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Old 10-30-2019, 01:24 PM
 
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I’m sorry but there’s just no comparison in the two. As I said before,dogs require a lot more and different care than cats.

Different yes. "a lot more" no. Cats require just as much care. That people chose not to provide that much care doesn't mean they don't require it. It just means people don't want to be bothered providing it. And since cats are stoic creatures...well. They get short shrift.
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Old 10-30-2019, 04:57 PM
 
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Leaving a cat in a bathroom for 24+ hours is incredibly irresponsible. You think food and water and litter box is enough ?. OMG

Hope you don't own a pet. And the same for others who would do that.
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Old 10-30-2019, 04:59 PM
 
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I have absolutely no respect for anyone who would lock up an innocent pet in a bathroom ! I do have some quality thoughts on how to lock up the owner for 24 hrs. or more.
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Old 10-31-2019, 05:52 AM
 
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Different yes. "a lot more" no. Cats require just as much care. That people chose not to provide that much care doesn't mean they don't require it. It just means people don't want to be bothered providing it. And since cats are stoic creatures...well. They get short shrift.
Seriously?!!! What an insult to all of the/us caring fur mommy’s and daddy’s!...... Some of the best anywhere! I have other thoughts and could say more but I’m finished with this conversation! Think the OP got her answers and opinions and has made her final decision anyway which was supposed to be the main issue and concern. Like I said before,every circumstance,situation and animal is different and everyone just does what they feel is best and works best for them in their current situation. No one is perfect and always does the perfect thing but we love and care for our furkids!
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Old 10-31-2019, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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If a person doesn't think it is right to leave a dog alone, don't leave a cat alone. BOTH depend on their humans for care. My two cents...
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I’m sorry but there’s just no comparison in the two. As I said before,dogs require a lot more and different care than cats.
Dogs are dependent animals, cats are very independent. For example, we just woke up, I fed my two cats, and they are off on the lanai watching birds. They could care less if I was home or not. Cats also sleep 20 hours a day, so they do not even know if you are home , or not.

If you leave a dog home alone for too long, you will come home to find your sofa half eaten. Cats will be sleeping on that sofa, and maybe not even stir when you come back.
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Dogs are dependent animals, cats are very independent. For example, we just woke up, I fed my two cats, and they are off on the lanai watching birds. They could care less if I was home or not. Cats also sleep 20 hours a day, so they do not even know if you are home , or not.

If you leave a dog home alone for too long, you will come home to find your sofa half eaten. Cats will be sleeping on that sofa, and maybe not even stir when you come back.
I don't know who has these aloof, independent cats who don't know if you are home are not. Mine are not the same at all. If I am in my regular chair using the laptop, my big furry boy will regularly try to sit half on my chest and half on the lap top. My Russian Blue will hop up on the other arm of the chair and whine for pets, and the Tonkinese will alternate with her to do the same thing. Even my gimpy 12 year old tabby will come into the room and head butt me to get some affection. Basically I'm besieged with cats all day, lol! Even the dilute tortie will eventually come out of the linen closet where she naps and sleep on my lap (and she weighs a lot!).
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:18 PM
 
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I don't know who has these aloof, independent cats who don't know if you are home are not. Mine are not the same at all. If I am in my regular chair using the laptop, my big furry boy will regularly try to sit half on my chest and half on the lap top. My Russian Blue will hop up on the other arm of the chair and whine for pets, and the Tonkinese will alternate with her to do the same thing. Even my gimpy 12 year old tabby will come into the room and head butt me to get some affection. Basically I'm besieged with cats all day, lol! Even the dilute tortie will eventually come out of the linen closet where she naps and sleep on my lap (and she weighs a lot!).

Yep. I have never experienced these "independent" cats either. My cats (current and past) like to be with me. They don't "sleep 20 hours a day" either. They are quite active, and interactive. And they certainly miss me, when I am gone for longer than my usual times.
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Old 10-31-2019, 07:22 PM
 
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No, you are both confusing the word "independent" with not being "affectionate". Both of mine at home, and Mama Kitty at the shop, LOVE attention. When I go to the shop, MK will jump up on my lap as I sit in the recliner and stay there as long as I let her. Lucky loves to nap laying on my arm while we sit on the couch together.

However, they also like their alone time. They will wander off to the lanai or to a chair somewhere, and sit or nap all by themselves, for hours at a time. They also are independent in the respect that you can put out tons of dry food, water, and litter, and they survive quite well for extended periods.

Now, that doesn't mean they do not run up to you when we get back home, and want to spend time with you, it just means they are physically ok by themselves for periods of time.
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Old 10-31-2019, 07:50 PM
 
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No, you are both confusing the word "independent" with not being "affectionate". Both of mine at home, and Mama Kitty at the shop, LOVE attention. When I go to the shop, MK will jump up on my lap as I sit in the recliner and stay there as long as I let her. Lucky loves to nap laying on my arm while we sit on the couch together.

However, they also like their alone time. They will wander off to the lanai or to a chair somewhere, and sit or nap all by themselves, for hours at a time. They also are independent in the respect that you can put out tons of dry food, water, and litter, and they survive quite well for extended periods.

Now, that doesn't mean they do not run up to you when we get back home, and want to spend time with you, it just means they are physically ok by themselves for periods of time.

I know you love your cats Don. And I am sure they love you. They are used to the life they have with you. Key point here: They are used to it.

But I am also sure you know my opinion of simply dumping kibble in a bowl and consider that adequate feeding. I don't believe cats can be healthy on a dry diet. It's actually a very high risk you take, if you have any male cats, leaving them alone, dry fed, like that.

Survival is not the same as thriving.

And finally..leaving multiple adult cats who are used to each other and used to being left alone, and used to lying around sleeping for hours at a time, for 5 days, is far different than leaving a 7 month old kitten all on her own, for even 24 hours.

It's not the same thing at all.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:07 PM
 
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I know you love your cats Don. And I am sure they love you. They are used to the life they have with you. Key point here: They are used to it.

But I am also sure you know my opinion of simply dumping kibble in a bowl and consider that adequate feeding. I don't believe cats can be healthy on a dry diet. It's actually a very high risk you take, if you have any male cats, leaving them alone, dry fed, like that.

Survival is not the same as thriving.

And finally..leaving multiple adult cats who are used to each other and used to being left alone, and used to lying around sleeping for hours at a time, for 5 days, is far different than leaving a 7 month old kitten all on her own, for even 24 hours.

It's not the same thing at all.

Yep, I guess we all have our own beliefs and thoughts about the best way to do these things. We will agree to just disagree on some of those points.
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