Home alone? What to do with your cat when you go on holiday
If you’re worried about leaving your cat when you go on holiday, you’re not alone. Many cat owners in Northamptonshire aren’t sure what to do with their cat when they go away.
Leaving your cat completely home alone, like Macaulay Culkin in the movie, should always be avoided. Read our head vet's advice on why this is, and how to make sure your cat is well cared for while you head off into the sunset.
Why you shouldn’t leave your cat home all alone
Have you ever thought, will my cat be sad when I go on vacation? Cats are often thought of as aloof and self-reliant when in fact, they’re social creatures that form close bonds with their human family. Your cat won’t understand why they’re suddenly completely alone for days.
When cats get stressed or anxious, their health can suffer, and their behaviour can change. Separation anxiety in cats is often overlooked until it becomes serious. Symptoms can include overgrooming, soiling indoors, and extreme vocalising.
Your cat also relies on you for shelter, food & water, a clean litter tray, being let outdoors (if you don’t have a cat flap) companionship, and heath care.
So, how do you take holidays when you own a cat? Our head vet has some suggestions below.
What to do with your cat when you go on holiday:
Arrange homecare with a friend, neighbour or professional pet sitter – This is the ideal scenario, so your cat’s routine doesn't change too much, and they have someone to hang out with. Your sitter could either provide live-in care, or twice-daily visits. It’s a good idea to try and get your cat used to the sitter ahead of your trip.
Choose a house swap holiday – If you have friends or family that live somewhere you fancy going, see if they’ll swap homes with you for their holiday...and look after your cat.
Book your cat into a swanky home-from-home boarding facility - These days, there’s a lot more choice when it comes to boarding your cat. Do an online search for ‘cat boarding near me’ and you’ll likely get a good selection for Northamptonshire - maybe even some luxury options!
Take your cat with you – Cat friendly holidays might not be as popular as dog ones, but some holiday accommodations will accept other pets. Some cats love to travel and it’s true that you won’t know until you try it. However, if you have a feeling your cat won’t appreciate such a big change and could wander off, this option may not be right for them, or you. Going outside of the UK will be more of a challenge, so make sure you research this in advance.
Whatever option you choose, we recommend adding the details for your cat’s carer, or your cat friendly holiday information to their microchip account online, just in case...
It’s also advisable to write down your cat’s routine and supply any items they need to their carer. This should include food and drink requirements, any mediation or flea & worm treatments they’re due, and our phone number: 01604 478888
We hope you have a fantastic holiday! Remember, if you or your cat sitter needs help or advice, our contacts and emergency number can be found here.