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Old 10-05-2015, 04:23 PM   #1
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Leaving the cat at home

We have a cat (Mylo), who's 11 years old. Very laid back, house broken and can be left home alone by himself. We've never been gone for more than 4 days without someone looking in, but just wondering if anyone has left theirs longer without being called "abusers". Don't want to get this board started by the cat haters kidding about leaving theirs alone for 6 months or more, or "the only good cat is the one laying under my tire". He's a big part of our family, but doesn't like to travel and will let everyone know within earshot. Doesn't like cages either. Just curious if anyone else has this problem.

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Old 10-05-2015, 04:40 PM   #2
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Have 4 and lucky for us, we've been able to have a friend check on them every 2 days...we were gone 5 weeks last time, and they all use the doggie door, but the're so used to company, wouldn't feel good about just leav'n them.

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Old 10-05-2015, 05:09 PM   #3
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A week is the longest we've left our cats home alone. Lots of food in self-feeding dishes. Same with water. A few extra litter pans. The house stinks like . . . when you get home, but open the windows for a while and it's back to normal.
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:24 PM   #4
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If your cat doesn't like travel then the best thing to do is hire a pet sitter or someone that you can depend on. Even though our cats (2) never go outside they still need attention every day. They should have fresh water and litter box cleaned daily. We had a cat loving neighbor check on cats we had a number of years ago and didn't take care of them to our desires, never used her again. We have good sized dry food feeders so that is not a problem. 2 days is the max that we would leave them alone. We take our 2 along on all our trips. It takes them less than a day to get used to the different environment but after that it is no different than at home. They travel in the TT and usually get under the bed covers when on the road. We have a front bedroom so it is a comfortable ride. When we stop they come right out wanting food and potty break.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:58 PM   #5
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I have a crew of Persians, some are old, one 17. When I travel, they stay home and keep each other company. I have 2 self-feeders for water, and 2 for dry food. I have left them for a week with very full litter boxes. They're always fine. We usually have some family home overnight, but I would be surprised if they had very much time to spend with the kitties. Years ago I had one cat home alone, with someone checking, and he was totally freaked- slept the whole time in my daughter's bed. I also boarded, but this was very traumatic also. They are much happier in their own environment, and better with kitty companions.
I remember camping once, and my neighbors cat got out of their RV. They were looking for that cat for at least a day, and had to leave without him. Be very careful with your choice. I know what trauma is caused by a car ride to the vet, I wouldn't try to travel with my cat in my hybrid, there is not a lot of comfortable space when it is closed. Still, you know your pet the best.

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Old 10-05-2015, 08:28 PM   #6
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We have two neighbors that feed our cats and change litter boxes at least daily. Ours are indoors only so clean litter boxes are critical. The Great part is that the cost is zero because my wife takes care of their mini farms when they need coverage. We have been gone up to 8 weeks with this arrangement.

We do take one of them with us on longer v trips so my wife can have her cat fix.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:36 PM   #7
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When we had the MH we traveled with 2 himalayans and 2 bitchons.They all loved it.One of the cats would ride up on the dash of the KW,the other was always in the cabover bunk.Now,there is only one cat who is terrified of going outside,so he stays home.The husky and aussie go where ever we go.We have a house sitter to take care of the livestock,so she deals with "pudge"
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:44 PM   #8
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We find that kittygirl is more than satisfied curled up in the storage below the armrest in our PU. She travels well puts up with us far better than staying home with sitters. We had used sitters with previous cat and found some more ethical than others. With the cat with us we have no limits on returning nor considerations about ethics.
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:53 PM   #9
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We spent the bucks on one of those automatic ball shaped litter boxes. It will hold two cat for a max of 12 days with no smell. I highly recommend the ball shaped litter box. Empty it once a week, no smell, no fuss.

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We can leave Moesha home alone for a week with someone checking in on her midway.

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