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Hi Everyone,<br><br><br><br>
My family is taking a 3 week vacation at the beginning of March, and I need to figure out what to do with my cat during that time. We are going out of the country and due to quarrantine laws it would be impossible to take him along. Right now I see two basic options:<br><br><br><br>
1. Have a friend stop in every two days to feed him, pet him, check on him, etc. If I do this, how much should I offer to pay her?<br><br><br><br>
2. Find a boarding kennel for him. We live in Western Washington (Bellevue) so if anyone who lives around here has a recommendation, please let me know!<br><br><br><br>
Let me know your opinions on which option would be easier on my cat. On the one hand, staying at our own apartment would be great because he is accustomed to these surroundings and it might be less traumatic for him. On the other hand, in a kennel he will be fed and tended to more frequently, provided it is a good kennel.<br><br><br><br>
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well...we always let the cats stay at home and have people round to feed them. Our cats are indoor/outdoor though, and there are two of them, which means they definitely don't get bored without us around. Is your cat purely indoor? I think that because he is own he will be more likely to need the added attention.<br><br>
We have some good trustworthy kids on our street, my sister's friends, so often they feed the cats. We pay them a little bit of cash (about £2 GBP a day) to come and check on them twice a day. Because it's only 30 seconds away, and they know the cats and like at least one of them my Molly's a grumpy sod when I abandon her) and kids will work for nothing like that. We're robbing them really, but what are friends for? This might not be an option for you if you don't know/trust the kids who live near you.<br><br>
Overall, taking into account the cat being on his own, and in a large part due to the fact I would not feel comfortable talking to an (adult) friend about paying him for a favour and would not know how to approach the subject, I would probably put him in a kennel. But it still depends on the personality of the cat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> And you might be better at sorting out the human aspect of it all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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That's a good question, I don't know what I would do off hand.<br><br><br><br>
It would have to be a friend you trust pretty well (who isn't going to promise to come over daily and only come once a week, and who is capable and not going to let your cat out) and ideally someone that already knows your cat (so it isn't scared off or into hiding).<br><br><br><br>
I would feel safer taking them to a nice boarding facility. But get to know the place, tour the facility, and ask other people what their experiences were, and ask the staff what they're willing to do for your cat. I'd want somewhere with private rooms with window access and personal attention.
 

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I just ran across a few websites online of places who offer pet-sitting while you are gone. They promise to make a half-hour visit daily to give your pet affection, replenish food/water, and clean the litterbox. I've found a range in price of $16 - $25/daily. Most places require a free consult before agreeing to watch your pet, so there would be a chance to meet and get a feel for the person prior to making the arrangements. I would definitely feel more comfortable with this type of situation than with a friend. With a friend I wouldn't feel as comfortable asking her to come daily, spend time here, etc. With a hired sitter I could ask for more, kwim?<br><br><br><br>
The problem with the friend idea is that we moved only 3 months ago, and I don't have a lot of close friends who live nearby. The one friend I was thinking of asking lives 30 minutes away (where we used to live) but happens to work in the town that we live, so she would be around here anyway 5 days per week.<br><br><br><br>
The kennel idea - I don't know, I just feel like Sebastian (my kitty) would feel so confused and abandoned, and he would have to live in a little cage. He is an indoor/outdoor cat so he is used to being able to run around.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the tips, and keep them coming!
 

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This is an issue we're thinking ahead about, now that Pesto has to be given medication twice a day at certain times for the rest of her life. If she doesn't get her meds, she dies. So we expect we won't be going anywhere for a while, and if/when we do, we'll probably need to board her at a vet's, as horrible as we feel about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Our cat goes to a cat kennel, but I feel bad doing it because even though the place is really nice and serious, I dont think the cats get to leave their cages as much as they should. Each cat has a cage with two stories, with toilets, a scratching thing, their own blankets and food. Hes been there 2 weeks when we went on summer vacation. Next time we leave I think he'll stay with my grandma.<br><br><br><br>
ANYWAY, I think you should get a friend to stop by EVERYday. That way he stays at home. Pay her a bit less than you would have paid at the kennel, also get her flowers or something. Actually pay her like half what the kennel would have cost, since you'll be paying the food and stuff.
 

