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Is One Room For Boarding A Bad Idea?

Discussion in 'Grooming & General Cat Care' started by Sabby888, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Sabby888

    Sabby888 Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Hey everyone! So, my situation is as follows.

    I have 6 cats (3 adults, 3 8-month old kittens) and soon I'll be travelling to another country for university. I should be back in around 4 months time. Since I lived alone here, there'll be no one to take care of my cats and I know someone very trustworthy who boards cats, who is able to provide two rooms (3 cats each) for them to stay in.

    The room size itself isn't too big or too small, probably a regular-sized room. There are pillows, open cages, a big window overlooking outside, shelves installed, tables etc including all the toys I can afford to get them! The woman keeping them agreed to spend a couple of hours a day with them to keep them entertained etc, as they are extremely affectionate cats.

    My question is, is this okay for them? Will they get depressed in such a small space? They're indoor cats anyway, but are usually in a large apartment and are able to run around etc. Can staying in one room for a few months affect them negatively on the long-term?

    NB. It's worth mentioning I left them before with the same woman for about 2.5 months, and they seemed fine after, although when I brought them back home they seemed to have gone slightly quiter and calmer. Can anyone give any insight as to whether keeping them in 1 room for a few months will be too inhumane for them?

    Thank you :)
     

  2. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom TCS Member Top Cat

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    It sounds to me that you're doing a lot to ensure their health and well-being, which is to say, the total opposite of inhumane. If one of them gets ill you and she have plans in place? If she becomes ill does she have a backup plan? I think they'll be just fine under her care.
     
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  3. Sabby888

    Sabby888 Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Thank you, I really really try my best, but once in a while something like this comes along and makes me question everything.

    Yup, she's in constant contact with me over Whatsapp, sending me updates, pics, concerns, etc. And she's quite experienced in caring for cats so she'd definitely know what to do in case of an emergency. Her mother is also able to help whenever she's not able to.

    So you're sure that a few months in one room wouldn't traumatise them? I have noticed them mature a little since I got them back after last time (although maybe that's just the kitties growing up?).

    Thanks for your response.
     

  4. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom TCS Member Top Cat

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    You have a treasure in her! Due to them being ok from the prior visit I believe they will be fine, and you're right, they're maturing, and growing into lovely cats. You all are so lucky in each other :rbheart:
     

  5. Sabby888

    Sabby888 Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    I definitely do! I consider myself so lucky having found her.

    Thank you for the lovely messages! You've put my heart at peace.
     
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  6. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom TCS Member Top Cat

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    You are so welcome!
     

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