My lease is up this summer and I'm planning on moving apartments. The problem is that I also have a 3-day trip scheduled to start the day my lease ends (cannot be changed).
My cat will be a little over a year old at that point and has always lived indoors at my current apartment. When I go on trips, I usually have a cat-sitter come to the apartment. I've only boarded her once, just for the day, and she took a few hours to return to normal after coming home.
I'm concerned about her reaction to moving to a strange new place, especially if I were to leave immediately after. What is the least bad option for her?
Move a week or so early, leave her there and go on trip (avoids boarding, but is that enough time for her to get used to it?)
Board her, move, go on the trip, and bring her back to the new apartment afterwards (or would that be doubly traumatic?)