I have a 5 year old cat Sansa who is a big part of our family so am stuck as to what to do.
In a few weeks time my 2 year old daughter needs to have an operation. The operation is such that it needs to be performed at a specialist childrens hospital 50 miles from home. She will be in hospital for at least 2 weeks possibly up to 4 weeks depending on how well the initial operation goes, and the treatment they decide upon afterwards.
Sansa is a shy cat, and indoor only. We live in a flat (there's plenty of room, and we play with her loads) and when people come to our flat even if they've been lots before she hides.
I will need to be with my daughter in hospital for obvious reasons. My husband will either be working, travelling to the hospital or taking over from me so I can have a break which leaves us with the dilemma of Sansa as there's no guarantees my husband will be back at our flat for feeding and litter tray cleaning.
I have 2 options:
1) Pay a pet sitter to come in twice daily, she'd scoop the tray and change the litter but can only guarantee she's available for the first two weeks my daughter will be away, which doesn't give me much leeway if my daughter needs to be in hospital longer, although she's not said yet whether she might be able to do longer. She also won't have time to play with Sansa much as she's also a dog walker (she won't be bringing dogs into our flat though).
2) Sansa goes to stay with my mum. My mum has 2 cats of her own, so even though my mum works and would be out all day she would have the company of them. My mums cats are both female. But one is very old (around 14) and the other is a bit older than Sansa. Sansa has lived with other cats before we got her but that was over 2 years ago, and I'd be worried about her going from being an only cat to living with 2 others. Also not sure how unsettling this would be for Sansa too. The only benefit to this is my mum could have Sansa for as long as my daughter was in hospital, and my husband could pop in if he gets time.
So what would you do? Like I said Sansa is a huge part of our family, my daughters currently off Nursery (daycare) sick and Sansa is asleep next to her in bed, so I'm keen to do the best thing for her. I have about 4 weeks to decide what's best and make arrangements.
I have attached a photo of Sansa taken on Boxing Day after she stole my brand new mink throw off me!