Originally Posted by lottamoxie
Later in Oct I'm going away for 4 days. I will have a cat sitter come in to check food/water/litter. However, the sitter will only be there for a 30 min. visit. My cat is very shy and hides from people she doesn't know, so she will probably run away and hide while any sitter is there.
My cat (1 yr old) is now an only-cat and there are no other pets (dog passed away 2 months ago). I'm worried about her getting lonely while I'm gone. I'm not ready to adopt another pet at this time, so that is not an option.
Any tips for keeping her from getting too lonely?
I was planning on keeping the plasma TV on so she'd have something to watch/listen to.
And for you safety conscious: yes, toilet lids remain closed in my house, cords are out of the way, and there is plenty of food/water/litter available at all times.
Your cat will definitely get lonely. However what you can do to help alleviate it is wear a shirt and then leave it in a common place that your cat hangs out very frequently. Your scent will comfort her.
How close are you and the cat sitter? Perhaps before you go, the sitter could come over and try spend some time with the cat. But if she is very shy as you state, getting used to the sitter will take a long time. So probably not the best route.
Get more of her favorite toys before you go and introduce them to her. Let her play with them.
Get a timer for your lights from a Home Depot or hardware store. Put one in the room where she spends her evenings when you're home. Set it to go on when it starts to get dark outside and turn it off at your normal bedtime.