As Wilb has now officially taken over as Alpha Female in our household, I feel it’s important to provide for her needs in some capacity when we go on holiday. Unfortunately, we don’t know anyone locally well enough to ask them to pop in and chuck science biscuits at her twice a day. The solution to this so far, has been to pay a ‘cat-sitter’ to visit. FrankAsli (names have been changed to protect the innocent) is a lovely lady who lives locally and will feed Wilb, empty her litter tray, play scrabble with her, make sure she has a selection of items of interest from Radio 4 available via ‘listen again’ etc…
Unfortunately this comes at a cost. I can’t really justify £10 per day for this service. So this week, we guiltily purchased a Cat Mate C50. This is a robot, which does the same job except for the scrabble and the selection of radio items (although I’m confident they’re working on this). I am now in the grip of a fearsome dilemma.
Him Indoors and I will shortly be off for a long week-end to Brussels. I’m tempted to leave the Cat Mate C50 fully loaded with ice packs and 5 or so meals for Wilb, and then to get FrankAsli to visit on the Sunday, just to make sure the little machine has done it’s magic, and that Wilb is not ripping up the furniture in an act of revenge (although she’ll probably do this anyway – because we abandoned her for a few days).
But wouldn’t FrankAsli be shocked and appalled to think that we’d done her out of £20 by leaving this monster in charge of our beloved Wilbie? Wouldn’t she be struck by a sense of her own impending downfall at the hands of this heap of plastic junk? I’m slightly concerned that she might actually implode (or similar) if she comes across the offending item. But the alternative is to book her for the whole week-end, which ends up being fairly pricey – the CM C50 is not clever enough to cater for 4 days away from home, yet. What to do?