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

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 31
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Helper bee

We have 2 cats and have gone away for 3 weeks on 2 separate occasions.  Each time we had someone come twice a day to do all the things.  i dont think they were very happy with us when we got back the first time, but the second time they were the most loving and sooky kitties!  I dont think I could put them in a cattery, it would stress them out way too much. Plus they love each other so they have someone for company when noone is around.

Post # 32
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

carolinabelle:  I do the same with mine. Lots of food and water and someone to scoop every third day. They hate any but me so it works out 🙂

Post # 33
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

californiabride2013:  We were gone for three weeks straight this summer.  Our usual pet sitter came over once a day and played with them for 20 minutes and fed them, and also stayed at our house one or two nights a week.  Our cats are pretty social and love their people time, and they were absolutely fine.  

Cats are great for travelers as long as you have someone who will reliably come by once a day!  I hate having to ask a friend and find it really reassuring to hire someone instead – totally worth the cost.  Definitely best if they’ll stay at your house and provide a nice lap or human presence on occasion, too.  And yeah, cats will always be more comfortable in their own home than at another house or in a kennel.

Post # 34
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Helper bee

We have 5 cats and I travel frequently for work and sometimes my SO joins me. We’ll leave the cats for an overnight without a cat-sitter. The longest we’ve been gone has been 2 weeks. For that trip, we ended up having a friend stay in our apartment – our friend had roommates and very much welcomed a 2-week stay in an apartment by himself. 

For shorter trips, we’ll have someone come in once a day to feed, water, scoop the boxes, and hang out with the cats. We always tell our friends to enjoy our cable and Netflix and leave tasty snacks and beer in the fridge to encourage them to hang around for a bit so the cats get some social time. We also have a lot of friends with elementary-age kids, so those parents really like offering to cat-sit so they can show their kids what a responsibility pet ownership is before committing to getting them a pet. It’s really worked out well.

If you have friends who are enthusiastic about pets, I’d think you would be fine!

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