I have to leave for three weeks over Christmas and I'm a little stuck as to what to do with my cat in the meantime. I obviously can't bring him with me, and my parents won't be around either so they can't watch him. My options are: 1) Give him to someone else to keep for three weeks. This person lives in an apartment, and my cat is an outdoor cat so I'm worried that he will freak out from having to stay inside for three weeks and end up destroying something in this person's apartment. That, or he will whine continuously and send this person over the edge. 2) Leave my cat at home and pay a (reliable) friend to come over once a day to feed him, clean his litter, make sure he is ok, etc. Here, I run into the same problem of him not going outside, but at least if he destroys anything it will be in my own home. Still, it just seems really cruel to leave him completely alone for three weeks; I'm worried he will just get really depressed or something. I know cats are independent animals, but I feel like three weeks is a bit extreme. Anyway, both my options make me cringe when I think about them. Are any of these options better than the other, or are they both just awful? Anyone have any other ideas of what I could do with him for three weeks? Thanks for the help.