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Registered: Aug 2003

posted 08-28-2003 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dj     Edit/Delete Message
What is considered ok and not ok to leave a pet home alone without the babysiter popping in to check on things.
I have a cat sitter but for one night/day out of town I didn't want to bother her but for 2 days should I?
What is the longest time you have left your pet alone(with plenty of food and water)?

mommy to Mr. Beau Ditty Kitty

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posted 08-28-2003 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Isis     Edit/Delete Message
I would only ever leave my cats overnight ie one day and night away, as long as I home for their tea the next day.
I always leave plenty of dry food down, wet food tends to go horrible in a couple of hours and make sure they have at least two litter trays and plenty of water.
If I am going to be away any longer I make sure a neighbour pops in to feed them do their litter and generally check they are ok.

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posted 08-28-2003 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
I have left mine home when I've gone camping for the weekend...though, I leave Friday and return early Sunday.

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posted 08-30-2003 11:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I leave mine over the weekend sometimes. Leave Friday back Sunday night. They are glad to see me, but seem fine with that time period. I think it also depends on if they have other cats or not. A single cat would get lonely faster than one who had others to play with.

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posted 08-31-2003 12:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sarah207     Edit/Delete Message
i have left my cats (i have 2) home for a weekend(friday through sunday) with a clean litter box, plenty of dry food and water, and they were fine....if it was longer than 3 days i uaually ask my neighbor to come in and play for a few minutes and check the litter box, food, and water....

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posted 08-31-2003 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucidity03     Edit/Delete Message
The longest we've gone was from a Friday late afternoon to Sunday afternoon. The cats do just fine.

Like what everyone else has said, I'd leave plenty of food, water, and litter out. You cat(s) will surely be happy to see you after a couple of days alone, but they'd be no worse for the wear.

If it's more than two days, we have someone come every other day (or daily if our family feels like it) and it works well for us. (We have four cats so they don't get too lonely too fast.)

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