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Friday, June 24, 2016

4 Reasons Why I Have a Strict Every Day Visit Policy for Cats

Harold looks forward to "helping" me write notes about his visits for his mom to read.   
 
Occasionally, clients will request that I  visit their cats every other day rather than on a daily basis because they insist that their furry friend is independent. My response to clients is that it is my policy to visit cats daily for the following four reasons:

Even timid cats such as Newman felt better knowing I would look under the bed to say hello to him.
1. Regardless of your cat’s independence, they are used to having you around. When you go days without spending time with them, their happiness and health are affected. While a friendly pet sitter is no substitute for their loving owner having someone around to nurture and play with them is a huge comfort.
 
As soon as I scoop Norman's litter box he has to inspect it.
2. Not to mention, cats tend to be pretty finicky when it comes to their litter box. If a cat’s box is not cleaned out regularly, they are more likely to have accidents. A daily pet visit could save on future carpet cleaning expenses and will ensure that your cat gets the attention it needs.

Shy Sebastian never missed a minute of me scooping his litter box and filling his food and water bowls to the brim.
3. Another reason why every other day visits are not recommended is because when cats get sick, their health deteriorates rapidly. Cats are known to be pros at hiding their physical ailments so if your cat becomes sick, they will most likely hide their illness until they cannot hide it any longer. If a pet sitter is checking in on your cat daily, they will notice that something is wrong sooner than if they are only visiting every other day, keeping your pet safe from disease.

If my friends do not greet me at the door I look for them immediately. In this case, Sparky was found waiting for me to turn the faucet on for him!
4. Too many other things can go wrong if your cat is only being visited once in a 48-hour period. For instance, your cat may knock over their water bowl, become trapped in a closet or cupboard, have an accident on the carpet, or become seriously ill.

If you live in the Dover, New Hampshire, area and are in need of a cat sitter please contact me! Please click here for more information! 

2 comments:

  1. You sound like an excellent pet sitter. I agree that cats need to be looked in on daily, I actually have my Mom stay with mine if we are going to be gone longer than 1/2 hour- I know that is extreme, but I am protective.

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  2. That's such good advice. I don't have cats, just Abby T. Lab, but my best friend has six rescues. When she has to be gone overnight, I stay at the house and care for them. Even with food and water and liter boxes, they are used to their "people" and are much happier with someone in the house to snuggle with or make sure their litter box is tidy. Bless you for being such a good pet sitter. Lin

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