Hi everyone. I had a feeling I was going to be having a melt down about Andie around this time. I need to post about my dilemma and get your advice. (This is a long winded post, I apologize, but I wanna give all details, lol)
Next Saturday August 9, I am leaving for a cruise and will not be back until August 17. I have never left Andie for more than 5 days... and even that was painful for me. As you all prob know, Andie has Inflammatory Bowel Disease and eats Venison and Green pea canned cat food 3 times a day in small doses. This has changed her life dramatically... she is like a new cat. Anyways, so whenever I go away it's always a huge issue to get someone to come here 3 times a day to feed her. Typically, my landlord (I live in a 2 family) downstairs just comes up and feeds her and keeps her some company and will put on the AC if it's too hot. But when I planned my trip, I did not think about the possibility that she may be away too... and sure enough, her and her family are gone the whole time I am on my cruise, so I cannot count on her to feed Andie. My best friend said she can feed her in the mornings and evenings on her way to and from work, and most likely her boyfriend can feed her in the afternoons (Andie eats at 6:00 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 10:00 p.m. when I am home.... that works best for me b/c I am a teacher and it fits my schedule perfectly-- but if someone else feeds her they usually dont get here til 8:00 a.m., which is fine). So the good thing is that I most likely have all her meals covered ( I will confirm things up today).
But the issue it's 8 days of her being on her own basically. I live in the top floor of this house and it can get brutally hot up here... I cant leave the AC the entire time I am gone b/c my landlord would FLIP out when the bill comes (I dont pay electric), plus for my little Andie to be alone so many days I feel terrible.... she is sure to get lonely. Here is what I need your advice on: Do I just leave her here at "her" house with "her" stuff and have my best friend come in (who Andie knows VERY WELL) each day? (Anytime I am away this is where she stays) OR do I bring her to stay at my parents house in New Jersey?? -- here is the issue with my parents house....
Andie has not been there in probably 2 1/2 years or more. She used to like it, but 4 years when they got their cat, Cheetah, she HATED it. Since then if she goes she is usually confined to one bedroom. Her and Cheetah HISS and SPIT at each other and plus Cheetah has a bit of an aggressive side to her if threatened, and Andie is pretty much a wimp/diva, so she is a "wuss" when it comes down to it. We keep her in the one bedroom to keep them separate and help Andie feel more secure. Usually anytime she was there Andie would spend the ENTIRE DAY (pretty much any daylight hours) either burrowed under the covers on the bed or in the closet. She would not come out to eat or drink.... until night time.... then she would come out for a while and crunch on some food and go to the bathroom and all that. However, she has not been there since she was diagnosed with IBD and is now on a STRICT diet. Also, on top of Cheetah being there, my parents got a dog last year who Andie has never ever met... and Maggie, their dog, is a total goofball and will be very excited to discover a new cat in the house and I am sure she will sneak in the room at some point when my parents come in and out.
If I leave her here, she will most likely eat all her meals, but be lonely and possibly a little warm (my friend might be able to stay an hour or two at night and put on the AC, plus Andie sleeps on the tile floor in the bathroom if she gets really hot) and she will be all alone without any true company or anyone watching over her for 8 days. If I bring her to NJ... she may not eat all her meals, may then get backed up on her pooping (and with IBD, pooping is important-- luckily she has been diarrhea free for sooooooooooo long), plus she may spend the majority of the time in the closet. And then of course there is the issue of the 1 hour and a half car ride there (she has not been in a car since she returned home from her exploratory surgery last year...) The tradeoff to being at my mom and dad's is that my mom hangs out in that guest room all the time to read and use the computer.... and my dad is pretty much home all day when he isnt golfing.... so Andie will not really be alone.
I am so anxious over this and almost dont wanna go now... I dont know what to do with my Andie. I know I cant stop having a life b/c of her... but I guess I just didnt think about 8 days and how long that was until I realized my land lord would be gone at the same time as me....
SO what do ya think? Andie stays here at home? Or off to NJ???