Here are some reasons you should hire a cat sitter instead of sticking your kitty in a cattery:
- Cats love routine.
- Cats are territorial.
- Cats need one-on-one social interaction.
- You will not have to transport them – they stay in their own environment.
- There’s no place like home.
- Points to Remember.
Cats are territorial, and to them, you are a territorial invader until you can bond with the cat. Anticipate that a cat will greet you by the door, and quite possibly head for under the bed when they see a stranger. Friendly cats will rub against your legs to greet and mark you. Blink once or twice slowly when looking directly at a cat to reassure it. Cats need one-on-one social interaction.
- Functions and Activities to Monitor.
Food, water, and litter box usage are a few critical functions and activities to monitor. Monitor the cats’ intake of food. Cats who do not consume enough calories are susceptible to “idiopathic hepatic lipidosis”, fatty liver disease. When a cat quits eating, it is a true emergency. It is important that cats eat food and drink enough water. Typically, cats that eat both wet and dry food are less constipated due to the high moisture content. The urine output can be assessed by the size of the urine clumps. Normal, healthy cats urinate two to four times in the course of a twenty-four hour period.
- Identifying the signs of Illness or Injury.
Decreased appetite or not eating. A cat who is now hiding that was originally friendly. Changes in litter box habits. Congestion, runny nose or discharge from the eyes, chronic or acute vomiting, lethargy and fever, damp paws, panting and trembling, and frequent urination are a few identifying signs. Any behavioral change in a cat is a red flag.
Typically the healthy cat won’t get themselves into as much trouble as canines when they are left alone in a home. However, cats do miss their owners. Because of their territorial instinct, they handle their owners being away from home better than dogs.
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