Cat sitting services at The Pets’ Home in Oswego are here to take care of your cat in the comfort of your own home. We know how important our feline pets are to households and a recent article came out helping demonstrate just how true it is. When you hear the word geoglyph, you might think of ancient information and perhaps secrets– the sorts of things ancient societies could teach us. However, a cartoon-like cat may not be the first thing that comes to mind.
That is just what archaeologists discovered recently in Peru. A 40 yard long image of a resting kitty spans across a hill that is thought to be older than any of the other prehistoric geoglyphs discovered in the area. It looks pretty cute and also shows just how important cats were to communities back then.
With the Pets’ Home cat sitting, your felines can relax in the comfort of their own home when you use The Pet’s Home Kitty Vacation Care.
We will visit your cat(s) as many times as you like to provide love and attention on your cat’s own terms.
During those visits, we will take care of all of your essential cat needs like feeding and scooping of the litter boxes. And of course, your cat will get plenty of TLC from The Pet’s Home.
In addition, your home will get that lived-in look by having your mail, papers, and packages brought in, and lights rotated as requested.
In cute news, the word “zoomies” has been going around to refer to the action taken by cats and dogs where they all of a sudden decide to race around. This video describes a little about that phenomenon.
In this post, we answer your question, how long can I leave my cat home alone? Is it one day, two days, three days? Less? More?
We are just like you; we love our cats.
Cats have a reputation for being aloof or solitary but they can have many different personality types.
Some cats actually love attention and will visit and even set with every human that comes into their house. Others are suspicious of strangers but love their humans.
Because cats can be so independent, it is easy to assume you can leave them home alone, maybe even for a few days at a time.
But is it really true? How long can I leave my cat home alone?
Every cat is different of course, and no one knows their cat better than you. There are some accepted guidelines for how long it is safe or healthy to leave your cat home alone.
Leaving a cat alone while at work
Cats are known for being more low maintenance than dogs, and being able to leave your dog home while you are at work all days is part of that.
Cats don’t need to be let outside so they can go to the bathroom which means you don’t have to rush home the minute work is over to let them out.
You can safely leave your cat at home while you are at work. However, it is a good idea to leave a toy at home with them so they do have some entertainment when they are in the mood for activity. Some people also like to leave a radio on set to classical music or jazz for their cats.
Can I leave my cat alone for an entire day and night?
Veterinarians will generally agree that it is okay to leave your cat alone for 24 hours.
Make sure they have plenty of fresh water, a meal, and a clean litterbox and they should be fine.
Consider leaving them a couple of toys to play with while you’re gone and maybe even leaving a radio on for them playing soft music or news/talk radio.
Can I leave my cat home alone for a few days? For three days?
A healthy adult cat may be able to stay home alone for 24-48 hours.
How long you can leave your cat alone will depend on your cat, their personality and their habits. Your cat’s age and health also are important factors.
Kittens need more attention than adults and should not be left home alone for more than 4-8 hours.
Older cats or cats that have or have had health issues should be checked on more often.
Some older cats can also be extra-sensitive to changes in routine, which can cause them stress, possibly lowering their immunity or triggering other issues.
If you are going to be away from home for more than 48 hours or are worried about your cat being lonely or having health issues, don’t hesitate to hire a cat sitting service to check in on your cat and interact with them.
Can I leave my cat home alone for three days?
We do not recommend your cat be left home alone for three days or more.
Many people will say it is okay to leave a cat home alone for three days or more. Some adult cats may be fine with this and may be able to handle this. However, there are things that could go wrong.
A medical issue can become bad quickly. They may become lonely or stressed. A cat may climb into a place and get stuck somewhere (it wouldn’t be a first.)
We think you should have someone checking on your cat if they are alone for more than 48 hours. You will feel better knowing someone is checking on your furry friend and your cat will enjoy some interaction with another person.
In this post, we seek to answer the question for you, when can I leave my kitten home alone? How about overnight? For 24 hours? Four days?
When it comes to cute things, a cute little kitten is definitely going to be at the top of a lot of people’s lists. They’re just so adorable!
Even though you love your little kitten, you have a life outside of your home and you can’t always be there with it all the time, as much as you’d like to.
That leads to the question:
When is it okay to leave my kitten home alone?
Little kittens during their first few months require a lot more attention than older cats do. We all know how independent an older cat can be at times.
Kittens are different. They need a lot of socialization, play, and activity during those first few weeks and months.
Like all pets, no two are alike and what works for one is not going to be the same for another. There are some general guidelines you should be aware of.
When Can I Leave My Kitten Home Alone?
Kittens need the most attention from the time they are eight weeks old until they are four months old.
In general, kittens aged 2-4 months will benefit from human interaction every 4 to 6 hours.
