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Q: vacation without Kitty

May 14, 2009 | By Kelpet | 14 answers | Expired: 1943 days ago

Kelpet

I AM GOING ON VACATION AND CANNOT BRING MY CAT. IS IT OK TH LEAVE HER IN MY HOME WITH PLENTY OF WATER AND DRY FOOD FOR 5 DAYS?........I WOULD ALSO LEAVE HER 2 LITTER BOXES.

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Sheryl J.
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May 15, 2009

For her and for your piece of mind....Have someone cat sit or at least come over and check on her daily.

Water can get turned over, spilled....the food is not usually an issue but water is VITAL. Plus you will be able to enjoy yourself more if you know someone is looking in on her.

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Amber
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May 14, 2009

independent as cats can be, a lot can happen in 5 days. a co-worker of mine was cat-sitting for some people about a year ago, and one day she arrived at their house to find a huge mess. there was poop everywhere, and she found the cat half dead. turns out the cat had been trying to pass a particularly bad hairball and suffered a rectal prolapse. my co-worker was able to get the kitty to the vet in time to save it, but imagine if something like this happened 2 days into your 5-day trip and nobody knew until you got home! granted this kind of things could happen any time...it could happen while you're at work today, but to leave a cat completely unattended for 5 days...that's an awfully big gamble. maybe a co-worker or neighbor could check on them daily. maybe one of your neighbors has an older, responsible, trustworthy kid who would like to make a few bucks by checking in on the cat for you daily, refreshing water, scooping out the litter box, playing with kitty, etc.

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Midwestwoman
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May 14, 2009

It depends how much she drinks and how much she eliminates. Actually, I would prefer my cat have fresh water daily and his box scooped daily, but he eliminates a lot! If you can find osmeone to just check in on her so she has company and so someone sees that she is doing ok and has enough fresh water and food, I think that would be a good idea. Perhaps you could check with your vet to see if they know someone - sometimes there is a vet tech or assistant who is willing to do this for you if you don't have a friend who can stop in.

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