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Old 09-19-2018, 08:37 PM   #1
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Question for pet parents

I would like some advice, or maybe some reassurance.


I have cats. I adore them, and when we've gone on trips before, I get very worried (paranoid, really) about their well-being while I'm gone. We always get someone we trust very much to take care of them and nothing's ever gone wrong, but I always worry.


But this time...we're leaving next Monday. Last Monday, I unexpectedly had to have one of my sweet baby girls euthanized. I'm TERRIFIED that something will happen to one of my remaining babies while I'm gone. My pet sitting friend will be checking on them daily, and she'll have our vet's phone number along with the number for the after-hours emergency clinic. My vets already know we'll be gone and someone else will be caring for the cats, and have said if anything happens she can bring them in and they'll take care of them, and either call me or let me pay when we get home. So I have lots of people in place whom I trust and who genuinely care about us and our furbabies. I've done everything I can think of to make sure they're all happy and healthy and comfortable while I'm gone.


Still, I know it's going to be rough this trip, since I just lost Salome. Besides the guilt that comes with trying to enjoy yourself after losing someone, I know my paranoia is going to be cranked up like crazy. So...does anyone here have separation anxiety when they leave their pets? Do you have any advice? I'd love some tips on how to minimize my worry.


Thank you so much.
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I think the only advice I can give is go knowing you've put in place every measure that you could think of. Will it lessen the worry until you go? Maybe not by much but you've thought ahead. And calls home too will help you as well.

Good luck and try to enjoy your trip.
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I think the only advice I can give is go knowing you've put in place every measure that you could think of. Will it lessen the worry until you go? Maybe not by much but you've thought ahead. And calls home too will help you as well.

Good luck and try to enjoy your trip.

Thank you. I have already warned my friend I'm going to call and text a lot, and she's prepared for it. She's also INCREDIBLY supportive and understands my attachment...you know how some people will tell you "it's just a cat, just a dog, just a ___"? She treats my pet losses like other people treat human losses, because she understands for me, it's just as powerful. So you're right, I'm trying to remind myself that I've tried to do all I can.

This will be my first Disney trip with a phone that will handle photos in texts (I was a luddite for many years ), so she can actually send me pictures of the cats not caring that I'm gone. I'll ask her to do that. Thank you for prompting that thought so I can mention it to her specifically.
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To the people that say it's JUST a dog or JUST a cat - they've either never had a pet or they've had one merely as a status symbol because they are not a JUST. They are part of the family. I currently have two Golden Retrievers and 2 domesticated rabbits. They are all very young (all under 2 YO) so I didn't worry while I went on vacation but I still asked about them when I called home so I do very much get where you are coming from.
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Our rabbit just turned 10. Tomorrow is our gotcha day. She's nearing the end of her lifespan, so I do worry about her, but I also know that there isn't much I can do differently if something does happen to her than the person caring for her (we also get a good friend or family member). You know that they'll do all that they can for your family's loved one. I hope you can keep that in mind and enjoy yourself. It would be a shame to let your anxiety keep you from a good vacation.
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I understand. I have a 14 1/2 year old dog that we will be leaving when we go on vacation next month. I found a good kennel very close to my sister. We've used them before and have had excellent service. DSis is going to check on Rico each day and the kennel will email me a photo of my sweet Rico each day so I can see that he's ok. If anything happens, we have a trusted vet nearby. But, I still worry.

The daily email is a great relief to me when I'm on vacation. My brain thinks: "ok, he's still alive and looking good, I can have fun now. " Perhaps that would work for you too.

Go on vacation, have a great time, and then come back and snuggle your fur babies. A little break is a good thing.
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I had anywhere from one to three cats for fifteen years and went to DW two weeks after having to have one euthanized so I truly understand how you're feeling. You have someone you trust and who cares about both you and your animals checking on them and your vet is aware that someone else will be caring for your animals while you're out of town and has said they will treat them if something happens; so you've done everything you can. A lot of this is probably a result of the unexpected loss of your dfb (dear fur baby or dear feline baby) last and keeping that in mind might help.
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I recall the worry well.

I was out of town once years ago before cellphones were common and returned home to a machine message from the vet where I boarded my kitty kids that the male had required emergency surgery.

I was soooooo grateful that my vet also did boarding so that my baby got immediate care.

Sounds like you’ve taken wise precautions. I hope you can relax somewhat and enjoy your trip.
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Coreada - You do the same thing we do for our pets. We have someone come in and we know the Vet well and would let us pay when we return. Our person comes in three times a day and they spend about an hour there each time. We also have cameras set so we can see the house online. Anything can happen anytime but it would be extremely unlikely something bad happens.
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