(Closed) Cat Sitting—– how long can you really leave a cat?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We’ve left our cats for up to a week. We just paid a friend that lives close by to stop by twice a day, take care of food/water/litterbox and play with the cats and pet them for a bit.

The kitties are always pointedly cuddly when we get back, but it’s worked out well for us.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

You can easily leave a cat with someobe to check in every day or even every couple days, but how often do you travel? If you travel a couple times a year, no big deal. If your talking every month or something then it’s probably not a good idea. Just because you can leave a cat doesn’t mean it wants you to. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

californiabride2013:  We’ve certainly done a week, with someone checking in once a day.

We once were gone more than a month, but had friends live in our house while we were away.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

californiabride2013:  We have friends who have 2 cats, when they go out they leave several huge water bowls and 4 big food bowls and my Darling Husband and I go visit the cats every 3 days – the water/food is never empty, but I refill it and give the kittys some love.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I don’t like to leave my cat for more than a night without someone checking in on him. We have a pet sitter who comes once a day to play with him while we’re gone for any longer than that. While cats are pretty independent, they do get sad and lonely when you’re away for too long, but a week or so should be just fine. 

I agree about not kenneling that cat. Cats get very attached to their surroundings and will be much more relaxed when they are in their own space. Kennels can be very, very stressful for them. Our little man was a shelter rescue, so I think putting him in a cage at a kennel would break both of our hearts. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

californiabride2013:  I’ll leave them alone for two nights. Any longer than that and I have someone stop by once/twice a day to feed, water, litter box and give our nice kitty some love. Our “mean” kitty will just hide from them lol.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

The longest we’ve ever left our cats is 10 days. If we are gone longer than 3 days we have someone come by once a day to check on them. I hate leaving them but figure they are more comfortable at home than in a kennel. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We have family that We reciprocate pet watching duties with so we always have someone to check on our cat. We will normally leave out enough dishes of food and water for two days at a time and ask our pet sitter to fill them up as much as possible and as often as possible. We have never left for more than a week without having someone either stay at the house or leaving him at FIs moms.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We feel comfortable leaving our cat for 2 days on his own, but we like it if someone has a chance to check up on him.  He’s pretty needy and likes attention.  

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

When we aren’t home (be it a weekend or a weekish vacation) we have a pet sitter in at least 2x a day, to feed her (she is on a grain free all-wet/raw diet so can’t just fill a bowl and go!), top her water, scoop her box, check she is doing okay, snuggle, and play. Cats usually actually do a lot better in their own home and someone checking in on them then being in a kennel/cat hotel but it should be fairly frequent.

Also, every cat is different, but ours is very social (with U.S./people, she hates other cats, ha ha) and needy/affectionate. We feel okay leaving her a handful times over the year, but if we were traveling a LOT she would not be happy and I’d feel guilty!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

The longest we’ve done is a week. We live in an apartment and our friend lives in the same building, so she checks our cat a couple times a day. My cat is very affectionate and never seems to be upset when we return. One thing I did notice once, though, is that my cat vomited once when we left him, I think because he was only eating once a day and he ate too fast once he finally got food. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We’ve done a week. We’re going to be gone 2 weeks in the summer and will have someone coming everyday to feed them, clean the litterbox, and play with them for a little bit.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

We’ve gone away for over a week before, we try to have someone come at least once a day to clean the litter and check on food and water as well as pet and play with them. Way easier than finding somewhere else for them to stay 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

californiabride2013:  ive left my babies for a week with a check up in the middle from a relative. They were fine! They also get left alone during the day when Darling Husband and I are at work 

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