First of all, sorry if this is in the wrong place! I couldn't decide if it should go here or in the general forum, but chose this one because it comes down to the cat's behavior and personality.
Alright, here's what's going on: My husband and I will be out of town in a couple of weeks, gone from Wednesday morning through Sunday evening. This is the first time we will leave Declan. My question is, is he better off home alone during that time with the cat sitter checking on him twice a day, or is he better off staying at the cat sitter's house?
To complicate things slightly, if he stays at our house, he will not have free roam. As I've mentioned before, we have pet bunnies in a room that cannot be closed off and while he's done quite well with them so far, I really do not want to leave him alone with them for 23 hours a day. If he stays at our house, he will have to be locked in the bathroom and just come out for maybe half an hour twice a day when the pet sitter comes over. I do not think he will like this!! Even if we put lots of toys and his scratching post in the bathroom, I think he would get very bored in there.
Now, for his personality: Declan is a VERY laid back kitty. I mean, he definitely likes to play and have fun, but he's pretty hard to frazzle. Heck, when we brought him home from the shelter mere hours after he was neutered, it basically took him about 15 minutes to settle in and then he acted like he'd been here forever. He's also SUPER friendly and loves everyone. I'm afraid he'll get really lonely if he's at our house by himself and just checked on twice a day. I think he would handle being dropped off at the pet sitter's house Tuesday night and then being picked up Sunday night pretty well. It will surely be stressful to some extent, but in the long run I think he'd benefit from the run time and attention he'd get.
We have 2 potential cat sitters. Both are close friends and both have 2 cats. Okay, 1 has 2 cats plus a foster cat that they just took in a couple weeks ago. Her 2 cats are quite laid back and have no issues with other cats, don't know about the foster but he came from a cat rescue with tons of other kitties roaming around. The second cat sitter's cats are both kittens, about 3 and 4 months old.
So, what do you all think? What would you do if Declan was your cat? He is my first kitty so I don't have any experience with leaving him! THANKS