Okay. In February I am taking a trip back to Louisiana (leaving on the 17th and will be back at 2PM on the 27th, so it's 10 days). The dogs each have someone to stay with and are not a problem. But the cats, however, are.
Gerona probably wouldn't care about going to someone's house while I am gone--she did it once before in Louisiana when I went to Finland for a few days and was fine. Galina, however, is another story. She HATES
strangers and new places. I really must put emphasis on HATE. She would die if I sent her to a stranger's house.
Our neighbours have offered to come over twice a day to feed the kitties and give them water. I'm seriously thinking about having them do this. It would be MUCH less stressful on Galina. I would put out two extra litter boxes and pretty much EMPTY the main part of the house so they can't get into too much mischief. I'll also be asking a friend of our's that is keeping Seamus to come over every few days and check up on the cats' health and so on.
What do you guys think? I'm sure most people wouldn't recommended leaving them in a house by themselves, but they have each other for company and health-wise it would be better for Galina. And I would be calling the neighbours every other day to get kitty updates.
We have no hazardous plants in the house or toxic chemicals. Our cats do not chew on electrical cords and most cords are hidden, anyway. The worst they could possibly do is knock things down from the countertops, which will be cleaned before we leave. And scratch up the couch and carpets while I'm away (even though they have TWO kitty scratchers, it just doesn't beat the couch and carpets).
I'm interested to hear what everyone thinks.