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  1. It’s much safer for a cat to have someone living in to look after him/her in his/her own home, but having done that and even been well paid for it, I wouldn’t like to do it again. The responsibility of keeping the cats and the house safe is tremendous, but maybe I worry too much and others may enjoy living is someone else’s home.

    The only cat sitting I’ve done since then is voluntary through being a Cats Protection volunteer, visiting the cats at home to feed them etc, just short term while a person living alone has been in hospital. Oh I could tell you some tales about one house lol the woman had just thrown paper hankies over the piles of cat poo on the carpet and she’d used air freshener to try to disguise the stink. I ended up mucking the place out, you really don’t want to know what the kitchen cupboards were like inside.

    Another we met through Cats Protection became a ‘friend’ who was carted off regularly to hospital after falling, we looked after her cats in their own home every time, little did we know until too late that she ‘fell’ every time her court case for fraud was due. She eventually abandoned her poor cats altogether.

    We are lucky in that my sister and I live together since she was widowed, we don’t go away but if either of us had to, our cats would still have the other of us at home.
    We’d never trust anyone to look after our boyz or put them in a cattery but we are happy to stay home with them.

    • Nice stories. And I think we are the same. I don’t go away either. I am what is called, “anchored” to the spot. I just know he’ll have a tough time with someone else or if he goes to some other place and I can’t put him through that.

  2. Hi Michael,

    Over time I’ve had two cats escape.

    I got one back a few days later. The other one disappeared for good.

    One time it was my fault. I opened the door and my cat bolted.

    The other time a room mate left a window open. That was the cat that never came back.

    Losing a cat was one of the worst feelings I’ve had in my life. I never want to go through that again.

    I’d pick a cat sitter very carefully. I would choose a person who loves and has cats. I’ve had two cat sitters in the past and both loved and had cats. It worked out well because they came and lived in my house while I was on vacation. I wouldn’t do it any other way. I strongly suggest all other cat parents follow suit when they go on vacation.

    I wouldn’t drop my cat off at another persons house because that would freak out my cat. As you pointed out, if the cat got outside, it would likely be a disaster (and in a strange neighborhood to the cat).

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

    • I agree with you as usual. The big factor in someone else caring for your cat while you are away is, “Is the person completely trustworthy and able to do the job?”. Even the slightest doubt for me would prevent me asking the person to do it. There is just too much at stake. I would never, ever forgive myself if a friend lost my cat or he got hurt. It would be a big blow to so I have to play safe. I don’t go away these day 😉 I am a prisoner….

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