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Nervous need vibes please

post #1 of 18
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I'm not sure if this is the right place for this post if not can you please move it?
Anyway, I'm off to Columbus Ohio at the end of next month and I will be leaving the kitties from Sunday afternoon until late Wed night. Brads mom will be checking on them a few times a day , making sure they have food and water, scooping the boxes and playing with them while we are gone, but still I'm worried.
We left them only once a Sat morning to Sunday afternoon only though, and in that time the A/C went out and the house ended up being over 80 degrees and Brads mom didn't notice that it was running constantly and getting hotter in the house. ( not her fault, she doesn't know what we set our A/C on and she was only there for a little bit each time so if it's runnning when she's there, nothing to be concerned with right?) Now it's winter and I've never been away from them so long, and I'm worried that the furnace will go off and she won't realize it. And that the cats will get sick while we are gone and she won't be able to get them to the vet. You all know what I'm talking about.....
all the crazy bad things are jumping into my head. Isis and Luna trust noone but Brad and I so will they eat while we are gone? or will it be to stressful that "mom and dad" are gone and a stranger is coming into the house everyday? Brads mom won't know if they eat because they won't come out if she is here. Oh goodness I need calming and everything's going to be fine vibes if you can spare some please????? I'm so nervous!
post #2 of 18
You dont need to be nervous you will see that everything will go fine. I know how it is though, last year i left teufel for a week with my exs mum and it was hard not to worry!
post #3 of 18
I know how you feel, but you're probably worrying unnecessarily. You could leave a list of things his mom should watch out for, and call and check up every day. They'll be together, too, so they shouldn't get too lonely.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by jcat
I know how you feel, but you're probably worrying unnecessarily. You could leave a list of things his mom should watch out for, and call and check up every day. They'll be together, too, so they shouldn't get too lonely.
Thanks! I never thought to leave something like that. If I do that, granted, I'll still worry until I get home, but at least she will know if something goes wrong. She knows what vet we go to and knows she can take the cats if the need arises( god forbid) while we are gone.She also has both of our cell numbers so if something DOES happen she can call us and let us know. I guess I'm just a pathetic worry wart when it comes to the "kids", LOL! What can I say? I just hate leaving them alone for such a long time with someone that isn't that familiar with their routines and things. And I'm very concerned with Isis and Luna not eating while I'm gone. They go into hiding when anyone comes over and they don't come out for a long time after they leave.
Do you think I should leave my basement door opened while I'm gone? I have it opened now,( two of the litter boxes are down there and are used more then the ones in our bedroom and livingroom) but it might be easier for Brads mom to make sure all the cats are accounted for and ok if I shut it for the time we are gone.
post #5 of 18
I close the basement door when we're gone, but both my mother-in-law and our cat sitter have said that Jamie "whines" (yowls) for them to open it when they come over, so I guess I'll leave it open the next time. Your cats would probably be happier with it open.
post #6 of 18
I don't blame you one bit for being nervous. I'm always the exact same way! Don't you wish you could call your cats?! We are going out of state to see our grandkids next month, and will only be going for a weekend, but I'm worried too because we have never left our new kitty. She was a stray and I worry that she'll feel abandon. Good vibes coming your way for the kitties!!
post #7 of 18
Barb-
I would highly recommend plugging in a Feliway diffuser or 2 a day before you leave... I did this with Dori when I went out of town for 5 days (mom was checking in on her as well) and she was perfectly fine. I was so worried she wouldn't eat, but she did.
post #8 of 18
Wow I'm a bad person. If we are gone for a week I have lots and lots of food and water and litter boxes and a friend to check on them only 2 or 3 times!!
Mine are used to that routine as we have done that for yrs and they are ok (never seem to each much though)
post #9 of 18
Hey, it's only only natural that you worry and shows how much you love your kitties

When going on vacation I get pretty so I always leave a very detailed list of exactly what needs to be done for my kitties' morning and evening sessions, exactly what needs to be fed, and where extra supplies can be found, etc. I have intelligent pet sitters but the directions are as simple and scrupulously complete as possible so nothing should be misunderstood.

Then there are the what-ifs. And the directions provide details on the locations of medicines and how to apply them should Bootsie get an eye infection, or Monty's mites come back. Then there are the phone numbers, addresses, and directions to two veterinary hospitals in the area. One is the regular place, the other the emergency place with the extra-long hours.

This has certainly come in handy. While on my last vacation Bootsie got an eye-infection. My pet-sitter was able to figure out the eye-ointment and she was better by the time I got back!

So, hope that helps. I feel for ya.
post #10 of 18
I certainly can relate, I'm a natural worrier too and always think of the worst case scenario. I'm sure your kitties will be just fine. Sending many good vibes your way!
post #11 of 18
I am a worrier too, but like everyone else I think everything will be fine. When Charlotte was a kitten and we had to go out of town for a couple of weeks I was such a nervous wreck that my mom and dad had to come stay at my house so she wouldn't be alone. At that point I still did not trust my big kitties alone with her so she would have had to be locked in a bedroom the whole time I was gone. Grandma and Grandpa stayed the entie 2 weeks and took good care of her. The silly thing was that they didn't want to leave their 3 kitties alone either, so they had to come too.
post #12 of 18
Well I'm not much help to you with this one if JJ don't come with me I don't go I can't stand to be away from him I think I fret more than him it's a sad story
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Jaspers Mummy
Well I'm not much help to you with this one if JJ don't come with me I don't go I can't stand to be away from him I think I fret more than him it's a sad story
Oh how I wish I could take all of them! but the stress of an 8 hour drive, coupled with my sister having three kitties of her own and we are staying in a hotel so I'd worry about them getting out of the room plus the drive home, it'd all be too much for them. SO here they stay, and I have no choice but to go, otherwise I'd stay home, trust me.
I am so scared and a nervous wreck and I have until the end of next month before I even leave! Can you imagine what I'm going to be like then?????
post #14 of 18
I get upset when I'm gone for more than 8hrs away from my kitties (durring hurricane katrina i was gone 12+hrs) Just made me a nervous wreck. But, my kitties were always fine, and your will be too!

Just keep the thought of you returning home and your kitties anxiously greeting you at the door!!
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by TheCatsMeow
Just keep the thought of you returning home and your kitties anxiously greeting you at the door!!
Thank you! that's a thought I will definately keep while I'm gone!
post #16 of 18
This is always tough, Barb. It sounds as if you're thinking through every possible scenerio to be sure Brad's Mom is completely informed about thier care. This time away will be much more difficult for you than it will be for them. Your babies will be perfectly ok!
post #17 of 18
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Definately. I think of the bad before the good unfortunately.
I remember the A/c going out the one weekend we were away and that's stuck with me since. So of course I'm going to think about the things that will go wrong, that's just me. But hopefully before we leave, everything will be checked, covered, cleaned, written down, gone over with a fine toothed comb, and anything else I can think of. Why isn't Brad as nervous as I am???? Is this the true meaning of separation anxiety? Or is it my OCD starting to take over and make me worry about everything before I go for some odd reason?????
My friends are stunned that I'm even going that far away let alone for that period of time. I've got a headache, my stomach has butterflies, I hardly sleep, I'm constantly worried and now I'm thinking about things I need to get checked before I leave. Oh boy, I think I need therapy.........
post #18 of 18
When I go away (and I hate it!) I leave a long list of phone numbers for hte sitter, including of course the vet, a cat loving friend (if she is not catsitting), my contact numbers, the plumber, etc etc. And instructions for the heating, feeding, litter. I also alert my vet so that he knows why someone else might be phoning him. And I phone every day as that is a big comfort. I am sure they will be fine.
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