Would you leave your cat at home

Luoyang, China
November 14, 2008 6:31pm CST
Like we humanbeings,cats may also feel lonely.So it is for us to leave our cats at home.I realized this several days before.When we had to go out,we keeped my cat lonely at home.Before we left,I heard it crying,very sadly.I really did not know when she stoped and went to sleep.Cats do not only know sleep.Isn't it?
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• United States
15 Nov 08
No matter what you can't take your cat everywhere, but it's not nice to leave him/her alone for a few days at a time. Maybe for certain trips and having someone check on the cat, but you should be able to give them a lot of attention considering; however, they'll take care of themselves a good majority of the time.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
15 Nov 08
When I had one cat if I was going to be gone for any length of time I would have my husband's aunt watch her. One time I had my landlord check on her. Now I have two cats, they fight all of the time, but when they are alone they comfort each other. We have left them for five days. I left a lot of food and water out for them, and we also left the TV and air conditioner on for them. Every other day, we would call and leave our voices on the answering machine for them. They were fine.
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• India
15 Nov 08
Turning TV on for them? Sounds interesting, but how did they change the channels if got bored?
• United States
15 Nov 08
Though the cat may not like it, you have to leave your house sometimes without your cat. It can even be sad to come home and hear the cat meowing for you by the door. However, as long as you don't leave your cat alone for days at a time and always provide it with proper food and water and love when you are home, your cat will be fine. Soon the cat will learn that you have to leave sometimes and you'll always come back. It will become ingrained in its mind that each time you leave, you come back afterward, too, so it's not a bad thing.
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@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
15 Nov 08
We're going to visit my in-laws in NC next month for the holidays and we can't take our babycat with us. We'll just hire a petsitter for a few days.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
15 Nov 08
While cats are not more attached to places then people, they are more upset by being in a strange place than most dogs. So, if you can leave your cat in your home and have a pet sitter come by if you are out of town for a while, it is probably better than boarding it in a kennel.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
15 Nov 08
I've had 2 cats that were miserable when I boarded them while I was gone. One lost 5 pounds in 10 days. After that, I just left her at home with plenty of food & water & she stayed healthy!!! At one point I left her with a roommate who fed her every day. He said she refused to eat the whole time I was gone. So, after that, I just left her plenty of food & water & left her by herself & she seemed to be happy. Of course, every cat is different.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
18 Nov 08
We usually try to have at least two cats so they have company. They are very social and don't like to be alone. When there are at least two of them, they can entertain each other. The only thing I've found is that whenever we have one older cat and want to get a friend, it's usually best to get a kitten. If the older cat raises the other cat, there is usually no jealousy. We've tried putting two grown cats together and have never had any luck.