Although cats are independent animals, they cannot be left alone while their owners travel. Because they are animals who like routine. Cats need to keep their daily habits even when they are cared for by others in the absence of their owners. Therefore, for the animal’ s welfare, the owners should plan good, especially in cases where the cat will face temperature changes for a longer or shorter time, and living with other people or even other animals.
The following tips can provide cat care during the absence of its owner.
1. Explain the personality and habits of your cat to the person who is going to stay with him.
If possible, before leaving the cat with a stranger alone, it can be presented to that person in presence of the owner. This presentation will help the cat to attain a positive association
with the stranger. It is important that the person who will take care of the cat did not bother in the first “date”.
In addition to the meeting, it is advisable to describe the personality of the animal, with information specific to your behavior. It is worth mentioning things related to receiving love and attention, places where the animal likes to be, the type of personality (outgoing, shy, aggressive, sweet, etc.), favorite games, where to place the cat litter and how often to communicate.
In this description, it is important to also list things that scare the cat, other than those that you love. Similarly, owners must react to explain how different everyday situations, both positive and negative.
2. Make a list of instructions and guidelines for routine cat
Routine is so important in the life of cats. It shows some affection for copying their daily habits: mealtimes, “use the bathroom” and when you go to sleep. Therefore, it is good if you can itemize household routines in order to maintain the daily cat routine while you’re away. The more specific you are in the details, the easier it will be for the cat to tolerate your absence. It includes things like where your plate and the amount of food, the right location and the usual hygiene sandpit, how the cat likes to drink water, etc.
3. Consider possible situations that the cat will face during his absence
As the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”. So you should anticipate possible situations that can occur with your cat, including moments of stress, bad behaviors, leakage, accidents and even disease. It will be easier to fix any problems that may occur.
- Inform your vet about your absence. If there is a problem, you know that someone else will take care of it.
- Leave a list of contacts and addresses for the person left in charge of the cat, including your vet.
- Prepare your home and the cat for a new person without making the cat feel threatened.
- Make sure your cat feels good and safe when you are in another environment. A good tip for this is to spread his objects in the house where you will stay. The smell will make you feel more identified with the place.
- Prevent boredom and misbehavior with toys and activities aligned with the daily routine of the cat.
- Make sure the cat socializes well with other animals, if necessary.