Occasionally, a prospective pet-sitting client will request a visit every other day for their cat instead of the typical daily visit. They say that their cat is independent, self-reliant and does not require a lot of attention or affection. However, you would be surprised at how much of a comfort a human presence can be to even the most aloof cat.
Regardless of your cat’s independence, they are used to having you around. When you go days without spending time with them, their happiness and health are affected. While a friendly pet sitter is no substitute for their loving owner, having someone around to nurture and play with them is a huge comfort. Not to mention, cats tend to be pretty finicky when it comes to their litter box. If a cat’s box is not cleaned out regularly, they are more likely to have accidents. A daily pet visit could save on future carpet cleaning expenses and will ensure that your cat gets the attention it needs.
Another reason why every other day visits are not recommended is because when cats get sick, their health deteriorates rapidly. Cats are known to be pros at hiding their physical ailments so if your cat becomes sick, they will most likely hide their illness until they cannot hide it any longer. By the time you realize that something is wrong, your cat will most likely require a visit to the veterinarian as soon as possible. If a pet sitter is checking in on your cat daily, they will notice that something is wrong sooner than if they are only visiting every other day, keeping your pet safe from disease.
Too many things can go wrong if your cat is only being visited once in a 48-hour period. Your cat may knock over their water bowl, become trapped in a closet or cupboard, have an accident on the carpet or become seriously ill. Plus, even seemingly anti-social cats require companionship and playful interaction.
Years of pet sitting experience has taught us that daily visits will help keep your cat healthy and stress-free, so you can come home to a clean house and a happy pet.