I’m going off to Israel for ten days, and it looks like I’m going to have to reluctantly board my cat at the vet. The only person who will be at home is my brother, who’s nervous about taking care of the cats anyway, and her lymphoma is flaring up and she probably needs medical supervision that can’t be provided by one guy who can’t touch or go near her.
The problem is, well, Tikva is a sweet, wonderful, loving cat if your name is Malleus Incus Stapes. And I guess she tolerates my mom. Anyone else, she’s essentially semi-feral. So as far as she’s concerned, strange humans are evil. And strange places. And medication. She sometimes has hyperventilation attacks just going to the vet. So she’s not going to be happy. She might even stress hard enough to make herself sicker.
Is there anything I can do that might help ease her? I’m planning to send her cat bed and maybe a smelly shirt, but I’m not sure what else I can do to make her stay more comfortable.