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Using an Automatic Cat Feeder While Your on Vacation

Saturday, July 11, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Many people go on vacation and leave an automatic cat feeder and device that automatically provides water while their gone. The feeder dispenses dry food into a bowl periodically. I hate this idea for lots of reasons. First of all, the feeder could malfunction leaving your kitty without food. The water device could also malfunction leaving your precious furry friend dehydrated. Cats also like fresh food as well as wet food and there is no device that could dispense wet food periodically. Also your kitty litter will smell, and may become unsanitary from lack of cleaning. All in all this is a very bad idea. I would only recommend this as a last resort and only if your going to be gone a day or two.

When planning your trip, develop a plan to include care for your cat.  Ask a close friend or family member if they would be willing to feed and care for your cat while you’re gone. You can also look into boarding your cat at a reputable pet hotel. All this requires planning. The best option is to have your cats stay at home and have a reliable pet sitter stay there. If that’s not possible, then have them come by each day to feed your cat, scoop the litter and make sure they have fresh water to drink.

Sometimes I feel that many people don’t spend enough time planning for their pet when planning a vacation.

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