Packing, packing, packing...
The cats have been stressed with all the chaos and stuff everywhere.
Nahum and Theo enjoy a cuddle to mitigate the stress.
I had to trap Pierre to take him to the vet for his vaccinations - but he would not go into the trap! I finally had to resort to using Oliver as his bait. He always wants to be plastered to his papa, so I placed Oliver in a carrier and put the trap in front of it, that way if Pierre wanted to get close to Oliver, he had to go through the trap. It worked! At the vet, I had them trim his nails (first time ever). I figured he'll be indoor cat now, he should have trimmed claws like the rest of the cats. He checked out to be in good health.
In preparation for driving our six cats from Washington State to Vermont, we had to get a bigger vehicle for the job. We wanted something with enough space and something AWD for any snow we might encounter along the way. We settled for this Toyota Sienna minivan.
I took out the back seats and built a platform out of scrap wood. Cats will go in crates on top, our stuff and cat stuff will go on the bottom.
On moving day, I moved Pierre and Oliver to a large wire cage in the basement. That way they would be subject to less traffic and chaos.
Making time for loving on my Oliver! He's such a love!
Pierre is not impressed.
We are letting ABF U-Pack do the hauling of our stuff. They drop off a trailer, we load it and only pay for the space we use, then they haul it to Vermont for us.
We did the loading of the trailer in two stages. A small army of friends showed up to help load on the first day and sadly the skies opened up and it poured and poured rain. Our stuff and our friends all got soaked. It was quite an overwhelming and thoroughly exhausting experience. Later that night the rain turned to snow.
The second day, it was dry, sunny, and cold. A couple friends came over and we organized the trailer so everything fit better and then loaded in the remainder.
It's so strange seeing our house empty.
We have been staying at our friend Lisa's house for the last few days while we were packing up our house.
Rose is in the wire crate. She hates being handled by humans and is impossible to catch, so we thought we better leave her contained. She's not very thrilled with being in prison.
Theo attends to me after I passed out from moving exhaustion.
This is where Marvin, Oliver, and Pierre are hanging out. Marvin is in the far cage with the blue cover. Oliver and Pierre gets the larger crate covered in green.
Marvs doesn't care for being in jail
Oliver's been scared, he cried a bunch in the night, so I got up and gave him some reassurance. It's amazes me how calming my presence is for him. Even though he's in an unfamiliar location, he comes out of his cage and melts into my lap. I so adore my Oliver, I'm so grateful he showed up in my yard!
I wasn't sure what to do about Nora. She only comes every few days to eat and she must sleep somewhere a block or so south of the house. She remains very feral and I'm not even sure Oliver and Pierre remain friends with her. I got word that the people who bought our house have agreed to continue feeding Nora! Yah!! This makes me so happy.
The morning of our big move, we signed a 6-month lease for a small apartment in New Hampshire (just across the river from where we want to be in Vermont). We found a landlord who loves cats and wasn't afraid to rent to us with our six. We drove by the place when we were in that area last, but we've never seen it in-person. The pictures and video make it look small, but even so, it is a HUGE relief to have found a place we can land for a time while we shop for our perfect home.
We will be leaving soon. The plan is to load up the van with everyone and hit the road Thursday morning!