Going away and leaving your cat? must do check list!

So your going away for a while and leaving you cat home, before you leave run through a check list with your Cat Sitter. Cats get up to mischief when left alone so make sure you keep you kitty safe! Walk through your house and check for things that could cause any problems.

Check your cats microchip details are up to date, call the chipping company and just check all the information is correct. If your cat is on any kind of medication, please advise the vet that you are going away and the cat is being looked after by a cat sitter. Make sure there is enough medication to last for the time you are away and it is stored away correctly.

Make sure you leave enough food and cat litter for the time you are away. Store food in a closed cupboard, or food store that can not be opened by your cat. No cat sitter wants to turn up to a sitting job to find the cat has helped himself to 5 pouches of food because the owner has left them on the kitchen side!

Make sure all cleaning products have been store away correctly and can not be left out where a cat can be exposed to the products. Any chemicals also should be stored away from any pets in the household.

Make sure any plants that are left are cat friendly, as we all know that cats like to have a big chew on something when they are bored! So if you are leaving any plants either put them outside away from your cat whilst you are away, or put them somewhere out of reach.

Check the house of any choke hazard's such as rubber bands or needles, and remove decorations eg tinsel or Christmas lights that cats can get tangled up in. I have looked after a cat who was climbing the Christmas Tree when I went to visit, so whilst the owners were away the Christmas tree was temporary stored in the bathroom!

Make sure electricals are turned off and unplugged, hairdryers and curling tongs etc have been checked to be unplugged. Check no electrical wires are left hanging to prevent hanging the cat itself.

Check windows are closed and secure, no cat sitter wants to turn up to find an indoor kitty has managed to get out of the window and taken himself on a little walk! Make sure blind cords have been cut and have been placed out of the cats reach, and curtain tie backs have been removed whilst you are away. Cat love playing with the tassels of a tie back but this could end in disaster.

Check the house will be a comfortable heat whilst you are away, either set the heating to come on at a certain time, or have it on a constant low to keep the house warm but not to hot for your cat.

If you cat is allowed out, please check the cat flap is working correctly and is not damaged, if it is run by batteries make sure you leave a spare set of batteries for your cat sitter if they need replacing.

Lastly leave a good photo of your cat with the cat sitter, if you cat does go missing it is best to act fast. This can be then used to alert people to your lost cat or to make posters.

Before you go on your holiday discuss any worries with your cat sitter, a good cat sitter will visit you home and advise how to keep you cat safe so you can go on holiday and enjoy yourself knowing you cat is in safe hands.

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