(Dezi, laying in the chair and sleeping, mews quietly a few times and then jolts awake) MeOW Hissssss Move over RaenaBelle, your hoggin’ the mommy warmth. (Looking around and realizing she’s not in the bed and mommy is sitting across the room, she quickly runs over to the cat tree and cleans her paw.) Kittens!!! It seems even colder today.
It is sissy. Don’t you hear the heater keep switchin’ on? I’s heard mommy tell the counselor that she sets it on 55°F, cuz ifin it gets that cold in the house, the we obviously need some heat.
Me’s thinkin’ she might need to turn it up a few degrees Raena. Like maybe another 10 or so. Ya’ know when the fan’s blowin’ right on ya’ circulatin’ the cold air, ya’ gotta get heat from somewhere. Me knows mommy can’t breathe ifin it gets too hot, but seriously, it ain’t s’posed to be this cold inside the house.
I’s agree sissy. But, I’s don’t think mommy knew it was gonna turn that cold when we went to bed this meownin’. Ya’ know, a storm blew in with high winds, lots of rain and thunder boomers.
You think me didn’t hear it Raena? Me heard it just fine. Boom, boom, boomin’ overhead and blowin’ stuffs all over the place and into windows and doors. Somethin’ kept knockin’ on our window while we were tryin’ to eat dinner. It was somethin’ else. Me thought me just might fall to pieces.
Oh sissy, least you didn’t run and hide out. We didn’t have to call your name once. Mommy and me are so purroud of you.
Well fanks Raena. Me wanted to be with mommy and help her with her singin’. It always gives me sweet dreams.
Me too sissy. The melody was off the chain last night. I’s bet the winter rose even tried to bloom.
Maybe Raena. Least we didn’t need any help to make it through the night.
Good one sissy. In case ya’ think we’re meowin’ in code or somethin’…we are. MOL We thought we’d try to incorpurrate the song titles into our conversation. It’s a little harder than we x’pected. But, fur all those that requested mommy to sing some country songs, we’ve finally got a few recorded and hope you enjoy them. You can also go to soundcloud and lissen to the ones we didn’t include in the posty as well as those from last year.
Me’s even workin’ on me’s own song. Anyways, we better run. We’ve got lots to do and not much time to do it in.
I’s gonna link us up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday sissy.
You do that Raena. And don’t furget to join the Blessing Train. We can’t wait to see who be added to the tracks this week.
Till the next time…………………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
MeOW RaenaBelle, you really did a great job with me’s carnival pawrty. Me wasn’t sure at furst, but you really do have some good ideas after all. The ice cream truck was a great hit. And everypawdy looked so pawsum in their masks. Me knows you worked really hard purrin’ it all together. ‘Specially since our innernets went out and you had to do it all over the weekend. (Dezi walks over to Raena and head bumps her) Fanks, me will plan you a great pawrty next year.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw Fanky fanks sissy. I’s glad you had a good time and liked your pawrty. It was a lotta work and put us way behind in visitin’ our furiends, but ifin you’re happy, it was worth it. Meowin’ of visitin’ our furiends, we’re slowly but surely gettin’ caught up. However, our comments seem to disappear on some of your bloggy’s includin’ the wordpress ones. Now that might be cuz you’re monitorin’ ‘em, but ifin you’re not and don’t see a comment from us in the next few days, purrlease let us know, so we can try to figger out what’s happenin’. You might wanna check your spam folder furst tho’, we have ended up there in the past.
Yeah Raena, me hates it when we get behind. Fankfully most of our furiends unnerstand. On another note, me’s joinin’ the choir at cat scouts, so mommy’s tryin’ to help me record me’s audition track. And me told her she owed our furiends her rendition of Amazing Grace and at least a couple of country songs that they asked fur last year. Now that she has teeth again, she can form words and sing. So it’s gonna be a little busy ‘round here fur the next couple of weeks.
I’s just luvs it when mommy sings sissy. ‘Specially when she sings ‘bout us. She makes up the bestest songs ever.
Me likes it too Raena. But sometimes, the songs she makes up could use a little work. Ya’ know like when she sings, Dezi, sweet as apple pie? Like, is apple pie even sweet? We don’t even like apples.
Yeah well, ya’ might have a point there sissy. I’s not sure ‘bout bein’ her punkin’ pie either; but I’s do luvs it when she says we’re purrfect and her purrecious baby girls.
Me kind’a likes those pawrts too Raena. We really are Blest. Ya’ know, the holidays are here and peeps are startin’ to get really busy.
Sure ‘nuff sissy. I’s had mine’s thinkin’ cap on lately and I’s thinkin’ we should post a gift guide with our top picks. Mommy even received this cool new notebook fur furee, to keep track of all our plans and picks. And, ifin you’re like mommy and still like to use paper notebooks, we think you’d luvs it or one like it. Ya’ oughtta check out TeePublic, they’ve got some really cool things that would make great gifts.
Me thinks that’s a great idea Raena. Guess we better get to work on that befur Christmas sneaks up on us.
x’cept fur the outside. Mommy can’t see black and white fotos very
good, so we ‘pawlogize ifin it’s blurry.
I’s ready sissy. Just let me link us up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furidays right quick and we can start shoppin’ together.
Sure Raena, me will have a little bath while me waits.
Till the next time………………………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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