Most cat parents get stressed at the thought of having to leave their cat, even if it’s only for a couple of days. And while you might be tempted to leave your cat for a weekend and just leave enough food and water for her, this is simply not a good idea.
Dr. Mikel Delgado, a feline behaviorist, owner of Feline Minds, and a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, recommends not leaving your cat alone without someone coming to check on her for more than 24 hours. ““Cats may overeat due to stress, knock over their water dish, or get injured — so it’s not okay to just leave them with a big bowl of food and keep your fingers crossed,” Delgado told Inverse.
For more information, please read How long can I leave my cat alone on Inverse.
If you don’t have a trusted friend or family member who can care for your cat while you’re away, it’s best to hire a professional cat sitter. You can find my tips on what to look for when hiring a sitter here.
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