Having cats boarded at the vet place VS having a professional catsitter

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Having cats boarded at the vet place VS having a professional catsitter

Post by Dana Akano » Sat, 03 Feb 1996 04:00:00



We will be gone for 4 weeks, and we were wondering if anyone has any
advice on what is better - to put cats into a "pet hotel" or to have a
catsitter?  
Any advice will be appreciated.

 
 
 

Having cats boarded at the vet place VS having a professional catsitter

Post by JSaari73 » Sat, 03 Feb 1996 04:00:00


I'm in the same dilemma you are.  We are going to England for two weeks
this fall and I finally decided to board them at a kitty hotel.  I've
talked to the lady who owns it and feel that my kids will get much more
attention there than if I had someone come into the house.  It's going to
cost $18 a day for all three of my cats to be taken care of, but it'll be
worth it and I know they won't be alone all the time.  It's never easy to
leave them, but I'm feeling reasonably secure with this decision, so far.

Janice

 
 
 

Having cats boarded at the vet place VS having a professional catsitter

Post by Eanal » Sat, 03 Feb 1996 04:00:00


I've done both and I perfer a catsitter.  My cats like staying at home
where things are comfortable and familiar.  From a security perspective,
it is good to have someone coming and going at your house.  My cats have
been extremely stressed the few times we've used a pet hotel.  My
catsitter costs more than the pet hotel, but I'm happier and the cats are
happier.
 
 
 

Having cats boarded at the vet place VS having a professional catsitter

Post by Roger & Jean Hal » Sun, 04 Feb 1996 04:00:00


I use a cat sitter, and the main reason I do is for the comfort, and
mental well being of my cats.  They would be traumatized by being dumped
into and unfamiliar place (probably would think they'd beed abandoned),
and they would be more likely to get exposed to disease outside of my
home (worrisome when they are under stress).  I have a friend that the
cats know come in once or twice a day to check water, food, scoop boxes
and play with them.  I also leave the radio on while I'm gone.
 
 
 

Having cats boarded at the vet place VS having a professional catsitter

Post by David Marcus & Peggy Lambers » Sun, 04 Feb 1996 04:00:00


|
|We will be gone for 4 weeks, and we were wondering if anyone has any
|advice on what is better - to put cats into a "pet hotel" or to have a
|catsitter?  
|Any advice will be appreciated.
|
It really depends on what's available in your area. A friend of mine who
has a rambunctious border collie and a very temperamental elderly (c. 20
yo) cat found a great place in north Georgia where she could board both
of them. The folks who ran the place took a personal interest in all the
animals, and made a point to play with each of them every day.

Try asking other pet owners in your neighborhood--or your vet-- for
recommendations/references.

Good luck,

Peggy L

A house that has a cat needs no art.--Japanese saying

 
 
 

Having cats boarded at the vet place VS having a professional catsitter

Post by Daphne Goo » Sun, 04 Feb 1996 04:00:00


If you have a friend who would be glad to come in maybe twice a day, or
however often needed, then that might be good if you're feeling uneasy leaving
them with a stranger.

Daphne

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Post by Karen Renni » Mon, 05 Feb 1996 04:00:00


I have done both and I think that having the kitty sitter come in is
easier on the cats.  They're in familiar territory and there's the added
bonus of having your place looked after (mail taken in, etc.) while you
are gone. So, for what's it's worth, I think you should go with the
kitty sitter.
 
 
 

Having cats boarded at the vet place VS having a professional catsitter

Post by Nyla Melche » Mon, 05 Feb 1996 04:00:00


        My mother uses her neighbor to cat sit.  We are lucky in that the
neighbor is very fond of our cats and even feeds Boo when she travles
over for a visit.  So the cats know her and are less tramatized.  She
lets them in and out several times a day (they are both indoor/outdoor
cats), sees they are fed, Boo gets her medicine, and showers lots of
love on them.  If you could find someone like her to cat sit...there
is no better way to go!      
 
 
 

Having cats boarded at the vet place VS having a professional catsitter

Post by Martha Swart » Tue, 06 Feb 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>We will be gone for 4 weeks, and we were wondering if anyone has any
>advice on what is better - to put cats into a "pet hotel" or to have a
>catsitter?  
>Any advice will be appreciated.

Definitely have a cat sitter.  Most boarding places keep the cats in
cages, and four weeks is too long to keep kitties cages.  They will be
much happier and healthier if you have a cat sitter come to the house
once a day to feed, play and clean the box.  

I usually have one of my neighbors cat sit.  If I couldn't get a neighbor
I would try and find a trustworthy kid in the neighborhood or get a
sitter from a pet service.  You will find this to be cheaper as well,
especially if you have more than one cat.

Martha

 
 
 

Having cats boarded at the vet place VS having a professional catsitter

Post by bntok.. » Tue, 06 Feb 1996 04:00:00


When we go on vacation, we hire a friend who pet sits for us.  She teaches locally
and comes and spends the night at the house. We also have a friend that we paid to
come and just talk to and pet the cats.   Long vacations are traumatic on pets and
we cannot put our pets through the trauma.  We love our vet, but how would you like
to be in a cage away from people you loved for a month? We have no experience with
professional pet sitters.  In that case, we would want someone who might be able to
spend extended time with our animals if we were gone for such a long time.  Good
luck to you!