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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:09 pm 
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Hi, just wondering what's your thoughts on cat care whilst away? I'm going away for 2 nights so been looking into catteries or someone who comes into my home a few times a day to take care and check on my Bengal, what does everyone else do? She is 7 months old and used to me leaving her for work etc, but this is the first time I'm having to leave her :(


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:52 pm 
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Cattery.

For me I wasn't happy with the idea of them being alone at all for more than a working day ( give or take a few hours ) not least because of what they might decide to do to my apartment if they got bored/the chance of them doing something to hurt themselves.

Note that's a short stay in a cattery, so she probably won't settle that well, but a short stay now might be good for her later when she needs to stay longer. I did intend to put mine in a cattery a few times as kittens to get them used to being away from me/in strange, cat-filled surroundings, but never got round to doing it.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:45 pm 
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Personally I would use a house sitter/visitor.

I would never put my cat into a cattery as they can get extremely stressed and then get ill.

They are much happier in their own environment.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:56 am 
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Eggman wrote:
Personally I would use a house sitter/visitor.

I would never put my cat into a cattery as they can get extremely stressed and then get ill.

They are much happier in their own environment.


That's how I like to do it as well. My sense is that yes, they miss me and our daily routine, but otherwise still get to maintain much of their day-to-day lives without interruption, and there aren't a bunch of new stressors like other cats and different sleeping arrangements, litterboxes etc.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:48 am 
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I personally wouldn’t use a cattery for such a short stay. If you were gone for 5 days or more, then yes, that could be a more suitable option, but not for 2 nights. She will feel unsettled and will feel much more comfortable at home. It would be ideal if a friend could stay over at your house for the 2 nights, or 1 night even. But at the very least if she is able to come in a few times each day to feed her and give her a good hour of play, that should be fine.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:20 pm 
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I've boarded Raiden for a week before, but only because I was terrified he would escape when my pet sitter came and left through the front door. Raiden is an escape artist, big time! And who wants a message from your pet sitter that the cat got out -- she can't find him as he won't come to her and she has other pets she has to deal with and you are 900 miles away and helpless? I guess it depends on whether your kitty will be fine with a pet sitter! Most will come over prior and get to know the kitty, which will help a lot. I have left a cat alone for two to three days with a feeder and water reservoir that held a lot of food and water, and put out an extra litter box or two. But then, that cat was not a bengal and she slept 20 hours a day! If you can get someone to come in a couple of times a day and to stay and play with your kitty -- not just feed and leave -- it might work out okay for just a couple of days.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:38 pm 
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I have planned for my mum to come in twice a day to feed and play with her, she is used to my mum and loves her so I really do believe this is my best option! I'm really not keen on putting her into a cattery if I'm honest. I'm hoping my sister will also pop in for some playtime with her for me too. I often work nights so she has got used to me not being there overnight. I'm away from Friday lunch to Sunday early evening I'm going to really miss her!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:24 pm 
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Having family come over that she's used to is the BEST idea! I know you will miss her but I'm sure your mum and sister will be in touch to keep you posted.


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