Why We Require Daily Visits for Cats

The beautiful cat in the picture is Gizmo. We sat for Gizmo for many years. Gizmo has since passed on to Rainbow Bridge, but that is not the point of this post.

A few years ago, I went to take care of Gizmo one morning. It was cold for South Florida, down in the 50s. When I arrived at the house I could not find Gizmo. I looked all over the house and called his name, but no Gizmo. I looked under beds and in cabinets. No Gizmo. I was really starting to panic. Where could he be? I knew he had not gotten out, the house was secure, but I walked out onto the patio anyway, calling his name. As I turned around to go back inside I saw him. He was wedged between a desk and the other sliding glass door. He was on his back with his feet up in the air, unable to move. I rushed to get him out of his predicament. How long had he been there? How long had that cold glass been pulling the heat from his body? I wrapped him in towels and rubbed his body to warm him up.

Fortunately for Gizmo the ending is a happy one. I got him warmed up and he went on to live a few more happy years. But what would have happened if I had been visiting every other day? Would the ending have been the same? I can’t say for sure, but I don’t think so.

Gizmo is not the only story I have. Just this morning I went for my first visit for a client with a cat and that cat was closed in a bedroom without food, water or a litter box. No one knows how the door got closed, maybe the force from the air conditioning pushed the door closed. And would the cat have died if she had been stuck in there for 48 hours? Probably not, but she would have been hungry, thirsty, and stressed out. Not to mention the mess she would have made.

Cats get into trouble. I think it’s in their nature. What’s the old saying? Curiosity killed the cat?

So, when you are planning a trip please make sure that your cat sitter is checking in on your cat at least once per day.

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