This is kinda long, you've been warned!
I need some advice/encouragement and I need it fast! DH and I are going on our first official vacation and it only took 10 years to get here! We're planning on going to Niagara Falls, Canada next week. We've had the hotel reservations and kennel reserved for a few weeks now and are really excited to go, even if it's only for a few days.
But my problem is leaving my "children" behind to be cared for by strangers.
Normally I wouldn't be so worried, but my children have quite a few ailments that require constant attention and I'm the only one who truly pays attention to the littlest of things.
Our one cat was diagnosed with diabetes last year and has since gone into remission due to our switching him to canned cat food. Which is on the one hand wonderful since he no longer requires constant monitoring, BUT we also can't just put down dry food for 4 days and let them graze till we get home because the dry food would send him back to the diabetes. (we also put out 4 litter boxes for them) Our other cat has digestive issues that require petromalt in the morning and a pepcid pill in the evening to control his vomiting. Works great, but it also costs $1.00 per dosage. Which wouldn't be so bad but our Bailey has a million allergy problems and thyroid issues which requires 2 doses of her thyroid, 2 doses of allergy pills, (This is twice a day btw) then I just took her to her allergist and she has her on some ointments due to her excessive itching of her paws and chin. So that's also twice a day. Plus this past summer she started making this awful noise with her throat/nose where it sounds like she's got a piece of grass stuck up in there and she's trying to get it out and that is a HORRIBLE sound to have to wake up to in the middle of the night. Trust me.
Then I have to hold her to calm her down and rub her throat and then she'll stop and relax and the flap thingy back there opens back up and she's fine. (I asked her allergist about this just to be sure) but who's going to help her in the middle of the night when this happens??
If you've made it this far, bless you. But how can I leave my babies when I'm the only one who can really care for them the way they need to be cared for??
I'm just torn about what to do. I started thinking of maybe taking day trips next week to Rhode Island and Massachusetts and Vermont and New Hampshire that way we can come home and still take care of them. I haven't told DH my idea yet, just my nervousness of leaving them for 5 days.
Am I being crazy about this? We have left them before, but not when the cats were this "sick" and not when Bailey was doing this thing with her throat. We have no one to come to the house and watch them so that won't work. Oh what do I do? Thank you for listening to my worries.