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What do I do with my cat if I go on vacation?

What do I do with my cat if I go on vacation?

Let’s start by stating that your cat is a living being that needs the basic functions to live and it needs your help to eat, drink, sleep and play. If you have a pet, you have to take care of it and keep an eye on it. What to do if you want to go on vacation and do not know where or with whom to leave your cat?

It is normal that you want to disconnect from your routine, but you must leave your pet in good hands and with the best care.

“If I leave it at home, will it be okay?”, Or “What do I have to do to keep it from having a hard time during the trip?” The first thing you should be aware of is that cats do not like changes, and in fact, change can make them feel really bad, even a nutritional change (as we can see in “what to do if my cat vomits?”, another article from our website). Bearing this in mind, the most recommendable thing to do if you are going to be away for a few days is to leave your cat at home. But if you plan to be out for more than a week, or even longer, then it is better to look for someone to take care of it, or to take it with you.

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In the case that you decide to leave it at home, you must be able to give it food and water. You can leave several water troughs, about 7, distributed throughout the house. As for food, the ideal method is to buy a food dispenser to control the amount ingested during those days. If you want to find a new product that is ideal for your cat, you may consider Pet-presso, an intelligent dispenser that controls and manages your pet’s diet in an easy and simple way.

We can’t forget about the litterbox either. We have to take into account that our pet urinates and defecates like humans, so if “your bathroom” is not clean it will do so in inappropriate areas. How to avoid it? Setting out several trays, which should be a bit separated from each other.

Additionally, it does not hurt to ask someone you trust to go see your cat at least every 3 days. But with these tips your cat will be fine for seven days. If you are going to be gone longer, then it is important that you have a person you trust take care of your cat.


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  • Real World Pet
    19 February, 2018, 6:10 PM REPLY

    We user Rover to dog sit for people but we actually recently used someone from there to come watch our two cats while we were gone for the weekend. I’m never leaving my cats alone again because they’re way less stressed when we come back home.

  • Ellie Davis
    28 March, 2018, 11:39 PM REPLY

    Thank you for suggesting we leave our cats in the best care possible. My husband and are on going on vacation. We have two cats and I would hate to leave them at home alone. I think I am going to find a pet sitter to come and take care of them.

  • KaSonndra
    5 April, 2018, 10:03 AM REPLY

    We have an upcoming vacay planned soon and are definitely looking into house sitters for our cats. They’re very loving and hate to be left alone so it was great I ran across your article. Thanks for the tips!

  • Braden Bills
    9 April, 2018, 3:53 PM REPLY

    I’m planning on going on vacation, but I don’t know what to do with my cat. It makes sense that I might want to find a pet day care! That way I don’t have to worry about him staying home and filling up his litter box.

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