Looking for advice on leaving the cat alone for a week.
December 30, 2013 11:08 AM Subscribe
Hard as it is to believe, we are leaving our beloved kitty
all alone for the first time since we got him 5 years ago. I'm looking for advice as well as answers to a couple specifics.
posted by Lutoslawski to Pets & Animals (32 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So, it's looking like we're leaving our cat alone for a week in our apartment in Portland, Oregon while we visit family out of state next week. Before, our cat has always been in a shared house and has had other known humans there to look after him.
Our building is full of really awesome folks and our neighbors are going to check in on him, feed him his wet food twice a day (he gets a special urinary diet), change his water and scoop his box. But he's going to be largely alone for the entire time.
We're concerned because he likes to go outside sometimes, and he can be very sneaky about bolting out the door and out of the building when someone comes into the apartment. He'll come back in when we call him after a couple hours, but I don't know how he'd react to a stranger trying to get him to come in. So we're considering just trying to keep him inside the whole week. Is this reasonable?
Our cat loves the heater. It's an old beast from 1971. I'm really disinclined to leave it on the entire time we're gone. It isn't that cold here in Oregon, and the cat has a coat and doesn't seem upset when the heater is off (just super happy when it's on). Is leaving the heater off reasonable?
What is appropriate compensation for our cat sitters? I know this depends on a lot of factors, but any sort of starting place would be good. These are friends of ours, in our building, so it isn't exactly a 'formal' hiring situation. Still, I want to do something for them. Do people usually pay cash? Or buy them a bottle of something they like? Or...?
Any other advice on leaving the cat alone? I've read the requisite google-searched listicles, but I'm looking for some insight from the many cat experts here on AskMe.
Thanks so much everyone!