Originally Posted by lsbcal
It would be great if cats liked to stay at other homes but doesn't sound like it would work out even if we found a sitter willing to do the chore. Anybody else tried such a thing?
My sister travels a lot and I have her cat come to my house. We've done this for years. She tells me that the worst part of every trip is getting the cat into the carrier. She lives about 25 miles away so we meet halfway in a McDonalds parking lot at a freeway exit for the "cat exchange".
Once the cat is here it takes a few hours for her to accept that she's on vacation again and then we all get along fine. She and my cat, both 15 year old females, interact minimally, mostly avoiding each other except at feeding time when one cat eats from all the bowls and the other sits there and looks insulted and then slinks off to hide.
It was more of a cat circus when we both had two cats and the combination of all four resulted in three who interacted/chased/wrestled and the one who looked insulted and would slink off to hide.
My sister is leaving for Hawaii next week and we have a cat exchange planned for Tuesday. We have learned to plan a time and leave it very open ended because if her cat gets a hint of what's to come she hides in difficult places and my sister will have a delay in extracting her.
It's more traumatic for my sister than for the cat.