During this time, you need to spend as much time with them as you can. Of course, you will need to be away at times but try not to be if you can help it.
In these early weeks of development, you should have someone checking in on them every 4-6 hours if you can be there. Have a human checking in on your kitten during the day while you are at work.
By the time your kitten is about six months old, they should be able to spend the day alone for eight hours while you are at work.
If I have two kittens can they be left alone?
Actually, two kittens are better than one! They need activity and interaction, so when you have two kittens they can entertain themselves better.
Can I leave my kitten home alone overnight?
Unless your kitten is six months or older, they should not be left home alone overnight.
As long as they are younger than six months old, they should have someone checking in on them during the night or day if it’s going to be longer than eight hours. If you can’t have a friend or family member do it, you should hire a pet sitter.
Can I leave my kitten home alone for 24 hours?
If your kitten is younger than six months old then they should not be left home alone for 24 hours or more.
They should not be left alone for more than 4-6 hours at this age.
You are going to have to come up with some sort of arrangement so that you can have someone checking in on them during the day.
If you already are the proud pet-parent of a cat and are now thinking about adding a dog to your family, planning for their introduction should be something you think about.
Dogs and cats can and often do live together peacefully under the same roof. It just takes some planning, patience, and guidance on your part.
With pets, like humans, first impressions can be important. A poor introduction between your dog and cat could set up the pattern for future interactions. Things won’t always go well the first time but if you can keep the situation from turning into a worst-case scenario, you will be making it easier for all involved.
Plan ahead, have a strategy and take your time. Don’t rush their meeting, even though you will be tempted.
The difference between puppies and adult dogs
Introducing a puppy to cats will usually be easier than introducing an adult dog. Puppies can still learn behaviors and one that grows up around cats will be more likely to see them as part of his pack.
Know their personalities ahead of time
As you know, different pets have different personalities. Some dogs and cats will just never get along, while others have the personalities to be tolerant, or even happy with each other.
Don’t try to force an introduction when your instincts are telling you it won’t work. Some dogs are just too aggressive towards any cat. Some cats will not tolerate a dog entering its territory. Some dogs just love to chase, and matching them up with a shy cat could be a bad decision.
Before the introduction, your dog should be well-trained, and responsive to the commands to come, stay, and sit.
How to introduce a dog to a cat
Before the first introduction, make sure your dog has been fed and had a good exercise session.
For the safety of your cat, there should be a safe getaway space in every room. This could be an area blocked off with a baby gate or even just a shelf or high spot that your cat can get to but the dog cannot.
Let your dog and cat meet each other the first time by smell only. Give them a chance to become familiar be scent before they physically see each other.
Put your cat in a safe area, and let your dog roam the house for around 30 minutes. This will allow the dog a chance to “meet” your cat by smell only at first. Afterward, take your dog out for a walk and let your cat roam around and “meet” the dog by smell only.
Over a few days, rotate which animal has freedom and which is confined to a certain area to allow each animal plenty of time to investigate the other one’s scent.
The first time you introduce them, allow both animals to be in the same room at the same time, but keep your dog on a leash this time.
Your cat’s first reaction may be to hiss and run away. This is a normal reaction for cats.
Continue keeping them separated with this type of introduction until your dog is able to remain calm and ignore the cat, and your cat is calm, eating and using their litter box normally.
If they still show fear and aggression towards each other, go back again to keeping them in separate rooms only able to smell and be aware of each other.
All of the initial interactions should be while your dog is on a leash. Keep the litter box in a safe area and do the same with their food as well.
They should spend at least a few weeks and maybe as long as a month having only supervised interactions. They should only have unsupervised time together when you are fairly certain that they will not hurt each other.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, some relationships aren’t meant to be. Some dogs are just too dangerous to be around cats. If instincts tell you that this meeting won’t work out, respect that message. It’s better for all involved.
In this post, we discuss tips on how to travel in a car with a cat so that you can make the experience easier for you and your pet.
There will be times where you will need to transport your cat with you in your car. The problem is, unlike dogs, cats are not well known for enjoying rides in the car.
Cats do not travel well. They enjoy their routines and the safety of their home and territory. Cats don’t like changes.
If you’re just going on a vacation, we don’t recommend that you even try to take your cat with you. Cat sitting services are well suited to your cat, who will enjoy the safety of her familiar territory and in-home pet sitting.
Why Cats Hate Cars
For starters, most cats have very bad associations with cars. Their first and often only experiences with cars are usually unpleasant.
Their first experience in a car is usually when they are taken away from the only home they’ve ever known.
The second is usually being taken to the vet. And often, that’s the only experiences they’ll have. Nothing about them make your cat want to go on another car ride.
