Even though I’m not 100% sure that Boots’ problem is overstimulation, I’m about 100% sure it’s all related to the move and changes associated with the move.
Today I was thinking . . when Chad started middle school, I told Vince that unless it was absolutely necessary, I didn’t want to move til Chad graduated from high school. I didn’t want to add that stress to a teen or said teen’s mom! Maybe I should have said . . move all you want with Chad but we can’t move because we have a cat.
At this point, it doesn’t matter but for you cat experts . . when Vince got here with Boots, we put him in the sewing room, which had all the stuff he was used to – longarm, cutting table, machines, fabric. We let him get used to being in there before giving him the run of the house. I was wondering . . if when he got here, we let him loose in the entire house, would this not have happened? Would it have happened sooner? It’s like we got him accustomed to one room, then sprang the rest of the house, along with noises and sounds from outside on him.
It isn’t going to happen but if we went back to Texas, I wonder if he’d go back to being normal if he was back in the sewing room there.
I was thinking back to old Speck — he moved from one house in Kentucky to another house in Kentucky, to the house in Missouri, to the rental in Texas, then to the house we bought in Texas and he never missed a beat. He was always the same.
Maybe because I’m desperate for a solution but I’m feeling pretty confident now that I’m onto this overstimulation idea.