Molly is not amused. OK, this is an old photo, but this is the expression she’s been showing me today. When she’s not sleeping that is.
My family moved a lot (a LOT) when I was a kid. You know what I remember about each move? Just about … nothing.
That is the sign of a successful move, in my book. My mom’s strategy was to move pets and kids with toys and other distractions, setting up bedrooms for kids and bathroom for the pets first. And it worked, because I remember very little about the more than 10 times that we moved by the time I was in high school.
Well, I don’t have little kids, but I do have my two little kitties. And they’re my top priority in this move. I’m moving my home, kitties and business … but the kitties are number one priority. It’s one thing to move across town. And another to move three hours away. That’s three hours in a car with two scared cats possessing between them 40 claws. Oy.
In all of my planning and strategizing (largely consisting of GET RID OF STUFF), my number one strategy is how to move Molly and Fiona. They will be in the car with me, NOT in the moving truck. With a super big and comfie kitty carrier, kibbles and fresh water. As well as towels in case of motion sickness. I’ll have what I need to set them up in the new bathroom (box + litter, fresh food, their favorite blankets that smell like home), then that bathroom door will remain closed until things are fully unloaded, movers gone, doors and windows shut, and the bed set up with their favorite down comforter. And a closet floor lined with familiar smelling blankets, for premium hiding.
I’m looking forward to the move being over with (isn’t that true when you move?) – this is the exhausting part, the continual sifting through everything you own and making ruthless decisions about what to keep and what to part with. Keeping my eyes on the prize (being in the same town as my parents and making this move as stress free as possible for my kitties) is key, though.
What pet-moving strategies do you recommend??