How Long Can Cats Be Left Alone?

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How Long Can Cats Be Left Alone?

Post by Denni » Mon, 29 May 2000 04:00:00



I have two 2-1/2 year old tabbies, a fairly big bratty orange one and an
extremely cute shy long haired one.  Sometimes they fight like cats and dogs
but at other times they sleep together and even wash each other.  I have
left them alone for 3-4 days with no problems, but recently I had to leave
them alone for 8-1/2 days!

I left three litter boxes for them to poop and pee into.  I cleaned the
toilet thoroughly, flushed it three times, and left it open for them to
drink out of as well as a big bowl of water and a waterer with a two liter
pop bottle.  I also had a filled feeder and two bowls of food for them to
eat.  I had tried the feeder before leaving and found it lasted over a week.
I also nailed the windows open as I've seen the bigger one close the window
while the other one is on the sill and jamming him between the window and
the outer screen!

I was mostly concerned about psychological damage as I've seen messages here
about cats resenting their owners leaving them alone and losing affection
for them.  I do not know anyone I could trust to look after them so my only
other option would have been to board them at the vet.  Not only would that
have cost me a lot of money but they would be stuck in cages all the time I
was gone.  Taking them with me was also out of the question as it was over a
ten hour drive and it would have been difficult keeping them where I was
going and getting them used to it only to take them away to go back home.

When I got home, I found them both quite as usual.  Two of the litter boxes
were full and the third was used but could have gone another day or so.  The
bowls of food had a little in them and the feeder was still a quarter full.
The toilet and bowl of water were about half full but the two liter pop
bottle was empty.  (That surprised me because when I left them alone for
three and four days the toilet was empty and the bowl full, I didn't have
the two liter pop bottle waterer then.)

The orange one didn't seem to notice I was gone at all, he behaved as he
does when I come home from work.  Even though he is bratty, he can be
incredibly affectionate when he wants to be and jumped on my lap to purr and
rub against me once I sat down after unloading the car.  He is on my lap
purring right now.  The other one was also his usual self except that he sat
on my lap and purred four days in a row instead of only every 2-3 days.

Was I just lucky or what?  Can this be done with some cats but not others?
Did they know that I wasn't there for over a week or do they only remember a
day at a time?

 
 
 

How Long Can Cats Be Left Alone?

Post by Hilary Carte » Mon, 29 May 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
> Was I just lucky or what?  Can this be done with some cats but not others?
> Did they know that I wasn't there for over a week or do they only remember a
> day at a time?

You were lucky.  I had someone come over every day to feed ours when we
were away for a week - I would never leave them alone longer than 2 days,
absolute maximum.  I also had people coming over occasionally to stay the
night, as they're nto used to be left alone for longer than 8 hours.

Cats do remember.  Ours were very clingy for an entire week after we got
back, and wouldn't let us out of their sight for the first day.  (My cat
went to sleep watching me to make sure I didn't go away again... it was so
cute!)

I really wouldn't recommend leaving them for longer than a weekend without
someone checking on them.  What if one had fallen in the toilet?  It could
have drowned.  Or they got into a cupboard and ate something that made
them ill.

Think of cats like small children.  There must be someone nearby, even a
neighbour who would feed them once a day and pet them a little.

Hilary

----------------

http://www.scottishmagic.co.uk

 
 
 

How Long Can Cats Be Left Alone?

Post by Bob Brenchle » Mon, 29 May 2000 04:00:00




Quote:
>Was I just lucky or what?  Can this be done with some cats but not others?
>Did they know that I wasn't there for over a week or do they only remember a
>day at a time?

I think you were a little cruel, cats need human company as well as
fresh food every day.

When we go away, as we did last week, we have someone come in at least
three times a day to feed and check on the cats.

--
Bob.

Looking forward to the start of the new millennium on January 1st
2001.

 
 
 

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Post by \ » Tue, 30 May 2000 04:00:00


I don't know if I'd say you were "lucky", but I wouldn't
leave my cats alone that long.  A pet sitter comes to my
home every other day to empty the boxes, add water and food
and to confirm that my babies are fine.  Wherever I am, I
have peace of mind knowing they're being watched.

--
"Just Me"
Please (removeyourshoes) before replying.


Quote:
> I have two 2-1/2 year old tabbies, a fairly big bratty
orange one and an
> extremely cute shy long haired one.  Sometimes they fight
like cats and dogs
> but at other times they sleep together and even wash each
other.  I have
> left them alone for 3-4 days with no problems, but

recently I had to leave
Quote:
> them alone for 8-1/2 days!

> I left three litter boxes for them to poop and pee into.
I cleaned the
> toilet thoroughly, flushed it three times, and left it
open for them to
> drink out of as well as a big bowl of water and a waterer
with a two liter
> pop bottle.  I also had a filled feeder and two bowls of
food for them to
> eat.  I had tried the feeder before leaving and found it
lasted over a week.
> I also nailed the windows open as I've seen the bigger one
close the window
> while the other one is on the sill and jamming him between
the window and
> the outer screen!

