I cannot keep my emotions out of this. Maybe later we can edit this and move it to Think Tank. Sorry for the length. Next Wednesday we fly from Toronto to Vancouver, take a ferry to Vancouver Island, then a rental 8 person van another six hours. This is all due to family stupidity. Noah has to be boarded for seven days. He has some form of cat PTSD, has never been crated, his cardiomyopathy and enlarged heart means every day is a miracle. He is the last of a family of six and our only yellow and white cat, a beautiful soul. Like most of you I have not spent a single night out of this house for years. Nigel was easy because he loved the car and knew my sister's cottage. Noah needs to be wrapped in piddle pads and towels and his vet visits are planned well in advance. Now I have learned my lesson regarding making the staff understand what they can and cannot do. Noah's brother Andrew went to emergency years ago and I did not make them write down my demands for his overnight stay. There's a reason some staff work the night shift and these same idiots dragged a nervous cat with days to live out of his crate at 2AM to check his blood pressure. Andrew had to be restrained even for vaccinations; he freaked out, had a stroke and cardiac arrest and died when we weren't there. So basically they murdered Andrew, then wrote us a "So sorry" form letter. This is what I've done for Noah; - I checked the room he'll be in for space, noise, slamming doors and dimmable lighting. - They may be able to use our enormous dog crate if there are no other cats in the room. - If you pick Noah up keep him close to the floor and make it quick. - Poke his left ear only (valid medical reason) and lay him on his left side for injections. No scruff. - He won't eat in front of you, just leave him alone. - Don't fuss over him, he'll never trust strangers so don't tell me "I'm good with animals". - It's okay to use a U100 syringe with U40 insulin, it's grade 4 math. The U40's that come with Caninsulin in Canada are as big as your wrist. - Maybe the doctor knows but the techs have NEVER heard of bouncing or the Somogyi effect. The most difficult thing. If anything happens do I want to know? I'll already be miserable amongst a group of cat-haters, things can't get any worse. That's it. If anyone has any other ideas I would greatly appreciate it. I'm sorry for the drama, I know it's not about me and most of you should be used to it by now. Just sending Noah some hugs would be a big help. I'm a mess, need to log off for a few days. Thank you everyone.