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Tips for Successfully Moving Two Cats


Now these are my tips based on my experience of having been moved three times in less than five years. I know lots of you have your own tips that make moving cats successful so let me know in comments what’cha think of mine AND what else do you wanna add?  Oh, and of course this is about moving cats who are “indoor only”.

Tips for moving two cats to a new home

  1. Before you even consider making an offer, make sure the prospective home will be cat friendly for your indoor cats. Dad P tracked where the sun would come up and set over any home they considered to insure he could determine if we had enough sun for ample sun puddles.
  2. Making offers on a home and then waiting to learn if we got it was so stressful on Mom L and Dad P. But, they made sure to not raise their voices in front of the cats.
  3. Even while packing keep places where you have routinely played with the cats moving box free. Keep your bedroom, living room and at least one other space free from strange boxes. Never leave boxes surrounding any litter box.
  4. Stop and play with the cats whenever they approach you and ask for your attention. This helps reassure us cats that we are still keeping some routine in our lives.
  5. Keep meal time on time and stress free.
  6. Pack like a demon during the day but keep evening free for relaxing with the cats and play time.
  7. If the home you are leaving is going to be rented again or sold, do not allow prospective buyers, real estate agents or the landlord to convince you that “oh your cats will be safe, we won’t let them out so you can go ahead and leave.” HAH! One of you remain with the cats at all times.
  8. Plan ahead for what you will do with the cats on  move day. Prepare their safe space in advance, not the day of the move.
  9. Move day, make sure movers do not arrive before the cats’ breakfast time. Normal start to their day. Then gently but swiftly move them to their prepared safe space where they will remain while movers are in the house. Be sure to tape a Mover Warning Sign on the door of the room which is your cats’ safe space. Here is Mom L’s standard warning sign and she literally walks all movers involved to that door and reads the warning to them. She keeps direct eye contact so they know she is not kidding but she also uses a friendly voice. Works every time.

10. Ask movers to put your bedroom furniture on the truck last so it will be the first to come off. As soon as the master bedroom furniture is off the truck make sure it is placed exactly where you want it in your master bedroom. Make the bed then get a cat tree or two in the room, food and water dishes, treats, litter box etc. Hopefully you have already brought over your clothes so the closet is filled with things that smell like you.

Be sure the cats have safe spaces in the bedroom, like cat beds in the closet, etc. Finally, go back to the old home and collect the cats and bring them to the already completed bedroom which is filled with familiar things and smells. The movers will continue to unpack the remainder of the home but the cats will be chilling in a space they are already somewhat familiar with.

Well, those are my tips for how to move two cats successfully. That’s what Mom L and Dad P have done every time we have moved and it works like a charm. And this time we didn’t even need to stay in our “safe space” bedroom for twenty four hours—before we have stayed for a couple of days. By the second morning I was making a lot of complaints about being left in the bedroom.

Dad P and Mom L said enough is enough and after they had all the furniture in place so the rooms looked a bit familiar, they opened the door for us to begin exploring.

Guess who was first out that door?

Yep! Just like our last move I went first and The Kid Sage stuck close to my tail.

Lots of my “first day in new home” photos will be blurred. Mom L and Dad P only had their smart phones and well—I was hustling right along to see my new forever and ever home! You can see me moving pretty quick in this short video.

I’ll share some really fun and funny insights into our special moving day on my next Monday blog. TKS and I have had some pretty special moments during this time of adjustment and you won’t wanna miss out hearing all about some of them.

Thanks for dropping by to visit.


Catching Up!


I am getting back to my blog a little bit at a time, so I will post on Mondays and Fridays for a few weeks. Mom L and I sure have missed all my pals. I am even getting her to help me visit some of you but really hit and miss. Lots has been going on since I last posted on a regular basis. Nothing bad mind you, just a lot of stuff to do. I hoped I would be back after the July 4 US holiday but that just didn’t happen.

The boxes are finally ALL gone!

So I have been writin’ down some ideas for my next few blog posts and for sure I am gonna include several posts with Tips to Move Two Cats Successfully!!  Don’t miss these posts! After all, this was my third move and TKS’ second all within the last five years! I think I have some expert tips to share.

But we are done with that! Mom L and Dad P made sure this was the last move for all of us.

We home, right Dad P? I can feel it in my heart.

We have lots to share. Mom L and Dad P have been meeting lots of the neighbors on our street and even some in old town where we live. I wasn’t so sure I approved of the one photo Mom L showed me of one of our new old town neighbors, but hey—she was pretty darn cute!

HI!! My name is Marni!!! I’m only four months old! Wanna pet me??

Sorry for that out of focus photo but that pup wasn’t gonna sit still for Mom L’s slow reflexes!! MOL!!

I promise I’ll be sharing some of the photos of our move and how I inspected our new home with TKS right on my “six”! You will see what I mean next week.

Let me share one more photo that pretty much proves Mom L and Dad P selected an almost purrfect home for the four of us. This is the sunset the first night we stayed in our new home. And we are on river water that feeds our small marina area so we have lots of breezes and we can watch the tide come in and go out. Yes, we have tides on this water ‘cuz we are on the delta of the rivers that feed into San Francisco Bay. Isn’t life interesting?

Welcome home Savannah, Sage and Mom L and Dad P

Never had such sunsets before. See you this Friday for Friday Memes!



I Am Back With My Meme Friday

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!! (finally!)

My dearest readers, please accept my apologies for having been gone from you for so long. My move to our new totally fab forever home is almost behind us. We kitties are getting settled into all the tons of great places to nap and play and hang out with Mom L and Dad P.

Now I cannot guarantee I will get right back to posting three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday—BUT I can guarantee I will have my Meme Friday back on schedule starting right now. As always, I will cherish any photos you care to share with me so I can write a meme for you. Even better, you write your own meme on that photo and send it along to me at ms to savannahcoolkat at gmail dot com.

My pals from RA Husky blog let me borrow a photo from them that I thought would bring lots of smiles and giggles to your Friday.

Don’ t you just love how synchronized they are? Purrfect!

My Friday Memes will start to share some of TKS’s and my experiences from our move to our last new home. I have to admit that there were a few startling moments similar to this one.

Trust me, Mom L and Dad P got my message and made sure the rest of my our boxes were unpacked and the contents placed just where TKS and I wanted them. Harruummppff!

And you can tell that TKS was getting rrreeeaalllyyy tired of hearing these words! For weeks!! And those words are still being used to this day in our home. Shameful.

Hope you had a good a time reading Friday Memes as I did creating them. Come on back, please do not be a stranger. And I am doin’ some research to bring some new stories to my blog over the early Fall. Stay tuned!


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