Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Campinas, Brazil
Story of the Move
Well as Ive posted before I was moving to sao paulo and was nervous about the cats and how they would deal with things, like being in a house instead of an apartment with a door dasher. Large dogs everywhere, Living next to a extremely large busy street.
The movers came. Oliver revolted and decided to attack one of the movers feet as they were walking in the door. So I quickly moved him to the main bedroom with hana not thinking that duh, they are going to have to go in there to get the matress. So halfway through the move the man opens the door and out dashes both cats. Oliver I catch and put him out on the porch. All is good with him. But hana is terrified and hides herself wayyyy behind the kitchen cabnets where we couldnt reach. So we just left her there and hoped she didnt get brave and decide to dash out to get stepped on by all the movers going in an out. Oliver was trilling and meowing and prying at the porch the entire time but after that small couple dramas we got the place packed and the movers left...
After they left we had to bribe hana out from under the cabnets, get both beasties into their cages and set off for the new house. They were great in the car, both just fell asleep till we got here. We got here before the movers so I set up their litterbox, gave them some wet food and left out the water (because we didnt have any even for ourselves...)Oliver was out the first second he could and started exploring the room. Hana on the other hand refused to leave her cage for an hour till I went up and sat there till she came out to get some loving. But once the movers got here both cats ran behind the closet and hid till the movers finished. to which I was grateful because both doors were wide open and they could have gotten out at any time.
Now here, is where I was stupid. I left their door open and oliver decided to start wandering around the house. I should have left them in the one room for a day or two before letting them see the rest of the house, but I figured meh, why not what could it hurt. I had forgotten to close the door and why do it now when hes already started exploring...I WAS WRONG.
We went to bed only to wake up to a big pee stain on the sofa. Oliver has never had an accident before. So we knew this was on purpose. He knew the litterbox was upstairs. So we soak it up and go out to buy the cat spray to get rid of the smell so he doesnt do it again...But did I think of tipping the sofa over so he couldnt pee again while we were gone????
noooo of course not that is beyond my stupid brains capabilities. So when we got home later that night...guess what we walked into...a whole new layer of pee on the sofa. So that night we spent it soaking up the pee with papertowels (you cannot take the cusions off the sofas here...) and then using a mixture of white vinigar and water. Then the cat spray...then I tipped the sofa over and put the fan on it for the night...
Then I thought of what I read in this forum...cats need litterboxes on all floors of the house. So I got their second litterbox and brought it down to put next to the sofa to have him go there instead of the sofa.
It has worked, no more accidents!!! yay for catforums!!!
Hana on the other hand, has been wonderful. Very scared at first, but while we were gone she went exploring, then when we were in bed she came out of hidding to snuggle and sleep with me. She has been slowly exploring till now shes completely comfortable with the house, and even has tried doordashing to check out outside!!! I cant decide if I want to be proud of her for being brave or anoyed that its the ONE thing shes brave to do that I dont want her to be lol.
The house has one of those things that spray water at your bum to clean it next to the normal toilet. She now likes to sit there as if shes on the toilet while Im on the toilet. Then once I finish and stand up she goes "meow" and hops down. It is the funniest thing ever.
Hopefully once I get normal internet I can upload photos to go with this nice long story (will leave out the pee stains!)