This year my husband and I are going to be away from home for Christmas. It’s not that unusual an occurrence in itself, but what is different is that this will be the first time the cats will be looked after by a stranger.
Previously when we’ve gone away our cats have been looked after by husband’s family. (Or, in Sampson’s case whilst he was still in England, by my family.) Since our move earlier this year we don’t have any friends or family close enough by to take care of our cats when we’re not home.
As a result we’ve arranged for a cat sitter to come in and care for the cats. I’ll be honest, we’re both incredibly nervous about it. Giving our flat key to a stranger isn’t something we’d normally do after all. And yes there’s a small part of us that’s worried we’ll come home to our flat being stripped of all our things, and the cats desperately hungry. Or worse…
But let’s not talk about those concerns.
I’m not sure the cats really understand what Christmas is, so I’m sure they won’t be upset about us not being with them for it! No more than they’d be upset about us being away any other time. When we’ve been away for Christmas before husband has joked that Elvis will be at home singing “Blue Christmas” – it seems fitting, right?
Maybe the thing the cats will be most disappointed about is the lack of Christmas tree… We decided not to get one this year in part because we won’t actually be here for Christmas. Last year Lola and Elvis seemed to have a lot of fun playing with the one I had. They liked to jump at the branches and shake the needles off when it was starting to dry out. Made quite the mess!
I guess they’ll just have to wait until next year to have fun with the decorations again.
A very Merry Christmas to you all!
How will your cats be spending Christmas? Do you have experience of hiring a cat sitter?