Occasionally we will get requests from clients asking if we offer every other day visits. Many pet sitting companies offer these types of “skipping days” arrangements and so it is understandable that people would be confused as to why we are one of the few companies that require cat visits at least every 24 hours. For us, the reason is simple and straightforward: it risks the safety and wellbeing of your cat as well as your home security far too much since we cannot adequately monitor the situation daily.
Checking in on your cat daily allows the sitter to monitor their health through indicators such as appetite, thirst, litter box usage, vomiting frequency, and physical behavior. Much can change in the span of 24 hours, as they say, idle hands are the devil’s workshop and bored kitties are no exception. Here are just a few real life examples of issues that have come up for us in the past at sittings:
- water bowl has run dry (common occurrence)
- cat locked themself in a closet or other room with no access to food or water (another surprisingly frequent occurrence)
- cat started to suffer heat exhaustion as a result of air conditioner breaking during heat wave
- water pump in refrigerator breaking, causing leak in kitchen
- smoke alarm battery going dead, causing it to chirp loudly every few seconds which scares the cat
- client leaving front door to home ajar upon departing for trip(!)
All of these incidents could have ended up far worse if we had only been visiting every 48 hours or less. I’m sure you can think of some even scarier scenarios!
And outdoor cats are not exempted from these dangers. In fact, they are even more prone to far worse safety risks, making it all the more important that they be checked upon at least once per day.
If that is not enough to convince you, please keep in mind that cats tend to get stressed when their guardian leaves on vacation (they really miss you!) and this stress can manifest itself in health issues, such as by developing potentially lethal conditions like hepatic lipidosis (“fatty liver”) as a result of loss of appetite or a urethral blockage, wherein they are prevented from urinating and their blood becomes poisoned. These conditions require immediate emergency veterinary treatment.
Moreover, even if there was no risk to a cat’s physical wellbeing, their mental health is more than enough reason to visit them at least daily. Contrary to popular opinion (mainly by non-cat-owners no less :)), most cats are actually quite social and enjoy the company and companionship of someone coming over each day, even if they don’t know them that well (they are, afterall, used to your presence at home each day). Cat’s are naturally curious and habitual and love to learn new things and getting to develop a relationship with a new human often is just as fun for them as it is for us! Afterall, what kitty could resist the joy of the “food and play bringer” dropping by. It’s like Christmas morning each day! We notice that even the shy kitties who hide the whole time during our visits enjoy our quiet presence and many times their owners will remark upon their return that their cat was noticeably calmer even though it may not have seemed like we made much progress at the visits!
So the bottom line is that we want to ensure that your cat receives the best possible care both physically and mentally while you are on your vacation so that you can have the peace of mind that they are being well cared for and monitored closely so that you can relax! And with our daily visit updates sent to your phone, you will get exactly that by having us come by for daily visits!