Boarding cats for the first time
I don't know how I missed this forum! I'm usually lurking at the home decorating/kitchens/baths.
I have 10 and 12 year old female cats. The 10 year is overweight and recently developed arthritis on her spine. The vet wants me to switch them to high protein canned food. Previously they were on high protein kibble mixed with a variety of other foods to get them to eat. She has always been a big cat. I think she has some maine coon in her. It doesn't seem that either of them eat a lot. But it is obvious they both would benefit from losing a few pounds.
The transition has been going well. But we are scheduled to on vacation in two weeks for two weeks. We usually have my mom and a friend stop by and perform litter box duties and change food/water when we are gone. But dealing with canned food will be much more work on their part. They would have to stop by at least twice a day. That's a lot to ask. They have both expressed that they would be fine with doing that, but I still feel bad about it. Since it is early in the transition, I worry that they won't eat enough while we are gone. I've gone through so many brands and flavors in a week. I think I finally found one they will tolerate. But who knows if they'll change their minds while we are gone!
My other options are:
1. Cancel our vacation
2. Switch back to kibble while we are gone
3. Board the cats at our vet
The cats have never been boarded before. I'm not sure how they would handle it. I'm sure they would be fine and it is probably just me who will be a mess for two weeks. The 12 year old is a talker...a 24/7 non-stop talker. I imagine she will drive everyone there *crazy* with her mouth. Doing this will make sure they are eating and getting care should the 10 year old have any issues with walking, etc.
I don't think going back to kibble would be the end of the world. And if I do decide to do that, should I stop the canned now and just start up again when we get back?
I'm driving myself crazy with this!
Any advice would be much appreciated!!