Why Hiring a Cat Sitter May Be a Great Choice

Why Hiring a Cat Sitter May Be a Great Choice

As the holidays approach, you may be making plans to travel and visit family or go on vacation. Have you wondered what you’ll do with your cat when you leave town?

You have several choices for cat care:

  • Take your cat to a kennel or boarding facility.
  • Board Fluffy at the veterinarian.
  • Have a pet sitter come to your home to take care of her.

All of these are responsible choices. The most important thing to consider is your cat’s welfare. What will make her the most comfortable?

Many cats are creatures of habit. They like to lounge in the same spot. They like their litter box where it is. They know which window they like to use to spy on birds, squirrels and other critters outside.

For Fluffy and many other cats, staying at home instead of going to a kennel or boarding facility is preferred because:

Your cat can stay in her own home

Home is a much better place for most cats, who may not enjoy living communally with other crying or hissing kitties, and may feel sad and alone in a cage. The sound of barking dogs also can cause stress.

An uninterrupted routine

There is nothing a creature of habit likes less than change. When you hire a cat sitter, Fluffy can stay on her own routine. There's no sudden upheaval in her life; nothing changes except that you're away from home. The sitter will pop in to visit, feed the cat and change the water. The sitter will give your cat plenty of love, attention and playtime (if Fluffy likes to play).

When nature calls

Because Fluffy gets to remains at home, she can go on using her own litter box. Cats are particular about their potty habits. (If you have a cat, you know what I'm talking about.)


Boarding facilities and veterinarians may want your cat updated on her shots before they agree to keep her. If you suddenly need to travel, that can mean rushing to arrange last-minute shots. This can add more stress for your cat, especially if Fluffy sometimes has a reaction to shots.


Even if you know that your cat doesn’t have fleas, vets and boarding facilities may require a flea treatment prior to being boarded at their facility.

Finding a reputable cat sitter can make life easier and less stressful for you and your cat when you must travel. You’ll be able to rest easy while you’re on your trip and your kitty will be happy at home, ready to welcome you when you walk in the door.

About this Experts Contributor: Kelley Stewart operates Sit-Stay-Play, offering in-home pet sitting services in Muncie and east-central Indiana. She has been a professional pet sitter since 2008 and has expanded Sit-Stay-Play to Indianapolis and South Bend. Follow this contributor on Twitter and Google+.

As of November 30, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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