Sue Ann and I have talked at length about where our office kitties should go, since we have decided to move offices. Neither of us can stand the thought of not having them around, but we have to make a decision in their best interest.
The move across town to the church may not suit them. We can’t keep them inside there because Lee is so allergic to cats. We can’t just leave them here to fend for themselves. We don’t do the abandonment thing. AT ALL!
They are outside cats, but will try and slip in on occasion. Even though they want to explore the office a bit, they prefer it outdoors really. There is just way more stuff to do. When it froze after Christmas, Shadow stayed in one of the bedrooms at my house. She was separated from my dogs, and had her own spot, but she was not happy being stuck inside. She ended up only staying in for about two hours and I had to let her out. She was going nuts in there.
We just don’t believe that either of them will be happy to stay inside all of the time, so they have to be able to go outside at least sometimes. We also talked about how hard it is hard to move an outside cat to a new outside place. The best way to do that usually is to keep them in the new house for a little while until they settle in and know where they are being fed for certain. As mentioned above, we can’t do that without Lee getting really sick.
Who could take care of our baby kitties the way we do? Sue Ann and I love them both tremendously, and we want to still be able to have them around and see them. Cats have not had very good luck at the Ranch and Sue Ann worries about their survival out there. And though Sue Ann’s sister lives next door to the office, we didn’t want to burden her with any more cats to deal with, since she already has a lot of vet bills. What are we to do?
We formed a solution! Shadow and Patsy will join the Hermit puppies out in our neighborhood and move in with us at the Rattlesnake house!
No Saying Goodbye for Us! YAY!
Sue Ann will be able to still visit them whenever she wants to, I will have them around everyday like I am used to, and we will know for sure that they aren’t wondering where we are, why we left them, and that they are being cared for the way we expect them to be. That may have seemed like the easiest solution to come up with to start, but we had to weigh out everything and make sure it was best for them. My dogs have always been around cats. This is the first time in their lives that they haven’t. They like cats. My husky, Wink, even tried to make friends with Shadow, but Shadow wasn’t having it. At my request and in their training, Wink backed down and waited for me to save her. Shadow didn’t hurt her, just didn’t want to be friends. Shadow also had just brought Patsy up to us, and has survived on the street by being wise and among other things, not trusting dogs. That isn’t something that can’t be fixed. Patsy and Joe are already in the plans to be fixed, so no more kittens. Speaking of Joe, I’m not sure how he will react, but he will learn too.
So, What’s the Plan?
When we move, Shadow and Patsy will be confined to my bedroom to calm down and settle in a bit. They will be fed there, and be given plenty of attention. I will keep my closet open and a box with a hole cut in it to give them a hiding spot for extra comfort. I expect that if the move is too stressful, they will possibly even hide from me. That’s okay, and I already anticipate not seeing them come out for a few days. Just so long as I see evidence that they are eating, drinking, and eliminating, that will be fine. They will be safe and comfortable there to adjust to new smells and sounds.
The dogs and Joe will not be allowed to come in there until they have all been slowly introduced and everybody is okay. Once they are comfortable, I will give them run of the house for a while with the dog door locked. We will just let the dogs in and out of the door. After they settle from that I will unlock it and let them venture in their own time. It may take weeks, or months the timing on this just depends on them. I have plenty of patience for them to all adjust, and I am confident that they will all get there. We will be a big happy family of 4 kids, 4 dogs, and 3 cats. Yay!
First Things First!
I need to make sure that Shadow and Patsy know some basic things. Such as their names (for sure) being associated with good things like food, pets, treats, etc. I need to make sure that I can stop them and gather their attention in any situation with some sort of noise. Food in a cup works! So those two things are going great. The last thing is for them to come when called.
This is where we hit the snag. Shadow does sometimes, and Patsy only has the attention span of a smart gnat, so I have to keep saying her name over and over again. Of course, I have pictures to share of our “training sessions.” I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed being able to take them. Please wish me luck in the coming weeks as we pack up the office and Travis house, and make our move to the new office and the Rattlesnake!Hermann says please like and share!