Can I leave kittens for a month?
December 10, 2009 4:40 PM Subscribe
[Kitten-filter]: My partner and I would really like to adopt a kitten (or a pair of kittens). The only problem is that every year we leave the country for at least a month, and can't take them with us. Will this be a problem?
posted by forza to Pets & Animals (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Some other details:
- When we are in the country the other 11 months of the year, at least one of us will be home most of the time, so they'll get plenty of attention. I worry, though, that this might make the separation harder when it does happen.
- Generally we leave in July, so if we were to adopt kittens now (age 8-10 weeks) they would be about 8 months old when we left the first time. Does this make a difference?
- Does it make a difference if there are a pair of them rather than one? We were leaning to adopting a pair anyways, but I don't know if this matters...
- When we are gone, would it be better to have somebody come by every few days to visit them, or to house them with somebody for the month? I know cats can be territorial, making me think that a visitor would be best, but that would be a month without much companionship at all...
It may seem silly to be worrying about this now, but we don't want to get kittens if it will be very bad for them when we leave. And the leaving is non-negotiable, for various complicated reasons. We thought cats would handle it better than dogs would, but I still don't know if that means there would be little trauma involved.
While I'm at it, are there other issues we should be aware of re: cat ownership that aren't obvious? (I have used the google and gotten the basic info about vaccinations, etc, etc, but couldn't find anything about this and there might be other issues that don't obviously show up, too. I've never owned a cat before).