The challenge is to help your cat build a more positive association with your car. You will have to spend some time conditioning them to associate your car with positive experiences.
Tips for Car Travel with a Cat
Your cat should always travel inside a pet carrier while in a car. A cat roaming around in the car is a distraction to the driver and can be dangerous. An accident could send your cat flying or get them crushed by an airbag. Crate train your cat ahead of any planned trips.
Make sure your cat has identification in case they make a quick escape from the car. You might think you’ll be able to stop them or they won’t try to run but you would feel very bad if that happened and your cat would likely be terrified as well.
Allow your cat to wander around and rub their scent in the car before a trip. Before doing this, move their bed or a toy or favorite blanket into the car so it gives them something familiar. Get inside the car with your cat, close the door, and let him sniff and explore for five minutes before taking them back into the home. Do this five-minute car visit a couple times a day for a few days before leaving on a trip.
When your cat is starting to appear more comfortable in the car, give them a few meals in the car, or offer high-quality treats that your cat wouldn’t normally receive. If your cat is a big fan of catnip, you can use that as well. You want to begin having them associate special things with being in the car.
You should introduce the pet carrier when your cat has shown that they are becoming more comfortable in the car. Set it the carrier on the back seat and start the car. Then turn off the motor and get out without going anywhere. You should repeat this a few times a day until they are used to this activity. Give them a reward when it’s time to get out of the car.
Eventually, you should be able to back the car to the end of the driveway with your cat inside. Do this two or three times in a row, and then let them out after your return. If your cat shows signs of stress, you may need to slow it down a little. This can take awhile. When they are used to a trip to the end of the driveway, expand it to a trip around the block and then after that, around the neighborhood.
In this post, we address the most common of those myths that you hear about cats that are not actually true.
There are many things in the world we believe because we’ve heard them for so long, we assume them to be true. Many myths that people have about pets or animals are repeated so often, we never think to ask if they’re actually true.
Let’s review some common myths about cats and their behavior.
Cats are low maintenance
Because cats have a reputation for being so independent and aloof, some people think having a cat will be very easy. Like many pets though, owning one requires your commitment and attention. Cats need to be fed of course, but they also need to be loved, they need to be played with and entertained, and they need our help in getting their needs met. They require our understanding and patience sometimes too.
Cats won’t be happy if you don’t let them outdoors
Indoor cats can be just as happy as outdoor cats. Cats that grow up inside can be very happy as long as you give them the entertainment they need. Provide them with plenty of toys, scratching posts, window they have access to for outdoor viewing and climbing towers.
The truth is that you don’t have to get rid of your cat. It’s fine to be around cats when you’re pregnant, but you have to be VERY careful about cleaning the litter box. It is recommended that you have someone else do it if possible. Cat feces can carry a parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis, that could cause birth defects. Keep the litter box extra clean but the pregnant woman shouldn’t be the one cleaning it.
Declawing cats is no different than trimming nails
Declawing is NOT like trimming nails. In reality, it is actually the surgical amputation of the first joint of each toe of the cat. For many people and pet advocates, this procedure is viewed as mutilation of the cat. There are humane alternatives to declawing you can choose instead.
Many different people choose to have their cats be “indoor-outdoor” cats. Their pets get to spend some time outdoors as well as indoors.
Others choose to keep their cats inside exclusively.
There are many reasons people use to keep cats indoors, and some of these reasons can be very beneficial to your cat and their health.
Let’s review the best reasons to keep your cat indoors.
The most important reason to keep the cats indoor is that the lifespan.
Outdoor cats can live for only 3 to 5 years average. On the other hand the, indoor cats usually live about 13 to 17 years. The huge lifespan difference should be enough reason to keep the cats indoors. Even though it’s a risk to leave the cats outside some cat owners to allow their cats to go out.
Cats should always have kept inside the house, so they are warm, cozy and most importantly, it is safe for them. Keeping the cats in the house is one of the most important action you can take to encourage the cat’s Safety.
Main reasons to keep the Cats indoors:
Indoor cats live longer
Risk of poisoning
Cats can get lost
Vehicle danger – Outdoor cats are always at the risk of getting hit by a vehicle. It is easy for pets to get distracted while running or chasing, therefore, it’s hard to form to keep an eye on the road while playing. That can result in an accident. Sometimes the cat can survive but they can still suffer from severe injuries.
Risk of being poisoned – It’s easy for outdoor cats to get poisoned since they have a lot of exposure outside. Poisoning risks include toxins like lawn pesticides, food from trash cans, and intentional or accidental poisoning from people. Outdoor pets are at risk for eating poisoned bait left out for rats, raccoons, and skunks.
