We just returned from Christmas vacation yesterday. We were gone for ten days. Our neighbours had a key to our house and assured us they would make sure everything was fine. They knew we had two cats, they have a cat of their own also. We called our neighbours on the fourth day to specifically remind them to go over and check on the cats for us and make sure they had food and water. We tried to come home early because we were leary about leaving the cats for so long. Our power steering on the van went Christmas day. For two days no garages were open. Saturday afternoon we got the van fixed. Rather than driving in the dark we decided to leave in the morning. We woke up to a huge winter storm on Sunday. So we stayed one more day. When we walked in the door yesterday afternoon we found our eight year old cat so sick that he could barely walk. The water dish was empty. His back bone and ribs were sticking out, his skin was hanging on him and his eyes looked sunken in. He would not eat or drink for us. The other cat was fine, she drinks from the fish tank all the time but the older cat doesn't care for fish water. We took him to the vet immediately. The vet put him on IV to hydrate him and kept him overnight. They did blood work twice and x-rayed to check for any blockages. The vet bill is now up to $700.00 and he still hasn't eaten any food. We are just sick that we didn't find more compentent people to look after our cats for us. We are good friends with our neighbours and their kids play at our house all the time. Yesterday our neighbour said that she would have probably went in the house every day if it wasn't for the house alarm. She was afraid she would set the alarm off!! ARGH!! So instead she chose to neglect our cats!! She even had phone numbers to reach us at. She entered the house once on the fourth day when we called. She told us yesterday that the water dish was empty when she was there so she filled it up. Now wouldn't you think that she might be worried three or four days after that that perhaps the dish might be empty again?!! Some people just don't have any brains in their head. She knew that she was the only person we were relying on to take care of the cats for us. I never dreamed that the huge metal mixing bowl we left out full of water would be empty all ready in four days. Perhaps lots evaporated. Anyway, when ever we get left responsible for other people's houses and pets we go over every single day, sometimes twice a day to check the house and pet the cats. Cats get lonesome. I guess to them checking on the house means looking out the window to check for smoke and checking on the cats means peeking in the window to see if they are still alive??!! ARGH!! We are mad at ourselves for not making it more clear to them that we wanted them to go over every single day. But once in ten days just seems like stupidity on their part, doesn't it? I tell you we will never EVER leave our kitties for that long again if we can help it. And if there is a next time we will make sure we have someone more competent to watch over them and the house.
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12/30/03 at 11:48am