Welcome to Rigel and K2’s Cat Care Guide! If you are unsure about anything feel free to contact any time, day or night.
The most important stuff
- Keep bathroom door open and toilet lid closed
- Close balcony door when you leave
- Watch out for any dogs on the walkway when entering the apartment, since Rigel might try to bolt outside!
- Call or text any time, day or night
Emergency vet contacts
|Evidensia Djurkliniken Arninge||08-630 02 90||Mätslingan 18, 187 66, Täby||Small clinic 5 min walk from apartment|
|AniCura Djursjukhuset Albano||08-505 304 00||Rinkebyvägen 21B, 182 36 Danderyd||Large hospital about ~15 min drive away|
In case of emergency, don’t worry about confirming with me before taking them to the vet. Just let me know as soon as possible, but go ahead and take them by car or taxi if something is wrong. Of course all vet and transport costs will be reimbursed.
- Feeding bowls on the table near the front door
- Food, toys, a brush, and litter robot bags in the small lower cupboard on the right side of the stove.
Since you’ll be coming twice a day for 45 minutes each visit, the feeding schedule can look as follows:
- Feed both of them when you get there (at least one packet or can per plate)
- Feed both of them as you leave (it’s fine if food is left when you’re gone; you can just swap it for fresh food on the next visit)
They can only eat wet food (treats are OK, but dry food gives Rigel bladder issues). Any of the food in the cupboard next to the stove is fine, and sometimes they like a variety in different meals.
K2 usually eats next to the bathroom, and Rigel likes to eat near the front door, but they are not picky with locations. They can also eat on the balcony! Please watch K2 to see that she’s not eating too quickly and use one of the ceramic slow feeder plates (she can throw up).
They may not eat everything on the plates each time, and that’s fine.
They are both underweight, so don’t worry about feeding them too much. If you find that they happily eat more (without K2 throwing up), feel free to give more food.
Please wipe down the metallic bowl in the shower and refill with clean water at least once per day. There is also a water fountain in the bathroom. If the water level in the fountain is running low, please add some water there too (no need to wash fountain, I wash it once a week so will do it when I’m back).
Please be sure to keep toilet lit closed and the bathroom door open when you leave, so that they can get to their water (and don’t fall in the toilet :D)
- If it’s not raining, please open the balcony for them while you’re there. Rigel especially really loves sitting out there.
- Remember to close balcony when leaving for safety (and to avoid water damaging bedroom floor if it rains and gets in!)
The Litter Robot should take care of the main daily litterbox cleaning.
- The robot cycle runs about 8 minutes after a cat has been in there, so don’t worry if it does not run right away!
- The robot will likely get full a couple of times over the days you’re there. If that happens, it will flash and you will notice that the litter is not being cycled. Pull out the drawer at the bottom (warning: it will smell!), throw out the full bag that’s there, and put a fresh one in (try to keep the edges of the bag snug over the container, so that the fullness sensors don’t get confused). When done, press Reset and then Cycle.
- If the robot ever claims it is full when it looks like it’s not, feel free to just adjust the edges of the plastic bag more snugly around the container and click Reset and Cycle (or replace the whole bag, whatever is easiest).
I’ve left some toys in the cupboard near the stove. They really like human attention, so please try to play with them, pet them, or even just keep them company on the balcony for the time you’re here. They like someone being with them!
If you feel like studying or browsing or whatever while you’re here, the WiFi password is on the bottom of the router in the living room. Feel free to use it, and stay as long as you want.
To wash their plates or anything you can either do it by hand with the dishwahing liquid at the sink or use the dishwasher. The cupboard under the sink contains dishwasher pellets (the 30 minute setting is the one I usually use).