Caring for Cats While on Holiday

We are leaving for a month long holiday in December. We have 2 cats, the small one is generally a very nervous cat. We have people to check on them daily. Now we thought maybe we would let the domestic worker (which they are very use to) maybe come twice a week so that the cats can play outside a bit. I am scared that if the cats realize that we are not there then they won't come back. Should they play outside or can they be in the house for 4 weeks?

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September 10, 20180 found this helpful

I would not take a chance on letting the cats outside. As long as you have someone coming in to make sure they have food, water and a clean littler box, there's no reason to take a chance on losing them by having someone let them outside. If your cats like toys, leave some around for them to play with. Cats can be entertained for hours if the have a window view.

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September 10, 20180 found this helpful

Leave the cats inside. It is an imposition to the caregivers to have to get them back in the house.

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September 10, 20180 found this helpful

Are your cats primarily indoor cats? If you want the cats to get some fresh air outside maybe a carrier, but I think indoors and have the workers check up on them, make sure they have food and play with the cats is good.

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

Having kitty sat cats for years now, I do not ever take the job if the cats are going to be let outside. There are too many risks even if I watch them carefully that they will bolt, or get hurt. My own dog got stung by a bee on my watch so I don't want any chance of that (or anything else) happening with a pet I am watching.

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Your cats and their sitter will be better off if everyone stays in side and has their normal routines to the best of their ability.

Just as a reminder..

Be sure your caregiver has your vets name and phone number and that the vet knows that this person will be the designated representative (and can charge to your account if G-d forbid something is needed) for the time while you are on holiday.

Be sure to leave a weeks worth of extra food and litter for the caregiver just in case your are delayed getting back. I have had this happen where flights are delayed.

Be sure to tell your neighbors that you will be having a caregiver coming in (one so they don't call the police if they see a stranger going into your house) but 2 so if they don't see the caregiver for a few days they can call you. Make sure you have a back up. People get sick and things happen so you want to be sure your fur kids are protected!

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Safe travels! Enjoy!!

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you very much... very useful info... think we will leave them inside then, it will make me more relaxed aswell.. :)

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

Safe travels! You may want to to leave a towel or something with your scent for them. One of my charges always had a wash cloth his mommy used in his bed while she was gone.

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

A vacation should be free of stress as much as possible and I agree with other responders that kitties staying inside while you are away would be best.

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  • Pghgirl has excellent advice about every (?) possibility so be sure to make a list so you will feel comfortable that things will be handled properly if there is an emergency. It is best to always have a back-up plan "just in case".
  • Your cats will miss you and this may compound things for the little one but if the caretaker is someone they already see in their home then it will probably be okay. I believe it would be more stressful on your cats if different (unfamiliar) people were "checking" on them everyday.
  • Does your caretaker like your cats? This is very important..
  • I would make sure there was a written schedule of what is usually done everyday (if there is a routine) and what kind of food is fed "when" so there will be as little change as possible.
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  • I know that some people may think all of this is going overboard but people with pets that are part of the family will understand.
  • Make your plans for you and your cats and hopefully all will go well and you will return home happy and well rested.
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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks so much for the response.
These cats are our children so it is not going overboard at all... We were thinking for the domestic worker to come, they are very used to her, but I am just scared even though they are use to here.... they will know we are gone and run away so I think its safer to keep them inside

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