Some readers may have come here from The Oliver and Ruby Chronicles featuring Miss Rose, so here are some pictures of the trio to show how they have made themselves at home during the last few months.
Moving day was fairly traumatic for them (and us!). It was the first time that they had moved house as adult cats, and being entirely indoor pets it must have been like their entire world had transformed. Back in Liverpool they were coaxed into the lounge and then shut in while the movers took all the furniture away. Then they had two and a half hours in their travel cages in the car to Leicester. Following this they were shut in the cold, strange old kitchen here in the new house while we directed the moving men for the rest of the afternoon. We didn’t have much time to reassure them and at one point we went back into the kitchen to check how they were going when we realised Oliver had disappeared. Rose had decided to climb back into her travel cage (smart girl), while Ruby was catatonic (!) hiding behind the pantry door but Oliver was nowhere to be seen. We wondered how he had managed to escape. Has he squeezed through a door or a window? There was a cat flap on the kitchen door but we were fairly certain it was locked but what if he managed to get through? He would be wandering Leicester scared and alone! After some minutes of panic we discovered that he was still in the kitchen, hiding in the cat litter which has a cover. Poor boy. If that wasn’t enough, when the movers left and the house was contained we opened the kitchen door for Oliver to follow us upstairs to our new home he ran and took cover. Rose and Ruby were willing to trust us and come out but Oliver made a beeline for the nearest rolled up piece of old carpet and hid, just like when he was a kitten. In the end we had to put him back in his travel cage and carry him upstairs to the third floor and re-release him. It was the most traumatic day of the dear boy’s life.
Luckily cats are very adaptable and it only took a few days for them to become accustomed to their new spaces. At first when Mark got home from work he had to make sure he called out so the cats would realise who was coming up the stairs but after a while they got used to the new spaces, smells and noises.
Oliver and Ruby passing the time.