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Q: vacation without Kitty

May 14, 2009 | By Kelpet | 14 answers | Expired: 1981 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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Kelly M.
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May 17, 2009

I think your kitty will be fine. I would have someone go by and a least check on your cat. But If you can't the kitty will probably be fine. You know your cats personality and if it is crazy, knocking things over, then you know your house will be messy.

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Julie
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May 16, 2009

I have 2 cats and whenever i leave for a short period of time like this i have enough food for the week and also i have a nice large heavy weighted fresh bowl of water on the main floor and in my loft.
Cat litter pans and also have my sister-in-law check in on them, as she also takes care of my dog jock.

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Amber
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May 15, 2009

ooh, the LeBistro feeder is a good idea...but if you get one, i would strongly suggest that you fill it up and let your cat use it for a while before you leave, just so you can make sure it *does* work properly. there's nothing mechanical about it, but these things seem to work better with some kibbles than with others, depending on size and shape of the kibble. don't set it up and leave without knowing for sure that your kitty's type of kibble will flow out properly!

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Mitzi L.
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May 15, 2009

I left my two cats alone for 5 days last November. I would not do it again. I usually have my sister come over and take care of the cats, but the whole family was going out of state for a family reunion. I left my two cats 2 one gallon bowls of water, and four different areas where food was laid out in bowls. When we came back the cats were fine, but the water was half gone and all the food gone. I had also left them two super large cat litter boxes, and they were over flowing. I would say okay to leave them alone one night, but no more.

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JerZgirl
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May 15, 2009

5 days is too long to be without someone checking in on your cat. Have a trusted friend or neighbor or pet sitter check in on the cat. Food can get in the water making it rancid, water can spill and it gets stale.

If you MUST leave her alone that whole time invest in a LeBistro gravity feeder and waterer. At least she can have a constant supply of water and food.

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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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MOMMYOF1BOY
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May 15, 2009

I AGREE WITH THE OTHERS, JUST HAVE SOMEONE LOOK IN ON THE KITTY.

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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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patty
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May 14, 2009

I have to agree with everyone else. 5 days is a long time, make arrangements for someone to check in Every other day. Only takes a few minutes and cats also need fresh water,

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Ganggang
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May 14, 2009

I agree with everyone else. It is fine as long as someone checks on them. I have left mine. I leave her in my room with extra water, food and litter boxes. I have one of my kids come over and check on her, clean her boxes and make sure her food and water are OK. She was fine and it only took them a couple of minutes for them. Good luck.

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