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Our CH Cats In Our New Home: A Quick Update

January 15, 2013
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Moving into our new home has been an adventure for not just my husband and I, but for our cats too! And it’s been so much fun to watch them these past few days to see what they find interesting and entertaining.

cg looking out

CG looking out the back window on his ottoman.

Granted they didn’t think it was so interesting and entertaining to begin with.

When we first moved them in at the beginning of our moving day, they were rather upset. I had them confined to my office with all of their needs (litter box, food, water, cat beds, toys, etc.), but they did not want to stay in the room! Every time I tried to check on them, Ellie tried to escape into the hall.

The funniest part was one time when I went in to visit with them, CG walked into his carrier and sat down – almost as if he were saying “OK, we’ve been here long enough. I’m ready to go home!”

But now they get it. By the second day, they had explored both floors, and I think realized that this is home now. The only trouble now is when they’re confined to one floor, they inevitably want to go to the other floor! CG often sits by the stairs in waiting patiently, and sometimes not so patiently, for me to let him up or down the stairs – just so he can return a few minutes later.

Plus, I’ve tried to keep the same routine with them as the last place, which I think helps a bit. However, even though I try to keep everything the same here, it’s still slightly different for them.

For example, at our last place, the cats and I would wake up, walk into the kitchen, and I’d prepare their breakfast. Easy peasy. Here, it involves a few more steps, as steps are involved literally. We wake up, I open the pet gate, and walk downstairs. CG usually follows me immediately, but it sometimes takes Ellie a while to decide if she wants to come down on her own or if she wants me to carry her down.

e on stairsTruly, it’s no big deal. I knew that we would have to expect differences and challenges, and it’s fun to see what works out best for all of us.

And it’s also fun to watch them around the house.

The other day I was putting stuff away when I saw Ellie whacking the floor vent. Earlier I had seen CG do something similar, and I was confused at first as to why they would do that. Then I realized it – at our last place, we had ceiling vents. Having the air come out of the floor is an entirely new experience for them. No wonder they were suspicious of it!

Even some of the littlest things are entertaining.

bothAnd they’re also big explorers. We have larger (and more) closets here, and the cats think they’re the coolest things. We just need to keep an eye on them when they’re exploring to make sure we don’t close them in!

It’s fun to watch the cats find their favorite sun spots. In the mid-morning, my office gets the perfect amount of sun, and CG, who loves to lay in the sun, is just in Heaven. It makes me so happy to know that he is happy.

It’s just been so fun to view our new place through their eyes, and I can’t wait to see what else they come up with!

Do you have similar stories from moving to a new place with your CH cats? Please share in the comments!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lauren Torggler permalink
    January 15, 2013 7:43 pm

    My husband and I just moved into a new town home. We now have 3 separate flights of stairs for Mimosa to navigate. Luckily they are carpeted and she has had a bit of experience with stairs before moving in, but needless to say we have lots of baby/pet gates in our place! We gate her in at night and during the day on one floor while we are out so she doesn’t attempt the steps during those times. She was a little wary at first but she seems to be getting used to it.

    • January 16, 2013 7:48 am

      Do you think Mimosa likes the stairs? Or is she indifferent? Which pet gates have you found to be the most useful?

  2. Lauren Torggler permalink
    January 16, 2013 8:01 am

    I think Mimosa does like the stairs (at least carpeted ones). At first she was in a one-bedroom apartment but before we moved into our townhome we had to temporarily stay at my parents who had stairs. I gradually introduced her to them and she was very wary at first, but after a while I caught her going up and down them just for fun. I think she felt proud that she could dominate them…with a few slips and falls. When she is in a hurry, i’m not sure she likes them as much because she ends up tumbling down them. Now that she is used to them, I think shes a bit more indifferent. As far as “pet gates. “we actually just buy the $10 adjustable baby gates from Target and just lay them against the wall instead of attaching them, that way they are easy to move around and don’t destroy the walls. Our in-laws did buy us a great Adjustable Pet Gate (see link below). We love it but our hallways are a bit narrow, so I wouldn’t recommend it unless you have space for it. –

    • January 21, 2013 8:06 am

      How funny! I’m glad that she practiced on the stairs a bit – and I think what you said is just right, it’s important for them to feel as if they have dominated the stairs, the challenge, so they feel comfortable with them.

      The Target gates sound like a great solution, too! Thanks for sharing!

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