I agree, nice to see there are intelligent people on here that use good
common sense. Often on here you find the extemists.
My cats are by babies, anyone who knows them says they are the most pampered
and spoiled cats they have ever known. They are very specail to me, and I
would never do anything to put them in harms way. Thats why if I am only
gone a few days I leave them alone at home. I have self feeders and fresh
water supply, the cat box can wait, dont change that everyday anyway. I
hardly consider it a critical issue.
If i were going to be longer than a few days, I would have someone stop by
and check on them and give fresh food and water. I would never put my babies
in jail. How would you like to be stuffed in a strange place in a cage? I'd
rather be at home, in my own bed, familair surroundings. Even with them
being shy and nervous around people, a short stop by someone would not be as
traumatic as a shelter.
And as was pointed out cats are solitary by nature.
and falling in the toilet? Thats a good one, how does that happen? Thats
not even good common sense. I guess those who dont have a leg to stand on
have to grasp some silly idea because they know they are going way overboard
with this. And lacking in good common sense.
I have asked my vet and she said it is just fine to leave cats for a few
days, any longer, and just get some one to check on them, and give them
fresh food and water.
> Is this thread still going on?? It's nice to see an intelligent
> for a change!!
> One thing you people forget is that I know my cats better than you do.
> While I thought they might not like me leaving for a week, I knew it
> wouldn't seriously harm them. I was concerned mostly about attitude
> or having to treat them for minor illnesses or injuries when I got back.
> knew they wouldn't be dead or dying!
> > Sorry Trinity, but you went off into the deep end on this one... get
> > them a new home? Come on, they're cats, they're fine. She went away
> > for a week.
> One complaint about this - I'm a he, not a she!! ;-)
> > I would not leave my cats without someone looking in on them every few
> > days. But if they're not going to fall in the toilet when I'm at work
> > 6 to 8 hours a day, they're not going to fall in the toilet if I'm away
> > for a week. And according to a book a friend of mine has (sorry, I
> > don't have the title or I'd tell you what it is), cats prefer rancid
> > water. Mine get fresh water in a bowl every day, and they still prefer
> > to drink from the dripping tub faucet.
> If they fell into the toilet, whether I'm gone a few hours or a few days,
> they would simply climb out again! They are way to big to actually go
> the pipes into the sewer. I don't usually let them drink from the toilet
> it would think the water would be a breeding ground for bacteria unless
> toilet was cleaned after each use. Before I left, I cleaned the toilet
> thoroughly and flushed it three times to remove the cleanser. I've been
> told that cats prefer "their own" water, water that they find themselves,
> rather than water we put out for them. The water doesn't have to be
> rancid - but it seems to help!
> > I have left my cats alone for a week at a time. I have a neighbor come
> > in and fill the food bowl. I would not leave my cat alone if there
> > were only one, but I have two and they keep each other company - as
> > much company as a cat needs which is not a whole heckuva lot. I
> > haven't been away from the younger one at all yet, but the older one
> > simply is a little snippy for a day or so upon my return and then back
> > to ignoring me unless I'm pestering her for attention.
> I would not have tried this with only one cat. I knew they would keep
> other company and not notice me being gone as much. As for someone coming
> in to fill the food bowl, I think seeing someone for just a few minutes
> would do them more harm than not at all. After a day or so, they probably
> adjusted to the fact that they were alone and lived with it. They would
> have to do this again after each time someone came in for a few minutes.
> They would get e***d seeing this person only to get let down quickly.
> > Traumatized? If any cat gets traumatized from being left alone, it is
> > not a normal "this-is-my-house-and-I-only-let-you-sleep-here"
> > independent cat, and should be taken forthwith to the kitty shrink.
> > (Cats in a playpen? What self-respecting cat puts up with that?)
> Traumatized?? This is ridiculous!! These are cats, not dogs! While they
> do enjoy love, they can live without it for a while if they have to. They
> had their food, water, and familiar surroundings, it's not as if I had
> dumped them in the forest or something like that! Didn't they pull a cat
> out of some earthquake or the bombing in Yugoslavia who had been trapped
> a week? Now, THAT cat was likely traumatized, having nothing to eat or
> drink and no place to poop and walk around for a week! While I did not
> my vacation just to get away from them, I did kind of enjoy not having
> jumping all over me and having to watch wherever I stepped for that week.
> suspect that they were also happy to have a vacation from me and to have
> apartment to themselves.
> My trip was to see my 81 year old father, it may be the last time I ever
> him. My daughter had just moved back into town a month before and I had
> intended for her to look after the cats while I was gone. All of a sudden
> it dawned on me that my daughter is his granddaughter and since I was
> driving it wouldn't cost any more to take her with me. He had no idea I
> doing this, I'll never forget the look on his face when he saw her and she
> said "Hi, Gramps."!! He spent most of the week showing her off to his
> friends. It was also her first time in the US. There was no way I was
> going to give this up because of any remote possiblity something might
> happen to the cats!
> One response I saw which sounded reasonable was to get a house sitter. I
> had thought of this, but I am a reclusive slob who collects junk and any
> house sitter who saw my place would run the other way! Also, one of my
> hides from anyone else but me. He may come out after an hour but won't
> anyone except me touch him. Having someone come over would have caused
> more stress than being alone with the other cat.
> My cats were completely normal when I returned, it was if I had returned
> home from work. This surprised me, I thought they might be resentful but
> they weren't at all. The only change I've noticed is that one of them
> to jump on my lap and purr once every two or three days but he's done it
> daily since. I hardly consider that an ill effect!!
> I'm going to be posting pictures of them in alt.binaries.pictures.animals,
> probably within the hour. These pictures are taken with a new digital
> camera I bought after I returned. See if they look abused or