I want to visit my hometown before my mother sells the house I grew up in. Complication: ailing kitty.
My mother retired this year, is planning on selling the house she's owned since 1982, and will be moving out of state probably by the end of the year. I haven't been "home" in 8 years, and that was for three days. I would very much like to see the house once more and to spend some time in my hometown with Mr. E.
However, about a month ago my 14-year-old cat
was diagnosed with kidney failure. She seems to have stabilized with prescription food, potassium supplements, and subcutaneous fluids. I know that cats can live quite a while with kidney failure. We had a follow-up appointment yesterday, and apparently she's doing pretty well, considering. Still very active and affectionate.
In the past when we've gone on trips, we've given keys to a couple of cat-loving friends and they check in every couple of days, make sure there's food/water/litter, give pets, etc. But I can't imagine asking any of our friends to take on the subQ...or coaxing little girl to eat, which is still an issue.
1) Should I give up on the hometown visit? I still feel pangs of regret over not visiting before my grandparents had to move out of the house they'd owned since the 40s or my aunt sold the home she grew up in. I'm also dealing with weird nostalgia issues after being away for almost 20 years, worrying about not visiting my aunt before she dies (she's quite healthy, mid70s), etc. On the other hand, it's just a place; I have both photos and memories. And Southern California will still be there in a year or two years or five years.
2) If I do decide I really need to go, what are my options for kitty care? I've never boarded pets before. (Extra extra complication: we have several cats. The rest are much younger and quite healthy.) What sort of things should I be looking for?
3) Are there any other questions or options I should be considering in making a decision?
I read this previous AskMe
, and it's given me some food for thought, but I don't have quite the same level of urgency yet.
The combination of ailing kitty and retiring mom is making me feel really old & emotional and I'm pretty sure I'm not thinking as clearly as I could. Thanks for any advice.