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TBOBINA
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« on: October 05, 2007, 12:43:16 PM »

If you feed your cats wet food only.  What do you do if you have to go away over night?  I am going to be going away for a day soon and not sure what to do, any suggestions??  I dont have anyone that can come and feed them either Huh  I was thinking of giving them dry food just once, but my one cat isnt supposed to have it cause of her past history of struvite crystals, and she would probably gobble it all up in one sitting as soon as I put it down.
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2007, 01:01:27 PM »

Gee, that's a good question.  Haven't had to do that yet.  Used a pet sitter in the past.  I remember seeing an automatic feeder with a timer on it that had an ice pack set up for wet food, but I cannot find one right now.

This is for dry.  It was something like this with individual timers.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3261+1910+10284&pcatid=10284
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2007, 02:25:41 PM »

This sounds like a job for a pet sitter!  If you are not sure how to find one ask at your veterinary office. They usually have a few people that they can recommend.  Also, you could try asking at local independent pet supply stores.  They usually keep a bunch of business cards from local pet sitters.  Make sure whoever you use is insured and either bonded or covered by a special property of others clause within their insurance policy.  You can also ask for references.

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2007, 08:49:49 PM »

Too bad you can't probably afford to board them for a night? I would be faced with the same issue for my dog with having no one to come in and take her out, etc. Would just have to find a place that allows pets and take her with.
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007, 05:54:07 AM »

I feed two of my three predominantly wet food.. but because one of the cats has special needs, I have no choice but to board them when I go away.

Boarding or hiring a pet sitter is probably your best bet. If you don't feel that this is an option, there are prescription dry diets designed for cats with struvite crystal issues that are available through most veterinarians. Maybe you could talk to your vet about whether or not using one of these diets while you are away would be a safe option for your cat.

That said, making significant changes your cat's diet while you're going to be away probably isn't such a hot idea, especially if your current feeding regime is working for you. (If it ain't broke, don't fix it, y'know?) Honestly, I'd recommend boarding or opting for a pet sitter.
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007, 10:13:21 AM »

Pet Mate makes on ice auto feeders for cats and small dogs.  They have a C10 (1 meal), C20 (2 meals), C50 (5 meals).  Let me caution you that the ice pack melts in 8-12 hours depending on the room temperature.  So you would need to have someone replace the ice packs even if you set the hours.

Also, with the C50 you can not set the times too close.  I think C50 has to be set at 4 or 6 hours apart.  Which means that before all the 5 meals are used the ice will have melted.

Do a dry run so the pets will be used to how they work.
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