Post # 1
My boyfriend and I have been talking about places we thought would be nice to go for a honeymoon. I couldn’t help but get worried… what would we do with the kitties? The only person who COULD take them in for a week shares her backyard with a huge bald eagle that has been known to scoop up cats and little dogs in the neighboorhood and I don’t want to risk having them there. Another issue is that one of my cats is VERY timid and gets sick when she’s too nervous so I’m afraid a boarding place will stress her out too much. I won’t have peace of mind on my honeymoon if I’m worried about my cat’s well being. What did you do with your pets when you went on your honeymoon or a vacation in general?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
Generally we leave our dog with my Future Mother-In-Law. Is there any way either of your parents could take them?
Post # 4
What about having a pet sitter come to the house. I had a dog walker for years when I lived in the city, got to know them well we exchange xmas gifts and all. It was great and it was awesome for the dog (and the cats during vaca times) since they were at home!
Post # 5
kids in my neighborhood (11-13 yr olds) are always happy to watch animals for a few bucks, and tend to be so ecstatic to be “working” that they do a great job
Post # 6
We left our dog with my parents. Do you have family nearby that could watch them? Or maybe you can hire a pet sitter or a friend to stay at your place while you are gone and house/cat sit?
Post # 7
My mom will be watching my kitty, but if you were HMing in Disney, they have a kennel
Post # 8
I have two cats! We gave my Mother-In-Law a key to our house, the alarm code, and told her to come twice that week, to feed them, give them water, and maybe some attention
Honestly. It’s a cat. A cat can go a week without you around. He/she’ll be bummed, but it’s not like a dog that needs constant care. Someone checking in on kitty will be fine.
They do have professional, licensed, insured pet sitters out there, though…
Post # 9
With cats, I always find a friend to come by the house and check on them. They just get too freaked out when they’re at a kennel. And if it’s not someone who comes over normally, I try to have them make at least one visit when I’m still home, so the cat doesn’t freak out and think “Stranger!!!” when they come and I’m not around.
Post # 10
We leave my standard poodle with a poodle breeder who has a farm. He has a blast and because he has bad hips he get’s put with the milder Girl Pack 🙂 He LOVES the farm!
Post # 11
Do you think the pets mart pet hotel where the cats have “kitty cottages” would be stressful?
Post # 12
I just leave my 3 cats at home and ask someone check on them. But JUST IN CASE the person is unreliable, or forgets, or gets sick or goes to the hospital, or dies???, I have the food holder that dispenses the food as they eat it, and it holds about a big bag and a half of food,
and i also leave the lid off JUST IN CASE the food gets stuck and doesn’t come out, they can eat it from the top……then I fill up like 5 big mixing bowls with water and put 1 in the sink so that they can’t knock it over, JUST IN CASE they go crazy and knock over all their bowls. And then I fill up their 3 litter boxes, and I figure they’d be ok for the week, even if the person lets me down. Sorry I always think of the worst case scenario….
Post # 13
we leave our dog with his parents. they love having their granddog, so it’s never a big deal. but i’ve watched plenty of cats before for family and friends, i’ve just stopped by their house to feed and empty out the litter box, and i’ll normally play for a while. they’re way more independent than dogs so it should be a lot easier to find someone.
Post # 14
We’re leaving out cat with a friend. She has two other cats, and our cats have met, since she was who we lived with when we first moved to Chicago. So she’s just going to take him for not one week, but for two weeks! Haha…. I think if you are worried about the kennel because your cat is timid, hiring a pet sitter to come over once a day or a couple of times during the week you are gone would be a good idea. Make sure they are licensed since they will be coming into your home. Or if your friend you could leave them with could do it, that would be a good idea too.
Post # 15
We have a dog and two cats, and we usually board the dog, but just have someone check-in with the cats once or twice a week if we’re gone more than seven days. If we’re gone for a week or less, we just leave out tons of food and water and an extra litter box, and they’re fine.
Post # 16
We have been worrying about what to do with our cat. We have only had him a few months and he was a rescue so we worry about leaving him alone too long. We had a test run last weekend for Thanksgiving and had my cousin (who is in high school and lives a few miles away) come over twice a day. We found that as a busy high schooler it wasn’t the best situation to rely fully on him as a pet sitter, mostly because he still doesn’t have his license so he was relying on his parents to give him rides. Overall, we decided that it wasn’t going to be the best choice for our honeymoon. Now we are hoping that it will work out to have my sister stay at our apartment with the cat and bring along her cat for our honeymoon and then when she is gone for a month we will watch her cat. Finger crossed that it works out!
It seems like if you don’t know anyone personally you could ask to watch the cats you would probably want to find a licensed pet sitter. I have boarded animals before and I honestly think it messes them up a bit, although it does depend on the place.