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Discussion in 'Grooming & General Cat Care' started by Softmeows, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Softmeows

    Softmeows Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

    Jan 7, 2019
    I had adopted a lovely kitty recently, and will have to be away for 4 days on a work trip in about a month. The cat is already adapted and is doing great. What is a good way to arrange for care for my cat when I am away? I do not have friends or family nearby who can come and do it for me. A cat sitter or cat hotel? Would you feel ok letting a stranger into your home to check in on your cat? I obviously have never done this so needs tips please!

  2. Kieka

    Kieka Snowshoe Servant Staff Member Forum Helper

    Sep 6, 2016
    Southern California
    For me, it depends on the cats personality. My girl would shut down completely in a pet hotel/boarding type situation. I simply could not board her, even at my vets office, without worrying about coming back to a case of fatty liver because she didn't eat for the entire time. My boy though would be fine with being boarded.

    But since I have two cats and it doesn't make sense to board one and not the other, I would have to find a pet sitter. In which case, for safety, I would use a pet sitter service that is insured. There is, of course a risk, with letting someone come into your home when you are gone. The cost though of re-keying if you is super paranoid is less then possible medical complications for a super stressed cat.

    If your cat is not the type to get stress sick, then boarding is probably the better option. I prefer vet boarding because I know medical care is right there and they are often familiar with your cat already, to some degree. If looking at a non-vet boarding I prefer small businesses because they have more to prove in properly caring for your cat.
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  3. FelisCatus

    FelisCatus RIP </3 Alpha Cat

    Dec 27, 2018
    Multiple vets in my city have what they call Kitty Condos, I believe it’s $10 a night and they look after/play with them. The one requirement is they have all of their shots up to date. I would have a better peace of mind with my cats being looked after by vets/vet techs versus friends or family who may not know or even want to take care of your cat(s) but reluctantly agree. I have read far too many horror stories of senior cats dieing due to improper care.
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  4. rubysmama

    rubysmama Forum Helper Staff Member Forum Helper

    Nov 25, 2013
    Hello and welcome to TCS. And congrats on being a new cat mom. :petcat:

    Is that beauty in your avatar pic your kitty? :catlove:

    I, personally, wouldn't be comfortable having a stranger into my home, so I would have to board my Ruby if I ever had to go away. But lots of people are fine with cat sitters coming into their homes.

    TCS has a few articles on both, that you might find helpful.

    How To Find The Best Boarding Facility For Your Cat
    A Pet Owner's Guide To Pet Sitters
    Selecting The Best Pet Sitter
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  5. Softmeows

    Softmeows Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

    Jan 7, 2019
    Thank you, yes that's my sweet girl! I feel torn so far as I don't feel comfy with a stranger, but taking the cat to be boarded even at the vet might be an additional stress for her after being recently rehomed. I wish I could take her with me :(
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  6. Softmeows

    Softmeows Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

    Jan 7, 2019
    Thanks, I will ask our vet. I just always feel bad whenever animals are spending hours in the cages (aka condos) vs free roaming at home.
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