The Hard Part of Going on Vacation

We took out the suitcases for our upcoming vacation and, as expected, all the cats had to lie on top of them. It happens every time. I think they know what is coming and they want to make sure we know that they don’t want to be left home again.

Cats on suitcase

We’re going with you.

Cat on suitcase

I’m staging a sleep in until you agree to take us with you.

I hate leaving them alone for so long. We do have someone who will come in twice a day but that won’t be the same for them. Honestly, I don’t worry about the diminished attention they will get. They have each other and they can survive a week with little human attention.

What I do worry about is the unpredictable. What if the cat-sitter accidentally lets a cat out? Worse, what if something bad happens to her? What if a burglar invades our home and leaves the door open? What if someone gets sick? What if there is a fire? The possibilities are endless.

Yes, I’m a bit of a worrier, and no, I’m not going to let it ruin my vacation. I will just make sure I do everything possible to lessen the chances that something bad will happen and leave it at that.

I’ve taken out of storage our gravity feeder and water dish that holds several days worth of food and water. The cat-sitter may be a bit insulted by this but that is the least of my concerns. I also plan on giving a key to the neighbor for emergencies. In addition, I will unplug everything I can to reduce the risk of fire. I can’t do much about burglars but hopefully our lack of valuables will be a good deterrent.

Hopefully I will be able to enjoy a worry-free vacation. If anyone has any other tips, please let me know.




19 thoughts on “The Hard Part of Going on Vacation

  1. angelswhisper2011

    I’m sure they’ll be fine, but I know the feeling to leave them behind. We always have a cat-sitter in the house during the time of our vacations. Have a wonderful vacation and Enjoy 🙂

  2. The Island Cats

    I worry about those things too when we go away. It’s what us pet parents do. It sounds like you’ve got everything covered…and I’m sure the cats will be fine when you’re gone. Have a good trip.

    Island Cat Mom

  3. onespoiledcat

    Oh I totally understand……we’re like that too when we have to leave Sam……..all those “what ifs” can ruin your vacation but it sounds like you’ve thought of everything! Just relax and enjoy your time away……the “routine” will be waiting for you when you get back!

    Pam and Sam

  4. Summer

    Oh man, you sound just like my human! Even though she had me with her in Las Vegas, every time she called home, she asked after Binga and Boodie. Later this month when she is on a week-long business trip, she will have to leave me behind too and she probably won’t stop thinking about any of us for a second!

    I hope you enjoy yourselves on your vacation, regardless!

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Thank you Summer. You reminded me about what my wife used to do back when we had an actual home phone. She would call home so the cats could hear her voice and then she would add “KITTY TREATS!” That was not nice.

  5. kittiesblue

    Clean all the cat hair off your suitcase before you go. MOL! Our dad’s suitcase came off the luggage belt once totally encased in shrink wrap by the airlines because it was so thick with cat hair! Have a fun vacation. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  6. Charles Huss Post author

    Reblogged this on Bad Cat Chris and commented:

    Here is a post for Throwback Thursday from almost six years ago. We were going on a week-long cruise plus an extra day to get to Port Canaveral and visit my wife’s dad. That was a long time to be away from our cats.

  7. onespoiledcat

    Well you survived the vacation and so did the cats – they are less “dependent” on us as we’d like to think – as long as they get food and water they’re good to go. We’ve never left Ted longer than overnight except when we’ve been gone for a week or more in which case he goes to the Kitty Cat Hotel and Spa. Since we didn’t get to go to Maine this year he will just have to endure having us home……………LOL

    Hugs, Pam

  8. kittiesblue

    Was going to leave that same comment again, until I saw that I had already done so. Because of Sawyer we can no longer travel. Makes me sad, but he is worth it! And, of course, now with the pandemic, we wouldn’t travel.


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