How Many Cat Home Visits Should I Book Per Day?

We get asked fairly frequently, about how many cat home visits we'd recommend owners book each day. There are many different things to take into consideration, but we always recommend booking a minimum of 2 cat visits per day, and we can even offer an overnight house sitting service, equivalent to a morning and an evening home visit, with the addition of overnight care and company. Here are just a few reasons why, to help you to make a slightly more informed decision:

  • By law, all animals must be checked on and provided with fresh food and water, at least every 24 hours (it's slightly different for dogs, as it's not recommended that adult dogs are left for over 4 hours), but, a lot can happen in 24 hours-ie, what if the cat knocks their water bowl over, especially in warmer weather?
  • The majority of RTA's (road traffic accidents) occur at night time, so if you have a cat flap, or allow your cat to have access to outside, you could consider locking the flap, and keeping them safely inside with a litter tray from the evening, and reopen the flap from the morning.
  • Cats will avoid using a soiled litter tray, which can lead to health, behavioural, and hygiene problems if they're either having to 'hold on', or are looking for alternative places to go to the toilet-this is why we always scoop out the litter trays both in the morning, and in the evening, and recommend clumping litters, as we're able to scoop them far more efficiently.
  • Cats would naturally eat up to 10 small meals per day, so if they're only receiving one large meal each day, they may eat it all in one go, which can lead to vomiting, and other issues. Providing dry food in food balls, as well as other cat activity toys, are a great way to offer enrichment, and spread out mealtimes.
  • Animals are very good at disguising when they're in any sort of pain or discomfort, often until it's unbearable-it's a natural survival strategy. It's best that animals are health checked at least twice each day, to allow for any subtle changes in behaviour to be detected and monitored. If we do ever have any concerns, we're able to promptly contact your Vet, and seek their advice.
  • All cats must receive enough mental, social, and physical interaction and stimulation, to satisfy their individual behavioural needs, as well as plenty of opportunities and facilities to stay fit, active, and content. The more frequently animals are visited, the more companionship and enrichment can be provided. If animals don't receive enough attention, they can become bored and lonely. Naturally, cats would spend time outside hunting, climbing, exploring, but as domestic cats are provided with adequate food, it's important to provide the opportunity to still display these natural behaviors through stimulating play, etc.

Amity Pet Care's Cat Home Visits start from just £9.00. We offer discounts when owners book multiple visits during the same day. For further information, please visit www.AmityPetCare.co.uk/cat-sitting

Please refer to The Animal Welfare Act 2006, for further information.