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Old 10-03-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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Pet boarding or sitters?

We just got a kitten about 3 months ago. She'll be about 7 months old when our cruise comes around (7 night Fantasy with a couple days in WDW at the end). She is our only pet. She is somewhat independent, but not as much as some cats. She follows us around when we're home and runs to great us at the door when we get home. She likes sleeping at our feet when we're sitting or at the foot of the bed at night. She's never been left alone. We have no other pets and no kids. We're trying to decide if we should have a pet sitter come in twice a day (for about 30-45 minutes each visit) and then overnight for 12 hours a couple of nights while we're gone. The other option is to put her up in a kennel (or kitty version of a kennel). Cost wise they're about the same, and we unfortunately don't have anyone who can house sit full time while we're away. I'd love to hear from other pet owners on their thoughts on the pro's and con's of each option, and any new options if anyone has any.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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Awwwwwwwwww kittens!

Is the kitty litter trained? For me that would be a BIG thing. Do you have anyone nearby who can bring their cat to your home (or yours to their home) to see how she does with other cats? Does she scratch furniture? Does she spend time outdoors at the moment or is she a totally inside cat?

For me I would choose the kitty kennels if they were a similar price, but I have 7 cats so the pet sitter would be waaaaaaaay cheaper. :lol:
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:48 PM   #3
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We just got a kitten about 3 months ago. She'll be about 7 months old when our cruise comes around (7 night Fantasy with a couple days in WDW at the end). She is our only pet. She is somewhat independent, but not as much as some cats. She follows us around when we're home and runs to great us at the door when we get home. She likes sleeping at our feet when we're sitting or at the foot of the bed at night. She's never been left alone. We have no other pets and no kids. We're trying to decide if we should have a pet sitter come in twice a day (for about 30-45 minutes each visit) and then overnight for 12 hours a couple of nights while we're gone. The other option is to put her up in a kennel (or kitty version of a kennel). Cost wise they're about the same, and we unfortunately don't have anyone who can house sit full time while we're away. I'd love to hear from other pet owners on their thoughts on the pro's and con's of each option, and any new options if anyone has any.
Is there anyone willing to take her in during those days? That's a great option for cats...normally they adapt well. If not, I would do the person stopping over as kennels they could be stressed and tied to one area and not sure how much interaction they get.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:50 PM   #4
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Previously, we have boarded our cat with our vet. The cat had to be up to date on all of her shots. You supply the cats food, favorite blanket to sleep on, toy. The fee was $15 per night. It was a familiar place to her, I knew she would see people there and I knew they would take excellent care of her. Downside was they have restrictive pick up and drop off times, so even though we were home on Saturday, we couldn't get her until Monday morning. You could check and see if your vet offers this service.

For shorter trips (two or three days) our neighbor came in to give fresh food and water and to clean out the litter.

Our cat is fond of us, but she is also fiercely independent. She disappears in the house for hours at a time. So, not having someone with her at all times is fine by her.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:56 PM   #5
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Awwwwwwwwww kittens!

Is the kitty litter trained? For me that would be a BIG thing. Do you have anyone nearby who can bring their cat to your home (or yours to their home) to see how she does with other cats? Does she scratch furniture? Does she spend time outdoors at the moment or is she a totally inside cat?

For me I would choose the kitty kennels if they were a similar price, but I have 7 cats so the pet sitter would be waaaaaaaay cheaper. :lol:
She is litter trained and completely indoor cat. We got her from a rescue person who had about 5 other cats/kittens, so she's been around other felines. Unfortunately we don't know anyone we trust enough to come take care of her...and our friends that have offered to house her while we're gone have two huge, and we're talkin' HUGE Great Danes (and two German Shepards) and would worry sick if she were there. The dogs are nice and gentle, but the kitty is small and 'food' shaped, so I'd worry about her staying there all day with the dogs while our friends are at work
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:07 PM   #6
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It's a cat. It will be perfectly fine while you're gone. Make sure there's plenty of food and water, and have someone come in to clean/change the litter every couple of days. Daily if it's picky about a clean box. You don't need someone staying there the night .. In all likelihood, the cat won't even notice.
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I have had someone came stay at my house with my two Pugs, and I have brought them to someone else's house. I would not put them in a kennel. Too afraid of germs, and the fact that most kennels don't have over night personnel...what if there was a fire? I am a worrier. On my cruise this month my two are going to be staying with my dog walker. They will be in good hands.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:37 PM   #9
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Our preference is a housesitter. The last time we left our 3 dogs at a kennel (10 years ago now) they howled and tried to scratch their way out until all three were housed in the same cubicle thing. The vet had no choice, he ended up keeping them in the same cubicle from night 2 on, and then they were fine (so he said) but they came back with very hoarse voices so must have barked and whined a great deal :-(
The house sitter is great, the animals are able to stay in their safe comfortable environment etc. I vote for house-sitter!!

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Old 10-03-2012, 06:41 PM   #10
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We have two kitties and always leave them at home under the supervision of a neighbor. We have the neighbor come in every day or every other day to feed, fresh water, scoop the kitty box, and get the mail. I like knowing that someone is keeping an eye on my house and the kitties are happier at home. One kitty always greets the neighbor, the other kitty is usually never seen by the neighbor.

I have boarded them and they just huddle in their kennels and look miserable. Having us gone is stressful for them but it's less stressful then being away from their familiar environment and their people.

If you have a neighbor with an older school age child, this is a great opportunity for the kid (under the supervision of the parents) to earn some money.
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I am moving this to the community board since you are asking specifically an opinion on kennel or pet sitter and has nothing really to do with planning a Disney cruise.

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We have a college girl come in daily and play with her, feed her and take care of her litter. She is quite content as long as she doesn't have to leave the house. When we took her with us for a wkend she was very upset not to be in HER house.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:45 PM   #13
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We have found our house/pet sitters via Pet Sitters International. Did some interviews and settled on good ones in each city we've lived. We like that there's someone that stops by - turns on lights - checks mail, etc...
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:17 PM   #14
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I used pet sitters it has the two fold advantage, the cats and (late)dog got to stay at home (plus where I was going to find boarding for chickens I don't know) Two they come in and out of the house which makes it not empty and less of a target for burglars.
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We got our kitty in December. The first weekend away, we took her to a high-falutin' cat sitter. It didn't go well. She came back broken and scared and it was like starting at day 1 in her trust all over again.

The second trip we took, I left her at my dad's house. He has a cat, so I figured, all is well...not so much. It turns out my cat DOES NOT LIKE to leave home. She, at 5 pounds, bullied my dad's precious and 12 pound Tigger. She again had trust issues upon returning home.

For our cruise this month, my mom is going to come over and house-sit and fish-sit and kitty-sit. We're hoping our kitty does better this time. She'll be in her own home without any other cats and my mom will be certain to overfeed her and give her love.

I think you should pick what works for you first, then see how it goes, and adjust based on the cat's reaction.

Leaving my cat alone and having someone come in for 30 minutes each day would not work. She's go cat-poop crazy not having some human to play with and sit on. When we take day trips and leave for 12 hours, she's pretty wigged out by the time we get home.
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