We all want things to do smoothly for your cats while you’re out of town. Here are some suggestions that will make our job easier so we can spend more time with your cats and less time trying to figure things out and tracking down food, scooping bags and other items we need.
1. Be sure to confirm your departure dates with us a couple of days before you leave to make sure we have the correct dates on our calendars. We’re not insulted by reminders! We appreciate them.
2. Count noses right before you leave. You wouldn’t want to lock anyone in a closet.
4. Leave us written instructions for the cats’ food and medication. Typed instructions are best. Handwriting can be very hard to read!
5. Make sure any places where your cats can hide completely out of sight are closed off, even if that means moving the litter boxes for a few days. We like to at least see the cats every day to make sure they’re okay.
6. Make sure your cats’ supplies are easy to find. You don’t have to pile everything up on the kitchen counter. Just tell us where they are. Especially hard for us to find: Scooping bags and a hand vac or dust pan and brush to clean up scattered litter.
7. Make sure you have enough supplies on hand. When we’re very busy, it’s hard to make time to go to the store to shop for our pet sitting cats.
8. Be sure to tell us about your cats’ personalities. It’s especially important for us to know if your cat may bolt for an open door so we can be extra careful when going in and out.
9. Set your thermostat at a temperature that will be comfortable for your cats. Remember, they feel the heat and cold, too.
10. If you have electronic litter boxes or a battery-operated self feeder, be sure to leave the instructions someplace where we can find them. The litter boxes seem to be especially glitchy when no one is home to keep an eye on them.
11. If you have a burglar alarm, be sure to let the alarm company know we’ll be there taking care of your cats.
12. If you have a key made for us, test it by locking and unlocking the door when it’s closed. Sometimes, new keys turn in the lock when the door’s open but not when it’s closed.