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"MaryL" -OUT-THE-LITTER> wrote in message
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>>I was wondering if anyone here has ever used those automatic feeders and
>>water dispensers for cats? I was thinking of getting a couple for my 3
>>cats as I might be leaving for Las Vegas for a few days. I am considering
>>a sitter come in but don't know any I could trust as they would be
>>strangers to my cats and me as well. I also would be worried that if I did
>>hire a sitter to come in twice a day to check on them that they might not
>>get food or water. This is one of the reasons I am considering getting
>>automatic feeders and waterers for my cats. Is there a reliable brand out
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> I have never used automatic feeders because I think it is important to
> monitor the amount of intake. I use canned cat food, but it is important
> even with dry food to be able to observe any change in eating habits. I
> did attempt an automatic waterer, but Holly quickly turned it into a toy,
> and I had a small lake surrounding the waterer where she scooped the water
> out and threw it in all directions.
> Please do not even consider leaving your cats alone for more than one day.
> It's true that many cats have been left alone for several days, with no
> ill effects. However, it's also true that an emergency can arise and
> there would be no one to take action. I recently saw for myself how
> quickly that can happen even to a very healthy and active cat
> (fortunately, I was home). I noticed Holly limping one morning. There had
> been no previous signs, and I couldn't see anything wrong -- she is a
> solid black cat, including the pads, so it it very difficult to see. The
> vet finally found what looked like a slight cut and prescribed antibiotics
> and pain med. The next day, Holly was obviously in intense pain. The pad
> was now badly swollen. This time, the vet used gas to anesthetize her so
> he could probe the wound. Pus flew from the pad as soon as he began
> probing, and he discovered an absess. This means that Holly had had a
> wound for some time but had shown no signs (cats are notorious for hiding
> pain). However, the injury progressed so much overnight that she would
> have been in great distress if I had not seen the change and immediately
> returned to the vet. It is very important to have someone come in to feed
> and water your cats but also to spend some time with them and observe
> their actions.
> I use a pet sitter every summer when I go on vacation. I contacted
> several references (and fortunately knew several of them) and had the pet
> sitter come to my house in advance so she and my cats could become
> familiar with each othr. She becomes "another me" when I am gone -- she
> comes in twice a day, changes food and water, cleans the litter boxes,
> plays with the cats, brings in mail and papers, and even spends some time
> at the kitchen table having a cup of coffee and watching the birds outside
> the kitchen window. Incidentally, I later learned that she also checked
> *me* out at the same time I was checking her references. She is just as
> careful about the homes she visits and the type of care people give their
> cats as I am about who I wanted to invite into my home to care for Holly
> and Duffy.