Monday, August 24, 2009

Duh-RAMA!

So, I worked the registration booth at the picnic on Saturday and got to meet a ton of people. I was surprised at how many people showed up - the weather wasn't that great. Then again, free food ......


At one point, a little boy, maybe five or six, came up to the booth, obviously upset, and cried, "I can't find my MOMMMMMMYYYYY!!!!!" then melted down. Poor kid! Don't worry - we found his mommy in short order.


Oh, and the organizers inadvertently ended up with the Dunk Tank of Doom when the fire department filled the tank with extremely rusty water. Bleeccchhhhh.


Sunday was spent moving - what else is new? I'm down to odds and ends now - I guess I'm ready to go. I just wish I could stop worrying about the cats adjusting to their new neighborhood - does anybody have any ideas on getting them settled in? That butter-on-the-paws thing is just an old wives' tale, right? Or not?

5 comments:

Bridgett said...

I've moved a couple of times with cats and they do better if the furniture and stuff is in place before they get in the house. (Cats are order freaks, surprisingly.) I know you want them to be indoor/outdoor kitties, but I would make sure that they've gotten it clear that this is the new house by keeping them in it for a while before you let them out the door and into that nice big lawn. My fear would be that they would get good and lost trying to "go home" before they are clear where home is.

Not sure about the butter think but I do think that where they scentmark, they stay.

rockygrace said...

Thanks for the advice, Bridgett. I plan on keeping them inside for as long as possible before I let them out, so they can get oriented.

kitkat said...

Having moved a couple times with cats, I recommend keeping them in as you've planned for a least a few days if not not longer. Also, in a new place, I'll call my cats in pretty frequently so they won't go too far and I'll feed them a little treat every time, so they get in that habit of knowing where their food is. Because I had to travel by car with them to get where I am, I picked up some calming spray (Feliway or the all-natural version that I can't remember the name of right now) to use in their carriers, but I also sprayed it around the house a little bit every day or every other day. They seem to have transitioned just fine this time around.

rockygrace said...

...... wait a minute, kitkat, are you telling me that you, and the cats, traveled BY CAR to where you are now?! That must've been a heck of a trip!

kitkat said...

People always seem surprised by the cross-country-with-cats business, but how else would we get the cars to our destination? :) Even if we hadn't needed the cars, I would have preferred that to flying with the cats. I can barely keep myself under control on an airplane let alone having to deal with other creatures. It wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be. A little kitty benadryl and relatively short days (around 8 hours) seemed to do the trick just fine. I think actually the long road trip helped the cats adjust to the new house because they were so thankful to just be out of the car!