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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2004, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Who will take care of my cat?

Hi all,

Newbie here, with a question that many have probably heard over and over again. I've had my cat now for about 1.5 years, got him when he was a kitten. My family and I are planning a week vacation, but can't find any available family members or friends to watch him while we are gone. I've been considering taking him to a kennel, but the idea of him confined to a small cage for a week frightens me. Any one has any opinions about Kennels or private cat care places? I don't want to leave him by himself in the house. Would my cat be depressed when I came back after being couped up in a small cage? Please help with advice. Thanks.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2004, 10:10 AM
 
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I sure would like to hear from people out there if they know of any cat sitting from people? I know of a Guinea Pig Sitting site! I sure am interested. By the way, where do you live?
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2004, 10:29 AM
 
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I know there are several pet sitting services here where I live (southeastern Michigan), and I'm sure if you check the yellow pages or search online, you might find a few, too.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2004, 10:54 AM
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Yes, I have had great luck with pet sitting services. They will even bring in your mail and water your plants!


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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2004, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for your replies all. I know there are pet sitters out there that come to the house, but I mainly need some feeback as far as leaving my kitty at a Kennel for a week. The only place I've found so far charges $15 a day, I supply the food. My only problem with this is that kitty will be confined to a small cage, something like 4x4 maybe smaller. Will my cat be fine being couped up in a cage for a week?
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2004, 11:19 AM
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Will my cat be fine being couped up in a cage for a week?
I think it depends on the cat. My cat would have serious problems being in a cage for a week both physically and emotionally. I've had to leave him at the vet overnight before. When I came to get him the next day his eyes were bloodshot and he was extraordinarily angry. Have you left your cat overnight somewhere else before? If so, how did he react?
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2004, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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He's stayed home before by himself for a couple of days, but someone would go and feed him twice a day. When we returned after 3 days he was just fine. Now a cage is something else. If only I could find a place like our local SPCA, I would not hesistate to have him stay there for a week. There, each cat has a huge pen, complete with scratch post and a small bed. Some are bigger than some prison cells. Keep them tips coming please. Thanks.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2004, 12:56 PM
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Socks simply HATES new places, she is very territorial and I think most cats are so I think that a change in the environment and leaving her in a cage for a week wouldn’t be a good idea.

When I had to leave for a week I just asked the neighbors to come in and feed, clean and play with her. If you live in an apartment building you can put up a flyer and see if any of your neighbors can cat sit for you.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2004, 01:24 PM
 
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My brother runs a kennel and boards many dogs and a few cats. The cat room is closed off from the rest of the place, with medium sized kennels for each kitty, and play structures and toys in the rest of the room, and a window to sit on. They take the cats out - one at a time, I believe - to play with them and stuff. I think dogs love being in a kennel - it's like a vacation for those goofy sociable critters, I'm not so sure that cats like it as much.

It could be very stressful and frightening for a cat to be away from home, in a place that not only SMELLS of other cats, but there ARE other cats.

Many of the vet-technicians at my vet have posted their pet sitting services. I'd go that route before a kennel.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2004, 04:16 PM
 
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Oh no not a cage Oh boy I wish I lived by you I would help in a heartbeat! I had this dilemma a couple weeks ago. I just couldn't do the cage, they were adopted from a caged shelter life. We had friends of ours stay in our home to care for them. I wasn't quite sure what to do. if Should I have someone stay in our home or come in twice a day to feed and clean their litterboxes. I made the wrong choice, my cats freaked with our friends and hid for three days til we came back. They did sneak out to eat and use the litterbox (that I am so thankful for) but my very social and personable cats became very confused and scared about their new caregivers. Next time I will know better to leave them in their own environment with all that is familiar and part of their comfort zone and have someone attend to their needs twice a day, NOT stay. They will miss us and we them but at least they won't be freaking out to us gone AND who the heck are these people! "Hey what did you do with the people that live here!"
Let us know how things work out for you, it's soooooo tough to know what to do. Me, I'm always thankful to stay home but I know sometimes you have no choice. Praying it all works out wonderfully
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