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Overnight Pet Sitting is Not Just for the Dogs!

How Long Can I Leave My Cat Alone?


 Clients are often surprised when they see we offer an overnight option for cats.  Overnight pet sitting for dogs has long been the gold standard of care for our canine counterparts.  Many of the benefits of overnight care for dogs, also applies to our Finicky feline friends as well.  These include having a Cat Care Specialist in the home observing the cat for long periods of time, routines stay completely on schedule, medications are provided at standard times, your home looks occupied while you are away, kitty gets lots of attention and playtime, as well as an actual snuggle buddy in bed. 


 Recently we had the pleasure of caring for Mariam during a long extended trip.  Mariam had never had an overnight Cat Care Specialist stay with her.  After the first night it was clear Mariam realized she had a new friend.  On the second of the overnights, Mariam ate her dinner promptly and joined her new BFF on the sofa.  In fact, Mariam spent the entire evening curled on her caregiver's lap purring.  When it came time for bed, Mariam ran, yes ran to the guest bed and jumped up on it.  The bed covers were turned down and Mariam patiently waited on the bed purring and making biscuits on the bedspread.  The Cat Care Specialist got into bed and shared the second pillow with Mariam as she came right up to the pillow and snuggled in for the long nighttime snooze. 

  
 People have become so accustomed to the thinking that the house-cat is an independent creature and not requiring a lot of care.  In fact, the exact opposite is true!  They are no longer busy working cats, but lovely tiny tigers that prowl our homes, lives, and laps.  Let's take a look at what some of the cat experts say about leaving your furbaby alone:    


  1.  (Kittens younger than four months should not be left alone for more than four hours. Older than that, they can handle another hour or so. When they reach six months, they can tolerate an eight-hour day without company.) My Pet.com
 2.  “If you plan to hire a pet sitter or recruit a willing friend to come in to check on your kitty, be sure that individual can come at least once and preferably twice per day to refresh food and water and clean out the litter box.     This is an okay arrangement for up to two weeks.  For any longer we recommend getting a house sitter to look after your cat  The Happy Cat Site.  


Leaving your kitty alone for extended periods of time can create real problems.  Anything from anxiety to litter box issues even if you leave out extra litter boxes.  So as you plan your summer weekends and vacations, put planning for your precious furbaby on the top of your list.  A good cat sitter or pet sitter is going to insist on at least once a day visits for your cat(s) and they are not going to be just running in to scoop the litter box!  If your cats are younger that a year a once a day visit (no matter how long the visit) isn't sufficient.  They will need twice a day visits with the evening visit being longer and time simply spent in the home with them.   As Mark Twain once said, "Time spent with cats is never wasted."



  Want to know more about our Purrjama Party and if it is right for your Finicky feline?  Visit our services page or request a call from one of our Cat Care Specialists to discuss the option! 

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