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If you're uncomfortable asking your friends directly to do it you can ask them if they know anyone that does house sitting. Then they have an opportunity to ask what you need and volunteer themselves or recommend someone they know is trustworthy.
 

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This is an issue we're thinking ahead about, now that Pesto has to be given medication twice a day at certain times for the rest of her life. If she doesn't get her meds, she dies. So we expect we won't be going anywhere for a while, and if/when we do, we'll probably need to board her at a vet's, as horrible as we feel about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></div>
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Sometimes vet techs are willing to pet sit for people out of their homes, that might be a good option for you. Then you would know it was someone who can give a cat a pill and spot possible signs of health problems, but Pesto could still stay at home.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Colorful, I would go with a professional pet sitter if I were you. Normally I just get friends to care for everyone but if I didn't have anyone close I'd feel more comfortable with the professional service.
 

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Sometimes vet techs are willing to pet sit for people out of their homes, that might be a good option for you. Then you would know it was someone who can give a cat a pill and spot possible signs of health problems, but Pesto could still stay at home.<br><br><br></div>
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hmm, I never thought of that. It may be worth asking around. The animal hospital is only a five minute drive from here, so I'm guessing there would be some who live in the area. Thanks for the suggestion!
 

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This is an issue we're thinking ahead about, now that Pesto has to be given medication twice a day at certain times for the rest of her life. If she doesn't get her meds, she dies. So we expect we won't be going anywhere for a while, and if/when we do, we'll probably need to board her at a vet's, as horrible as we feel about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></div>
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Meatless - one of the pet-sitting sites I looked at said they would give animals their meds, as long as they didn't have to give shots.<br><br><br><br>
I think I'm going to go the professional pet-sitting route for my Sebastian. Then he's guarranteed to have someone come in every single day while we are gone. Well, as guarranteed as possible, I suppose. I'll do some research and find a place with good reviews.
 

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I would just want to make sure they actually have the ability to give the meds. Pesto is getting more difficult to medicate every day. It's become really stressful and we're starting to run out of options! This is also a cat who hides when anyone other than us is here. So I wouldn't want some well-intentioned person to get in over their heads, be unable to medicate her, you know? (sorry for invading your thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">)
 

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Just thought I'd post an update - we found a cat-sitter who lives not far from us and just met her today. She is going to come over daily to feed and pet our cat as well as change the litterbox as needed for $20/day. I got a good vibe from her, so I hope it goes well! Sebastian (our kitty) seemed to like her, but then again he's really friendly to everybody! I'm feeling good about this arrangement - much better than having to put him in a little cage for 3 weeks!
 

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When I worked at the vet, I used to petsit for a bunch of my clients. The animals, cats especially, are so much happier at home than in a cage for weeks. It's not like they get more attention in the cage than at home, except that there are a lot of strange noises and smells all over.<br><br>
I used to be paid $10 a visit for a cat with no meds, $15 with meds, $20 with injections. Talk to your vet's office, they probably have a few employees who do that sort of thing.
 

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I don't think I would trust a stranger in my house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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I'm glad you found a good solution, colorful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'd say have a friend check on them. It might be stressful to be boarded, and you'll probably save some money. As for payment, less for a kid, more for an adult.
 

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I'm glad you found someone. Hopefully they're trustworthy. You might want your friend to check in on your cat a couple times to make sure the pet sitter is doing what they're supposed to. Also, just thought I'd throw in the idea of if you have a closet that locks, or a lock on your bedroom door to put your valuables in there and keep 'em locked just in case.
 

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When my cats were young and needed no medication, it was fine for friends to stop in, feed, water, litter-box clean and play. Now that they are senior citizens and two need medication, I have made the switch to a pet-sitting service that was started by a vet tech that used to work for my vet. The cats love him, he came highly recommended by the vet (who uses his service when he needs to be out of town), I am sure that he will immediately take any of them to the vet if he sees a medical problem and since it is a buisness arrangement, there is a backup employee that can cover for him if, for example, he has an emergency himself (gets sick, car breaks down etc) - after all, it is nice to know that there is a backup plan when your cats need their meds on time.
 
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