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Service Cats: Tips For Moving With Cats

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline of Furidays. Each week we answer your questions ‘bout the general care, health and behavior and offur Training Tips fur the felines in your lives. Ifin you’ve missed any post in this series, you can check them out on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu. And ifin you have questions or topic suggestions you’d like to see, just let us know in the comments section below or by sending us a purrivate email via our Contact page. Last week angel Lexi came back to give you Tips fur making a local move with kitty. She’s back again today to tell you how to make a successful long distance move with your furry purrer(s). Raena and me have meowed it over and we’d luv to make a move, so ifin anypawdy has a shed, spare room or even a rental property you could spare, till we could get on our paws feet let us know. Anyways, let’s get the business outta the way and get on with today’s post. 

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

 

The following post will be written in human English for reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Training Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal training, cats in purr-ticular. And to offer insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, successful Training is all about Repetition and Rewards.

Raena posing in her harness on the small cat perch

 

 

 

Preperations:

     Thanks Dezi. I’z actually loved moving from one place to another. New windows to look out and wildlife to see; and lots of new hiding places to explore. But, us kitties aren’t always fond of change, so moving can be a bit scary. I’z here to help and give you Tips to make the move as stress free as possible for you and kitty. Remember to have a Decompression Room available so kitty can escape the hustle and bustle, especially if you have an already skittish kitty. We also highly recommend Harness Training kitty before you leave/move. We recommend you read the Harness Training post as it also gives Tips for driving with kitty.

 

     Visit kitty’s V-E-T and get a copy of kitty’s records. These should be packed with your other “important” papers. Depending on where you’re moving from and to, you may need to keep out proof of kitty’s current vaccinations. We also recommend you take a gallon of water from your tap unless you give kitty bottled water. Water tastes different in different areas of the country, and we suggest a slow switch; just as you would when changing kitty’s food. You’ll also need a gallon of water for the actual drive/move.

 

The Destination:

     It’s always great when you have the new place picked out in advance, but kitty will do just fine in a motel room with you while you find your new home as long as you pack appropriately. It’s also a good idea to check out the V-E-Ts in the new area beforehand. With the internet, that’s not hard to do. Check reviews, call and speak with the office, and if you know people in the area, ask for referrals. Of course you don’t want kitty’s first experience in the new place to be a trip to the V-E-T, but you also don’t want to find yourself in a new area with an emergency and no clue where to go. 

 

Dezi sits in amazon box

 

 

 

Packing Up:

     As I’z mentioned last week, most kitties love a good box. So, don’t be stingy with your moving boxes, let kitty investigate and explore as you pack up each room. Keep out a few of kitty’s favorite toys, a mat or bed, favorite food and water bowl/fountain and a heavily scented towel. Remember, your smell/scent is calming to kitty. You’ll also want to leave kitty’s carrier(s) out and open so kitty can get comfortable. That heavily scented towel will go into kitty’s carrier/ptu when it’s time to load up and move. These prized items will be the last things packed up and should go into an overnight bag instead of a box. Think of them the way you would your own toothbrush and other daily grooming products. If kitty is on meds of any kind, keep those out and easily accessible as well. These items will be in kitty’s Decompression Room at both ends of the move. 

 

Lexi sits on cat tree looking back

What? You wanna pack this too now?

 

 

 

     The day is here and the moving van or if you can afford them, the movers are right outside. If possible, close kitty in their Decompression Room and place a note on the door alerting everyone that kitty is inside and the door is not to be opened. If that’s not an option, go ahead and put kitty into their carrier/ptu and place them in a bathroom out of the way. Mommy likes to poke her head in once in a while and say hey and remind us that she loves us. You don’t have to do this, but it is calming and reassuring since we can hear the raucous outside. Again, no matter where you put kitty(ies), place a large note that alerts everyone to their presence. We have been known to escape a carrier or two. Once all the boxes have been loaded and you’re finally ready to go, load up kitties safely in the vehicle with you. 

 

The Drive:

     For safety and legal reasons we make this statement: Kitty should be in his/her carrier/ptu and be secured by a seat belt. It is true, this is the best and safest option. Now we’ll tell you how we and mommy do it. First and foremost, harness and leash kitty. The harness is a safety precaution as well as calming, if properly harnessed trained. I’z hated not being able to see out. I’z could be quite happy in the carrier, so long as I’z could see what was going on outside, as witnessed by the photo below. Dezi couldn’t care less about what’s going on around her so long as mommy’s close. I’z hear Raena is like me and wants to see everything. If you’re alone or the driver, we don’t recommend allowing kitty to be in your lap, but you’ll have to be the judge for yourself. Mommy makes sure that we’re strapped in the seat belt with her. And, our stroller is a great height for seeing out the windows.

