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What should we do with our grieving cat when we go out of town?

Asked by ketoneus (1169points) August 20th, 2007

We unexpectedly had to put our older cat to sleep this morning. We're all in a bit of shock. But here's the challenge - we are going out of town next week for a week. Will it be too much to leave our other cat in the house by himself while we are gone, even if we have a sitter check on him every day? Or, should we take him on the plane with us? Which would be less traumatic for him?

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gooch's avatar

I would definitely leave him home flying animals especially a cat is very stressful and should be avoided.

hearkat's avatar

First, let me say that I am sorry for your loss. I've owned and known many cats in my lifetime, and they do not form the same attachments or experience emotions as we do. Keeping the cat in his home environment, ensuring adequate food and water and a clean litter box are all he needs. I bet that he will adjust before you do. Have a lovely trip, and try not to fret.

mzgator's avatar

I'm so sorry for the loss of your cat. I lost mine 2 weeks ago, and I find myself still looking for him in his special spots. I would leave your other kitty at home and have a sitter come and take care of him. Maybe your sitter can spend some time with your cat, petting him or scratching him while there in your home. I think your cat would go crazy on a plane and would much rather stay at home where it is nice and quiet and familiar to him. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a pet, especially when the pet was a trusted and loved part of your family.

ava's avatar

I completely understand how you feel. As with other flutherites, I would agree that the cat would probably be more comfortable at home. That being said, Since you just lost one cat you might feel uneasy travelling without this one. If you feel better taking him or her with you, then just make sure that you get a mild sedative from the vet to give him or her on the plane. Good luck. I am sure whatever you decide will be just fine.

syz's avatar

Please don't travel with your pet if you don't have to - it's very traumatic for animals and involves inherent risks. A better option would be to pay a sitter to stay at the house rather than just checking in once or twice a day.

Ma-goo's avatar

I work as a pet-sitter, & I can tell you firsthand that animals do SO, SO much better in their own home, with their usual food & routines, when their owners need to be gone. It is absolutely worth the fee you pay to have someone stay at your home with your pets. I have many 4-legged clients who are happy to see me, especially when it’s a long-term thing & they know who I am.

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