For those who are wondering …
He will come with us and he will have the run of the house so long as he behaves and I have no reason to believe he won’t behave. He’s a really good kitty. The only issue I anticipate is that he’s going to come into the kitchen but he’s a fast learner. We’ll mostly stay in the basement except for cooking, eating and sleeping . . which I guess is really a lot but all the knitting, sewing, watching TV time will be done in the basement so I’m hoping he’ll feel more comfortable staying down there. The sewing room windows have the 8 – 10″ windowsills like he’s used to so I think he’ll spend a lot of time sitting in those.
Having a cat in the house will be an adjustment for Boots, Rita, Vince and me but we’ll figure it all out.
There’s no way Cat can come with us. We’re in a subdivision, even if it’s only a few houses but there is a road next to us that isn’t busy but has enough traffic that a pet should not be running loose. Cat has undoubtedly been a feral cat since birth and I doubt she would adjust to the living arrangements in MO, nor would she be very happy with the strange sounds and no real woods to hide in.
I think she knows something is up. She would always let Vince pet her first thing in the morning when he fed her. Now, she will not come near us, nor will she eat her food if we’re outside. I only see her about once a week; she no longer sleeps on my car. She suspects something’s up.
My closest neighbor is going to try to watch out for her. We’re gradually moving her food bowl closer to the neighbor’s house. They will watch out for her. That’s about the best I can do unless someone buys the house as soon as we put it up for sale (and we don’t even know what we’re doing with it yet) and they agree to care for her.
I hate leaving her but I feel like we’ve done all we can do and I feel like bringing her to MO would not be right for her.