A cat owner’s travel hack has sparked a pet-care controversy on TikTok.
The original video of their cat food buffet has racked up more than 3.6 million views since it was posted 5 days before TikTok users joined.
User @slappyzacky posted a video with his cat and ready-to-eat food bowls sitting in a row.
The original video was captioned, “Your human POV is leaving for a few days and you see five food bowls laid out for you.”
Commenters were quick to join in with their opinions on the cat food buffet.
“what?? someone should check on the cat once a day,” said @angieveep.
“My cat will eat it all in 1 day,” added @_erikkax
Others questioned how to prepare water or trash for the trip.
Some users have enthusiastically supported the cat food buffet method.
“I legally left me a serving tray full of food,” commented @PrncsInPnk
“Think of course!!!! I put different bowls all over the house! And I hide the food so they can find them,” said @justin.wayne18.
The Daily Dot spoke with Dr. Karen Cantor from Westside Veterinary Center, who says cats shouldn’t be left alone for more than 24 hours.
“Someone has to check the cat every day. You never know if they can get naughty or something happens,” said Dr. Cantor.
Regarding food, Dr. Cantor says, “Ideally you want to have enough food for the morning and evening. And there’s someone in every day to take it out. ”
The concern is not that the cat will go hungry without people, but that an unattended cat may eat something by mistake or need to go to the emergency room.
Cantor recommends having a neighbor or trusted friend check in on your cat regularly if you plan to be away for an extended period of time.
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*First published: December 31, 2021, 3:23 p.m. CST
Dan Latu is a freelance journalist who writes about the Internet and culture. Previously, his work has appeared on Real Deal and Columbia News Service.
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