 

Lexi rides in her travel carrier home from BlogPaws Nashville

 

 

 

     When making long trips, we recommend putting a litterbox in the back floorboard for kitty to use. When you stop to eat, gas up and refill drinks, make sure kitty gets food and water and the opportunity to use the litterbox if they’re crated. If kitty is free roam in the car, Do Not open doors or windows until kitty has been safely secured. If you’re driving a moving van, the litterbox will go in the passengers side floorboard. Do Not dine in and leave kitty in the vehicle alone. If you have to go inside to order, crack the windows and lock the doors. Return to the vehicle as soon as possible. Mommy likes to talk to us about where we’re going and how wonderful the new place will be. She also sings to us and tells us how much she loves us and how proud of us she is.

 

     Remember, YOU are our home, our safe place and our everything. Music has a calming effect on most animals. You don’t have to sing yourself, you can use the radio to soothe everyone’s nerves. Do Not use this time to change kitty’s food and do pick up some of kitty’s favorite treats. Kitty may or may not eat during the trip, and may or may not use the litterbox, but both should be offered. Mommy likes to take a medium sized syringe so she can give us water if we’re not drinking it from the bowl. You don’t want kitty to get dehydrated. If your move requires more than one day to travel, make sure you choose a pet friendly motel/hotel for your overnight rest stops. Check the rooms before releasing kitty for anything that might be a danger. We’ve found poison traps for mice, loose nails, and peeling paint in even some of the nicest motels. Before you leave the motel/hotel, pick up after kitty so that they’ll continue to be pet friendly. The same goes fur those of you with dogs…scoop woofies poop.

 

Dezi sits on scratcher watching Raena play in chewy box

 

 

 

Your New Home:

     Once you’ve finally arrived at your new home, set up kitty’s Decompression Room first (Your bedroom is ideal for this). Ideally, kitty should stay in the carrier in the bathroom until you’ve set up your bed, their litterbox, food and water and a few toys. Then you can take kitty in, set the carriers down with the doors opens and go about the business of unpacking. Mommy recommends putting some catnip or silvervine on the floor/cat bed/mat/scratcher. Until all items are off the moving trucks and into the house, kitty should remain in the Decompression Room with the door closed. Don’t forget to place a note on the door alerting all to kitty’s presence and not to open the door.

 

Raena sniffs box

 

 

 

     Once everything’s in the new house and the movers if hired, are gone, open the door of the Decompression Room and allow kitty to come out and explore. Sprinkle a little catnip or silvervine around the house for kitty to find. Mommy likes to take this time to place the litterbox and food and water in the space that will be their new home. During the first few hours, she will take us to the spot where the litterbox is now housed and puts us in it. She calls it homing in. We never stay in the box, but we also never forget where it’s located. This is extremely important for older kitties or blind kitties.

 

     Over the next few days to week, the house will start to look more like home. Kitty will locate new favorite spots and windows. Keep an eye out for these spots and place cat trees and perches in these spots. Give kitty extra love and attention and extra play time, it will help reassure kitty and relieve stress. Talk calmly to kitty as you unpack and set up your new home. Let kitty explore the boxes just as he/she did when you first packed them up. Take frequent unpacking breaks just to pet kitty and offer a treat or two. Moving is stressful for everybody, but it can be successful if you remain calm. Before you know it, everyone will acclimate and it’ll be old hat. Routines will be back to normal, or at least a new normal, and kitty will rule their new domain just as kitties should. 

 

Dezi sits in chewy box

 

 

 

Kitty’s Overnight Bag:

     Kitty’s overnight bag should contain enough of kitty’s regular food to last four days. You never know what might happen. You’ll also need a food dish or paper plates. A water bowl or fountain and a gallon of water from the tap of the old house. A few of kitty’s favorite toys and a fresh package of catnip or silvervine (whichever your cat prefers). A gallon baggy of extra litter and litter scoop (mommy always forgets the scoop) MOL. Any meds or supplements kitty may need or be taking such as probiotics, Rx meds, food toppers, etc.. Spoon, can opener, paper towels or napkins for messes. A wash cloth and towel (you never know). Kitties favorite treats (not the cheap stuff). A small cardboard or hanging scratcher. Kitty’s vaccination records and rabies tag if kitty doesn’t wear it (copy, the originals should be with your “important papers”). A folder with a list of emergency numbers, V-E-T’s name and number, any conditions kitty may have, any allergies kitty may have, food and litter preferences, your cell number, old and new address, kitty’s name and any nicknames he/she responds to.  

