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Would anyone be willing to take a very cute feline house guest?

Hi there,

My boyfriend and I are moving from Scotland to the Montreux area at the end of August (have spent the 'summer' wistfully comparing our weather with the weather in Vaud, and really can't wait!) and have temporary accommodation in Montreux arranged through my work for when we arrive. Unfortunately, however, they have a 'no pets' policy, and so my Dad was going to look after our cat, Milla, back in Scotland till we arranged somewhere. However, he's now going to be away for ten days in September - my sister can pop by each day and feed Milla, but she'll be pretty lonesome on her own for all that time, so my ideal would be if she could come over with us and stay with someone locally till we find somewhere.

Is anyone in the Montreux area (we have a car, so it can be within driving distance) up for a feline houseguest? We're in a position to rent somewhere immediately, so hopefully it wouldn't be for more than a month or so, if that. She's just turned one and is healthy (she'll need to have a fit-to-travel check three weeks before we come) and very sweet. She's been allowed outdoors during the day since May, but we'd prefer for her to stay indoor if she was somewhere on a temporary basis.

We'd provide food, litter, litter box (she has a 'walk in' one with a door), her radiator bed and favourite blanket. Ideally, we'd like to also come and visit her, so hopefully it would be a nice way to meet someone/s local too! I'm going to be teaching English in Montreux and my boyfriend, a chef, is going to continue to work in the North Sea on a three on / three off basis. We're particularly looking forward to the sporty side of life in Switzerland, in particular mountain biking and snowboarding.

I hope this isn't a cheeky request - I'm obviously happy to pay you a price we both agree on; I just want her to be in a home, rather than a cattery, and somewhere where she'll have company - she's never spent a whole night home alone, and although she's a self sufficient little thing, like most cats, she does like company to be there so she can ignore it as she chooses, or deign to come up for some strokes and cuddles!

Do PM if interested. I've tried to attach a photo of Milla to this but not sure if it's worked!

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Kate
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Re: Would anyone be willing to take a very cute feline house guest?

Shame, if it was Zurich I would be able to help,


Let me know if you consider this...


Best of luck
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Old 29.07.2015, 15:33
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Re: Would anyone be willing to take a very cute feline house guest?

She's gorgeous!

I'd love to help but my own kitty would not be happy.

Hope you find someone.
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Re: Would anyone be willing to take a very cute feline house guest?

Thanks, tigereyeali! I will definitely keep that in mind.

Aw, thank you, Brenda - she is a very pretty lady, although your comment has reminded me that I didn't mention that she's not a fan of other animals, so it would really need to be someone who is perhaps thinking about getting a cat and would like a wee trial, rather than someone who's already blessed with a feline companion!
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Re: Would anyone be willing to take a very cute feline house guest?

Hello, sadly I can't help with my own territorial feline and being the other side of Switzerland. However, are you sure that finding a friendly neighbour in Scotland or even putting an ad in locally would not be better? I only ask due to my very recent experience of moving my cat twice in two months (my temporary accommodation did allow). Even though mine is pretty chilled out as cats go, and I chose to take him as he is very attached to me, the two moves have really stressed him out and I do think I would have been better leaving him in London, having friends look after him, and just moving him directly into my permanent place. You clearly know your cat best, just some food for thought.

Best of luck whatever you choose and with the mood!
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Re: Would anyone be willing to take a very cute feline house guest?

Thanks, Veltliner, I appreciate your comments. My ideal would be for her to stay with my Dad till we've found somewhere that we can stay long term, but now that he's booked this holiday, I really don't like the idea of her basically being on her own for ten days; as you say though, it might be less stressful for her than being with a stranger in a new place for a while. I wish I could ask her what she'd prefer!

I do welcome any thoughts from anyone who has had to move with a cat though, as it's proving to be the most stressful / tricky part of the experience - I just want to do what's best for her.

Thanks again for your reply.
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I really don't like the idea of her basically being on her own for ten days; as you say though, it might be less stressful for her than being with a stranger in a new place for a while.
Way less stressful.

We once placed our cats with some friends over the holidays, because even though they lived close, it suited them better and they liked having them around in their apartment. But as it turned out, they didn't see the poor animals at all, because they were hiding their entire stay. Only near the end of their stay they seemed a bit more comfortable, but by then it was time to go back home already.

And even when I was taking care of my parent's cat (which was basically my cat up to the moment I left the house) during the holidays. When I still shared an apartment with a flatmate, poor kitty would hide under my bed the entire day and not come out until after I came home. It became a lot better once I finally had my own apartment, but it was only because she knew and trusted me already.


Whenever we go for holidays now, we just leave the cats in their own environment and someone comes over to visit them once or twice a day. So much better this way. They don't seem to care too much and will catch up on hugs and cuddles as soon as we get back.
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Re: Would anyone be willing to take a very cute feline house guest?

We are just over 1 hour from Montreux- but if you get absolutely desperate at the last moment- we could look after her. She would have her own VERY large room, with 3 large window sills where she could look out at fields and woods and visiting wildlife- and of course, lots and lots of cuddles. We live 'next door' in another part of the house with our own elderly cat and dachshund- ad we could do B&B if you want to visit for the week-end/s. See how it goes.

We've had other cats to stay, and none of them were stressed out by the experience, bar the frustration of not being allowed out- they know a cat lover when they meet one.
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Re: Would anyone be willing to take a very cute feline house guest?

Thanks, iPinky, for sharing your experience. I hope Milla would settle a bit better because she's been travelling with us since she was a kitten; she stays with my Dad (40mins drive away) whenever we go away, and even came with me to stay at my friend's house (with a baby there too!) for a sleepover a few weeks ago. She ate at her usual times, used the litter box and curled up and slept at the foot of the curtains in the living room where we were hanging out. So my hope would be because she's accustomed to moving about that it wouldn't be as stressful as had she only ever lived in one place - although I quite agree that it's not going to be completely stress free for her regardless.

Odile, that is a lovely offer, particularly your suggestion of B&B at the weekend. Thank you - I will let you know if we do decide that's the best option. Thanks! (Oh, Milla's just come up to me and miaowed - I wonder if this is her way of saying it sounds good!)
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Re: Would anyone be willing to take a very cute feline house guest?

As said, if you find somewhere closer to Montreux- that would be better for you- but we are not that far and have ideal facilities. If you need references, I have several friends on EF who i could ask if they mind being contacted.
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She'll need more than a fit to travel check-up. Does she have a microchip and pet passport? Has she been vaccinated for rabies? Find out your obligations to be able to bring her in by using the online tool on the Swiss Veterinary Office's website:

http://blv.bytix.com/plus/dbr/default.aspx?lang=en

She's very sweet - looks like our late, and sadly missed, Liquorice who moved with us to Switzerland many years ago. Can't help on the accommodation I'm afraid; we're almost as far away as Odile and we're going to be on holiday for part of September too.
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Leave her in the UK until you have a permanent place.... many rental properties say no pets, so it might take you a while to get accepted for a place that allows pets.
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Re: Would anyone be willing to take a very cute feline house guest?

Thanks, Medea - she's all sorted with pet passport, microchip and rabies jab; I just thought it was important to mention that she'd need the fit to travel check too, so no one gets landed with a poorly kitty. Thanks for the link though - and the Milla compliment; she does appreciate those! ;-)

Ta, Island Monkey - I know it's not so ideal finding rental accommodation with a pet involved, but we've been keeping an eye on all the main websites, and there are currently quite a few pet-friendly possibilities that have been on for a while, so fingers crossed we'll get something sorted fairly soon if we do take her with us in August.
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