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How long can cats be Home Alone?post #1 of 238/12/08 at 1:20pmThread StarterHow long would you feel comfortable leaving two grown cats (around 9 each) home with plenty of food and water while you went away?Normally I'd have a cat sitter but now the little one's gone sort of psycho.
TheCatSite.com Top Pickspost #2 of 238/12/08 at 1:22pmpost #3 of 238/12/08 at 1:30pmi've left mine for up to 5 days... which is about how long the automated litterboxes will stay 'fresh'. after the receptacle gets full, they don't work as well. i leave lots of dry kibble [i measure out how much i give on a daily basis, & leave that much for each day] plus make sure the fountains are completely filled & running.
i did get a 'cat sitter/visitor' last year when Firefox was a kitten so that she'd get her supplemental formula [my nephew visited & would give her the formula]. he also checked on the boxes to make sure they weren't too full [we were also gone more than 5 days that time].post #4 of 238/12/08 at 1:31pmI wouldn't leave without someone checking on them every day, at least every 24 hours. Even if kitty is psycho, can the sitter come in and feed/water them without interacting much with them? Just to make sure they haven't turned over their water bowl or hurt themselves while you're gone?post #5 of 238/12/08 at 1:39pmThread StarterQuote:I wouldn't leave without someone checking on them every day, at least every 24 hours. Even if kitty is psycho, can the sitter come in and feed/water them without interacting much with them? Just to make sure they haven't turned over their water bowl or hurt themselves while you're gone?
No, it's a small apartment, so I have to leave them with the run of it.post #6 of 238/12/08 at 1:47pmpost #7 of 238/12/08 at 1:51pmpost #8 of 238/12/08 at 2:12pmI'll leave them overnight, if I don't have anyone to see to them, but more than one night and I'd be beating the bushes -- or changing my plans. Fortunately, it's never come to that, because some combination of coverage has always been possible.post #9 of 238/12/08 at 2:45pmpost #10 of 238/12/08 at 2:53pmWe've gone for 3 days at the most.
Unfortunately since Harley's arrival Jack has become much more litter box picky and even with extra boxes would not so much as dream as allowing any box go longer than 18 hours without being scooped--otherwise he stands outside it hollering and then pees on the mat in front of the box.
We now have someone come at least once a day.
Lesliepost #11 of 238/12/08 at 4:14pmpost #12 of 238/12/08 at 4:30pmPersonally, I have never left either of my cats without a sitter for longer than a brief overnight--IF I were coming home by 6 a.m. Normally, I always get a sitter. In fact, my current boy is VERY social, and if I'm going to be away for an entire day (i.e., 12 hours or longer), I have a teenage neighbor who comes in to play with him and pet him, even though I've taken care of all the cleaning of the litter box and feeding. My former cat was very anti-social; nevertheless, my sitters told me that she sought affection from them when I was gone, so I know that cats need that human contact.post #13 of 238/12/08 at 4:33pmWe've left ours alone for a long weekend before. We've left Friday morning and back Sunday night. They are totally fine by themselves. We just leave plenty of fresh water and food bowls and make sure the litterbox is clean, and they're fine.post #14 of 238/12/08 at 5:06pmpost #15 of 238/12/08 at 5:15pmWhen I was young, single and traveled a lot for work, I used to leave mine home alone for 2 days every week and occassionally 5 days. The cats had no health issues and got used to the routine of me being gone each week. I didn't like to leave them alone, but that was how things were back then.
Now I have cats with health problems. I have people checking on them twice a day with a vet tech out every other day to administer medications.
I think it all depends on the physical and mental health of the cat.post #16 of 238/12/08 at 6:03pmpost #17 of 238/13/08 at 3:51ampost #18 of 238/13/08 at 10:54amI concur with about a long weekend. I always put out way too much food which they really don't seem to touch and lots of water. An extra litter box too. But Bobber will be a bit antsy by then and show her displeasure by peeing somewhere in the corners of the family room.post #19 of 238/13/08 at 11:49amQuote:How long would you feel comfortable leaving two grown cats (around 9 each) home with plenty of food and water while you went away?Normally I'd have a cat sitter but now the little one's gone sort of psycho.
I may be biased, cuz I used to own a sitting business, but I've seen too many goofy things happen to leave cats alone for more than a day. One cat I used to care for got stuck behind a heavy corner desk and could not get out. I moved the furniture and lifted him out and closed off that room for the duration. One other time pipes burst in another customer's home and flooded the room where the food and water was kept and all the food was ruined.
Just my opinion!post #20 of 238/13/08 at 12:19pmQuote:I may be biased, cuz I used to own a sitting business, but I've seen too many goofy things happen to leave cats alone for more than a day. One cat I used to care for got stuck behind a heavy corner desk and could not get out. I moved the furniture and lifted him out and closed off that room for the duration. One other time pipes burst in another customer's home and flooded the room where the food and water was kept and all the food was ruined.
Just my opinion!post #21 of 238/16/08 at 2:09pmBut as a business owner and as a veterinary technician I have about 25 years of experience. I would never leave any cat more then 24 hours home alone. First is all the medical reasons. One in particular is that male cats can become blocked and unable to urinate. If left unattended they can and have been known to die in less then 48 hours. After 24 hours they become very lethargic and by 48 can be dead. I have a client now, she was not one when this happened but she left her cat for four days once and this had to have happened right after they left home. But the cat got its leg caught in the cords to the blinds and hung upside down in their home for several days. He tried to chew his leg off to get free. He eventually passed out and when the owners found him was close to deaths door. They rushed him to the veterinarian and he was in intensive care for 1 week and then 1 week in regular care. He is now, not all there, brain wise. He had to have his leg amputated. Another time, I went to house sit for a client for one night and when I got home the next day my siberian had tried to jump up on top of a book case and pulled it over on top of him. He was pinned under the book case. I got home took him to the veterinarian and he had three broken ribs. He is lucky he didn't kill himself.
So, go ahead, leave your pets home alone like that and pray that you don't come home to a very hurt, sick or even dead cat. I know that is very harsh to say but a pet sitter isn't that expensive to use. Better be safe then sorry.post #22 of 237/18/15 at 7:41am
I am thinking of leaving my 2 cats who are nearly 7 months old at home for 2.5 days I have a neighbour who is coming in twice a day to feed and check on them, do you think this is sufficient cover or are they too youngpost #23 of 237/18/15 at 9:00amQuote:
That will be fine Be sure to show your neighbor around your house and point out where the cat food is stored, how much to feed and how often, what not to feed, where the litter box is, how to scoop the litter box and dispose of the waste, etc. Also leave detailed instructions on all that info in case the neighbor forgets something as well as the phone number and address of the vet just in case of an emergency and a phone number where you can be reached at if there is a question. I suggest pointing out hiding spots your cats like so if the neighbor doesn't see the cats, he or she can go look for them and make sure they are ok. If you can, close all the interior doors (bedroom, closet, bathroom, etc) to minimize the hiding places.
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