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Mini & Bonus

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My main worry about the move has been whether or not Mini and Bonus would be ok with it. Wille and I also worried that they might want to wander off to our old place which isn't that far away.

We kept them inside for a week and a half and it was so frustrating. One, because the weather was great and we just wanted to fling the doors open and two, I could tell that Bonus in particular got sad from staying inside, he'd go downstairs and hide away in the basement.

So on Thursday I put harnesses and leashes on both of them and Wille and I took them on a tour of the back yard. We carried them and then set them down on the lawn so they could sniff around. We repeathed that on Friday and Saturday and early on Sunday morning I opended the back door.

Mini couldn't believe her eyes. She was like "Mom, the door is open, be careful, I might sneak out". 

 

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Bonus appeared from the basement too after a few hours of not knowing that Mini was already outside. Then he went outside too and I could tell he was really happy.

 

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They both wandered around and took it all in and also went over to both our neighbors to check their places out. Luckily we have the best neighbors ever who are totally ok with that.

I stayed outside all day and did some weeding and organizing in the patio area so they could see me at all times and in the evening after both Mini and Bonus had come inside we closed the door so they couldn't get out at night. We're now letting them out in the evening after work every day for a while until they're used to the surroundings and I plan to install the kitty door this weekend so they can come and go as they please.

Yay! 

24 Comments

  • Kim B. says:

    Benita I so understand your worry for Mini and Bonus! We moved about a month and a half ago, and while our new apartment is SO much better for us, from our kitty Mr. Gogo’s perspective, it’s lost everything he liked: a window ledge he could sit out on, a mezzanine bed from which to watch everything or get away to rest, and a fun ladder up to that bed. He’s definitely been stressed but seems to be better now. Glad that Mini and Bonus’s transition seems to be going better and happy that you’re able to start letting them out!

  • Rose says:

    I always worry about my kitties in a move, too. I’m glad you have great neighbors and that the cats like the new place. I’ve loved seeing you new place take shape (as I did seeing your old), and that kitchen! I don’t always comment, but yours is the first blog I read in the morning (or if I’m up too late like tonight!).

  • Hxx says:

    So glad the fluffies have settled in too x

  • elisa says:

    they look very pleased. sounds like a good routine to help them adjust x

  • Jo says:

    Moves are always nerve wracking where pets are concerned.
    Fingers crossed that they’re settled in OK now.
    Jo xx

  • Antonella says:

    Very good choise to keep them inside! When I moved out of Milan, 21 years ago, the first bad thing that happend was to lose my siamese (we found her hours later at night).
    They look very curious, GREAT!
    Ciao, Antonella

  • Orghlaith says:

    Your yard looks so lush and inviting. I hope you kitties find great joy in exploring their new home.

  • Zosia says:

    I never had a cat, but I understand it takes animals some time to adjust to change of place where they live. They both look happy in the photos and the yard is looking good as well from the glimpses we got in some photos.

  • Monica says:

    Yay for your cats! I am sure that they will be totally adjusted in no time. Your garden looks to fresh and green. Anxious to see more photos.

  • devil says:

    Mini and Bonus look so healthy and beautiful. Cats always need some time to adjust to a relocation.
    It’s great that you have neighbors who like cats. I couldn’t like neighbors who hate animals.
    What a pretty, sunny day!

  • Kari says:

    Nicely managed. It looks like everyone is settling in just fine. They are so cute!

  • Kate says:

    Ha ha, the cats are looking around like, “Where am I?” Those kitty harnesses are the best!

  • jja says:

    What a relief for all of us :-))) It made my evening to read this posting!
    I always worry about my cats in a move, too.

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  • Kathryn says:

    Cute story, they are the luckiest cats around! Our cat was supposed to be indoors but he just kept begging to go outside so we let him out. Two years later he never ventures more than two yards away and comes when you call him immediately, like a dog!

  • jeannette says:

    animals are so sensitive. bonus hiding in the basement just about killed me. nice to see him absorbing some sun and scoping out the grass which looks just luscious enough for fretful kitties to eat. actually it looks good enough for me to eat.
    xxx to all.

  • Jurate says:

    Hi, Benita. It’s my first comment ever, although I am quietly following your great blog for maybe 2 years already 🙂 I was waiting for this post about kitty move, because I was curious how Mini and Bonus will take it. Glad that so far they manage it quite smoothly! I have a female cat myself and we moved few months ago too, but I still feel that she is not completely ok with the move. I have observed that when playing, my feline sometimes got confused in space, or could not “measure” how sharp she should turn on the corner when running, etc. It is true that cat’s are attached to places more that humans. It takes time to them to re-orientate again. Good luck for you four and I am so looking forward to your posts!

  • Giulia says:

    ahh, they are too cute. One of my cats is 17 years old and has moved 3 countries with me and 10 different houses. I give him time and he adapts very well. As long as we are there he is happy and will take up the same habits. At the beginning we put some butter on their paws, they lick them and supposedly they’ll always return to the place where they clean butter off their paws.

  • these are good news! you have treated them very wisely and gently. I think that being together is very important for them to feel secure.
    I love the grey stone in your yard with the grass in between! It has the time passing charm.. and you have placed two lovely white chairs in your garden.. you are ready to enjoy! I wish you a great joy inside and out!

  • Peta says:

    Glad to see they’re adapting and that they didn’t try to run away.
    I always worry when we take our 2 kitties away with us for the summer months more than 700kms from our house! I don’t like to thing what would happen if they did try to find the way back home!!
    🙂

  • Cristina says:

    I was wondering how they were behaving… glad to know they are getting fine!
    I moved with my cat:
    http://conigliogiallo.blogspot.com/2011/03/camillo.html?showComment=1306001823413#c8916218899161954001
    when he was about 6 years (now he is 14!) and it was kind of a schock for him.. He stayed 2/3 weeks under my bed. Then slowly he adapted to the new place and finally became happy again 🙂

  • Alex says:

    Cats… ya gotta love em! They are worse than children, but less demanding… um, I mean, MORE demanding. Glad to hear they are settling in.
    Alex

  • Golla says:

    So happy that Mini and Bonus are adapting well!