Thank you everyone. I really appreciate it. She’s the only pet I’ve had as an adult (ex hated animals so I got her right after the divorce in 2003) so I’m kind of bereft. I find myself nearly calling to her to tell her it’s time for bed. It’s going to take a while.
@Limewater In defense of Meh’s survey writer, wording good is hard.
I have pet care plans for emergencies like going to the hospital. My adult children like my cat too much to punish her for my poor vacation planning, so she would be okay if I didn’t arrange for care until after I left. My relationship with my children might suffer if I did that, so I won’t.
@shahnm I hear you. Mine was extremely independent and so if we were gone overnight, she was fine. Even two days, she was good because she had an auto-litter box and wouldn’t gobble all her food. But more than 2 to 2 1/2 days, and someone was coming over to feed her or check on her. Now that she’s gone, I’m just not ready to retrain another with our schedules yet.
I just spent four hours burying the cat. It wouldn’t keep still, wriggling about and howling its head off. We were going away for a fortnight’s holiday and it wasn’t at all a well cat, so I thought I’d better bury it just to be on the safe side.
@curtw4 my husband gave me an auto-litter box (litter bot/litter robot? can’t remember the name but it’s huge) for my birthday several years ago, best danged thing ever. i still had to dump it (obviously) about once a week but it went straight into the trash bag and the cat didn’t get exposed to the fumes from her urine (which for her was enough to knock you over - she drank a LOT of water and used the bathroom several times a day)
No pets. My schedule is too filled and inconsistent to be fair to a dog (the only kind of pet I’d get). Plus, I have friends who do have them, and it’s always a hassle for them when we’re out late/on a weekend trip.
But I sure love petting and playing with any dogs I encounter.
No pets currently. Have had a series of dogs, cats, fish, a white rat, a horse and a possum over the years. Finally told the kids I wasn’t gonna let them have any pets bigger than I could bury with a post hole digger.
This is a dog poll. Cats take care of themselves. Leave them extra food, water, litter box. Done. That’s why I have cats. My husband’s dog has to have someone to care for it, so it goes to grandpa’s house.