 

Well, fanks sis Lexi, fur all those Tips. Moving sounds like quite the adventure. There’s no way we could account fur every situation that might pop up durin’ a move, so ifin ya’ have any specific questions or concerns, purrlease let us know in the comments section below or by sendin’ us an email via our Contact page. And ‘member, you can always ketch up or reread any post you may have missed by clicking the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from our menu above. Guess we’ll wrap this up fur now. We’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furidays. And, we’re sendin’ purrayers fur all in the paths of the storms. Stay safe.

 

Till the next time…………………………………………………..Be Blest!!!

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

 

with Angel Alexandra (Lexi)

Chatting Cats: Ain’t No Grumps Here

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. I’s gotta tell ya’, I’s not likin’ the way things are goin’ ‘round here. I’s mean, it’s like mommy done furgot all ‘bout our nightly cuddle time, and I’s can’t ‘member the last time I’s had a treat. What’s up with that? I’s know I’s not that in to treats and all, but still…it’d be nice to be offured a couple every now and then. And Kittens!!!! Mine’s eye is really botherin’ me. Everytime I’s look up it’s gone and got all gooey again. And then mommy tries to chase me down to put medicine in ‘em. Seems all this humidity makes ‘em act up.  Hmmmpht 

 

Dezi looks at Raena from atop the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

          RaenaBelle!!! You sure don’t sound like yourself. Grumpy cat’s got nuffin’ on you. What’s got you in such a tizzy? 

 

Raena sits pretty on the cat tree

 

 

 

Haven’t you’s been payin’ attention sissy? Do I’s have to repeat mine’s self?

 

          No Raena, you don’t need to repeat all that nonsense. And you know that’s ‘zactly what it is, nonsense. You know mommy luvs you and luvs cuddle time. She wouldn’t miss it ifin she could help it. Besides, you’ve been gettin’ lots of extra lap luvvin’ time lately, so you’ve got nuffin’ to complain ‘bout. And, me heard you gettin’ treats just the other day. 

 

You did? Where were you sissy? 

 

 

Dezi lays in mommy's lap getting love, selfie

 

 

 

 

          Uh…Me was unner the bed lookin’ fur intruders. Yep, that’s what me was doin’, alright. With all these storms ya’ just never know what might crawl thru the walls. And, as the oldest, it’s me’s job to purrtect me’s family. Me’s gotta tell ya’, me liked it much better when me was the baby and all this respawnsibility was sis Lexi’s. Me doesn’t now how she did it all. She really was the Service Cat Extraordinaire. 

 

Lexi looks up at mommy while sitting in her lap on 3/3/2016

Lexi sure luvved mommy and spendin’ time in her lap.

 

 

 

Aaaaaw sissy, I’s sure she had days when she wished she was still the baby too. After all, I’s ‘member you tellin’ me that she was the baby fur the furst 6 years of her life. And I’s bet that as extraordinary as she was, you’re just as special. I’s think you’re a great big sisfur. (Raena whispers) Least most of the time. (Raena looks up)  Anyways, did you know that cuz we missed postin’ on Furiday, that we also missed the blooper blog hop? You know the foto fails with the Cuddlywumps.  And we missed Feline Furiday with Comedy Plus.

 

          Yeah Raena me heard. It’s a shame too, cuz goodness knows we’ve got tons of failed fotos. 

 

Raena lays in cat house on cat tree

Where’s mine’s face mommy? What kind’a foto is this? Foto Fail, big time.

 

 

 

Yeah sissy, mommy keeps tryin’, but sometimes she just can’t keep up. Did you see what she shot the other day? Y, I’s never!!! I’s pawed the delete button on that one real fast.

 

          Are you meowin’ ‘bout that foto of your hiney, Raena? Cuz Kittens, it sure looked big. Your hiney me means. MOL 

 

That’s not very nice sissy. And, mine’s hiney isn’t that big. Ifin you’s don’t be nice, I’s gonna tell mommy. 

 

Dezi's back side- blooper

Does anypawdy here think mommy got confused ’bout where

our faces might be?

 

 

 

          Kittens Raena, you’re so touchy. You know me didn’t mean naythin’ by it. Sometimes things just look bigger in fotos. Why do you think mommy tries to avoid bein’ in front of a camera? She’s not very comfurtable with that few extra pounds she put on a few years back. Anyways, me’s sorry. Your hiney;s so fluffy it’s kind’a hard to tell what size it really is. 

