the critters

It’s been just around one month in the new apartment, and things have been so incredible here I figured it was time for a pet update. That and I have a whole bunch of cute photos of them that I want to share. In the first post that I shared an update on the new place I mentioned how the animals were behaving much better than expected. When I moved to my first apartment alone back in 2014, the cats hid in
the litter box for nearly a week. They were absolutely terrified and were honestly quite skittish the entire time I lived there. In my next apartment they hid for a few days after moving but quickly warmed up, and made
the place their own. With this move, I expected they’d hide for a
few days then everything would go back to normal. I was mistaken. There was no hiding and almost immediately they were out exploring their
new surroundings. Its obvious they are SO happy here, and were from basically the second they walked in.

I’m sure the fact that this
apartment is completely brand new and doesn’t have any smells that
belong to other animals is probably a big part but I would also venture to guess
that they sense how happy their people are and that makes them happy. I know, or at least I firmly believe, that animals can read our emotions and do their best to respond in what they feel is an appropriate manner. Despite any reservations Jeff and I had about moving in together I think it’s safe to say things have been better than ever! Judging by how happy the cats and Klaus have been I’d say they agree.

Some of the biggest breakthroughs since moving;
▴ Squid tolerates Klaus! One of the biggest reasons I wanted to adopt a puppy instead of a full grown dog was because I wanted the cats to be able to teach that pup who was boss from the start.  I didn’t want to worry about this new dog hurting my babies. My plan worked out a little too well. Squid, without even putting much effort into it, somehow communicated to Klaus that she was the one in charge. For the longest time he wouldn’t even enter a room if she was in there. If I was on one side of the house and he was on the other but Squid was in the middle, he refused to run past. These days they’re more than happy to share the couch, even if I’m not in the middle. They often lounge in the same ray of sunshine, and sometimes even share food. Cats, obviously, aren’t supposed to eat dog food but Squid randomly became interested in stealing pieces from Klaus’ dish last week.
▴ Klaus and Professor are thiiiiis close to cuddling. Last March I caught them in bed together – not touching or anything – and it was such a big deal I wrote a whole post about it chronicling their relationship. Read that here! This last month has been full of instances like that. Professor is even totally comfortable laying on top of Klaus when I’m around which absolutely kills me. It’s taking forever but I have hope I’ll eventually catch them cuddling.
▴ Squid is seriously just a new cat. She has always been a little reserved but since living here she has been so free! She’s always somewhere rolling on her back, showing off her belly. I’ve had Squid since she was six months old, nearly ten years, and she’s more relaxed than I’ve ever seen her in her entire life. She was my first cat, and it wasn’t until I adopted a second that I realized she was the kind of kitty that would have preferred to be the only one in the house. It always seemed like she was happiest when all the other animals were in another room. These days that same relaxed happy cat I had only seen when it was just me and her is out all the time! Squid is living loud (literally, so many squeaky little meows!) and proud these days.
I love this photo of Professor. He looks so chubby and content sitting in the sunshine in his new home.

So yeah, that’s how things have been lately, and it’s awesome. Seeing the animals so happy makes me happy.

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • Your new spot is so. perfectly. you!!! I'm glad your pets are getting along. I freak out whenever my cats are chilling next to each other because they haven't always been amiable.

    Kinda like Squid, I have a cat who is about to turn ten and she has had a complete personality change too! She used to be a perma-brat – a little standoffish and most likely to be lounging in an empty room or under a bed. Lately she is spending more time engaging me in playtime (maybe because she can't go outside because of the snow), quivering her tail at me, and sitting really close by. Which I love because she is so beautiful and my absolute favorite creature. It's like it took her ten years to realize she was living like a queen and she might as well lean in.

  • I completely agree that your pet's happiness is super important. I am so glad to hear that the move has made you guys into an even happier family! The apartment looks fantastic btw!

  • This post makes me so happy! Our latest apartment has been great for our guys too – we catch them cuddling so often now! I can't remember if you had Klaus in your first apartment, but I think that sometimes a fresh start is a really big deal for animals. In the old apartment, Lloyd was the boss, but in this new one, they experienced it for the first time together and that made a huge difference in their relationship.

  • My cat has been the same. Everytime we move she gets more and more comfortable about it. The only exception has been our most recent move but I think that is because 1) my dad made it very traumatizing for her (and us lol) and 2) the new place was SOOOO much bigger (like 1 bedroom, one floor, to a 3 floor, 3 bedroom rowhome) so I think she was like "uh… which parts are MY parts?" and hung out on the third floor for about a week since that was the first place we put her.