> I was mostly concerned about psychological damage as I've
seen messages here
> about cats resenting their owners leaving them alone and
losing affection
> for them.  I do not know anyone I could trust to look

after them so my only
Quote:
> other option would have been to board them at the vet.
Not only would that
> have cost me a lot of money but they would be stuck in

cages all the time I
Quote:
> was gone.  Taking them with me was also out of the

question as it was over a
Quote:
> ten hour drive and it would have been difficult keeping
them where I was
> going and getting them used to it only to take them away
to go back home.

> When I got home, I found them both quite as usual.  Two of
the litter boxes
> were full and the third was used but could have gone

another day or so.  The
Quote:
> bowls of food had a little in them and the feeder was

still a quarter full.

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Quote:
> The toilet and bowl of water were about half full but the
two liter pop
> bottle was empty.  (That surprised me because when I left
them alone for
> three and four days the toilet was empty and the bowl
full, I didn't have
> the two liter pop bottle waterer then.)

> The orange one didn't seem to notice I was gone at all, he
behaved as he
> does when I come home from work.  Even though he is
bratty, he can be
> incredibly affectionate when he wants to be and jumped on
my lap to purr and
> rub against me once I sat down after unloading the car.
He is on my lap
> purring right now.  The other one was also his usual self
except that he sat
> on my lap and purred four days in a row instead of only
every 2-3 days.

> Was I just lucky or what?  Can this be done with some cats
but not others?
> Did they know that I wasn't there for over a week or do

they only remember a

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Quote:
> day at a time?

 
 
 

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Post by michelle.gali » Sun, 11 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Sorry Dennis, I'm inclinded to agree with Rechelle Blair.


Quote:
> Is this thread still going on??  It's nice to see an intelligent
response -
> 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
changes
> or having to treat them for minor illnesses or injuries when I got back.
I
> 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
down
> the pipes into the sewer.  I don't usually let them drink from the toilet
as
> it would think the water would be a breeding ground for bacteria unless
the
> 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
each
> 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
for
> 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
take
> my vacation just to get away from them, I did kind of enjoy not having
them
> jumping all over me and having to watch wherever I stepped for that week.
I
> suspect that they were also happy to have a vacation from me and to have
the
> apartment to themselves.

> My trip was to see my 81 year old father, it may be the last time I ever
see
> 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
was
> 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
cats
> hides from anyone else but me.  He may come out after an hour but won't
let
> anyone except me touch him.  Having someone come over would have caused
him
> 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
used
> 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
> "traumatized"!!

 
 
 

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Post by 'speaking as an asian male' de Designer » Tue, 13 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Maybe I play the odds too much, but if my cat hasn't had any sickness for the
past 2 years that I've had him, and my dogs never had a sickness in the 17
years, nor the rabbits, fishes and birds that I used to have, why would I assume
that they will get sick in those few days that I am gone?

My cat pretty much ignores anyone who comes into the apartment during the day
when I am gone, he is under the covers doing whatever. Before I raised the
tolerance level on my security cameras, I used to watch him in my place roaming
around, sleeping, what he did when strangers came in.
--
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Post by elaine & gle » Tue, 13 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Hi,

I didn't see the whole thread, but it really isn't wise to leave cats
alone for more than 24 hours without someone checking on them. I did
it *once* when I had absolutely no option and it turned out OK but I
considered that to be blind luck, not good care, on my part.

To illustrate why I say that: on a different occasion  when I went
away one of my male cats developed a urinary tract blockage and peed
*** in front of my cat-sitter...who phoned the emergency vet
clinic...who told him to come in ASAP (it was 2 o'clock in the
morning) as this is a life-threatening emergency that shouldn't wait
until the regular vet opened. The sooner it's caught, the less chance
of serious injury (kidney failure) or death. (And FLUTD, as it's
called, is a common problem in male cats!) Kitty is fine now, but if
he'd been on his own for even two or three days he'd have died a
miserable death. And he'd never had problems before.

Maybe a commercial house-sitter would also be prepared to do some
housekeeping and clean the place up while you were gone :)

E

 
 
 

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Post by AMH » Wed, 14 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Personally, the critters are not left alone for much more than 24 hours
without having someone come by and check on them twice a day and take care
of food, water and litter boxes. An alternative to a pet sitter is also
boarding - not cheap - but better than taking a chance on leaving them alone
for an extended period of time.
 
 
 

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Post by BetulaNigr » Wed, 14 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Cats can be left alone for fairly long periods, up to a week.
No "luck" about it. Its done all the time. I wouldn't subject them to a
shelter or even a stranger in the house if I didn't have to. They hate
strangers. And why would I put my babies in a cage for a week, that's very
cruel, and selfish.
Your not thinking of your cat at all only your self. Also cats can pick up
all sorts of parasites and diseases in a shelter. I don't take them to the
vet unless its necessary either, and I know when its necessary, I am a
Veterinary Technician.
Try to tune in to your cats feelings, rather than your own

Some people are fanatics about  their cats, and generally seem to hang out
here.
I love my cats very much, and constantly worry about them, but I'd rather
have them at home if I need to be gone for a few days. there are 3 so they
keep each other company.
In everything there are flakes and fanatics, generally the cat groups
attract a fair number of them. I love to talk about my kitties but usually
cant stand to be around the cat groups too much, to many flakes and too many
stupid statements like those in this thread.

