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Unread 05-06-2009   #1 (permalink)
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I am going to be gone this weekend and will need to leave my Sampson alone. This is the first time he will be alone for more than a day so I am a little nervous. I am sure he will be fine but I am still worried about him. He has been a very good cat since I got him. He always uses the litter box and I do clean it out nightly and this concerns me because it won't get cleaned so I thought I would put out an extra litter box. Also, when I got him I got one of these pet fountains and put it in the kitchen next to his food bowl and he seemed to like it because I was refilling it every day. But a couple of weeks ago I put down a black ceramic water bowl in the bathroom and now he completely ignores the water fountain. So I am worried that after the water bowl in the bathroom is empty that he might not go back and drink out of the water fountain. As far as food, he usually grazes throughout the day so I think I should be fine putting down enough food. Any other thoughts??
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I think putting out a second litterbox is a good idea. As for the water, I'm sure he'll go to the fountain if the bowl is empty.

I've left my cats for the week-end before and they were just fine, try not to worry.

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I think a 2nd litterbox is a good idea as well. As for the water, maybe you could leave out more then one bowl? Put the 2nd next to the fountain, he might be enticed to drink from the fountain if the bowl next to it is empty. I've left my cats alone for a day and a half so far, they seem to be okay. I have a friend who lives nearby, she comes over to check on the cats when I am away.
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It will be okay, cats instinctively would search for water to survive, after the bowl is empty, just like human and any other animal, so try not to worry. As for the extra litter box, I would put more litter sand in each box than usual, I'll make sure the amount will be enough for the weekend. Enjoy your weekend !
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You can get a second litter box ... otherwise be prepared for some "surprises" when you return home lol

Yup make sure he has plenty of water (providing additional bowls), and if he gets thirsty, believe me, the spoiled little thing will drink

I have two cats and have left them alone for THREE NIGHTS (yup). Believe me, the whole time, I am wringing my hands, thinking about them, wishing I could call them (lol) and ask how they are. Then when I return home, they're just laying about, all casual, like, "Hey, Mom, what's up?"

One thing you might consider is leaving the blinds up, lots of new toys out, etc. just in case he gets bored and/or lonely
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Yes, I remember when I had to leave them in the house for long hours... I used to turn on my TV or sometimes play their favorite CD (PET MUSIC BOX) .... they tend to stay calm and forget about destroying the house... lol...
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No problem at all. We left our kits for about 3 days alone & nothing happened. Be sure to leave him enough water & dry food, that's all.
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If you put out enough water andfood Sampson will be fine. Also if you make sure his toys are out it is a good plus. So he can play while you are gone. That is what I did before for my other cats
 
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I've got one of those battery operated feeders that have a timer on. If you also give them wet food you can put a couple of portions down and they open up when the switch gets to the time you have set. They have ice packs in the bottom to keep it fresh. Of course it only really works for one day, no more than that, but it's very useful for fairly short times away from the house!
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I appreciate everyone's comments. I am sure he will be fine but I will still worry. This was one of the main reasons it took me so long to finally decide to adopt a cat - what to do when I need to be gone a couple of days. I am not gone that much so it won't happen that often so hopefully he will be fine. Thanks
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