If you sense your owner plans to move, be on your best behaviour. Revive those terminally cute poses you used to get yourself adopted. Let your owner sleep past 5 AM. Keep your paws out of your owner's hair. Use the litterbox religiously. If you must throw up, head for the bathroom and skip the windowsills. You do not want your owner to entertain thoughts like, "I don't want to ruin the beautiful floors in our new home," or, "You know, it's really hard to rent an apartment when you have a cat."
Here's a great
game. Jump into an empty box, stick your head out and hold the pose while
your owner runs around looking for a camera. As soon as she appears, finger
on snap button, turn around and point your tail at the camera.
of the moving van is your cue to hide. You can have lots of fun with this
one. Your owner will run around frantically, cursing the movers: "You
idiots! You left the door open! Now little Furball is gone forever!"
After they've wasted an hour running around the neighbourhood, appear
out of nowhere and begin to wash. When they shriek, "Oh there she
is!" and try to hug you, summon an aloof glare and wash your face
As you begin your twelve-hour drive, remember that your owners would rather listen to your yowling than to the latest tapes or the local weather and news. Keep it up!
Demand a sandbox break as soon as your owner begins driving on a road where it is absolutely impossible to pull over. A narrow bridge with bumper-to-bumper traffic is a good choice.
calls for you to sit in the window, looking absolutely adorable. Encourage
passers-by to tap on the glass at all hours, especially if your owner
has forgotten to draw the curtains.
When it's time
to hit the road at 6 AM, you don't want to be found. If you can position
yourself under the queensize bed, out of reach of your owner's arms, you
can delay everyone's travel plans for a good half hour. The award for
the most creative hiding place goes to the feline who wedged herself between
mattress cover and springs.
Insist on being present when boxes are unpacked. Jump into each box to make sure the contents arrived safely. If your owners lock you into the bathroom "so kitty can't escape," use the opportunity to practice your singing. The movers need entertainment, too.
Demand to test each windowsill of the new home. If you still have claws, test the curtains to see if they'll hold your weight. Fifteen pounds? Should be no problem. Regardless, those miniblinds offer limitless opportunities for new versions of torture-the-owner. How many can you bend? How about breaking off a little hole for your head to peek through? Cute.
Encourage your owner to get a dog. You may never have to move again. "Honey, we can't move. We could never afford another place where Spot could have a yard."
Loretta lives with her fellow feline Tiger and their human Cathy
Goodwin who is a career coach, writer and speaker, specializing in
career, relocation and life transitions. Cathy has written a book on relocation
that includes advice for moving with cats: Making the Big Move: How to
transform relocation into a creative life transition, New Harbinger 1999.
You can find them all at www.movinglady.com.