Fidget Will Soon Be Moving!
by Teresa Borden
(Mokelumne Hill, California, USA)
Fidget in the Woodshed
Fidget Isn't Happy With Change!
I first posted here several years ago, when our cat, Fidget, was a tiny newcomer to our mountain home in Northern California. I agonized over whether or not to let him outside. You can see that original posting here: Outdoor? Indoor? Still Undecided
A couple of years later, I posted that he was a happy fellow being outdoors AND indoors, with his accessible kitty door so he could dash inside if he felt threatened. Here is that link: Fidget at Two Years Old.
NOW there is a new wrinkle in Mister Fidge's life: We are going to move from our home in the woods to a small town nearby.
Luckily, this change is taking place over a number of weeks, so it won't be a sudden thing.
However, I can already see that he is NOT HAPPY with the changes he can sense. Boxes half-packed on the floor; a sofa moved out and other furniture disarranged; frenzied activity in spurts by his people.
The Fidge is clingier than usual, meowing at closed doors and acting like a crazy kitten at times. He even 'acted out' last weekend when we were away overnight: Even though he hasn't used a litter box in several years, he dumped a basket of magazines out in the bathroom and pooped in them as if they were a litter box.
I am beginning to realize how true it is that CATS DO NOT LIKE CHANGE!
I read the section here about moving with a cat and am grateful for the advice about keeping him in a room in the new place for a while with litter box and toys and food (giving him lots of company and pets of course), and letting him out gradually to explore the new home.
I also like the advice about waiting for several weeks before letting him outside in the new home (though this may be torture for poor old Fidget.)
I worry that he may wander beyond the small back yard and get into scrapes with other cats or dogs, not to mention encounters with cars, even though it is a very tiny sleepy town.
So, we shall see how a 5 (or 6?) yr-old cat handles moving from the only home he knows. I'll keep you all posted. Meanwhile, I'll share some great recent pics of Fidget. He's such a beautiful guy.