Basically, I need a catsitter. One of my three feline companions really hates going to the cattery (which is what will happen if I can't bloody find a pet sitter) and I'd rather not subject him to that.

But it's scary giving a stranger the keys to your home. REALLY scary.

What do other people do who don't have family or friends who can pop in every day?? :\

Update: While I was posting here I got a reply from the one catsitter I've found who made me feel slightly reassured! Nice veterinary nurse lady who is qualified for medical care for cats too (not that we need it but you know), and she has availability on the days we need. I might sign up...