Even though there is a risk of getting poisoned indoors by different kinds of toxic plants or chemicals, you have more control over keeping your home safe. Once a cat is free outdoors, you cannot control what they may get into.
Animal Fights – Cats that are outdoors can have unexpected encounters with wild animals. Though a raccoon may ignore them, wild animals such as coyotes can be a threat. Outdoors cats may encounter them and get injured.
They could also encounter a wild animal with a disease such as rabies. Other cats roaming outside, whether domesticated or feral may be extremely territorial and will fight if they encounter your cat.
Allergies – Though you may love your cat like your own family member, many people with allergies to cats can’t stand being anywhere near them. They may not “hate” cats, but they hate the way cat dander triggers their allergy symptoms, from mild fever to full-blown asthmatic attacks. Though they may not often be a threat to your cat, if these people are your neighbors they can put a strain on your relations.
Lost – It’s tough for a cat that sleeps all day on your bed to get lost. Indoor cats don’t get lost since they are in front of your eyes most of the time. They are also safe from human abuse since they won’t get targeted by the cat haters.
Health/exercise – Keeping cats indoors doesn’t mean that cats can’t exercise their hunting instinct. It’s up to cat guardians to provide a stimulating environment with plenty of cat trees, window perches, and scratches. Daily playtime keeps kitty aactive.
Do not risk your cat’s life. Keep them safe and motivated to stay inside the house. That way your cats can have a happy and healthy lifestyle for many years.
Cats are natural predators of rodents. Some cats are particularly obsessive about mouse hunting. For many years, many people kept cats or fed outdoor cats because our feline friends are so good at catching mice.
Today it is much more common for people to keep their cats indoors full time. Just because your cat is an indoor cat doesn’t mean it won’t get a chance to catch a mouse. Mice will move indoors during the fall and if you have a cat, it’s likely they will be hunting for him.
This leads people to wonder:
If my cat eats a mouse, will he get sick? Should I let my cat eat mice?
If you want to be safe, you really shouldn’t let your cat eat mice. Your cat could eat a mouse and not get sick, but it’s possible they could contract a disease from mice.
Diseases mice can give cats:
Eating a mouse could cause your cat to be infected by one of these diseases.
Toxoplasma can make your cat sick and can cause various symptoms ranging from diarrhea, pneumonia, liver disease, or diseases of the nervous system. This disease can also spread from your cat to you!
Roundworms are a common intestinal parasite that a cat can get from eating a mouse. Roundworms can live in your cat’s intestines and compete for nutrients they would normally ingest.
Hantavirus can quickly progress into acute respiratory distress and pulmonary edema. It can also be spread to humans as well, although symptoms may not show for weeks.
Rickettsialpox causes ulceration of the area surrounding the mite bite, fever, and a rash over the body and limbs.
Another danger your cats face is that they can eat a mouse that has already ingested poison. The poison that will kill a mouse may also make your cat sick and even endanger their life.
The safest option is to not let your cat eat mice. Of course, that’s not always possible.
What to do if my cat eats a mouse?
Since you don’t know how your cat will react or if the mouse was diseased, you must carefully monitor your cat’s behavior and health for anything out of the ordinary. Watch for any symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or abnormal behavior. If you notice any symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
If you don’t see any unusual symptoms but are still worried, call your vet’s office for advice. Better to be safe because early treatment is very important.
Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. It is essentially a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment and rehabilitation. Patients in hospitals or nursing homes can benefit from pet therapy, especially children and the elderly.
Animals have been a benefit to human’s well being for thousands of years. Only in recent decades have they been recognized for the physical and mental health benefits they give people and pet therapy might be recommended by a doctor.
Benefits of pet therapy
Reduce stress and anxiety
Decreasing effects of depression
Improves social skills
Improves motor skills and joint movement
Increases verbal communication
Increases willingness to join in activities
Decreases loneliness and isolation
Can provide motivation to exercise
Helps teach empathy and nurturing skills
People who benefit from pet therapy
Children having dental procedure
People undergoing chemotherapy
Residents in long-term care facilities
People hospitalized with chronic heart failure
Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder
People hospitalized with chronic heart failure
Children having physical or dental procedures
People undergoing physical therapy
Patients working to regain motor skills
People with mental health disorders
People suffering from suicidal thoughts
Could pet therapy be of benefit to you?
You should ask your doctor, therapist or caregiver if pet therapy could be of benefit to you. They could recommend a certified pet therapy organization for you to get in touch with.
Even if you don’t suffer from some of the more serious issues above, any pet owner can tell you how they benefit from their animal friends. If you are physically capable of caring for a pet yourself, you can get a dog, cat or other pet to be your companion. They will keep you company, ease stress and depression and maybe help you meet new people.