Honestly, the cats are the hardest. There are two – a lovely 13-year-old tabby named Mew (yes, from Pokemon) and one-year-old, coal black, Arya (always underfoot just like her namesake in Game of Thrones). The cats have kept me sane for the last six months: listening to my frustrated tirades, and sitting in my lap at the end of the long days of packing and sorting and packing and pitching and packing and donating. They also (usually) spend part or some of each night on my bed, but not all, and not always.
But now that the house is on the market to be sold, of course, there can be no sign of the cats when someone comes to view the house. Fine, I thought. I will just find a good place to board them for a while. Well, at least in my town, that might be an option for a dog, but there is not an acceptable boarding option for cats. The ONLY option here that I have discovered (and I have actually tried four so far after extended web searches) is housing in four cubic foot cages. Sometimes, if there are vacant adjoining cages, I can rent two of those with a door in between. But the 13-pound Mew takes up the whole cage from front to back. And of the four places where I have boarded them so far, only one of them offers any out-of-cage option at all. At the end of the first day I boarded them the smaller Mew (9 pounds) hissed at me when I reached in to take her home. Now she is more stoic, but still not happy.
Needless to say, they now do NOT like to be put in their carriers. Mew, sweet girl that she is, has coped with the situation by peeing in the car EVERY time I take her home. Arya now just objects, mewing loudly most of the trip.
Most depressing so far was yesterday. I found a website online that was a very high end dog destination. For the Canines they offer suites, multiple exercise options during the day, swimming pools, playing, grooming…so I visited the site with great optimism and found….four-foot cubes for the cats, with an option to have 15 minutes in the room with a cat tree once a day for their feline guests – for an additional fee, of course.
So my only viable option is keeping the cats at home (they sleep most of the day), and when the call comes that someone wants to view the house, hide all the signs of cats (tree, toys, litter boxes) cage up my beauties in their carriers and go…somewhere. I haven’t figured that out yet. As long as the weather is nice, going to the park will be fine.
Perhaps another option will present itself.
So it goes.