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post #1 of 13 Old 07-14-2020, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone! It's my first time owning a kitten in over 7 years, and my first time owning a kitten while not still being under my parents roof. The kitten in question is almost 13 weeks old, and is very independent, but still has moments during the day where she wants to be nearby.

However, I am going out of town next weekend for my birthday (don't worry, I will be socially distancing to the max, I'm going backpacking), Thursday through Sunday. My SO will be going with me, and because we are new to town, I know absolutely no one to come and check in on her. I tried Rover, my go-to app for finding a dog-sitter, and there is no one close enough that is currently doing home-visits. When I was a kid, my Dad would leave our cat alone when we went on weeklong vacations, and he was always fine, but I don't remember leaving him alone when he was a kitten (but this was over 10 years ago!).

The question is, would our kitten be okay to be home alone for 4 days? Or should I try finding a pet sitter through NextDoor, or possibly even asking my neighbors? The neighbors directly next to us have cats, and the neighbors one house over has a daughter (highschool age?) that I could also ask. I'm just new to this, so I don't really know the etiquette for asking a neighbor!

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If you left him, how would his litter get changed? And his food?

If it were me, I'd ask the teenager to come by once a day and check on the kitten.
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If you left him he would need a large litter box so he would not be in "dirty" or he will use your floors/furniture as his new clean litter box.
I also would not leave him loose in the house but absolutely contain him to the bathroom removing everything to secured places he could tip over and get into..
Biggest for me is fresh water and enough of it to drink and food plentiful.
If he eats dry food only, a large bowl left as cats pick but not gorge like dogs more commonly do {at least mine does} so he has plenty to eat and some extra too.
My sister leaves her cats not often but for several nights when she must contained in the bathroom of her home.
They have soft beds or towels she makes for them to have a soft place if they want to sleep.
They are very happy to see her when she arrives but they are no worse for being contained a few days...
Big thing though is the water and it being plentiful enough for them...
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If the kitten were a cat, with at least 6 months established in your home, I would say you COULD do 4 days, with autmatic feeders and two litter boxes, and TV left on.



But, for a kitten, I would not do this. They are not secure enough to be left alone so long. If you had 2 kittens, well, then maybe yes, but one lone kitten. It is hard on the animal. I would not leave it.
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If you left him, how would his litter get changed? And his food?

If it were me, I'd ask the teenager to come by once a day and check on the kitten.

I clean her litter box every 2-3 days at this point, and after this weekend, she will have a second litter box. She drinks from the dog bowl that is nearly as big as she is, so the water would last the 4 days. As for food, luckily she paces herself and does not finish her food all at once, so I could just use the dog bowl for her food as well.

I think I will reach out to my closest neighbors, and see if they can stop by morning and night, and if not, the teenager. I figure someone will be tempted enough by an adorable, playful kitten to want to come over, plus I'm more than willing to pay.

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This is perhaps my biggest issue, I am an incredibly private person. I would prefer to hire someone from a company to watch over her if there was anyone available, just because I can at least expect professionalism (not saying my neighbors are bad, they are just new to me!).

But, I also worry for the kitten, because I love her and want what's best for her, always. I think I will reach out to my neighbors and see if they would be willing to drop in. I just don't want them to think that I am always going to ask them for favors? I don't know. I will definitely be paying them if they will accept, otherwise a generous gift basket.

If she were to be left alone, she would definitely be limited to the main living areas, and the bedroom where one of her litter boxes is. I will have to hide all of my houseplants from her no matter what, as she enjoys tipping them over when she remembers that they are there. Beyond that, the house is already pretty kitten proof, with all 'dangerous' areas always closed off.

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If the kitten were a cat, with at least 6 months established in your home, I would say you COULD do 4 days, with autmatic feeders and two litter boxes, and TV left on.



But, for a kitten, I would not do this. They are not secure enough to be left alone so long. If you had 2 kittens, well, then maybe yes, but one lone kitten. It is hard on the animal. I would not leave it.

I think you are right. Maybe I will see if there are in-home sitters available on Rover, and see what the pricing would be for my dog & kitten to be watched over the weekend. My dog was going to go to my SO's parent's house, but I'm sure the dog & kitten would prefer to stay together, and continue their antics while we are gone...hmm.
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Hi everyone! It's my first time owning a kitten in over 7 years, and my first time owning a kitten while not still being under my parents roof. The kitten in question is almost 13 weeks old, and is very independent, but still has moments during the day where she wants to be nearby.

However, I am going out of town next weekend for my birthday (don't worry, I will be socially distancing to the max, I'm going backpacking), Thursday through Sunday. My SO will be going with me, and because we are new to town, I know absolutely no one to come and check in on her. I tried Rover, my go-to app for finding a dog-sitter, and there is no one close enough that is currently doing home-visits. When I was a kid, my Dad would leave our cat alone when we went on weeklong vacations, and he was always fine, but I don't remember leaving him alone when he was a kitten (but this was over 10 years ago!).

The question is, would our kitten be okay to be home alone for 4 days? Or should I try finding a pet sitter through NextDoor, or possibly even asking my neighbors? The neighbors directly next to us have cats, and the neighbors one house over has a daughter (highschool age?) that I could also ask. I'm just new to this, so I don't really know the etiquette for asking a neighbor!

Honestly, if you are able to leave out an extra litter box for extra litter space, and enough food in a slow-feeder dispenser type set-up, kitten will probably be just fine.


Plus, most kittens are scared of new people so would it even come out for a "stranger" stopping by to see?

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Honestly, if you are able to leave out an extra litter box for extra litter space, and enough food in a slow-feeder dispenser type set-up, kitten will probably be just fine.


Plus, most kittens are scared of new people so would it even come out for a "stranger" stopping by to see?

I know in my head, that she will probably be absolutely fine. Most of the time, she goes about her day and doesn't really care about what us humans are doing, unless we have her toys out. She doesn't really sleep with us at night, and prefers to sleep in her cage when we are watching TV instead of sitting in laps.

But she is also an absolute ham, and if a stranger was to stop in, I truly think she would be waiting to be played with and awe'd over.

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If you're really worried you could find a nearby boarding place. Some vets also board. That way the kitten would have 24/7 care. I've never had indoor cats and we've always had other animals when we left so somebody had to house sit anyway so the cats got fed with everyone else. The kitten would probably be fine but if she does stay in the bathroom make sure there's no way she could get stuck in the tub or toilet or something.
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