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Vacationing When You Have a Kitty

You are preparing to go on vacation.  What should you do with your beloved kitty while you are away?

1.      Kitties don’t generally travel well.  They are highly territorial, so they usually prefer to remain in territory that they identify as their own.   Intact toms are more willing to go beyond their established territories, but, even then, they typically want to decide for themselves when, how far, and by what means they stray beyond their established territorial limits.

2.      If you choose to leave your kitty at home, you must make provisions to ensure that your kitty’s needs are attended to in your absence.  Someone should check on your kitty daily, clean the litter boxes, put fresh water in the water bowls, provide fresh food, play with your kitty, and cuddle your kitty (if your kitty is in the mood to cuddle).  If your kitty gets bored, frightened, or angry and chooses to act out when you are gone, you will need to kitty-proof your home in advance of your departure.  Breakables (i.e., your miniature glass shoe collection and your Precious Moments statues) should put away.   Small appliances that will not be used in your absence should be unplugged and put away.  Large appliances that will not be used in your absence should be unplugged.  (Some kitties like to chew on electrical cords when they act out.)  Some doors (including cabinet doors) should be securely closed such that kitty cannot open them.   Food, chemicals, and food and chemical containers should be removed from counter tops and other surfaces that kitty can reach.  Toilet paper rolls should be removed from their daily-use locations and stored behind a securely closed door or in a securely closed drawer.  (Kitties may choose to unroll and chew toilet paper when they act out.)  Other precautions may need to be taken based on your kitty’s unique way of acting out when s/he is bored, frightened, or angry.

3.      If you will be on vacation longer than two weeks, you should consider not leaving your kitty home alone (with only the daily check-in noted above) for that long.  This is because there is a trade-off between kitty remaining in his/her own territory and kitty being lonely . . . after about two weeks, kitty may be better served by addressing the loneliness rather than the territorial preference.  Perhaps your kitty-sitter can take your kitty into her own home.  Perhaps you could hire a pet sitter.

By following the tips above, you can ensure that kitty is well cared for throughout your vacation.  Bon voyage!

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