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Blossom4538 Sat 06-May-17 22:47:47

Hi all,
Just after some advice/experiences pls.

We are getting a kitten in a few weeks but have a holiday abroad booked in July, for ten nights. Kitten will be almost 5 months. Not sure what to do, whether leave with family, cattery...I don't know!! Don't want to traumatise the cat and for her to become lonely.

Wolfiefan Sat 06-May-17 22:49:12

If she isn't neutered and recovered by then she can't go to a cattery.

Secretsquirrelclub Sat 06-May-17 22:55:02

You would be better with two kittens, they would always have company.
Don't think I would like to leave a young cat for so long, I felt terrible leaving my 3 year old rescue cat on his tod for 4 nights recently, even though my brother was visiting him each day and he had plenty of treats and food.

TheWayYouLookTonight Sat 06-May-17 23:03:46

If she isn't neutered and recovered by then she can't go to a cattery

I think this depends on the cattery? The one I use only specifies no un-neutered males over 6 months old. I first left my cat in the cattery when he was about 10 months old (for 2 weeks) - he was well looked after and was a bit clingy for the first day after we collected him, but otherwise completely fine!

Pepsi13max Sun 07-May-17 10:38:28

Could you get 2 kittens instead? You could then consider leaving them in your house if someone can visit daily to feed and spend timd with them. Might be better for them to be in a familiar environment.

Blossom4538 Sun 07-May-17 22:41:39

Just the one unfortunately!

Wolfiefan Sun 07-May-17 22:50:13

Her.
You can't send an unneutered female into a cattery!!!!

JohnLapsleyParlabane Sun 07-May-17 22:51:44

Our breeder took CatBaby for a holiday when she was little and we couldn't get a house sitter.

GiraffeorOcelot Sun 07-May-17 22:52:32

At a similar age we left two kittens at home with a pet nurse coming in twice a day to them. They were kept indoors as hadn't been out yet so we decided to keep them in while we were away despite having been neutered by then. They were not happy, really didn't like it and trashed the carpet. (Thankfully carpet we were waiting to replace anyway).

They go out now and we still leave them at home when we go away but they have access to outdoors. They don't mind so much but they are still not keen. We think they are happier this way (being visited once a day for half an hour) than they would be in a cattery in confined space though.

Blossom4538 Mon 08-May-17 08:35:33

I was considering asking breeder or she could go to Grandparents who are about a lot during the day.

EachandEveryone Mon 08-May-17 08:53:55

Send her to the grandparents. My cattery takes them any age as long as they have had the first two vaccinations.

Kokusai Mon 08-May-17 09:19:48

I would either send them to the grandparents, or get a live in pet sitter.

I've been away for a few weeks since getting the Kitten and my parents have been amazing at coming to stay(!) but I'm going to get a live in pet sitter for next time.

Kokusai Mon 08-May-17 09:20:18

Oh yeah, or asking the breeder is a good idea.

Radishal Mon 08-May-17 09:22:23

Our rescue was neutered by that age. If cattery is still an option, plenty of fave toys; Tshirt that smells of you.

SoulAccount Mon 08-May-17 09:24:11

Get a live-in cat sitter (student relative or young adult offspring of friends?)
Or
Get a kitten after you get back?

PersianCatLady Mon 08-May-17 09:26:01

Do not get the kitten until after you get back from holiday, please wait. Your new kitten needs to settle into its new family and home before it gets left at home or sent to a cattery.

KittiesInsane Mon 08-May-17 09:33:05

If you get it before you go, then you need someone to come into your house (its new territory) several times a day to feed and play with it. I wouldn't send it elsewhere when it's only just arrived.

We actually did this a few years back, with the added complication of an older cat who needed a special vet diet and hadn't to eat the kitten food.

Luckily we have some very good neighbours who willingly tag-teamed so that the kitten was rarely alone for more than a couple of hours in the day - though when DH nipped home midweek for something we'd forgotten, she determinedly spent the night on his head, so presumably she'd been a little lonely.

Thekitten Mon 08-May-17 09:48:05

You should wait until you're back to get the kitten really, poor thing won't know you for too long before leaving it alone for ten days.
However if you do go ahead, please get a live in cat sitter. Kitty is too young and unsettled to be left alone for long.

Blossom4538 Mon 08-May-17 10:31:26

She will have been with us for over two months before we go away. I know it's not ideal though. She is going to get a lot of love and attention in that time and will need people around her a lot during the day. I'm thinking Grandparents and at least she'll be familiar with them? Or breeder but may confuse, going back there.

Tigerblue Mon 08-May-17 11:41:13

Personally I wouldn't put a young kitten through the trauma of a cattery - also they can look after them making sure they're feed, clean, generally ok, the odd bit of interaction, but I think she'll get more fuss and attention if she wants it elsewhere.

I don't suppose grandparents could come to yours as a one off, that way she'd be kept in what she's got to know as her home. If not, I'd definitely be considering her going to theirs or possibly the breeder

Radishal Mon 08-May-17 11:44:48

TBH, I would wait till after the holiday and get a rescue kitten. Adopt don't shop. But if your heart is set on this one then grandparents might be a better option.

Blossom4538 Mon 08-May-17 11:53:41

We need to stick to the kitten we are getting and as our Daughter has additional needs, it is advised that we don't go down the rescue/adoption route apparently.

Radishal Mon 08-May-17 11:57:03

Sounds like the option you've chosen is the best. If the cattery is small and run by mad cat people who will indulge your new overlord. And there are climbing poles etc. And you can bring lots of toys and preferred food.
There are plenty of great catteries around but they book up quickly.

PersianCatLady Mon 08-May-17 15:40:03

We need to stick to the kitten we are getting
Perhaps you should postpone the holiday then??

Floweringjasmine Mon 08-May-17 15:45:41

We need to stick to the kitten we are getting and as our Daughter has additional needs, it is advised that we don't go down the rescue/adoption route apparently

Eh?!

Who 'advised' you that?

What a load of nonsense. I have a child with really quite complex needs and a rescue cat, plus a rescue dog.

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