that I be out of the house during daytime bathroom renovation. This will terrify my aged, timid house cat. Any suggestions?
TL;DR summary: Landlord refuses to let me be here during the day while renovating. My frail housebound cat will be terrified. What do I do?
I've rented from Landlord for 16 years. My precious girl
has lived here with me her entire life, strictly indoors.
She's now 15 and in failing health. Because I don't socialize much, she's scared of everyone who is Not Me and loud external noises (trucks, fireworks). When it's just us, she's Queen of the Castle.
The problem - yesterday, Landlord informed me that he is gutting and renovating the house's bathroom. Majorly. He'll rip out the tub, redo walls and floors, eliminate a window, reroute plumbing and install a shower. (I suspect he's preparing to sell the house.)
He announced that he was starting immediately
, that very morning, while I was at work. (He called me at the office, there was no advance notice at all.)
I was not comfortable with this - at the very least, I wanted to remove my personal belongings from the bathroom and tidy up! I was also worried about kitty. With difficulty, I got him to delay until today, saying I'd take off work and let him in.
This morning, he was visibly unhappy to see me. He asked if I was staying. I said yes. He abruptly announced that he was leaving, he couldn't work while I was here. He'd return on Friday and start demolition while I was at work. (He didn't provide an explanation beyond that.)
This was very odd - it's a smaller house but my presence would in no way interfere. He'd never see me, I would not be underfoot. I told him go ahead, don't mind me, do what you have to do! I'd use a nearby public bathroom if I needed the facilities. He refused. (He doesn't expect me to move out during the project; he's fine if I sleep here and stated plumbing will be functional at all times.)
His weirdness aside, I'm so worried about what to do with kitty during days of demolition and construction while I'm at work. Any suggestions?
I'm going to have to shut her in my bedroom when I leave; okay but it's right next to the bathroom. The noise, the power tools, the smashing and bashing and strange people in and out all day - this is going to terrify her, and it breaks my heart.
- I work 30 minutes away, 9 AM - 6 PM. My office is No Pets Allowed.
- I've never boarded her or taken her anywhere (except the vet) and being such a homebody, would this be even more traumatic for her than remaining at home during the chaos?
- I've no family nearby; are there people willing to day-sit an elderly, unsociable cat?
- There are some pet-friendly hotels in town -- maybe I should get us a room? But for how long? There's no way renovation will be done in one day, I think this is going to drag on awhile. Also, do I leave her alone in the hotel while I'm at work? (Yowling)
What else can I do? Maybe take a half-day on Friday and come home early, against Landlord's wishes? If this drags on, I'm going to be missing a lot of work. Insist that he do the renovations during nights and weekends, when I'm home? Can I do that?
Your advice / experience desperately needed. Thanks from both of us!