We are at a loss. We wanted to drive down to South Carolina from NY for our yearly vacation. Last year, we had a woman who I've known for years and has a Petsitting service. The year before, she looked after our cats, but this year, I have to be honest, I wasan't pleased. I'm not sure what happened, but one of our cats had peed in the kitchen closet, she had not emptied the kitchen garbage and there were maggots in the garbage....eeeewwwwwww!!!! (she told me that she does not touch the clients kitchen garbage cans, everything she opens goes out with her in a bag to the garbage. We had emptied the garbage, and as near as we can figure, my stepdad who's 81 came over and probably opened an extra can for the cats and threw the paper plates he used in the kitchen trash. (it stunk to high heaven, so that no one emptied it was shocking to me). My cats were in ok condition, but the apartment smelled as it had not before, and I was really upset-the cats like it clean too. The other thing was we had left plenty of litter, had changed the box right before we left, but the boxes were still sort of dirty.
We would like to go away this year, but I am worried. I asked my vet about taking the aniamls wtih us, but she's concerned about the girls, as Bella and Natalie are both 'up there' at probably 13/14 years old, and she feels it might not be good for them. Ruffy has traveled with us before, and I'm not sure about Smokie, he was hiding under the bed when I came home and making little 'mew' sounds, and I am thinking I'd rather chance taking him than him being miserable without us.
I'm in a Quandry. Looking for a good petsitter, and now not sure even about that-I knew this petsitter for 10 years, and had never had a problem before. I have tried to discuss it with her, but she feels thee was nothing she had done wrong! (she is a nice person, but this did put me off using her services.) Does any one have any suggestions?
(We don't want to board them-we'd rather they be in their own home or with us.)