Reasons to Hire a Pet Sitter for your Cat
When you first bought your kitty home, you may not have ever anticipated not being able to care for them. After all, we become pet parents with the intention of being solely responsible for our animals. Nevertheless, there are situations that can arise when we have no choice but to temporarily entrust the care of our favorite furry friend to someone else.
Cats are known for being very independent creatures. They can bathe and groom themselves, use their litter box and will spend many hours perfectly happy in their own company. They also much prefer the comforts of their own home. As such, many owners of feline furbabies decide against placing their cat into a boarding facility and instead opt for a pet sitter.
What is a pet sitter?
A pet sitter is someone who will come into your home to undertake certain aspects of your pet’s care on your behalf. In the case of cats, most pet sitters will visit your home several times per day to perform certain tasks rather than temporarily lodge in your home – something which is more common when it comes to caring for dogs who generally need much more in the way of human interaction.
Reasons to hire a pet sitter for your cat
There are a variety of reasons why hiring a pet sitter is a better option than placing your kitty in boarding when you are apart.
Your cat will be happier
Cats are much happier when they are at home, in an environment that they know and love. They won’t need to feel anxious about their surroundings. Instead, they will feel relaxed and calm – something which is important when their primary human is away from them.
Your cat sitter can stick to your kitty’s routine
Routine is very important to animals and without it, they can quickly feel lost and insecure. When you choose a cat sitter to visit your home, you can ask them to adhere as closely to your cat’s usual routine as possible, and this will help give your furbaby added reassurance whilst you are apart.
More one to one attention
Although cats are fiercely independent, that’s not to say that they don’t like attention – so long as it’s when it suits them and not necessarily the other way around! When your cat is in boarding, they are just one of a number of other animals. However, when you have a pet sitter, you can be sure that your kitty will get the undivided attention that they deserve.
A healthier cat
Any groups of animals together pose a potential health risk as diseases and illnesses spread like wildfire amongst them. Although any decent boarding facility should insist on proof of certain vaccinations and animals being healthy before they are allowed to stay, it doesn’t always happen. Keeping your cat at home and away from other animals is one of the best ways to guarantee their health.
When you put an animal into a boarding facility, there are normally set hours during which they can be dropped off and collected and unfortunately, these times aren’t always convenient. In some instances, you may end up being charged more for additional time in boarding that your cat doesn’t really need, but that you are forced to take since you are unable to collect your furbaby at a different time.
If you have any questions about pet sitters and the care that they offer for felines in your area, please get in touch with our veterinary team today.