There is an old saying that dogs have owners and cats have staff. Dogs are easier to train and show more obvious signs of attachment, dependence, and obedience. Cats, on the other hand, are more independent and are often described as emotionally aloof. In fact, one 2015 study found what everyone already knows: cats are not dependent on humans the way dogs are. Yes, it hurts to hear it, but your feline friend is perfectly capable of fending for him or herself if they wanted to.
At the end of the day, as scientists and many animal behavioral specialists know, cats choose to be domesticated. So, even though your furry feline may be an independent soul, he has chosen to be your companion—even if it has to be on his terms. Always. However, what this means is that when your tabby is cooped up inside while you’re away, not only has he lost the companion he chose, but he is also cut off from the opportunity to fend for himself if need be. So, here are just a few of the many reasons, you should hire a responsible cat sitter while you’re away.
This is likely not the first point you were expecting to see, but this is the one factor that benefits both you and kitty equally. When good pet sitters drop by, not only do they check on your cat, but they also help to deter would-be burglars. According to Jacksonville State University, “when you go on vacation, the burglar is just getting up for work!” A car parked in the driveway, the rotating of lights, and your mail being brought in, can do wonders to ensure your home looks occupied while you’re away. These are all services provided by a good cat sitter.
Now, back to kitty. What is kitty most concerned about? Your first thought may be treats. But scientists have found that cats prefer the attention of a human over catnip, food, and even other cats. Naturally, this is not true of all cats, but it is true of the majority in the study performed. If this is true of your kitty, or if you are one of the lucky humans of cats who are greeted at the door when you return home, kitty will appreciate having another human to cuddle up to for a bit while you’re gone.
As much as cats love their humans, next in line is food. In fact, cats have every right to love food. What animal can survive without it? Some cats eat even more when their humans are away, probably from boredom. Because of this, there is no guarantee that the ration you left, will last. Your cat may also overturn the water bowl and may suffer from dehydration, while you’re away. Having a responsible pet sitter drop by to check on them, helps to ensure that kitty gets the food, water, and even treats he needs to be in great shape when you return.
Some cats are not as healthy as others and the reasons are endless. Maybe you have a special needs kitty who is blind or has missing limbs. Perhaps you have an overweight kitty who cannot afford to slack off on exercise while you’re away. Or, maybe your cat suffers from an illness that requires medication to manage it. No worries, if you hire a responsible cat sitter, kitty will be kept healthy and happy while you’re away.
Bonded and Insured
At this point, you may be thinking, “Gee, these are all great points, but my friend can drop in for me and handle this!” This is true, but people make mistakes. How you care for your cat is unlikely to be how they care for their own, if they have one at all. Because of this, it’s best to choose a company staffed by people who are trained in pet sitting for cats, and are also bonded and insured. This helps to protect you, your cat, and the business in the event of a mishap.
So, does your cat need a pet sitter while you’re away? Yes, cats are independent and can fend for themselves, but hardwood floors and memory foam mattresses don’t make for very lucrative hunting grounds! Ensure your cat’s needs are properly met while you’re away by hiring a responsible cat sitter, like the team at Dog Gon’ Good Time. And, if your kitty has a canine housemate, he’ll be taken care of, too. Just check out our services page and book your pet sitter online. Your kitty will be glad you did!
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