Hi guys! I'm going on a trip for about two or three weeks, but my cat can't come. I don't know what to do with her. I WILL NOT board her at a kennel. And I don't know much people who live near me and love cats..... What should I do?
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I would probably ask a family member or maybe if there is a pet sitter near you to come every other day. I do know about your vet but mine provids boarding and I think I would feel okay leaving my dogs there because I can physically see they recieve good care and at least once daily interaction with people.
Why wouldn't you want to board your cat at a kennel?
Kennels are a safe way of assuring that your pets receive the best care and attention possible. I work at a dog boarding kennel here in BC, Canada and we provide all dogs with a comfortable, safe atmosphere and their owners can come visit before dropping the dog off to make sure this is the place they want to entrust with their dog's life.
If I were going away for that amount of time, I would definately consider it, or ask a friend from work to drop by every day or so to make sure all is well (also to pick up my mail..hehehe), or maybe a pet sitter with references and that is bonded (wouldn't trust anybody else otherwise).
If youre going to be gone 2-3 weeks and you don't have anyone who can look after your cat, I don't see that you have any options other than to kennel your cat. If you know someone who can check on the cat every 2-3 days, you can use the automatic feeders and waterers, but you'd still need those refilled, and you'd still need your cat litter box emptied periodically unless you wanted to come home to a house in god-knows-whwat condition. At least if you kennel your cat it's basically guaranteed to get food and water every single day.
I hate kennels to but unless you have someone to come to your house that you trust I guess its your only option. You could interview soem pet sitting services. I have horror storys about every kennel around me so I'm always dreading having to go out of town. They should allow you to go back and see how the animals are and maybe even talk to people that have boarded there.
If you look on the internet I'm sure you could find some fancy places with cat condo's and special views, like fish tanks or a big window to the outside. Where do you live? If you kennel at a kennel, go with one that has a vet on staff or access to one, just in case your kitty stops eating or becomes ill.