I will be spending several days at my parents house this coming weekend. They've been encouraging me to bring my cats with me, but so far I've been reluctant to do so. But this coming weekend my regular cat sitter will be busy (It turns out that other people also make plans during the holidays - who knew), so I'm considering the possibility more seriously than I have in the past.
Is this trip likely to help my cats get used to strange environments, or is it likely be a stressful catastrophe which will make all their hair fall out?
My cats are about a year and a quarter old - littermates that I adopted 10 months ago. I live alone and they've only met a few people so far. When my parents came to visit the other day the brother warmed up to them almost immediately, but the sister hid away for the entire visit. (On the other hand, when I first brought them home, it was the sister who first acclimated to my apartment). She has warmed up to other people, it just tends to take longer. They are indoor only cats, with full run of my 1 bedroom apartment.
They complain nearly constantly in the car, but on the other hand the only place I've ever taken them is the vet, so perhaps they have reason to complain.
My parents live about an hour away. The trip would be three nights, and they can stay in my old bedroom the entire time. I will be able to spend much of the first day in the same room as them, and I'll be in the house (but distracted) all of the second day.
I could bring the cats home on either of the first two nights if it proved necessary, but I'm not sure how to judge what 'necessary' is.
My parents have a dog - an ancient (and frankly rather sad) but friendly chihuahua terrier. He can be kept out of my bedroom entirely, although he does have a tendency to whine at my door when we do so.