So, we called a pet sitting service we found on Angie’s list and so far I am very impressed. They assign a sitter to us that will be our sitter every time going forward, so she’ll know what to do. She will come by personally tomorrow to take a look and get instructions. They have a web site that allows us to book their services and record any special instructions. While the sitter is there, she will even clean the littler boxes and take in the mail. And the usual price is only $18/visit! Of course, we are paying more this time because we are booking for a holiday 2 days before the fact, which is our fault. With so many things going on, I just overlooked the fact that we would need someone to visit the cats. I also kind of thought someone in our community would volunteer, since so many of them are here in town for the holiday. But, whatever. I think this will be good to have going forward.