Saturday, August 4, 2018

Big goings on at Casa de Gato



Well, we moved again. I know I know.. but the house we initially purchased was not working for us. We had originally bought it with huge renovation plans but we couldn't get anyone to really give us a serious quote on it. We had a few people out to the house to give us an estimate and discuss our plans but they would walk away saying they would get back to us and never did.

We had another house on our short list when we bought this one and we picked this one because it was cheaper and had central air conditioning. The other house had a better layout for us. My husband and I talked about all of the things we wanted to do and when we made a pro/con list it seemed it would end up being cheaper if we could move. We went back to the other house to see if we were remembering it correctly and we were (for the most part) and so we put our house on the market. Showing a house with cats and foster kittens.. well .. it didn't go well. So many people who came to see the house hated cats or were allergic.. they didn't like the purple bathroom or the blue bedroom, etc.. We did our best to 'de-cat' the house but it was beyond stressful for all of us and no one was interested.

Our second choice house sold. We found a third that was really cool. We needed to add a room or two to the basement, but it was do-able and something we could easily do ourselves. Unfortunately, that one sold too. We took one last look at the houses in the community we are in and were about to give up and stay when we stumbled upon a house that was foreclosed on. We didn't look at it the first time around because they put only five photos of the home and they were all blurry. We figured it was a lemon. With this being the last home available that we hadn't seen we thought 'oh what the heck" and when we walked in the door I was trying to figure out how to make an offer. I love this house that much.

Fortunately, we hadn't refinanced the first house to put the equity we had from the house in Maine and we were able to swing a purchase before a sale, but the whole thing happened so quickly that our heads are still spinning. We are now in a frantic rush to finish getting out of the last house so we can paint and remove all of the cat furs and hopefully get it sold ASAP.. because we are so financially bound right now it isn't funny. If we can sell it and get out from under the loan we will be doing very well, but right now things are very tight.

We moved a few days ago and all of the cats were confined to the bedroom


We are fortunate that the cats like each other enough to do this, but after a few days they were totally over the whole 'one room' thing and were itching to escape. I wanted to get carpet runners or treads for the stairs before letting them downstairs, but without a door that was very hard. I thought I was clever using the baby gate.


Skippy busted right through it and soon after Fleurp did too. I thought as long as it kept Muffin safe (because she has a hard time with stairs) I was good but a few minutes she went strolling past me downstairs as well, so I gave up.

The cats did amazingly well during the move. There has been some stress, but the Feliway plugins and the CBD seem to be keeping things on a pretty even keel.


We are still very much in flux here, not fully being out of the other house and being exhausted as both houses have three floors of "stuff" (oh my goodness I have way too much stuff) but soon we should be settled and things can start to get back to normal in a way it never was at the last house because there were too many what ifs.

I did move with the six cats and the four foster kittens. The kittens adjusted very well, they were a little nervous at first but once they got their bearings they were loving the new digs. You will too, and I will show those off later. As you know those kittens went back to the shelter to be adopted. I hinted at having a mystery guest earlier in the week...


Yup, Michaela is back at Casa de Gato, and she brought her new minions with her. They are killing me with the cute and I've been dying to share videos of them over on Facebook. Unfortunately, they did not want to be contained in the basket, so this didn't last very long. They all escaped the first night, well except this one


I found him in the basket all by himself, well except with the unicorn. Michaela wouldn't pull him out or put the others back in, so she brought him a couple of toys to keep him company (he was sitting on top of two other toys) which I found to be painfully adorable. I removed the basket after taking the photo so he wouldn't be all alone again.

Now, we just need names.. 

21 comments:

  1. Wow! What an ordeal! Kudos to you for managing. I'm THAT impressed! (And we got cute kitten photos through it all!!)

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  2. Well and wonderfully done as always. Thank you for sharing your experiences. ❤️

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  3. !!!! I'm about speechless!!!

    I don't want to think about moving once with 2 cats, never mind twice with so many. Best of luck as you sort things out, and I hope your "old" house sells quickly!

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    1. lol.. I ended up moving with five times that.. (six cats and four fosters)

      Thank you, it will be a relief when the house sells..

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  4. Hope your house sells quick! And your new little kits are adorable

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  5. Wow, oh wow!
    Wishing you the best of luck with all of this!
    Michaela...my hunny bunny...!

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  6. Great news, great post, and, since my birthday is coming, I want that peachy kitten and the silver one, I think. But I'll have to meet them to be sure, except the peachy one is def mine. We'll be up to get them by the end of the month to give you more time to unpack.

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    1. which is good because I'm sick and tired of moving your birthday present around all of my houses.. :D

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  7. Two moves in such a short period of time. You are the bravest people I know. You didn't need a whole new move for that priceless photo at the top of this post, though.

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  8. OMC! We can see why you’re exhausted. We’re exhausted just reading about your ordeal. Purring that the first house sells quickly for you.

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  9. Eek, how exciting!!

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  10. Wow that sounds like some crazy busy times at your house. I hope the old house sells quickly and you (and the cats) settle into your new home easily.

    Eileen

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  11. First, we're loving that pic of the stuffies buckled in. Second, just reading the house story made mom very, very tired! And lastly, Michaela, it's good to see you again! We know you have done a great job with this second group of babies.

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  12. Wow, that's a whole lot going on there. Big props to you for handling it all!

    We have our paws crossed that your other house sells quickly!

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  13. I truly admire you and Catman for moving again and making it seem so easy and seamless. It's both exciting and stressful at the same time and hope you won't have to move for a long time. You just amaze me.

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    1. it is all smoke and mirrors.. :) but thank you

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  14. OMC! My human says this move sounds similar to the last time she moved. She was in a house she didn't love when one of her dream houses in the neighborhood went up for sale. So she discussed it with her boyfriend and they went for it. But it meant putting the old house on the market and it selling after they had already moved. What made her realize this house was meant for them? Sparkle, Binga and Boodie loved it immediately. There was NO adjustment time whatsoever for them. Sparkle's attitude was, "This blows doors on the old place."

    Nice to see Michaela again... with minions!

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    1. there has been very minimal adjustment here too.. I chalked it up because they weren't really attached to the other house yet..

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  15. Wow, what an adventure ! We hope your other house sells quickly ! Purrs

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  16. WOW! You do have a lot going on. Congrats on the new house and good luck selling the old. I recommend burying a St. Joseph statue to help you sell it.

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