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Old April 14th 04, 05:37 AM
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On Tue, 13 Apr 2004 22:24:15 -0500, "MaryL"
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"Ablang" wrote in message
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I was wondering... How long has anyone here left their cat(s) alone
when going on a short vacation, with everything taken care of, of course
(automatic pet feeder, plenty of water, lots of litterboxes out, etc).

What's the longest you've left your cat(s) alone, and what extra
things did you put out to make it easier on both of you?

I live in a small apartment and left my cat for 4 1/2 days once when I
went on a trip and couldn't find anyone to take him. I had my niece
(I don't know my neighbors and wouldn't trust any of them with my key)
come over once to clean his box and make sure he had enough food.
That was when he was eating unlimited dry, so I left about 3
containers of food for him. I have to say, I worried about him the
whole time I was gone and thought about him the whole way home. Now
that he is eating only canned, I would never leave him without having
someone come by and feed him daily for me. I put all his toys out for
him and left the heat at 65. It was March, but I live in Oregon,
where it rains a lot and our weather is pretty unpredictable. I also
left the light on in the kitchen. You have to know my cat, but when I
got home, he was as happy to see me as a puppy would be. He never
sulks or acts mad at me like I've heard some cats do.
I have also boarded my cat at a vet and that works well, too, but
people can't always afford to do that.
I don't call it irresponsible to leave a pet if you make arrangements
to have someone check on it for you. Irresponsible would be to leave
a cat outside or leave it to totally fend for itself inside and ration
it's own food and water. They are our pets, they are our children,
but they aren't human and they don't need 24 hour human interaction to
survive.
pepsi
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Old April 14th 04, 06:47 AM
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Two nights i.e. a weekend. More than that, then the petsitter comes.
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Old April 14th 04, 06:47 AM
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Two nights i.e. a weekend. More than that, then the petsitter comes.
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Old April 14th 04, 06:48 AM
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"Tim May" wrote in message
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In article , Ablang
wrote:

I was wondering... How long has anyone here left their cat(s)

alone
when going on a short vacation, with everything taken care of, of course
(automatic pet feeder, plenty of water, lots of litterboxes out, etc).


I left two cats alone for 8 days.


Tim, surely you have some neighbours who could pop in and give your cats
some attention at least every couple of days, then you can return the favor
as and when they need it. 8 days is really too dangerous to leave them
alone. What if there was a gas leak, or flood, or break in, or one of them
accidently got hurt badly/something fall on them, or they run out of food or
I dunno, just simply flat runs out of Oxygen. As soon as I moved in here, I
befriended all neighbours with cats and dogs, and ever since I not only have
help in looking after them when we go away, but also have new friends as
well. It's amazing how easily cat/dog people bond.

I left two large bowls of food, three large bowls of water (in case
they somehow spilled one of them). And I left the toilet seats up...


Well, I never leave mine more then office hours alone, but still, I always
leave the tap dripping in the bath tab, so they always have fresh water to
drink. They(cats) discovered this system actually not me

Two litter boxes.


You were lucky your cats were not too fassed. My Shadow will not go in the
litter tray if there is more then 2 poos in there. She will instead show her
UNappreciation by going on to my bed!

When I got home, it was as if I had never left.


I really think you were quite lucky this time. As wonderfull as your cats
are, and as much effort you make, there are things that could happen beyond
our control. Please reconsider some basic supervision next time.

--Tim May



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Old April 14th 04, 06:48 AM
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"Tim May" wrote in message
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In article , Ablang
wrote:

I was wondering... How long has anyone here left their cat(s)

alone
when going on a short vacation, with everything taken care of, of course
(automatic pet feeder, plenty of water, lots of litterboxes out, etc).


I left two cats alone for 8 days.


Tim, surely you have some neighbours who could pop in and give your cats
some attention at least every couple of days, then you can return the favor
as and when they need it. 8 days is really too dangerous to leave them
alone. What if there was a gas leak, or flood, or break in, or one of them
accidently got hurt badly/something fall on them, or they run out of food or
I dunno, just simply flat runs out of Oxygen. As soon as I moved in here, I
befriended all neighbours with cats and dogs, and ever since I not only have
help in looking after them when we go away, but also have new friends as
well. It's amazing how easily cat/dog people bond.

I left two large bowls of food, three large bowls of water (in case
they somehow spilled one of them). And I left the toilet seats up...


Well, I never leave mine more then office hours alone, but still, I always
leave the tap dripping in the bath tab, so they always have fresh water to
drink. They(cats) discovered this system actually not me

Two litter boxes.


You were lucky your cats were not too fassed. My Shadow will not go in the
litter tray if there is more then 2 poos in there. She will instead show her
UNappreciation by going on to my bed!

When I got home, it was as if I had never left.


I really think you were quite lucky this time. As wonderfull as your cats
are, and as much effort you make, there are things that could happen beyond
our control. Please reconsider some basic supervision next time.

