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Moving with a cat can be a challenge, moving with Bozo was definitely an experience. After living several years in the LA area, I changed jobs necessitating a move from Los Angeles to Minneapolis, MN. The company paid for my relocation (including transporting my car) and gave me a first class plane ticket.
Bozo helped with the move … jumping in and out of boxes, slinking along the floor (did he think he could not be seen?) when the cable company staff and movers came, etc.
Because I would be carrying Bozo plus checking luggage and getting a car rental when I arrived, I thought that taking a red-eye would be the most convenient for both of us. This was pre-9/11 and the TSA security lines.
A friend took us to the airport. Bozo was behaving very well in his zippered carrying case (was he planning how to get out?). Bozo and I boarded the plane and I put him under the seat in front of me, telling him it would be a fairly short flight.
After take-off, snacks were served and then the cabin was darkened. I was relaxing when the man sitting in front of me frantically started waving to get the attention of the flight attendant. When she came to see what he wanted, he said “there’s something moving on the floor!”
I looked down and staring up at me was my gorgeous blue eyed Bozo! How had he gotten out of the case? I immediately picked him up and considered myself very lucky that the people sitting nearby either laughed or remained asleep.
I put Bozo in the carrying case and kept it on my lap, petting and talking to him.
Need I say it was quite the challenge to get a cart, collect my checked luggage, have Bozo remain in the carrying case (with the broken zipper!), hoping that he did not manage to reopen it.
I went to the car rental and from there to a diner as it was too early to go to my new apartment. They let me sit at a table with Bozo in his case next to me. We then drove to our new apartment. The manager met me, showed me around the apartment and then somehow Bozo disappeared — after several frantic moments, turned out he had gotten in back of the refrigerator. Obviously, he wanted to explore our new home.
Bozo adjusted quite well to Minneapolis, even venturing onto the balcony in the winter to investigate snow. He much preferred the balcony when the weather was warm. He was still my crazy beloved cat – alternating between being sweet and ferocious.
We lived in Minneapolis for two years and then I got a transfer to the west coast.
Bozo’s adventures continue in Part 3 …
Let me introduce you to a beautiful part Siamese cat, who deigned to live with me for more than 12 fabulous, memorable years. While I was living in LA, a friend lived with me for a while. He would go out for daily walks and after about a week, he mentioned that he had seen […]
Let me introduce you to Jameson, a beautiful, intelligent, sweet tortoiseshell cat. When friends who had rescued her, gave her to me, they called her “Cali” (for Calico). I said no, that will not work. She is a tortoiseshell plus according to something I’d read, Earnest Hemingway said that cats like an “s” sound in […]
“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” Jim Davis (Cartoonist)
“In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”
Terry Pratchett (Author)
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty. Human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” Ernest Hemingway
“Cats have it all: admiration, an endless sleep and company only when they want it.”
Rod McKuen (Poet)
“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Charles Dickens
“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”
Leonardo da Vinci
To read about Jameson, click the link …. All She Needs Is Love ~ A Cat Tale
Take a deep breath — you can do this! Make a to-do list and be flexible.
Plan your route. The USA has a terrific interstate highway system with rest stops and information kiosks with very easy access to hotels, gas stations and food.
Reserve your room the day prior, considering weather and how far you think you will drive the next day. Reserve a ground floor room as you will be bringing not only your stuff into the room, but also your cat and food and toys and litter pan. Flexibility is key. Pick a hotel chain where most of the chain accepts pets. I used Choice Hotels and would recommend them.
- Visit your vet
- A sedative may not be the answer, especially if a small cat
- Buy disposable cat litter trays (supermarket or pet store) for each night plus several extra
- Pack your trunk and keep everything you need in the back seat and your cat (in carrying case) in the seat next to you
- Always keep your pet in a carrying case while driving
- Have food or water handy in case your cat wants something (at a rest stop)
- Have a towel in your car to shield your cat (in her carrying case) from the sun
- When you arrive at your motel, bring everything into the room, put out your cat’s food, toys & litter pan (put a towel under litter so litter does not get on floor/rug, have garbage bags for disposal) and then open the cat carrying case and let your cat explore
- Pack a dust pan, brush and pet cleaner in case of any accidents
- Have flexible travel plans
- Enjoy your journey, think of it as an adventure.
Here is a link about my cross country trip from western Washington to South Carolina. I have many great memories of the trip with my cat, Shadow. She was the best navigator and I am so glad that I was fortunate to make such a memorable trip.
Several months after my beloved cat died, my friend Laurie called, saying that a cat had found them. She said that the cat would lay on a small boat they have on their property, until she was brave enough to go indoors. Laurie said that she calls her “Cali” as she is a calico and she also said that her two male cats, Paco and Rufus, were not accepting Cali.
She asked if I was ready for another cat. I replied, “no — not yet”. I explained that I was planning a month long driving trip to California and Oregon and did not want to get a cat and then go away. Plus, I still needed time before getting another pet.
Laurie said that she and Karl would check if any of their neighbors knew where she had come from and they would mind Cali for a while.
When I returned from my trip, I asked Laurie and Karl how Cali was doing and they said that Paco and Rufus had still not accepted her, adding “She is very sweet and mellow, perfect for you and all she needs is love.” I replied that I was not sure, as Cali had found them and perhaps she would want to stay with them. Read more