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Leaving cat alone

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Leaving cat alone

i have to leave my cat alone for a week

i can't afford to pay a cat sitter and don't trust anyone in my place

if i leave enough food/water out

will it be ok?

he sleeps most of the day

but very active and needy during the evenings
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I wouldn't want to leave it alone for a week. In my past cat-owning life, anything more than 3 days and we'd have someone stop by half-way through.

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It's difficult to do, if for no reason the litterbox. You could return to poops and pees everywhere because the litterbox is too dirty. Many cats need us more than we realize and they miss us. A week is a long time and your cat could get worried about what's going on. Also, what if your cat were to knock over the water bowl? You just never know what cats will do, particularly when they're annoyed by being left alone. There's all kinds of mischief a cat can get up to. As the earlier poster said, you really should think about having someone stop by halfway through at least. I understand your concerns about trust. But what you're proposing just doesn't seem realistic. At least not to me. Just my opinion of course.
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No, that's too long. We have done two days several times and that's fine. Three days would push it.
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It wont be okay. That is too long. Variety of reasons mentioned above.
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3 days is the most I would ever leave a cat alone.
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Where are you going? How broke can you be to not be willing to pay $25 a day for a cat sitter.

A week away is way to long.
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smokescreen15 wrote:
May 13th, 2017 11:08 am
Where are you going? How broke can you be to not be willing to pay $25 a day for a cat sitter.

A week away is way to long.
+1. Don't you have friends or neighbours that can check on the cat once every 2 days???
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BDSL wrote:
May 15th, 2017 8:36 am
+1. Don't you have friends or neighbours that can check on the cat once every 2 days???
No friends but may end up paying my neighbor , yet again!
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bluenose2 wrote:
May 15th, 2017 9:43 am
No friends but may end up paying my neighbor , yet again!
We've used neighbors before, and we've done it for neighbors. Never once thought about charging them, never been asked to pay. Might consider offering to pay if it was a neighbor's kid that was going to do that just to be nice.

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CNeufeld wrote:
May 15th, 2017 11:59 am
We've used neighbors before, and we've done it for neighbors. Never once thought about charging them, never been asked to pay. Might consider offering to pay if it was a neighbor's kid that was going to do that just to be nice.

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bluenose2 wrote:
May 15th, 2017 12:13 pm
My neighbors want money, no way around it.
How much are these money hungry neighbours asking???
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bluenose2 wrote:
May 15th, 2017 9:43 am
No friends but may end up paying my neighbor , yet again!
You have more than just one neighbor?
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There's nothing wrong with expecting some money for caring for your pet. If your cat was to be looked after by a pet sitter or put in a kennel it would be very expensive. If you don't trust anyone then your only option is a kennel.

Leaving a cat alone even for a few days is a bad idea. When we did, despite using a door jam, he managed to shut himself in the bathroom. He only had his litter box and water from the toilet for who knows how long. Lesson learned -- most pets I would never have left alone to start with but he had some particular issues. If we had been gone longer we could have come back to a cat that needed emergency care or worse. A cat that goes without food can develop hepatic lipidosis so we were very lucky.

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