--Tim May



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Old April 14th 04, 07:38 AM
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| I don't call it irresponsible to leave a pet if you make arrangements
| to have someone check on it for you. Irresponsible would be to leave
| a cat outside or leave it to totally fend for itself inside and ration
| it's own food and water. They are our pets, they are our children,
| but they aren't human and they don't need 24 hour human interaction to
| survive.
| pepsi

I d' be worried that while I'm away the cats are looking for another home!

I plan to leave them alone for two nights in summer though. They can go in
and out and will be left with enough dry food and water and clean litter
boxes. Actually I wanted to go away for four nights but I know I'd be very
restless worrying about the cats. Even with two nights away I'll be
worrying, but I think it will work out well.

Carola




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Old April 14th 04, 07:38 AM
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| I don't call it irresponsible to leave a pet if you make arrangements
| to have someone check on it for you. Irresponsible would be to leave
| a cat outside or leave it to totally fend for itself inside and ration
| it's own food and water. They are our pets, they are our children,
| but they aren't human and they don't need 24 hour human interaction to
| survive.
| pepsi

I d' be worried that while I'm away the cats are looking for another home!

I plan to leave them alone for two nights in summer though. They can go in
and out and will be left with enough dry food and water and clean litter
boxes. Actually I wanted to go away for four nights but I know I'd be very
restless worrying about the cats. Even with two nights away I'll be
worrying, but I think it will work out well.

Carola




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Old April 14th 04, 08:41 AM
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"Ablang" wrote in message
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I was wondering... How long has anyone here left their cat(s) alone
when going on a short vacation, with everything taken care of, of course
(automatic pet feeder, plenty of water, lots of litterboxes out, etc).

What's the longest you've left your cat(s) alone, and what extra
things did you put out to make it easier on both of you?


Two weeks.

BUT ... mine are indoor/outdoor cats and they were visited every day by a
cousin who lives down the road who called them, checked they were okay,
changed their water, gave them fresh food, and even stayed overnight one
night after she'd had a row with the boyfriend!


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Old April 14th 04, 08:41 AM
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"Ablang" wrote in message
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I was wondering... How long has anyone here left their cat(s) alone
when going on a short vacation, with everything taken care of, of course
(automatic pet feeder, plenty of water, lots of litterboxes out, etc).

What's the longest you've left your cat(s) alone, and what extra
things did you put out to make it easier on both of you?


Two weeks.

BUT ... mine are indoor/outdoor cats and they were visited every day by a
cousin who lives down the road who called them, checked they were okay,
changed their water, gave them fresh food, and even stayed overnight one
night after she'd had a row with the boyfriend!


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Old April 14th 04, 09:19 AM
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In article [email protected], Gee wrote:

"Tim May" wrote in message
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In article , Ablang
wrote:

I was wondering... How long has anyone here left their cat(s)

alone
when going on a short vacation, with everything taken care of, of course
(automatic pet feeder, plenty of water, lots of litterboxes out, etc).


I left two cats alone for 8 days.


Tim, surely you have some neighbours who could pop in and give your cats
some attention at least every couple of days, then you can return the favor
as and when they need it.


You think I would allow some neighbor or nosy friend to root through my
house, finding diaries, guns, videos, whatever? I see how nosy people
are as they check my bookshelves even when I am in the same room with
them.

Anyone who has watched the covert videos of nannies, maids, etc. has
seen them rooting through drawers, wandering curiously around, etc.

My house has a lot of valuable things in it, and only some fraction are
locked in the gun vault.

So, no, I don't let strangers or even family members have free run of
my house when I am not around...I would hate to check the time-delay
camera and then have to kill them.



8 days is really too dangerous to leave them
alone. What if there was a gas leak, or flood, or break in, or one of them
accidently got hurt badly/something fall on them, or they run out of food or
I dunno, just simply flat runs out of Oxygen.


"What would happen if a _meteor_ hit?

They would die. It happens.

But the odds of all such things are nearly zero. (And having a neighbor
visit every day or two doesn't fix most of the things you
described--break-in, things falling on them, accident, gas leak, etc.)

As for running out of food and water, I already described the two large
bowls of each, plust the toilet seats up. Ain't gonna be no cat
skeletons even if they ran out of food. Get with the math, man!

As soon as I moved in here, I
befriended all neighbours with cats and dogs, and ever since I not only have
help in looking after them when we go away, but also have new friends as
well. It's amazing how easily cat/dog people bond.


Your choice. I don't want neighbors rooting through my stuff. I don't
want them calling the cops when they find drugs or assault rifles.

(Killing a neighbor for snooping would be bad enough, but having to
fight the cops when I get home would be infinitely more dangerous.
People are snoops. Watch the video tapes.)

I really think you were quite lucky this time. As wonderfull as your cats
are, and as much effort you make, there are things that could happen beyond
our control. Please reconsider some basic supervision next time.


Stop acting as a catlover cop. I answered the person's question...I
don't need lectures from ****heads like you.


--Tim May
 




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