I will be out of town for a month, then I will return for five days, then I
will be gone for another week. While the children (the human ones) and I are
gone, my husband will be taking care of the cats most of the time. One week
they will have a sitter. My husband loves the cats, but he is not home
during the day, and the cats are used to getting lots of attention from the
children and me. We have three cats, Idget, who is about three years old,
Black Beauty, who is about two years old, and the baby, ***y Tiny, who is
three and a half months old. Our sheltie, who is ***y Tiny's protector and
playmate, will be staying at someone else's house while I am gone. This
leaves the three cats in charge of the house during the day.
Idget has never fully accepted Black Beauty, and they average a fight about
once a day. Idget instigates most of the fights, but Beauty is not entirely
blameless. So far, a lot of fur has been lost, but there have been no other
injuries. Black Beauty and ***y Tiny wrestle for hours on end. Then ***y
Tiny gets exhausted and konks out for a long nap. I don't think Black Beauty
would intentionally hurt ***y Tiny, and frequently Black Beauty grooms
***y Tiny, but every once in a while, I hear a little yelp from ***y Tiny
when Black Beauty has him penned to the ground. As far as I can tell, ***y
Tiny initiates all of the wrestling that goes on, and I think Balck Beauty
gets tired of it after a while. ***y Tiny is about one fifth the size of
Black Beauty. Idget does not like ***y Tiny any better than she likes Black
Beauty. She hisses and growls at him when he gets near her, and if he
insists on wrestling with her, she slaps him hard.
Should I separate the cats while no one is home? I am most worried about
***y Tiny, because he is so little, but he spends most of his day, when he
is not sleeping, playing with our dog and with Black Beauty. I think he
would be lonely if he were isolated from the other two cats. Idget would
never start a fight with ***y Tiny, but if he were to be so audacious as to
insist on a wrestling game, she might hurt him.
Also, should I have the sitter come once a day or twice a day? She sat for
the pets last year, and she came twice a day, because the dog had to go out.
Since the dog will not be home this year, is once a day enough? We free feed
dry food to all the cats, and they have a water fountain as well as water
Last year Idget could not let me out of her sight when I got back from a
month long trip. She does not like the dog, and our other cat, Rasha, who
has since died, was very elderly. Maybe she will not be so lonely with the
other two new (very active and playful) cats around.