Both in home pet sitting visits and boarding in a pet sitter’s home have their perks, but you may be on the fence about which service to choose. How do you know when boarding is the right choice for your cat? Ask yourself the following questions to decide.
How does your cat behave when left alone?
Destructive behavior is a strong indicator of a cat with separation anxiety. Bored and anxious cats get into trouble when they are left alone for too long. If you come home to a total mess, even when you were only gone for a few hours, it might be a good idea to board your cat during your next trip. That way, your kitty can experience the calm, loving presence of a cat sitter who tends to his or her emotional needs and cleans up after him or her.
Is someone going to be in your home while you’re out of town?
House guests who are inexperienced in looking after cats can inadvertently stress your kitty. If your guests are vacationing in your home, they may disrupt your cat’s routine. Their noise can also upset your cat, especially if your home is usually very quiet. Moreover, house guests who aren’t used to having cats around might leave windows or doors open through which your cat can escape, or they can create other hazards for your cat.
Having a pet sitter come to check on your cat doesn’t work as well in these situations because their visits can accidentally interrupt your guests’s enjoyment of your home. Instead, you might want to board your cat for the peace of mind that your cat will be with someone who pays close attention to him or her.
Does your cat need medication?
Sometimes, the least stressful environment is your own home, and moving your cat could aggravate his or her medical condition. Certain medications, when properly labeled and prescribed by a veterinarian, can be administered by a professional pet sitter who visits your home.
However, if your cat recently underwent surgery or needs vital medication at precise times, medical boarding at a vet’s office is the wiser way to go. Just be sure to ask if someone is on staff around the clock, as some practices do not have a veterinary doctor present when the office is closed.
Do you need help deciding if in home visits or boarding is right for you and your kitty? Send us an email, and we will pair you with a friendly sitter or boarder who can answer your questions and guide you.
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.