I don't have any names in n.y. and asking your vet
makes sence, but I know from my own past experience,
and no offence to boarding facilities, my cats do much
better in their own environment.
In 1986, I went to Florida, and left my cat, Jude, a
stray Siamese, at my vet for boarding, for 13 days.
When I came back, I found he hadn't eaten well, ( I
even recall that I had called in between a couple of
times to see how he was doing, just some gut feeling I
guess) and whatever the reason, after coming home I
discovered he was very sick and had to bring him back
to the vet, where he ended up dying a couple of days
later. One of those unknowns...but whatever it was it
made me decide to not go that route again. Since he
was a stray, I had had him about 6 years and didn't
know his history or real age but the whole thing could
have been related to stress. I haven't done the
boarding thing since.
True, if the animal became sick, while being boarded
at the vet's, there would be someone there that could
treat them during the day but your point of no one at
the vet's at night is a valid one.
I think being in a crate must be stressful....and they
would not get any exercise, also there are other
unknown animals...maybe it works for some cats and if
there are no other options then I guess the boarding
route is the way to go.
There is risk of disease but of course, when an animal
is sick, they need to be at the vet's, and may not
likely be affected as much by the environment, but any
other time I don't board.
I have in the past had neighbours come into my home,
but after losing Rocky in November, and when I got my
new kitten, I wanted to be extra careful. Simarilarly
having a cat that requires medication needs a
qualified caregiver. Neighbours are good, but I hate
to burden them, and unfortunately my neighbours don't
have cats so I feel better with a cat sitter.
I saw a pet-sitter's car in a neighbours driveway this
spring and approached the woman. After speaking with
her; she was walking the dog, I learned that she was a
vet tech, did the medication thing if required, and
charged by the visit, in our case in Canada, $17.00
per visit (1/2 hour) she would do a 1/2 visit for
about $7.00. Thought I would give it a try. So what I
did was have her come in at 7:00 a.m., lunch time (1/2
visit) and evening. It turned out costing about
$85.00 for the weekend. She got a key and to be
secure, I gave my neighbour a key in case the sitter
might lose the key. I also gave her a call when I was
away, to be sure she would remember-avoid mixups etc.
Her method was thorough, ie in addition to telling her
the day of return, she would continue to drop in until
she received a phone call from us to confirm our
The money spent was worth it because I decided that
this was the person's job and she was trained in
giving medications; also I felt that she would
recognize a problem and call me and take the cat to
the vet if required.
In addition to feeding the cats, she would do plants,
mail etc. since we were away only 2 nights and I
wanted her to concentrate on the cats only, we did all
that before going.
Most important to get someone reliable, that someone
else has used, and maybe try it out for a day or two
to start. Anyway, we have her booked for a few days in
the summer when I know we will be gone and she could
Going away is always a worry and it is kind of you to
look after your sick relative. I hope you find a
solution and that Izzy is ok.
Its always a worry, and tricky with medications, but
my experience at least has been keeping the cat in its
own environment is the least stressful to the cat,
provided there is a good caretaker, who is reliable
and trustworthy, will play with, feed and give fresh
water and keep the litter box clean and who is able to
detect any problems and make the correct judgement
about them. You should be able to access that person
directly or get a message to them that will be
returned, while you are away as well. They should be
able to extend the care as long as required should you
This has been my experience and hope it helps.
All the best!!
Marthe, Gina and Lenny
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