When the cat is left alone at home, it is a concern for its owners. What are we going to do with it, when we want to have a well-deserved rest? Especially at this time of year, with the arrival of the holidays.
What do we do with the cat?
Boarding houses for cats:
One possible option is to place your pet in a cattery. Here you need to make sure that the facility is properly furnished for the cats and that the people running it are professionals, meeting the cat’s individual requirements: special diets, food allergies, not being able to get along with other cats, etc. Cleanliness and good ventilation are of course a must.
There are friends or families who sometimes take care of the cats and raise cats. Here again, the cat’s feelings are the crucial factor. Is your cat used to a peaceful environment without children, will he be completely overwhelmed by staying with a big family? And the same applies the other way around, of course!
The cat stays in its familiar territory.
It is the best solution for the cat (and the cat’s owner), to find a trustworthy person who can take care of the cat at home, in its familiar environment. But these visits should not be limited to food alone. You should discuss the cat’s preferences and quirks with your cat sitter before you leave. If you can’t recruit someone suitable from your circle of friends and acquaintances, you can also find pet sitters online, by placing an ad, or through your local animal shelter.
Along with regular meals, replenishing the water bowl, and a display of affection in the form of petting and play sessions, it’s also extremely important that the cat’s litter tray is kept meticulously clean! Otherwise, it may happen that, in the absence of their companions, the cats suddenly look for another place to do their business.
Cat’s Best makes it easy to maintain the highest standards of hygiene in the cat bathroom. A full basic litter tray will last 4-6 weeks, so any dirt that comes up can be removed with the Cat’s Best Dustpan (and you can dispose of dirt in your organic waste, compost heap, or even down the toilet.
traveling with the cat
When traveling with the cat, it is better to use a cat carrier, it is important that he has enough space in the box to sit and turn around, and that he is given time to get used to it. The cat carrier should be waterproof, easy to clean and easy to store. Your pet must have a sufficient supply of air, and in no case should it be able to get out of the box.
If cats haven’t gotten used to traveling in the car when they’re very young, it’s best to leave them at home. But even when cats are seasoned travelers, there are things to keep in mind. During the trip, they must be kept in a secure container. The cat should never be left in the car unattended for a long period of time, as the temperature inside a car is controlled, excessive heat can have fatal consequences. Unlike dogs, cats find it difficult to tolerate an open window when driving.
Four hours before and during the trip, food should not be given; If the trip is less than five hours, do not give the cat water either. Unless you have the required paperwork for your pet (vaccination certificates, etc.), you will not be allowed to cross most borders.
Cats can travel by train for free, though again they must be kept in a cat carrier, which must be no larger than a travel bag, and must remain on your lap or under the seat. Train travel is subject to the same principles: there is no food during the trip or four hours before. When traveling abroad, check with companies.
When planning your trip, you must inform the airline that you have a cat with you. Different airlines have different regulations. If you are allowed to bring a cat on board, it must remain in a suitable and fully secure transport box under the seat. When taking off and landing, you can give the cat a small biscuit. This encourages salivation, which forces them to swallow and will relieve them of pressure on the ears, which can otherwise be very unpleasant for them.
There are homeopathic remedies that are supposed to have a calming effect. Chemical tranquilizers should definitely be avoided at all costs, as you can’t know in advance how your pet is going to react.