If your cats could talk, they would tell you, "Please don't leave me home alone or take me to some strange place while you're away. Give me Petite Paws Austin Cat Sitter instead!"
Myth: Cats are fine staying home alone. Just put out a giant bowl of food and huge bowl of water.
Reality: Anything can go wrong while you're away. Your cat can have a major or minor medical problem, tip over the water bowl (which should be full of fresh water - not nasty days-old water), etc. Then there are home emergencies such as flooding, fire, and more. Or what if a smoke detector starts chirping constantly due to a low battery? Imagine your poor cat listening to that for days on end.
Myth: Cats are loners, they'd rather be by themselves anyway. They won't notice I'm gone.
Reality: Your cats are used to interacting with you and other household members throughout the day. Leaving your cat alone can cause him/her to feel anxious, stressed out, abandoned, and confused.
Myth: I can take my cat to one of those luxury "cat hotels" versus a "kennel" with a cage while I'm away. She/he will love it!
Reality: Cats are territorial and there's nothing like the familiarity of home. Cat boarding kennels and hotels may sound good, but unless your cats are used to going to new, unfamiliar places and thrive on change, they would feel much better and far less stressed out being cared for in the comfort of home sweet home. And those luxury cat hotels? Have you seen the prices? Some cost more than $45/night and there are often extra fees, including but not limited to an extra charge for food/feeding and "amenities" such as brushing and even personal play time and photos of your kitty.