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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-10-2007, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Going away on vacation..

hey everyone.... soooo, I need some advice. Since Andie's surgeries (exploratory and post-op hernia repair) and her diagnosis of IBD... she's been doing well on her new diet of Natural Balance venison and green pea CANNED only. She gets fed 2/3 of a 3 oz. can 3 times a day... and so far, so good. NOW, in a month, I am apparently going away on a vacation for a week (I say apparently b/c I will believe I am going when I get the confirmation from the person who is booking it, lol). I'll be in Mexico... and so obviously, Andie will not be coming, ha ha. Last summer, when I went to Cancun, my landlord and my best friend took turns feeding her... but her diet wasnt as complex then. Now, with her 3 time a day feeding, it's a bit more time consuming
SO, my question is: should I leave her here at home for the week? or bring her to my parents house in NJ? My house is her home, of course... she is comfortable here. I live in the top floor of a two family house... my landlord's family is amazing... and his wife loves Andie and cares for her whenever I need her to. She knows of Andie's health issues... and all that. The only reason I hesitate is b/c it will be mid-July and it will get hot up here... last summer, I just had the ceiling fans on for her... and she was fine.... but I still wonder.
If I took her to my parents house in NJ.... she does not like it there. She hates their cat, and they just got a new puppy who she hasnt met yet.... most of the time she hides in the closet the whole time if I have ever NEEDED to bring her... the only reason I would consider bringing her is b/c it's for a whole week and at least at my parents home, she can have AC on often and my parents will be home at night...
I am leaning more towards leaving her here b/c it worked out fine last time... but last time was for 5 nights and 6 days and this is for a whole week.... and b/c she had the surgery in March and her new diet.... just a little tense!!!
What do ya think?


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-10-2007, 09:33 PM
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I'd leave her at home...stress & IBD are not good companions. Make sure your neighbor or whoever is cat sitting is well versed on her issues (like you won't ) and go have fun. Leave the fans on, I'm sure your neighbor can open some windows and make sure they're closed if it rains. Cats are pretty pretty creative when they get warm, like lying in a sink or tub. Also maybe get a regular fan that can blow directly on her if she wants to lay by it.

I know your Dad has helped you out before...maybe he can come in and spend a night at your place to keep her company...


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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-10-2007, 09:40 PM
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-11-2007, 11:19 AM
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I agree as well. I am also a big fan of paying a tech from your vet's office to drop in once or twice just to make sure that everything's going well...it's probably not necessary, but it may just improve YOUR peace of mind and let you enjoy your vacation. Should be easy to coordinate with the catsitter, just tell her that because of the medical issues, this tech is going to come and do a couple of quick physical checks to make sure that nothing's amiss on the inside. I am spoiled because my catsitter's wife is a vet tech, but it makes a huge difference in my comfort level when I have to leave town, knowing that someone with better training and qualification than me is looking in on Assumpta (even if Assumpta *does* hate her guts )
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-12-2007, 05:05 AM
 
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I would leave the kitty at home, more comfortable there and like you said, less stress. I am taking a cruise in October and will be leaving my kitties at home but luckily I have a nephew who the cats adore who will be staying at my house while we are gone. Last time I took a vacation I had someone come check on the cats every couple of days which was fine but I worried the whole time and when we came back my cat (Riley, RIP) was very ill and had to be PTS but it wasn't anyones fault, he was old and his body just started shutting down. , i still think about Riley every day
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-12-2007, 05:31 PM
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It's so hard leaving a kitty who has such special needs. My parents' cat (Smokey) is diabetic and they have a their neighbor who they have taught to give the insulin and check the blood sugar just in case.

It sounds like your landlord would take good care of Andie and would be less stressful for her too.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-12-2007, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone for all your input! Most likely, I will be leaving Andie here... although I will feel bad that she will be alone for a majority of the time, I know she will at least be comfortable... and not terrified of my parents cat and new puppy while hiding in a closet (her usual thing to do the few times she's been to their house).
Although... I may have spoken too soon... got news today that this trip to Mexico might not happen! If that turns out to be true... I will be one angry girl!!! Got myself all psyched!


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