As you guys probably know, next Tuesday I'm going to China and then Banff (about two weeks total we'll be gone).
Originally, Io was going to stay at my house and we were going to get a pet sitter. However (as you may also know) there was an error in my last pay cheque and I was shorted about $1000 - which was going to pay the pet sitter.
SO, the new plan was that my little spitfire cat was going to to go stay with my sister, show has a geriatric cat that's huge and also a grump. For reference, here is the fatty-lumpus, Cheshire;
He is huge, and old, and sick, and grumpy, but also very mellow and loving to people. Here is Io:
She is young, and tiny, and sassy, and thinks she's much bigger than she actually is. She doesn't like being petted much and will scratch or bite you gently to let you know she's had enough.
It wasn't a great situation, but I didn't really have another option at this point.
My mom called me this morning. She mentioned that she'd be taking my cat in for a while and someone she worked with almost begged to take Io! This guy has two daughters (aged 4 and 6) who really really really
want a kitty. Dad is okay with the idea, but Mama doesn't think the kids are ready. Io being over there would be a sort of 'trail run' of keeping pets and being responsible and all that jazz.
So, should I say yes?
* A four-year-old in the house means it's probably already pretty safe for a cat.
* I don't have to worry about my cat giving Cheshire a heart attack, or my sister's cat ripping Io to shreds.
* Two little kids means Io will get lots of attention and play, which she desperately needs and craves.
* I feel a bit bad admitting it, but I think Io will be more likely to stay fed on her regular schedule if there's little girls that are excited about the new 'grown-up' responsibilities. My mom works 9-5, and my sister works nights in a bar, so they're always in and out.
* Io loves people and is very forgiving. she will want to play and not hold a grudge even if you scare her.
* I don't really know these people, so I can't really get email updates, or be sure they're taking care of her.
* My mom is used to living with a sick senior cat who didn't like jumping on things even in his youth. I think she underestimates the amount of cat proofing needed.
* I can't be sure the family would go to the ends of the earth if Io got sick or ran out the door.
* Young children can be mean, and scary for a cat.
* My mom has a bunch of lillies right outside her back door, and doesn't understand the danger they pose because Cheshire's never bothered them.
* Io is young, and not mellow at all. She will
sratch the kids if they mess with her too much. And if she is startled, or can't get away, she'll probably draw blood. I don't know how the parents will react to that.
At this point, I think both Io and Cheshire would be happier not having to share space. But I don't really have any experience with young kids and I don't know how it would go. My mom vouches for this guy, and I trust her judgement, but ultimately he's a stranger to me.
What do you think?
TLDR; Should I board my cat for two weeks with catless strangers with small children, or with family and a geriatric cat.