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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-22-2005, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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How long is too long for a cat to be alone?

Hello,
I don't seem to know where the time has gone this year as all of a sudden....whammo...Christmas is here out of nowhere. Of course I am working two jobs so I hardly feel it coming.

Anywho...My girlfriend and I are in southern MN and we are going to northern MN (first the east side....then the west side before I come back down alone on Sunday night). Anyways...we are planning on leaving Thursday (as in...today, lol) after school gets out. That means Cleo would be alone for the rest of the night, friday, saturday and sunday until I came home late that night.

What do you think...do you think she would be ok for this long or not? I could take her and Im thinking about doing that...but both our moms have a cat and dog (mine has a cat and a beagle and her mom has a pest aka untamed kitten and a big ol chocolate lab). I do have a cage I could use, but I dont know how much it would stress her out if we decided to take her along; although on the other hand, she could have a blast, lol.

Ideas? Suggestions? We just moved to a new town so we dont know anyone to come and check on her. I think she would be fine as far as food and water...I'd just hate to have her go three days without some sort of interaction.

Thanks,
Ryan
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-22-2005, 01:45 AM
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what about asking around in your area for a professional pet-sitter? we do that for our kitties when we're on vacation
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Thanks for the suggestion. That would be a good idea, but we are both fairly broke....making it up north and back is going to be interesting.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-22-2005, 08:52 AM
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Only four days? She'll be fine. Make sure there's ample food, and set out several large bowls of water. If you can, add a second litter box, just in case she prefers to use a cleaner one. I used to sometimes leave a radio on low for my old boy, but I think that might have been me just being silly.

Have a lovely trip! I'm coming up to MN on Monday, and I can't wait.
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I would be personally fine with it. I suppose ideally it would be nice to have someone come in to check on her once or twice but that's the ideal and I totally understand financial issues and it's not always possible. I think as long as you have plenty of food, water, and I would agree with another litter box she will be fine. Perhaps you could have a radio on or something, maybe set on a timer, just a little something to keep her company. I really wouldn't worry about it, I think she will be totally fine.
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We do this quite a bit and have never had a problem. My rule of thumb is that I'll call the pet sitter if I'm going to be away more than 4 days. My cats are always fine.

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I had to go to Fort Knox for Erik's Basic graduation for 3.5 days and I left a lot of food out, and they have their water fountain..and my cats were fine. I don't like leaving them for that long but I couldn't get my sister to come down that weekend (what I normally do if I need to leave them).

I'm sure yours will be fine -- leave a light or two on for them and some toys out.
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I agree with everyone else. I think it will be fine. And less traumatic than taking her on the trip with you!


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Make sure you have plenty of fresh water and FRESH litter.

The cats would be fine. I would unplug the water fountain, though. Once I left town for four days and the water fountain broke and made this HORRIBLE noise. Luckily my babies knew how to drink out of a toilet
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I'm too much of a worry wart to leave my babies alone. THen again, I'll be gone quite a while this season. My parents have agreed to kitty-sit at their place while I'm in PA with Brandon and his family for a few days. Unfortunately, that means they get to come with me to my parents place. Scotty has been before and he does very well with traveling, but I don't know how Oscar is.

I'm worried that they'll be way too stressed out. So, I understand your feelings. lol
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