Today I’m going to use a few drawings to illustrate what it was like moving across the country with our three cats. Because my rendering of said cats will simultaneously make it appear that they all look the same, yet always a little different, I’ve gone ahead and given each cat its own identifier:
MoJo – He is the gray male cat. You will recognize him because he is wearing a top hat and his collar says, “Boy.”
Olive – She is the chubbier of the two female cats. You will be able to identify her by her round torso.
Lindie – She is the other female cat and is often considered my favorite. Shh. Don’t tell the others. She will have little hearts floating around her at all times to signify her status as the favorite.
Okay, so now to the story. We began our preparation for the big move like any family would. For months we talked about all the things that needed to be done, created lists, and packing strategies. We then spent the final week essentially dumping the contents of all our drawers into boxes.
This was also the cats’ favorite part of the move. There were boxes to hide in. Human trinkets littered the floor and morphed into playthings to be batted under the couch.
Little did they know, all the trinkets would soon be in the boxes and they’d be left with a single blanket on the floor for them all to share.
The spent a lot of time fighting for the blanket and staring wide-eyed at the empty house.
At this point they thought they’d experienced the worst of it. But then their worst fears were realized: the rise of the carriers.
MoJo and Olive were placed side by side in the back seat. Lindie’s carrier was placed on top of Olive’s. Like this, but not really:
The one in the top hat wailed like a wounded child for about an hour and then they were silent. I assume this is because they were communicating telepathically.
Once we arrived at the hotel, we let them explore their new world. See, kitties, it’s like an adventure. People travel to new and different places all the time. They actually do it for fun. Give it a try…
After two more days of driving, we arrived at our new abode. We set the kitties loose again, but this time the experience was much different.
And then a few months later…
And a NaNoWriMo word count update: 21,586 words written so far! Not too bad for a lifelong procrastinator :)