home, so we have no need to hire a pet sitter to stay with them or check in on them a few times per day. It made me wonder: Does anyone watch your cats during the day, while you’re at work?
I would imagine that most people wouldn’t go so far as to have a daytime pet sitter. You probably feed your cat and give her fresh water, maybe leave some additional food out for the cats to snack on throughout the day, check the litter box, and then the human members of the household go off to school and work. I’m sure the cats are glad to have a little solitude.
What do you do when you’re away from home for more than a day? How often do you ask someone to check in — daily, multiple times daily? Or do you hire a sitter to stay in your home full-time for your cats?
One of my friends has a couple of cats, and he’d often decide out of the blue to take off for work or pleasure for three or four days. He never had someone check in on his cats while he was gone. Instead, he just left out several large bowls of kibble for them, a water bowl that had a two-liter container attached to it, and a couple of fresh litter boxes. I couldn’t imagine leaving my cats alone for that long, but for him and his cats, it seemed to work just fine. The cats behaved themselves well while he was gone and lived into their early 20s.
I’d imagine that it would be more challenging if you have a geriatric cat who needs more medical attention. Another friend has cared for many of cats with medical challenges or special dietary requirements. Some needed insulin shots multiple times a day; others required pills, which she had to make sure they swallowed when she placed them in food, treats, or directly into their mouths. Yet others needed to be monitored for periodic seizures or nausea. It became a full-time effort to take care of them, so she often had to work from home or have someone come in to assist her each day.
A friend of mine is a professional cat sitter and so she is very familiar with this topic. She says it completely depends on the cat’s needs. Some clients feel better if she is there checking on their cats two or three times a day while they’re at work. Their cats aren’t elderly, and have no health issues or behavioral problems. She wasn’t sure if her multiple visits had anything to do with the cats doing so well, but she did tell me that the cats and their human companions seemed content and more relaxed because they knew she would be taking care of everything for them while they were away.
Whatever provides comfort and harmony in the house is the best thing to do for everyone who lives there. That includes the people and the cats.
Does anyone watch your cats while you are at work? What happens when you go away for a couple of days? Share your stories and pictures in the comments.
About Tim Link: All-American guy who loves to rock out to Queen while consuming pizza and Pinot Noir and prefers to associate with open-minded people who love all critters. Considers himself to be the literal voice for all animals. Author, writer, radio host, Reiki Master, Animal Communicator and consultant at Wagging Tales.
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