Should I board my cat while I'm away?
July 30, 2010 2:54 PM Subscribe
We're going to be gone for ten days for the first time in our cat's short life. Should we put her in a group boarding situation, or leave her at home alone with friends stopping by twice a day? If the latter, how can I transform my front room into a kitty play wonderland?
posted by LadyOscar to pets & animals (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, about a month ago we brought one of the offspring of a feral mother inside to be a house cat. (Mom is now fixed and the kitten's two siblings have gone to a different home.) She's pretty well settled in now, but being an only cat she naturally enjoys a lot of human attention.
Unfortunately, in a few weeks we're going to have to be out of town for ten days, and I'm concerned that we're going to come back to find our little stripey one a traumatized nervous wreck.
There is at least one cat boarding place in our area (Los Angeles) that does group boarding, where the cat lives with a bunch of others in a room with lots of toys and stuff. This seems like a good idea, but reading reviews of the place it sounds like some people's cats really, really hate it. One problem is that our cat will only be five months old at the time, so she's pretty small. She did grow up in a feral extended family so she's used to being around other cats, but since they were all her relatives I never saw anyone but her mom be aggressive towards her at all.
The other option is to have her stay at home, confined to one escape-proofable room (where she currently spends her time at night and when we're not home). We will have friends coming by twice a day to look after the other pets, anyway, and hopefully we can arrange our cat-person friend to play with her for a while every day, but I still worry that she'll be lonely.
Which option sounds better? And, if she stays home, what kind of things should I put in the room to entertain her? Currently she has a multi-level scratching post with attached toy on a string, various jingly catnip toys, boxes, cardboard tubes, and packing paper. What else could we give her? Do cats like TV?
I feel very guilty about our being gone so soon after her separation from her mother, but I hope that whatever we can arrange will at least be better than being eaten by coyotes, which we think happened to her aunt the last time we were out of town.