For the last couple of weeks are cats have been acting up, each in their own way. They know the mess in the house is for a Reason and not the usual. The leader of the pack, Penny (7), has been a total %$*# to the other cats, smacking the others at the slightest provocation. If I pick her up and she’s not up for it that second, she makes a beeline for her closest sibling and starts a one-sided cat fight.
The others are thankfully not as cranky. Phoebe (~11) is our oldest. She’s totally neurotic and has been scarred by the disco ball we had back when lived in the city. (She still looks nervously at any balloons floating around.) She’s usually aloof but has been very affectionate and sleeping near us constantly. Loki (~ 6 months younger than Phoebe) has been trying to spend every waking moment in our laps. She’s always been needy but now she’s gone far beyond needy.
Our youngest, Rikki (almost 2), actually seems rather unaffected. She’s usually quite jumpy (this happened after we went camping last year – she seemed freaked out by us being gone for a week) but has chilled out lately. Maybe she finds it all to be normal.
Since animals know when a terremoto (earthquake) is coming, I’m not surprised they’re feeding off our vibes. We’re stressed but excited and completely daunted by the task ahead of us.
And yes – all the cats are coming with us. It’s not cheap but it’s the right thing to do.