It’s vacation time! What to do with your cat?

One big problem occurs every time a cat owner needs to go away from home for few days. Now, that the summer season has started, many cat owners have doubts about what to do with the cat while they are away, because they need to be away from the cat for a minimum of seven days. Here is some advice regarding this subject.

There are two main things you can do when you plan a holiday – go with your cat, or leave her. Most cat owners have been asking experts for an opinion of what is the smartest thing to do in this situation. They have different opinions, but most of them advise them to leave the cats at home.

First of all, an important thing that we need to know is that the cats don’t want to change their environment. They are used to their home so they can be very upset and frightened if you need to take them somewhere on a longer stay. Having that in mind, you need to consider that if you leave the cat at home, you need to be sure that the cat will be all right. The best place for a cat to stay is at home, where she is comfortable, so if you want to leave her in your house there needs to be a cat door so they can leave and come back when they want. The cat door or flap needs to have a magnetic lock or chip control if there are other cats in the neighborhood. [adToAppearHere]

However, she needs to have a supervision, at least once a day. 

Other questions that the cat owners have is if they can leave their cat in the home for a week if they leave a lot of food and water for the cat. This is not recommended, because the cat needs a supervision, especially if you don’t have a cat flap. The best thing you can do is to ask your neighbor or a friend to look after your cat. If you decide to do this, you need to make sure that the friend meets the cat before you leave, so that the cat can get comfortable with him or her. Get your friend to come to your home while you are still at home.

Also, it’s not enough for your friend to just feed your cat and give her water. He or she needs to make sure that the cat is all right, to pet it, and spend some time with it. They can play together or just sit with the cat while watching TV or having a coffee.

Whatever you choose to do in this situation, the most important thing is to think about what is good for your cat. Bare in mind that if you want to go on a holiday, doesn’t mean that your cat does, and likes to change her well adapted environment. You are responsible for your cat, so you need to be considerate about its well-being.
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13 thoughts on “It’s vacation time! What to do with your cat?

  • June 25, 2017 at 5:48 am
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    Your article is very informative. The only thing I disagree with, as far as responsibility, is the cat door. For their own safety, I don’t think cats should ever be allowed to go outdoors, unless they’re on a leash.

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    • June 27, 2017 at 12:31 am
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      I believe you are right, but if you do have someone to supervise your cat they can maybe take it out for a while, so the cat doesn’t just stay closed at home all the time.

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  • June 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm
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    This information certainly applies to most cats. However, some cats are exceptions to the, “Cats don’t want to change their environment,” mindset! My husband and I started taking our cat out and about with us when she was a kitten. Because she has done this her whole life, she is very comfortable going new places and enjoys meeting people, as well as other pets. At first, when we arrived at our destinations, we carried her in our arms while she was wearing her harness and leash. Now, she rides in her pet stroller with us when we go shopping or when we are dining at outdoor restaurants.

    At vacation time, our cat is very comfortable riding in her pet carrier in the car and has traveled to three states with us. When we take car trips and book pet-friendly lodging, she joins us on our week-long trips! She adjusts quickly to her new surroundings because she has done this her whole life and takes it all in stride. Sometimes, instead of traveling with us, our cat goes to stay with friends who kitty sit her. Again, we started this routine when she was a kitten. When we arrive at their house, our cat steps right out of her pet carrier and makes herself right at home. We are very fortunate that our friends adore our cat and look forward to her visits!

    If you want your cat to be comfortable going new places, start by taking your kitten on short car trips and walking trips to explore local places. If your cat has the right temperament, this exposure to new sights, sounds, smells, and surroundings will increase the chances that your cat will enjoy traveling with you!

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    • June 27, 2017 at 12:35 am
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      Wow, that’s great! However, as you have mentioned you started taking your cat with you on trips when she was just a kitten. It’s easier for the cats to adjust to new environment if they travel all their lives. I also believe in different character and temperament of each cat, there are some cats that don’t like travelling and meeting new people. I can say, you did a great job in raising your cat! 🙂

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  • June 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm
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    I agree.. No cat door. that is what I would want to do.. come home with cat splashed all over the road. I leave my cats for days,.. Have a friend come over at least once a day and make sure they have food and water and empty the poop box. they get along fine. I leave the radio on when at work or when gone.. they just sleep mostly..

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    • June 27, 2017 at 12:37 am
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      Perfect! When you have a friend that would like to help you with that, you don’t have to worry about anything.

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  • July 2, 2017 at 2:25 am
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    I am very lucky yhat when I leave on vacation my Mom comes over twice a day (morning and supper) to feed my 2 ragdoll cats, pet them if they want cuddles, play with them, and clean their litter box daily. They love grandma!

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