What Should I Do with My Cat When I Go on Holiday?


Cats are great companions and most of the time, they’re pretty easy pets to have around because they are so independent. But what happens when you go on holiday? You have a number of options for when you go away and should make a plan for the best for your cat, depending on their temperament and what they prefer.

Cats can cope with overnights alone

Unlike animals such as dogs, some cats are fine being left alone for the night. Of course, you need to ensure they have plenty of food and water and are safe while you’re away. Put out lots of stimulating toys and make sure the litter tray is somewhere they can see. If you have a remote camera, you can even keep an eye on them!

For longer stays, consider boarding your cat

Most cats don’t like being alone in the house for more than a day or two, so if you are going on holiday, you might want to consider cat boarding. This usually involves your cat staying in a kennel in a boarding facility, where they’ll get lots of care and attention! Cat boarding is often very comfortable and cosy, so your cat is bound to enjoy their very own holiday. Many cats enjoy the experience and the extra fuss.

Pet sitters can be an option too

Pet sitters usually visit animals in their own home on a daily basis. Some cats prefer this set up, but there are a few things to remember:

  • Cats can get lonely during the day
  • They may get destructive if bored
  • Pet sitters can still be quite expensive, especially if you want more than one visit a day
  • Cats don’t always get on with their sitters, so they may be distressed

It’s up to you as a pet owner to decide whether a pet sitter is right, or whether your cat would prefer something else.

Going on holiday is a nice break for you, but it can also be a lot of fun for your cat. They can go to a cattery and have a holiday of their own, where they are spoilt and well looked after. Of course, you should decide whether this option will work for your cat, or whether you should use a pet sitting service or similar instead. What’s most important is to book early. Good cat boarding kennels often book up in the run up to the summer.

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