Imagine you’re going out of town on a trip that you’ve prepared for weeks in advance. You’re all packed, the pet sitter’s been booked, and you’ve left out a carefully calibrated amount of supplies on the counter. While you’re out of town, you have to extend your visit when the unexpected happens. 

The last thing that you want to worry about is whether or not your pet sitter has everything that they need until you get back, especially if you’re somewhere remote and unreachable. Here are three essential supplies that you’ll always want to have — just in case.

Extra food

While it may seem easy enough to reorder more food if it begins to run low, it’s better not to run the risk of lost or damaged packages. Not to mention, if you happen to receive an unusable batch of food due to a recall or other unsafe condition, your cans or kibble might run out faster than you had expected.

Extra litter

Depending on the type of litter that you use and the number of cats that you have, the entire litter box may need to be changed out every few weeks or so. You might not be gone so long as to need a complete litter change, but when the poop is constantly being scooped, the litter level will likely need to be replenished every now and then.  

Extra baggies

In a world that’s increasingly frowning upon single use plastic bags, (we’re looking at you Jersey City and Hoboken!) it’s easy to run low on poo poo bags.  Even if you usually reuse the bags from the supermarket, it’s a good idea to have a roll of doodie bags as a backup. Extra liners for the kitchen trash and recycling are good to have on hand, too.  That way, you can come home to freshly changed receptacles.  

Do you have any supplies that you like to keep on hand?  Drop us a line in the comments below!

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

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