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My husband and I adopted two cats from a shelter a while back, and they live in our condo. (Actually his sister's condo, but that's another story). We are going away for six days and decided to leave the cats at home instead of boarding them in a kennel.<br><br><br><br>
My friend, Jane, is going to come by every day to feed them, clean the litter box, groom them and play with them a bit so they know they're not forgotten. And they have each other for company. Plus I gave my next-door neighbor a set of keys in case there's an emergency (like a fire or something).<br><br><br><br>
But I still feel so guilty! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"> I would make a horrible human mommy. If I obsess this much over cats, I would never be able to leave human kids with a sitter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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i've left my boy alone for up to 5 days with nobody checking in on him. of course all that is gonna change now that i've switched him to canned food. he'll have to have someone in to feed him now when we're gone but i have a friend who's willing to do that luckily <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
some other things you can do to keep your kitties busy and not get lonely while you're gone: stash some treats in random places around the house for them to find. spray some catnip onto some of their toys to tempt them to play with them without you (unless they're crazy like mine and can amuse themselves for hours with a piece of paper in which case just leave them some paper <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> )<br><br>
leave a radio or tv (try the shopping channel, yes my cat loves watching the shopping channel, or a nature channel) on. they're used to hearing these kinds of noises when you're home, and the voices might make them feel less lonely.<br><br>
you could also try one of those pheremone sprays. i was just looking at <a href="http://www.onlynaturalpet.com" target="_blank">www.onlynaturalpet.com</a> they have toms of different kinds of herbal remedies and sprays to help with seperation anxiety or nervousness.<br><br><br><br>
but if you have someone coming over every day to spend time with them i'm sure they'll be fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Oh, I almost forgot about the radio, thanks for the reminder. I know I'm super obsessive -- I guess it's just my personality. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Your reluctance to leave them is perfectly normal...you have made arrangements for their care and they will be fine! Don't be surprised if you get a little attitude when you get back. I left mine alone for a weekend...two half days and one full day...Thor wouldn't 'talk' to me for two days after that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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lol the cat i had growing up was like that. she'd sit in the entrance and yell at us when we got home, then she'd give us silent treatment for the rest of the day. some people might think it's silly to think a cat would do that, but she'd literally turn her back to us if we talked to her or went to pet her.<br><br><br><br>
Moo on the other hand, gets so excited he meows and meows nonstop and rubs himself on our legs and hops from lap to lap for cuddles. if we're busy unpacking or something and stop giving him attenion he'll sprawl across the floor at our feet, meow his head off and claw at the carpet. nah he's not a suck at all i don't know what you're talkin about <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I feel like that when we have to leave our dogs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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I know how the guilt feels. I go crazy when I leave my cats to go off to work. And I'm coming back in about 9 hours! They always give me this certain pathetic "you're abandoning me?" look that makes me feel rotten! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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Before my cats were changed to raw, I'd been gone 6 days (well, leaving the 1st, and coming back the 6th) and nobody checked in on them. I left out lots of food, they drink out of the toilet, and they have a litter robot (<a href="http://www.litter-robot.com" target="_blank">www.litter-robot.com</a>)<br><br><br><br>
Now if I plan on going somewhere (I haven't yet,) I'll have someone come feed them.
 

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I went camping for the weekend and had no one to check on my two kitties, I felt so bad. I ended up leaving late Friday and coming back early Sunday instead of staying all day like everyone else did. I missed them.
 

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I know that feeling. I went away for 7 days and had my best friend watching my cat and my rat. I felt bad the whole time I was away but I knew my girls were receiving excellent care so I didn't have to panic.
 

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It's a normal feeling. Some of my friends will no longer board their fur-kids. They'll leave them with a friend/family, or have someone house-sit.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks to the net, it's easier to find places that allow pets. Many of my friends will take their fur-kids along unless they have to go by plane. Thankfully, *I* LOVE New England and there's still plenty more to explore.
 

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I'm going to be looking after my friends buns for 7 days, which will mean going back and forth some distance each time. To cut down the expensive travelling a bit I'm going one evening, staying overnight, feeding the following morning and coming home to my own bun and guinnea. Then repeating the process the next day.
 
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