- Neighbors, family, and friends
Asking a trusted friend, family member, or even a neighbor to look after your cat in your house is one of the simplest and most cost-effective solutions. You may have someone come by two or three times a day to feed your cat, give medications, clean the litter box, and play with your cat, depending on your cat’s needs and personality. You might even invite the sitter to spend the night in your home with your cat so that he or she has company. Your family member, friend, or neighbor can also bring in your mail, water your plants, and help with other small domestic duties as an added bonus.
For shy cats that could grow stressed if you took them to a boarding facility, having a familiar person look after them in your house is a great solution. It’s also a low-cost option—some good friends or family members may be willing to watch your cat for free, or you may offer to pay a little fee in exchange for their assistance. Taking care of a cat can also be a fantastic way for an older, responsible neighbor child to earn some money. You might also move your cat and all of its staff to a family member or friend’s home if your cat is comfortable with changes in routine.