What is your experience with leaving your cats home along for 7-14 days? For context I have 2 one year old sisters.

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I was gone 10 days once. My neighbor across the hall checked on them multiple times per day. Overall they did okay. Were definitely glad to see me home and were quite moody. I got the cold shoulder from my sensitive boy for about a day.

Getting back into household routines helps a bunch. Once I did that and put the suitcase away, they seem to realize that things were back to normal.

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One cat's reaction could be described as "You're back. Food bowl's empty".

The other cat was "OMG! I thought I'd never see you again! Hold me until I convince myself this is real."

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Ideally, we have someone stay at our place for any time more than 4 days. When that’s isn’t possible, we have a professional pet sitter visit daily.

At 1 year old, they should be fed 2-3 times a day. And they are far more likely to get themselves into a potentially dangerous situation. So I’d want them checked on more than once per day.

The reaction from the cats is better when someone stayed with them. But generally ranges from over clingy to getting the cold paw for several days. It really depends on the cat.

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We’ve never done 14 but we’ve done 7. We have someone stop by twice a day. They tend to have a hard time adjusting when we are back and takes another 7-10 days to get back into a groove. Generally they’ve been ok the only weird thing we’ve had happen is one of our cats was always fine with the house and we went away and when we came home our cat refuses to go into our bedroom

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… Contd. We will of course get sitters to come in everyday to feed and clean litter, but am curious how your cats generally fare when you are away for relatively longer periods of time

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Find a really great cat sitter and see if you can negotiate. Cats hate change and trust me, as a long time cat owner, do not like being boarded one bit. They’re territorial and prefer their home to anywhere else.

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If I’m gone for more than a few days, I board them at our vet to make sure they have more interaction throughout the day. Would highly recommend some sort of boarding if you have been work from home and would be gone for an extended period of time to make sure they get enough attention and stimulation.

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Mine didn’t adapt so well to relocating last time we tried this (with their old foster mom)! So we are generally wary of boarding them elsewhere. How do yours adapt to boarding?

Never left my cats at home when I was gone. But I would leave them at a cat hotel for two weeks. They got very upset and mad when we let them back in the house. Would walk around the house growling and hissing for a day almost as if to complain why we abandoned them. 😜

They were all adjusted after a few days.

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We tried this, sort of, left them with their old foster mom for about 4 days, one hissed and growled at her sister the entire time, and the sister adjusted a bit better. Behavior was fine all fine when they got back home though, but the hissy/growly kitty got uncontrolled diarrhea (we are guessing due to stress) - poor thing. So, I guess we won’t be relocating them unless we have no other options available

We did two weeks a couple years ago and the cats were fine. The person feeding them never even saw one cat and just reasoned that if she was dead they’d smell her.
One of the cats likes attention, he was ok.

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