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Travel Tips – A Checklist for Leaving Your Cat at Home + $100 Sweepstakes


We all have been there, that intersection of killer vacation and having a cat. The good news is; cats are incredibly self-sufficient. They can easily be left home alone for a few days without a hitch. As a busy travel blogger I am often gone more than I am home so, I’ve become an expert in leaving my sweet little (or shall I say huge and fluffy) fur monster at home. Here are a few things to consider when leaving your cat at home and a checklist to make sure your feline friend is happy while you’re away.

Leaving Your Cat at Home

So it’s time to leave whiskers at home. No big deal, whiskers will be fine. Sure he’ll miss you, and he may poop on your side of the bed, but realistically he’ll be sleeping most of the time you’re away. The first thing to consider about leaving your cat at home is duration. If you’re going to be gone more than five days, I say you need to make sure you have a neighbor or someone close that you trust to come by and give your furball some lovins. Cats need affection and stimulation.

The second thing to consider is the amount of food and water you need to have out. Make sure you add in a little extra for comfort.

The third thing to consider is having enough kitty litter for your cat’s potty habits. You know your cat’s game. Is he a poop once wonder or can he hang with a few visits before the litter needs to be changed? This is probably one of the biggest mistakes you can make when leaving your cat at home. Litter odor will make a cat poop in the bathroom corner faster than you can say kitty litter. It’s important to get a kitty litter that removes and prevents bacterial odors since you can’t be there all day to clean up. I have been a user of

ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter for some time and I will continue to swear by it. With the innovative MicroGuard™ technology you can have a litter that seals and destroys immediate odor, plus, prevents the growth of future bacterial odors for 7-day odor control, guaranteed.

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Setting up your litter plan is easy. Make sure your cat has fresh ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter in not one but two boxes (I like the disposable boxes for the backup). This is plenty for the time you will be away and ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ MicroGuard™ guarantees odor control for for 7 days!

Leaving your cat at home

Lyle my furry little baby

The Full “Leaving Your Cat at Home” Checklist

  1. Make sure someone is scheduled to come and check in on your fur baby (if you’re going to be gone more than five days)
  2. Leave food and water out (and more than usual!)
  3. Fill the litter boxes with fresh ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ MicroGuard™ cat litter
  4. Favorite toys out
  5. Favorite sleepy blankets out
  6. Clothes with your scent in favorite spots (chair / bed)
  7. Leave on soft music, maybe nature sounds
  8. Vet phone number on counter
  9. Close any doors and put up anything you don’t want your cat to get to

10. Give your cat lots of love before you go


Leaving your cat at home is never easy. Don’t worry, they will be just fine. Do all the things I’ve listed here and you’ll be fine too! Good luck and be sure to give your sweet kitty lots of love when you return. They most certainly have missed you!

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Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

27 thoughts on “Travel Tips – A Checklist for Leaving Your Cat at Home + $100 Sweepstakes

  1. The funniest thing my cats done while away is sleeping in the hamper in the laundry room. When I got home I went to do laundry I found him tucked under a sweat shirt that I was pulling out to put in the washer. It was funny but scared me at the same time.

  2. I don’t believe my cat did anything too funny while I was gone. My brother kept her for me and said she just stayed on the couch and looked out the window most of the time. He has 3 cats and said their black one hated my Cleo. She must’ve been too afraid to leave the couch and waited on Mom to come home and get her.

  3. I love your cat’s face! So unique…The funniest thing my cat Queenie does is suddenly love my boyfriend while I am gone :p Queenie likes my boyfriend well enough but saves her cat loving for me. As soon as I am away for an extended duration, Queenie gives all that lovin to my boyfriend.

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  4. My new husband never has been a cat person at all. He is trying his best to get used to the two I have however. When I went away with my mom and siblings for the weekend the smaller shy one crawled into bed with him and kept him up all night.

  5. My cats have knocked a bunch of items off shelves when we were gone. They also taught themselves how to open the shades in the living room so they could see out the window!

  6. When our youngest and her kitty were living with us we got to baby sit the kitty while our youngest traveled. When she was home, kitty wanted nothing to do with us or our loud rock music but when ‘mama’ was gone she was all hanging and rocking out with us. We took pictures to prove it to our daughter who was in disbelief. That promptly changed once our daughter returned home.

  7. We came home from a trip one time to find a dead bird in the house. The cat was inside the whole time though. Go figure!

  8. My cat Gracie May loves to move her water bowl around the house. We are used to it, but when the cat sitter comes (usually my dad) it is surprising. lol She pulled it into the dining room and it was under the dining room table!

  9. Our cat Sodie Anne decided to move her food bowl closer to her bed. It was so funny wondering why she felt so lazy while we were away when she was usually so energetic. Cats!

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