(Closed) Leaving your pet for a long period of time?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

The most we’ve ever left our cat alone for is 11 days, with a friend stopping by every day to check on and play with her. I thought it was a long time but reasoned she’d be happier at home than in a kennel. 

Three weeks is a long time. What about the possibility of having someone actually stay at your place during that time? This way the kitty wouldn’t be left alone quite as much. The person wouldn’t have to stay over every day, maybe a few times a week plus checking in every day they don’t spend the night?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve boarded my dog for two weeks before and felt absolutely awful about it despite the fact that he loves the facility he stays at. While I was in Michigan for Thanksgiving the owner posted a video on their facebook page and all the dogs were playing in doggie daycare while mine just laid on top of a little jungle gym, looking as emo as could be.  I felt even worse after seeing that!!! I think that three weeks is an awfully long time to leave your cat at home with someone just stopping by to feed him…are there any nice kennels in your area that don’t just keep cats in cages the entire time?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We leave our cats alone for long periods of time (3-4 weeks is the max, though).  We usually have someone come in every 4th day (or so) to change litter/food.

Cats are really good at being left alone (unlike dogs).  If you are concerned, another thing you could do is put your TV on a timer so that the TV is on for a few hours each night (just like if you were at home).

Don’t feel too guilty – you know your cat is going to be sleeping on your pillow the whole time you are gone!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We left our cat for 3 1/2 weeks for our wedding – with lots of cuddle check-ins, he was fine! We are getting ready to leave for 6+ months to backpack through Asia – THAT I definitely feel guilty about. Luckily, he’ll be with my mom, who is a serious animal lover. I just really dread the “mom, dad, where are you goinggggg???” eyes. The eyes kill me!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@napabridekelsey: Yeah home alone with visits >>>> a cage!  I couldn’t leave my pet anyplace where they had to spend all day in one of those things. 

@crayfish: Those eyes are the worst, especially when they hop into your suitcase and start giving you that look…

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@assilem:I laughed @ the “looking super emo” visual …poor little baby

We have left for long periods of time but we luckily leave the pets @ SO moms house, she is basically retired , quiet home and showers them with love

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yikes! I wouldn’t be able to leave Lincoln for that long. I’m having a hard enough time leaving him for the week of our HM. Even though we’ll have my FBIL stop by a few times, Lincoln probably won’t want anything to do with him. It breaks my heart knowing that he’ll be waiting by the door everyday waiting for us to come home like we normally do. We’re a little kitty obsessed, can you tell? lol

We’re setting up a nanny cam of sorts in our condo and uploading the feed to our website that we can check on our iPad while on the cruise. That will atleast give us peace of mind to know that he’s okay. The longest we’ve ever left him was for a day or two and you’d think we were gone a month when we finally got home.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

We’re leaving our kitty alone for ten days next month. I’m so worried. He can barely handle being away from us for the workday. . . He also tends to act out when he’s mad at us. It could be bad news for our furniture. Anyone else have a super needy pet?

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I miss our pets when we’re away for the weekend.  I personally don’t think I could leave them for three weeks or longer if nobody was home.  Our honeymoon was ten or twelve days, but since we rent from my parents, someone was home every day.  We also have more than one pet, so they aren’t completely alone even when all of us are gone.  My husband probably wouldn’t have a problem leaving them that long, but I sure couldn’t!  LOL!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think with a cat, as long as someone is stopping in every couple of days to clean up, feed and play with him/her then you are fine. It’s not ideal obviously, but it’s better than a kennel as long as the cat is healthy and doesn’t need to be watched constantly.

DH and I fostered two cats for 7 months and what I learned from that experience is that (most) cats LOVE to be around their humans, but they literally sleep for about 22 hours a day and are fine when left alone. I think DH and I left for a weekend once (fri night – sunday) and just left out a ton of food and water bowls adn they were totally fine.

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