If it isn’t too far to go, I’d say it would be less traumatic (for the cat) for you to visit the cat periodically. Take along a laptop or a book to read and just be there to feed him and keep him company.
I’d say go over to your Grandma’s house and spend an hour or two there keeping the cat company if you can - cats do sleep a lot during the day, but they still like company. If you could spend the evenings at Granny’s house watching tv, that would work really nicely, too.
I also agree with Springtime if sitting would be a regular thing - cats don’t usually like travelling and going somewhere new, but if you can get kitty used to your house, it would probably work best for both of you to have kitty come over and stay.
Cats of all age love to play. I have a cat that’s 12, and she goes nuts on catnip. I had a cat live to be 16, and up until the last few months of her life, when she had a stroke that left her blind, she was still pretty damned frisky.
Please, please, don’t take Kitty to your house – cats generally don’t take change very well.
Agreed. Cats bond to places as well as to people, but do get lonely. And FWIW, our 17.5 year old tabby plays- chasing and batting things, peek-a-boo games with us, etc. In my experience the difference is that older cats don’t play as often and as long as younger ones, but they definitely play.
Seconded. I cat-sat with a neighbor’s feline once, for a week. The cat stayed under the bed for the whole time, emerging only for emergency food and box time. And this was a cat who knew me from visits to his home on occasion.
When the owner returned, he had to coax the cat out from under the bed. I felt sorry that I hadn’t volunteered to merely walk across the street for feeding.
One thing to keep an eye on if you’re leaving the cat at your grandmother’s house alone for several days at a time: doors. Cats can close them. And shut themselves in places accidentally. I cat-sat for my parents’ 2 critters for a week when they went to Europe and checked in on them every 2-3 days (I have my own cat that hates their cats, so bringing them together wasn’t an option). The second time I stopped in, it turned out they’d somehow managed to shut themselves in the master bedroom, away from food, water, and litter box. They had completely destroyed all the carpet near the door trying to dig out. I don’t think it was for very long because they hadn’t used the floor as a litter box yet and were fine once I let them out and fed them (I hung around for a few hours to be sure), but it still scared the hell out of me.
Get your grandmother to either close off some rooms and/or make sure there are objects keeping doors from being slammed shut by a cat racing around. Rocks, door stops, encyclopedia volumes, anything.
First of all why does your grandmother have only one cat? That’s cruel. As soon as she leaves, go to the nearest shelter and get another cat, preferably an altered adult. By the time your grandmother returns the cats will have established their routine, and she wouldn’t have the heart to separate them. Or she may not even notice.
Not that it needs to be said, because nobody is this dense on accident: don’t get a cat for someone without their permission. Some cats are cat-aggressive and do better as only pets. It isn’t cruel to have an only child or an only pet. It’s just different. And it’s better for one happy cat to get a home than no cats, because some people don’t want to own more than one animal.
You’re an extremely weird person.
OP, I’m sure the cat will be fine if you visit once a day. You can play with it and watch tv with it, but you don’t have to. It’s a cat, it might get a little lonely but it will be fine once grandma is back home.