For most cats, their owner going out is not a problem; they’re used to it, and they know that the boss will be back soon.
But bring out your suitcase, and your cat thinks “Oh dear – this doesn’t look good…” Cats and dogs, particularly, worry when suitcases appear because they associate them with a longer separation and – worse – being taken to catteries or kennels.
Placing pets in catteries can cause unnecessary stress and suffering
Although most domestic cats appear to be very independent, they are territorial animals. They become very attached to their home environment and are naturally frightened of unfamiliar places and smells. Also most cats enjoy and benefit from human company (interacting with people on their own terms, of course!). Cats are intelligent animals and they need both mental and physical stimulation – play is an important aspect of their behaviour.
If they are removed from their territory and their human companions, cats can suffer significant “separation stress”. Signs of this can include loss of appetite, spraying, scratching, hiding and excessive meowing.
Cat sitting allows your pet to stay in familiar surroundings
The kindest and best arrangement you can make for your cats while you’re away is to leave them at home in their familiar environment following their normal routines.
Homesitters was set up precisely for this purpose. We provide a nationwide live-in cat-sitting service available throughout the year.
Phone 01296 630 730 to request more details on our pet sitting service.
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