gwyn: (annie screaming grosserpepper)
[personal profile] gwyn
I leave tomorrow for Vividcon, before dawn, and I'm just terrified about leaving Blues--we're under an excessive heat warning for the next few days, and even when it gets "cooler" it's still listed as being in the high 80s F and the 90s, and we mostly don't have AC in homes here. I dithered about getting one, because I not only can't lift one by myself, but they're crazy expensive, and now it's too late and Blues is probably going to get heat stroke and die. My house gets into the 90s when it's that hot, and the only way you can cool it off is by opening the front and back doors once the sun sets; there won't be anyone to do that and my cat sitter, who comes by during the day, will not be likely to open the doors for fear of Blues escaping. I'm very afraid for him. I'm really kicking myself for not just accepting defeat and buying the damn unit and trying to find some way to get it in the house. Plus the cat sitter will roast alive. I also can't leave windows open too much because it'd be so easy to just break right in.

People always tell me to sleep with my windows open but I can't, they have to be down in the opened-locked in the few rooms that allow that, which is only about three inches. My house is ground floor, easy access, and a few years back not too far from here a woman and her partner were brutally assaulted/murdered by a guy who just shimmied their windows open during a heat wave. When you're a woman alone, that's not the best option. Plus, it was weather just like this that made me lose Olive two years ago, she didn't want to get shut up in the broiler of a house.

All I can do is have the sitter pet him with wet brushes or cloths, and put ice cubes in his water, and run the fans when she's here. I'd have her leave the fans on, but I'm so paranoid about things overheating and catching fire; I've seen it too many times. And speaking of fires: the wildfires that are consuming BC are so bad that the smoke is hanging over Seattle. The past two days it's been so hazy you can't see across the water to the Seattle skyline; my eyes are stinging and it's very difficult to breathe at times. But of course, global warming is a myth.

I don't know how much of a good time I'm going to be able to have being this worried about the house and Blues. The way things feel right now, I can't bear the thought of anything happening to him. He's all I've got. But the vids are all queued up on YouTube, and the plane tickets are printed, and I guess it'll be what it'll be. As bad as that is.

Date: 2017-08-03 06:17 am (UTC)
dine: (dine3 - misbegotten)
From: [personal profile] dine
this beastly weather is awful - no wonder you're worried about Blue. I'm sending all sorts of positive vibes that he gets through the weekend just fine. I hope you have a great time at Vividcon; have fun and enjoy catching up with people

Date: 2017-08-03 10:02 am (UTC)
anoel: anoel lioness (anoel lioness)
From: [personal profile] anoel
Could you find a person with a/c who wouldn't mind hosting Blues at their place? There's also places that you can pay to board your cat for the weekend or you can explain your situation to a shelter/vet and see if they can help. Don't be aftaid to play the cancer card either esp when you're worried about your cat. If you can't do it before you leave, see if your cat sitter can do it for you tomorrow.

I'm so sorry you have to deal with this and hope everything works out *hugs* Can't wait to see you at VVC!
Edited Date: 2017-08-03 10:03 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-08-03 10:57 am (UTC)
kass: white cat; "kass" (Default)
From: [personal profile] kass
Oh, sweetie, I hear you. I'm glad there's a cat sitter coming for at least some of the time. Looking forward to seeing you...

Date: 2017-08-04 02:48 am (UTC)
mackiemesser: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mackiemesser
Pet stress is tough stress!

OK, so, most of the ways I know to cool things down without electricity involve high heat/low humidity, but there are a couple things that might work. If you have a standing or box fan, you can have the cat sitter have the fan blow over cold water and that will help drop the temperature. Even something like putting a couple buckets or large bowls of ice on a tile floor will create a cool zone for Blues to lounge in while the ice melts. Hell, she could even fill up the tub with ice and that plus the tile floor and the smaller size of a bathroom (open door, of course) can create a cooler room.

With the fans, are these standing/box fans or ceiling fans? When our AC died last summer, our ceiling fans were on medium/high every second of the 3 days it took to get the new AC in! And this is a house with the original 1940's running for 48-72 hours on a low setting is definitely doable.

(When you talk about hot days around a desert person, we have a built-in need to share cooling tips!)

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