I don't change my cat box every day, I never have. I have 3 boxes in the
ba***t and change them about once a week. My cats don't mind at all.

Head stuck in the toilet and drown?
That is by far one of the more  idiotic statements I have seen in here on
this thread. What a hoot. Also if there happened to be a storm, and they
were drinking water from the toilet at that exact moment they could be
electricuted.
Or any other stretches of the imagination.
 Apparently grasping for some way to defend the ridiculous position that
cats cant be left alone for a few days.


Quote:
> > 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
down

> But they could get their heads stuck and drown.

> > I would not have tried this with only one cat.  I knew they would keep
each
> > 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.

> It never happened with ours.  Sometimes the upstairs neighbour would just
> come in and feed them, sometimes I (at that point as cat sitter) would
> visit for an hour or two.  They were grateful for the company, sure, but
> didn't mind my going away again.  But they saw someone almost every day,
> so they were reassured that they hadn't been abandoned, and there was
> someone to clean the litter tray so the place didn't smell.

> > 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
cats
> > hides from anyone else but me.  He may come out after an hour but won't
let
> > anyone except me touch him.  Having someone come over would have caused
him
> > more stress than being alone with the other cat.

> Stuart's cat was like that too.  Painfully shy, but he like watching
> people :-)

> > 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
used
> > 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've noticed there tend to be 2 reactions: the normal cat "oh, hello, I
> didn't even notice you were gone" lie, quickly followed by being very
> snuggly or clingy; or the "where were you???" reaction which jumps
> straight to the "you're not going *anywhere* without me" bit - cat clamped
> to leg/shoulder as appropriate and not letting go!  Usually the first
> reaction is when we go away for a weekend.  They try to ignore us and
> pretend taht nothing was different.  The other reaction was when we left
> them without someone living in the house for a week, just people (3 taking
> turns!) coming in at least once a day.

> It's not wise to do it too often.  I still consider you lucky.

> Hilary

> ----------------

> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

 
 
 

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Post by NancyLe » Wed, 14 Jun 2000 04:00:00


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.


Quote:
> Is this thread still going on??  It's nice to see an intelligent
response -
> 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
changes
> or having to treat them for minor illnesses or injuries when I got back.
I
> 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
down
> the pipes into the sewer.  I don't usually let them drink from the toilet
as
> it would think the water would be a breeding ground for bacteria unless
the
> 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
each
> 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
for
> 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
take
> my vacation just to get away from them, I did kind of enjoy not having
them
> jumping all over me and having to watch wherever I stepped for that week.
I
> suspect that they were also happy to have a vacation from me and to have
the
> apartment to themselves.

> My trip was to see my 81 year old father, it may be the last time I ever
see
> 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
was
> 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
cats
> hides from anyone else but me.  He may come out after an hour but won't
let
> anyone except me touch him.  Having someone come over would have caused
him
> 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
used
> 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
> "traumatized"!!

 
 
 

How Long Can Cats Be Left Alone?

Post by Rechelle Blai » Wed, 14 Jun 2000 04:00:00


OMG, did I read this????  You don't have "strangers" come into your home, you
stupid ***.  You have *friends* or *family*!  People that the cats already
know.  Would you trust any stranger in your home to start with?  I sure the hell
wouldn't.  A cat can die in a split second, from a freak accident. At the very
least get seriously injured and need a vet.  Let's see, I had a kitten from a
stray that I rescued that was at full term.  He jumped up on the counter, onto
the fridge.  I heard a noise so I went to investigate and he panicked.  He
jumped off the fridge, trying to get to the counter across from it.  He missed
the counter, caught his leg between the counter and stove and snapped it in
half.  What type of pain do you think he would've been in had I not been there
at that time, much less gone for a f*cking week??  You are a stupid, selfish and
cruel ***.  You do not deserve cats, nor does *anyone* who leaves a cat
unsupervised for a week, or who doesn't scoop the litter box more than once a
week.  So do you feed them once a month???  You don't give a shit about your
cats so how the hell do you know if they mind?  Your head is stuffed so far up
your ass you can daylight out the other side.

You know what, I don't think any of us in these cat groups are fanatics or
freaks.  I think we're all very great people who love cats and have an
appreciation and respect for them.  Which is far more than you could ever say,
you uninformed stupid woman.

~Rechelle
        Who has 3 cats and loves them to death and would never leave them
without someone coming in to check on them.

Quote:

> Cats can be left alone for fairly long periods, up to a week.
> No "luck" about it. Its done all the time. I wouldn't subject them to a
> shelter or even a stranger in the house if I didn't have to. They hate
> strangers. And why would I put my babies in a cage for a week, that's very
> cruel, and selfish.

<rest of her ***snipped>