When people talk about cats they often say “they’re independent”, “they just want food” or “cats are selfish”. However, cats are one of the most popular pets, for example, in the UK, 26% of households own a cat, that’s 1 in 4 families. We believe cats are so popular because they are easy to look after. They are independent, they choose when to go out, eat, or seek out human company and they are loving companions.
Holiday care for cats
Historically, cats have been left at home when owners travel with a neighbour or friend popping in to feed once or twice a day, or even with automated feeding devices providing sustenance. Or they have been sent away to a cattery.
But, thousands of cat owners know that their cats are happier in their own home, with someone to care for them. Vets agree that in-home pet care is the lowest stress solution for pet owners when they travel.
Pete Wedderburn, Vet at Bray Vets in Ireland says, “Cats are closely attached to their own environment: they have their favourite sleeping spots, they know where their food and water bowls are, and they have daily routines, such as routes they like to walk, and places they like to sit to observe the world. Of course, they will experience some stress when their owners are not there, but if the rest of their world stays the same, and if a friendly human being takes the place of their owner, any stress is kept to an absolute minimum.”
This is also supported by a recent study from Oregon State University which has proved that cats are not just cupboard lovers, they will choose human contact in preference to food, scent or toys.
TrustedHousesitters has about 8,500 cat owners who use their service for this very reason. They have a community of thousands of cat lovers who take care of cats when their owners are away from home. These cat lovers report that they bond with the cats they look after and that cats respond to having a loving sitter look after them. In the last few months, cat sitters have looked after 3,282 cats, so they know what they’re talking about!
Cats are lovely to look after
Similarly, if you are interested in travelling the world and having free accommodation in return for looking after a cat, TrustedHousesitters offers you a way to connect with thousands of pet owners. In the first quarter of this year, TrustedHousesitters have looked after thousands of cats and that translates into thousands of potential house sitting opportunities all over the world.
House sits range from apartments to large villas with pools. Each sit is unique and 90% of the time there will be a pet involved. One of the easiest sits you can find is to care for a cat.
Why not give TrustedHousesitters a try?
At Bow Wow Meow, we feel that our pets are happiest when being cared for by a TrustedHousesitter in our own homes, so we highly recommend them to our customers. You can save thousands of pounds on pet care or you can travel the world looking after beautiful homes and animals. All you need to do is join the TrustedHousesitters community. For an annual fee of £89 (only £7.42 a month), you can use the service as many times as you like.
We’ve even managed to organise a special discount for Bow Wow Meow customers. Use this link to qualify for a free one month trial.
Don’t forget, if you’re planning a holiday, you’ll need to make sure your pets have an up-to-date ID tag. So for the rest of June, we’d like to give you a 30% discount, just for reading this article. Check out our fantastic range of cat tags and enter the discount code ‘TRUSTHOUSESITTERSCATS’ at checkout.