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Old 25.04.2021, 15:06
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Holiday care for diabetic cat

We're looking for a solution for holiday care for our diabetic cat. Before her diagnosis she went to a cat hotel in Küsnacht (we're in Meilen, ZH), which worked very well, but that's no longer an option as they won't do insulin injections.

I've found a couple of places further afield that offer this service (in Solothurn and Basel), which we would consider if we were going away for a couple of weeks but which aren't practical for just a few days (lucky there's a pandemic on and we can't fly home to Australia easily at the moment...&#128521

Does anyone know of a place in ZH where she could stay? Having someone come to us is also an option, but she's not used to being by herself at all, as we always work from home, pandemic or no pandemic! But this might still be an option for a day or two, as long as someone can visit exactly every twelve hours.

Any suggestions?

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Old 25.04.2021, 16:11
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Re: Holiday care for diabetic cat

https://www.marigin.ch/voraussetzungen.html

Those I've bookmarked while reading around, they might be suitable for your case?
That's the cattery from the vet clinic.
Plus they have life stream

However, I have zero experience with them or anyone else, I'm not in ZH/CH yet.
They just seemed really good thing to check, based on few mentions from random people online + their google reviews and what they offer / how the rooms look like.

However the cat will be alone most of the time there from what I've understood how catteries work mostly. So maybe it is more logical to leave the cat in their environment and find a sitter who'll visit often?

One I've also found is this one, I saved them because they mentioned they can do house visits as well.
https://pet-hotel.ch/preise.html
No clue if they'd administer meds though but "Die Pet-Hotel Leiterin und Tierheilpraktikerin" at the end might mean they could do it? I can't see it in the price list though.


There's also FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1107950025907594/
Maybe you can ask there for advice or maybe even find someone?
But yes, that's between private persons, so you really need to build a trust and get lucky to find someone who knows how to give injections.

Good luck!
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Re: Holiday care for diabetic cat

You could also ask your vet if they know of any suitable places.
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Re: Holiday care for diabetic cat

I’m assuming it’s some sort of long duration Insulin. But there are some (for humans) with a duration of 36 hours or so. I’m on one of these (Tresiba) and take mine every 24 hours. Perhaps your Vet can advise if kitty can switch to one of these.

Is it with a syringe and a bottle, or with a pen? Obviously a pen is much easier for someone not familiar with the process.
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Re: Holiday care for diabetic cat

I'll second Marigin.

I don't have a cat, and so of course have not used the Katzenhotel - but the Muttley Crew have been patients at Marigin since they opened ca. 6 years ago. I am very happy with the care they receive.

Two of mine were more or less 'Stammgast' at the ICU, cared for 24/7 during crisis events not only by the vets but also by the Praxis assistants who did the routine care. I cannot speak highly enough of the care my mutts received in the ICU - the folks there are very good people as well as skilled practitioners.

Hand on heart, both the Belltie and Hooligan lived far, far longer than anyone would have expected due to the amazing folks at Marigin.

And, although he has not tested their medical skills in the same way, the Marigin staff are not fazed by my extreme problem pooch Robin Goodfellow, which speaks to their good hearts.


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No worries about your cat's meds, you'll be in good hands with the Marigin staff.

When the Katzenhotel opened I took a tour of the facility - and thought it looked wonderful. Again, I am not a cat owner, so you'd want to check it out from a 'cat person' perspective. The Katzenhotel is on the second floor, away from the hustle and bustle of the clinic, nice and quiet.

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The Katzenhotel is very popular - you would need to book early in normal times. I don't know how things are these days with pet owners traveling less. You should call and ask for a tour of the facility, see if you think it would be a good fit.

Feusisberg is less than half an hour away from Meilen, just around the other side of the lake, up the hill from Pfäffikon. Very easy to reach.

All the best.
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Re: Holiday care for diabetic cat

I am a member of Trusted House Sitters, where people come and stay at your place while you are away, taking care of your pets/plants/whatever is needed while you're away. Reading a potential sitter's profile you can read about them, read their referrals, and understand where their priorities are (cats vs dogs vs chickens ).

Other than the initial annual membership cost, there are no other fees. Someone is getting a mini-holiday at your house, and you're getting full-time pet care. I have been a member for a few years now and have had many, many positive transactions. The sitters I have had were all lovely people, some of which I even was able to invite back again. I love the fact that someone is IN my house, keeping my cats company for more than "can someone pop in for an hour?" that you often get, and the cats don't have the stress of going to some strange place. Plus, two of my cats have very strict diets, so I am sure that the sitter will follow their particular feeding needs.

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I’m assuming it’s some sort of long duration Insulin. But there are some (for humans) with a duration of 36 hours or so. I’m on one of these (Tresiba) and take mine every 24 hours. Perhaps your Vet can advise if kitty can switch to one of these.

Is it with a syringe and a bottle, or with a pen? Obviously a pen is much easier for someone not familiar with the process.
Thanks for the suggestion!

At the moment it's with a syringe and bottle. But we're going to the vet tomorrow so I'll ask if a longer duration insulin is also a possibility.
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Thanks for the suggestion!

At the moment it's with a syringe and bottle. But we're going to the vet tomorrow so I'll ask if a longer duration insulin is also a possibility.
A search shows my Insulin is available for cats in some locations. What you are looking for is Insulin degludec (trade name Tresiba) For cats the duration ranges from 24 to 36 hours.
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A search shows my Insulin is available for cats in some locations. What you are looking for is Insulin degludec (trade name Tresiba) For cats the duration ranges from 24 to 36 hours.
That's really useful information. Thanks!
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Re: Holiday care for diabetic cat

You could also take a look at the Pet Sitter inZuri Facebook group:
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Re: Holiday care for diabetic cat

We recently found a wonderful pet sitter who stayed in our house for 3 days while we were away. If you would like her details please let me know - she was really responsible and sent photos and daily updates.
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We recently found a wonderful pet sitter who stayed in our house for 3 days while we were away. If you would like her details please let me know - she was really responsible and sent photos and daily updates.
Thanks very much! That would be great. I'll send you a PM.

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