Hi! I've got a couple of questions about going on a week-long vacation and what to do with my 10 month old indoor kitten, Digby
(YouTube). I've had him about 8 months; he was found on the streets and was very sick. Fortunately, he had an awesome foster mother and got the care and medications he needed. He's been doing great since I've had him, but he does have some odd behaviors that are either because he wasn't with his momma and/or siblings very long or because he was living on his own on the streets (kneading and sucking his blanket, taking his food out of the bowl and eating it elsewhere, lots of biting and nipping).
(I did read several threads here like this, but they're over two years old.)
TLDR: Should I board Digby at the vet or let him stay at home? And if he stays at home, how do I keep him busy?
Option 1 is boarding Digby at my vet - two of the techs actually live in an apartment upstairs and they loved him when he stayed overnight for his neutering and the price is reasonable. I might have a little more peace of mind if he stays there, knowing there is someone around 24-7.
Option 2 is to leave him here at home and have someone come in and feed him. I have a landlady who is more than happy to do that once a day, but the problem is that she really doesn't have the time to sit and play with him. So he'll have human contact for only a few minutes a day.
BUT Mr. Digglesworth has a lot
of energy and needs
to play. He loves his Cat Dancer and his laser light, but the laser light needs me to work it for him. He will literally come over to me and tap my arm when he wants to play, and if I don't - well - lets just say we don't have curtains on the one window anymore. (It's cool, he's a kitten and I learned my lesson.) He has another stuffed toy that I use to get him to bite it instead of me, but again, I have to be there to toss it in the air for him to catch it. He has lots of mice and catnip toys and one of those hoops with the ball in it. He also has lot of those Bizzy Balls with the bells in them, but I have to dig them out from under the couch every few days. Yeah, he's spoiled, but he really does play with his toys, but like I said, most of them need me there.
My friends with cats say that it is better to leave him in his own home and have someone come in and feed him with the logic being that even though I
won't be there, he'll still have all HIS stuff and his places and won't think I deserted him. I'm just worried he won't get the stimulation he needs staying at home. I saw a laser light toy that operates by itself, but it goes off after 15 minutes and I won't be there to turn it on.
Oh - one more factor: I'm a teacher and have been home pretty much most of the summer so far, so he's going to go from me being here all day to not here at all for 8 days.
So what do you think Hivemind? I'd really like to hear any experiences you have with this kind of thing. Would I just be better off boarding him? Do you know of any toys - other than the Cat Dancer - that will stimulate him without me having to be there? Have you had experiences boarding your cat that would help me make a decision?
Thanks so much in advance!