 

Raena lays on scratcher

 

 

 

Is that a ‘pawlogy sissy? Cuz that doesn’t sound like a ‘pawlogy. But I’s’ll accept it. I’s don’t wanna fight today. We’re too late to enter the foto fails blog hop, but we thought we’d post one anyways. Everypawdy needs a good laff to start and end their day. Looks like mommy’s finished with her coffee and needs us to help her take a shower. C’mon sissy, let’s go help. 

 

Till the next time………………………………………………………….Be Blest!!! 

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

Chatting Cats: Bearing The Heat

Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. It furinally cooled off a bit yesfurday. It was only 99°F. We won’t meow ‘bout the feels like cuz it was really humid which means it feels hotter than it is. Fanky fankfully, we have air conditionin’ to help keep things comfutable and cool. Not to mention the sink in the bathroom. I’s sometimes like to curl up there and take a nice little cat nap. Do any of you do that? Ya’ know, with the hots bein’ what they are I’s guessin’ lots of peeps and cats would much purr-fur to lay ‘round not doin’ much.

 

Dezi lays on scratcher and looks back at Raena

 

 

 

          Yep Raena, who knew you could be still that long. Me actually took a nice long nap the other day and you didn’t bug me once. Me actually worried a little that you might be sick or somethin’. 

 

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaw Really sissy? You worried ‘bout me? 

 

          Yeah, don’t let it go to your head Raena. Me wasn’t worried enuff to go look fur ya’ or anythin’. Hey, did you see that mommy found our hexbug? 

 

Raena hangs over the edge of the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

Yep sissy, but it’s too hot to run ‘round chasin’ it right now. Maybe when it cools off some more. Ya’ know, I’s never would’a thought I’s would see the day when I’s didn’t wanna go out fur a stroll with mommy. But, sure ‘nuff, when mommy asked me ifin I’s wanted to go to the mailbox with her yesfurday, I’s meowed no. Why would I’s wanna leave the comfurt of the a/c to get all glowy and glistenin’?.

 

          You mean sweaty Raena? Cats don’t sweat. 

 

I’s know sissy. Mommy says us Southern Belles glow.

 

Dezi sleeps on cat scratcher

 

 

 

          Well Raena, Southern Belles may glow, but really, we cats don’t sweat or glow. That’s why we pant when we get hot. Not that it does any good, but we do it any ways. 

 

Raena lays atop the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

I’s really worry ‘bout all those kitties who live outside sissy. Ya’ know, even when we do get out in the heat, mommy’s pushin’ us ‘round in the stroller. Can you ‘magine how hot the ground must be? And there are lots of kitties out there havin’ to walk ‘round on it and burn their poor pawsies. They can’t stretch out unner the a/c or even curl up in a bathroom sink. It’s just not fair. I’s don’t unnerstand how some peeps can be so cruel as to turn poor kitties out?.

 

          Raena, me doesn’t think anypawdy truly unnerstands those kinds of peeps. But, that’s why it’s so ‘purrtant fur the kind humans to do what they can fur all those kitties that don’t have cushy homes like we do. Ya’ know like purrvidin’ shelter so they can get outta the sun and the heat. And, makin’ sure they have access to furesh cool water. Y, Mommy used to put ice cubes in water bowls fur the stray kitties when we had ‘em. When takin’ care of stray kitties and feral colonies, purrtectin’ ‘em from the heat is just as ‘purrtant as purrtectin’ ‘em from the cold.

 

It sure is sissy. I’s even heard mommy sayin’ ya’ll were gonna be offurn’ up Tips on how to Beat the Summer Heat this Furiday. 

 

Dezi lays sleeping on cat scratcher

 

 

 

          Me heard her say that too Raena. Me hopes she can keep her head outta the freezer long enuff to write our posty and help us visit our furiends. T’ween the heat and mommy’s own purrsonal summers’, she’s been spendin’ a lot of time hangin’ in front of it.

 

Maybe the freezer acts like the bathroom sink fur mommy. She’s just too big to crawl up in there and lay down.

 

          Now that would be funny Raena. Me can see it now. 

 

Raena hangs over the top of the Liberty cat tree

 

 

 

Well sissy, what do ya’ say we go take a nap. Maybe by the time we wake up, it’ll be cool enuff fur some zoomies?. 

 

Till the next time………………………………………………Be Blest!!! 

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee   

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