I'm going on vacation with my family to Newfoundland for 3 weeks which I do every summer in a little over 2 weeks. The problem every summer is what do we do with the cat. We have done everything in the 4 years we've had her, she has stayed with my friend who gave her to me but she now has a dog which I'm not comfortable leaving her with because Smudge has never been with dogs, she has been with a few other friends, and last year was the worst of all, we boarded her at a kennel. I called every day to make sure she was doing good, which they said she was, meanwhile when we picked her up from the kennel she had fleas, huge matts stuck in her fur, her white feet were yellow, and it took her a month to get back to normal. So kennels are not an option, and I'm having a very hard time finding someone I'm comfortable leaving her with because everyone has dogs now.
She's a pretty shy cat unless its the family, has been known to hide for up to 8+ hours when furnace people come, and is scared of men and small children. She is fine with the family and is very much a suck up and will wake up from sleeping and follow me if I change rooms. Everyone keeps telling me to just bring her with us, but she's never been in the car for more than vet trips, which she has never gotten sick or used the bathroom in the car and I don't know how she would do for 2 and a half days driving, with a hotel and being on a ferry. The only bad car ride she has had was to the kennel where she was shaking, panting and snotting/drooling.
I'm really at a loss of what to do and with the date getting closer I need to figure it out. I don't know if I should bring her, and if I do how I should go about it, I know not to leave her loose in the car so she would either be crated or harness/seatbelted in. Or what to do with food and water and bathroom usage, we drive for around 12 hours, stop in New Brunswick to sleep and then drive to the boat (10 hours) and take it over night and then drive to the house which only takes 2 or 3 hours. It's really hard to find anyone to watch her in their home and my parents don't really want someone coming in our house. I'd really appreciate some help because I have 17 days to figure all of this out.