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Posted: 09/02/17 05:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP here - Lots of good advice - thanks!


Some ramblings...

I think they would be traumatized if we boarded them.

They aren't very social except with us (and each other) - they pretty much hide whenever anyone comes over, so even if we had someone check on them - they would certainly hide.

We do also leave extra bowls of water and food along with the automatic ones. But - great idea for the dripping faucet!

The doors are a scary thing. They love closets and have actually locked each other in while playing. So we pay attention to all the doors - close the ones that could cause a problem and put wedges under the doors that have to stay open.

Our last trip without them we were gone 4 days - 2 of which were short driving days so were just a few hours each. When we came home they were curled up in their bed together and barely lifted their heads to say hi. [emoticon]


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Posted: 09/02/17 05:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We will leave our cats for a long weekend - mid Friday until the following Monday. Longer than that we have friends come over to check on them every other day.


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3 days was our limit, & it was 2 1/2 mostly. If longer, we had a neighbor check the food, water, and spend a few minutes with the cat. They do get lonely. Having someone check on them lets them know they have not been forgotten...

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I wasn't the best of a child when i was younger. My parents moved and i was 3 weeks finding them on my own. Hope this helps


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We have left our cat for as many as 10 days. Maybe even longer in the future. Cats are very independent, do not over eat, and are very happy being alone. We leave a large bowl of dry cat foot, big water bowl, and a large storage bin converted to a litter box. We are quite prepared to have to do a bit of cleanup when we come home. Takes the cat a few hours to quit complaining that we left her alone but she does thus while rubbing up against us.

She has been with us on a couple of trips and I'm convinced she is much better having separate vacations where hers is a staycation.


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I would never, ever leave an animal unattended. When we absolutely had to leave our cats at home, we arranged for a cat loving human to come by each day or two, to check on the food and water, clean the litter boxes, make certain the cats had not been locked into something, and in general to give them attention.

In return, I would do the same for them when they had to leave their cats at home.


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3 to 4 days max for a social cat. I usually leave a couple blinds open, plenty of food and water, and a radio turned on to a talk station. DH doesn't think the radio is necessary, but it can't hurt. She also has the run of 3 floors and the garage. Any longer than 4 days, and my son will come keep her company and take her outside for fresh air...at the same time clean out our pantry and fridge.

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Wanderlost wrote:

I would never, ever leave an animal unattended. When we absolutely had to leave our cats at home, we arranged for a cat loving human to come by each day or two, to check on the food and water, clean the litter boxes, make certain the cats had not been locked into something, and in general to give them attention.

In return, I would do the same for them when they had to leave their cats at home.


"each day or two" - so you would leave your animals unattended for a day or two. Which is fine, just be careful making blanket statements.

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