what to do with cats while out of country for 10 days
I'm trying to figure out what the best cat care is for my cats during this long trip. I'll be gone in mid-October. I can't remember the last time I was gone this long if ever. I have two cats - one is 11 and in good health, the other is 16 with IBD and hyperT though both conditions are under control with meds/food. The older cat has lost some weight recently but vet check, labs, etc. all looked good. We switched him to a different hypoallergenic food and he is now eating very well and starting to gain weight. So far no signs of any IBD symptoms but he's only been on this new food for about a week. He pretty much will only eat canned food now - the other cat would be fine eating dry food but she eats what he eats since his diet needs to be limited.
The older cat gets methimazole twice a day and 1/2 pred pill on Mon, Wed, Fri. I had tapered him off the pred completely but that coincided with the weight loss so resumed that - though he didn't start eating well until we switched food. So at some point I am going to try getting him off that again but probably not before this trip.
I have a professional cat sitter (former vet tech) who will come in 2x per day to do the usual plus give the older cat his pills twice a day. If Boris, the older cat, is eating well then I probably don't have too much concern about this arrangement other than leaving him alone so much - he just loves being on someone's lap and sleeping with someone and there will be very little of that while we're gone. This person has provided my cat care for many years and I have every confidence in her.
When he wasn't eating well and I was wondering if something more might be wrong, I was thinking maybe I should board him at the vet so he is more closely monitored. I'm still wondering about this because his health is kind of tenuous and he's on this "new" food which may still be working out fine by then. I also thought maybe he would have more frequent people contact but I need to investigate the boarding option more. What do I need to ask about boarding? I've never done this - always had care in the home.
The other thing I thought about doing was taking the older cat in for the radioactive iodine treatment - and have him there while I'm gone. Part of the reason I didn't do that to start with was that I couldn't stand the thought of him having to be at the hospital for two weeks but if I were going to board him anyway maybe I should do that treatment now.
The older cat is very easy going, loves everyone and I think might tolerate the boarding thing okay. The other cat however would probably be lonely at home but the cat sitter would come in every day or two to check on her.
So, what do you think?