Hello all, This is my first post on the forum and it concerns our first ever cat, Mingus. He is a 3 year old from the rescue centre and is very loving and well behaved. He has bonded to me very strongly because I've been off of work ever since we adopted him and he's used to me being around. We're off on holiday soon and we will be putting him in our local cattery for a week. It's way more distressing than I thought it would be. I have concerns about him thinking he's been abandoned, being imprisoned where he currently roams free and getting into a grief state because he thinks we're gone forever. So, how irrational am I being? Do cats have some kind of emotional mechanism where they simply go into survival mode and just concern themselves with food and sleep for the week they're in the cattery? Is there any way I can give him some kind of anchor to home that lets him know we'll be back, like a piece of my clothing? Any reassurance or insights you can offer would be gratefully received. Thanks, Mike.