Owner’s Travel Hack—A 5-Day Cat Food Buffet—Sparks TikTok Debate

A cat owner’s travel hack sparked a pet care controversy on TikTok.

The original video of their cat food buffet rose to over 3.6 million views since it was posted 5 days ago while TikTok users were thinking about it.

User @slappyzacky posted a video with his cat and bowls of pre-assembled food sitting straight.

The original video caption read, “Your POV is about to leave for a few days and you’ll see the five bowls of food prepared for you.”

Commentators quickly jumped with their opinions on the cat food buffet.

“What or what??” said @angieveep.

_erikkax added: “My cat will eat everything in one day”

Others wondered how to prepare a water or litter box for the trip.

Some users enthusiastically supported the cat food buffet method.

@PrncsInPnk commented: “She left me a serving tray full of food”

“This is literally!!!! I put different bowls around the house! @justin.wayne18 said I’m hiding the rewards so they can find them.

The Daily Dot spoke with Dr. Karen Kantor of Westside Veterinary Center who said cats should not be left alone for more than 24 hours.

“Someone has to check on the cat every day. You never know if they can get involved in mischief or something happens,” Dr. Kantor said.

Regarding food, Dr. Kantor says, “Ideally, you want enough food for the morning and evening. Have someone come in daily to hand it out.”

The concern is not that a cat will starve without a human, but that an uncontrolled cat could accidentally eat something or have a medical emergency.

Dr. Kantor recommends that a trusted neighbor or friend routinely check up on your cat if you plan to go for an extended period of time.

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*First Published: December 31, 2021, 3:23pm CST

Dan Lato

Dan Lato is a freelance journalist who writes about the Internet and culture. Previously, his work appeared on the Real Deal and Columbia News Service.

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