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« on: April 08, 2011, 08:44:48 AM »

I have to travel on business for a couple days and am concerned about my cat.   I have neighbors that can visit her each morning, afternoon, and evening to provide meals and about a half hour of attention, but I'm worried about the night time.  I have never been away from her before.  She sleeps in my bed and I'm wondering if she'll get really upset and cry without me there ?   Or will she just settle down and sleep ?
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2011, 09:00:42 AM »

Totally understand your concern.  For a couple of days, I think she will miss you and wonder what's going on but she'll be fine.  Leave an article of clothing on your bed that you've recently worn (shirt perhaps). 

It's fortunate that you have neighbors to look in on her three times each day.  Just make certain that she's eating while you're gone.  I'm sure everything will be fine.  Smiley

BTW, maybe you can get her a playmate when you return.  Hilarity and photo opps with multi-cat households!
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2011, 09:27:28 AM »

I used to set my radio alarm clock to play soft classical at different times.  That way the quiet gets broken up a bit.  I get very nervous leaving my cats, too.  So you have lots of company there!  She'll be fine and when you get back she'll look at you like Oh, you again?  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011, 09:49:36 AM »

Add me to the worry-wart club!  But it is amazing how adaptable cats are.  Their own home territory provides a lot of security for them, so I think she will be fine with the arrangement you've set up.  She will probably just go to sleep in her usual spot, especially if you do as Fizzy1 suggested with the music.  Be prepared, though, when you get back.  If she is one of those "attitude" cats, rather than welcoming you, she may snub you for a day or two.  Some of them like revenge. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2011, 10:25:54 AM »

I had to leave my guys for 20 hours last August.  I'd only had 'Bisi a month and Bucky was still on prednisone, so I got a professional cat sitter to come in twice that day.  I got home at 4 am and they were so happy to see me.

I'm still rather nervous leaving for any length of time.  Bucky tries to chew the hard food, but he doesn't have any teeth. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2011, 03:59:54 PM »

I think if you do the piece of clothing that smells like you ,the neighbor visits & maybe radio or tv time, it will go fine. Be prepared for a very clingy or aloof kitty when you get back though ! I had to leave my 5 for 2 weeks a few years ago & it was when Rem still needed eye drops every 2 hours. They did fine with DH & daughter, but I still worried the whole time I was gone. When I got home it was pile on Mommy time ! Which wasn't bad with the cats or small dogs ,but 75 lbs of Trooper refusing to get off my lap was a little tough ! Wink
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2011, 09:36:48 PM »

I'm not a big fan of leaving cats alone, but if you have reliable people who will come in 2 or 3 times a day to be sure she gets her food and to clean the litter box if needed, she will probably be okay.  Just be sure that they have a phone number for you and the phone number of your vet.  I have had neighbors who were not so concerned as I and have left their kitties for me to look in on for a week at a time.  Everything was fine, but it is not something I would do myself.   
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2011, 07:25:43 AM »

Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences.  It sounds like everything should be okay.  I will definately put my clothes on the bed for her and will give some thought to how to get the radio or tv to operate on a schedule (maybe move the lamp timer). 
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2011, 03:48:18 PM »

Did you take your trip?
How did your girl do??
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2011, 04:44:18 AM »

Fortunately it got postponed until 2nd week in May.   Smiley 
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