For those of you who own cats, you understand the challenges involved with changing their environment. They are sensitive little creatures who resist change and live contentedly, staring out windows and watching life pass by. My two little bengals are quite pleasant to live with until I do disrupting things like take them to the vet, bring them to work when I get my carpet changed, or move. To give you an indication of what the past couple of days have been like, I present you with Maddox and Myrtle.
There have been some tense times over here at the new house. They arrived just before midnight on Wednesday after all the furniture had been moved. Meows were heard round the clock as they adjusted to the new planet they had just landed on. Myrtle discovered she fits under my bed, which is a good place for her to hide since Maddox has taken to beating her up while belligerently hissing her out of every room in the house. Maddox walked around growling and being cranky in general. The introduction to the new home did not go well, and as their “mom” I couldn’t help but feel guilty for screwing up their little world.
People would say to me, “Oh, they’ll love all the extra room they have to roam.” Or, “They’ll enjoy having a yard and lots more windows to peek out of.” Sadly, these perks seem to have escaped their notice at first glance. They seem to be starting to slowly adjust though as they figure out where the furniture has landed.
When morning came they finally realized there are lots of new windows for them to explore!
I’ve dealt with my own guilt by being rather lenient about things like sitting on the dining room table, but if I’m honest, this is a habit I have never been able to break Maddox of no matter how much yelling and shenanigans I put on. Look how smug he his about it!
They really do bring so many smiles and much joy to me. If you’re a cat lover, I would highly suggest reading James Herriot’s “Cat Stories.” The book is absolutely endearing and made me appreciate the little critters even more. Hopefully all of the madness will pass quickly and we will go back to being the happy little family we once were.