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Cat Sitter Checklist: Purr-fect Prep for Your Kitty


Cat Sitter Checklist: Purr-fect Prep for Your Kitty


✈️ Are you planning on leaving your cat alone at home while you go on vacation? If so, you might want to consider hiring a cat sitter to take care of your feline friend. A sitter can provide your cat with the necessary care, love, and attention while you are away but make sure you have your cat sitter checklist at the ready.

A cat sitter checklist should contain all the important information that your cat sitter needs to know, such as your cat’s feeding schedule, medication instructions, and emergency contact information. It should also include information about your cat’s favorite toys, hiding places, and any special needs or habits that your cat may have.

By providing your cat sitter with this information, you can ensure that your cat is comfortable and happy while you are away. 📋

In this article, we will provide you with all the necessary information that you need to create a comprehensive cat sitter checklist. We will also provide you with tips and advice on how to find the perfect cat sitter for your furry friend. With our help, you can leave your cat in good hands and enjoy your vacation without worrying about your beloved pet.

Understanding Your Cat’s Needs

When preparing for a cat sitter, it’s important to understand your cat’s needs to ensure they are comfortable while you’re away. Here are some key things to keep in mind:

Feeding Schedule

🐈Cats are creatures of habit, and sticking to their regular feeding schedule is important to keep them happy and healthy. 😺

Make sure to provide clear instructions on how much and how often to feed your cat. You can use a feeding chart or table to help the cat sitter keep track of when your cat was last fed. A cat sitter checklist will help you to communicate clearly what your fur baby needs.

Favorite Toys

Cats love to play and having their favorite toys around can help reduce stress and anxiety. 🧶🐁

Make sure to use your cat sitter checklist to let them know which toys your cat loves to play with, and where they are kept. This will help the cat sitter engage with your cat and keep them entertained.

Comfort Zones

Cats are territorial animals and they have their favorite spots to relax and sleep.

Make sure to let the cat sitter know where your cat’s favorite spots are, such as their bed or a particular window sill. Providing information like this in your cat sitter checklist will help them create a comfortable environment for your cat and reduce stress.

Preparation Before Departure

Before you depart for your vacation, it’s important to ensure that your cat sitter has all the necessary information and supplies to take care of your feline friend. Here are some essential things you need to prepare before leaving:

Emergency Contact Information ☎️

Make sure to provide your cat sitter with your contact information, as well as the contact information of a trusted friend or family member who can act as a backup in case of an emergency.

It’s also a good idea to provide the contact information for your veterinarian, in case your cat needs medical attention while you’re away.

Veterinarian Details 🩺

In case of an emergency, it’s important for your cat sitter to know your veterinarian’s contact information.

Be sure to provide the name, phone number, and address of your veterinarian, as well as any relevant medical information about your cat, such as allergies or ongoing health issues.

House Rules

To ensure that your cat sitter has a smooth and stress-free experience, it’s important to lay out any house rules that they should be aware of.

This can include things like which rooms are off-limits, where to find cleaning supplies, and any specific instructions for feeding or administering medication.

Cat Care Routine

Provide your cat sitter with a detailed care routine that includes feeding times, litter box cleaning schedules, and any other important information about your cat’s daily routine.

You can use a table or list format to make this information easy to read and reference.

Daily Cat Sitter Duties

When you are taking care of someone’s cat, there are certain daily duties that you need to perform to ensure the cat’s well-being. Here are the most important things you should do every day:

Feeding and Watering

One of the most important daily duties of a cat sitter is feeding and watering the cat. 🍗🥛

Make sure you know the cat’s feeding schedule and the amount of food it needs. You can ask the cat owner for a feeding chart or instructions to avoid overfeeding or underfeeding.

Always provide fresh water in a clean bowl and ensure the water bowl is never empty.

Litter Box Maintenance

Another important daily duty is maintaining the litter box.

Scoop out the litter box at least once a day and replace the litter as needed. Make sure the litter box is in a clean and accessible area.

If you notice any changes in the cat’s litter box habits or if the cat is not using the litter box, inform the owner immediately.

Play and Interaction

Cats need play and interaction to stay healthy and happy. ⚾

Spend some time playing with the cat every day, using toys or games that the cat enjoys. You can also pet and groom the cat to create a bond and help the cat feel comfortable and safe.

Health Monitoring

As a cat sitter, you need to monitor the cat’s health every day.

Check the cat’s eyes, ears, and nose for any signs of discharge or infection. Monitor the cat’s breathing and make sure it is not coughing or sneezing excessively.

If you notice any signs of illness or discomfort, inform the owner immediately and seek veterinary care if necessary.

Safety and Security

When it comes to leaving your cat at home, safety and security should be your top priority. Here are some tips to ensure your cat is safe and secure while you’re away.

Home Safety Checklist

Before you leave, make sure your home is safe for your cat. Here’s a checklist to help you get started:

  • Secure all windows and doors: Make sure all windows and doors are securely locked to prevent your cat from escaping or intruders from entering.
  • Check for hazards: Look for any potential hazards in your home, such as loose wires, cords, or toxic plants. Remove or secure these items to prevent your cat from getting hurt.
  • Test smoke detectors: Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly to protect your cat in case of a fire.
  • Leave emergency contact information: Provide your cat sitter with emergency contact information, including your phone number, the phone number of your veterinarian, and the phone number of a trusted neighbor or friend.

Cat Proofing Your Space

In addition to making sure your home is safe, you should also cat-proof your space to prevent your cat from getting into trouble. Here are some tips:

  • Secure cabinets and drawers: Use childproof latches to secure cabinets and drawers that contain dangerous items, such as cleaning supplies or sharp objects.
  • Hide electrical cords: Keep electrical cords out of reach or cover them with cord protectors to prevent your cat from chewing on them.
  • Put away breakables: Store breakable items, such as vases or figurines, out of reach to prevent your cat from knocking them over. 🫗
  • Provide plenty of toys: Leave plenty of toys and scratching posts for your cat to play with to prevent them from getting bored and destructive.


As a cat sitter, communication with the owner is crucial to ensure that their beloved feline is well taken care of. Here are some tips on how to communicate effectively with the cat owner.

Daily Updates 📱💗

It’s important to give daily updates to the cat owner to let them know how their pet is doing.

This can be done through text, email, or phone call. You can provide information on their cat’s eating habits, litter box usage, and behavior.

Make sure to ask the owner if they have any specific requests for updates.

Questions and Concerns

It’s important to ask the cat owner if they have any questions or concerns before they leave. This will help you understand their expectations and any specific needs their cat may have. 

You can also ask the owner for their emergency contact information and their veterinarian’s contact information in case of any issues.

If you have any questions or concerns while the owner is away, don’t hesitate to reach out to them. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and the owner will appreciate your attention to detail and care for their pet.

Overall, communication with the cat owner is key to ensuring a successful cat-sitting experience. By providing daily updates and addressing any questions or concerns, you can give the owner peace of mind and provide the best possible care for their furry friend.

🐾 Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC! 🏡 She’s got a dapper tuxedo cat who’s been her sidekick since he was a tiny furball. 🐱 Before Finnegan came along, Lisa cared for two FIV-positive cats for over ten years! 🌟 Their love inspired her to create a cat enclosure and a portable catio, giving kitties the purrfect spot to bask in the sun and feel the breeze. ☀️🌿

As a kid, Lisa shared her home with a Poodle and a chirpy parakeet! 🐩🐦

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