|Purred: Fri Jul 28, '06 9:53am PST |
|Hey Casey's Dad! Have you thought about a professional petsitter? We love ours.
I don't know how traumatic it would be to take the kitties with you, since different cats react differently to this type of thing, but there is another option - you could let them stay home and hire a professional petsitter to take care of them.
This is what my Mommy did when they went away for their honeymoon. They went on a cruise, so taking us was not an option. Mommy checked out the boarding facilities and she totally agrees with you that boarding is horrible! I would've hated her if she did that to me. Kitties do seem to prefer their own home.
Prior to this trip Mommy would just have a friend take care of us, but at the time of their honeymoon I was having some kidney problems and needed fluid treatment. She knew no one would feel comfortable sticking a needle in me (she had to learn to do it, it takes time). Plus, she hated to ask her friends to do stuff like changing litterboxes, etc.
She found a petsitter we absolutely love. I liked her immediately when she came over for the initial consult (normally I was afraid of strangers, but not her) This lady came by, fed us, played with us, cleaned the litterbox, gave me my fluids, took me to the vet when I got sick, even got their mail and checked the lights!
Petsitters usually have lots of animal experience. Some have worked at vet's offices. Mine was an animal keeper at Disney's Animal Kingdom. He husband says she's like Dr. Doolittle 'cause she knows how animals feel.
You can find one in your area at petsit.com. This is the site for their professional organization, Pet Sitters International. My sitter is a member, although Mommy found her by word-of mouth.
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