Need help with cat anxiety

United States
June 8, 2007 4:45pm CST
We may be going away for vacation this summer, and will have to leave our cats with a sitter. How can we prepare them for our absence. I've heard that some animals, especially cats, don't handle long separations well. Please help. Any advice on this subject would be welcome.
2 responses
10 Jun 07
If your cat sitter is going to be making cat care visits while you're away, then you need to begin having that pet sitter visit often and interact with your cats, before you leave. If the sitter will be a regular visitor to care for your cats while you're away, then you need to introduce them to the person on a gradual basis before you leave on vacation. During these visits you can have the sitter feed the cats, letting the cats actually see someone else giving them their food and cleaning out their litter boxes. They need to interact and socialize with your cats, also. Have this person talk to and pet your cats while the do the pre-vacation visits. Hopefully this will ease the transition until you're back from vacation. iluvsoho
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
9 Jun 07
The main way to cut down on anxiety is for the cats to stay in your home and have someone come once a cay for feeding and litter changing, if possible. One of the most stressful things you can do to your cat is put them in a strange place and you not be around.