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Cat care advice while I’m away on vacation? Please! :)

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Kyaviana, Oct 29, 2019.


  1. Kyaviana

    Kyaviana PetForums Junior

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    Hello, I’m just trying to plan ahead for the traveling I know I’ll have to do for the holidays! I’m a first time cat owner- rescued a 6 mo. old kitten some time ago

    For a few days in November and for about a week in December I’ll have to visit my family which is about a six hour drive from where I live. My family has one elderly, female cat, she’s relatively friendly and keeps to herself

    What are my options? Should I board him or take him with me? Could I leave him alone in the house with food and water? I worry that my kitten will be unhappy in a confined space during boarding and/or be overwhelmed by all the other animals there. I could take my kitten with me, we’ve made a 6 hour drive before with some stopping, he was pretty calm. But will the trip make him unsettled/anxious because we have to drive back and forth? And again, a month later?

    I know cat sitting is another option but I’m just not really comfortable with it, and I would worry about my kitten escaping onto the busy road

    Thank you in advance, sorry if these are silly questions!
     
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    LJC675 PetForums VIP

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    Do you not have a decent cattery near you, this would be your best option, your cat would be safe and secure and there will be someone to keep an eye on him. Leaving him alone is not an option, what if something happens? Plus he will be very confused and lonely.
     
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  3. huckybuck

    huckybuck Cat Chat Friend

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    I think he’s young enough to try a decent cattery.

    Do your homework and research/visit a few. Get recommendations if possible. You can always try him for one night as a trial too.

    Make sure you can take things that smell of home and you can get him on some calming supplements before you go.

    An alternative is to speak to your vets and see if any of the nurses do live in cat sitting.
     
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    I agree with the others, a cattery would be best for your kitten and you as you wouldn't have the worry of him being at home on his own or travelling with him which could be stressful. Most young cats adapt pretty well to being in a cattery and he will be in a pen on his own but with the cattery staff checking on him constantly. I would say definitely no to leaving him at home on his own without someone being there or looking in regularly. If you go down the cattery route, make sure you pick a good one and if you have any concerns when you visit, don't go with it.
     
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  5. Kyaviana

    Kyaviana PetForums Junior

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    Thank you for the advice! I’ll definitely do my research about catteries near me!
     
  6. Kyaviana

    Kyaviana PetForums Junior

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    Thank you! I’ll drfinitely look into those options!
     
  7. Kyaviana

    Kyaviana PetForums Junior

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    Thanks, I figured, that’s why I was asking for advice.
     
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