It is vacation time, but taking your cat with you may not be a feasible option. What are the considerations of hiring a cat sitter? Leaving your cat in its familiar environment may be less stressful than traveling or boarding. The cat is free to roam around the house and to be amused with staring out the window, watching the squirrels, or sleeping eighteen hours a day!

The challenge is to find a dependable and professional sitter that you can trust coming into your home as well as caring for your cat. I suggest asking your friends, neighbors, or veterinarian for recommendations. Once you have secured two or three names, arrange to interview prospective cat sitters in your home and introduce them to your cat. You need to see how the two interact. When possible have the sitter visit a time or two again before your trip. These visits will allow the cat to become more comfortable with the sitter. You also need assurance that the person you are interviewing is actually who will care for your cat and not another employee. You need to ask for proof of commercial liability insurance to cover accidents or negligence as well as ask for references.

Once you have hired a sitter, clear feeding instructions and well as any medicating instructions need to be written out. You need to leave contact numbers for you and your veterinarian in case of emergency as well as provide house keys. If your cat has any peculiar habits or sleeping hideaways, be sure to inform the sitter. You also need to consider whether your cat should be confined to an area of the house to avoid escaping when the sitter opens the door. For example, I close an interior room door that keeps Lexie Lee out of one room and away from the entrance. Trying the sitter out for a weekend trip rather than a two-week vacation is recommended. If all goes well, you will be more confident about leaving your cat in the care of the sitter for longer vacations.

What kind of experience have you had with a cat sitter?

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