Kind of random.. but I am hoping some experienced cat owners can chime in. I've never really had a cat, I've always been a dog person. Our sweet 8 year old Saint Bernard passed away a year ago and I haven't been up to getting a new pet yet. Recently I decided to rescue a cat from the shelter, as I missed having a pet to love on but my heart just wasn't ready for another dog. Anyway, a month ago I rescued a 2 year old girl from the shelter and she has adjusted well to our family and is fitting right in. We have a trip coming up to Vegas on Nov 10th, and its my first time traveling with a cat at home. We will be gone 4 nights. Most things I read tell me that if the cat is left with a clean litter box, and a feeder for food and water she should be fine. I'm not only worried about her getting lonely but about her getting into some sort of trouble like stuck somewhere or something. I am going to be having my brother come every day (hopefully) or every other day (at a minimum) to check on her. I've thought about having her boarded but I'm afraid since we only got her a month ago, bringing her to yet another new environment might stress her out. I think she will be happiest staying home since she's finally adjusted and feels safe and secure here. So anyways... are there any tips you can offer me for leaving her? I'm thinking of investing in a self cleaning litter box and automatic feeder, are there any brands anyone can recommend? My mom keeps telling me that the cat probably cares less if we are here or not and she will be fine and I'm worrying for nothing. But it seems like the cat likes when we are home, she follows me around, and even lays on the couch when we are gone by the window and when she sees us pull into the driveway she meets us at the door. I hate for her to feel abandoned again.