I am going on vacation for 12 days, and know that my little 4 year old SHORT-HAIR GREY TABBY LOVES L

Belle MilksBelle Milks HAZEL PARK, MICHIGANMember Posts: 2
GOING AWAY AND NOT BEING ABLE TO LEAVE MY SHORT-HAIR GREY TABBY ALONE. NOT SURE WHAT TO DO? HELP PLEASE I KNOW THAT SHE DOES NOT LIKE STRANGERS. RILEY WILL RUN UNDER A SMALL AREA, AS THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR HER TO STAY THERE FOR VERY LONG. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE SHE IS FINE WHILE I AM AWAY FOR 12 DAYS

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  • Cindi LeonardCindi Leonard Plantation, Fla.Member Posts: 1,670
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    You have three main choices. One is to put her in a kennel or at the vet while you are away, one is to have a cat sitter come and feed/check in on her each day, and one is to bring her to a friend's house while you are away. Since your cat dislikes new people and cats are extremely environmentally oriented, it would probably be best to leave kitty at home and find someone to take care of her. Sitters are licensed, bonded and insured, and can also bring in your paper or mail, poop the box etc. This way your cat does not have to get used to new surroundings, and the sitter can tempt her with a treat like catnip Greenies- yum! If she doesn't make much of an appearance, that's okay too... ^_^
  • Therese BastienTherese Bastien Member Posts: 9
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    I agree with Bezazel - and of your options, I think finding a "cat sitter" is best as I've traveled and gone away a lot and done all 3 options myself:-) Though kennels seem to offer more attention, they are unfamiliar and can stress cats. So will taking then to a new place like your friends, even if you are with them; they need time to adjust to new surroundings. Cat sitters have experience with all kinds of kitty personalities and, as the food giver, can earn a respectable trust from your kitty. You can check care.com for some or look in pet store ads. Sounds like Riley is very shy and she would prefer being home.

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  • Robyn ShonfeldRobyn Shonfeld Member Posts: 2
    The first time I had to go away I considered getting a pet sitter but I am not comfortable with strangers in my home when I am not there. I considered asking a friend, however kitty is very timid & hides when people come round when I am there & while I know she would be fed & her litter cleaned unfortunately she is most likely to hide & if she hurt herself or got ill it may not be noticed till I got home. So I spoke to the nurse at my vets & she gave me details of several boarding places who use their services. All of them were very happy for me to go & have a look around, answer my questions & happy to accommodate our picky requirements & raw food diet. Some of the more up market places have cameras in the pens so you can check on kitty whenever you like, unfortunately I cannot afford them. I know it takes a day or two to settle but I make sure she has her favorite blanket, she is under constant supervision & the only thing I have to worry about is how much I miss her.
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