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30 Nov 2004

What do you suggest I do?
I have a cat that is very very attached to me. He was rescued from an abusive environment. When I first got him home he didn't come out from under the bed for two whole weeks. In any case, as I said he is extremely attached to me. He follows me around all the time, even to the bathroom. He is always in my lap if I sit down, I have often almost tripped over him! He even sleeps in my arms at night.

He is an extremely nervous (but extremely loving) little man. He hates thunder and any loud noises or people. He generally hates strangers. He is so attached to me that he does not eat while I am at work, and only starts eating once I am home. I know this because he was my only pet for a long time and could see his food was not touched while I was at work, then he would gobble food once he knew I was home. If I go out and come back at eg 2am he will even wait till then to feed (which is why I feel so guilty about him being hungry I tend not to stay out too late)

My problem is that I am having my house tiled soon. (I hate carpets as they are unhygenic). And for 3 days I have to be out of my house so the tiles can set and because my ENTIRE house is being tiled, even bedrooms etc.

Now I am panicking about what to do with my child. I'm staying in a hotel or B&B. I was planning on putting him in a cattery, but am worried that he will be pine for me so much he will get ill and not do well. Also I am worried about him not eating during those 3 days.

Does anyone know any hotels that accept pets?
Do you guys think boarding at a vet would be a better idea as they can keep an eye on him?
Someone suggested that I ask the vet to keep him sedated, but I do not like that idea.
Any and all suggestions are very welcome, I am really freaking out about this... I love my boy so much.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi $iren
I suggest you have a look in the Pet-Friendly Directory (email: for somewhere nearby to stay with your cat. They list, among other things, hotels that accommodate pets. Otherwise you could find a cattery close to you so that you can visit him every day to feed him. Failing those two, a vet may be a good idea and sedating him with Rescue Remedy/Valerian or something stronger is really a good idea anyway, as it will help him cope with the changes.
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
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